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Blog Hop - Watercolour Technique


Welcome to another of our casual monthly Blog Hops, this month focussing on various techniques to use with your stamps. I've chosen watercolour effects, which I really like.

There are a number of different ways of creating a watercolour effect. The one I often use is Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wonder crayons or ink pads to colour outline images with an Aquapainter. Your outline image needs to be stamped first onto watercolour paper using a waterproof ink such as Stazon or the Stampin' Up! colours Basic Gray and Basic Black. You can see examples of both of these in some recent posts here and here.

This time I thought I would show you the effects that you can achieve by inking up a solid (silhouette) stamp with either markers or ink pads and then lightly spritzing with water before stamping onto watercolour paper. To prevent the colours from running together too much, hold the inked stamp horizontally when spritzing with water. For a fine mist spray, hold the bottle about 30cm from the stamp. Depending on the amount of water you spritz onto the stamp, you will get a varying degree of 'impressionist' style image. Here are 2 examples.

I've used more water on this second panel and you can see the image is less defined.


Here is the card I made with the first panel:


The details are as follows:


Card Details

Stamps Inspired by Nature, Afterthoughts (Level 1 Hostess)
Card stock & Papers Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red, Watercolour paper
Ink Pear Pizzazz, Rose Red


Rose Red 1” Grosgrain ribbon (retired), pink adhesive rhinestones (not SU)
Tools Scallop Trim Border punch, Stampin' Write markers (Old Olive, Rose Red, More Mustard), Wide Oval punch, Sponge Daubers, Dimensionals, Water spritzer

The next stop on this blog hop is the effervescent Nikki Sadler and below is the list of other lovely Stampin' Up! Demonstrators participating today.

Christine Blain

Amy Buchanan

Tina Gillespie

Have a lovely weekend.


Alisha Watson

Judy, what a gorgeous card, the water colouring is stunning. You have made it look oh so easy

Helen H

Great technique Judy - thanks for sharing both examples. Love the finished card. :)

Bec Gomez

Well done Judy they both look great! Those colours are awesome. Another technique I have to give a go! Beautiful, Inspiring cards. Love Bec


Love it Judy! Love the colours and the effect with this set!

Tina Gillespie

Beautiful card Judy. I haven't tried this technique before but I will have to soon, as you've made it look so easy and so good!

Sue Madex

They look lovely Judy - haven't tried this technique before. Love your finished card.

Christine Blain

The colours are so vibrant, Judy - this is lovely. Love your two examples, using lighter and heavier spritzing, and your finished card is very sweet!

Sue B

Great technique Judy the watercolouring is beautiful

Nikki Sadler

Really love your technique Judy - I demo'd the water colouring with the spritzer last night and the girls loved it - such a easy technique but the results are outstanding ... love your choice of stamp set too.

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