London is Calling! Make a Watercolor Card That's Fit For the Queen

Posted by Chrissie Tobas
Curious to know how to get a watercolor look using stamps? Learn how to make a watercolor card using these techniques.

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Supplies You Will Need:

Stampers Anonymous London Sights
VersaMark Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Paintbrush / Waterbrush
Spray Bottle
Watercolor Markers (Spectrum Aqua: Peacock Blue, Sepia, Crimson)
Watercolor Paper
Black cardstock
Sentiment Stamp (Clearly Besotted Bon Voyage used)
Heat Gun
Acrylic Block

To achieve the look in the card I created, we are going to color directly onto our stamp. I chose a more solid-looking stamp from the London Calling set, but you can use any style you want. Coloring in a solid stamp just gives more of a bold look. Color it in (use multiple colors if you'd like) and then lightly spray it with some water. I usually spray it a little off to the side, just so it mists the stamp. The more water you add, the more it will wash out. And don't worry if it takes you a while to color it in; once you spray it, the ink comes back to life.

Once it's stamped onto watercolor paper, take a brush or waterbrush and soften the edges a little bit. This removes some of the definition of the edges and gives that soft, watercolor look we all know and love!

See how the edges are softer now? You can add more water if you want them even softer! Even if the ink dries, adding more water will make it workable again.

Now, ink up the Union Jack flag stamp with Versamark watermark ink. This ink is hard to see on light paper, but it's great for embossing!

Don't be afraid to stamp right on top of that image we colored in, BUT make sure it is 100% dry when you. Use a heat gun if necessary to make sure. Then stamp it.

Add clear embossing powder and use your heat gun to activate it. It will be clear, but that's good - we are going to create a resist!

Scribble the Crimson and the Peacock Blue on an Acrylic Block. You can spray some water on it and use a paintbrush or just use a waterbrush.

Lightly add color around the area we just embossed. I started with blue. I painted it on, then dabbed it with a paper towel to create several layers of the same color.

I added the red next, using the same technique. I blotted with a paper towel, then added more color!

To finish the card off, I added a sentiment from a set in my crafty stash and then added some rhinestone bling! I think this card is just so pretty! It looks more like it was painted, then stamped, which was my goal!

I hope you will give this a try! Don't forget to check the Inspiration Boards for more ideas and techniques, too!

Happy Crafting!