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Watercolor Swiping + LOTS of Cards + GIVEAWAYS

Hello! Today I am sharing a super simple technique for creating smooth watercolor backgrounds. This is perfect for creating many cards at once!

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

A few weeks ago, I showed how to create colorful backgrounds by swiping alcohol ink on yupo paper (HERE). After that, I showed how to create ink pads with baby wipes and dye reinkers (HERE). Well today I am combining those two techniques to create watercolor swiped backgrounds!

I show many ways of doing this technique in my video. And they are SUPER easy. I also showed a few different products you can use… including Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor ( HA | SSS ), Gina K Ink Refills, and Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks ( HA | SSS ). (By the way, Distress Ink and Oxide Reinkers would be great for this, too. I just ran out of time to demonstrate it!)

Because I have so many cards for you today, I will just be putting the supplies used next to each card image below. Keep in mind there are MANY more shown in my video. Yep, I went overboard. 🙂

Diagonal Rainbow Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Check out how smooth that rainbow is…

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Friends Stick Together Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Postage Stay Crafty Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I really like the look of the Hero Arts Postage Infinity Dies ( HA | SSS ) – makes it look like a postage stamp. Perfect for us cardmakers! 🙂 I also like using Silver Metallic Cardstock for my notecards when doing bright elements. I gives nice balance.

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Zig Zag Stay Crafty Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I applied the watercolor in a zig-zag motion for fun.

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Stay Crafty Negative Postage Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here you can see the sparkle on the rainbow from the Inkon3 Liquid Pixie Dust Ultra Fine Sparkle.

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Simple Crafty Friends Cards:

By the way, I made A LOT of examples similar to those first few… be sure to watch the video to see them!

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This is super simple… just a quick swipe of watercolor with heat embossing on top…

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Bold Crafty Friends Cards:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Subtle That’s A Lot Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I like that the Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder ( HA | SSS | EH ) picks up whatever color is behind it and makes it metallic.

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Bold That’s A Lot Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Share Handmade Kindness Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Hello Ink Friend Card:

Although most of my cards are rainbow, you can use this technique for many different looks…

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Make Handmade Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Make Stuff, Be Happy Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Bold Make Stuff, Be Happy Card:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Sending Crafty Hugs:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Sending Crafty Hugs:

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

If you aren’t really happy with one your watercolor swipe pieces, use it to peek out from behind a die cut! Works perfect.

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Eat Sleep Craft Repeat Card:

This design works well with the smaller pieces you have left over from the above cards…

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Eat Sleep Craft Repeat Card:

This card uses all the scraps! Keep them and use them!

Watercolor Swiping Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I had SO MUCH FUN making these cards… and thankfully I now have lots of cards to send out! My stash was getting low. 🙂

BLOG HOP & KIT

This post is part of a blog hop featuring the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit. This kit is the BEST yet… and is packed full of fun 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. And they sell out fast! The stamps and dies are not sold separately. (Remember that Hero Arts does 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.)

HERE is the kit. All this is valued at $70, but costs under $35…

There are also many great new products available that coordinate with the kit. Worth checking out! You can find them all HERE.

The next stop on the hop is the blog of Nichol Spohr! You can find her HERE. You can also start at the beginning of the hop at the Hero Arts Blog.

GIVEAWAY

I am so excited about today’s products that I am buying more of my four favorite sets to send to a lucky winner! For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 5/12/19 telling me which set is your favorite. (To leave a comment, head to blog, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too!)

Also…

Hero Arts is giving away a kit as a prize to a blog reader – selected from the comments across all of the blogs in the hop. The giveaway closes 5/12/19… and the winner will be announced the following week on the Hero Arts blog.

SUPPLIES

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the Hero Arts products which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts May My Monthly Hero Kit
[ HA ]
Hero Arts Stamped Just For You Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Crafting Tools Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Crafty Messages Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Handmade Happiness Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Handmade Happiness Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Stick Together Stamp & Cut
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts One of a Kind Stamp & Cut
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Knitting Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Knitting Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Cross Stitch Patterns Stamp…
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero ARts Cross Stitch Alpha Stamp Set
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Hello Stamp & Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Knitting Pattern Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Tin of Brushes Stamp
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Crafting Border Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Needle and Thread Confetti Die
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Wood Frame Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Postage Infinity Dies
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Share Handmade Kindness
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor
[ HA | SSS ]
Hero Arts Glimmer Metallic Inks
[ HA | SSS ]
Gina K Ink Refills
[ GNK ]
Inkon3 Liquid Pixie Dust Ultra Fine…
[ SSS ]
Kirklands Baby Wipes
[ AMZUS ]
Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing…
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Hero Arts Ultrafine Clear Embossing…
[ HA | SSS ]
VersaMark Ink
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
[ SSS | ELH ]
Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink
[ SSS ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
[ HA | SSS | ELH ]
Anti Static Powder Bag
[ SSS | ELH ]
Art Impressions Stamp Positioner
[ SSS | ART ]
Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
[ SSS | ELH ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ SSS ]
Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
[ AMZUS ]
Gina K Silver Metallic Cardstock
[ GNK ]
Hero Arts Pitch Black Cardstock
[ HA | SSS ]
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
[ SSS ]
MISTI Stamping Tool
[ SSS | ELH ]
Microfiber Cloth
[ SSS ]
White Craft Foam
[ SSS ]
Therm O Web Purple Tape
[ SSS | ELH ]
Gina K Connect Glue
[ SSS | GNK ]
Kokuyo Long Dot Liner Adhesive
[ SSS ]
Gemini Junior Die Cut Machine
[ SSS | ELH ]
Your Next Die Wire Cutters
[ SSS ]
Flush Wire Cutters
[ SSS ]
Simon Says Stamp Envelopes
[ SSS ]
Gina K Envelopes
[ GNK ]


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654 thoughts on “Watercolor Swiping + LOTS of Cards + GIVEAWAYS”

  1. Love these coloring techniques and your creative backgrounds. Thanks for sharing your crafty inspiration to show off this fabulous new kit!

  2. I love this set. I had I idea they had a subscription box. I am going to my craft room to make a bunch of these backgrounds. Thank you for the inspiration.

  3. Jennifer, you are one of my favorite instructors! You are so inspiring but also the instructions are very clear. The rainbow baby wipe technique is something I will try. Those glitter inks are cool.

  4. All your cards are just perfect, bright colors & great designing. This kit is outstanding & has a lot of possibilities. Thanks.

  5. Hi Jennifer:

    Thanks so much for your many ideas. The set I like the most and think I will use often is the Stamped Just for You set. Thanks so much for the Giveaway!! 🙂

  6. These are such happy cards! I love their colors and your techniques! And what fabulous Stamp sets for crafters! I love them ALL!

  7. I love the Hero Arts Monthly kit stamp set! All I can say is, “Wow!” I’d love to get any of these stamps for my birthday today!

  8. Hi Jennifer. You are such an inspiring lady! I learn so much from you. I also learn how to use so many of my card making products with your tutorials. Re: which kit -they are all lovely but I would choose the Hero Arts crafting one as I got my mom into card making and we both have a passion for all things crafting -especially sewing.

  9. Hi Jennifer! I love all of the dies but the Crafty Boarder is awesome especially using your backgrounds. I am going to try this technique this weekend! Thank you for sharing!

  10. I love your colorful rainbow cards and plan to start adding rainbows to my spring cards. Your techniques are so fun. My favorite stamp set is Hero Arts “Stamped Just For You”.

  11. Jennifer – these are so cute. I love the backgrounds, will certainly be trying these.
    My favourite stamp set is the tin of brushes.
    I have my brushes in a cute tin and just love looking at them – makes me happy.

  12. My favorite stamp set is For The Love Of Stamping. But I have to say, the Hero Arts monthly kit has a killer heart in it as well as fabulous sentiments. If I could choose two, those two would be my vote.

  13. It’s hard to pick a favorite but I am a big Art Deco fan, so that one has been a lot of fun to create with. This one is really cute, but I don’t have a lot of friends who are crafters so I’m not quite sure what I’ll do with this set just yet.

  14. WOW!!!!! I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to choosing stamps….. I do love this month’s Hero Arts stamp set. You did an excellent job as always 🙂

  15. I have to agree with the previous poster, I would love have more time to try out all the wonderful ideas you have shared with us. You are an inspiration on so many levels. Thank you!

  16. The versatility of the 6×6 background Stamp is a major draw.
    What a wonderful technique and beautiful cards!

  17. I just ordered the monthly Hero Arts kit and a couple of the items that go with it. I just love your backgrounds and am so inspired by your use of items that I already have. I love, love, love your videos!

  18. This is an awesome set! I especiaaly like the crafty backround stamp! Thanks for showing all your beautiful creations!

  19. I loved the crafty friend die cut you’ve used before. And of course when I went to purchase it, it was out of stock. So I’m so excited to see so many crafty elements. I have a girlfriend who I crafted with for years whose had to move out of state to help after the death of one of her parents. I miss her soo much. And I love anything like this I can send to her and make sure she knows how much I miss our time together. So thank you for using them. I’ll definitely be purchasing some of these.

  20. So hard to choose just 1 favorite! I really love the stamps included in the monthly kit. Can’t wait to try out the techniques you showed us in the video. I love watching your videos!

  21. I have to try the rainbow swiping method for colorful backgrounds. It looks like so much fun. I like the “Stamped For You” stamp set. I again think that would be lots of fun. Thank you for teaching me so MANY new things. Every video has something new and of value.

  22. I used to do a lot origami until I developed problems with my hands. I now get satisfaction stamping and die cutting. I also get a lot of pleasure just watching and listening to you when you’re making things. Although I love the cat within the ball.of yarn the set i like the best is.thCraftyMessage s set. I subscribe to My Monthly Hero so that will be arriving soon.

  23. I love this kit! It looks so fun, I can’t wait to get mine! I love hero arts’ infinity dies and any kind of frames are fabulous! So excited. Your cards are beautiful as usual. Thank you for sharing!

  24. Your cards turned out so beautiful Jennifer. I love the effect of the rainbow stripes. Funny thing, just the other day I was saying the postage stamps dies were next on my list to buy 😍. Trying to support HA as much as possible. Love the Stamped Just For You set, but the knitting ones are really cute too. Thanks for the brilliant video and super fun ideas ❤ Big hugs, Lisa xx

  25. Brilliant kit from Hero arts once again, my favourite is the heart ‘ make stuff and be happy’ card, thank you for sharing all these wonderful cards.

  26. Wow, you Cards are absolutley stunning! I love the Hero Arts Monthly kit and will have a look at it. The craft border die is also really great for some fun cards. Thanks for showing so many ideas!

  27. My favorite is the Knitting set. I love the expressions on the cats’ faces!
    I get so much joy, Jennifer, from your posts and videos. I love your creativity and your calm, optimistic, pretty voice, and I also really love that you make so many rainbows. Rainbows are so happy.

  28. Oh man, so many great sets!! I have a weakness for adhesive so love Stick Together. But Handmade Happiness is brilliant.

  29. Your cards are so fun…every last one of them!!! My fave has to be the stamp set in the HA May kit. And running a very close second is the HA Stick Together stamp set. Love, love, love them both! And buying both!!!
    Thank you Jennifer, for always inspiring me. 😘

  30. Really love your cards and video’s 🙂 You really inspire me as a crafter. All of these Hero Arts sets are brilliant. I love how they coordinate together. My favourite one is the Crafting Tools background stamp. Can see myself colouring in the images and doing some fussy cutting to add pop 🙂 Thank you for doing a giveaway, always fun.

  31. Hero Arts Crafty Messages is a great stamp set. So many uses for these great sentiments. But is is hard to choose just one. They are all amazing! Thanks Jennifer for doing a tutorial showing these great sets. I have my fingers crossed I win because my Birthday is May 13.

  32. What a wonderful card kit! Love all of your cards.
    Thanks for sharing the swiping technique for your backgrounds. You are so creative….

  33. What great cards and great use of reinkers as well as watercolors! I love the postage die and that went right on my wish list (it’s backordered). Thanks for the video and all that you share o your blog!

  34. Hi Jennifer:
    Loved this video (I don’t care how long it is I watch straight to the end, lol). I agree with your daughter about the left over strips card because I think it is my favorite too. But I also really liked the green/blue one as well. Thankyou for all your hard work with these videos . They are wonderful and inspirational.
    Lisa C Johnson

  35. I am definitely going to try this technique. I love bright colors and will be doing this with my 7 year old granddaughter she loves to craft. The crafty stamps and dies are awesome and I can’t wait to surprise my crafty friends with cards made with these clever and adorable items.

  36. Loved this video and the stamps and dies! I’m ordering some of them now but would love to win the Knitting stamps and dies. They are sooooo cute!!

  37. Wow what a stunning technique! I haven’t got a ton of supplies andam always looking for ways to use my stuff in different ways. Thank you! I love the monthly kit, especially the heart and the background stamps are superb. It is such a unique range of stamps that I couldn’t choose a real favourite!

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