Quick and easy stamped watercolor birthday card

Have you tried watercoloring stamped images? It’s such a quick and easy technique for solid stamps and is a fun way to use your ink pads, too!

balloons: Life is a party (Simon Says Stamp)

To create these balloons, I simply inked up with Distress Oxide ink then stamped onto watercolor paper. The image looked uneven at first due to the texture of the paper, but it evened out after a light brush-over with a damp paintbrush. You can leave the image looking softer, more like traditional watercolor if you use just a little bit of ink. For bolder color, repeat stamp to add more ink before applying the paint brush. Note: If you decide to layer one image over another (like the top two balloons), be sure to allow the first one to dry or dry it with a heat tool. Otherwise, your colors may blend into one another.

sentiment: Itty Bitty Birthdays (stampin’ up!)

I stamped and fussy cut a 5th balloon for dimension then trimmed the watercolor panel and stamped the balloon strings. I heat embossed the sentiment onto black card stock, then trimmed and mounted this piece over the balloon strings with dimensional adhesive. Since this card is likely to go to a guy, I stopped here and opted against adding bling. But to make sure it was still fun and cheerful, I added it to a colored card base instead of my usual white. I really like how the color just pops!

All told, this card came together in less than 15 minutes. If I had planned ahead I could have made extra! LOL The layout is courtesy of this week’s sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. To see more ideas, be sure to pop by the gallery or forum.

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