Cardmaking, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Stamping, Two Minute Tips

Easy Watercolor Look for Beginners (or Anyone!)

Do you love the look of watercolor, but need a foolproof way to get it? EH Design Ambassador Ardyth is here today with a technique that uses solid stamps and dye inks to ‘fake it ’til you make it’!

Hi everyone! Ardyth here with a short video showing how I used the solid heart stamp from High Five and some Catherine Pooler Designs inks to get a watercolor look quickly and easily!

I love the look of watercolor, but it’s a technique I’m still practicing. There are so many types of paper, paints, brushes and it takes practice to figure out how much water to use and when. So far my results are, shall we say, ‘inconsistent’. And that’s ok. Any new technique takes a while to learn. But in the meantime, I wanted a quick and easy way to get a similar look and here it is!

What you’ll need:

  • watercolor cardstock (Ranger used here)
  • die inks (Catherine Pooler used here)
  • solid stamp (heart from EBE High Five used here)
  • water (I used a Nuvo Spray Mister)
  • (optional: MISTI stamp positioner)

I started by placing my panel of watercolor cardstock in my MISTI. I positioned the heart stamp in the top-centre – this is where I want my sentiment to be, and I’ll build the pattern from there.

I inked the stamp with Party Dress ink and then used the rock-n-roll method to add Flirty Fuschia to just one edge of the stamp. Before stamping it onto my panel, I gave it two spritzes of water with my Nuvo Mister.

Tip: When you stamp it down (with or without a MISTI), let the stamp sit for a moment so that the watered-down ink can transfer into the watercolor cardstock.

I moved my cardstock up by 1 1/4 inches and repeated the process with two different inks. Then I repeated until I had the centre column of hearts completed.

I moved my carstock panel to the left and repeated the process, and then to the right, until my panel was filled with watercoloured hearts.

Tip: If you’re not using a MISTI, you can either ‘eye’ your positioning or you can draw a grid with pencil onto your cardstock so that your hearts are where you want them.

I used some gold metallic watercolor from Altenew to splatter over the panel to add some interest and shine.

I stamped a partial sentiment from the newly released EBE Set Voices In My Head Vol. 3, using Versafine Onyx ink .

Finally, I added some Pearl White jewels from Pretty Pink Posh for sparkle. These jewels are iridescent and add sparkle without distraction!

Variation: try this technique with watercolor markers such as Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip or Zig Clean Color Real Brush!

Here’s a quick video to show my process – I hope you’re inspired to give this technique a try!


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  • Reply Helen Budzik August 4, 2020 at 10:01 am

    Thanks for sharing this simple but delightful technique. Stay well.

  • Reply Lori August 4, 2020 at 11:04 am

    What a lovely and fun card! I am going to try this out! Question: I have that same glue, but it never dries truly clear and it dulls the shimmer of my sequins and jewels. Do you find that? Thank you.

    • Reply Ardyth Percy-Robb August 4, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Interesting – something I haven’t given much thought to. I try to use as little as possible, to keep the glue under the jewels, but I know if I have put them down upside down into the glue, I don’t use them on the card. I also use confetti sequins because I don’t like the look of holes in conventional sequins, so I don’t have glue squishing through the centre. These may both be my unconscious responses to the problem you’re talking about! lol!

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