Susan Simpson - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Stampin' Up! - Watercolour Background Tutorial

Hello, all the Coffee &  Cards ladies this week loved the easy watercolour background technique that we used to create our cards.  We had a young lady join us who was so pleased with her card she wrote on the inside straight away and sealed the envelope ready for her brother's birthday!

If you weren't able to join us here is a quick step by step tutorial showing you how we made this simple and very effective background.  This is what we did at Coffee & Cards but I thought I would try to recreate a seaside background instead!


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Start by scribbling the Stampin' Write Markers of your choice onto the bottom half of an acrylic block.  (I used Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake).


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Then using Soft Sky and Pool Party, again scribble on the top half of the block.


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Fill a Stampin' Spritzer with water and, holding approximately 4 inches away from the block, spray 4 or 5 times so that the ink colours become mobile.


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Take the block and quickly place ink side down onto a piece of watercolour cardstock.  Press firmly so that all the water and ink is transferred.


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Lift the block carefully.  If you have any puddles of water you can dab with a tissue to remove.


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I placed a clear stamp block on top of my watercolour card to flatten it whilst it dried (it only takes a few minutes)!


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I used a Basic Black Archival Stampin' Pad to stamp my image - just in case the watercolour card was still a little damp.


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The horizon line on the stamp I used did not quite reach the edges of my watercolour panel so I used a Project Life Journaling Pen to cheat and extend the lines on each side!


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I coloured in the images with the Stampin' Write Markers.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Happy Home, Stampin' Up! Susan Simpson Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Watercolour background tutorial,

I also made a coordinating insert - I do like things to be finished off properly!


Craftyduckydoodah!, Happy Home, Stampin' Up! Susan Simpson Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Watercolour background tutorial,


Some simple matting and layering and a die cut sentiment finish off this clean, simple card.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Happy Home, Stampin' Up! Susan Simpson Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, Watercolour background tutorial,

This is such a marvellous way to create a quick and effective background and, it turns out differently every time!

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, I hope you have a go at this simple technique - if the instructions don't make sense - please message me!  I would love to see photos of what you make too.

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Happy crafting!

Susan xx















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