We always love inviting our industry friends to join us here on the SCT blog and today we have card maker extraordinaire Kim Kesti! We'll let Kim tell you a little bit about herself.

"As a crafting enthusiast, I’ve tried everything! Cross stitch, macramé, even decoupage, but nothing has stuck with me like paper crafting! Card making has especially won my heart because I love the idea of sharing my creations with others and sending a piece of happy mail to brighten someone’s day. Today I would love to share a “faux watercolor” technique that is so easy! I hope it inspires you to create something special.

Before adding my color, I stamped lots of floral images on my card panel with clear pigment ink and heat embossed them with white powder. **Tip- start with your larger images first, then add smaller stamps to fill in the leftover space.

Step out 1

How many of you have a several bottles of color splash, shine, or mist hanging around your craft space? Well, it’s time to dig it out! As long as these products are water soluble, you can create your own watercolor palette. I simply took the cap off my bottle and dabbed a bit of splash on a large clear block. I added some additional water and then “smooshed” my stamped panel onto the block. The color is quite a bit lighter than the original splash because of the extra water added – so pretty!

  Step out 2

 After letting the first color dry, I repeated the process with two additional colors. That’s it! Easy – peasy!

BeautifulSupplies: Stamp set Gold Blooms by Richard Garay; Cardstock, Ink, Splash, and Embellishments by Fun Stampers Journey

I finished the card with a simple sentiment and a few embellishments; I love how it turned out!

Next, I tried this same technique again; but this time I smooshed the color from the block onto watercolor paper. The watercolor paper really soaked up the color beautifully!

Be You

Supplies: Stamp set Dahlia Burst, Cardstock, Watercolor paper, Ink, Splash and Embellishments by Fun Stampers Journey

Thanks for letting me share this fun technique! We can’t all be watercolor artists, but I think we all can dip paper onto a clear block! Give it a try, won’t you?" ~ Kim Kesti



THANK YOU you so much for joining us Kim! We love your cards and your quick and easy technique. To see more of Kim and her work, be sure to follow her on: