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How to stamp the High Tide Lighthouse and create a watercolor background - video tutorial

 

I had a vision in my head... and I'm not sure why that included a red sky.. I guess it was a dramatic sunset... but these lighthouse cards are what came out of my vision.. a dramatic watercolor wash background for my High Tide stamp set cards!

I hope you will watch my VIDEO TUTORIAL below in this post to see how I made these and to hear about the tips and additional components I added to these cards!

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 

Please watch my VIDEO TUTORIAL below to learn how to create the beautiful watercolor wash backgrounds with a clear block and ink pads, and tips on stamping the 2-step Lighthouse stamp!

 

 

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Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

Fun Tips To Note:

  • all of the watercolor wash backgrounds turn out different
  • it's fun to experiment with different colors
  • the High Tide stamp set has some GREAT sentiments/greeting images
  • grass from the Basket Builder framelits is perfect on these cards
  • vellum die cut with the Sunburst Thinlit makes great "light" for the lighthouse


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 

I think you'll be amazed at the color palette I used to make these cards and how easy the watercolor background is to create with the Stampin' Up! Clear Block E, a few ink pads and watercolor paper!!  Be sure to watch the video for all the fun details.


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set featuring Sunburst thinlit die and cardstock vellum.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 I stamped the greeting/sentiment onto watercolor paper and die cut it with the Stitched Shape framelits.

For this card, I die cut cardstock vellum with the Sunburst thinlit and colored it with the Daffodil Delight ink pad and sponge daubers, then added the "rays" to the card like light from the lighthouse.  See the VIDEO above for all the details.

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and Sunburst thinlit die with cardstock vellum.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and sunburst pattern paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

Above:  I loved the printed paper background addition to this card.. a piece of "sunburst" printed paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack was perfect for the background of this card!!  :)


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and grass die cut from the Basket Builder framelit set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

Above/Below: the grass die cut piece from the Basket Builder framelit set (pg 18 Occasions catalog) was the perfect addition to some of my lighthouse cards.  I die cut it out of Crumb Cake cardstock then sponged some Old Olive and Soft Suede ink onto it. 

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and grass die cut from the Basket Builder framelit set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

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Tip for stamping the lighthouse stamps from the High Tide Stampin' Up! set by Patty Bennett

 

For tips on stamping the lighthouse, and adding a little deeper color with your Stampin' Write marker, watch the video above in this blog post.

I found that I liked the Smoky Slate ink for the "shadow" of the lighthouse image the best.  I'm sure you will find lots of color combos you like!  It's fun to experiment! Just be sure to write them down so that you'll remember what you tried!

 

Suggested color combos for stamping the Stampin' Up! High Tide lightouse set, by Patty Bennett

 

 After stamping the lighthouse and "sand" on the separate piece of watercolor paper, I cut it out by hand and added it to the front of the card with a ton of Stampin' Dimensionals.

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 

Thank you for joining me today.. I hope you enjoyed these cards and the tips I shared with you in the video tutorial!

 

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Comments

Colleen

Patty
Great video on the lighthouses except I would have liked to see the entire card making as I am unclear as to did you stamp the lighthouse directly on the watercolor sunset? Seems like the sunset colors would show thru thevlighthouse or did you fussy cut the lighthouse? Just need s but more instruction i.e. Help on the start to finish😉Thanks

Debby T

Beautiful Cards Patty. The tutorial was very helpful and all the little tips will be fun to try. Good way to start my day.

Sherry Cox

These are just beautiful Patty. Can't wait to try this!!

Becky Bakley

Thank you for the step by step instructions on how to get the background colors. I tried it last week and didn't get the same effect at all. I missed a couple of steps. Will be casing your technique in a class in March. Thank You!

Christine Geary

👍😻Patty,
My 5 year old granddaughter and I watched this tutorial and the emoticons are from her. Good job and thank you!

Carolyn Rice

I am excited to try this set now, thanks to you! Great video and tips!! Thanks for sharing!

Martha Henry Oak Hills, California 92344

Patty,

These cards you made to share are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I can't wait to try to make something like this.

June Lihrman

Oh Patty these cards are awesome. The stamp set wasn't one I would have considered getting, but now I am interested for sure. There are so many elements in the set that could be used in more card ideas. I will probably be ordering the set real soon. Thanks again for the video.

Kathy Slamar

Beautiful cards! The backgrounds are stunning. I'm sure your Dad would agree😄

Edna Burgess

Your cards turned out so well and enjoyed the video. I've tried putting ink to the block and then spray it and it didn't turn out very well. After watching you, will try again. Thanks. Edna

Ceresa Beason

Thank you Patty for this great tutorial. I have tried watercoloring with ink on the blocks but they didn't turn out as nicely as yours. I'm going to try again using your suggestions. I love your work.

Ellen Berkson

Awesome cards! Thanks for doing the video, it was very helpful.

Anne Sweeney

Patty, Those are just stunning cards .. I really love the the rays of light in vellum ,and the extra stamping with water birds etc ...but my all-time favorite it's the stitched shapes framelits that really took it up another notch.. ....Fabulous cards . Hey why don't you do a video tutorial with your father that would be awesome .. and I do think you picked up quite a bit from both your parents .for you to design those cards ...and as beautiful as your flower gardens are.. You are truly blessed my friend ...

Robin Richards

These are BEAUTIFUL. I have been trying different water color techniques and am definately going to try this today. Thank you for sharing.

Michele Jutrisa

Great video.....love your cards. like you have artistic family members and I love colour too but can't put the two together. So also loving that Stampin' Up! helps in this way

hope mitchell

Your laugh and comments are so infectious and you are talented in your own way. I especially love hearing you give praise and credit to your parents...regretfully, love of aarents is a little rare these days.

Thanks for sharing...I had almost as much fun watching as you did creating!

Beth Norman

What a wonderful tutorial. I like the tip you shared with us by using a marker to colour onto your stamp. The funny thing is I never noticed the rays of light until you pointed them out because I was in such awe of all the surrounding colours. Very well done. Into my Pinterest.

Dyantha Fragomeni

Patty, I just love, love, love the beautiful water color lighthouse cards you made. The are absolutely gorgeous!

pat posk

Patty you have given us so many great tips and tricks and you are fantastic for sharing all your discoveries. with all of us. Thank you and I think your cards are just beautiful and your husband gave you a great tip too...Everyone in your family is so talented.....it's our blessing.
thanks Patty for being so generous


Gail Spence

Thanks for the video and tips!

Delphia Kay McBride

Patty
I just found ur site, watched this video. I have been useing SU stamps since 1998/99.
i was a demonstrator too for a few years 2009or 10 through 2014. I was so excited about this set and beautiful lady because this is what stamping is all about, Before die cutting (I love working with them too) . You did a wonderful job. TFS.
Hugs,
Kay

Cindy McCool

You inspire me and I tired to stamp the lighthouse this weekend. I can't seem to get it lined up, what "mark" do you use? I did find it easier to start with the shadow and then do the color but I'm still off. Yours are perfectly lined up so what is your trick?

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