Hi I’m Kristy Coromandel and I am guest blogging on Jo-Anne’s blog today all the way from outback Australia in the small town ‘Winton’.  Where our temperatures range from 33-46°C (90 -115F), it rains once a year if we’re lucky and we have more flies than I have ever seen.

A little about me: I am married with a 6yr old daughter, and my husband is a High School teacher which is what brought us to live here in outback Australia back in 2016.  I have been stamping for over 10 years and love sharing with others and helping them grow in their creativity.

I thought it would be fun to play with a few of the classic ink pads on some cards, creating a watercolour smooching technique. 

So let’s check out the card we’re making today.

Make an Easy Watercolour Background
An Easy Watercolour Card to Make with Inks

What I love about this technique is that is so simple to do and it will look different every time you try it. 


You don’t need anything special to create using this technique. All tools and supplies you will find in your crafting stash.

  • Ink Pads 3-5 colours
  • Watercolour paper (149612) or Shimmery White Cardstock (121717)
  • Stampin’ Spritzer (126185) or some you can use to spray water on your ink.
  • Window Sheet (142314) or acetate.

What Colours Do I Use?

This is the number one question I get asked all the time.  There are many tips on selecting the right colour palette but the easiest and quickest I find is to start with your primary (Red, Yellow & Blue) and secondary (Orange, Green & Purple) colours.  With these colours you just cannot go wrong!

Tip: Try to use your colours from the same colour family.

Today the colours I’ve selected are all from the Bright’s Collection.

Make an Easy Watercolour Background

Make an Easy Watercolour Background

Watercolour Smooch Technique

  1. Apply ink to a large acrylic block or plastic sheet.
  2. Spritz water onto the ink 3-5 times with a water spritzer.
  3. Pick up the colour with your window sheet and apply to Watercolour paper, bending the window sheet to apply colour where you want it.
  4. Clean the window sheet by wiping the colour off with a paper towel.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 with a different colour.
How to Make an Easy Watercolour Background

Tip: If you do not have acetate or window sheet on hand, use an acrylic block. The benefit of the acetate is that you can bend it and have more control over the placement of the ink than you get with a stiff acrylic block. The results are similar enough that it does not really matter which you use!

Completing your Greeting Card

  1. Once you have finished smooching your colour onto your Watercolour paper, set it aside to dry.
  2. Die cut watercolour paper with the 2nd largest die from Stitched Rectangles Dies (151820) and your Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (149653).
  3. Place a strip of Foam Adhesive (152815) on the back of a scrap piece of White CS (159228).  Die cut letters S-M-I-L-E with Playful Alphabet Dies (152706) and Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine (149653).
  4. Stamp your greeting from Forever Blossoms Stamp Set (151457) with Versamark Ink (102283) onto Black CS (121688). Heat emboss with White Embossing Powder (109132) and Heat Tool (129056).  Trim down with scissors.
  5. Adhere embossed greeting with liquid adhesive (110755).
  6. Adhere die cut letters just above your greeting.
  7. Glue watercolour panel to a 5-1/4” x 3-3-/4” piece of White CS.
  8. Adhere matted panel to Thick White CS (159230) with Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430).
  9. Embellish with Sequins (149498).
Make an Easy Watercolour Background

Water colour smooching is a technique that has been around for awhile now and it was so much fun creating this project.

Next time you’re looking to create a fun colour greeting card, why not give the watercolour smooching technique a go?

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