Creating a Watercolor Wash with Joy Clair Stamps

I am up on the Joy Clair Stamps blog today sharing this fun card and how to make a watercolor wash background so your stamps can really pop! Today, I am using the brand new “Be Brave” stamp set and let me tell you, this set is HUGE and filled with so many wonderful images. I really couldn’t decided which to use, so I fit as many as I could onto one card. In total I used six different stamps on this card and still had 7 left over, that’s a total of 13 individuals stamps in one set and look at the size of that sentiment and feather! If you want to see how I created this fun card with it’s watercolor wash and splatters be sure to watch the video tutorial below!!!

If you want to read the full process of making this card, please head on over to the Joy Clair Stamps Blog, and while you’re there, be sure to check out all the ways the DT has used this incredible stamp set! I am always amazed at all the different ways everyone uses the same set so differently!!

Finished Card 2

This card has quite a few components to it and four layers, including the card base, which is ALOT for me! When creating an intricate card that has quite a few layers going on, I always like to start with the panel that will take the longest or has dry time. In this case it’s the water color panel. I needed to mask the feathers after stamping them, so in this case I needed to use Liquid Frisket, which needs to dry completely before applying any water over it, so that is what I did first and then moved onto the blue card stock panel with it’s tone on tone arrow pattern and the circle die cut sentiment which I also added watercolor to!

Finished Card 4

When the masking fluid was completely dry, I started putting on my watercolor wash. I like to use a wet on wet technique, so I always wet my paper first. Then, with a watercolor brush fully saturated with color I start dropping in color. I don’t pull my brush or make strokes, but instead dab and let the color move around on it’s own. This always gives me the best results! After drying the watercolor I added splatters and then dried again before assembling the entire card!

Finished Card 1

For quite awhile I had a really hard time with washes, especially two or three color washes, but as soon as I stopped trying to control the color so much, everything seemed to come together so much better! Also, I think it is so important to dab in your color and not make any strokes. This allows that color to bloom and do it’s own thing, again I had to quit trying to control it! I know it’s extremely hard, but it does produce the best results!

If you are interested in any of the supplies I used on today’s card, you can find them all linked below! (Affiliate links used at no additional cost to you!) Thank you so much for stopping by today, and don’t forget to go check out the Joy Clair Stamps Blog and see all the inspiration!! Happy Crafting!!


Joy Clair Stamps – Be Brave Stamp Set


Ranger Black Tie Dye Ink Pad


Inkadinkado Masking Paper


Liquid Frisket Masking Fluid




Sakura Koi Watercolors Sketchbox

Distress Watercolor Paper


Ranger Brushes
DI199Hero Arts Circle Die Set

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Fiskars Paper Trimmer

1189_28__38540Fun Foam









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