Card Cafe Thursday with designer Kim Kesti!

Card Cafe Thursday with designer Kim Kesti!


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:






2017-05-25T09:00:00-04:00May 25th, 2017|Card Cafe Thursday|


  1. Deepa Lakshman May 25, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Great idea to use up the sprays.

  2. Kelly Crowl May 25, 2017 at 10:57 am


  3. Teresa Medeiros May 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I can’t wait to try this when I get home from work today LOL!! I can’t believe how simple this technique is and yet how stunning the cards turned out! Thank you so much for sharing Kim!

  4. Barb macaskill May 25, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Love these soft and lovely backgrounds! TFS!

  5. Erika Hayes May 25, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    Adorable as usual for Kim! Love both of these cards!

  6. bette May 25, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Very pretty smooshing!

  7. Alex Gomez May 25, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Beautiful cards, Kim! Great to see you sharing in this blog.

  8. Jurist Tran May 25, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    Looks beautiful with watercolour technique. Will def try this easy watercolouring with my papercrafting! #love to stamp

  9. Nina Oelke May 25, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Beautiful cards Kim 🙂

  10. Lori May 26, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Beautiful! I love this idea and the results. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Terri Burson May 26, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Gorgeous! I’m totally going to give this a try.

  12. Andrea D. La Vigne May 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    Awesome cards–love the look, and how easy it is to achieve! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  13. Barb macaskill May 26, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    These cards are so pretty! TFS!

  14. Marilyn May 27, 2017 at 8:19 am

    Love your cards and love this technique! Thank you!

  15. Jeannie Fannin May 30, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Beautiful cards!

  16. Kerry Urbatch June 2, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Oh yes! Such a fun technique that packs a gorgeous punch! Love the splashes too. They are so versatile! 🙂 Kerry Urbatch, Fun Stampers Journey Coach

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