How to make striped watercolour backgrounds for cardmaking…

This is the second blog post in a series of blog posts all about watercolour techniques, where today I will show you how to make striped watercolour backgrounds for cardmaking. To learn more about watercolouring and all the techniques and tips that I have, why not think about joining my watercolour cardmaking course. You can find all of the details and the link to book over on my website

A handmade card with a striped watercolour background

I have used the same stamp set ‘Forever and Always’ by Stampin’ Up! for the whole series of posts, to try and keep the focus on the watercolour techniques. The biggest tip that I have for making striped watercolour backgrounds is to purchase the Stampin’ Up! water painters. They have a one with a really wide brush in the pack of three which is just perfect for this technique. I cannot recommend them enough.

Stampin' Up! water painters used in my how to create striped watercolour backgrounds post

As you can see, I have not made the straightest of lines, but honestly I don’t think it matters! I really like the slightly wobbly look, though I am sure you could get them straighter with practice if you wanted to.

So, how to create striped watercolour backgrounds for you cards. To create the ink well, use an acrylic block and press it into the Misty Moonlight stamp pad before picking up some of the ink with the wide tipped water painter. Make sure the tip has some water on it and then just lay it flat on the page and drag it accross the surface to give a nice wide mark.

To make the thinner marks, turn the water painter and angle the brush tip so that there is less surface area in contact with the page. This will give you a thinner line. Expreiment with how much you angle the nib and what thickness of lines you can create. It really is a lot of fun!

A close up of a handmade thank you card with a striped watercolour background

To create the flowers, I stamped in StazOn, a permanent black ink which is perfect for watercolouring. I stamped the flowers onto the Watercolour paper and then used my Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody stamp pads to colour them in using the smaller brushes. I fussy cut them out and then added them to the finished background with some Designer Series Paper, ribbon and embellishments.

A handmade card with a striped watercolour background

Well, I do hope that you enjoyed my mini tutorial on how to create striped watercolour backgrounds, please do keep your eyes peeled for the rest in the series, or why not look back and see the live ones here – Watercolour Techniques for Cardmaking

Until next time, Happy Stamping xx

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