VIDEO: Wetlands Color Wash Technique

wetlands-stampwithtamiI love the way this card turned out. The washed in background of the beach and the bird silhouettes are eye catching. I thought they were sea gulls, my mom thought they were Terns (I think that was the name)…what do you think?

I used the color wash technique to create the background. The key to achieving this effect is the paper used. I used Stampin’ Up’s watercolor paper, it does make a difference. I also love the convenience of our aqua painters (brushes), you don’t need any extra supplies…such as a cup of water.



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  1. Great color wash.

  2. This card makes me feel like I am on vacation.

  3. Kathleen says:

    I like nature cards.

  4. Donna Billingsley says:

    Sandpipers…I think they are sandpipers…..I love this card too! Going to make it tonight! Thanks Tami!

  5. Phyllis B. says:

    I agree with Donna B….they are sandpipers! They hang out at the edge of the water looking for food, running back and forth as the waves roll in and out. Nice card, Tami!

  6. Love the simplicity – very nice!

  7. Yes, the sandpipers make a great stamp to use. The sample above looks like you did a circle color wash around a spot in the sky to look like a cloud. Love it!

  8. Rosemary Paul says:

    Sandpipers, definitely. They run like crazy along the beach here. Terns are a breed of sea gull but their heads are completely black.

  9. Gorgeous watercolor look! I love that sandpiper stamp.

  10. This is the type of card I like to make. Simple and good for male or female.

  11. jennifer Chapman says:

    I really love this technique – so effective and very pretty!!

  12. I LOVE this!!! I will have to try this technique.

  13. Debi Torres says:

    I have never done this watercolor technique, but I really want to give it a try after watching this!

  14. Janet Tedrow says:

    Really like the technique on this great card! Going to try this.

  15. You make the watercolor technique look so easy! I love the sandpipers. They look so great on your card! I would love to win your August giveaway. God bless you.

  16. Great video and I really like that stamp set.

  17. Awesome! Love the simplicity and beauty of this card. I can’t wait to make it!! Really appreciate the way you list all of the products used. It makes it so easy to see what I need for the project.

  18. McKenna Clayton says:

    I love the color wash but especially the Wetlands stamp set!

  19. MaryBeth H. says:

    Love, love, love this card! This is the perfect summer card!

  20. This was one of my favorites. Great job Tami 🙂

  21. Karen Clemson says:

    Love, love, love this card. It makes you feel so relaxed as it is very serene. Love the use of the water and colour.


    Karen from Australia

  22. I love this card. It gave some ideas for other cards. Thanks for all you do!

  23. Maria Ramos says:

    I love this stamp set, and the water technique you did. You made it look super easy, you actually make everything seem super easy. Hubby hates me looking at your videos because I always come out with a list of things I “need” it’s not a want. It’s a need. LOL! Thank you

  24. Krista Jensen says:

    WOW! Love this card Tami! Very cute!

  25. Krista Jensen says:

    I want to learn how to make it look that good!

  26. i have to make this card! love it!

  27. I live in Florida and this looks like something you would see at the beach; it looks so calm and peaceful. Love your watercolor technique and your tips. I’m enjoying your You Tube videos.

  28. LOVE LOVE LOVE this card and technique….this would make a great masculine card!!

  29. Rarecat77 says:

    I like that you use water colour paper and make it so anyone can do what you show us thanks for sharing

  30. this is really pretty

  31. Such a simple card that looks BEAUTIFUL!

  32. Very nice but I can’t find the dimensions for the wetlands card. Please send me a note. Thank you!

  33. Love how you make a card so simple but yet look so nice…

  34. Tami, I love how fabulously easy this is, or at least you made it look that way. The end result is WOW, makes me feel like I’m an artist. Being the super organised person that I am (NOT!) I now know what the girls will be making at stamp club in three days’ time 🙂 so thank you for sharing this and I am grateful too that CASEing is encouraged in the crafting community.

  35. Michelle Plaine says:

    Thanks for showing me how to use the color wash technique! I will have to try this out. I have owned the aqua painters for quite some time now. Great ideas