Easy Tape-Stripe Watercolor Backgrounds

Welcome to my stop on the Colorado Craft Company Bloghop! I’m so grateful to Amy for sharing the new release with me so I could play along – and give you some great ideas for using it! I chose to go really simple, partly because my RSI (repetitive stress injury to my hand) was acting up the day I was shooting. These were simple to create with using some Artist tape and a little plastic TSquare to keep things straight. (straight-ish at least!)

My video shows two of the stamps but keep scrolling to see some more stripes samples – and the hop info!

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Video

For the tutorial – I made a Mother’s Day and Father’s Day card with the simplest of watercolor techniques – making easy stripes! It’s even easier than a solid background, you know why? Because you only need to manage the water on one stripe at a time! Simple! I’m using Daniel Smith watercolors but you can use anything for this – even make a puddle of thin, watered-down color out of ink pads or reinkers! Watch below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

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For Dad

Dad’s set has multiple sentiments to use – and I can totally see this stamp set for a Christmas card with a fireplace in the background, stockings hung and ready for Santa…… the little heart on my card filled in an awkward white space, it’s a really old metal ‘sticker.’

  • Buy For Dad stamps at EH or CCC …buy For Dad dies at EH or CCC

The inside of the card can match the outside too – super easy to do, as well! If you plan to do this you might try doing the inside first since you don’t need to paint around anything – warm up to it!

Amazing Mom

This mom stamp set is pretty sweet – and I love that they’ve given us so many sentiments so it’s not just for Mother’s Day – you can make cards all year for your Mom with this set, or for those new moms you know!

  • Buy Amazing Mom stamps at EH or CCC …buy Amazing Mom dies at EH or CCC

The inside panel’s stripes are the same height as the front for continuity!

More samples – more simple stripes!

I’ve created samples for the rest of the release with stripes painted with stamps – some a little harder than the video, but not by a lo!

For Mom, Mom Names

There’s another set to celebrate the women in your life – like pampered kitty queens! I used the same masking tape to make little stripes this time. I also limited myself to Quinacridone Rose and New Gamboge throughout the whole card. Cute huh? The “sister” is from the Mom Names set.

  • Buy For Mom stamps at EH or CCC …buy For Mom dies at EH or CCC
  • Buy For Mom Names set at EH or CCC

Dad’s Cooking, Dad Names

My dad was a cook, but only of a few items. Pancakes were one of them, though I don’t think he ever tossed any in the air! But a cat dad might pull it off…lol! I started by taping off stripes on the floor…then built a cabinet…and by then I was thinking about where they keep the glasses so had to do hanging cabinets….and of course a window! You can make all kinds of scenes with simple tape masking!

  • Buy Dad’s Cooking stamps at EH or CCC …buy Dad’s Cooking dies at EH or CCC
  • Buy For Dad Names set at EH or CCC

Love Art

CCC makes artist critters in their stamps – and there are two stamps in this set, one of which I used here – I used some tapes to create a canvas to paint in stripes!

  • Buy Love Art stamps at EH or CCC …buy Love Art dies at EH or CCC

Proud of you

This little stamp is so cute with all the critters together partying! There are graduation stamps here but – you can use this set all year round. I’ll be coloring this one with Copics soon! The background was made with stripes but layered them over and over til it was a forest just needing a couple branches!

  • Buy Proud of You stamps at EH or CCC …buy Proud of You dies at EH or CCC

Bloghop

I’m excited that I can give away a $25 gift certificate to the CCC shop, so here’s how to enter: CLOSED

  • Leave a comment – tell me if these cards are the kind of “easy” you like to create!
  • Subscribe, even if just til the winner’s announced, so you get to find out if you won!
  • Then hop along – everyone’s got a little giveaway that ends Tues night the 13th!
  1. Adrienne Kennedy (CCC)
  2. Amber Rain Davis
  3. Angelica Conrad
  4. Bibi Cameron
  5. Caly Person
  6. Cathy Zielske
  7. Chari Moss
  8. Chris Dayton
  9. Daniel West
  10. Donna Hitz
  11. Emily Midgett
  12. Erin Thompson
  13. Jennifer Gross
  14. Jennifer Kotas
  15. Jennifer McGuire
  16. Jennifer Shurkus
  17. Joe Sysavath
  18. Kassi Hulet
  19. Kathy Racoosin
  20. Kelly Griglione
  21. Koren Wiskman
  22. Kristina Werner
  23. Laura Volpes
  24. Mansi Bhatia
  25. Marci Snee
  26. Nichol Spohr
  27. Sandy Allnock – you are here!
  28. Sara Torzullo
  29. Traci Jenkins
  30. Yana Smakula

Supplies

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. If you choose to shop using my EH (Ellen Hutson) links, please accept cookies on that site in order to retain the link to my blog, or that compensation does not happen for me. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art