Fun with Watercolor Background Ideas!

For this club and free card kit project, we’ll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

For my various backgrounds, I’ve played with water-based inks with additional water and isopropyl alcohol for some different looks. My projects use a fall color scheme with the Love of Leaves Stamp Set and my images are stamped in a variety of ways. In today’s post, I’ll be sharing my Watercolor Background Ideas on three cards.

As you can see from these three cards, my backgrounds are each unique. Plus, I’ve stamped my images using both ink and heat embossing to create some different looks.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

One thing you may notice in these three cards is that while the images are different colors, and the backgrounds are each unique, the placement of the images is exactly the same on all three cards! To get the placement of my images to be exactly the same, I used my Stamparatus, stamp positioning tool.

In fact, using my Stamparatus was invaluable for this project for several reasons as follows:

  • I could ink my images and stamp them all at once rather than one at a time, which would have been much more time-consuming.
  • Versamark ink was used for the heat embossed images. Since Versamark is a clear ink it’s virtually invisible after it’s stamped. It would have been very hard to place my images without overlapping them if I were stamping them one at a time.
  • I wanted my images to be as solid and bold as possible, which can be difficult with a textured, detailed image, like those in the Love of Leaves Stamp Set. By having my images on the Stamparatus I could stamp my images more than once in the same place, to make sure to get the full image stamped. For this project, I did that on all my focal pieces.
For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

The background for my first card is made with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz ink.

The leaves are stamped with Soft Suede ink but I stamped twice so the images are pretty dark. The sentiment is stamped in Early Espresso ink and is my new favorite sentiment. I’m sending some hope you’re way!

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

This close-up photo really shows the texture that is part of the design of these stamps. The background is created with ink pads and water. I’ll explain more about the process later.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

This next card is my favorite and was the first card I finished.

I used exactly the same method for creating this next background and yet it turned out looking really different, color differences aside.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

For this card, I’ve used BumbleBee, Cinnamon Cider, Old Olive, and Pear Pizzazz for my background. The first two colors are some of the 2020 – 2022 InColors. The tones are less bright and a little softer than on the first card but what I really love is the textures, placement, and mixing of the colors. I also love how solid and crisp the white embossed leaves are against the background.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

Check out the tendrils of Old Olive ink along the left side!

Can you see how the greens mixed with the tiniest bit of Cinnamon Cider to make it look brownish-green? It conjures images of fungus growing on a rock or a plant in some murky lake water. I just adore it! Plus, I really like the little dots of green toward the middle as well!

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

Check out the upper right-hand corner in the photo below! Here there are more subtle green veins mixed in with the Cinnamon Cider. I don’t even know how to describe it but it just looks so natural and I love it!!!

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

Each background you create will be completely unique!

If you try this technique, I recommend that you play, create lots of backgrounds, and use the ones you love! Plus, I hope you’ll revel in the knowledge that yours will be one of a kind! It’s just the nature of the technique. Enjoy playing!

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

My last card is made with the same colors as on the previous card but there are two key differences.

The obvious difference is that the images are heat embossed in gold. The less obvious difference is how I made the background.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

I’m curious, what do you think about the gold heat embossing? Do you like it more or less than the white heat embossing and if so why? Leave a comment and let me know.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

Do you want to play with these watercolor background ideas?

Here are the steps:

  1. For my first two cards, I simply rubbed my ink pads directly onto the smooth side of a Stamparatus hinged plastic plate. (Any plastic surface will do as long as you can see where you’re applying your color.) IMPORTANT TIP: You always want to start by applying the lightest color first and then add more colors going from lightest to darkest. This is important so you don’t contaminate your light-colored ink pads with the darker colors.
  2. Next, I sprayed the surface generously with water. The more water you add the more blended the colors will be.
  3. Then, I simply placed my cardstock down onto the surface to pick up the colors (once or more than once).
  4. For my third card, after step #2 I sprayed my ink with isopropyl alcohol and then placed my cardstock down onto the surface. The isopropyl alcohol makes the ink bead up and therefore adds some texture to the background.

Here’s a background with just ink and water:

I sprayed a generous amount of water on my surface so the inks blended a lot on this one.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

Here’s a background with ink, water and spritzed with 91% isopropyl alcohol too:

I really like the texture created with the addition of the isopropyl alcohol!

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

Here are my two backgrounds side by side:

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

Now how these turn out is directly related to how much ink you apply, and how much water and/or alcohol you spray.

I will say that I also tried spraying just alcohol and for the purposes of my card background I didn’t get a result I liked. I think water is crucial for blending the colors first, especially if you want a background without a lot of white space.


Are you curious about how this design came to be and/or curious about the design process in general?

If so check out the “Building Blocks of a Design Process” graphic below.

Do you ever struggle with where to begin when you create? I often hear from people that they don’t know what to do with the products they buy, and they don’t know where to begin creating. To help address this problem, I’ve started sharing a bit about what I call the “Building Blocks of a Design Process”. In the graphic below you’ll see a bit about my decision-making process for how I settled on today’s design and even why I made certain design choices. I hope that by sharing my design process it will help make the design process easier for you.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects with these watercolor background ideas and will give it a try!

Check out my video tutorial for all the details about these watercolor background ideas. You’ll find the video, project dimensions, and a complete supply list with links to my online store, at the end of this post.

For this club and free card kit project we'll explore some fun watercolor background ideas and create a variety of textures and effects.

If you receive free card kits from me for purchases in October/November 2020, the kit you’ll receive will include the parts and pieces to make this card, plus two additional cards, depending on the size of your order. A PDF with the dimensions, supplies, and photos of each of the three projects will also be provided. Here’s a photo of the current kits:

September Club Kits Singles

Learn how you can get FREE Card Kits!

Would you like to get FREE project kits in the mail? I’d love to send you some! Plus, first-time customers get all three kits no matter how small your purchase size!

You can get free kits from me through my FREE Card Kits program or get DOUBLE KITS when you join my Online Stamp Club! It’s just one of the ways I thank my customers for purchasing products through my online store! Click on the links above to learn more!

Thanks for spending some time with me today and Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


More Going On Now


Click HERE to Shop in my Online Store Now!

Current Hostess Code:

NAHTJVW7

Use the current hostess code to get Free Card Kits and other perks with your qualifying purchases!

If your order is $150 or more Do NOT use the hostess code! You’ll get hostess rewards AND Free Card Kits too!

Not sure how to apply the Hostess Code? Click HERE to learn more.


See the August to December 2020 Mini Catalog PDF by clicking below.

Aug to Dec 2020 Mini Catalog

Check out the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog PDF below.

2020 - 2021 Annual Catalog Cover

Learn more about these watercolor background ideas in this video:

If you watched this video here on my blog and enjoyed it, please go on over to my YouTube channel and give it a Thumbs Up, Share it with friends and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I’d be so grateful! Plus, once you subscribe, you’ll have the option to click on the bell, to be notified whenever I publish a new video.


Project Dimensions:

  • Old Olive Card Body: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″
  • Pear Pizzazz Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Cinnamon Cider Strip: 1-1/2″ x 5-1/4″
  • Old Olive Layer: 3-9/16″ x 4-15/16″
  • Cinnamon Cider Sentiment Piece: 5/16″ x 3-1/2″
  • Whisper White Inside Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″
  • Large Scrap in Whisper White for die-cut focal piece

Project Supplies:



Tags:

About Me Page

I am a seeker of that crazy, excited feeling that comes when you've created something that’s unique, beautiful and expresses who you are in some small way. It’s like making a new discovery, when you find a unique combination of color, layout, dimension and texture. I call it a creative spark and it makes me giddy! Through sharing and teaching I hope to help others find this amazing feeling of creative bliss!

Comments

  1. Joyce Banach says

    The cards are beautiful, and I will be trying the technique soon. Keep up the good work, for I know it is work even though you love it. Joyce Banach

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

Quick Christmas Card with the Beary Cute Bundle

November 4, 2023
Posted in ,
This quick Christmas card is easy to make and yet it has some fabulous details and texture that I think you're going to love!

Today’s quick Christmas Card is made with the adorable Beary Cute Bundle. Make sure to scroll down to see a super simple version of this card too! This card includes some fabulous detail and texture that I think you’re going to love! You gotta love a quick Christmas card that’s easy to make and interesting […]

Easy Warmest Heart Christmas Card Idea & more!

October 21, 2023
Posted in ,
Today's post features a non-traditional Christmas Card Idea, and a couple of project variations, using the adorable Warmest Heart Bundle.

In today’s post, you’ll see a non-traditional Christmas card idea that is easy to make and adapt for other purposes. I was inspired to create this Christmas card idea by my crafty friends in Australia, where Christmas is in the summer instead of the winter. Here in the U.S. so many of our Christmas-themed stamps […]

Make Your Own Beautiful Autumn Greeting Cards! 

October 14, 2023
Posted in ,
Make your own beautiful autumn greeting cards! Today's cards feature the Autumn Leaves stamp set and a technique I'm calling Cracked Tiles.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing two autumn greeting cards. Autumn is my favorite season of the year in part because I love fall colors. Today’s autumn greeting cards feature a beautiful earthy color scheme and the Autumn Leaves stamp set from the September to December Stampin’ Up! mini-catalog. This is the first of two […]

October 2023 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

October 2, 2023
Posted in ,
The October 2023 Color Challenge features an earthy Autumn color scheme. My project features the adorable Warmest Heart bundle.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and October 2023 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Stacey Marsh’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The color […]

Make These Fast Christmas Cards in a Snap!

September 30, 2023
Posted in ,
Make these fast Christmas Cards in a snap! They're quick to make yet provide a real wow effect! Cards feature easy dry embossing techniques.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a bunch of fast Christmas Cards that are super easy to make! The truth is, I started with a slightly more complex idea which produced the ugly piece you see in the SECOND photo below. The first of my fast Christmas Cards is shown here but it’s NOT where […]

88 Easy Christmas Cards you’re going to Love to Make!

September 16, 2023
Posted in ,
Learn my method for getting 88 Easy Christmas Cards, or winter themed cards, out of one pack of designer series paper.

I am seriously addicted to making these easy Christmas cards! They feature the One Horse Open Sleigh designer paper and the Countryside Corners dies. Plus, I’ve used a variety of sentiments for both Christmas and a winter theme. The best part about these cards is that they are quick to make, they will each be […]

Simple cards to make with dies and designer paper!

September 9, 2023
Posted in ,
Check out these 3 simple cards to make with dies and designer paper! The Nested Essentials Dies were used with a variety of fun papers.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing 3 simple cards using a variety of designer papers with the Nested Essentials Dies. I always love finding simple cards to make using designer paper and dies or punches. For today’s cards, I’ll be using a repeating pattern of shapes in coordinating designer series papers. The die-cut pieces are […]

September 2023 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

September 4, 2023
Posted in ,
The September 2023 Color Challenge & Blog Hop features a great color combination of Lost Lagoon, Berry Burst & Blackberry Bliss. Check it out!

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and September 2023 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Melanie Hockin’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The color […]

Make 5 Cards with the Gorgeous Garden Background Dies

August 26, 2023
Posted in ,
Use the Gorgeous Garden background dies to make these 5 amazing cards! These cards also feature a fun & simple watercoloring technique.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing 5 card variations featuring the Gorgeous Garden background dies from Stampin’ Up! The Gorgeous Garden dies include a pair of background dies, one with flowers and the other with foliage. My inspiration for today’s projects came from the fact that autumn is coming soon and I adore fall colors. […]

Simple Watercolor Background with the Trucking Along Bundle!

August 18, 2023
Posted in ,
Today's project features a super simple watercolor background technique plus, the adorable Trucking Along Bundle.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a project made with a super simple watercolor background technique. I love simple watercolor backgrounds and this method makes it so easy to get beautiful results quickly! You’ll want to use watercolor paper for the focal piece on this card. I’ve also used a Stampin’ Up! “I” size block. […]

August 2023 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

August 7, 2023
Posted in ,
A unique fun fold card made for the August 2023 Color Challenge & Blog Hop. I've used the Phrases For All Stamp Set & Petal Patterns Dies.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and August 2023 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Melanie Hockin’s blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers Design team! The […]

Simple Two For One Card Making Method!

August 4, 2023
Posted in ,
Check out these projects made with a simple two-for-one card-making method. Projects feature the Gorgeously Made & Phrases For All stamp sets.

Colorful and simple cards! Can it get any better than that?… Well Yes! Use this simple Two For One method to make a bunch of gorgeous cards! I have three card variations for you today. For my first card, I did not actually use the Two For One card-making method. I decided to use it […]