I’ve noticed that a lot of crafters avoid purchasing floral stamps that need to be colored or painted. If you are one of those crafters, I have 3 quick ways to watercolor your floral images (or any outline image) using your reinkers!

I used the new Sentiment Stems stamp set in an out -of-the box way! I created 3 panels of my own “patterned” paper. Then I used 4 reinkers to watercolor them in interesting, but easy ways.

I used Neon Lights, English Mustard, Coronation Purple, and Coral Keys reinkers. I added ONE DROP of each to a large clear block and used my Mister Perfect, PhD to add some water to each.

Then I pulled out a water brush and added color to each card panel.

For the first panel, I added a few flicks of color to each petal from the center out. I kept the color concentrated in the center and varied the color of the flowers all over the panel. You can see the result is a clean and simple card with lots of color for very little effort!

Here you can see that for the second card, I used English Mustard reinker to watercolor in just one image in the center of the card. I added a little Coral Keys color to just the center of the floral to add a little extra color and interest.

I am using regular white cardstock and Remarkable Eclipse Black ink here. The cardstock is not watercolor paper and the ink is water reactive. I am being very careful to use very little water to add my color. I don’t want that ink to run and I don’t want the paper to warp.

You could of course, use the same techniques with watercolor paper and a hybrid black ink if you prefer. I just find it easier to use the supplies I always have on my work table!

I used a third technique on my last panel. Here, I used just one line of ink along one side of each petal with my water brush. You can use a regular round paint brush if you don’t have a water brush. Just dip it in water and pick up some of the watered down reinker and add it in the same way to your image.

All of these cards feel very colorful even though I didn’t spend a lot of time carefully adding color to them! You don’t need to be an expert colorist to have colorful cards with outline images!

I finished each card with a 5/8 x 4″ strip of English Mustard cardstock and stamped one of the stems in Eclipse black. I added it to the bottom third of the card front. The panels were added to card bases with foam tape for dimension.

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