Hello! I am a big fan of subtle resist techniques. Such a great way to create soft, colorful backgrounds. Today I show how to do so with watercolor. It is easy!
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A few weeks ago, I shared a subtle resist technique that you can do with Versamark Ink and dye inks. (Find it HERE… or a Distress Ink-specific technique video HERE.) Well today I am showing how you can get a similar look with watercolor. Be sure to watch the video to learn how to get the best results.
My first card features the new Simon Says Stamp Stripe Jumble Stamp. I stamped it on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and added a light wash of Tim Holtz Distress Ink and water with a brush. It is best to use less water. The VersaMark Ink somewhat resists the color and gives a fun background.
In my video, I share a trick for creating that perfect Grafix Platinum Vellum banner with a rectangle die. I also added a sentiment from the new Simon Says Stamp Thanks and Encouragement Stamp Set and Simon Says Stamp Word Mix 1 Die… along with a layered Simon Says Stamp Sunflower Stem die cut.
My next example uses the Simon Says Stamp Sunflower Frame Die over a background made with the new Simon Says Stamp Scallop Waves Stamp. I am loving those bright colors of Tim Holtz Distress Ink! The sentiment is from the Simon Says stamp Greeting Mix 1 Stamp Set… which I also used on all of today’s envelopes.
I also added touches of Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen to the center of the flower for sparkle.
My next card showcases the new Simon Says Stamp Stripe Jumble Stamp, Carnation Frame Die, and Simon Says Stamp CZ Clean Live Everyday Stamp Set (sentiment). I used Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing Powder to heat emboss the white notecard.
I like how this technique gives subtle results…
I *love* dies. And I really like the look of lots of white layered die cuts with a pop of color. This card features the Memory Box Underwater Scene Die, Avery Elle Scalloped Mat Die (background), and Simon Says Stamp Scallop Waves Stamp.
The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Thanks and Encouragement Stamp Set and Simon Says Stamp Word Mix 1 Die.
My next example shows the different look you get if you use a more water with this technique. This shows the Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp, Memory Box Birds and Blossoms Dies, and Simon Says Stamp CZ Clean Live Everyday Stamp Set.
I find that this technique works best with non-detailed stamps. And the results are “watercolor-y”, not “perfect”. If you want a similar look with more crisp results or with a detailed stamp, you can instead just stamp with Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink over a watercolor background. I am loving the Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Bloom Stamp!
I also stamped the Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp with light purple ink on Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock for the notecard… and added a sentiment from the Simon Says stamp Greeting Mix 1 Stamp Set and a layered Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Stem Die Cut.
Here is similar card, but with a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp CZ Clean Live Everyday Stamp Set.
These last two cards combine the techniques above. I first stamped the Simon Says Stamp Stripe Jumble Stamp on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper with VersaMark Ink and did a light wash of Tim Holtz Distress Ink and water with a brush. Since I used light colors, the pattern was subtle. To make it stand out a bit more, I stamped the Simon Says Stamp Stripe Jumble Stamp lightly again with Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink.
This next flower die is the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stem Die.
I hope you will try this technique! Just a tip – it works best with translucent watercolors. Distress Ink and water is perfect!
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