Same Technique for Another "Look" with the Elegant Designer Paper
Exploring the Secret of a Using a Watercolor Background for a Dramatic Card

The Secret to Create That Watercolor Background in a Minute!

Today I'll show you "The Secret to Create That Watercolor Background in a Minute."  If you're in a rush or you just enjoy that watercolor's project is's the first card using the Hand Drawn stamp set for the image...


This awesome splash of color does two things--we don't have to use  markers or pencils & it doesn't take a long time.  We simply use re-inkers & the new Water Pens (aka Aqua Painters).  It took me longer to decide on the colors to use than it took me to create this background.

In the above card I used the "scribble" technique--just back & forth with the brush. In the second card below I use the circular method--brushing in circles to apply the color. Both are fast, fun, and fabulous.


The secret to good watercolor backgrounds is to work quickly, not apply too much water, & not to go over the same area many times. Doing any of those things will cause the surface of your paper to "pill" up which is not very attractive.

I'm going to give you step by step directions followed by the Supply list so you can purchase your supplies today.

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1. Cut Thick Basic White Cardstock 4 1/4 X 11, score long side at 5 1/2 (card base).

2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3 7/8 X 5 1/8; adhere to card front with liquid glue.

3. Cut Water Color paper 3 3/4 X 5

    *Place a couple of drops of reinker in the lid of the corresponding ink pad (or other flat container) (Card #1:Polished Pink, Pale Papaya, Granny Apple Green)(Card #2: Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo,Melody Mango, Granny Apple Green)

Ink pads + reinkers

    *Assure water is loaded in broad flat brush, swish through ink blending in a bit of water and "paint" on the area of the cardstock targeted (see photos). Blend over the edge of the colors so they flow together.

    *When paper dries stamp flower image and stem image in black ink (e.g. Memento); stamp Hello in black ink.

    *Add Wink of Stella to flowers

    *Adhere to black layer with liquid glue.

    *Adhere one medium & 2 small rhinestones (see photo).

Your card is ready for sending!

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