Teresa’s CardMaker Tip
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Hello friends, it is Teresa and I am sharing a watercolor background tip that is fun and easy. I get lots of questions about my watercolor backgrounds, so I thought it would be fun to share with you how I achieve the look.

I like to trim my watercolor paper to size before I add the color. I do this so that I do not cut away any sweet pools of color.

I am sharing three different types of watercolor ink:

  • Winsor & Newton watercolor markers
  • Daniel Smith watercolor paints
  • Tim Holtz Distress inks.

I use a small piece of acetate cut to 4 x 4 inches, one for each different type of ink. I add ink to the acetate and then spritz it with water. The more water you add the lighter the color.

I then turn the piece of acetate over on the paper and begin swooshing it around, gathering the color in different spots for a more pooled affect. This is the fun part!

Here are all three inks after the first application of color. You can stop here or add more color or even a different color. Dry it completely before adding more color, allowing it to air dry or using a heat tool.

This is all three with a second application of color. You can see that the second application makes the colors more vibrant and a lot more pooled. The piece to the far right shows how you can achieve this in a specific location on the paper if you do not want the entire background covered.

Here is my completed card. I decided on the lighter piece that swooshed with Winsor & Newton marker ink. I added paste embossing, a few flowers, twine and clear droplets.

I hope you give this a try. It is super easy and so much fun. The possibilities of the look you achieve are endless. You can find me on my blog or IG; links are below.



Supplies: Sea glass cardstock from Simon Says Stamp!; watercolor paper and picked raspberry Distress ink from Ranger Industries Inc.; Fab Flowers stamp and die set from Lawn Fawn; Friendship stamp set from Penny Black; puffy heart, razzleberry, sea breeze, ocean waves and parrot inks from Altenew; rhodonite genuine watercolor from Daniel Smith Inc.; permanent rose watercolor from Winsor & Newton; twine from The Twinery; clear droplets from Pretty Pink Posh; Small Checkerboard stencil from My Favorite Things; Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste from Dreamweaver Stencils; adhesive foam squares from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®.

3 Responses to Teresa’s CardMaker Tip

  1. Lucy E. says:

    Such lovely water color backgrounds!
    I always love the soft look of Teresa’s cards.

  2. Linda says:

    Love these cards the water coloring is awesome thanks for sharing

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