Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Watercolor Window Frame Technique

This is a Pinterest-inspired idea I've been wanting to try for a while. It sort of took on a life of its own. I like it when that happens.

1. Ink a UM Wisteria image with Amethyst and Earth. Stamp into the lower left and upper right corners of a 4x6" White panel.

2. Use a grid ruler and purple watercolor pencil to draw a line 1/2" from the outside edge of the panel. Do not draw the line on top of the stamped images.

3. Lightly blend the line with a water brush. I love that new Faber-Castell water brush. Yep, I do.

4. Use a ruler and fine tipped PITT pen to draw a thin line over the blended line. (Totally optional.)

5. Stamp that sweet unmounted sentiment onto the panel with India Black ink.

6. Splatter the panel lightly with a purple Gelato and waterbush.

7. Shade the outside edges of the panel with Amethyst ink and a handy CS Ink Applicator. Nest the art piece onto a 4.25x6.25" Dark Purple matte and Light Purple card.

And you're done!

I hope you give this a try. It's pretty easy!

Creatively yours,


  1. Tricia, This is a fantastic technique. New to me, and can't wait to give it a try. Thanks for sharing the steps.

    And I just love using those splatters too. Such a great way to add interest to a stamped background.

    1. I agree about the splatters, they are are great addition to a background AND they are just plain fun to do!

  2. Tricia, I love this idea. I can't wait to give it a try.

  3. Very pretty - thanks for the idea!

  4. Really lovely and an awesome technique. thank you Tricia.

  5. This is AWESOME, going to try right now, maybe with some of the Wildflowers stamps too!

  6. Fun technique! I really like all the layers.

  7. What a beautiful card! Great and simple technique!

  8. So simple and beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration, Tricia!


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