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No-Line Watercoloring

The No-Line Watercoloring Technique using Free As A Bird Stamp Set

No-Line Watercoloring Using Stampin' Up! Free As A Bird Stamp Set

I absolutely the soft look that this technique gives to any stamp set. It’s so much easier than it looks, too.

Normally for the No-Line Watercoloring Technique, you stamp your image to in the lightest ink possible (Sahara Sand ink is perfect!)

However, in this case, because the bird is also being colored with brown tones, I chose to go with Crumb Cake ink so that the wings of the bird would show up a bit more.

To create a true watercolor effect, you’ll want to use an Aqua Painter and a cardstock that can absorb a bit of water without “shedding”. Watercolor Paper is always an excellent choice, but in this case I chose Shimmery White Cardstock (also excellent for watercoloring) because I love that bit of sparkle that this cardstock provides.

Supplies Used:


  • Crumb Cake: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″ to create your base card
  • Bird Ballad Designer Paper: 2″ x 4″
  • Soft Suede Cardstock: 2-1/4″ x 4-1/4″
  • Shimmery White Cardstock: 2-1/8″ x 4-1/8″


  • Fold the Crumb Cake cardstock in half to create our base card. 
  • Layer the 2×4 piece of Bird Ballad Designer Paper onto left side of card.
  • Using the 2-1/8” x 4-1/8” piece of Shimmery White Cardstock, stamp the sentiment in the upper right corner using Soft Suede ink. 
  • Stamp the bird & leaves using Crumb Cake ink.
  • Squeeze the lid of your Old Olive ink pad to place ink on the inside lid OR tap a small amount onto an acrylic block.
  • Using a damp – not wet! –  Aqua Painter, carefully color in the leaves using the lid of the Old Olive ink pad or pull from the acrylic block.
  • Gentle clean off your Aqua Painter tip with a paper towel and repeat the process, using Crumb Cake for the body of the bird using and just a bit of Soft Swede ink for the eye. Color in the beak & breast using Calypso Coral ink.
  • Using an acrylic block (or any non-pourous surface), tap on a bit of Balmy Blue ink.  Mix the ink with a bit of water from your Aqua Painter so that it’s fairly “wet”.  Dry off the tip of your Aqua Painter so that it’s damp, pick up some of the Balmy Blue ink and create a “wash” around the bird – you want this very light.   Avoid the area where you stamped the sentiment or the ink will run!  
  • TIP:  if you get too much ink, you can blot it off with a paper towel to create a lighter wash.
  • Adhere Shimmery White cardstock to  Soft Suede mat and adhere to card using Dimensionals.
No Line Watercoloring using Free As A Bird Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Wasn’t that easier than you thought it would be? The No-Line Watercoloring Technique works especially well with any detailed Stampin’ Up! stamps because the line art on the stamp will show you exactly where to add your darker shades.

Want to see more cards featuring a watercolor Technique? View them here.

Barb Brimhall, The BZBStamper (Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator)

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