Elizabeth Craft Designs | Watercolour Fun with Dye Inks and Summer Peel-Off Stickers

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Watercolour Fun with Dye Inks and Summer Peel-Off Stickers

Hi there! It’s my turn on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog again today and I’m sharing this accordion folded tag card with a beach theme!

I would never have guessed it, but I keep going back to the black Peel-Off Stickers… I love the clean black outlines, especially when combined with something messy like watercolour!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Watercolour Fun with Dye Inks and Summer Peel-Off Stickers

Here are the written steps to create this card:

1. Die-cut and accordion card with four folds out of watercolour paper, using the Tags & More – Sunburst die.

2. Adhere the outline (I mean: the sticker part that is left on the sheet when all peel-offs are used up) of the Summer and Seashells Peel-Off Stickers onto sheets of printer paper. Fussy cut within the outlines to create stencils.

3. Choose three colours of dye inks. Magentas, yellows and blues mix well and suit the happy summer vibe.

Ranger has discontinued the Adirondack Dye Inks that I’ve used on my card, but Distress Inks come in the same bright colours now, so I’m sure you will be able to find the perfect replacement.

The techniques will probably work with a lot of other dye inks too. Just give it a try!

4. Use an ink blending tool to apply the ink through the peel-off stencil onto the card.

5. Tap some dye ink onto your craft sheet and spritz it with water. You can now pick it up with a watercolour brush and apply it around the stencilled images, leaving a small white outline.

6. While the surface is still wet, add another ink colour and let it bleed into the first colour on the card. Leave to dry completely.

7. Pick some wet ink up with the brush and flick it onto the card. Leave to dry.

8. Pick some clean water up with a (clean) brush and flick that onto the card. Dry it off with a paper towel to remove some of the watercolour stain.

I usually use the unscrewed nozzle of my (water) spray bottle instead of a brush to flick water drops!

Marsha Valk | Elizabeth Craft Designs: Watercolour Fun with Dye Inks and Summer Peel-Off Stickers

9. Adhere the coordinating peel-offs to the card. I like it best when they end up a little offset.

10. Adhere a couple of washi tape strips to a scrap of cardstock. Adhere two peel-off stickers onto the scrap and cut out the images. Use foam tape or a pop dot to attach them to the card.

11. Add a handwritten sentiment or a quote with black pen.

Of course I made a video to be able to explain the process to you even better:

I had so much fun creating this card, that I actually made several! I hope you try it too!

Happy crafting!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:
958 Tags & More 5 – Sunburst
2575 Seashells Peel-Off Stickers in Black
2595 Summer Peel-Off Stickers in Black

Watercolour paper (about 4,7 x 11,7 inches)
Two sheets of printer paper
Bone Folder and scoring tool
Post-it tape
Dye ink pads (Ranger Distress Ink Pickled Raspberry, Adirondack Dye Ink Pool, Sunshine Yellow)
Craft sheet (I splurged on a XL Hardicraft Flexi-Cover earlier this year with no regret!)
Ink blending tool
Watercolour brush
Washi tape
Cardstock scrap
Foam tape
Black pen