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How To: Faux Watercolor with Stamps


Oh how we all love the look of watercolor! But, there are just some times that I don’t want to spend the time it takes to get that lovely watery, blended look! Well, enter stamps and ink and a little bit of water. You’ll be amazed at the watercolor looks you can achieve with this simple technique!

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supplies for faux watercoloring with stamps

You don’t need much to achieve great results. In fact, you don’t need anything special! Of course, if you need to do some shopping, I always have supplies linked below and at the end of the post. But, before you shop, be sure to check out my Crafty Sales page for any deals you can take advantage of at your favorite crafting haunts.

  • Stamps (Any will work, but layering stamps work extra well!)
  • Ink (any water-based ink like dye inks and water-based pigment inks like Distress Oxides)
  • Stamp Positioner (optional, but helpful)
  • Water Spray Bottle
  • Heat Tool (optional, but helpful)
Image of faux watercolor stamped images by Nicole Watt at Nicole Watt Creates

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steps to faux watercolor with stamps

  1. Apply dye ink to stamps as usual.
  2. Spritz with water to allow the ink to move freely. The more water added, the more loose the image will stamp.
  3. Stamp the image onto watercolor paper. The longer it stays in place, the more defined the image will be.
  4. If using layering stamps, or multiple stamps, heat set in between layers to maintain better definition.

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watch the technique tutorial

My How To tutorial videos are filmed with real-time narration. You can pull out your supplies and follow along because there’s no editing, except for drying time. Pause when you need to, but otherwise, get ready and create right along with me!

How To: Faux Watercolor with Stamps | Craft Technique

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