DIY Watercolor Background

Posted by Kate Kennedy
No brush needed! Create a watercolor background for your 12x12 layouts with Tim Holtz Distress Ink using the 'packaging technique.'

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12x12 Scrapbook Layout

Hi everyone! This is Kate Kennedy from the Blitsy Creative Team, and I'm excited to share my first project with you!

I love the look of watercolor! There are tons of watercolor products, techniques, and supplies available these days. It can be a bit overwhelming! This technique is so super simple, you don't even need a brush. The 'packaging' technique is the easiest way I have found to create a watercolor look. You can use any spare bit of plastic packaging that you have in order to get this look, so it is very crafter friendly (we always have some extra packaging somewhere). Below you'll find a list of what you need, which can be found in the Everyday section here at Blitsy.


Watercolor paper

Distress Ink (pads, stains, markers, reinkers, this technique works with them all)

Packaging (cellophane, wax paper, anything with a slick surface)

Spray bottle of water

Ranger Multi Matte Medium

Mounting Foam Dots

I created this using the 12x18 Canson watercolor paper pad and some products from the Crate Paper Craft Market collection. There is plenty of pink & gold in this layout, which I love! I also share some of my techniques for putting together a scrapbook page, including layering papers and adding embellishments. For the detailed step by step process please watch the video below. Thank you all for stopping by and I hope you will give this technique a try.

Have you tried any watercoloring techniques? Thanks for checking out this tutorial, and Happy Crafting!