Fill-in-the Blank Colorwash Resist

Have you ever tried a colorwash resist? It’s no secret that I love to emboss and add bright vibrant colors with Distress Inks. This project combines both. It’s day 2 of the Stamp of Approval Blog Hops – did you hop along today and yesterday? If not, I have links below!


There were some seriously wicked cards created by some of the most talented stampers!! Be sure to stop by tomorrow – I’m “on deck”….and I have several projects to share with you.

Watercolor Wash

Today I have a quick, straightforward project that I think you’ll love. It’s super easy and if you’re new to watercolor, it’s a great one to start off with.

First, ink up the Fill-in-the-Blank Birthday Stamp in Versamark, add the Niece (or fill-in whichever you need) and emboss it in white on 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Paper.

Next add your color – it’s seriously THAT easy!

Colorwash Resist Technique Tips:

  • To duplicate this look, grab a #10 watercolor brush and paint on the colors Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers and Picked Raspberries – top down.

Watercolor Colorwash Resist

  • To use the distress ink, use the reinkers, or smoosh your pad into your craft mat (or acrylic block). You don’t need to spritz it – unless you are using the reinkers – that’s very concentrated – spritz a few times.
  • With a wet brush, paint on the colors, one at a time.
  • You’ll want to monitor the amount of water you are adding as the colors start to bleed together.
  • Take your time – use a dry paper towel to lightly dip into an unwanted water pool, the wet will go where the dry is (you can use a thirsty brush also).

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  • If you have any unwanted blending, just come back into it with a watercolor brush – try a #6 for a bit more control. Go back over that area with a little more color and blend out any unwanted looks.
  • As long as your project is still wet, you have a little play. Once it dries, you can still adjust it, but it’s much more difficult.
  • Distress works great together – pick colors that blend well and don’t create mud.

Simple Watercolor Cards - Ingrid Blackburn

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  1. auntbubbels/janetgillen says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this stamp. I am going to get ahead of the game and do lots of different backgrounds and use this stamp. This way I will have cards on hand for birthdays.

  2. Ericka Strange says:

    Beautiful card and thanks for sharing your technique!

  3. I always love embossing with water coloring! Can’t go wrong!!!

  4. Love this set! I’m new to the nation and I’m LOVING it!!!

  5. Jan Martin says:

    Your color choice are perfect, I love how you can personalize the greeting!

  6. Clare Ellison says:

    Oh I love watercolouring and this card is just magic! Than You – i’ll be caseing the white embossing

  7. So Simple and yet sooo pretty! Love it!

  8. Great minds Ingrid!! This is the perfect stamp for this colorwash resist technique! Absolutely gorgeous!!
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  9. Beautiful card Ingrid! I love the watercolor with embossed sentiment.
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  10. Such a wonderful card. I will CASE this one for sure.

  11. This watercolor technique is one of my faves, Ingrid! Your card definitely inspires me, Sistah!

  12. Marianne Maxwell says:

    Great technique and cards.

  13. I love the card and will certainly case it. Embossing and watercolor are two of my favorite techniques.

  14. Carol B says:

    this brings back memories of taking your fabulous watercolor class. Thanks for the memories!

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