Wrapped Watercolor + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am sharing a really unique watercolor technique that anyone can do. All you need is food wrap! I have lots of examples and a blog hop, too.

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I really like the look of watercolor but am not good at using them. So today’s technique is right up my alley – anyone can do it!

The “wrapped watercolor technique” is simple! I applied a generous amount of watercolor on watercolor paper and then stretched and wrinkled Saran Wrap on top. Once it was dry, I peeled it off and was left with a really cool effect…

I chose to use Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor because of the creamy, intense color, but you could likely use any watercolor. I trimmed each wrapped watercolor piece I created and added them to a notecard along with black stamped images from the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Kit and a black Hero Arts Thorn Tree die cut. Surprisingly quick to create!

For this next example, I crumped the food wrap before putting it on the wet watercolor. Once it was mostly dry, I removed it and was left with the coolest look…

This technique is unpredictable! And that is the fun part about it. I think this background is my favorite.

I decided to do a card with a bit of a different design. For this one, I used the die/cloud die from the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Kit to cut from a wrapped watercolor piece. I adhered it to a white notecard and stamped images from the Hero Arts June My Monthly Hero Kit.

I also added a few messy lines of Clear Wink of Stella to the background for shine.

Next, I created a few cards with white heat embossing instead of black ink. This worked best on the wrapped watercolor pieces I created that were a bit darker.

Blue and purple watercolor also works great for creating a unique night sky with this technique. Here I crumbled the food wrap before applying…

… and here I stretched the food wrap out…

This next card shows the wrapped watercolor technique with shimmery Finetec Watercolor on a dark blue cardstock. Subtle, yet shiny! Oh, and stamped the flaps of the matching envelopes with either the Hero Arts Mud Cloth or Tribal Stripes Background Stamp.

Before finishing, I decided to use the amazing new Hero Arts Brave Lion Stamps. I put him on a background created with the wrapped technique on kraft cardstock with gold Finetec Watercolor. Easy!

There are many ways to use this technique. I hope you give it a try!


This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the June Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit featuring LOTS of unique products. The kit value is over $70… but only costs $34.99. You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. (Remember that Hero Arts does now have a subscription option with FREE US shipping and $9.99 international shipping in case you never want to miss out on a kit. Find out info HERE.)

There are also many fabulous new products available that coordinate well with the kit. You can find them all HERE.

Here is the kit. All this for under $35!

The next stop on the hop is the wonderful blog of the wonderful Wanda Guess. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.


Hero Arts is giving away a kit to a lucky blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. For your chance, leave a comment below and on all the blogs in the hop by 11:59pmEST on 6/11/17. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be shared on the Hero Arts Blog. Hero Arts will reimburse the winner if they already bought the kit.)


Want to find the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those from Hero Arts or those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), etc.

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601 thoughts on “Wrapped Watercolor + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY”

  1. Jennifer, As always, your work is amazing! I love this technique you used to make the backgrounds. It looks fun, I will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing a little tutorial on it!

  2. Great technique which I will be trying. Something about the look of the stretched plastic wrap version makes the background look as if there are hills and plains behind the images. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I love the animal theme! Wow, the patterns are amazing! I love the look of sunset across the animals and trees! WOW! These are really fun ideas I can’t wait to give them a try!

  4. Spectacular technique! The backgrounds you created are awesome! Thanks for sharing all your great inspiration !

  5. What Beautiful backgrounds

    I think i will try it on colored cardstock prepared withbwatercolor grounds yummy

  6. All the card are awesome. The card where you crumped the food wrapper is beautiful.. I can’t wait to try your techniques. Keep up the beautiful work !!

  7. I would love to win this set since it is already sold out! I hope they will release the animal stamp set to be purchased in the near future. I love love the animal silhouettes. Beautiful cards Jennifer.

  8. Oh my gosh! Jennifer I can’t wait to try this watercolor technique! Whoda thought plastic wrap could make magic like that. Darn, I wanted this kit terribly bad, but due to an unexpected hospital visit I missed out. Jennifer, thank you for being such an inspiration to me and showing me your beautiful work. I truly look forward to your videos.

  9. I LOVE this! Too often we have to be exact in order for a technique to work well. This allows a bit of poetic license, and results in very different outcomes that reflect our personalities. This is a great set to reflect the beauty of this food wrap process. Thanks for this lesson!

  10. I so wish I would of know about this set. Just saw some of the wonderful cards made using it and now I really, really want it. If anyone bought an extra set and would like to sell it let me know.
    So love your technique and beautiful cards.

  11. Gorgeous artwork Jennifer! That lion is fantastic!! This technique looks easy enough for all experience levels. Thank you for all your hard work putting these videos together!

  12. Your cards are fantastic! I’m so glad to learn how to make backgrounds with this fun technique–thanks so much for sharing the video 🙂

  13. I really enjoy your videos and can’t wait to try this technique. I wish my cards looked as awesome as yours!!

  14. This is my first my monthly hero and I love it! Can’t wait to start making so fun cards! Does anyone know where I can get more of that metallic white cardstock that comes in the kit. I love it! Love your videos Jennifer! 🙂

  15. Very cool technique. I have sold bold stamps that I would not have thought to stamp in black ink over a colored background. Thanks for the idea!

  16. Beautiful cards!! Love the background technique and the Sahara silhouette scenes are amazing! The only watercolors I have are watercolor markers which I’m not sure would give enough ink to do this but I’ll give it a shot.

  17. Absolutely beautiful. I love this technique. I will be trying this out soon. Thank you Jennifer.

  18. Great ideas, thank you for sharing! I also want to thank you for letting us know when items you are using can be substituted for something we may already have. I am fairly new to card making, die cutting, stamping, etc. since I just started in January of 2016 and wish I had known of your website then. It would have helped me figure out what supplies are must haves and the differences between inks, dyes, etc. which is still somewhat confusing. Again, thank you for sharing your talent and knowledge with us.

  19. Stunning cards and what a great technique Jennifer – you have rocked this set! This HA kit is the first one I have absolutely wanted to buy and as I am away I didn’t get around to ordering and of course it’s sold out. Never mind , such is life! I will be able to get some similar products I am sure. Thanks for the fantastic video… really LOVE that technique and fant wait to try it. Lisa x

  20. Hi Jennifer!

    I have a question st the end of this comment.

    These cards are absolutely sensational! I love how the different color stories really give a completely different feel for the cards. I love the look of the “scrunched up” food wrap. I think I’ll do a couple of large pages with pastels on one and bold on another, then I will use flower die-cuts to make a few sets of floral cards. These stamps and dies are exactly what I have been looking for. I’m very excited about the kit and the techniques! Thank you for all you do!

    I was wondering. Do you work with any company that makes a stamp of a donkey? I want one to make cards for Democrats. Thank you for letting me know.

    He IS Able!
    Traci Starkweather
    [email protected]

  21. I am a senior but a beginner at card making and can use all the help I can get. For this reason your website and all the tutorials are an absolute Godsend, thank you so much Jennifer. You’ve given me the confidence to try a few things. If I am lucky in winning the kit it will be the icing on the cake! Very many thanks!

  22. Love this stamp and I wish I would have known about it when it came out. If anyone would like to sell their stamp I would love to purchase it.

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