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Liquid Watercolors on Yupo

by Jessica Frost-Ballas April 24, 2018 29 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with a random assortment of cards using a really fun technique! A few months ago I shared a card here using Bold Ink pads on Yupo paper...and a few weeks ago I heard a rumor that you could use liquid watercolors on Yupo for a similar effect to alcohol inks, and you know I just HAD to give it a try!  And it is AMAZING!! As you can see, I couldn't stop with just one card! The only difference is that the liquid watercolors take longer to dry than the alcohol inks but as long as you have some patience, the results are well worth the wait!

For my first card I dropped a 1-2 drops of Strawberry and Dandelion liquid watercolors onto a piece of Yupo paper and used a blending felt to drag the watercolors across the paper. It lightens the colors and where the red and yellow meet you get a really pretty soft orange shade! 

I set it aside to dry and die-cut the giraffe and grass with black cardstock. I also die-cut the thorn tree from black cardstock and used partial die-cutting to keep the top of the tree attached to the card panel. I stamped the sentiment with Versamark and heat-embossed it with gold embossing powder. Once the background dried I adhered the black cardstock over it to create a simple but striking card.

My second card uses a similar technique but with more liquid watercolors to create a rainbow effect. I used Purple, Strawberry, Dandelion, Moss, Deep Ocean, Indigo, and Mulled Wine and blended them with a little movement to create the curves and swoops of the watercolor. Once it dried I heat-embossed the dandelion with silver glitter embossing powder.  

I love the way the colors blended to create that rainbow effect!! I trimmed the Yupo paper down and adhered it to a black card base. I stamped the sentiment on black cardstock with Versamark and heat-embossed it with silver embossing powder. I trimmed it down to create a fishtail banner and adhered it to the card with foam mounting tape.

My next three cards use the similar rainbow palette. I just varied the dies and sentiments used! For the first card I die-cut the Yupo with the Bold Graphic Confetti die. I layered that over a white card base and then adhered a heart die-cut from vellum. I stamped the sentiment onto the heart with Versamark and heat-embossed it with detail black embossing powder. Finally I die-cut the 'love' word from black cardstock and adhered it to the heart.

For the next two cards I die-cut the rainbow Yupo paper with the Window on Love Confetti die and reserved all of the hearts.

I adhered the heart panel to a white card based and added the kindness sentiment die cut from black cardstock.  For the other card I adhered a bunch of the hearts in rainbow order on a black card base and added a sentiment heat-embossed in silver from the Love Stamp & Cut set. I finished that card with a few sparkly gems in matching colors.

My last card is probably my favorite but it definitely took the longest time to dry.

For this one I swiped Deep Ocean, Indigo, Purple, and Black liquid watercolors onto Yupo paper. As I was blending I added Iridescent Shimmer Spray to give an overall subtle shimmer to the liquid watercolors. After I finished blending I immediately sprayed the paper with more Iridescent Shimmer Spray for a little more dimension. Finally I unscrewed the cap and splattered on larger drops of shimmer spray which created that really interesting starry effect. I love the halos around the large dots. I think the spray was what changed the consistency and drying time of the liquid watercolors. The end result was a much glossier texture and it did take overnight to dry. But it was REALLY worth waiting in my opinion!

To finish this card I started by die-cutting the Skylines dies with black cardstock and silver glitter cardstock. I also die-cut the Hello Stamp & Cut from silver glitter cardstock. I stamped the rest of the sentiment onto black cardstock and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder. I trimmed that down to a fishtail banner and then adhered everything over the Yupo background. Finally I trimmed the Yupo paper down and adhered it to a black card base!

I hope this gives you some new ideas on how to use your liquid watercolors!  Thanks so much for stopping by and reading through my long post! ;) Have a wonderful day!!

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29 Responses

Lageme
Lageme

August 21, 2018

Awesome cards, great seeing how liquid watercolors work with yuppo!

Mary Toutlian-Fleer
Mary Toutlian-Fleer

August 02, 2018

Loved all cards but best for me is the night sky with shimmer spray.

Heather DePasquale
Heather DePasquale

May 09, 2018

Great ideas! Can’t wait to try: especially the last one with the shimmer spray (which I have thanks to HA)!

Liron a
Liron a

May 06, 2018

Wow! A real inspiration to try something new

Kristine Boydstun
Kristine Boydstun

April 29, 2018

I love this technique!! These cards are amazing!

MelissaF
MelissaF

April 26, 2018

Gorgeous cards, the last night time one is my favorite too! Love these techniques with the liquid watercolors.

Pam Marchand
Pam Marchand

April 26, 2018

I think all your cards with the watercolor and yupo paper are just wonderful and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing..Love Love the cards.

Lisa Byers
Lisa Byers

April 25, 2018

Such beautiful results!! Can’t wait to try this out!!

Dawn
Dawn

April 25, 2018

The cards are just beautiful with the watercolors and softer. I really like them better than the alcohol inks💕

conniecrafter
conniecrafter

April 24, 2018

These are all so neat, I love how they all look so different

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

April 24, 2018

Wow Jessica this is absolute gorgeous and great news for me, I have a lungproblem and can’t work with alcohol ink. I love the gorgeous backgrounds you can make with the alcohol ink and I was sorry that I could not make this. But now I can do this technique with watercolours, Thank you so much for showing this!

Barry Onness
Barry Onness

April 24, 2018

These are wonderful! The night card is really special! I have never seen an interpretation on the stars so well done. Love the rainbow effects too.

Jessica
Jessica

April 24, 2018

These cards are beautiful! Would you consider doing a tutorial on the night sky. The look is amazing.

Teresa Doyle
Teresa Doyle

April 24, 2018

WOW Jessica, these are gorgeous. The colours are amazing and especially with the silhouettes. Wonderful job on all of them.

Julie
Julie

April 24, 2018

Beautiful cards. I think the last one is my favorite, too.

Leni
Leni

April 24, 2018

Gorgeous result at the starry night card!

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

April 24, 2018

These cards are so beautiful! The backgrounds are so cool :)

Judith Totten
Judith Totten

April 24, 2018

Wow! I love the starry night effect. Oh my goodness.

Patty  Haff
Patty Haff

April 24, 2018

absolutely love the cards…especially the city one

Cheryl
Cheryl

April 24, 2018

Your cards are beautiful Jess. I don’t have watercolor inks but I’m wondering if Distress inks would work on Yupo paper as well? I’ll have to give it a try.

El Difani Ivens
El Difani Ivens

April 24, 2018

Wow, those are gorgeous. Would love to see a video.

Trina
Trina

April 24, 2018

Beautiful set of cards. My favorite is the city starry night card too! That shimmer spray looks anazing.

Lagene
Lagene

April 24, 2018

Super backgrounds, that night sky is FANTASTIC!

Lindar C
Lindar C

April 24, 2018

These are beautiful. I have not been able to heat emboss Yupo without warping, I’m going to try a heavier weight next timeI buy Yupo paper

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

April 24, 2018

Gorgeous effects on every card!! Love them all! <3

Dana M
Dana M

April 24, 2018

Fantastic cards and such a fun technique! The background on the skyline card is amazing!!

creatingincolors
creatingincolors

April 24, 2018

What beautiful results! Definitely worth the waiting time to dry. I must try this. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn S
Carolyn S

April 24, 2018

All of the cards are lovely but would love to see a video on the starry night background

amy
amy

April 24, 2018

These are gorgeous Jess!