Stamped Watercolour Backdrops

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Watercolour techniques are some of the hottest colouring and stamping trends with papercrafters right now. This tutorial shows how to easily create a watercolour backdrop by coloring Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolour markers directly on a single image, then stamping it on watercolour paper.

There is no mess with paint brushes or cups of water. Each stamped watercolour backdrop will be unique, just as if it was painted with a brush.

All of the card samples created in this tutorial use the same stamp. It's a great idea for creating gift sets of co-ordinated notecards for yourself or someone else!


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Getting Started:

Step 1:

To help the watercolour panel stay flat while drying, tape it down with low-tack tape to a hard board.

Step 2:

Using a misting bottle, generously spritz water on the entire watercolour cardstock panel.


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Step 3:

The Spectrum Noir Aqua markers used for this card are from the Primary Set. Working with the brush nibs, colour the bottom portion of the stamp with Aquamarine, the middle with Teal, and the top with Navy.

Tip: If any marker colour transfers to another marker nib, simply scribble it off on a piece of scratch paper.


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Step 4:

Press the inked up stamp down onto the wet watercolour cardstock panel. Let it sit there for a minute or two so the ink has a chance to soak in.

Step 5:

Lift off the stamping block. If the ink didn’t move and blend as much as you like, mist a bit more water onto the cardstock panel. Set panel aside to dry completely or dry with heat tool.


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Step 7:

Once the watercolour panel is completely dry, rub with antistatic powder. This helps to prevent embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.

Step 8:

Stamp sentiment with Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder.


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Step 9:

Follow the same process to make different coloured watercolour backdrops. Make sure to clean any marker ink left on the stamp before using other colours.

The markers used for this card are from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is coloured with Wildflower, the middle with Heather, and the top with Orchid.


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If you're making a set of co-ordinated notecards, try using a slightly different layout for each card!

The markers used for this card are also from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is coloured with Blossom, the middle with Rose Pink, and the top with Begonia.


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The markers used for this card are from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Sunflower, the middle with Meadow, and the top with Bud Green.


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The markers used for this card are from the Nature Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is coloured with Topaz, the middle with Amber, and the top with Sunset.

Creating the perfect watercolour background can sometimes be a challenge. Using backdrop stamps with Spectrum Aqua Markers gives fabulous results. Give these colour combos a try, or create some of your own!


Supplies used to make projects:

Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Markers – Nature, Floral, Primary
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
Misc. Colored Cardstock
My Favorite Things – DC Watercolor Backdrops Set and True Friends Set
My Favorite Things – True Friends Stamp Set
My Favorite Things – Diagonal Stripes BG Stamp
Stitched Edge Dies
Sequins
Twine
Spritz bottle for water
Anti-Static Pouch
VersaMark Ink Pad
Delicata Golden Glitz Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool
Die-cutting Machine
Hard board
Low-tack tape

Tutorial credit: Lori Barnett

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