Cardmaking, Die Cutting, EBE by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen, General, Hello Monday, Stamping


Julie is here to share one of her favorite ways to watercolor by using gorgeous colors of water-based ink pads!

Hey, hi, hello! Julie on the blog today! If I have to color something in, my favorite is to use some form of watercolor! I own Peerless Watercolors, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors, Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and even a few more forms, but if you’re in a pinch, and have a variety of water-based dye ink pads, you’re covered! All you need is means to transfer the color from ink pad to something non-porous—I often reach for my Waffleflower Media Mat!


  • You’ll get the best, most watercolor like effect by using non-permanent water-based dye ink pads.
  • You can custom mix colors on your media mat (a.k.a. silicone palette).
  • I personally like using my Pentel Aquash for this painting method.
  • If you heat emboss your black images, try using a rich black pigment and clear, detail embossing powder; no more stray specks of black embossing powder on your project!
  • Watercolors are very forgiving because they can be lightened and softened by diluting with water.


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