Block Watercolor Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello! I am finalllllly back (sorry – summer is packed with kiddo stuff!) with a video showing another oldie-but-goodie technique. Block watercolor stamping is wonderfully fun and easy. I made lots of examples to show you!

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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I remember helping in my first stamping class almost 15 years ago. Sally Traidman was teaching for Hero Arts and I had just starting doing a bit of work with them. Sally taught a technique of inking up an acrylic block (clear stamps were really new back then), misting it, and stamping. I loved the results! Since then lots of people have done various “smooshing” techniques but this is still my favorite. I hope you like it!

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I have lots of examples to share! Be sure to watch the video for how I did this. In each case, I use the technique of inking up a block, misting, and stamping on watercolor paper. I then stamped or white heat embossed images on top. All of the stamps today are from the new My Monthly Hero July Hero Arts Kit and available add-ons. (More on that below.)

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I inked the blocks with Distress Ink before misting and stamping. However, you can ink with many different dye inks or markers. I find I get best results when stamping the block on watercolor paper (I mostly used Tim Holtz watercolor paper) and leaving the block in place for a few minutes. This allowed the color to get more intense.

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

After I dried the pieces, I white heat embossed images from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero July Kit and add-on sets on top. I love that there are so many image options in these sets! And the detail is fabulous…

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To make the images stand out even more, I “colored” them with my Wink of Stella Clear Shimmer Pen. The shimmer is eye-catching in person.

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also used my sewing machine to add details to the cards. (I have a Brother sewing machine that I use just for cardmaking. THIS is the newer model of the one I have.) And I have gotten my money’s worth from my machine! It has held up great after many years of sewing cards and has lots of stitch options. I also like to use heavy-duty thread.

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

By the way, you can control the intensity of the watercolor look in three ways: 1. The amount of ink on the block, 2. The amount of water on the block, 3. How long you leave the block on the paper to absorb the color. For this one, I wanted lots of color…

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also try using different size and shape blocks. You really can’t go wrong!

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You really don’t need many ink colors. For this rainbow card, I used pink, yellow, and blue inks only… and they mixed to create more colors…

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For my card bases, I used either a bright matching cardstock… or a muted neutral, such as kraft or light grey.

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next card features a sentiment created with glitter paper and the Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Cuts Set.

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

There are a few variations to this technique that are fun. You can create a fun, artsy, messy look by hitting the block when it is still wet on the paper. It causes fun splatters coming out of the edges…

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

You can also get unique and splotchy looking backgrounds by not putting something heavy on the block while it dries. This causes only some of the ink to reach the paper, giving a different result…

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

For a clean look you can also do the watercolor block stamping technique but cut it out fro a sharp edge.

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I can’t get enough of how pretty every background is! And it took no talent or effort… 🙂

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I did use the textured side of the watercolor paper for more interest. You can also get Ranger Watercolor Paper to create your own matching notecards with texture.

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Now these last two cards feature a different watercolor paper. In the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero July Kit, there are three 5×7″ and one 6″ circle pieces of handmade watercolor paper. This paper is 140lb, handmade, professional-grade, cold press, 100% recycled watercolor paper and it is deliciously textured!

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like the look of this paper torn on the edge. I can’t get enough!

Block Watercolor Stamping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink


This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the July Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit featuring fabulous and unique products. The kit value is $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 creative 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 7/11/17. (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. As always, this post was NOT paid for 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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550 thoughts on “Block Watercolor Stamping + Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. These cards are so beautiful! I’d never tried using a stamping block with Distress Inks. I just finished making 7 and it was so fun! And easy too! As always, you are amazing, & thank you for sharing!

  2. These are so beautiful Jennifer and with a technique I haven’t used in a while. Think I’ll be trying that this weekend.
    Fabulous as always.

  3. These cards are brilliant! I love the stitching accents. Thanks for sharing some great ideas!

  4. I love what you did for all these cards! They look really great and they are pretty easy to make. Let’s just say I have several backgrounds made from last night on my craft table. I had not tried this before. The flowers and containers from the July My Monthly Hero set look great on those pretty backgrounds!

  5. Love these beautiful colourful designs! It’s a great technique, sometimes the old ones are the best! Forgotten all about this one ! Love it x

  6. I’m so happy when you use Distress Inks. They are by far my favorite.
    Its nice to be reminded of this easy technique that produces such
    beautiful results. The simple stamped images are the perfect foil for the bright colors. Thank you.

  7. Your cards are great !!Thank you for the very clear video, with all your tips.
    I like the “splatter” and “splotchy” variations as wel !
    Warm summergreetings from Belgium.

  8. I’ve never seen this technique and I love doing ink smooshing, so I’m definately giving this one a try. Thanks Jennifer!

  9. As always a very clear and inspirational video. Jennifer, thank you for all the wonderful tips and techniques.
    Just love the colorful backgrounds using the block watercoloring, along with the clean white designs and sentiments. The stitching really completes the cards. Thanks!

  10. I have never done this particular type of stamping before but an very curious. Would love to try it out!

  11. Just found your blog and watched a whole bunch of your videos today!! Thank you for sharing all these different techniques. I used to do paper crafts and got caught up in the craze in the ’90s… some health issues through the years prevented me from doing cards until now. i want to try this technique… looks doable to me. Thanks again for sharing your techniques… really appreciate it 🙂

  12. Jennifer- I am so glad I discovered you and Hero Arts! I am so inspired. I’m a teacher, off for summer vacation, and I’m watching your videos and trying many of your techniques! What fun!

  13. I haven’t used this technique before but I will be trying it, love your cards they are so bright and happy. You have some great ideas.
    Di B.

  14. I love having another technique to use with distress inks (it justifies my having bought the whole line of minis!) and this was is so good. Definitely going to try it. It should be especially interesting with all the squiggly-sides blocks I have.

    I love the kit’s stamps this month, and I wish I could take advantage of the fact they aren’t sold out yet, but I can use any of the dies so the cost just isn’t reasonable for me, when I can’t use almost half the kit. 🙁 Especially since these aren’t stand alone dies, so I can’t hand them off to an acquaintance with an embossing machine.

  15. Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for sharing this oldie-but-goodie. I don’t have a large stamp block, but I do have a Paper Smooches mirror block stamp and a MISTI… and it worked just fine. 🙂

  16. I’m so grateful when you do a video on the hero arts kits. You always give me a fresh perspective. Thank you.

  17. This is such an easy technique. I should be able to remember it when I sit down to create. This kit is right up my alley,

  18. I can’t get enough of these techniques. Watercolour was my starting choice for mediums and I always seem to go back to it! So therapeutic.

  19. I have never tried block stamping but you made it look so easy! Your cards turned out great.

  20. I always love the techniques you come up with. I will never run out of ideas after watching your videos. Thank you!

  21. Already purchased (but reimbursements are always nice!) Getting beautiful ideas on a stamp kit that is so versatile and beautiful! Thanks Jennifer 🙂

  22. Wow! I love how vibrant the colors are from leaving the block on for longer! I’ve tried some ink smooshing before, but have never gotten bright colors like this. Thanks for sharing another fantastic technique!

  23. I enjoyed reading the blog and watching the video. I made 4 cards using the technique I learned from you. Thanks for a clear presentation! Thanks for the opportunity to win this kit. I love everything in it.

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