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.

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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


  1. Betty N May 28, 2017 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    Awesome card! Lots to look at!

  2. Karen Page May 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t worried about the stickiness of the adhesive going through to the inside, I was more worried about any writing on the inside showing through the front. I guess you have the section behind the flowers! Sure is pretty though!

  3. Patty Eifert May 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Beautifully colored card…you are such a pro!!

  4. Stephanie Mayer May 28, 2017 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Beautiful card. Love the sunflower.

  5. Rose J May 28, 2017 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    A beautiful watercolour bouquet! The Floral Sparkle die background is gorgeous!

  6. Kim Maxwell May 28, 2017 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    Absolutely georgeous card!!! I love it so much and will be attempting this technique very soon. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Cassie D May 28, 2017 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    Very pretty! I like how you die cut the whole background.

  8. JoAnneR May 28, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    Love this die cut background. You’re colors are awesome..

  9. Diane B May 28, 2017 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, colourful card. Love the background idea. The flowers are gorgeous. Love the wet-on-wet watercolouring.

  10. Dori May 28, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    Such a beautiful card with gorgeous coloring!

  11. Louise May 28, 2017 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I liked the way you used colored inks for the outlines.

  12. Jennifer Chen May 28, 2017 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    The repeated die cutting is a great idea! I’m loving this release from sss and really enjoying this blog hop!

  13. Lindarub May 28, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Love how you did the background on your card.

  14. Beverly Jordan May 28, 2017 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    Your multi-layered card is a work of beauty! Gorgeous use of all the dies and images!!

  15. Stacy V May 28, 2017 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I love the layering you did and using that die cut for the background is super neat!

  16. Super Stick Chick May 28, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Wonderful card, love all the texture and layers.

  17. maureenchandler May 28, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    What a pretty card – love the dies & flowers too! Thanks so much!

  18. Agneta May 28, 2017 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Wow! You make it look so easy!

  19. Pam Dunbar May 28, 2017 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous card, beautiful water coloring and the dimension with all the layers is perfect.

  20. Julie {CalleLillyCafe} May 28, 2017 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Super cute Panda set & congrats to you! Love the painting technique as well!

  21. Laraine Randall May 28, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    Fabulous card! Love the background & the watercoloring! Love this release!

  22. FeM May 28, 2017 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Wow … beautiful. I like the layers you created.

  23. Denise Bryant May 28, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous coloring and layering! Love the flowers and background!

  24. Brenda in IN May 28, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Beautiful watercoloring and lovely card and design. Thanks for showing how you did the die cutting for the Floral Sparkle die. That is simply gorgeous.

  25. Carol May 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm - Reply

    Love the colors in your card!

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