Watercolor Backgrounds with Ink and Water

CatherineCP Designs, CPD Ink, Encouragement, Videos, Watercolor

Ink and water on cardstock…I'll never get tired of all the fun techniques and looks you get when combining the two. And it's a bit like snowflakes…no two technique pieces will look the same.

Using the Direct-to-paper Technique, drag your ink pad across Watercolor Cardstock. When choosing colors, use colors that are next to each other on the rainbow. Red and orange. Orange and yellow. Yellow and green. Green and blue. Blue and purple. Purple and red. This way, when the colors blend into each other, they won't make a muddy color.

Spray the Cardstock and ink heavily with water and leave it! I did this multiple times and when I came back (about 10 mins later), I had beautiful tie-dyed looking technique pieces!

To get the white masked off part, just use a piece of purple tape and press the edges down firmly so water doesn't leak under.

Using a MISTI Stamp Positioner, I lined up the houses and the darling little tree from Happy Place Stamp Set and stamped with with Midnight Ink.

The Howdy from the Ways to Say Hey dies was a super fun greeting to add to the bottom of the masked off part.

A few Nuvo Drops finished it off!

This technique piece has a great tie-dye feel, don't you think? A simple hand lettered greeting from the Fearless Persuit stamp set is perfect.

Turquoise and Orange is one of my favorite color combinations…make sure you have yellow in between so they don't mix and get muddy!

I added a few lines drawn with a Le Pen, a glitter embossed sentiment and flowers and a few sequins finished it off.

Do you see the pink Nuvo Drops? They didn't start that way! When you add something wet to water based dye inks, they will “activate” and get wet. It doesn't matter how long you let them dry, they will still re-wet. So the Nuvo Drops wicked the ink color up and turned the drops pink. SO FUN!

I hope you are inspired, leave me a note and let me know which card is your favorite!

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