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How to Watercolor Using Stampin’ Up! Ink Pads

Be a Watercolor Pro

Even if you don’t feel creative, it’s easy to create a beautiful watercolor landscape card by using a few simple tools from Stampin’ Up!


Whenever you want to watercolor, it’s best to use the StaZon Ink pad as it can absorb a lot of watercolor without running.

Click here for more details on which Black Ink Pad is best to use for different stamping techniques.

You also want a paper that can absorb a lot of water without pilling and in this case, I chose our Shimmery White cardstock as I wanted a bit of sparkle. *Ü*

This particular card uses Classic Stampin’ Up! dye-based ink pads as the coloring medium, and an Aqua Painter, which allows you to control the amount of water you use while watercoloring.

Supplies Used:


  • Shaded Spruce: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
  • Early Espresso: 2-3/4″ x 4-1/4″
  • Shimmery White: 2-1/2″ x 4″ & scrap for sign


  • Fold the Shaded Spruce cardstock in half to create base card.
  • Ink up the Birch Background Stamp with Shaded Spruce ink; stamp onto the front of the base card.
  • Stamp the “thinking of you” sentiment onto the scrap of Shimmery White cardstock using Black StaZon ink. Using the Soft Suede ink pad, use the technique below to watercolor in the sign. Set aside to dry.

    TECHNIQUE: with the ink pad closed, squeeze the lid so that ink transfers to the inside lid of the ink pad. If you find this too difficult (I have a touch of arthritis that makes it difficult for me to do) then take any non-porous surface, such as an acrylic block, and tap the ink pad onto the block so that you have a small amount of ink. Use a damp (not wet) Aqua Painter to pull the ink from the ink pad lid/block to color with.

  • Using the cabin image & Black StaZon ink, stamp the image into the center of the Shimmery White cardstock. Ink up the trees image with the same ink and stamp on either side of the cabin.
  • Use the Shaded Spruce ink pad/aqua painter to color in the trees. Use a bit more water and create a wash for the “field”.
  • Use Balmy Blue ink pad/aqua painter and quite a bit of water to do a wash for the sky.
  • Use ink pad/aqua painter technique and the following ink pads to continue the watercolor process: Crumb Cake ink pad for the roof; Soft Suede for the cabin, Crushed Curry for the windows, Smoky Slate for the smoke, and Cajun Craze for the chimney & window frames.
  • Adhere the Shimmery White mat onto the Early Espresso mat and adhere to card using Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Using Paper Snips or sharp scissors, fussy cut out the sign and adhere above the cabin using Stampin’ Dimensionals to finish.


Although using an Aqua Painter can take a bit of practice, once you get the hang of how damp to have your brush, you’ll soon become a pro!

Want to see more projects using the Watercolor Technique? See them here.

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