Cardmaking, EBE by Brandi Kincaid, Essentials By Ellen

Faux Watercolor Stamping How To With Essentials by Ellen

Do you love easy stamping techniques? How about one that gives you dreamy watercolor results with no paint brush required?

EH Design Ambassador Carly Tee Minner is here to share one of her favorite easy stamping techniques…faux watercolor!

To get started, gather your supplies…

  • a beautiful outline stamp like the Essentials by Ellen Mondo Pansy
  • an acrylic block or stamping tool like the MISTI
  • water-reactive inks like Distress Oxides
  • black ink
  • watercolor cardstock
  • spray bottle with clean water

Ink stamp with water-reactive ink and then mist generously with water before stamping onto watercolor cardstock.

The desired result is a little “puddly” so don’t be afraid to add more ink, more water and stamp again.

If using multiple colors, I recommend starting with the lightest color first and choosing colors that will mix nicely and not make a muddy brown. You can heat set between watercolor layers but I find adding wet to wet helps the layers blend.

You could stop here and finish with a sentiment BUT if you want to add the detail layer in black ink, let dry completely (or heat set) and then stamp the flower again in black,

The result is pretty pools of watercolor peeking out from under the image.


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  • Reply Helen Budz July 17, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Great technique. Never thought to get a watercolor effect with an outline stamp…tfs-stay well.

  • Reply Nozomi July 17, 2020 at 6:29 am

    Interesting technique – I’m going to try this!

  • Reply maureenkmorton July 17, 2020 at 6:37 am

    Another great technique, and one I’ve never seen. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks, Ellen, for all these great technique tips.

  • Reply sentsue July 17, 2020 at 7:13 am

    Fun technique Brandi. Need to go try it out. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Reply Casie Williams July 17, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Great effect! Gonna have to give it a try!

  • Reply Barbara-Jean Kubik July 19, 2020 at 1:43 pm

    This looks like a great technique. I’m anxious to try it! And I do love that stamp set! saving my pennies!

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