Watercolor Lettering with Stampin’ Up! Ink
Stampin’ Up! ink is water soluble, which means it mixes with water and works great for watercoloring! I often use watercolor techniques in my backgrounds, but today, watercolor takes center stage with watercolor lettering.
How to do Simple Watercolor Lettering
Watercoloring letters is very similar to doing a watercolor wash (like in my card background) but on a much smaller scale. Each letter is essentially a mini watercolor wash.
- Optional: draw the letters first with the lightest possible pencil.
- Draw the letters on the paper with clear water. I used a medium sized (8) acrylic round brush. You could also use an AquaPainter.
- Squeeze an ink pad while it is closed to distribute ink on the lid.
- Use the paintbrush to add ink from the ink pad lid to the water letters. The ink will flow around in the water, but won’t extend anywhere the paper isn’t wet. I added Calypso Coral to the top half of each letter and Berry Burst to the bottom half.
- If you are doing a long word or phrase, paint about three letters at a time so the letters don’t get dried out while you are adding the ink.
As with any new technique, watercolor lettering takes practice. I’m still a beginner, too! There are three or four similar projects that didn’t turn out at all and went straight into my recycling bin. That doesn’t mean they were failures, though! I learned something from each one, and that is valuable, even if no one will ever see them.
Want to see another watercolor lettering project? Scroll all the way to the bottom of this post and check out my new signature! It’s also not perfect, but it is definitely better than my previous one.
- First, cut and score a Calypso Coral card base.
- Next, cut a piece of Pop of Pink (or Pieces and Patterns) black and white Designer Series Paper 1/8″ (0.3 cm) smaller than the card base.
- Cut a piece of watercolor paper 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
- On the watercolor paper, do a watercolor wash on the top half with Calypso Coral and Berry Burst.
- On another piece of watercolor paper, write a short word (Love, Hope, Happy) with clear water. Add Calypso Coral ink to the tops of the letters and Berry Burst to the bottoms. Each letter is like a mini watercolor wash.
- Fussy cut out the watercolor word.
- Tie two strands each of Basic Black and Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine around the watercolor panel and tie them in a bow. Trim the ends short.
- Adhere the Designer Series Paper panel and the watercolor panel to the card base at slight angles to each other. If the Baker’s twine is too bulky, try lifting the watercolor panel up on dimensionals to give it a little more room.
- Adhere the watercolor word to the card using dimensionals.
- Add Glitter Enamel Dots as an accent in a triangle shape around the watercolor words.
Cardstock: Calypso Coral (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: watercolor paper, Pop of Pink (retired), substitute: Pick a Pattern (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Calypso Coral, Berry Burst (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: dimensionals, Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine, Basic Black Baker’s Twine, Glitter Enamel Dots, paintbrush or AquaPainter (c) Stampin’ Up!
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