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Have you wondered How to Create a Simple Watercolour Background?  Do you think you need to be a “painterly artist” type to achieve that soft and translucent look?  Have you tried before and not been successful?  If you answered yes to any of those questions, this post could be for you!

I have to admit watercolouring is pretty much at the top of my top ten papercrafting techniques!  And I also have to admit that I’m just not that skilled with a paint tube and a brush at getting a look I’m happy with.  I either have too much water or too much pigment, or not enough water and not enough pigment.  I just never seemed to get it right!

So imagine how happy I was to start working with Stampin’ Up! inks, markers, Aquapainters and watercolour pencils to create easy watercoloured projects!  I can create backgrounds like you see on this card.  Today I’d like to share one made with reinkers.

simple watercolour background

I know it’s a day after Valentine’s and you might be ready to move on from hearts(!), but I couldn’t resist showing you a non-traditional monochromatic colour combination that also shows off a great watercolour background!  My reinkers and Aquapainter are all I needed to build the soft look.  This is Marina Mist in three varied tones with a teeny dab or Dapper Denim thrown into the mix at the end.

simple watercolour background

Here’s some step by step instructions to create one just like it yourself:

  1. Be sure to use a good quality watercolour paper like Stampin’ Ups! 140 lb. cold-pressed 100% cotton paper.
  2. Fill your Aquapainter with clean water.
  3. Decide what colour you want your background to be and select that reinker. I chose a midtone colour which allows you to get a range of both lighter and darker looks.
  4. Squeeze out a drop of your reinker onto a piece of Window Sheet.
  5. Use your Aquapainter and squeeze out a couple drops of clear water onto the middle of your watercolour paper.
  6. Swish the water around with your Aquapainter brush making sure to NOT go right out the edges of your paper. (You should see a shiny pool of water.)
  7. Dip the very tip of your Aquapainter in your reinker dot and lightly dot it onto the pool of water. The colour will quickly spread wherever it’s wet!
  8. Now comes the hardest part. You need to wait!!  (This part depends totally on how much water you have laid down on your paper!) 20-40 seconds might be a good place to start) until you see the colour start to dry a little.  (Hint: Some of the sheen will go away.)
  9. Pick up a little more reinker and tap it righ onto the slightly dried pool of colour in a couple different places. It should still spread, but this time it may not completely colour the water. That’s perfectly all right!
  10. Wait again!  Yup, patience is a virtue here!  Pick up a little more colour and tap it into the wet parts.  It will still spread, but a little less further this time.  (this is the step where I added just a teeny dab of Dapper Denim into my slightly wet ink – wet enough that it still travelled and spread by dry enough to only spread a little – this takes a little practice to know how dry is enough!)
  11. Repeat until you have achieved the desired look.
  12. Let dry fully!

Really important TIP!  Your colour will dry lighter!

Really REALLY important TIP!  You need to be patient and make sure it’s completely dry before you glue it to your cardstock.  Otherwise it will not adhere properly.

simple watercolour background

Once you have created your background, a couple simple framelits or thinlits is all you need for an effective card.  I used the Sunshine Wishes here for both the heart and the word.  I like to create a shadow for my words so the glimmer paper is very slightly offset with the word again in Marina Mist.

Make you can create a simple watercolour background or two with your reinkers and Aquapainter?  With a little patience and a couple tries, I think you’ll be pleased with your results.   I’d love for you to share what you come up with.  Just send me an email!

I’d also love to share some more simple “non-painterly artist” type watercolour techniques with you!  Why not give my Watercolour 101 Class on March 20th a try?  I have both a morning and an evening class so hopefully one will suit your schedule!


Let me know how you liked this watercolour card! Please leave me a comment below!

Here are all the supplies I used to create this card.  To make it yourself, click on the images below to take you to my online ordering page!

You Can Make it Too

Watercolor Paper


Aqua Painters


Marina Mist Classic Stampin' Ink Refill


Dapper Denim Classic Stampin' Ink Refill


Dapper Denim 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


Marina Mist 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies


Gold Glimmer Paper


Stampin' Dimensionals


Liquid Multipurpose Glue


Fast Fuse Adhesive


‘Til next time, Happy Stampin’


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