Wednesday, April 07, 2010

{ Watercolor stamping tutorial }

I created this layout for Elle's Studio March Inspiration gallery. I used a flower stamp that I colored with watercolor pencils. Elle asked me if I could do a tutorial for the Elle's Studio it is.


You will need watercolor paper, waterproof ink (like StazOn or Ranger Archival Ink), watercolor pencils, paintbrush or Aqua painter and stamps – Whale of a Time stamp set. I buy a large watercolor pad at a craft store and cut it down to size. In addition, they have these ATC size watercolor sheets that are perfect for tags and cards.

Stamp your images on watercolor paper and outline with watercolor pencil of your choice. You do not need a lot of color, plus you can always add more if needed.

Make sure your brush/aqua painter is damp, not too much water. Start working from the edges in circular motion to blend the color. Keep wiping the brush on scratch paper or a paper towel to remove excess color/water and keep blending.

This is what it looks like all completed.

I stamped and colored the whale and made a tag out of the ATC size paper. I added a punched edge to the bottom.

For this journaling tag I stamped the whale in the middle. I added the lines by masking the whale.

Masking – I stamped the whale on art masking tape, but you can use scrap paper or a post it note. Cut the image out. Lay it over the original image to cover/mask it and then stamp the lines. Save it, because you can use it again.

I stamped and painted the circle tag. I cut the boat and adhered it with foam adhesive. For the whale tag, I stamped the circle tag on some left over stamped cardstock and punched it out. I cut the whale out and used foam adhesive to adhere the whale over a stamped whale base.

I used the boat tag for the card. I addition, I used a stamp from Let It Snow stamp set and a tag from Prompts, Patterns and Journaling Tags.

You can use a blender pen with watercolor pencils. The blender pen is perfect for blending watercolor pencil colors, eliminating the need for water and a paintbrush. The colors intensify and blend smoothly, and you don’t need the watercolor paper.

Stamp images and outline with watercolor pencil. Use the blender pen to blend the colors in circular motion starting from the edges.

****For the entire month of April we have our Whale of a Time Stamp Set 40% off!


  1. oh my rock girl!!

  2. Such a happy LO Daniela, I love it!

    Love the cards and tags you created too! I am definitely going to be trying more with my watercolor pencils!

    (-: Heidi

  3. Fantastic projects....LOVE your water coloring! :)

  4. OH my what a cute layout!! *Gasp* girl! Your watercoloring is perfection. Love the card and tags!! Thank you for the awesome tutorial, I'll have to try this! ♥♥ Kay

  5. Fabulous watercolouring and stamping - so cute.

  6. These stamps and your projects are so cute! love the tutorial using the watercolor!!!


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