Ombré Watercolor Resist

Supplies Needed
Supplies Needed
  1. Watercolor paper
  2. ¾” Flat Wash Paint Brush
  3. Adirondack reinkers in Butterscotch, Ginger, Raisin and Eggplant (I keep drops of mine in these little round, divided craft containers-it’s fine when they dry out; just reactivate with a little water)
  4. Tiled Quad Cube stamp (Stampendous)
  5. Encore Ultimate Metallic Gold ink (Tsukineko)
  6. Clear Embossing Powder & Heat Tool
  7. Water


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Step 1
Step 1 & 2

Step 1:

Stamp image repeatedly onto watercolor paper using the gold ink. Coat with clear powder and heat emboss.

Step 2:

Use the paint brush to wet the entire piece.

Step 3:

With the water loaded paint brush, pick up some of the Butterscotch ink and begin washing it across the wet background. Begin at the lower edge and work your way up. The ink will become lighter as you move up the page. When adding more ink, always begin at the lower edge.

Step 2


Step 3 after application of Butterscotch ink
Step 4
Step 4

Step 4:

With the water loaded paint brush, pick up some of the Ginger ink and float in only on the bottom ½ of the piece

Step 5
Step 5


Step 6
Step 6

Step 5 & 6:

With the water loaded paint brush, pick up some of the Raisin ink and float in on the bottom 1/3 of the piece. Finally, float in a little Eggplant ink on the lower 1/3. I used Eggplant because I don’t have a darker brown reinker. Since the dk. purple Eggplant is the opposite (or complement on the color wheel) of the orangey yellows it will produce the brown color I need.


Let the piece dry for a few minutes, then load the paint brush with water and add a little Eggplant ink. Tap the paint brush against your other hand while holding it over the piece. This will produce a splatter pattern.

Finished background
Finished background

Finished Piece:Comparasion: left was done with reinkers, right strip was done with traditional watercolor paints.

Comparison- reinkers on left, tradional watercolors on right
Comparison- note reinkers are slightly more transparent


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Finished card using the background


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9 Responses to Ombré Watercolor Resist

  1. Fabulous effect … great tutorial … wonderful card.

  2. Glad to see you’re back too Julie!! This tutorial is awesome – I will have to give this technique a try – your sample in the tut is just gorgeous!!

  3. very nice card and a great tutorial- TFS!

  4. Great tutorial Julie! I’ll have to try this out! wonderful effect – I love the card you created with it! Love your new blog!!

  5. WOW! What an awesome technique! Gorgeous design!

  6. Absolutely neat!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!


  7. Wow, this is so cool…what a wonderful tutorial! You did a great job!

    Congrats on your new blog…and am gonna link it to might right now! Hee! This will be fun!

  8. Hi Julie! I’m laughing at myself because I just sent you a pm over on splitcoast asking about your blog…and never thought to check first if it was up and running already! Well here it is and wow, what a wonderful first entry it is!! Love this tutorial and I’m inspired to try it soon! Linking you up now!!

  9. Julie,
    I love how this turns out. So any dye based re-inker works? I only have Stampin’ Up! But love your art!!!