Watercolor techniques are some of the hottest coloring and stamping trends with paper crafters right now. This tutorial shows how to easily create a watercolor backdrop by coloring Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers directly on a single image, then stamping it on watercolor paper.
There is no mess with paint brushes or cups of water. Each stamped watercolor backdrop will be unique, just as if it was painted with a brush.
All the card samples in this tutorial use the same stamp.
To help the watercolor panel stay flat while drying, tape it down with low-tack tape to a hard board.
Using a misting bottle, generously spritz water on the entire watercolor cardstock panel.
The Spectrum Aqua Markers used for this card are from the Primary Set. Working with the brush nibs, color the bottom portion of the stamp with Aquamarine, the middle with Teal, and the top with Navy.
Tip: If any marker color transfers to another marker nib, simple scribble it off on a piece of scratch paper.
Press the inked up stamp down onto the wet watercolor cardstock panel. Let it sit there for a minute or two so the ink has a chance to soak in.
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.
Once the watercolor panel is completely dry, rub with ant-static powder. This helps to prevent embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it. Stamp sentiment with Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. All the sentiments used for these cards are from My Favorite Things True Friends stamp set.
Follow the same process to make different colored watercolor backdrops. Make sure to clean any marker ink left on the stamp before using other colors.
The markers used for this card are from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Wildflower, the middle with Heather, and the top with Orchid.
The markers used for this card are also from the Floral Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Blossom, the middle with Rose Pink, and the top with Begonia.
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.
For this last sample, the stamp is turned vertical to create a taller backdrop image. The markers used for this card are from the Nature Set. The bottom portion of the stamp is colored with Topaz, the middle with Amber, and the top with Sunset.
Creating the perfect watercolor background can sometimes be a challenge. Using backdrop stamps with Spectrum Aqua Markers gives fabulous results. Give these color combos a try, or create some of your own.
Supplies used to make projects:
- Spectrum Aqua Watercolor 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
- 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