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. Thanks! I am drawn to the artsy stamps but usually talk myself out of them because I don’t know what I’d do with them. Now I have some ideas!

  2. Such a lovely easy yet effectfull technique. Thanks for reminding us. Guess most of us knew this watercolor background technique. But we tend to forget about it. What a shame !! On the examples above it looks awesome..
    Thanks for sharing this and for the option to get this lovely stamp for free.
    Hugs from Monica… Spain

  3. I’m so in love with watercolors lately. The forgiveness they give to creating gives a beginner, like me, feel I’ve created something beautiful. I really like the paintbrush stamp set…I can think of so many uses for this one! Thanks Technique Tuesday and SSS for this great giveaway! TFS : )

  4. I’ve never tired watercolor, but I am inspired to do it now. Love the cards, and how easy it is to create the watercolor panels.

  5. I just love the colorful designs on these cards!! I really need to try this out!! I would love to win this set to make cards for my mom, she’s a painter!! :) Thank you for the chance!!

  6. Pens and Brushes set! This has been on my wish list a long time. Thanks for showing me the watercolor background technique. All those projects are great lookin’ .

  7. I’ve tried this technique following Teri’s tutorial. Didn’t get quite the same gorgeous effect, but will definitely try it again. Thanks for a chance to win.

  8. Beautiful backgrounds! I never know exactly what to do with my watercolor pencils, so a great idea. And this stamp is just perfect!

  9. I have been a rainbow fanatic for as far back as I can remember. The bursts of color jst make me so happy. I have also been an art supply-pen and mechanical pencils since I was tall enough to “borrow” them rom my dad’s dresser drawer. Love the pen pencil stamp much!!!

  10. What a great idea! Love this quick & easy way to make backgrounds. I especially love the word die cuts with the great rainbow colors!

  11. So clever, Teri! Sometimes I don’t feel like coloring all the fussy spots in a collage stamp. This technique is easy and looks great, too!

  12. I am loving watercolor. I use the watercolor paper and a wet brush, it works really well! Thanks for sharing and I would put that stamp to good use.

  13. Such a great idea for those artsy stamps…. I buy them because I like them, but then can’t figure out what to do with them! :D

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