Sepia Watercoloring Technique with Bleach Painted Accents

This is a new technique I tried to establish a monchromatic card. I love watercoloring and I came across this on another demonstrators you tube site, her name is Sandi Maclver. She used a latge floral stamp and darker tones. It was quite dramatic and I will try that on my next one. This isnt bad for the first time?

Here are the steps I took

Cut a piece of watercolor paper the desired dimensions ( I used 3 3/4″ X 5″)

Srpay generously with water to wet the paper

Add color using the desired stampin up ink pad and a waterbrush

Let dry

Stamp flowers using Stazon ink. Fill in with the waterbrush.

Use a thin line paint brush and a small amount of bleach to paint the areas you want white.

Paint the areas you want to highlight. You will note there is a blue-ish tint to my flowers – that wasn’t intentional. I either had a small amount of paint residue on my brush or in the container with the bleach. I like how it looks so I decided to use it on the card. Isnt original art wonderful that way? No one has to know it was a boo boo.

I stamped my message in the upper left hand corner.

I made a mask and covered my flowers then stamped the leaves, in the set, all around the flowers. I stamped with Versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

After heat embossing I adhered the watercolor paper to a piece of whisper white card stock and then on the front of an A2 card

I drew the stamens in with a fine end of a Stampin Write Marker and added three small pearls (colored yellow).

I like the subtleness of this card and the layers of texture.

If you are interested in learning how to make this card or would like to make your own then I invite you to attend one of my workshops. You can find my complete schedule and make your reservation at

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Sue Stapp

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