Watercolor Background with Ink Swipe Technique

Watercolor background

The watercolor look of the background on this card, inspired by Nikki Spencer,  was fun and so easy to do. I used a Teflon craft sheet and swiped my ink pads across it keeping the colors separate. Any kind of "slick" sheet would work for this. Mist the ink with water and use this to ink your stamps. I found that if there was too much water the ink pooled on the stamps. So I looked at the stamp after inking and if there was too much ink I would stamp off first on some scrap paper. If you try this I would suggest stamping a whole sheet of cardstock which would give you stamped pieces for several cards. The white flower is popped up with a dimensional. Use glue to attach the embossed strip of Elegant Eggplant cardstock. Because of the heavy embossing it won't stick with double sided tape.

Stamps: Secret Garden, Banner Greetings

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Perfect Plum

Paper: Elegant Eggplant, White, Old Olive, Perfect Plum

Misc: Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Secret Garden Framelits, Pearls, Dimensionals


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2 Responses to “Watercolor Background with Ink Swipe Technique”

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  1. Cathy says:

    Love this card as it has my favorite colors, but not sure of this technique? Is there a video of this technique?

    • Beth says:

      Cathy, I don’t know of any video. It’s pretty easy to do though as long as you have something kind of slick to smear the ink pads on. Wax paper might even work although I have not tried that.

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