Today we are looking into some watercolor backgrounds. No matter if you have a big background stamp like the one we used here or if you have a couple of small ones, this technique will work with all of them.
Beside the big background stamp we used three watercolor markers from Spectrum Aqua Noir, but you could use watercolor paint or other watercolor markers too. Even regular, water based ink pads will work.
The card base is a regular 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and I cut a separate white cardstock piece measuring 4" x 5 1/4". Next the big background stamp was colored in. The top color is a pink, then a lavender and at the end a more purple ton. We used a spritz bottle and sprayed water on the stamp to activate the colors and make them run into each other slightly. Flip the stamp over and press it for a few seconds on the paper, than remove the paper and let it dry.
We layered this piece with foam pads in the center of the card base. A strip of white paper was stamped with "thanks" in grey ink and also adhered with foam pads to the card (ones the flag was cut into it).
We used a piece of silver thread wrapped on top of a glue dot and placed it under a butterfly cut from vellum. A second butterfly was added and a few rhinestones round up this card.
Here are a few more examples of the same card, just using different colors for the background.
If you use an ink pad for this technique, start with the lightest color and work your way down. Use a sponge dauber to mix the area where the colored come together. Ones you spray water onto the stamp the ink will be activated and mix. Just try it on some scrap paper and see how your ink colors flow and match up.