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Watercolor Wash Resist

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!

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I also added touches of Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen to the center of the flower for sparkle.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I like how this technique gives subtle results…

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

The sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Thanks and Encouragement Stamp Set and Simon Says Stamp Word Mix 1 Die.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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!

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

Here is similar card, but with a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp CZ Clean Live Everyday Stamp Set.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

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.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

This next flower die is the Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stem Die.

Watercolor Wash Resist Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I hope you will try this technique! Just a tip – it works best with translucent watercolors. Distress Ink and water is perfect!

NEW RELEASE

Today I used new products from the Simon Says Stamp Believe In You release. I had such fun playing with them! You can find all the fun products HERE.

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 Simon Says Stamp branded products and those with asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.)

Simon Says Stamp Thanks and…
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Simon Says Stamp Thanks and…
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Simon Says Stamp Word Mix 1 Die
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Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Bloom Stamp
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Simon Says Stamp Scallop Waves Stamp
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Simon Says Stamp Stripe Jumble Stamp
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Simon Says Stamp You Matter Stamp
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Simon Says stamp Greeting Mix 1 Stamp…
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Simon Says Stamp CZ Clean Live…
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Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Stem Die
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Simon Says Stamp Daisy Stem Die
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Simon Says Stamp Sunflower Stem Die
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Simon Says Stamp Sunflower Frame Die
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Simon Says Stamp Carnation Frame Die
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*Memory Box Underwater Scene Dies
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*Memory Box Birds and Blossoms Dies
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*Hero Arts Rectangle Inifinity Dies
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*Avery Elle Scalloped Mat Dies
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Tim Holtz Distress Ink
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*Altenew Obsidian Black Ink
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts Unicorn White Ink
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Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
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Neenah Classic Crest 110lb Cardstock
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
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Grafix Platinum Vellum
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat
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Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
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Water Wash Bottle
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Hero Arts White Satin Pearl Embossing…
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Ranger Brushes
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Mini Ink Blending Tool
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Sakura Stardust Glitter Pen
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Mini Glossy Accents
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Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cut Machine
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*Lawn Fawn 12″ Ruler
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Couture Creations Creative Detailer Tool
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Jewel Picker
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Micropore Tape
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Therm O Web 1/2 Inch Purple Tape
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Lawn Fawn 1/4″ Double Sided Tape
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Gina K Dot Runner Adhesive
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Gina K Connect Glue
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29 thoughts on “Watercolor Wash Resist”

  1. I’m the first to comment!! YAY, me! Jennifer! You’ve done it once again! I am in love with this technique but I say this with ALL of your techniques! How fun this is going to be! Can’t wait to give it a try! The SSS Word Mix die is so awesome and what a time saver!! Guess what is going on my wish list! Love the matching stamp set too! TFS You are such a blessing!!

  2. Great techniques, Jennifer. I especially appreciate that you’ve shown how to use so many dies with these backgrounds–such a versatile technique. Thanks for sharing the card designs and the video

  3. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. It seems we need more ideas during busy times in our lives. Thank you for taking the time to inspire us. It is much appreciated.

  4. You blew me away with these cards, they took my breath away. I love this technique and want to try it. The new SSS flower dies are outstanding! Thanks for all you do.

  5. Enjoyed this video and plan to do the watercolor resist later today. Thank you so much for your informative and easy to understand instructions. By the way, your cards are beautiful, as always 🙂

  6. Jennifer,
    I’ve seen your past videos of the watercolor resist and this video is great. I love all the new Simon Says floral dies too. You give me such great inspiration especially when my mojo is down and out. Thank you.

  7. Again, I loved your techniques and the beautiful colors you chose. THANK YOU thank you for telling us the colors of distress inks you use. Sometimes you can tell which color of distress ink you are using. I love that you tell us the name of the distress inks or alcohol inks!! Thank you for the time you spend sharing techniques and tips and tricks!!! Awesome cards again!

  8. I didn’t know embossing ink alone could be used for a resist. Cool! I look forward to trying it. I’m also loving these layouts. I have a stack of backgrounds that need to be made into backgrounds. Now I’ve got some great inspiration! Thank you!

  9. An other great technique Jennifer, I love that you always use supplies that many of us have.
    Your cards are stunning, thank you so much for showing and enjoy your stay on the lake.

  10. Catching up on some of your videos! Beautiful cards with a fun technique that I haven’t done for ages, so may well have a play later. That stamp set with the die that cuts a load of sentiments all at once, LOVE it. Thanks as always Jennifer for a brilliant video ❤️

  11. Jennifer,
    These are absolutely gorgeous!! This technique is that something different and special that I was looking for. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  12. Hi Jennifer. Thank you for another splendid video. I loved this one. And I particularly loved how you used the pinky/purple floral background in an arty wonky way on two cards. Fabulous work! You are my favourite papercrafter to watch and I’m really grateful for the time you spend putting these great videos together. Crafty hugs, Lesley

  13. Thanks for sharing your awesome video showing these different and beautiful techniques! I love the backgrounds you created and how you finished each off into cards using some fun new products!!

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