Video: Dye Ink Watercolor

Hello. Today’s video shares how to use dye inks as watercolor. (You gotta love a technique that lets you get more out of what you already have, right?)

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Watercolor is very popular right now. There are so many watercolor products available – and that can be overwhelming. Using dye inks often works well for “watercolor” of stamped images… and you likely already have it on hand. For today’s video, I used the new Lawn Fawn dye inks. (These inks are excellent inks – click HERE for a video with more info on them. And another HERE.)

Aren’t these images from Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends and Party Animals stamp sets adorable? So fun. I stamped them with VersaFine Black Ink on watercolor paper and clear heat embossed them. After pressing the new Lawn Fawn Dye inks (Lobster, Celery Stick, Peacock, Fish Tank, and Juice Box) on to an acrylic block, I used a water brush to pick up the color and watercolor the images.

The new Lawn Fawn wave border dies offer three “wave” sizes – small, medium and large. The small is perfect for the little scene I created on a small white panel for the center of the card.

For the background of the cards, I die-cut the new Lawn Fawn Cloud Border dies (again, three sizes in the set) several times out of yellow cardstock and adhered them together like a puzzle for an inlaid look.

I encourage you to try this technique with whatever dye inks you have on hand. Just experiment with different amounts of water and practice for a bit. It will work great!

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67 thoughts on “Video: Dye Ink Watercolor”

  1. Glad to see another use for dye inks. You are so clever. What I really love on these cards is the piecing of the background (yellow). My, oh, my.

  2. I love using my Distress Inks for watercolor techniques. I’ll have to try my other dye inks as well. Thanks for the video!

  3. Great video, Jennifer! I’ll have to start experimenting with my dye inks. Love the way you used die cuts to make the background to create a lot of texture without bulk.

  4. Wonderful and very creative. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. The die cut background are a great part of the card!

  5. WOW!!! These are so amazing! Loving the darling combo with the balloons and party hats, the fun use of the cloud dies and your color choices! Pinning these right now. šŸ™‚

  6. I love when you share ideas on how to use products we already have and you never push a product! Super Cute Fish Cards Too!!!

  7. Beautiful card. Thanks so much for sharing, and having a video. Love it!! I learn so much, and get so inspired by all your videos.

  8. Love the idea of stacking the yellow “waves” next to each other. So much easier than layering them on top of each other, and the look is fintastic.

  9. I love this card and want to start doing more watercoloring but I am struggling. I bought a Memento pad from Michaels and it’s not true black and smeared after heat setting. I figured it was old and bought another from Amazon. Again, not a true black and it’s still smearing when I watercolor. I’ve tried embossing my image with black EP from Stampin’ Up and the water is removing the EP. Suggestions?

  10. So Cute. I love when I have the stamp set you are using. I may put grad caps on them or a santa hat. You know just to be silly.

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