Monday, July 08, 2019

{Special Post} World Watercolor Month Linky Party + Faux Watercolor Inspiration from Karola

Happy Monday, STAMPlorations friends! Did you know that July is World Watercolor Month? Short and sweet, we're celebrating it here with a linky party + STAMPgirl Karola created a trio of fabulous cards using the faux watercolor technique to inspire all of us.

Comment and/or link up by Wednesday, July 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific. We'll announce the winners on August 10 in the July winners post. Follow our blog by email so you don't miss a post. You'll find the form on the top right side bar.

We'll be drawing SEVEN crafters to win these prizes:
  • THREE (3) randomly drawn crafters who leave comments on this post and Karola's blog will each receive a $5 gift certificate
  • THREE (3) randomly drawn players who link up a watercolor project will each receive a $10 gift code
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn player who uses a STAMPlorations product (clear stamp, digi stamp, stencil, die, clear sticker, or coloring page) in her watercolor project will receive a $20 gift code
Ready to be inspired? Here's Karola:

Hello beautiful people! Karola here today to show you a few cards I made the other day. If you want to know more details about how I created the cards, you can visit my blog.

For my first card, I used the Bloom Doodles stamp set. I colored the flowers with Tim Holtz Distress markers (any markers with water-based ink will work), spritzed the stamps liberally with water and stamped on watercolor card. I stamped the sentiment using Happy Birthday.

I used the same faux watercolour technique for my second card. I used the Feathery stamp set with Distress Markers. The sentiment was created by die cutting black card using the Thanks word die, and a small stamp from For the Birds.

For my third card, I used the gorgeous Blossom Sprays #3 stamp. I'm sure you got the gist of the technique by now - you can also spritz extra water on the stamped image if you want a more blended look. I added a simple die cut sentiment using the Celebrate word die.

All of these stamps are really versatile and would work for a lot of different occasions. You could even create the cards but not add any sentiments, and once you know what you need the cards for you could quickly add one of the Clear Stickers to the card and that way you will always have cards with the perfect sentiment!

All of the stamps I have used in this post are currently a delicious 40% off in the big STAMPlorations Summer Clearance section with the code HEYSUMMER. These are some of my all-time favourite stamp sets which I use over and over and over, and you can get them for a bargain until the end of the month. 


And now for the World Watercolor Month Linky Party:
  • Create any type of project (card, tag, ATC, layout, art journal page, etc.) using watercolors or any watercolor technique.
  • You may link up a maximum of THREE (3) projects. Each entry must be in a separate blog post.
  • In order to qualify for the prizes, you must link back to this post AND display our event graphic below in your blog post(s) OR if you are linking from your Instagram account, you must tag @stamplorations AND use the hashtag #wwcm or #worldwatercolormonth.
  • Use any product(s) you have to create your watercolor projects; STAMPlorations products are not required although if you use STAMPlorations products in your entries, you get a shot at the top prize.
  • Link up by Wednesday, July 31, 11:55 p.m. Pacific. 

Event graphic to display on your blog post:
Link back to:
Instagram players: tag @stamplorations AND use the hashtag #wwcm or #worldwatercolormonth

All players, please read:
Before you add your project to the link up, please make sure that you are already linking up to this challenge on your blog post. Otherwise, your entry may be deleted.

FREE Coffee and Flip Flops Digital Stamp

Coffee and Flip Flops Digital Stamp

If you download and use the above image in your projects, please give credit to STAMPlorations (Designed by Shery Russ) with a link back to this page or this page. Terms of use: Our free digi stamps are for your personal use only. You may not redistribute it or claim it as your own. Please respect the artist's intellectual property and copyright.

I hope you enjoy our free digital stamp and that you create something with it for linking up in our linky party! And don't forget...if you create projects with any of our products, make sure you link them up to our Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge page for your chance to win some spending money on the STAMPlorations store! We draw two winners every month!

Happy crafting!

Check out our July sale -- 40% off products found in the SUMMER CLEARANCE section. Use code HEYSUMMER on checkout. Code can be used only once per customer/shipping address. Ends 7/31.


  1. Thanks for the beautiful free digi! Don't use them much, but this one is so super; you will see this one back....

  2. Great water colour technique and stamping from Karola and such beautiful cards. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration and for the free Digi x.

  3. I love these three beautiful watercolor cards! Great technique!

  4. Wonderful watercolor projects - Karola did a fab job and thanks for the challenge -

  5. Shery - thank you for the flip flops and coffee digital stamp -whoot whoot - I shall use this!

  6. This is SOOOO FUN! I never do watercolor... but OK... now I have to! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Always looking for new watercolor to try. Thanks for some new ideas.

  8. What a great thing to celebrate! Watercolouring is so much fun and I love the idea of faux watercolouring. Thanks so much for the wonderful inspiration!

  9. What a wonderful free digi - thank you so much Sheri. Loving the faux watercolour technique!

  10. Very pretty watercolor cards with this marker technique. Thanks for the free digi too.

  11. Cute digi, Shery. I am always in my flip flops and drinking coffee so it suits me to a T! lol Great cards by Karola. Since I don't color well, this technique is something I have to try more of.

  12. Thank you Karola for sharing your beautiful beautiful watercolored cards. Thank you Shery for your fun watercolor Linky Party! Loved your WC background for your badge:-) Hugs..Nancy

  13. Beautiful cards Karola. Thanks for sharing. Thanks Shery for the digi and the watercolor linky party.

  14. I didn't know that July was World Watercolor Month, so I am very glad you had this event to bring it to our attention!!! I needed another excuse to sit around watercoloring instead of doing housework!!! :-)

  15. Thank you for the freebie. It's really cute. [Bunny]

  16. super cards - love the softness of the water coloring:)

  17. Oh what a fabulous faux watercolor technique!

  18. Thanks for the freebie. Those cards are beautiful, great inspirations to me.

  19. These are all so beautiful!! I'm off to check Karola's blog.

  20. Love this beautiful watercolor stamping technique!
    Thank you for the fun digi and for another lovely challenge.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  21. Gorgeous cards and an absolutely fab technique! xxx


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