Easy Watercolor Wash look with stamps!

Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Featured, Greeting Cards, video | 11 comments

This card was very similar to the make-n-take we had at Cottage Crafts on Monday and shows an easy way to create a Watercolor Wash look using the Work of Art stamp set!

easy watercolor wash



  • Stamps:  Work of Art, A Dozen Thoughts, Thoughts & Prayers
  • Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Early Espresso
  • Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Subtles Backgrounds Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Accessories:  Pearls, Dimensionals


I’ve tried to create a Watercolor Wash using the Aquapainter and inks but tend to have a bit of trouble getting it just right.  I either have too much or too little ink and it also doesn’t work well on the Whisper White cardstock (watercolor paper is best anytime you’re using water).  I love the “swoosh” image from the Work of Art stamp set and knew this would give a similar look with consistent results each time.

I found that if you stamp the tree image first, when you stamp the “swoosh” stamp on top with the Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky inks, it removes some of the Early Espresso ink and may muddy up your ink pads if you don’t clean the stamp each time.

I stamped the first “swoosh” in Pear Pizzazz and then the next three in Soft Sky, slightly overlapping each one.  I wish I would have stamped the tree a bit higher but it still works 🙂   I decided after the card was put together to add the Pearls.  The tiniest ones are on the tree – be sure to use the Piercing Tool to get under the adhesive when you lift the Pearls off the sheet and press firmly when placing them on the cardstock.  In the pack of the Pearls, there are three strands that you can cut to the size you want, then you can add a row at the top and bottom of the card so it looks like a continuous strand.

The greeting is from a versatile stamp set called A Dozen Thoughts which has 12 different greetings for a variety of occasions.  I’ve been choosing to get more of my greetings on wood blocks since I teach classes and sometimes don’t have enough of the acrylic blocks for all of the different projects.  I make sure that the greetings are on the wood blocks straight so when my customers use them, they know they only have to line up the edge of the block to the edge of the cardstock to make sure the greeting is straight.

Here’s a video tutorial for this card showing step-by-step directions:


I hope you enjoyed today’s project showing how to use the Work of Art set for an easy way to create the look of a watercolor wash without actually watercoloring 🙂


  1. Very nice! Thank you.

    • Thank you Faith!

  2. Where do I find the happy watercolor stamp set

    • Hi Marge! The Happy Watercolor set was in the 2014 Occasions catalog but did not make it into the main catalog so it’s no longer available from Stampin’ Up! I can’t sell my set until it’s been a year since it retired per Stampin’ Up!’s rules.

    • Marge, I just realized you might be talking about the “swoosh stamp” used in this project – it’s part of the Work of Art stamp set. The Happy Watercolor stamp set is the one used at link to keenankreations.com. Please let me know if I can be of more help 🙂

  3. Ok…I just enjoyed how you showed your boo-boo and how you corrected it. WE ALL MAKE THEM ! But rarely do any of the card designers show them….I’ve seen a few and it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who does. LOL. Keeping it real—I like that!

    • Thank you Connie! I actually make a lot more mistakes than shown in the videos but I’m trying to remember to share those tips for fixing too 🙂

  4. I love the way you used the work of art set , it is a quicker technique than masking and sponging. I just bought the thought and prayers stamp set this week. Great card.

    • Thank you Samantha!

  5. Beautiful card and well done tutorial.

    • Thank you Joanne!

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