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. It’s straight to the craft room to give this a try… always great to see new ideas. Thanks for sharing and what a great give away….. fingers crossed 🙂

  2. What a gorgeous technique, thank you! I love watercolor and so I am ecstatic about a new way to use it! This kit is just beautiful with all the wonderful animals and great sentiments and I love the way you used it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Completely blown away!!!!!!! What a bang for such an easy technique. I am soooooo trying this.

  4. Hero arts just surprise me all the time – I think gee they can’t come up with much more – and there you go – they have done it again. These stamps and dies are so beautiful and are so versatile. congratulations Hero Arts.
    PS a suggestion – some Australian themed stamps and dies would be great

  5. I love this kit. I was so disappointed that it is sold out that I subscribed to the monthly kit so I don’t miss another one. Your technique is wonderful!

  6. As always, you do beautiful work and inspire me to break out of the norm and try new techniques.

  7. Wow – stunning cards and a fun technique. Thanks for the wonderful video tutorial.
    I love these stamps and dies.

  8. I LOVE this kit but unfortunately it’s sold out! My sister lived in Africa for many years and I was happily able to visit her one year. I would love to win the set! Your cards are gorgeous and remind me so much of my time there. Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. Love these cards. Definitely going to try this with my boys. I absolutely love the lion face stamp. Every time I watch your videos my wish/want list gets longer 😉
    Thank you for time in making these awesome videos.

  10. I went and tried the technique right away. I have now depleted all the wrap in the house. It was fun. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. I love this set. Was so sad to see it already sold out. Love the plastic wrap technique. I am definitely going to try it

  12. Beautiful cards! I love everything about them and the kit (well I don’t love that the kit is long gone – that makes me sad). I’ve never tried this technique before but will have to. I hope you had fun using the technique with your kids after you made the video!

  13. Thank you so much Jennifer. What a blessing your videos are, sharing your talent and techniques. It is very appreciated.

  14. Oh my word those backgrounds are awesome! I’ve used foodwrap by dipping it on watercolour on a acrylic block or something. And then sotting it into your card. But I’ve never seen it done like this fantastic! But very sad face kit is already sold out…….

  15. Now here are some cards I can make as is. I recently bought the pearlized and gold water color paints. I love them and will give this a try. Really amazing.

  16. What a wonderful technique! The cards are stunning! Thanks so much for sharing the technique and inspiration!

  17. OMG! Just stmbled upon this site. I am SO in love with this Hero set, but sadly it is sold out. The set is so great. The possiblities are endless to create beautiful fun cards and much more. I would love to be the lucky winner 😉

  18. i love the african animals set. I think of many ways to use them. I would be happy to win them.

  19. I never liked Saran Wrap until now. You have an amazing way to turn things into works of art that anyone can do.

  20. Your cards are beautiful! I love the idea to use the wrapping foil like this. I’ve learned so many techniques from you, thank you for that!

  21. So enjoy seeing your ideas. I have little time to test and explore myself and love that I can quickly recreate some spectacular cards. Thanks for sharing your views and talent.

  22. Hakuna Matada! Roaring up with excitement! Waited a long time to win! I’m WILD about this kit and trying the technique with wrap! I am a softy for wanting to feed the animals so I hope you select me for this GRRReat Kit! Thanks again Jennifer for your talents!

  23. Great technique, it worked really well with the African scenes. I think I have done something similar in the past.

  24. Oh my gosh, I love this technique! I don’t have any water color paper. I thought my dad did but it’s tracing paper not water color. Is it expensive to buy? I so want to try what you did because it looks so cool! I would imagine any color would work for the background and we have plenty of plastic wrap. I’m going to try this as soon as I get some water color paper. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for being a part of the hop and for giving us the chance to win something!

  25. This was such a great video Jennifer. I must confess I’ve been watching your amazing videos for a while now and they’re so inspiring! But this is the first time I’ve popped into your blog to ‘follow up’ on the details of the items you used. I’m not disappointed either, it’s very clear what they all are with your supplies list. Thank you, you make it all so easy. Loved the sandwich wrap technique you used, such a clever, simple and fun way to add texture to the watercolour background. Definitely will be giving this one a go. Thanks for all your wonderful tutorials, I’ve been finding them super useful and inspiring. Hugs, Wends x (Crafty Kiwi Mama)

  26. I wouldn’t have thought to use this with the “sunset” look. Its just stunning. I’ve used plastic wrap crumpled up & inked to create backgrounds , but not with paint clever!!

  27. I adore this stamp set and am sad it’s a limited edition. The cards are absolutely gorgeous!

  28. WOW bring back memories of doing this! It turned out very nice. thanks for sharing with us, you always do a wonderful job!

  29. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your monthly kits!!!!! I just discovered your that you have monthly kits. I should have signed up LONG AGO. This kit is absolutely striking. The technique is really cool can’t wait to try! Love using the black for the animals, etc. Also, I just signed up for your blog. You are SUPER CREATIVE. THANKS FOR THE DEMO

  30. Love this stamp set. A perfect African safari! Love the crunched up wrap technique. Thanks Hero Arts and thank you Jennifer.

  31. Those backgrounds are absolutely beautiful! I have only recently discovered your videos and I am so impressed with the beautiful things you create! I can’t wait to try some of the techniques on cards that I will be making. I love the African theme…they make a dramatic card with those glorious backgrounds!

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