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. Why can’t I remember that it doesn’t have to be “difficult” to create such beautiful cards.
    Definitely saving this for later. 🙂

  2. Love your cards. Watching you do the technique in repetition really helped me perfect it. Thanks again! Can’t wait to get my sewing machine ready to use for cards. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love this technique and will definitely try it. Awesome video showing all the different card examples! The white watercolor paper on the light gray card stock looks great. Does anyone know what color gray Jennifer might have used?

  4. Love these cards….just beautiful! Can’t wait to make a bunch with this technique for card gift sets….great for Christmas. Can’t wait for the kit to arrive.

  5. Thanks for this blog post! I already tried this technique as soon as I saw it! I even tried it with Distress Oxides, but I liked the regular distress colors best! What a pretty Hero Arts kit! Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. What a simple and fun technique! And I love the way the white embossing looks on the watercolor background.

  7. Love this technique! What fun colors too! This kit is so beautiful…..can’t wait to get mine! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  8. All of those cards are gorgeous! You could sell packs of them then donate that money to the kindness campaign ❤️ How much would you charge for that?

  9. Wonderful backgrounds and I love the white heat embossing! What size needle do you recommend for stitching on the watercolor and cardstock. I’m purchasing the sewing machine and heavy duty thread but I’m not sure about the needle size.

  10. Great cards! I love this technique but I never thought to leave the ink to sit and absorb into the paper. I’ll definitely have to try that. And I love the stitching, especially the little zigzags you added. Thanks Jennifer!

  11. Was looking for some watercolour inspiration for an upcoming engagement party and wedding invites that I am creating. This was perfect timing to have this come up. Very clever and love the cards ?

  12. Looking forward to trying watercolor block stamping. I have several birthday cards to make in a hurry and this may just work perfectly. Thanks for sharing.

  13. A great and easy technique that yields such beautiful results. Thanks for sharing and for bringing new life into a forgotten technique.

  14. Waiting to see your card creations each month is like the anticipation of Christmas. There is always something you never knew you wanted until you open your eyes. Thank you for your creativity and always being so generous in sharing it with us.

  15. Love these cards!!! And I love your videos ~ you really show us how to make lovely cards with all your careful instructions. And thank you for the chance to win this lovely kit!

  16. Jennifer–once again you have made the most beautiful cards–I just love them! And I learn so much from you blog and videos. After watching the video, I went straight to Hero Arts and purchased the kit–luckily it was still available! I have got to try these techniques! The are just beautiful and look a lot better than the other “smooshing” techniques I have tried! Thank you so much for all that you share & do!

  17. Love all your cards! This technique is so simple and yields such gorgeous results. Love the stitching you did, it adds so much!

  18. Lovely! Now to dust off my sewing machine. The stitching really adds a lot to the card. I remember doing the block and ink technique a long time ago, but like a lot of of things, have forgotten it. Thank you for the beautiful video Jennifer.

  19. I am relatively new to card making and find your videos informative and inspiring. I watch your you tube videos in my downtime at work. Thanks for the opportunity to win a set.

  20. I love the look of these cards! I may need to buy a few more acrylic blocks so I can run wild with this technique.

  21. They say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well I love this technique and I will imitate it. In fact one of my friends liked it so much too that I received a card from her using your techniques. Your videos are amazing and very easy to follow. So glad I found your site!

  22. Beautiful cards! Sometimes I struggle with how to start a card – I think I over complicate it sometimes.
    This is great inspiration for me – thanks!

  23. So pretty! I have never tried sewing on my cards, you might be inspiring me to try it.

  24. Such beautiful backgrounds – all your colour choices are lovely and the variations with cut edges, torn edges, different paper etc all look wonderful.

  25. Thanks again. I tried this again and had such fun!! I think I will experiment with other papers!

  26. Beautiful cards as always!! I am looking forward to my kit! Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to try this technique.

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