Hi Crafty Friends! I love the look of watercolored projects, so for me messy watercoloring is the way I achieve the watercolored look. Messy watercoloring is not as precise but I love the look and it fits my style. Check out my YouTube video to see in more detail how I messy watercolor. I grabbed the Altenew Craft Your Life: Floral Acanthus for these cards. I only used the stamp set and coordinating die but love that the Craft Your Life kits come with a stamp set, dies, stencils and embossing folder. The creative possibilities are endless.

Supplies used for these cards:

My first messy watercoloring technique uses Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew. These have great pigment and this technique allows to color an image quickly.

  • I stamped and embossed black ink with clear embossing powder using the large stamp in this set. Then I laid down some water inside the embossed images. Next, I laid down some pigment from a watercolor brush marker. I used the Spring Garden Watercolor Brush Marker Set. I used Moss for the leaves then Midnight Violet and Rubellite for the floral images.
  • I used a heat tool to lightly heat set each layer of pigment. I tried to add more pigment toward the base of the leaves and petals for dimension.
  • After dry I die cut the image. I placed the flowers and leaves over my embossed background panel. I adhered those with foam tape and liquid glue.
  • My sentiment was from the Floral Acanthus stamp set and I stamped it in black ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder three times for lots of dimension and a nice smooth look.
  • I added some pearls and adhered the entire panel to a heavy weight card base.

My second messy watercolor technique gives a much softer result. The Distress Oxide Inks used blend together beautifully and move with the water so well. I kept this card super simple and and used the other floral image in another card that will be posted on Instagram soon. Watch my Instagram to see how I used it.

  • I used water then a paintbrush to add pigment to my stamped and embossed image. The water moves the pigment nicely and the two colors blend well and create dimension for the images. I heat set as needed and added more pigment where I wanted it.
  • I cut out a background panel from some Parchment cardstock, added some splatters.
  • I added my sentiment and adhered my die cut images directly to the panel.
  • This was mounted with fun foam unto a top folding heavy weight card base.
  • I added some crystals for some bling.

Please make sure to go watch the video for how these techniques are done and while there hit the subscribe button. This way you always know when I put up a new video. I give much more detail about these techniques and the cards in the video.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to try some messy watercoloring with different mediums you have in your craft room.

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