Faux Watercolor ft Lil’Inker Designs

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re all having a great week start!

I have two cards to share today and a pretty cool technique that kind of mimics the watercolor look.

For both my cards I used this cute stamp set by Lil’ Inker Designs, called So Prickly. This is such a fun stamp set, as you can build your own succulents by stamping the plants and decorate them with some smiley faces, little feet and hands, flowers or a tiny mustache. Simply adorable! And the sentiments are so much fun!

I started my projects by first creating the backgrounds. I did my own stencil for the first card and created a frame with a torn edge. Next I used the stencil and my pigment ink to add some color to the background. I didn’t spend too much time blending the ink as I spread it out with a bit of water. The cardstock that I used was regular cardstock, but still I was able to move that ink around with water. This was my first time using pigment ink with water and I was surprised to see how well it blends. On watercolor cardstock is even better!


For the second background I partially inked a background stamp with a shimmery gold ink.


Next I inked my images with two tones of pigment inks and added water with my brush directly on the stamp to blend the colors a bit and add some shading also. I absolutely love the effect that you get when you add water to pigment inks. I think it’s a great way to give a watercolor look to your solid stamps!

The layouts are very simple and as the photos show, I used some sequins and clear droplets as my embellishments and the cards were done!


I hope you can give this technique a try, as I am sure you will like it! 🙂

You can watch the how-to video on my blog or HERE on my YouTube channel!


List of supplies (***affiliate links are used where possible***)


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