Over at Stampin with Crafty Klock we’re celebrating World Watercolor Month. Each week for my Lesson@Lunch video I’m showcasing different ways to use watercoloring in your cards and paper craft creations. This week I’m going to show you how to use a common household item to create fun and unique watercolor backgrounds.

Years ago, when we had our first house, my husband painted our foyer using a ragging technique. He created an interesting and unique design by dipping crumbled plastic bags in paint and dabbing it on the walls. It looked great. Fast forward to today and I thought – why not use crumbled plastic wrap to create a unique watercolor background for stamping?

Since I love a good challenge, I grabbed my roll of plastic wrap, some watercolor paper, inks and water and off I went. It was so fun to experiment with different techniques- more water, less water, blotting, and more. I finally came up with a technique that I liked. Here’s a sample of two techniques I tried. For the one on the left, I just wet the paper a little before I stamped on the ink colors. For the one on the right I saturated the paper, stamped on the color, spritzed on a bit more water and held it up to let the colors run. Which one do you like better?

Two different techniques

Now that I knew it would work it was time to create a card using a background I created with water, ink, and plastic wrap. I had fun deciding which colors to use and I knew I wanted to highlight the adorable ballerina hippo from the Hippest Hippos Sale-a-bration stamp set. This set is just too cute – I know you will want one. Best of all it’s free with a $50 purchase. Here’s the finished card. I used the matching Hippos Dies (also free with a $50 purchase). What do you thing? Isn’t she just darling?

Background colored with water, ink, and plastic wrap

The measurements for the card are a standard A2 card base of 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″. The first layer is 5″ x 3 1/2″ and the watercolor layer is 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″. I used a scrap of Basic White for the hippo and die cut circle, as well as scrapes of Petal Pink and Fresh Freesia for the umbrella and flower. You can watch the video tutorial on my Crafty Klock YouTube Channel

If you would like to order the supplies used in the video, you can order them on my Stampin’ Up! store. Just click on the button below.

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I hope you try watercoloring with plastic wrap – it’s fun and makes interesting backgrounds. Be sure to post a picture of your beautiful card with the hashtag #craftyklock so I can find it. Happy Stamping!

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