These cards just make me happy.. I love the Beautiful You stamp set and the free flowing watercolor wash background I created for these wonderful stamped ladies! The Beautiful You stamp set is available in both wood mount and clear mount versions, my personal preference is wood mount, but both are great. See more about our 3 stamp options HERE.
If you have been following me for awhile, you probably know that I am really partial to backgrounds created with a simple, yet colorful watercolor background wash. I created these Beautiful You note cards with Stampin' Up! watercolor paper, an Aquapainter, water and reinkers in Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, Flirty Flamingo and Pumpkin Pie.
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For the watercolor background on these cards, I simply used an Aquapinter brush to wet my Stampin' Up! watercolor paper, then dipped the tip into drops of Stampin' Up! reinker ink and washed across the wet paper. Let the colors bleed and flow to mix and make new colors!
For additional watercolor background techniques, you might like some of these posts…
ADDITIONAL WATERCOLOR WASH BACKGROUND TECHNIQUES:
view my watercolor wash background stamp technique post and video tutorial here
view my watercolor wash background with salt technique post and video tutorial here
view my alternate watercolor wash background technique post and video tutorial here
You might have noticed on the photo above, I mounted my finished watercolor masterpiece 🙂 onto both a Bermuda Bay and a Flirty Flamingo card base… I really liked both of them.. couldn't decide which one I liked better.. each one pulls out different coloring in the background!
Do you have a preference? The Bermuda Bay or Flirty Flamingo cardstock base?
After the background was dry, I stamped the lady in Archival Black ink and then added a bit of color to her dress, hat or umbrella with the Watercolor Pencils, blended it slightly with just a little more water, and that was it… very simple and quick card!
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Good morning Patty, Gorgeous cards. I have to say I haven’t tried this technique yet but I guess I should give it a go.I guess I’m afraid they won’t come out as pretty as yours.lol…… Have a great Sunday
So pretty! Thank you for the watercolor wash technique. Where did you purchase the white tray that the reinkers are standing on? Is this an artist’s palette, or some other tray? I can’t wait to try this.
While both cards are lovely I prefer the Bermuda Bay one. I feel it offers a crisper take for the image
Beautiful cards, Patty. I love the bright background and the tips you gave about how we can make it. I’ll have to try it soon. Have a great week!
Wow! These are absolutely stunning! Now, I just told myself I don’t need that stamp set and I come over here and see this! Rethinking! I am stopping by because Lydia (UnderstandBlue) linked you!
Love these cards! I have these stamps & have used them so often! I will definitely try your method! Just gorgeous!
I really love both the card bases you used. I think each make the water colored background stand out in a different way. Thank you for the tutorial Patty.