A Rainbow of Watercolors

Hi readers! Happy Sunday to you! Have you gotten into watercoloring? Have you tried the technique yet?  I must say it’s as fun as it is beautiful and there really is a range for level of difficulty. If you haven’t, give it a whirl!!  I’m pleased to welcome back guest designer Teri Anderson with some seriously awesome inspiration!

Hi there, Simon friends! So happy to see you all again and bring a simple technique and a few cards your way.

I don’t know about you, but I sure dig the look of stamps that are more on artsy collage side,  I’m not a super artsy stamper though so I’m always in the hunt for not-so-intimidating ways to use them.

Enter: The Watercolor Background technique.

This is such an easy way to get some mileage out of those more artsy stamps.

All you need is watercolor pencils, some watercolor paper, a couple artsy stamps and a good black ink pad.

Cut a few strips of paper and scribble some color onto them with watercolor pencils. Don’t be too fussy. Just regular old scribbles will do.
Spread the color with water. Use either a waterbrush or good old paint brush.
After the colors dry, you’ll get a whole pile of pretty papers that look kinda like this.
I took those papers you see and made cards with them.
For my first three cards, I used a couple artsy looking stamps from Technique Tuesday. I simply inked up with black ink and stamped right on top of the watercolored panels.
It’s such an easy technique, but the results are really stunning.

And to finish each of these cards, I added a few gems and stamped a sentiment with Technique Tuesday’s Sending Smiles stamp set.

I lived a bit on the edge when I made fourth card.


For this one, I used Technique Tuesday’s Scritch Scratch stamp to repeatedly stamp a pattern onto one of my watercolor papers. Then I used die-cut the awesome word out of it of a couple times to use on it on my card.

Got to admit that I think the awesome words look pretty cool with the color and Scritch Scratch pattern on it.

Thanks for having me today! See you again soon!


Thanks for reading today and thanks to Teri for this rainbow of fun inspiration!



The kind folks at Technique Tuesday are giving away the Pens & Brushes stamp featured in this blog post today to a lucky commenter! Comment on this blog post and subscribe to our blog for a chance to win! Good luck!

  1. I bought watercolor pencils years ago and just sharpene them last week. Lol!
    So this blog is perfect the timing. Thx.

  2. Great cards!! I have been trying more Watercoloring lately, even taking a class. Thanks for the chance at winning such a beautiful stamp, too!!

  3. Nice job this watercolour cards! Thanks for giving the opportunity to win such a awesome stamp set. Greetz Yvonne

  4. I love this look! I have watercolor pencils, but have never really played with them, now I’m inspired to get them out and give them a try!!!

  5. Wonderful bright and funky background in these colours and a gorgeous stamp, would be very pleased to win this..thanks for the chance!!!

    xx Irene M

  6. I actually have a set of water colour pencils and a set of Lyra water colour crayons and have been using them to colour some stamped images, and recently doing some water coloured backgrounds. That idea of die cutting a water coloured word die etc I will have to try out tomorrow myself, it’s an idea that I hadn’t thought of!!! Would love to win that stamp set as I have only recently added one stamp set from Technique Tuesday to my stamp stash and would LOVE to add more!! Thanks for the chance!!

  7. Love the backgrounds you created, Teri. Simple, but beautiful! Love all the stamps you used from Technique Tuesday, they are awesome, LOL!!

  8. Love the water color technique! Just getting ready to try water coloring. Thanks for the chance to win. Love your blog!!

  9. I love water colouring but am not good at it, YET! This would be a great way for a beginner to start. Your cards are really nice. I think I could do that. Thanks for sharing this.

  10. OMG What a super outstanding clever and creative idea!! I Love it….gosh I sure never thought o this but I love it!! I definitely am going to give this go on a 12 x 12 LO gosh you totally left me speechless as I read thru your recipe of amazing creativity…..Oh and thanks for a chance for this most fab & fun stamp set….oh my fingers are so crossed. What super fun post and thanks for sharing your fantastic Triple “T’s” Tips, Tricks & Techniques. YOU so ROCK!!

  11. I love this technique – such vibrant colors and one of a kind cards. I am definitely going to have a go at trying this out. Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. After seeing these beautiful projects I will be getting out my pencils and try something different for Valentines Day.

  13. Oh what a fun technique and the results look fabulous! It’s going into my “must try” list straight away. Thanks for sharing Teri!!!

  14. Love this technique! So vibrant, and love the watercolor look. Those artsy stamp sets are awesome, I don’t have any … Yet! Thanks for tutorial too.

  15. I have a couple of sets of watercolor pencils that I can now put to good use! I really like the artistic look your technique gives.

  16. AWESOME!!!
    AWESOME stamps and AWESOME cards!!!
    I have SO MUCH to learn about watercolours … I didn’t know that such a small amount could cover such a large area => MORE for me to try for 2015 :)
    THANK YOU for the CREATIVE INSPIRATION and the chance to win!!!

  17. I am going to have to try this – that is gorgeous and such a fun and easy technique. Thank you for sharing and for the chance, already subscribe Karen x

  18. Thanks for sharing this cool technique for card making with water colour – with gorgeous results! and yes, could definitely use another artsy stamp ((grin))).

  19. Love this technique! Going now to see what stamps I have that will work with this technique
    Thanks for the idea!

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