Video: Watercolor Stamping

Welcome. Today I have a video sharing a way to get great watercolor results with very little effort. Gotta love that!

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I always have wanted to be a wonderful watercolor artist, but it just wasn’t in the stars for me. So I am a big fan of any technique that let’s me “fake” fabulous watercolor results! Using watercolor markers is very helpful… and I love the vibrant color.

For today’s cards, I used the new Spectrum Aqua Markers. (Although you can use any watercolor markers you may have.) I will be honest – I wasn’t sure I needed another marker that I could use for watercolor since I have a few I like. However, after playing with them, I discovered two big/unique things I really liked the Aqua Markers. First, I really like the super-fine tip. It is very high quality and great for details. Second, this marker stamps very well! I was impressed. I scribbled the ink onto a solid stamp and stamped it. The results? Very crisp. Awesome. The Spectrum Aqua markers worked great for today’s technique! (You can read the other properties of these markers HERE.)

For these cards, I colored the My Favorite Things tulip image with the Spectrum Aqua Markers and stamped on watercolor paper. I then just added water into the images… allowing the water to pull the color in from the color outline.

Just check out the artsy-and-oh-so-cool look you get with this simple technique…

For the background, I used silver pearl embossing powder (an inexpensive must-have) on light grey cardstock with the new My Favorite Things Garden Flourish background. For two of the cards, I stamped the sentiment from the Whimsical Wishes set on a white piece cut with the awesome Basic Edge Dies. (I will be using these a lot.)

For the third card, I stamped the sentiment from the tulip set onto a diagonal-stitched-edge rectangle die cut. (This Inside and Outside Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die set is another good one.)

I will be using this technique again. It is fun! I hope it works well for you too.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

Here are a couple other videos you may find helpful…

  • THIS video shows a similar technique, but with debossing.
  • THIS video shares watercoloring with Distress Markers. (Distress Markers could be used for today’s technique, too.)

SUPPLIES

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56 thoughts on “Video: Watercolor Stamping”

  1. Lovely cards– I really love the effect that you achieved with the watercolor markers and your card layouts are perfect!

  2. Gorgeous cards and fab watercolour technique. Thank you for the tip on using the solid dies, I have been trying to think of how to make them work with the stamps, I have recently bought a couple of sets. You have solved my problem! I am soooo pleased! xxx

  3. Jennifer,
    Beautiful cards. I like the embossing background, really neat. Also, the water coloring technique is awesome.

  4. Genius way to ensure the stamped image fits exactly into the die cut. I’ve seen so many stampers try either stamping then cutting, or cutting then stamping, and STILL get it lopsided. This is SO MUCH better – you ROCK, Jennifer!

  5. Oh Jennifer. You always make such beautiful cards and they become so easy to do after watching you! (Most of the time! LOL) Thank you for sharing your great cards, tips and techniques with us “wanna-be” crafters! LOL

  6. I was fortunate enough to win a set of the Spectrum Aquas and LOVELOVELOVE them!! I have since bought a second set and am saving for the other two sets! I have become obsessed with water coloring lately and these certainly make it easier to get beautiful results! I highly recommend them!
    Very pretty cards!! I have added the Tulip stamp set to my wish list! TFS!

  7. Love these cards and the technique. I have the Spectrum Aqua Pens on my wish list. I am saving for them now. I have seen several videos using them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  8. The Aqua pens are very interesting and seem to achieve a great look. thanks for another great video Jennifer.

  9. Just yesterday I saw those markers and was wondering how well they worked. Very helpful video and beautiful cards, using a bunch of MFT products that are on my wish list.Thank you!

  10. Just yesterday I saw those markers and was wondering how well they worked. Very helpful video and beautiful cards, using a bunch of MFT products that are on my wish list.Thank you!

  11. Such pretty cards and those markers look amazing.I have been looking into watercolour markers recently so I was so happy to hear your review of these Aqua Markers.

  12. I’ve been using watercolor pencils which I find very quick and easy. I just scribble in a little color and then use the water brash to get the watercolor look. How do you think these new watercolor markers compare to watercolor pencils? Thank you for sharing the technique. The cards turned out beautiful.

  13. Thank you, Jennifer! I’m glad to see how well these markers work on clear stamps! I’m very pleased with these markers also, and already have another set on my wishlist. I’m also glad to see you using that beautiful background stamp, too – it’s been added to the list, too!

  14. Loved the cards. The elegant brocade look of the background along with the softness of the tulips was wonderful. Thanks for another great tut.

  15. Beautiful cards. Love the aqua markers and how esy it is to achieve the watercoloring. Love the beautiful background. Looks so elegant.

  16. Beautiful cards. I love the watercolor look and am always looking for easy ways to achieve the look since I’m not a watercolorist either. The background is so elegant yet doesn’t over power the gorgeous tulips. Thanks for another great video full of tips and techniques!

  17. thanks for the great video- now I can use some of my stamps that I haven’t used in a while in a new way. love it!

  18. Love the cards! How do these Aqua markers compare to Kuretake zig clean color real brushes? Maybe you can do a comparison video?

  19. jennier, these are lovely and so simple. Thank you for sharing your techniques. I will give this a try today. Love the Spectrum Aqua pens.

  20. Love the cards, so simple yet so beautiful.
    Do you know how these markers compare to the Tombow brush markers?

  21. What a great technique! Also, thank you so much for the how to on lining up dies with the image when you can’t see through them. I have several PTI stamp and die sets and this has always been a problem for me. Thank you!

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