Technique Spotlight: Watercolor Background with Marker
Sometimes I feel like some products in my stash get neglected. I'm pretty sure you know what I'm talking about. What we think we can accomplish with our stamping supplies doesn't always line up with the number of stamps, paper, and accessories we think we need to buy. I so easily grab Stampin' Blends markers for coloring a line-art image and forget about the Stampin' Write water based markers. But today's technique. Wow! In the technique I'm sharing here, it's important to used those water based markers,as opposed to our alcohol based markers.
I originally shared this technique in October in 2020, and I called it Smackin' Acetate. You can check out that blog post here. When I used the technique this past week, I did not use acetate, so I couldn't exactly call it that. Instead, I used a Silicone Crafting Sheet, so I decided to call it exactly what it is: a watercolor background with marker.
In addition, I used the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder - possibly the coolest embossing folder we have ever had (AND IT'S RETIRING AT THE END OF THIS MONTH OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!). Use that folder and coordinating die to cut and emboss cardstock at the very same time.
To create that beautiful background, I used three colors of Stampin' Write Markers and colored them directly on the Silicone crafting sheet. The colors are 2021-2023 In Colors: Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya, and Polished Pink.
Apply the color from the Stampin' Write Markers randomly on the crafting sheet:
Spritz the Crafting Sheet with water using the Stampin' Spritzer:
Lay a piece of watercolor paper over the top of the watery color. Hold it down for a few seconds so it can soak in the water:
The color proves to be random watercolory goodness:
Let dry all the way, then run it through the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder, with the heart in place so that it cuts it out:
removed the watercolored heart, then in the card replaced that with a Pale Papaya heart that I cut out by itself. I also added a couple paper flowers using Fresh Freesia cardstock and some bonus dies from the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing Folder:
So pretty! Use this paper to create the card:
Thick Basic White cardstock:
-4 1/4" x 11"
Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper:
-3 3/4" x 5"
Pale Papaya cardstock:
-3 7/8" x 5 1/8"
-Square 3" x 3" for the heart
Fresh Freesia cardstock:
-Scraps for flowers
Pear Pizzazz cardstock:
-Tiny scrap for leaves
You can watch my process for this card here, and you can find a list of supplies I used for this card below, including links to my online store for easy shopping.