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. I like the way the colors just melt into one another. So very pretty!
    Keep the ideas coming, especially the oldies bc I’m new at this hobby!

  2. I love watching your video tutorials! Your watercolor block stamping technique makes it easy to use the Hero Arts July Kit stamps in creating vibrant & cheerful summery cards. Thank you for the inspirations! 🙂

  3. Since I’m kind of new to card making it’s all new to me. Love the cards. Thanks for including the video.

  4. Hero Arts images look great embossed in white over your colorful backgrounds. I really like the one stamped in black too! Enjoyed this video and all your tips. Thanks!

  5. I adore these cards! I love this block technique but you have given me some different tricks and techniques to try too, thank you so much! I am loving this kit too! xxx

  6. This HA kit is gorgeous…I adore the watering can with flowers, and the sentiments are so sweet. Awesome video on this technique and so many beautiful cards! I am in love with the added stitching to the cards…now I will have a use for my sewing machine. ? Thank you for all you share and teach! Have an amazing rest of your summer. ❤️

  7. Once again you’very give me a new technique to try. Thanks!! Love the way these cards look!

  8. So gorgeous! Thanks for sharing! I’m excited to try this. Glad you are enjoying your summer!

  9. I watched this video on my walk/run eariler today (yes I’m the weirdo watching craft videos while running 4 miles)
    Anyway, love this almost forgotten technique. I remember this and love how you made so many cards with different variations of it. The pushing down and having it splat out is very cool!

  10. Love the block coloring backgrounds. Forgotten techniques are always great when brought back for another round.

  11. Wow, what great vibrant cards! You inspire me so much with all of your creations. I can’t wait to have a go at this. Thanks for sharing x

  12. Great technique. Takes all the guess work out of how to color the images. I enjoy the color smooshing background and the embossing of the images.

  13. Jennifer, each and every card is just lovely and so unique to your style of creating. You have such a way of manipulating color in any form, but I have a special fondness for your watercolor techniques. Thank you for sharing this tried and true block technique with these oh so gorgeous samples!

  14. I absolutely love this technicque. I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you for showing us this. I hadn’t seen this simple but awesome technicque before.

  15. Jennifer, after watching your video I just had to make a couple of thank you cards using this fun technique! LOVE your beautiful set of cards and love this new HA kit! Thanks for your awesome videos!

  16. I love how you did your backgrounds! Do you have to use water color paper? I don’t have any, just white card stock. I’d imagine the coloring would look a little different but not to much different. I want to try this! What a great idea and something I never would have thought of.
    I have a question though. Is the ink or whatever you use on the block easy to clean off? I have 2 acrylic blocks that are stained is the only way I can explain it. It’s hard to see through them so it’s hard to see the stamp when you put it on the block. It’s stained with white and I’ve tried to clean them but nothing seems to work. Someone gave them to me so I am not complaining but I wish I could get them clean.
    I’m going to watch your video and see how you did this although with the way you described it I think I can figure it out on my own.
    I always love what you do with your stamps and inks and you always do something different. Thanks for showing us your beautiful work and for giving us the chance to win something.

  17. Love this technique and so easy to do. Thank you for all your great videos. Would like to win this set

  18. I love how you create and how you explain your style, so easy to follow you!! I love Ha New kit cant wait to try it out!!

  19. I love this technique, something I can do with my granddaughter. So often we teach our kids to “color within the lines”. She is going love coloring outside of the lines.

  20. Beautiful cards, Jennifer; all so bright and cheery. Thanks too for another great video… this looks like a fun technique which I’ll give a try. Love the results!! TFS.

  21. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful cards and this awesome technique. Your always inspiring!!

  22. Wow I’ve done block stamping before, but thank you for all the great tips — I’ll be much better at it from now on!

  23. I’ve been planning to make some sets of cards and I think this technique would be perfect! Thanks! Did you say you were going to link to your sewing machine? I didn’t see it.

  24. What a ‘happy filled’ blog post! Love the colors! Love the technique! LOVE these little stamps. Thanks so much for sharing another post filled with inspiration!

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