Clean & Simple Faux Watercolor Card

55835926_10156068452236156_7772468991196397568_nHello there, this is my first post for a card for the A Blog Named Hero Design Team.

This months challenge is Clean & Simple Cards and I always gravitate to a lot of whitespace so that part was easy, but also I wanted to add a simple technique to the mix as well. The resulting card design can be made very quickly and can be adapted for many occasions, simply by changing up the color of the water-coloring and the sentiment.

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For this Clean & Simple Card design, I started with a dove white card base from Hero Arts new cardstock collection and also die cut another A2 sized piece with the Bold Graphics Confetti Die as well as a frame from my stash. I have a beautiful collection of the Hero Arts florals woodblocks which they also sell as clear stamps now with coordinating dies. The dies can also be used with the woodblock stamps which is terrific!

Wood block stamps

For the Mums, I used a piece of distress watercolor paper and laid the stamps down on the paper and used a stampa-ma-jig and marked the edge of the woodblock with some pencil lines so I could reposition it later to do the embossing over the top of the watercolor. You can do this with or without the stampa-ma-jig, but it does help with precision for more exacting projects where you want to register your woodblocks.


I then took some Tombo watercolor markers and colored directly on top of the stamp using some reds and pinks for the flowers and greens and brown for the stems. I did not stress over trying to color it accurately, but just brushed color on with the darker colors going where the shadows would be typically in the center of the flower and top of the stem, Make sure you use the side of the marker to do this on larger areas and the tip on smaller ones, with red rubber stamps the ink will stay on top- on clear stamps try to keep from getting too much ink around the raised areas of the stamp.

Coloring on the stampI wanted my Mums, to look very watery and loose in comparison to the super clean background and gold embossing, so after stamping I misted it again with water, you could also use shimmery water here as well for extra sparkle.

You can vary how loose or tight you want the watercolor to look by:

  • Spraying or not spraying the paper before stamping,
  • Spraying/misting the colored stamp with more or less water, and
  • Spraying/misting your stamped image after.

Play around with the technique to achieve different looks, and it is enjoyable. The example below is before I sprayed it after stamping and I like this too, but I wanted more color to be able to bleed out from beneath the embossing powder.

stamped with dry paper

I made lots of examples and then repositioned the Mum woodblock stamp on top of the paper with my marks and jig and stamped with Versa-Mark ink and embossed with Hero Arts gold embossing powder on top along with the small sentiment from the everyday sayings set. After embossing, I die cut my favorite mums to go on top of the confetti background after repositioning the stamp.

To assemble I glued the white background down, and then the die cut flowers with liquid adhesive and added strips of dimensional foam to the frame and sentiments for a little bit of dimension.  This technique was a fun and quick solution to make multiple Clean & Simple cards, and you can change up the paper colors, markers and embossing powder for even more options.

Enjoy!   Lee Ann



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