Block Watercolor Stamping

I was in need of some notecards.....and was recently inspired by the Block Watercolor Stamping designs by Jennifer McGuire.  If you have yet to create some of these gorgeous backgrounds for fear of not having the "right" supplies....I suggest you give it a go with the items you currently have in your craft room.  I created this card with dye inks and cardstock from Close To My Heart.  No distress inks or watercolor paper required.

I inked up an acrylic block with Sapphire and Fern Inks.  I first inked the lighter color and then added the darker color.  While I do not actually mix the colors on the block....I feel you are better safe than sorry by inking the lighter color first.  After inking up my block, I then spritzed with water and stamped the block directly onto my paper.  My stamping surface was a little uneven, so I added more water to my block and stamped again.  I love how it gave the interesting color combos shown above.  To me, the card has such a beachy summery feel to it!

I set my card front aside to dry and continuing on with various other color choices..., which I am sure will be making an appearance later in the week! You could also use a heat gun to dry your images if time is of the essence.  I found mine dried quickly without having to use a heat gun.  Once my card fronts were dry, I then centered a word die on top and ran through my Big Shot.  Now, I will have two cards from one great background.  While I have used the negative here, the positive images are in a pile just begging to be used on future cards.

The cards were super fun to create and came together quickly.  Clean up is a breeze as well, just spritz your block with more water and wipe clean.

All supplies by Close To My Heart:
1385 White Daisy Cardstock
X5775 Sapphire Cardstock
Z2848 Sapphire Dye Ink
Z2850 Fern Dye Ink
Thanks Die-sadly sold out, but any greeting die or sentiment would work well.
Y1009 Acrylic Block

I have entered my card in the following challenges:
Addicted to CAS-Summer
Addicted to Stamps-CAS
Cards 4 Guys-Beside the Sea
Happy Little Stampers-Anything Goes with Dies
Happy Little Stampers-Watercolour with Optional Twist of Blue
Heart 2 Heart Challenges-No Worries
Through the Purple Haze-Spots or Stripes
Victorine Stamps-Photo Inspiration

Thanks so much for stopping by!


  1. Gorgeous card!! Thank you for playing along at Heart2Heart Blog! ~ DT Jen

  2. Your card is really pretty! I love that technique!Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Guyz! Cyndi, DT

  3. I love the simplicity of this. So classy!! Thanks for sharing your technique and linking up to H2H for the No Worries challenge.

  4. Gorgeous card! I love the acrylic block technique and how you used it to create a beach theme.

  5. Perfect take on the Inspiration Board over at Victorine Originals. Loving the block technique you used to create a beachy theme. Thanks for playing along with us and I hope you continue to join us.

  6. The blocks of colour certainly remind me of the beach,
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM and HLS. :)

  7. Super pretty card at fits in perfectly with the Victorine Originals Inspiration board, thank you for playing along ~ DT MaryAnn

  8. Love your technique on watercoloring...seems simple enough and might be something I'd try since I'm sometimes out of my comfort zone in forms of watercoloring. CAS and interesting how you incorporated the beach colors, very inviting. Thanks for sharing with us at H2H and please check back on the previous July have all month to create.

  9. Gorgeous background and card! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies!

  10. This is such a wonderful card! I, too, was recently inspired by that technique from Jennifer McGuire and I created different bases but I still need to finish them off into cards. Thank you for joining us in our Ahoy Landlubbers challenge at Victorine Originals!

  11. Thanks for playing at H2H , love the clean lines and simple Classiness of these note cards .

  12. I love your card! I MUST try this technique! Thanks for joining us us over at Victorine Originals!

  13. Very neat card. Love the effect the stamping did for the background. It really looks like the sand and sea. Pretty cool. Thanks for joining in our challenge over at Victorine Originals.

  14. Such a pretty card, love the colors

  15. You created a beautiful color block. Thanks for playing along with the Heart 2 Heart Challenges.

  16. I love this! This card is super cute card set. Thanks for playing along with Heart 2 Heart Challenges (H2H).

    Brandi R.
    DT member H2H


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