Watercoloring on Vellum

Hi Everyone! I am back today to share a fun “watercoloring” technique, that uses no water at all!

I found this post over on Carissa Wiley’s blog, about making watercolor-style backgrounds on vellum, and I thought it would be fun to make a scene using the same type of concept. Of course, Copic markers do not blend with water, so I used a rubbing alcohol (70%), to blend the colors together.


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It is suggested that you use the 90% alcohol to achieve the smoothest blend, but I wanted to have some of the marker strokes still show up in my watercoloring, just to add some texture and interest. To create my scene, I simply did some loose sketching and shading with my Copics, and then took a paintbrush, dipped in rubbing alcohol, to blend it all out.

I then mounted a Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle frame on top of my vellum panel; gold glitter cardstock is layered behind both pieces and I also die cut my sentiment from the cardstock as well, using the Simon Says Stamp Cake and Congrats die set. To finish off my scene, I added a bit of sparkly confetti.


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This technique was so quick and simple and really a lot of fun to do! I hope you’ve enjoyed my card today, and I would love to hear what you think. Thanks so much for stopping by, I will see you again soon!



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Copic SKETCH 72 PC SET A Markers AAAS72A
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Copic SKETCH 72 PC SET B Markers BBBS72B
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Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches
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Simon Says Stamp CAKE AND CONGRATS Craft Dies sssd111356 Pure Sunshine
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Bazzill 40 LB VELLUM 8.5 x 11 White 25 Sheets


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Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets
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Little Things from Lucy’s Cards GILDED ROSE Sequin Shaker Mix LB19
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DCWV Cardstock 6 x 6 GLITZY GLITTER Paper Stack Matstack MS-019-00052
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Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425
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ZIG Wink of Stella GLITTER CLEAR Brush Tip Marker 025320


this card is submitted into the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge “Orchard”, the Cupcake Inspirations challenge #321 “Embellishments”, and the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” Wednesday challenge.

12 Responses

  1. Carolyn says:

    Beautiful! I love the way the colors both blend together and stand out at the same time.

  2. Indy says:

    Gorgeous! I am loving your beautiful scene! So glad you joined the Embellishment challenge at Cupcake Inspirations. Hope you’ll join us this week for our color challenge!
    Debbie, DT Sweetie

  3. The watercoloring on vellum is SO pretty! I have to give that a try! Thanks for joining us at the Curtain Call Challenge.

  4. scrapawayg3 says:

    So Beautiful! You are very creative.Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge!

  5. Yuki says:

    This card is absolutely amazing! You did an awesome job showcasing this technique and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. amottmers says:

    Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations, good luck!!! Amy DT Sweetie

  7. Tanja says:

    I will definitely try this technique some time – thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations with your beautiful entry

  8. Valentyna says:

    This is stunning, Nina-Marie!!! Love the subtle palette and romantic look you’ve created! Thank you for playing alone with Cupcake Inspirations!

  9. Autumn says:

    How very beautiful is this!!!

  10. Amazing summer landscape! Love the vellum inking technique you have used!

  11. Ruby N says:

    Oh my gosh this is beautiful and brilliant! I love your creativity so much!

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