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Scrapbooking How-to: Creating a Stamped Watercolor Background

Supplies used - Cardstock: American Crafts; Patterned paper, chipboard, and stickers: Simple Stories; Watercolors: Pinkfresh Studio; Embroidery floss: DMC

Watercolors have been something I have really enjoyed experimenting and playing around with for the last few months. It was a little scary and a little out of my comfort zone to start creating with watercolors, but I'm finding that there is really a lot you can do with them. Here's a quick how-to for creating a stamped watercolor background.

Supplies Needed:

• a piece of wax paper

• liquid watercolor (you could also create this look with acrylic paint or ink)

• a small plastic lid (I used a lid from a bottle of mist)

• cardstock paper to stamp your design onto

Step #1 - Add a drop or two of the watercolor to the wax paper.

You don't need much, a little will go a long way. I used maybe 3-4 drops total to create the whole background. I tend to use a drop at a time so I don't waste any. I can always add more and I can't put what is left over back in the bottle.

Step #2 - Roll the rim of the lid through the watercolor paint.

I say "roll" because if you stamp the lid straight down into the watercolor it will create a bubble over the whole opening of the lid like this:

If you stamp the lid with the bubble on it, it will create a completely filled in circle. I double check before each stamp of the lid to make sure that I don't have a bubble over the opening. If you do have a bubble, just do a quick stamp on your wax paper to remove it.

Step #3 - Stamp the lid onto the cardstock background.

Step #4 - Roll the lid in the watercolor again for each stamp and continue your design on the cardstock.

This is kind of a messy technique. Don't shoot for perfection with this! Each circle will be different and you most likely will end up with little splatters and droplets here and there.

To embellish the watercolor stamped background on my layout, I added some punched circles, stickers, and hand-stitching to a few.

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Nelya Shos Take
Nelya Shos Take
Jul 14, 2020

Love the “imperfection,” that’s what makes it look so cool! And I love the variety of things going on... It’ll be on my list of things to try, for sure.


Amy Cunniff-Bleau
Amy Cunniff-Bleau
Jul 07, 2020

Definitely going to try this technique!

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