Watercolor Wash background

I”m so excited to show this easy watercolor wash background to you!  Its a very easy, simple way to dress up a card when you ask yourself “what does this card need??” Sometimes, my cards just need a little something…too plain with just a sentiment…but I don’t want to get the Big Shot/embossing/diecutting/etc etc out (we all have our lazy card days, right?).  A watercolor wash background takes a minute and will give your card that little extra that it needs!

To do a watercolor wash, all you need is one of our aqua painters and some ink!  For this card, I used 2 colors-Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder.  I chose to use the lighter color for my watercolor wash so the darker would show up better for the words.  I took the Wisteria Wonder ink pad, and while it was still closed, squeezed down on the middle of the pad a few times.  This gives you a splotch of ink on the lid of the pad so that you can use this to pick up your ink!  Don’t use the actual pad-you’ll get water in it and that’s just bad.  Then, using my aqua painter, grabbed some of the ink and wiped it carefully across the cardstock (this is just Thick Whisper White).  Now, you may ask, “why aren’t you using watercolor paper??”  I tend to save that for really heavy watercolor projects, like straight out watercoloring or emboss resist techniques.  My watercolor wash isn’t putting down a whole lot of ink or water, so Thick Whisper White does the trick for this card.

Tip:  start out slowly and build up.  You can always add more color, but its quite a bit harder to take color away!  I probably swiped the painter across maybe 5 times here.  The aqua painter has a squeezable part just above the screw part that allows you to push more water to the tip.  So if you find your color isn’t going down like you want, give the painter a squeeze and let more water down.  I keep a piece of paper towel or a cloth handy to wipe off excess water as well.  Let the cardstock dry for a few minutes before stamping.  If you have a heat tool, use the low setting to dry it faster.

I hope you give this technique a try!

To finish this card, I used a couple of stamps from the new Colorful Seasons stamp set.  I adore this set as its perfect for all year round-branches, leaves and flowers for spring/summer, leaves for fall, and snowflakes for winter! Add the coordinating die cuts and you have a great bundle to use all year round.  I stamped the sentiment and branch flowers in Elegant Eggplant, the branch in Early Expresso, and the dandelion fluffs in Wisteria Wonder.  I love this color combo.

Be sure to check out the Colorful Season stamp set, along with all the rest of the new products at my shopIf you use host code KN2VEKW7 at checkout (unless you have over $150 on your order-in that case, you’ll earn your own stamping rewards, so use them on your order and don’t put my host code in!) I’ll send you some ribbon samples from the new catalog!

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