TIps & Techniques : Just Add Water

Just Add Water

I’m in love with this years in-colours, they blend together beautifully.  Classic inks also get really exciting when you just add water.

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Using Stamping sponges, I added colour to a panel of watercolour cardstock.  The colours I used were Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Blueberry Bushel and Gorgeous Grape.

050219 - Just Add Water

Next, I propped up the cardstock and spritz water on each of the coloured areas generously to encourage the colour to drip and run down the panel.

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I used paper towel to dab up any extra pools of colour and allowed the panel to dry.  You can continue to add more water depending on how runny you want the finished colours to look.

050219 - Just Add Water

To finish the card, I added a Thank die cut from the Thank You Thinlits and stamped the “you” greeting from the Sunshine Sayings Stamp set in StazOn ink.  I trimmed the top and bottom of the panel and adhered it to Thick Whisper White Cardstock to create a standard size greeting card. with liquid adhesive.  I also adhered a thin strip of Basic Black Cardstock as a finishing touch.

050219 - Just Add Water

050219 - Just Add Water

That’s it. Super easy and really fun too!

Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Non-Traditional Christmas Card

Today’s card features the Watercolour Christmas Stamp Set  from the current Holiday Catalogue, and we’re using non-traditional colours.  The Watercolour Christmas stamp set has lots of word and element stamps that you can combine to create your own sentiment design.

I stamped my greeting on vellum and embossed it with Gold Embossing Powder I love that it’s not too yellow. It’s a nice even gold colour.

The backgrounds were watercoloured and then embossed using Holly Embossing Folder 

 

Tricks & Tips

  • Run an embossing buddy over the vellum before stamping your greeting this will ensure the Embossing Powder only sticks the areas you need it to
  • Tape your watercolour paper to a solid surface (eg Clipboard) this will prevent the watercolour paper from warping

Video Tutorial 

I’ve created a video tutorial with all the measurements and and how I created this card.  You can view it on this link HERE.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel so you receive notification of when I post a video to my channel.

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Watercolour Smooching

Watercolour Smooching

I thought it would be fun to play with a few of the classic ink pads on some cards, creating a watercolour smooching technique

Watercolour Smooching

Tricks & Tips

  • If you don’t have acetate or a plastic sheet on hand, use an acrylic block. The benefit of the acetate is that you can bend it, and have more control over the placement of the ink than you get with a stiff acrylic block. The results are similar enough that it doesn’t really matter which you use!

Watercolour Smooching

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Soft Watercolour Wash

Soft Watercolour Wash

I think one of the prettiest card designs is a simple one with a Soft Watercolour Wash background. Today, I will show how to create just such a background using watercolour pencils… and not have any pencil lines showing in my colour wash. I will also show how to add some fun with watercolour splatter.

Soft Watercolour Wash

Tricks & Tips

  • By using similar shades in the same colour family, you can create a delicate, blended background. Or opt for contrasting shades to make a bold statement! Think back to the colour wheel to help you create just the right look for your watercolour card.
  • When sharpening a watercolour pencil, save the shavings to create a custom watercolour palette. Just add a few drops of water and mix to “melt down” the shavings. You can pick up an empty palette at an art supply or large craft store.

Video Tutorial

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Supplies

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Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

For me, creating bold, vibrant watercolour backgrounds is a time-saver! I find that when I have an awesome background, I can keep the rest of the card simple. 

I was inspired by the colour combinations on this project HERE  by Andrea Walford, go check out her work it’s amazing.

The colours I’ve used in today’s project, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.

Vibrant Watercolour Wash Background

I’ve added texture by using the new Hexagons Dynamic Texture Impressions Embossing Folder, and just stamped my greeting from Suite Sayings Stamp set onto a scrap piece of Whisper White cardstock and cut it out using the Stitched Framelits

Tips & Techniques

  • Watercolouring is the opposite of stamping… with stamping you want everything to be crisp and precise, but with watercolors you want each image and colour to flow into the next.
  • Tape your watercolour paper down to something solid, I use a small clipboard, but chipboard from the backing of patterned paper, or to your grid paper on your desk will work also.
  • If you ever feel your paper is getting too dry to let you work with the colours easily, brush over the paper with a damp brush or lightly spritz the paper with water using a spritzer.

View Video Tutorial below

Supplies

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Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

I recently sent out an email asking you what projects or techniques they would like to see in upcoming project tutorials.  Many of you had asked for simple watercolour techniques, so over the next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you just that… a variety of watercolour techniques that anyone can do. That’s where today’s card started. I decided to create a watercolour background with heat embossing.  But first I needed a greeting, and large one would work perfectly so as  I was filing through my stash of stamp set that I’ve been meaning to use when I came upon the So Very Much from our current Sale-a-Bration items (Earn yours free with a $90 Purchase) 

Watercolour Background with Heat Embossing

I watercoloured the background using Dapper Denim, Marina Mist & Soft Sky Classic Ink Refills and then splattered some gold ink using my Gold Wink of Stella Pen and just flicking the colour with my fingers across the background.

The greeting was stamped in VersaMark ink and embossed using Gold Embossing Powder

Tricks & Tips

  • Tape your watercolour paper down to something solid, I use a small clipboard, but chipboard from the backing of patterned paper, or to your grid paper on your desk will work also.
  • If you ever feel your paper is getting too dry to let you work with the colours easily, brush over the paper with a damp brush or lightly spritz the paper with water using a spritzer.

View the video below, to see how easy it is to use this technique.

Supplies

I often get questions about what supplies I use in videos. To make it easier for my blog friends, all supplies are listed below! 🙂 click on the image you can purchase directly from my online store


Looking for more Watercolouring Ideas – visit my Resource Library for other great watercolour tips and techniques