water-colored hearts card

Card featuring water-colored hearts, using Stampin' Up! inks, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com

getting inky

I had a blast working on this water-colored hearts card… and I have the teal-blue fingers to prove it, LOL.  Inky fingers are the sign of a real artist, right?  Right?  Well, they’re certainly a way of life for me.  I love that most of Stampin’ Up!’s inks are water-based.  I’ve found that they wash right out of clothes (thank goodness!).  And they do come off skin… but it sometimes takes a bit of time, especially if you’re using as much ink as me.  😉

For this card, I started with an Island Indigo base (A2-sized, 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″), and a Bermuda Bay mat (4″ x 5-1/4″).  (Just a random side-note… I’m sort of “green challenged”.  It’s a life-long affliction, though I’m getting better.  However, for some reason, “teal” doesn’t bother me.  I think of it as a shade of blue.  I might have used a touch of Emerald Envy ink here, but I’m in denial.  The overall look for this card is TEAL, not green.  Just FYI, LOL.) 

the background

The white background piece is cut to 3-3/4″ x 5″.  I used a combination of grungy texture stamps to create a background.  The hearts are all cut from water-color paper.  Using my re-inkers and an aqua-painter brush, I just randomly added splotches of blue and TEAL (not green) to each heart.  This is such a fun technique!  Each heart is unique.  You can use more water for a softer look, or more ink for a more vibrant one.

adding splotches

After I was happy with the ink on the hearts, I hit them with my heat gun.  This accomplished two things:  it helped to flatten the hearts, which curled up just a bit with all that water, and it sped up the dry time (because I don’t like to wait, once I start a project).  Once they were dry, I took them over to my sink, ran my hand under the water, and then just flicked water on the hearts.  I let the water droplets sit for just a moment, and then I dabbed the hearts with a paper towel.  This removed a bit of the color, and created those oh-so-cool splotches.  🙂  Here’s a close-up of another example, with a different sentiment:

Card featuring water-colored hearts, using Stampin' Up! inks, by Kitty Smith, bashfulcat.com


This is such an easy technique to do.  You really can’t screw it up.  Creating a background image with texture stamps is almost fool-proof – it’s supposed to look grungy, so it doesn’t matter if things aren’t straight, or don’t make a perfect impression.  And those water-color hearts – there really is no right or wrong way to color them.  You could make this same card with any set of complimentary inks, and all sorts of different shape dies or punches.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, ideas, thoughts… well, you get the idea.  Send me a note!  I would love to hear from you!  Have a totally wonderful day!


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3 thoughts on “water-colored hearts card

  1. This may be my favorite card of yours of all times – and I’m not drawn to hearts, so that’s saying something! The background is amazing – I’m going to try to do something like it, who doesn’t love playing with watercolors, and the whole card is just perfect. Thank you for inspiring me from the bottom of my… heart. 😉

    • Oh gosh, Beth, thank you! I think we’re even because this just may be my favorite comment of all times! You just made my day. 😀

  2. : ) I meant to say that even the sentiment angle is happy, echoing the angle of the middle heart, and really all of the hearts, since no heart is straight up and down. And when I think of teal, I also think blue, though happen to love greens too. Keep on stampin’!

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