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How to make a Speckled Background on Cards

I have an amazing watercolour technique to show you today – how to make a speckled background on cards.

This was first shown to me by one of my Stampin’ Up! team Rachel MacLeod, and it’s absolutely brilliant both to try and the finished look!

How to make a speckled background on cards

Here’s what you need to do…

Grab a piece of Watercolour Paper or some Shimmery White card stock (you can watercolour on both of these kinds, standard card will ball up and bleed).

  • Take an Aqua Painter and fill the reservoir with water. Brush it on scrap paper a bit to get the water flowing.
  • Then cover an area of your watercolour card with water, just a wash of plain water.
  • Then grab your Watercolour Pencils and sharpen your chosen colour(s) using a pencil sharpener that you can access the shavings.
  • Take out the wooden parts of the shavings so you just have the coloured splinters and shake or sprinkle them over your wet paper.
  • If you need to add more water you can, but the shavings should bleed and melt into the water and create an amazing background.
  • What’s even better is that you can tip the piece and make the water and shavings run around the wet area.  For some reason the water doesn’t go outside of the original area.

I’ll be adding a video tutorial shortly, but my finished card looked like this:

Example of speckled background on cards

Finishing your card

To finish the card, I cut a piece of Bermuda Bay card and scored it to make a card blank.  Then I cut a piece of Vellum Card 10cm x 14.4cm to make a mat for the watercolour piece.  The watercolour paper was cut 9.5cm x 13.9cm.

I used Shimmer White card for the dragonfly and the new Dragonfly Dreams bundle of stamps and dies.  Then I shaded it using the Watercolour Pencils and blended with the Aqua Painter.  The greeting is from the same set and I just used the Bermuda Bay ink.

And that’s how you make a speckled background on cards!

A very simple design but so much fun to make.  I love that every one will be unique!

I hope this inspires you to have a go.  Why not try different colour pencil shavings and maybe try punching them out and using them that way?

If you have any questions about this technique please shout in the comments below, or send me an email and don’t forget to post your makes on my Facebook SU page.

Happy Stampin’

Rhoda xx


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