Card Making Tuesday Tips

Tuesday Tip by Mistra Hoolahan – Watercolour ‘Paints’

September 2, 2014


When I used the Kaiser Inks for the first time, I noticed how wonderfully ‘juicy’ they were.  Juicy inks to me, mean fun!  I couldn’t wait to see how well they’d react with water and I was delighted to find they created a perfect watercolour ‘paint’.

Today I’m going to share with you how I created the simple stamped background on the card.  My scrap table now is glass… which is very handy for mixed media messy work!  You could use a craft sheet for this, or a glass cutting board. Either will work well.


First I simply pressed the ink pad directly onto the glass…


…and then spritz with some water to activate and thin the ink pigments. This creates a watercolour palette to work with.  You can blend the colours, add more water, add more ink… just as you would for true watercolour paints.


Next I stamped my chosen image onto white cardstock. Use a quick drying permanent ink for this so you don’t need to worry about the ink bleeding after adding water.


And next I simply added a colour wash over the image.  I started with the lighter tones and added and blended the darker tones afterwards.


Mist with water between colours to help them blend a little more easily.

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Once it was finished I tore the image out while wet to create the deckle edged finish.

Once dry, create your card.  Here I have positioned it over a background created with crackle texture paint which was tinted with paint and then smeared over a template, then this was given a watercolour wash with black ink.   Or you could pop this in as a one of a kind embellishment on a layout or project.


It’s always exciting to discover other uses for products, expanding their versatility!

Kaiser products used: Ink Pads – Island IP726, Lagoon IP727, Avocado IP730, Orchid IP732, Black IP719 | Clear Stamp – Flutter CS853 | Card Pack – White CD511 | Paper Blooms – Fuchsia F639, Fairy Floss F640, Coconut F627 | Sparklets – Crystal RS408 | Lace Pack – White EM926 | Paint – Spearmint KC044 | 12×12″ Template – Moroccan Lattice T614

Other: Crackle Texture Paste, Gauze, Glitter Tab

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  • Reply Wendy Schultz September 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Mistra – Thanks for showing us how to create this beautiful watercolour card using Kaisercraft inks. I will try this later this evening. Always good to learn new ideas and techniques.

  • Reply Alison Bevis September 3, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Always love the water colour effect, it’s just beautiful Mistra :)

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