Stamp School #4: No-Line Watercoloring with Markers, Masking & More!

Hi friends! I love the look of watercolors and you can achieve the look really easily with stamps using the technique I am going to show you today!


All you need are watercolor markers (I am using Spectrum Aquas but you can use whatever you want), white cardstock, water and a paintbrush as well as a tile or laminated card (or plastic packaging) to use as a palette. I am also going to show you how to make a mask so that you can build your own arrangements and make images appear to overlap each other. If you are using a stamp with a prearranged (complete) scene, or you are stamping images that are not touching each other you do not need to mask. It is a really great trick to know though so I encourage you to try it!


I kinda wish I chose bolder colors for the flowers but when you are beginning with this technique to softer, lighter shades are more forgiving. I used the colorsΒ Blossom, Aquamarine, Moss, Desert from Spectrum Aqua (affiliate link to Hallmark Scrapbook, they have the markers on sales!) The stamps are all from the Bouquet For You stamp set from Stampendous. Feel free to try this technique with any open line work stamp you want to use. By that I mean a stamp made up of outlines and not a lot of solid area. So, what did you think of this weeks lesson? Was it too much info for a beginner or could you follow it OK? If you feel a bit overwhelmed just pause the video and go at your pace. It’s just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. Take it one step at a time and you will do fine! And, no I do not advise eating an elephant, it’s just a figure of speech…and I’m a vegetarian. πŸ˜€ Thanks so much for stopping by and I’ll see you tomorrow with an easy bookmaking tutorial! Til then Happy Crafting!

30 thoughts on “Stamp School #4: No-Line Watercoloring with Markers, Masking & More!

  1. Hi Lindsay πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for doing these Stamp School videos, especially this one. Today I used Bienfang Watercolour Brush Pens to paint tulips and I just learned from your video # 4 what I was doing wrong and you showed me in a clear and simple way the proper way to use watercolour brush pens. You are a wonderful instructor/teacher; THANK YOU!
    Best wishes.


  2. Love this bouquet… You make it look so easy, Lindsey… But the hardest part is painting in those petals with the shadows, etc… You are an awesome teacher, artist, and most likely mom, as well… Thanks for being so fun and real , as well!


  3. Stamping is new to me so thanks for the basics. I just find your lessons easy to understand and relaxing. I can feel my blood pressure going down when I watch a lesson. Your the best. thank you for all your hard work. Sue, Delaware


  4. I am so glad you are doing this class. I am learning so much. I used to think all I could do with stamps was stamp. Love to get more artistic.


  5. Lindsay! those colours are ebautiful would you recommend the spectrum noir markers? I have aqua markers. Are they any difference in them? Love the Spec noir, range as I have some coloured pencils you do make such pretty cards

    your very Professional and make a great tutor U are πŸ™‚ you explain everything in such a good way as a Beginner in art/craft it’s so awesome to have your you tube channel online πŸ™‚
    seen a few others but none have your personality you should be on the television seriously!
    when I was a little kid I used to watch Tony hart (an english artist don’t know if you have heard of him) he’s awesome artist.
    -Gracie from fb!


  6. Thanks for doing some of these basics! I really appreciate the tips and techniques, as well as the generous portion of “don’t sweat it!” I showed my grandgirls the sample I made on photo paper that I tried after your idea recently and they are excited to try it, too! I do have a question: Can I use alcohol base markers on my stamps, rubber and/or clear? I haven’t tried this yet, as I am afraid I might ruin my stamps. Am I supposed to get archival ink off my stamps? I have scrubbed them with a toothbrush and my simple green solution, but they are still black!


    1. staining is fine, it will not hurt the stamp. As for alcohol markers they dry too fast for that technique and will dry out the rubber stamp.


  7. Oh wow Lindsay!!! Thank you so very much!! How beautiful your’s turned out. You have no idea how much you have helped me with these stamps. I just now had time to watch and really wish I could practice!

    I used these stamps, or TRIED anyway, to make a get well card for my sister, before I’d seen episode 4, and boy was the card a mess! Almost didn’t give it to her, but she already knew about it and uugghh! Oh! It was bad :-‘( !

    Oh!! Thanks also for showing how you dipped your brush. Seeing it really helped. And I mean getting rid of the extra water and explaining.

    Not sure if you are familiar with this brand of marker, Recollections Signature, bold brush? It’s a Michael’s brand marker that I think is water reactive, or whatever. I don’t have the Spectrum, but I hope these will work. I used watercolor pencil on my sister’s card.

    Neat trick with the jar. I thought it was just me!! LOL.

    Anyway, again thank you so much!! You are awesome!! I’m learning so much from you and I so appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge and talent. Looking forward to #5!! πŸ™‚


  8. Hi Lindsey, great tutorials! I was wondering if you could please do a tutorial using digi stamps? I want to co watercolors on the images but I’m not sure of the whole process.
    Thanks Lindsey, much appreciated, Jackie


    1. I’ve been hearing about digi-stamps for quite some time. But how is it even possible??! That’s a good question Jackie just asked.


  9. Nice watercoloring. Do you need special paper for watercoloring? I’ve been wondering what is your average weight of cardstock for cardmaking, like for the back part that you fold and the front, smaller part that you paste onto up front? Would both be of same weight, like 110# or 65#? I usually use stamps, Distress Ink pads, Copic markers, Wachi tapes, embossing folder….that’s about it. There is a birthday party coming up this weekend and would like to make a card soon. πŸ™‚


  10. This is a bit off-topic, it’s about the recent summer with sunshine card. I wonder if we can reuse the color duster? Is it washable?

    My next question is about the Spellbinder’s round die set that I just used. Nestabilities type. They are bronze in color. They cut very well, but I noticed they left a round mark on my photo/paper due to the edge of the round die being pressed probably too hard. I did use the Sizzix Big Shot as advised. Is there a way to avoid that ring on the photo/paper? Perhaps Spellbinder isn’t a good brand, and a good brand can avoid that from happening? Any advices or suggestions? Now I’m thinking maybe that “ring” mark is supposed to be that way as a way of embossing???? Hmm…


    1. Yes you can wash the color dusters but I just keep a brush per color family so the ink does no go to waste by being washed away. The spellbinders are great and they are supposed to have an embossed edge.


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