Loose watercolor is so much fun, however I learned of a new way to use the technique with large stamp images. It is a YT video called “Making the most of your big floral stamps“ by Pinkfresh Studio featuring Natasha Valkovskaya and I fell in LOVE with her method! I’ve also embedded video below so you can see how this is done but you can click the link above to watch on YT as well. It’s a great way to stretch our large stamped images and make some artsy cards in the process.
Something Natasha said in her video that stuck out is that painting this way doesn’t have to be perfect nor do it doesn’t have to be realistic looking. In my mind, I’m always aiming for realism and oftentimes that’s stressful. But, when you let go of those rules, your imagination can really sore!
For my two sets of cards, I used distress inks as I don’t own any Pinkfresh Studio inks… YET, LOL! I’ll list the colors under each card below. I also used my #5 Flat Paintbrush but you can use any size you have.
Both stamp sets are older ones from Simon Says Stamp and two of my favorites. I’ll begin with the easiest of my 2 card designs. The cards below, I stuck with inks that are closely related to each other.
I started out stamping this image with a mix of the distress inks (see the colors below these images) on Canson watercolor paper and then colored each petal and the leaves. Again, watch the video for the technique! After I finished painting, I let it dry and then stamped with black ink and that really brought the image to life!
For these cards, I used the new color “Speckled Egg“, “Weathered Wood” and “Peacock Feathers“
I also did some paint splattering which I really love! When the panel was completely dry, I die cut it with a rectangle die to about 3-3/4″ x 5″. I glued it to my card panel (blue on one card and black on the other by Hero Arts) which was trimmed to 4″ x 5-1/4″ and then adhered to my A2 sized card base. I added clear sequins, a new product in my crafty stash, by Nuvo. Finally, added the Reverse Sentiment strip, “Sending Happy Thoughts” in the center.
I decided NOT to use foam squares to add any more dimension because I wanted these cards to go through the mail easily and there’s enough layering going on with the watercolor paper and heavyweight cardstock.
NOTE: I’ve been trying out a new product and it’s been working so far very well. It’s the GlueGuider Pro Tape Runner! My hands and fingers were getting tired and painful working with tape so much and I was looking for a solution. I had an ATG gun but never got good results from it. I researched the GlueGuider Pro and I like its small size and the easy way it is to replace the cartridge. It has significantly sped up time putting card panels onto bases!
For these next set of cards, I cut my panel that I painted on to 4″ x 5-1/4″ first and got a little more colorful mixing pinks, purples and greens. I let the images to dry and you can probably see some differences in the paintings on both cards. That’s because, as an amateur, I have no idea how to duplicate painting perfectly! But, again we’re not doing perfect, we’re having fun!
These cards I used “Picked Raspberry”, “Dusty Concord” and “Peacock Feathers”
I followed the same method as before but also I used my Memento Black Dual Marker for the centers of the some of the flowers, put down some ink splatters as well as stamped some buds from the stamp set. After I let everything dry, I stamped the flower with black ink and then the sentiment also from the “Thankful Flowers” stamp set.
Topped these 2 cards with clear Iridescent gems and glued onto Hero Arts pink and purple cardstock trimmed to A2 size and then on my card bases.
It was so much fun to make these cards and I really want to explore this technique more with other large floral stamps and I encourage you to give this a try if you like to watercolor. Sometimes, breaking out of comfort zones leads to avenues we wouldn’t think to travel and yet can yield such excellence results!
List of Supplies:
Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim
- Distress Traditional Inks – https://shrsl.com/2b552 or here >> https://bit.ly/2Xhk1H9
- Simon Says Stamp, “Beautiful Flowers” Stamp set – https://bit.ly/2RHzsFC
- Simon Says Stamp, “Thankful Flowers” Stamp set – https://bit.ly/2YVcGhi
- Ngwall Paint Brush Set Flat (set of 12 watercolor brushes) – https://amzn.to/2t9mzuR
- Canson Watercolor Paper 140 lb. – https://amzn.to/3eWjv7S
- Simon Says Stamp Reverse “All Things Happy” Sentiment Strips – https://bit.ly/31GeAnJ
- Kirkland Baby Wipes – https://amzn.to/3eDEawP
- Gemini Jr. Die Cutting Machine – https://amzn.to/2ZQMy89
- Benecreat 6-die set (comes with various shapes like: circles, squares and rectangles) – https://amzn.to/2TRgOw4
- Accents 100 lb. white cardstock – https://amzn.to/2XiH9oY
- Hero Arts Hues Sampler Cardstock Pack – https://shrsl.com/2d79z
- Teflon bone folder – https://amzn.to/2VcfC8
- Scor-buddy Mini Scoring Board – https://amzn.to/3dsamCB
- Memento Tuxedo Dual Marker >> https://bit.ly/3dzyuDu
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer – Simon Says Stamp – https://bit.ly/2Jb0L7V
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat – https://amzn.to/2lawwDO
- Gina K. Designs Black Obsidian Amalgam Ink – here >> https://bit.ly/36iMxeA or here >> https://shrsl.com/2ae1n
- Assorted Envelopes – https://amzn.to/2S3Z6Up
- GlueGuider Pro Tape Runner – Bought mine on eBay, but it sells at Hobby Lobby >> https://bit.ly/3iv0Xhp or Amazon >> https://amzn.to/3dVVjkL Refill cartridges here >> https://amzn.to/2VMerLX
- Nuvo Deluxe Glue – https://amzn.to/2zKujqp
- Hero Arts Black Mini Misti – https://shrsl.com/2b55m, here >> https://shrsl.com/2b55o or here >> https://bit.ly/3eAzLeo
- Hero Arts Black Original Misti – https://shrsl.com/2d7a4
- Craft Tweezers – https://shrsl.com/2b55q
- Nuvo Clear Sequins – https://shrsl.com/2d7a7
- Pinkfresh Studio Jewels Mix – https://shrsl.com/2d7a8