Hello! Today I am revisiting an old favorite technique of mine… watercolor lifting. This is a great way to create fun backgrounds with products you likely have!
[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.]
I have done many videos that involve variations of watercolor lift techniques in the past. (See below.) Today I am focusing on colorful backgrounds created with markers or ink and background stamps.
By the way… on the envelopes of my cards, I used the Stamping Village Holiday Seals Stamp Set (SSS | HA). This is an amazing set with designs from lots of our favorite companies! More on that below, too.
My first card shares a basic watercolor lift with embossing. After creating a watercolor background on Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper with Tombow Markers, I clear heat embossed the Hero Arts Nordic Holiday Stamp (SSS | HA). I generously sprayed it with watercolor and then wiped the surface to “lift” the color… causing the un-embossed areas to get lighter. The color under the embossing stays darker. Such a fun look!
Distress Inks also work great for watercolor lifting. Here, I used various colors to create a watercolor background. I then clear heat embossed the Hero Arts Winter Village Stamp (SSS | HA)… and then “lifted” the color from the un-embossed areas. Simple. Quick. Fun!
I added a Hero Arts Snowflake Cluster (SSS | HA) stacked die cut and white Hero Arts Enamel Dots (SSS | HA). The sentiment is from the Hero Arts Greetings Christmas Message Stamp Set(SSS | HA) and I cut the label using the Hero Arts Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies (SSS | HA).
The embossed watercolor lift piece on this next card was created with the Hero Arts Arch Pattern Stamp (SSS | HA). I turned the piece into an ornament with the Hero Arts Poinsettia Ornament Die (SSS| HA) and added a Hero Arts Peace (SSS | HA) die cut.
I love that background! So much texture.
This technique is fun with Antique Linen Distress Ink and Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz instead of water. It creates a sparkly gold look. (I wish I could capture it in the photo!) I also added a Hero Arts Paper Layering Poinsettia Die Cut (SSS | HA).
That flower is so pretty… and easy to make.
My last example uses the Hero Arts Reactive Inks (SSS | HA). They are amazing with this technique! I also used the Hero Arts Graphic Snowflake Stamp (SSS | HA) and Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz for the background.
Looking for more ideas? Check out these videos:
- More embossed watercolor lifting
- Two-for-one cards with embossed watercolor lifting
- Two-for-one cards with die cut watercolor lifting
SPECIAL STAMP SET
In my video, I also share a special new stamp set created by the companies of The Stamping Village. Each company contributed a holiday seal design. SO FUN. I will be using it again in an upcoming video. You can get it any of the companies involved including Hero Arts, Concord & 9th, Gina K Designs, Lawn Fawn, Pinkfresh Studios, Waffle Flower, Altenew, Art Impressions, Dare 2B Artzy, Avery Elle, Pink and Main, Studio Katia… and Simon Says Stamp.
The next stop on the hop is the blog of Jessica-Frost Ballas. You can also start at the beginning of the hop over at Hero Arts.
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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 with asterisks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, I was not paid to do this post.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.