Monday 1 August 2022

A week of Watercolour ideas - it's Watercolour Month in July

 Watercolouring made easy

July 2022 was Watercolour Month and so you will have seen many Stampin' Up! Demonstrators featuring watercolour techniques on their BLOGs and on Facebook and Instagram.

I was a little late to the game, as I have been concentrating on other products and Sale-a-Bration, but I did catch up this week with 3 different watercolour techniques!

Using Watercolour Pencils on Designer Paper

This was our first technique that we covered, and although we used designer paper - in this case Perfectly Pencilled; you could stamp some images first and then colour these in. You would need to use a waterproof ink such as Staz-On, or heat emboss with clear embossing powder over a water based ink such as Stampin' Up! Classic ink pad.  These were inspired by the lovely Patty Bennett from in the USA.

Take your watercolour pencil of choice and just colour in part or all of your image, and then use a damp (not soaking) waterbrush, aquapainter or paintbrush dipped in water to move that colour around slightly.

This gives a lovely soft image, and is in fact the card design we used for coffee and card this week. To finish these cards we stamped the sentiment onto a small strip of white card, which we then punched our with our dual oval punch. The background scallop oval was punched out of the black card which we also used underneath the printed piece to layer onto a notecard.

Here are some more samples. You can click on either photo to see the video.

The Emboss-Resist Technique

Our second technique was the Emboss Resist technique - stamp your image onto watercolour or shimmer white paper using Versamark or similar ink. You then add white embossing powder and heat emboss the image. I then added some drops of our reinker onto a block and picked this up with a waterpainter and plenty of water - spreading this across the image.

In my sample below I used the Butterfly Brilliance stamp and then used the co-ordinating dies to cut out the coloured butterflies. These were then layered onto some of the Perfectly Pencilled papers.

Watercolour Block Technique

Our third technique was the watercolour block technique.  Ink up your acrylic block with some classic ink from an ink pad, and then spritz the block with water. Stamp this coloured block onto some watercolour or shimmery white card stock. Make sure you allow this design to dry before adding further stamps such as sentiments or images. You can see this technique in detail in the video below.


I was very pleased with how the sea scene came out - I had no idea that was what I was going to up end up with - and that's the fun of this technique.

I hope you like the card designs, do let me know your favourite in the comments section. Thanks for visitng today!

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