I can just see this vase with some winter greens in it - holly, ivy, mistletoe - hence the wintry colours and stamps. Don't fancy that? It's also the perfect shape for holding paintbrushes!

I was going to decorate a glazed plate for this article until I found that Hobbycraft have started selling their own range of unglazed, white pottery specifically for decorating. They have various shapes of vases, large and small, as well as tealight holders, tiles and candlesticks.

Obviously, for stamping, some shapes work better than others - anything flat or flat sided is best as the curved sides can be tricky substrate. The unglazed ceramic or bisque surface is very porous, so I apply a coat of white paint to start with, then paint over in my chosen colours.Stamping over the top is easy and gives really crisp images. If however it does go wrong, you can quickly rub it off with a baby wipe if you're using Ranger Archival ink pads. You could also sand it back lightly to remove any StazOn ink mistakes.


Stamps Helen used...

  • Crafty Individuals: CI-425 Winter Garden; CI-426 Lace Doilies; CI-395 Build a Meadow

Other materials...

  • Unglazed Ceramic Square Vase
  • Ranger Archival ink pad: Jet Black; Sky Blue
  • PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paint: Chartreuse; Hey Pesto; Hyde Park; Lilac; Wisteria; Amethyst; Blue Oyster; Caribbean Sea; Cherry Red; Snowflake
  • DecoArt Gloss Varnish


Step-by-step… Winter Vase

Prep vase with Snowflake and Blue Oyster paint. Wash vase with Snowflake, then blot off to create marbling.

Stamp background with Lace Doilies stamps in Archival Sky Blue.

 Stamp on Winter Garden with Ranger Archival ink.


Add more winter blooms, and then leaves and stars using Build a Meadow set.

Dilute some Lilac paint and paint on main flowers.

Blot with a dry baby wipe to uncover the stamped lines again.


Paint with a dilute layer of Wisteria and blot as before.

Add details in Amethyst and blot again. Repeat techniques for remaining images.

Add highlights and details with Snowflake paint. I use a fine crochet hook or cocktail stick. 


To finish the project: Repeat techniques on each side of the vase and varnish to seal.


This project first featured in the January 2017 issue of Craft Stamper magazine