Water Color Techniques

Happy Home, Happy Retirement-Clear Block Stamping Background Technique

Clear Block Background Stamping Technique-Happy HomeThe Clear Block Stamping Background Technique is one of my all-time favorites! 
This technique allows you to create beautiful landscape backgrounds for any occasion!

I recently needed a retirement card for a friend, so I decided to combine this great technique with the stamp sets Happy Home and Fun with Flowers.

To create the background, I simply patted Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron and Crushed Cucumber ink pads directly onto my clear block "D",

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spritzed it with water,

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then stamped it onto my Whisper White (you could also use watercolor paper) card front, letting it set for a few minutes.

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  I lifted the block off and let the paper ink dry before stamping the image from Happy Home over the background. 

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I used Island Indigo, Early Espresso and Cucumber Crush markers to add color directly to the different parts of the stamp.

Remember, when you color a stamp with markers, "huff" on the stamp before stamping.  This will add moisture to the ink for a better image.

The greeting from Fun with Flowers is perfect for the occasion for this card!

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Create pretty backgrounds by giving the Clear Block Background Stamping Technique a try.  Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Be sure to share your creations with me. I'd love to see them!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Home (retired, but any stamp would work), Fun with Flowers (greeting)

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush ink pads, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush  markers

Paper: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "D", spritzer bottle with water

Happy Stampin'!

Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique-Detailed Dragonfly Inlay

Ombre Watercolor Wash with Detailed Dragonfly Inlit

A quick and easy card using the Ombre Watercolor Wash Technique with a dragonfly inlay.

Recently, I was cleaning up my craft table, and I came across a scrap piece of ombre wash watercolor paper.

This piece was created by swiping Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant inks over a piece of watercolor paper using an Aqua Painter.

(For more instructions, please visit my Watercolor Ombre Technique meets Detailed Dragonfly post HERE)

I also had a Whisper White dragonfly left over from another project, so I instantly knew that I should pair them up to create a quick and easy card. 

I cut the dragonfly out of the watercolor wash paper using the intricate dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die.   I mounted the piece onto a  Rich Razzelberry matting.  Then I simply inserted the white detailed dragonfly into the cutout, adhering it with my Fine Tip Glue. 

Now, my white dragonfly has Rich Razzleberry showing through its wings!  

Love how the dragonfly really pops on the bold background!

Then, I placed the matted piece onto my Whisper White card front, using Dimensionals to pop it up.  The greeting comes from Love and Affection and was stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

Ombre Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly Inlaid

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Love and Affection

Ink: Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Whisper white, Rich Razzleberry, watercolor paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Aqua Painter

 

Happy Stampin'!

Aquapainter Watercolor Wash Background Technique-Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash Detailed DragonflyOne of my favorite techniques is to create a simple watercolor wash background using an Aquapainter and ink.

For this card, I started out by creating my ink palettes by squeezing the tops of my closed ink pads. (Hard to photograph because I usually use both hands for the squeezing).

Colors used are Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder.

Making an ink palette

By doing this, the ink in the pad side will transfer ink into the lid.  This will now be my palette for picking up the ink with the Aquapainter.

Making an ink palette

Then,  I simply picked my ink colors from their lids using my Aquapainter, swiping each color in bands onto watercolor paper.

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After the paper had dried, I stamped the dots image from the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams along the edges using Island Indigo and Perfect Plum inks. 

The upper, detailed part of the dragonfly was cut out of Elegant Eggplant cardstock using the thinlits die from Detailed Dragonfly.  The lower, solid part of the wings was cut out of a scrap piece of Cucumber Crush card stock using the solid thinlit from the set.  The Cucumber Crush piece was left over from a recent cling wrap/shimmer ink project that didn't quite work, but I had a nice piece of scrap paper to craft with. Remember, never throw anything away!

The dragonfly was popped up onto the card front using Dimensionals, the greeting from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) was stamped using Elegant Eggplant ink, and Candy Dots were added to complete the card.

Watercolor Wash Background with Detailed Dragonfly

Watercolor Wash!

Any number of color combos will work with this technique.  Give it a try, and let me know what you come up with!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams (Bundle with the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies and save 10%), Wish Big

Inks: Pacific Point, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Watercolor

Accessories: Aquapainter, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Fine Tip Glue, Candy Dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Pencils and In Lines Designer Series Paper

I recently needed some quick and simple thank you cards.

To accomplish this task, I got out my Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper, In the Lines!

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines
Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

To create these cards, I simply cut down one of the 12 x 12 sheets of the Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper to 3" x 4" individual pieces. 

Then, I colored in parts of the images using the new Watercolor Pencils, using a Blender Pen to shade the colors.

Black, white with a pop of color! 

Watercolor Pencils and In the Lines

Super easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Archival Black

Paper: Rose Red, Basic Black, In the Lines Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils (Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive), Blender Pen, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

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Watercolor Pencils and Hey, Chick

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Am loving the Hey, Chick stamp set found in this year's Stampin' Up! Sale-A-Bration catalog (spend $50, earn a free item out of the catalog!)

These "chicks" just make me smile!

This is a quick and simple card featuring the stamp set plus the new Watercolor Pencils found in the Occasions Catalog. 

I stamped the "chick" onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Memento Black ink.  I colored her comb, tail, and beak using the watercolor pencils, blending them with a Blender Pen.  I used the Big Shot and circle framelits to circle cut the piece, along with the Real Red matting.  I inked up the chickens for the background using Memento Black, off stamped, then stamped so they would be muted. 

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The watercolor pencils are smooth, high-quality, acid and lignin free.

Perfect for water coloring stamped images. Use with Aqua Painters, Blender Pens, or alone.
And they come in 13 Stampin' Up! colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Hey, Chick and Watercolor Pencils.  A perfect match!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Hey, Chick

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Blender Pen, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Background Santa Part 2

Tie Dye Santa

Here's one more tie dye background paired with Santa cut out of Night of Navy card stock using the Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die.

See my Melon Mambo/Tempting Turquoise die dye Santa here

Colors for the background are Marina Mist, Island Indigo and Wisteria Wonder.  Inks were dabbed onto my clear block "E", spritzed with water, then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit for a few seconds, then lifted it up, and I was left with a tie dye background.

After Santa was cut out, the greeting was heat embossed using white embossing powder, then popped up on the background using Dimensionals.

What colors will you use for your tie dye Santa?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Die, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder,clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water,  Dimensionals, Fine Tip Glue

Happy Stampin'!

Tie Dye Santa

Tie Dye Greetings from Santa

Tye Die Santa: a little different Christmas card using non-traditional Christmas colors. 

The background is the clear block stamping technique.  I dabbed on Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my "E" clear block, spritzed with water so the ink would pool and run and then stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it set for a few seconds, lifted it off and let the ink dry. 

I Just love the tie dye look!

Greetings from Santa

Santa was cut out of Elegant Eggplant card stock using my Big Shot and Detailed Santa Thinlits Die. He was popped up from the background using Dimensionals.  The greeting is from the coordinating stamp set, Greetings from Santa, and was heat embossed using white embossing powder.

What colors will your tie dye Santa be?

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark

Paper: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Santa Thinlits Dies, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, "E" clear block, spritzer bottle with water, Tombow Multi-purpose glue, Dimensionals

 

Happy Stampin'!

Rose Red Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Here's another stenciled reindeer using left over pieces from Santa's Sleigh cut outs (see posting from 12/6).

The reindeer is Rose Red and the background is the clear block watercolor technique using Rose Red, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush inks. 

This stenciled reindeer makes me smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Rose Red, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red

Accessories: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Cucumber Crush thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

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A couple of days ago, I posted a project I did using the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits to cut out reindeer for Hershey Nugget boxes.

I was left with this strip of silver glimmer reindeer:

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I turned it over and used the strip as a stencil to create the Elegant Eggplant reindeer above.  Recycle and reuse, right?

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The background is the clear block watercolor stamping technique.  I dabbed Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my clear block "E", spritzed it with water so the ink would run and pool, then stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds, lifted it off, and I was left with this pretty tie-dye background. 

I placed the stencil on the paper and used a sponge dauber to add Elegant Eggplant ink.  In person, the reindeer looks like velvet.  I am loving this card!

 

 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: stencil from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Night of Navy thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot, clear Wink of Stella for shimmer

Happy Stampin'!

Flurry of Wishes-Emboss Resist Meets Clear-Block Stamping

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Here's another take on the Emboss Resist Technique. 

This card combines the Emboss Resist and Clear Block stamping techniques!

I first created by clear block background by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "E".  I spritzed it with water so the inks would run and pool and then stamped it onto my Whisper White card front.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds.  I then removed the block and let the paper dry completely. 

(It is important to make sure the paper is totally dry before moving onto the next embossing step.  If you don't, when you add the white embossing powder and emboss, your background may turn white wear the paper was wet.)

Next, I stamped the snowflakes from Flurry of Wishes using Versamark and heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  I sponged on a little extra ink around the embossed images, then buffed them off with a tissue.  This makes the embossed images pop.

I added rhinestones that had been colored with a purple sharpie to the centers of each snowflake.  I also added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little extra shimmer.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flurry of Wishes

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, clear block "E", Stampin' Spritzer with water, sponge, rhinestones, purple sharpie

Happy Stampin'!

Winter Lovely as a Tree

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We finally have had a taste of winter here in the mountains of southern Colorado.  We've also had a little snow.  Just enough to cover the ground, then melt away a couple hours later as the sun came out.  But, we'll take whatever moisture we can get! 

This card was inspired by our little taste of winter.

The background was created by dabbing Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder and Night of Navy inks onto my clear block "H", spritzing it with water so the inks begin to run and pool, and then stamping it onto my Whisper White card front.  Once dry, I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree using Night of Navy.  The greeting comes from Greetings from Santa.  I added some clear Wink of Stella to the background for a little winter shimmer!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Greetings from Santa

Ink: Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: clear block "H", Stampin' Spritzer with water, clear Wink of Stella

 

Happy Stampin'!

Lovely as a Tree Fall Sunrise

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The inspiration for this card was this morning's sunrise!

Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist and Old Olive inks were dabbed onto clear block "H", spritzed with water, then stamped onto my Whisper White card front.  After the ink dried, I stamped Lovely as a Tree using Soft Suede ink.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree, Thank You Kindly

Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Soft Suede

Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede

Accessories: Clear Block "H", Stampin' Spritzer with water

Happy Stampin'!

Thoughtful Branches Note of Thanks

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Here is another clean and simple thank you card I created using the leaf from Thoughtful Branches along with the clear-block stamping technique.

I simply dabbed Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry inks on to my clear block "H ".  I spritzed it with water so the ink would pool and run, then stamped it onto my Whisper White card front.  After the ink dried, I stamped the leaf using Early Espresso ink.  To finish, I added a little clear Wink of Stella for a little sparkle.

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Watercolor Happy Ornament

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A quick and easy card using the watercolor technique and Happy Ornament stamp.  Colors used are Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron mixed together using an aqua painter. 

The color possibilities are endless!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Happy Ornament

Ink: Black Archival, Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Bermuda Bay, watercolor, Presents and Pine Cones Designer Series Paper

Accessories: Aqua Painter, rhinestones, yellow and green Sharpie Pens to color the rhinestones

 

 

 

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Happy Ornament-Cool Colors Clear Block Stamping

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Here's one more card made using the Happy Ornament stamp and clear block watercolor technique. 

Colors used for this card are Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Crushed Curry.

Looks like winter!

 

 

 Other supply: spritzer bottle with water

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Happy Ornament-Clear Block Stamping

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Here's another card using the Happy Ornament stamp set and clear block stamping technique. 

The background was the ink that was left over on the block after stamping the background for this card shared on Oct 4.

I like both effects, but I think I like the more sparse background a tad bit  more.  What do you think?

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Other Supplies: spritzer bottle with water, black Sharpie Pen for coloring in the rhinestones

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Tie Dye Happy Ornament-Clear Block Stamping

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 I'm really liking the fun Happy Ornament stamp found in the SU! Holiday Catalog!  

This stamp is perfect for water coloring, but I decided to change it up a little bit by creating a clear block water color tie dye background.

I inked up my clear block "E" by patting on Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon and Cherry Cobbler inks.  I spritzed the block with water until the ink began to pool and run and then stamped it on my water color paper card front.  I let it set for a minute or two so the ink would absorb into the paper, lifted it up and set the paper away to dry.  After it dried, I stamped the ornament using black archival ink.  I colored in the bow using a black Sharpie pen and then added a rhinestone that I colored using a red Sharpie pen.

The color possibilities are endless!

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Outdoor Adventure-Paper Towel Background-Nacho Average Summer Fun Theme Challenge

We have one more week of our "Summer Fun" challenge over at the Nacho Average site!

Won't you play along? 

Upload your creation using the Linky Tool. 

You just might be our Top Nacho!

Summer Fun

Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I created a fun landscape using some recycled paper towels that I had used to clean off stamps.

I wet the paper towels, cleaned off the stamps and then let them dry.  I have a collection of these in my stash and just could resist!

Before using the paper towels, I applied some glue from a glue stick onto a piece of Whisper White card stock backing.  They then have some weight to them, allowing me to cut them using the Big Shot and Outdoor Adventure framelits dies or trimming them with my paper cutter. 

I love how the paper towels add a cool texture!

The greeting is from Sunburst Sayings and was heat embossed onto my Early Espresso card base using white embossing powder.

 

Other supplies: various inks as I cleaned off stamp sets using wet paper towels, paper towels, glue stick

 

 

 

Product List

Big Shot
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Heat Tool
$30.00

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You're in My Thoughts Wonderful Branches

The Thoughtful Branches stamp set and coordinating Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies are only available through August 31 or while supplies last!

Thank you. Thinking of you. I'm here for you. We have the words that you want to say. Stamp what you feel, then add a tranquil tree to complement your thoughts.

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Thoughtful Branches
Bundle #144328, $52.00
Thoughtful Branches photopolymer stamp set #143529, $27.00
Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies #143538, $33.00

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Here's one that I created using the watercolor wash background technique.

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For the background, I did the watercolor wash technique by swishing Pool Party and Old Olive inks on watercolor paper using an Aqua Painter. 

To add dimension to the tree, I first cut the bare tree image and large trunk out of Early Espresso card stock using the Thoughtful Branches thinlits dies.  I stamped the leaves using Old Olive ink on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  I then cut the image out using the coordinating thinlit.  The leaves were then popped up on the Early Espresso branches and trunk using Dimensionals.
I stamped the greeting using Real Red ink, then heat embossed using clear embossing powder.
 
 
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Thoughtful Branches
Ink:Real Red, Early Espresso,
Paper:Old Olive, Pool Party, Real Red, Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, watercolor
Accessories: Big Shot,Beautiful Branches Thinlits dies, Aqua Painter, heat tool, clear embossing powder, Dimensionals
 

 

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Jar of Love Jar of Fishes with Video Tutorial

The new stamp set Jar of Love and coordinating Everyday Jars framelits dies just makes me smile!  The possibilities are endless to make fun, cute cards.

Here's one I created recently featuring watercoloring, heat embossing and embossing folder swish techniques.

 

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To view my video tutorial for making this card, please visit here.

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Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Jar of Love

Ink: Bermuda Bay, Rich Razzleberry, Calypso Coral, Soft Suede
Paper: Soft Suede, watercolor, Blooms and Bliss Designer Paper
Accessories: Big Shot,Everyday Jars Framelits Dies,Woodgrain Embossing Folder, heat tool, clear embossing powder, Aqua Painter, Bermuda Bay Thick Baker's Twine, pearls, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Glue Dot

 

Happy Stampin'!