What I Love – Watercoloring

By | March 3, 2016

My card today uses the What I Love Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  This is a great stamp set that you can use to make simple cards, like the one I showed you on Tuesday, or a more difficult one like my card today.

My card today uses a stamping and spritzing technique that makes the card look watercolored.  Yet, you don’t have to lift a brush!

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First, let me start with my color combination.  I put a lot of thought into the colors I choose for each project.  Today, I was going for a beautiful, elegant look.  Therefore, I choose soft, analogous colors.

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The What I Love stamp set includes a three-step flower:  1) an outline flower stamp, 2) a background flower stamp, and 3) a petal detail flower stamp.  They were created to stamp on top of each other, but I didn’t use them that way for this project.

Instead, I used the background flower stamp to add color for the spritzing / watercoloring technique, and then I used the outline flower stamp (as well as the leaf stamp) to add details later.  I started out by stamping the background flower stamp numerous times on watercolor paper using Lost Lagoon ink.  Afterwards, I spritzed the whole paper with clear water and let it run.  After the paper dried, I did the same thing with Pool Party ink.

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After that dried, I stamped the leaves with Pear Pizzazz ink and spritzed those as well.

The trick to this technique is to dry the paper between each color.  You can use a Heat Tool to hurry things along if you’d like.

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After the paper dried, I added outline flower stamps using Lost Lagoon ink and leaves using both Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz ink.  I also added a few Lost Lagoon splatters using the Timeless Textures stamp set.

Prior to adding the embossing, I rubbed the entire paper with an Embossing Buddy.  This is a super important step!  The Embossing Buddy removes the static from all the previously stamped images so the embossing powder will not stick to them.  Afterwards, I stamped the background flower stamp with White Craft ink and embossed it in white.

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As a final touch, I added a sentiment from the Greatest Greetings stamp set and some pretty Metallics Sequins.

Tip:  When adding sequins to your project, place a glue dot down on the paper first.  The sequin fits on top perfectly!

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Supplies used on my card:

This is one of my favorite techniques.  It comes out different every time, but that’s the beauty of it.  You really can’t do it wrong.  If you add too much water and the colors fade too much, just add more ink and a little less water the next time.
It’s also helpful to have some paper towels nearby to mop up any unwanted pools of water.  (Trust me!)
This is a very forgiving technique.  I encourage you to give it a try.

Tami Hewlett

2 thoughts on “What I Love – Watercoloring

  1. Veecee

    Great card and great technique… Will be trying this for sure.
    Many thanks for sharing.

  2. Mom

    Wow! I really love this card. It is so beautiful, I have to try it.



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