Unmounted rubber stamps

Watercolor Click Class

Unmounted rubber stamps

Not as dramatic as Ida Abshier's watercolor technique but an easy way to create a "Five Minute Card" when you need one!

ONE...Stamp your image with permanent pigment.

TWO...With any watercolors you have (a dime store variety will do just fine) and a soft watercolor brush, lightly wash color over the image, making no attempt to "fill in" every area. You can do this several times, to create variety and darken and accent areas.

Be a little careful not to wet the paper too much. You don't want it to buckle.

That's IT!

The samples shown are made using gg designs Matchstick Flowers set but any loose, line drawing will yield results in a very short time.
The small, single flowers were used on the backs of envelopes, matching the cards. These samples were done on Strathmore watercolor cards. These are often available on sale at Dick Blick, Nasco and other art supply catalogs. A supply on hand is very handy for a quick card. They also work well as gift tags.
An easy way to define a background is to use painters tape to make a border. This won't work if the page is saturated but if you are using a light touch (recommended for this style) it is another quick technique.

Even with a light touch surprises happen. When they are not "happy" ones, there are always ways to fix them. In this case the card was scored and torn (to keep soft edges) and mounted on another card.