Wet-On-Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop

Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop of the Simon Says Stamp Cherished release blog hop!

Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

If you’ve already been hopping along with us in the Cherished release blog hop, you should have arrived here from my talented friend Shari’s blog!

Today I am featuring some of our newest stamps and dies sets, along with a wet on wet watercolor technique, and tips for creating a no-bulk floral arrangement. With lots to share today, let’s get started!

Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

First let’s talk about the wet-on-wet watercolor technique; I used this to paint the floral images from the Summer Flowers and More Spring Flowers stamp sets.

Because I wanted these images to have a no-line styled appearance to them, they are stamped with colored dye inks . I used these shades of Simon inks for the stamping:

Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design
Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

Wet-on-wet watercolor is a technique in which you apply wet pigment onto wet paper. I started by applying a layer of water onto each section of an image I was coloring. I then added wet watercolor pigment into the areas I planned on being darkest; as I dropped the watercolor into the wet paper, the pigment began to spread. The water layer is basically absorbing the pigment.

As the water absorbs the pigment, the watercolors will soften the further away they travel from their origin of placement. Results will vary depending on many factors such as:

Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design
  • The amount of water you apply down.

  • How wet the pigment was when applied to the wet paper.

  • Temperature. Warm climates may notice the water absorb into the paper faster. If you notice this, try working smaller sections at a time.

  • The type of paper you are using. I used Canson cold press paper here and this paper absorbs the water a bit faster than hot press paper. I have used Arches’ hot press paper with this technique before; there is a difference in looks because the water travels differently on hot press paper. I personally prefer the cold press.

Once I dropped the watercolor into the wet paper, I began to help move the pigment further down across my image with a clean, damp brush. This helps the colors fade more smoothly and evenly. In the painting of these florals, I did a lot of wet-on-wet-watercoloring, as well as some wet on dry when I came in with additional layers on top of my first layer of color.

It’s fun to see where the water travels with the wet-on-wet technique. It can at times be a bit unpredictable; however the more you work with the technique – and watercolors in general – you’ll find that it can be controlled a little. For the coloring of these florals, I used Winsor and Newton watercolors.

Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

The background of this card is something I was very excited about! I especially love using borders dies for this technique of creating a see-through die cut card base. The result of the technique and this Floral Sparkle border die together is a delicate – almost lacy – appearance.

I cut the die into an A2 card base made from Ivory cardstock. This cardstock from Simon is 100lb, so it holds up to the delicacy very well. I’ve done this technique before, most recently with 80lb cardstock, which also held up well.

Shimmer Die Cut Backgrounds + Tips | Nina-Marie Design


See how I used a few border dies to create a see-through die cut card!
Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I really like how the soft, lacy feel of the card base goes so well with the soft coloring of the floral images! Together, they help carry the mood of the card perfectly.

To finish off the card, I kept it simple and added a heat embossed sentiment from Simon’s Thankful Heart stamp set onto a strip of Kona Koffee cardstock.

Wet on Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

I hope you will check out the video to see the watercoloring and die cutting techniques in action, as well as learn my tip for creating no-bulk dimension!

Thanks for visiting me today… all the details about the Simon release hop (plus giveaways!) are listed below, so keep reading to find out all the details! See you soon!



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There is lots to see in the Cherished release blog hop! If you’ve already been hopping along with us, your next stop is the amazing Yoonsun Hur! Or if you’ve just joined in, you can find the entire hop list below:

Simon Says Stamp Blog
Jennifer McGuire
Kristina Werner
Debby Hughes
Laura Bassen
Yana Smakula

Shari Carroll
Nina Marie Trapani — you are here! :)
Yoonsun Hur
Nichol Spohr
Suzy Plantamura
Amanda Korotkova
Justine Hovey

We are giving away a prize package worth over $25 to every stop on the hop! Winners will be chosen over the weekend and posted on our Simon Says Stamp store blog on Tuesday!


I’m super excited to share my newest stamp set Cool Panda with you that I created for the new Cherished release! You can find the set at the Simon store HERE.



Be sure to check out our Cherished release galleries for ideas using the products included in our latest release! They are filled with links to posts and videos created by anyone using the new release, plus when you create something using products from the Cherished release, you can add them here too for us to see as well!


Wet-on-Wet Watercolor + Die Cut Background + Hop | Nina-Marie Design

348 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness that technique looks amazing. Thanks I’m going to have to try it. I also really love your adorable panda, I’m going to have to purchase that one and get to creating.

  2. Very pretty card! Loving this new release.

  3. Jan H says:

    Great inspiration and stamps!

  4. Pam Joiner says:

    Love the wet-on-wet card! It is so delicate looking with the background you created and the floral arrangement is beautiful!

  5. Maryam says:

    Wow, this back ground and your colouring are amazing. Love them too much.

  6. Linda Duensing says:

    Great card and colors. Enjoyed the video. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  7. Celeste Goff says:

    This is just gorgeous Nina! Love the watercolored flowers but that die cut background is amazing!

  8. Nice card! Very colorful.

  9. Sharon Thompson says:

    Love the colors and techniques used. The layering gives dimension. Very beautiful cards.

  10. gemgirl says:

    Hi Nina,
    Thank you for sharing your lovely cards…

  11. Carissa N. Brownlee says:

    Your watercolor flowers are just so beautiful! Love the tip on creating a background from just an edger die. And so glad to see I’m not the only one who uses just double sided tape on all the pieces to create the dimensional effect. I would never think to put it over the lacey looking background you created. I would think though to maybe make the inside a different color to show through. So many ideas. Thanks.

  12. Mary-Anne V says:

    Congratulations on your wonderful stamp set. I love this wet on wet technique…very pretty results.

  13. Loly Borda says:

    I love, love your card! Thanks for all the tips on watercoloring the flowers. TFS

  14. Karen Judy says:

    Love your beautiful, colorful cards. Thanks for doing a video for those of us who need to “see” what is being done to get such great results.

  15. IRINA KNIAZEVA says:

    Such a beauty!

  16. Jude says:

    Very beautiful coloring and love the other card too. Congrats on your stamp set!!!!!

  17. Cherri B says:

    Your card is beautiful Nina – I never thought to use a background die in this manner and can’t wait to try it – it makes your card front look almost lacy, which is perfect with the water colored flowers. Thank you for the great vide and the wonderful ideas!

  18. Donna Hawkins says:

    Wonderful card! Love the colors!

  19. Donna McCaffery says:

    The lace look you created with the die is beautiful as are the color of the flowers!

  20. Kris says:

    Beautiful card!

  21. Leanne in Cali says:

    Beautiful card and I love the layering! Your coloring is wonderful. Thanks for the great video!!

  22. SQUEAL!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Sweet Card and the New Release!! THANKS for sharing the Video too and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  23. Maggie B says:

    Hi Nina ~ There are so many things to love about this new release from SSS and the dies/sentiments that you chose to use on this card are at the top of my list. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring….can’t wait to get my hands on some of these goodies! ~HUGS~

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