Watercolor Block Background

By | December 3, 2015

I saw a card on Lisa Young’s Blog that inspired me to create one of my own.  This card uses a wonderful technique to create a watercolor background using an acrylic block and markers.

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To create my background, I used an E sized acrylic block.  Make sure your acrylic block is nice and clean.  I used StazOn Cleaner on mine.  The solvent in that cleaner is great for removing tape goo residue, but you could also use any solvent such as WD-40 or Goo Gone.  I started with some watercolor paper slightly larger than I would eventually need, so I could trim it later.  (I learned the hard way that it’s way too hard to line up the block straight.  So take it from me, stamp first and then trim around the stamp!)

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I used three colors of Stampin’ Write Markers to create my background including Lost Lagoon, Blackberry Bliss and Night of Navy.  Using the brush end of the marker, draw randomly all over the acrylic block until the whole block is colored.  When I did mine, I started with the lightest color first, Lost Lagoon, and pretty much colored the whole block.  Then, I added Blackberry Bliss around the edges and a few places in the center.  Finally, I added some Night of Navy sparingly.

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Next, spritz the acrylic block with clear water until it looks completely wet and the colors are blending.  There’s a fine line here.  If you don’t spritz enough water, it will come out splotchy looking.  If you spritz too much water, the water will drip right off the block when you go to stamp it.  My advice is to flip it over while you’re holding it over scratch paper, make sure it’s not dripping, and then stamp it directly onto the watercolor paper.  Press hard so it absorbs.

When you pick up the block, use a Kleenex to blot up any pooled water.  You’re going to LOVE this effect!  Every time you do it, you’ll get different results, and it’s SO PRETTY.

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To finish my card, I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to perfectly align the Wonderland Trees and stamped them with Mossy Meadow ink.  Then, I highlighted them with a Signo Uni-Ball White Gel Pen to create the snow.

I wrapped the whole top layer of my card with Silver Metallic Thread. Then, for the greeting I used the Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies to cut “Noel” out of Silver Glimmer Paper.  The Fine-Tip Glue Pen works great for adhering delicate words like this.

Hope you have fun trying this technique.

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Thank you so much for your interest in reading my blog and have a wonderful day!

Tami Hewlett


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