Watercoloring Over Stamped Images

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Happy Tuesday, I hope you are having a creative one! Today I’d like to show you a neat trick you can use to make your stamped images look watercolored. It’s SO easy, you won’t even believe how simple it is!

First, to create a background for my card, I wanted to paint a couple of flowers and branches with watercolor paints. I started with a pinkish-purple watercolor paint and just added some background petals to my flower. Then with Yellow Ochre (gold) and Viridian Hue (teal), I added some branches and shadows. (I’m using a watercolor set from Michaels that has 18 colors in it and is made by Reeves. I also have a Loew Cornell set that has the pink color I used. The Reeves set doesn’t have a good pink in it, unfortunately.)


Next, I added some Crimson to the center of my flower in a circular motion. I didn’t use much water on my brush for this part because I wanted more of a precise look to the center of the flower, rather than blended.


Here you can see I’ve added more branches and a flower on the other side, which is painted with Flesh Tint and Crimson.


Now for the stamped bird! I have a set by Papertrey Ink called Spring Woods and stamped the bird in Aqua Mist ink and then Tropical Teal ink for the top layer. The bird is a 2-step stamp, so the bottom portion of the bird is stamped in a lighter color and the top portion of the bird (the details) look great stamped in a darker color. This is done on watercolor paper, so we can blend it in a minute!


Now to get a watercolored look to the bird, add a tiny bit of water on your paintbrush and paint the bird very slightly with the water to blend the paints.


Next, I trimmed the bird out when it was dry (you can use dies if you’d like, or just trim it out with scissors), and placed it on my card. Doesn’t it look like it was hand-painted? I love it! The background could be made this way, too, with stamped flowers, but for today, I just wanted to try my hand at painting them myself.


Last, I added a paper from the Ombre Stripes paper pad, as I thought the hand-painted look of the stripes would be pretty with this card. The sentiment is stamped from Tulip Time.

Happy Birthday by Danielle Flanders2

Happy Birthday by Danielle Flanders

I hope this inspires you to try something new today! The recipient will be wowed by your hand-painted cards! You can google “watercolor” or “watercoloring over stamped images” or look on Pinterest for many gorgeous ideas to get you started. Or pull out your stamps and stamp them on watercolor paper and just practice blending the images with water. See what you come up with!

See you again soon!



6 thoughts on “Watercoloring Over Stamped Images

  1. Shellly says:

    Simply gorgeous! I have been wanting to try this stamped/watercolor look for a long time…thanks for reminding me it could be soo beautiful!

  2. Teresa Currie says:

    Love your hand-painting and watercoloring, Danielle!! Beautiful soft and colorful card!!

  3. Melissa Friedrich says:

    What a gorgeous card, love this idea! It’s a great baby step to get comfortable with watercoloring.

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