Tuesday Ideas {faux watercolor effect}

Hello there, friends. It’s Kim here and I am back with another Tuesday Idea. I just love the darling sentiment “a star is born” from the Little One stamp set. For my card today, I am featuring a “star” theme in soft pastels that remind me of watercolors.

First, I used pink ink to distress the cardstock and give it a radiant effect. Next I added washi tape to the bottom of my card. I masked off the wheels from the stroller and stamped the image at the top of the washi tape and replaced the wheels with buttons. I then paper pieced the polka dot patterned paper to give it some color.

Next, I used the dashed border stamp with a star pattern and gave it a careful curve when placing it onto my stamp block. Curving your stamps is a great way to get even more use out of your images in an unexpected way. I also curved the sentiment to follow the curve of the border stamp.

To give it the watercolor effect, stamp off the star image onto a scratch piece of paper first to remove the excess ink, then stamp directly onto your project without re-inking. This will leave the remaining ink a softer, more subdued style similar to watercolor. I think chalk inks work best for this effect. Last, I used a glitter pen to trace the edges of a few select star images. I think it adds just the right amount of sparkle.

Well, that brings an end to my project for today. I hope you’ll give this technique a try with your stamps. Thanks for much for visiting!

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3 Comments

  1. oh my! This is absolutely darling Kim! The radient effect is perfect! And I really like how you curved the stamps, lovely!:)

    That sweet doily peeking through is soooo cute!heehee

    Thank you so much for sharing this idea.:)

    -Dyane

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