What is the Easiest Way to Stamp Faux Watercolor Cards?

by Virginia Lu

Happy 4th of July! This is Virginia here. Do you love the look of watercoloring, and yet, you prefer the ease of using your beloved Altenew inks? I am here to show you the easiest way to stamp faux watercolors cards with your favorite Altenew inks and stamps!

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Let's start with applying Grand Stream Washi Tape to Classic Crest White Cardstock (80Lb). Next, take out Spring Rose Die Set over the cardstock and die cut. I used at least half a piece of cardstock and left some edges in between each die. Now, I had 3 pieces of gorgeous dies with Washi Tape. The next step is the important part! SAVE the negative part of the card stock after die cutting. This is the MASK for the stamping.

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Before you start stamping, you need to decide where you'd position the die. Then, you use the negative part of the die as a mask and cover the area. I used one of the stamps from Watercolor Frame Stamp Set and started stamping the area within the mask. The colors that I used for the first card are Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubillite, and Sunray Crisp Dye Inks.

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Keep in mind that the key is to stamp as much as you can to fill up the floral images. Once you have inked up nearly all the edges, you can then remove the mask and apply your die. Voila! I added more colors (Limeade and Hazelnut Crisp Dye Inks) into my stamping for the 2nd and 3rd cards.

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To add some textures, I dry-embossed the Spring Rose Die Set with my tan embossing mat (comes with most larger die cut machines).  The sentiment, paper, and embellishments are from Celebrate 6×6 Paper Pack and Celebrate Ephemera Set.

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For that extra watercolor effect, I added splatter from Antique Gold Metallic Ink Spray. This set of 3 cards didn't take me long to create, so you should be able to finish them in no time! You can also turn them into any celebratory type of cards.

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It was really fun for me to create the faux watercolor cards. I hope that you are inspired to try this. Thank you for stopping by!

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Gabriele T. July 4, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Dear Virginia. This is a wonderful inspiration for me. I have received these dies last week and I will try this technique soon. Thank you very much.

Nancy Probst July 4, 2020 - 10:56 AM

I absolutely love everything about these cards! I will be trying my hand at the techniques you described. Thank you so much for sharing!

jintyoo7 July 4, 2020 - 11:19 AM

Stunning cards, Virgina. Thank you, for all the inspiration, tips, and information! :-)

Greta H July 4, 2020 - 11:35 AM

What a creative idea, Virginia!

Maureen Reiss July 4, 2020 - 11:37 AM

Really Beautiful!!!

conil July 4, 2020 - 1:17 PM

This was an informative and colorful blog tutorial. I love how Virginia combines these products and always comes up with something both interesting and unique. Plus her “Virginia touches” always inspire me. This set of cards is truly beautiful.

Sidelle Menon July 4, 2020 - 1:29 PM

Such a fun idea!

Cindy C. July 4, 2020 - 10:44 PM

Beautiful results and clever technique!!

Jen Petersen July 5, 2020 - 3:11 AM

These are beautiful! What a fun new technique – stunning!

Linda BL July 5, 2020 - 1:21 PM

Thanks for sharing this technique. The results are amazing! Love the cards.

Anonymous July 5, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Loved, loved but really NEED a video. Please.

Sue D July 5, 2020 - 6:38 PM

Beautiful cards and great tips.

Annette Gordon July 5, 2020 - 10:55 PM

Beautiful cards! I love the splatter and the watercolour look to these cards!

Lagene July 6, 2020 - 12:14 PM

Gorgeous cards, I love your technique!

kimberlyskinnergriverheadnet July 6, 2020 - 7:03 PM

Virginia, these cards are absolutely stunning! I never think to use Washi tape in that way. I love how they are so colorful, yet feel clean and simple. The splatters always add so much to a card as well. Thank you for the amazing inspiration! I will definitely be trying this!! Be well! Kim Skinner

Inkin' Chickie July 7, 2020 - 9:15 AM

Beautiful look to the finished flowers. I like the additional touches to finish the design.

tara prince November 12, 2021 - 11:43 AM

Just so beautiful


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