Watercolor Flourish

Good Morning Stampin’ Friends!  Today I have a pretty little watercolor project to share with all of you!  Watercoloring is trendy right now. There are lots of different ways to get the look of watercoloring on your projects but one of my favorites is creating a watercolored background with my aqua painter!  It’s quick and simple plus, when you use an aqua painter there is very little mess or clean up involved! Watercoloring works best on special paper.  Stampin’ Up! carries two different kinds of paper that is perfect for watercoloring:  (1) Watercolor Paper (of course) 🙂 or (2) Shimmery White paper. If you will be using a lot of watercoloring, like we do when creating watercolored backgrounds, you will definitely want to use one of those special papers. You will also want to make sure that you are using special ink if you will be watercoloring on top of inked images. Stazon, memento or archival inks work much better than the classic ink pads because they are more permanent (so they won’t run when they come in contact with water). Ok…so there are your watercoloring tips for today!  Now let’s take a look at how to create this project!

flourishing phrases watercolor

Start with a piece of smoky slate cardstock for the base of your card. Cut a 5-1/4 x 4 inch piece of watercolor paper. Grab one of your re-inkers, I chose pool party, for this project. Squeeze a few drops onto a little painter’s palette, paper plate, etc. Take your aqua painter and fill it with water.  Dab the tip of your aqua painter in the pool party ink. Start at the top of your watercolor paper, squeeze the sides of the aqua painter together so the water mixes with the ink and start making sweeping motions with the aqua painter back and forth across the watercolor paper. The more water you squeeze out, the more dilute the ink will become. You can dip the tip of the aqua painter back into the ink to add more color. Continue this process until you achieve the desired look. You can use a paper towel to blot off any excess water that starts to pool or drip.  Let the project dry which will take around 15 minutes or so depending on the amount of water you used.  Once dry, you can embellish! I used some of the fun die cuts from the new Flourish Thinlits pack. Decorate your project as desired!  Enjoy!


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