Dauber background technique!

Hey there and happy Thursday! It’s Lisa here with a card that uses a nifty dauber background technique that looks like watercolors. I shared it in a video HERE to color the flower in the Hello Flowers set and I just can’t stop using it! It kind makes me feel like Monet. I love how daubers blend together with water and the control that you get from them. Even though adding water makes the results a little unpredictable, ha!

Dauber background technique by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

Find out how to make this card — click for complete supplies and instructions.

This technique is really easy! Just daub color on a craft sheet or acrylic block, layering pastels with bolder colors so that you’ll get a soft look. Of course, you can always leave the pastel colors out and go bold!

I like to use a card sized acrylic block so that I’m sure to have a large enough area.

Dauber background technique by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

Then give it a good misting with water. Sometimes I like to tilt the acrylic block back and forth so that the colors blend together even more.

Dauber background technique by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

Then place a piece of cardstock over top and press with your fingers. Some color might push out of the edges but that’s okay. Let it dry and you are done!

Next I stamped the BasicGrey Astronomy Background with Soft Granite ink — but not in the usual way! Instead I picked up the stamp with my fingers, curved it, and stamped parts of it here and there., pressing where I wanted the design to go. I think this gives a cool collage feel to go with the background. Plus you get more from the stamp by creating your own design that’s different every time!

BTW, I love how this BasicGrey stamp goes with the Starry Nights theme even though it’s part of the Herbs & Honey collection — it was totally unplanned!

Then I stamped the daisy from the Hello Sunshine set with Chalkboard black ink over top. I love this soft black so much. And after I stamped it I noticed something cool: the Soft Granite ink somehow resists the Chalkboard black! Check it out:

Dauber background technique by Lisa Spangler for Hero Arts

Too cool, right?

To finish off the card, I first splattered some Silver Spray here and there on the card, then stamped the message with Chalkboard black. And I couldn’t resist adding some Diamond Gems to the flower to go with the message. The Diamond Gems are not just clear — they have kind of an iridescent shimmer to them! Kind of like a soap bubble.

I layered the stamped piece to a celadon notecard and that was that! I haven’t really used this color much before, but I love how it goes with the Soft Mint dauber.

Thanks so much for joining me today, and hope you give this technique a try!

Have a great day,


Tide Pool Ink Dauber (AD010) Green Hills Ink Dauber (AD016) Dark Quartz Dauber (AD022) Lemon Yellow Dauber (AD023) Ultra Pink Dauber (AD025) Pastel Pink Dauber (AD026)
Pastel Peach Dauber (AD027) Pastel Yellow Dauber (AD028) Pastel Mint Dauber (AD030) Soft Granite (AF226) Chalkboard Mid-Tone Ink (AF272) Astronomy Background (CG633)
Diamond Gems (CH234) Diamond Gems (CH235) Diamond Gems (CH236) Diamond Gems (CH250) Shoot for the Moon (CL773) Hello Sunshine Daisies (CL776)
Foliage Mixed Folded Cards (PS570) Snow Layering Paper (PS610) Silver Shimmer Spray (WM117)

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21 Responses to “Dauber background technique!”

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  1. 12

    Deb L said:

    Awesome technique Lisa! Love the Astronomy Background stamp!

  2. 13

    Julie said:

    This card is super pretty….love everything about it!!! Now I want more daubers and those stamps, darn you Lisa :-)

  3. 14

    donna mikasa said:

    Fun technique, Lisa! Love the ethereal look and those sweet pastel colors.

  4. 15

    Linda W. said:

    Such a great look, Lisa - just love the background you created!! Argh - I forgot to order that background stamp when I placed my order the other day. Ah well, next time….

  5. 16

    Sue D said:

    Very pretty technique!

  6. 17

    Rachel Izakowicz said:

    Gorgeous, Lisa. Love the look of that background!

  7. 18

    Maureen Chandler said:

    This is a wonderful technique and I love your pretty card - thanks so much for sharing this!!!

  8. 19

    Cindy C. said:

    Wow what a wonderful background!! Must give that technique a try!!!!

  9. 20

    Karen L K said:

    Very nice Lisa. I love how you made the background and then the Soft Granite over it.

  10. 21

    Lynda said:

    Cool technique! Love the soft dreamy result!

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