Easy Watercoloring with Chalk Inks Makes Beautiful Results

by Martha Lucia Gomez

Watercoloring is always a unique technique that you can use to produce colorful and unusual results. Most people think of Memento dye inks with watercoloring because they are the most obvious water-based crafting ink, but have you tried chalk inks like VersaMagic? Today’s cardmaking project, I will show you how easy and wonderful your projects can look with these inks. And yes VersaMagic is water-based so they work wonderfully with this technique. See for yourself!


Step 1

I started using a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, you can also use watercolor paper but I preferred to use regular cardstock because the final texture of the chalk inks is very soft. Over your craft mat apply some spots of ink directly from the inkpad. I used three different colors of VersaMagic: Mango, Red Magic and Purple Hydrangea. Spray the ink with Ink Potion No. 9 and mix if you want or keep the colors separated. Place the cardstock over the sprayed area, press easily, remove and let the paper dry. If you want to speed up the process you can use the heat tool.

Step 2

When the paper is totally dry, stamp the image background using VersaFine Clair Summertime with a Misti or Stamparatus tool. Cover the entire layer with clear embossing powder and activate the powder with the heat tool.

Step 3

If you consider necessary, you can enhance some details of your stamped image with a Memento Marker. I used the Dandelion Marker to enhance some details of the Ornate Background. Also using VersaFine Clair Norturne, stamp a sentiment in a separate piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. If you want you can emboss this message with clear embossing or leave it in its original state.

Step 4

Resize your stamped layer and paste directly over the Tangerine Tango card base using Tear It Tape. Paste the stamped sentiment using dimensionals or double-sided foam tape and finalize decorating with some drops create with irRESISTible Pico Embellisher in Dandelion Color. Easy and fun!


  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Tangerine Tango
  • Simon Says Stamp – Ornate Background
  • MISTI or Stamparatus Stamping Tool
  • Double sided foam tape or Dimensionals
  • Heat tool

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