Faux Watercolor Stamping (With Markers) + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Thanks for stopping by. Today I am sharing tips for using markers with stamp layering to get a watercolor look. This works great for anyone who doesn’t have a lot of inks!

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I love love love the look of watercolor but just am not good at painting myself. So this technique is a good one for me!

All of my cards today feature stamps from the Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero Kit. This kit contains a beautiful layering stamp set to create sunflowers and pumpkins… along with great sentiments. (See more info on the kit below.) Although any images would work for this technique, I thought the style of this set was perfect!

For each layer of the sunflower, I “inked” up my stamp with a Tombow Marker. (These markers are available in small sets or a big momma huge set… which I have and love.) These markers have a brush tip that is excellent for inking stamps. I then misted the stamp 3-5 times from about 2 feet above before stamping on watercolor paper. The more water you use, the more of a messy, watercolor look you get. If you use less water, you get a more crisp look.

I used two watercolor papers today – Hero Arts Handmade Watercolor Paper and Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. I personally like these two papers because they are white. (Many watercolor papers are off-white.) The Hero Arts Handmade Watercolor Paper seems to absorb the color faster and therefore gives a softer watercolor look. The Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper gives a bit more vibrant result. I like both!

After doing my “watercolor”, I used partial die cutting to trim down the white panel. I added it to a Hero Arts Kraft notecard that I stamped with a Hero Arts Starry Night Brushstroke background. On the example above, I just stamped the background with VersaMark Ink. On the example below, I used gold embossing powder. Can’t decide which I like better!

I also used my Sakura Quickie Glue Roller Pen to add dots to the center of the sunflowers and scattered around the flower. After shaking on Hero Arts Gold Embossing Powder, I heat set it… which gives me tiny dimension details!

Here is an example where I used more water for the watercolor technique on the Hero Arts Handmade Watercolor Paper. SO pretty! I am really liking the look of that handmade watercolor paper.

For this last sunflower example, I used a different design with the partial die cutting on the inside edges. I don’t like it as much, but it is good to try different ideas!

And finally… the perfectly perfect perfecto pumpkin! This pumpkin is gorgeous and easy to create. That Hero Arts September My Monthly Hero Kit is gorgeous.

I hope you will give this technique a try!


This post is part of a blog hop celebrating the September Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit featuring beautiful and unique products. The kit value is $70… but only costs $34.99! (The folks at Hero Arts are awesome!) You can see all the details HERE. The kit is available for a limited time only – once it’s gone, it’s gone. And they sell out fast! (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 great new products available that coordinate 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 wonderfully awesome Lydia Fiedler. (You can always start at the beginning of the hop at https://heroarts.com/blogs/hero-arts-blog/sept-2017-mmhthe 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 9/11/17. (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 asked for, paid, or sponsored.) Click on the letters below each picture to go to a favorite store, such as Hero Arts (HA) and Simon Says Stamp (SSS).