Using Watercolors instead of Ink! Stamp School

Hi friends! If you are just starting out in stamping you probably are limited in supplies. If you have a simple set of watercolors you can have a rainbow of color with little investment. The look is fun and artsy but less precise than an inkpad.


Are you ready to give it a try? Grab a stamp and watercolor paints and let’s have some fun!


Today I am using stamps from our sponsor ArtNeko!    *Save 10% off your next order of any size or get free shipping on orders over $50 (whichever discount is greater you get!) just by mentioning thefrugalcrafter!


  • Watercolor paint (pan style, kids paint is totally fine for this!
  • Stamps: Dragonflies and Postcard back
  • Hot Press watercolor paper or white cardstock
  • Small flat paintbrush
  • paper towel, waterbucket

1. Trim paper to 4″x6″ and on stamp postcard back with ink.
2. Lay stamp face up on table and apply paint using a small brush.
3. Spritz with water.
4. Press paper to stamp and rub over the back.
5. Touch up the image with paint if needed.

Tip: Experiment with this technique varying the amount of water you use. Have fun! Remember even bad prints can be fun backgrounds on other cards, waste not want not! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!


18 Responses

  1. Love the dragonfly, very pretty. I think I would have to hand deliver or put it in an envelope because I would not the USPS to mess it up.

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  2. This is so pretty…definitely will be trying this…thank you so much for the tutorial…love it,….


  3. Awesome! I have oodles of stamps from the Stamp Craze of 15 yrs ago or so…way back in the day when most stamps were on wood blocks, and stamp parties were the thing. I haven’t been motivated to use them in more than a decade. This is motivating! I’m very much into using my watercolor paints at the moment, and I’m rubbish at sketching and drawing. Perhaps I can actually make it work. 🙂


  4. Another great saving idea! Thank you! I loved the result, I like the Grungy wet look and then the dryer look of a ink pad. I also tried spreading out the paint mixed with water on my acrylic block and used it like a ink pad. It worked great, the dryer the better, it looks like a ink pad was used. This is what I will be doing today! (besides packing to move) Thanks again Lindsey 🙂


  5. This is a nice way for beginners to experiment with watercolors to see how the paints move and blend without stressing over the quality of their work. It looks like it would be great with background stamps too.

    Any news on whether you will be attending the Heirloom Rubber Stamping and Paper Art Festival this year?


  6. I am so surprised that this works. Thanks for the great tutorial, love your post cards!


    • Thanks for the video! I’ve used Marvy Brush Markers in the past to create this type of coloring technique. But, I’m definitely going to locate my watercolors and try this, too.


  7. Absolutely love this technique and the results! Thanks for sharing.


  8. I came across a video that they were using Dr. Ph. Martin Hydrus Liquid Watercolors…have you heard of or used these.. Thank you.. Have a great day!!!!❤


  9. Very cool idea:)


  10. Lindsay! When I clicked “like” I wished there was a “LOVE THIS” button to click, too. This image comes alive with the variety of colors and their vibrancy. Thank you so much!


  11. This is a great idea! I’m an art teacher, always looking for new and fun ideas. Thanks for sharing!


  12. I’m going to order some stamps from ArtNeko. I have never used stamps that are bought in sheets. Can you give me some advice, I know I don’t want them mounted on wood. I mostly use clear stamps. I appreciate any help. Thanks, Jeanne


    • Hi Jean, You can either mount them with cling cushion so they will cling to a clear block or use Aleens Tack It Over & Over on the back, let it dry and it will be sticky so you can use them on a clear block. I have also used a glue stick to temporarily stick them to a block. You can order them with the foam added but it is cheaper to just buy a sheet of foam and do your own: I have a tutorial here:


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