Starch Watercolour Wash and Silhouettes for the Color Challenge

I am honoured to announce that the Color Challenge team at Splitcoaststampers has invited me to guest design with them for the month of August. Their guest designers are selected from the weekly faves and I was their fave from CC735. Click on the link to see that card.

This week there are some bright colours for the Color Challenge at Splitcoaststampers. Click on the link to find out more about the challenge.

Here are the colours ….

Rich Razzleberry, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Shaded Spruce

… and here is my card.


  • The dessert option this week is ‘anything goes’. My take on this was to adapt a technique that I found on YouTube. The technique I saw used Liquid Starch with pigment crystals. I thought I would try it out with dye inks instead of pigment crystals.
  • Take a paint palette or use an acrylic block and add drops of Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Shaded Spruce inks.
  • Add some liquid starch to an empty Aqua Painter.
  • Use the Aqua Painter with the inks to create a ‘watercolour wash’ on a piece of watercolor paper. Allow to dry.
  • Stamp the tree, birds and sentiment on the watercolour panel with Rich Razzleberry ink. I used the Stamparatus and stamped a few times to get a good solid silhouette.
  • Layer the art panel on Rich Razzleberry and attach to a Sahara Sand card base.
  • Supplies:
    • Stamp Sets: Rooted in Nature, High Tide
    • Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
    • Ink: Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Shaded Spruce, Rich Razzleberry
    • Accessories: Spray Starch, Aqua Painter
  • For the inside and envelope ….

I love the effect of using the liquid starch instead of water. It gives a more vibrant effect. Don’t forget to wash out your Aqua Painter after you have finished with the liquid starch.

Why not have a go at this challenge? I would love to see your projects.

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