Friday, 12 July 2019

Watercolour Swiping - What a Fab Technique

I was watching a great video tutorial by Jennifer MacGuire yesterday which inspired my cards today.


She demonstrated the Watercolour Swiping technique.  It's super fun and very messy.   Despite me washing my hands copious times afterwards, today I still have multicoloured fingers !!  I was going to film a video tutorial today, but that may be on hold for the time being. I strongly advise using latex gloves.  I need to invest in some.

Anyway, to explain; all you do is take a couple of baby wipes, lay them on top of each other and then fold in half.   Secure them using an elastic band around one edge something like a small cutting plate (I used a Mini Spellbinders cutting plate).   Then simply add drops of ink along the edge.  I used a mini rainbow of colours.   Then take a piece of cardstock and swipe the holder across it.  You can do this as many times as you like, in order to achieve a finish that you are happy with.   Then cut your cardstock to size and apply to your card base.

I prepared two pieces for these projects.

For this pretty little 4 x 4 card I die-cut a frame from my square piece of  swiped watercoloured card using my Stitched Shapes and my Layering Square Dies.   I cut three more frames in black and layered them under the top rainbow frame to add some great dimension.  I used the gorgeous Tropical Thinlits dies to add a chic tropical leaf.  The sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


For this second card I applied the swipe about three times for a deeper more concentrated effect (you will note that the card above has a much lighter finish, having swiped just the once).

I then used my Be Mine Stitched Dies to create some hearts and finished by heat embossing my little white sentiment onto black cardstock.  Again, the sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.


It was fun getting down and inky with this technique.  I recommend you have a go !  You don't need watercolour paper.   Stampin' Up! thick Whisper White cardstock worked a treat.  Just don't get it to wet with too many swipes.

That's it from me for today.  I am off to play in my craft room.   Have a great day everybody and .................................."Happy Stampin!".

Linda xx

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