Kim Jolley’s Foolproof Watercolor Technique

Foolproof Watercolor Technique

Kim Jolley’s Foolproof Watercolor Technique

This Remarkable You card features a brand new technique invented by Kim Jolly called “Foolproof Watercolor”. Have you tried it yet? It is so easy and so fun!

Homemade card with Foolproof Watercolor technique and Remarkably You stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Artist Inspiration

This card was inspired by Kim Jolley of Stampin’ Artfully! Kim is an incredibly talented paper crafter with some truly innovative ideas.

Kim has invented a new background technique that she calls Foolproof Watercolor. This technique makes a beautiful textured watercolor background that is very versatile. You can add as much or as little ink as you want to make a splatter pattern, a grunge texture, or a marbled effect!

Here are two of Kim’s amazing cards using the Foolproof Watercolor Technique. Click on the images to go straight to the blog posts about these cards.

Foolproof Watercolor Technique by Kim Jolley

Foolproof Watercolor Technique by Kim Jolley

Foolproof Watercolor Technique

Kim’s Foolproof Watercolor technique looks so beautiful… and it is so easy!

All you need is alcohol free baby wipes, ink pads, and watercolor paper! Scrunch up the baby wipe, dab it on the ink pad, then dab it on the watercolor paper. Add layers of your choice of colors until you are happy with how it looks.

That’s it!

I initially made this purple background as a “practice” but the technique was so easy that it turned out I didn’t need practice at all! The background you see in this card is my very first attempt. It’s a fun technique, too, so I’ll be using it again!

Card with Kim Jolley's Foolproof Watercolor technique and Remarkably You stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of Rich Razzleberry 1″ (2.5 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of watercolor paper 1-1/8″ (2.8 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. Set the watercolor paper on a piece of scratch paper to protect your workspace.
  5. Scrunch up an alcohol free baby wipe and dab in on your ink pad. If are worried about the ink in your pads getting watered down, you can squeeze them while they are closed to get some excess ink  onto the lid and use that.
  6. Next, dab your colorful baby wipe onto your watercolor paper. I used the following ink colors: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplum.
  7. Wait for the watercolor paper to dry (or speed it along with a hairdryer or embossing heat tool).
  8. Adhere the first three layers together.
  9. Die cut a large Whisper White circle and a coordinating Rich Razzleberry scalloped circle shape using the Layering Circles Framelit Dies.
  10. Adhere the circles to the card using dimensionals for extra depth. Optional: add some silver metallic thread behind the circles by looping it around your fingers and sticking it to the dimensionals before adding the circle to the card. The dimensionals can pull double duty and hold the thread in place, too, though when I do this, I use extra dimensionals, just in case!
  11. Stamp a large flower from the Remarkable You stamp set onto vellum with VersaMark ink.
  12. Sprinkle white embossing powder on the VersaMark ink, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder has melted.
  13. On the back side of the vellum, color the flower with Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum Stampin’ Write markers. Color the leaf with Old Olive.
  14. Fussy cut out the flower and adhere it to the Whisper White circle using glue dots. The glue dots can be easily hidden behind the thick, white embossed lines of the stamped flower.
  15. Add a few rhinestones to add some sparkle.

Top Secret Tip for Perfect Placement of Embellishments: Shh….

When I add embellishments, I often try to create a triangle around the focal point. I avoid having the embellishments line up with each other on either horizontally or vertically. I also like to vary the size, and I love to give one of the big embellishments a “baby” embellishment next to it.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Kim Jolley's Foolproof Watercolor Technique and Remarkably You stamps from Stampin' Up!

A Very Purple Color Combination

A friend of mine needed a card for her mom’s birthday and I promised to make one for her. The only direction I was given was that her mom’s favorite color is purple. So, purple it is!

My favorite purple is definitely Rich Razzleberry, so I used that as the base color. All the purples blended well together; I wasn’t sure that they would, but it turned out great!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Kim Jolley's Foolproof Watercolor technique and Remarkable You stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive.

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Remarkable You (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Old Olive (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, vellum, rhinestones, silver metallic thread

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Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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