Faux Watercolored Cosmos

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Hi there!

Today I’m sharing a fun technique that you can use with your stencils! This technique creates a faux watercolor effect – dreamy and soft but still vibrant and interesting.

For this card, I used the new Simon Says Stamp Layered Cosmos stencil and my Simon Says Stamp Pawsitively Saturated Inks. Because the inks are dye-based, they work perfectly for this technique!

I started out by ink blending three cosmoses on watercolor paper. I used a water brush with a small amount of water to blend the ink and gently pull it out a bit from the inked area in order to get the effect of the watercolor bleeding out from the design into the background.

I let the panel dry completely and then went back in with a bit of the ink on a tiny paintbrush and added just a few details back in so that the image didn’t get too washed away.

Once everything was dry, I trimmed down the panel and stamped my sentiment. I added a few dewdrops for a bit of shine and mounted the panel on a card base using foam adhesive.

I hope you enjoyed this project and that you’ll try this technique! It’s a lot of fun and the results are just fantastic!

Have a wonderfully creative day, everyone!



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I fell in love with card-making many years ago and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. I love trying out new techniques and finding the perfect color combination for whatever I’m creating.

By nature, I am an uber-organizer and a steadfast planner, but as you’ll see, my creations are much more fluid. And while I love color theory, the concept of lights and shadows, and the importance of depth and perspective – these are not things I worry about when it comes to my creations.

I simply find joy in creating and delight in sharing.

I hope that by sharing my cards and other art with you here on my blog I can inspire you to create something you love!


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