One of my favorite techniques is the Smooshing Technique. It is a great way to create backgrounds with all kinds of color combinations. You can keep it monochromatic and use all the same color family like various shades of blue or mix it up for a bold, vibrant background like the one above.
See below for step by step tips as well as another sample card using markers.
I finished this card with a greeting from the Big on You stamp set and some Itty Bitty Epoxy stickers over punched Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack stars.
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Place three drops of re-inker onto a window sheet.
Here I used Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo.
Spritz with water and allow the inks to begin to spread.
Place your watercolor paper on top of the ink and rub gently onto the back of the paper.
For this card, I added three greetings from the @SoSocial stamp set held on with Crisp Cantaloupe Thick Baker’s Twine. The flowers are from Flower Shop.
You can see that the background on this card is lighter in color. I used Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantalope and Melon Mambo for this card. I find is easiest to make a few background up when my supplies are out so try different color combination until you have a favorite.
You can also use Stampin’ Write Markers for the Smooch Technique.
Color with the markers directly onto the Window Sheet.
Spritz with water and then place the watercolor paper on top.
Gently rub on the back of the paper to help the inks transfer to the watercolor paper.