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Today let’s welcome spring with a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes set.

But first, I have a question for you.  Do you think watercolour is WAAAY beyond your card making skills? Something that only advanced cardmakers can pull off? Then hold your hat, because you’re about to have those ideas blown away!

Watercolouring takes so many different forms, and this technique is one of the easiest I know, with the most reliable results. Let’s see.

stamping ink watercolour card

Can you see where the watercolour is? Take a closer peek.

stamping ink watercolour card

See how soft those green vine leaves are? THAT’S the watercolour technique. And to get that effect you only need four things:

  1. one solid stamp image
  2. a dye-based ink pad like our Classic Stampin’ pads
  3. your Stampin’ Spritzer filled with plain water
  4. good watercolour paper

Let me give you the how-to for a stamping ink watercolour card:

  1. Ink your solid stamp well with Classic Stampin’ pad
  2. Hold stamp about 6-8” away from you and spritz image with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times (TIP1: experiment a bit to see just how many spritzes you need. The ink needs to be wet enough to “bleed” on the paper but not so wet, it bleeds so you cannot see the original stamp shape any longer.)
  3. Stamp immediately onto watercolour paper. (TIP2: hold your stamp in place a 3-5 seconds so the ink/water mixture has time to seep into the fibres.)
  4. Spritz image and stamp again if desired. (TIP3: each time you re-spritz and stamp, your image will be lighter and lighter. I usually do this 1-2 times maximum before re-inking my stamp.)
  5. Let dry and stamp the open line leaves on top in Basic Black Archival ink. (TIP4: ink your stamp well and use firm pressure on your “bumpier” watercolour paper to get a good strong image.)


stamping ink watercolour card

Let’s talk a bit about the rest of the card.

I added the Peekaboo Peach blossoms randomly along the vine after everything was dry (which happens in a flash with this technique). And since those blossoms look a lot like butterflies to me😊, I embossed the Fluttering folder with my Big Shot on my large Peekaboo Peach panel. But look close because for a bit more interest, I embossed only about half of the cardstock.

Then I matted both my stamped image and my peach background with Pear Pizzazz and adhered them to a folded Basic Black card. My final touch is a cute shimmery Pear Pizzazz bow.  (In case you hadn’t noticed this fun fold card and my simple birthday box, the Shimmery ribbon is my FAVE this year – flexible enough to make pretty bows like this but sturdy enough to hold its shape.)

If you’re “bow challenged”, learn how to make your own perfect little bow every single time with my quick video tutorial.

stamping ink watercolour card

And once thing I always do with black cards? Create an insert. This one I framed with the same stamps and colours to tie it all together.

Now you see how pretty the Lovely Wishes set is, are you wondering where it is? I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem in the Occasions catalogue, maybe because it’s way back on page 50.

If you’re a tried & true two-step stamper (bet you can’t say that three times fast!), this set is a beautiful addition to your collection. Spring cards, Mother’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s, birthdays, congrats, graduation… and I’m even going to pull it out for fall projects. You’ll use this one over and over again.

Plus I really like the greetings.  With a font that’s just a little wonky so we don’t HAVE to get it perfectly straight 😋, it’s easy for this 50-plus crafter!

OK now it’s time for you to dive in and give a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes a try. Make sure you don’t forget about Sale-a-bration! There’s still lots of free gift choices available when you spend either $60 or $120! I really do appreciate you choosing to spend your crafting dollars with me.  Thank you.

stamping ink watercolour card

Aren’t you glad spring has arrived?  Do you feel like winter has been about 14 months long? Me too!

So I’m MORE than ready for some spring sunshine and warmth to melt away our snow. And with all that extra water lying around, why not make a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes?


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