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Faux No Line Watercoloring Technique with Alcohol Markers

You will “flip” today for Melanie’s faux no line “watercoloring” technique, using alcohol markers and, wait for it… regular printer paper! Just stamp, color with alcohol markers and flip for a gorgeous impressionistic image on the reverse side that looks hand-painted!  This technique is so forgiving and makes it much easier to see your lines as you go to determine where to add shadows and detail.  White accents added to the finished side at the end really make it pop!  The containers in Melanie’s Buds and Vases stamp set work fabulously with all the flowers in her Stately Flowers line, so have fun mixing and matching!  Be sure to watch to the end to see the coloring on the back side of her jar card.  


Purchase Buds and Vases stamp set here:


View Melanie’s coordinating sets here:



Gina K. Designs Buds and Vases stamp set

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad

Gina K. Pure Luxury Bubblegum Pink* card base ( 4 ¼” x 11, scored at 5 ½”) Cranberry Tart (3 7/8” x 5 1/8”) and white printer paper (3 3/8” x 4 5/8”)

white gel pen, alcohol markers (Copics: E07, E97, G12, YG93, RV55, RV63, RV69, 00, E71)**

3.5” round acrylic gridline block, Therm-O-Web mini tape runner


*Use Pure Luxury Blue Lagoon card base for jar or vase card

**Swap out E97 and E07 withB21, and BG15 if coloring jar or vase

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Comment by Sharon McDonald on April 4, 2018 at 10:22am

Very pretty.  I've had this stamp set since it came out, I am going to give this technique a whirl.  Thank you.

Comment by Cheryl on March 21, 2018 at 7:57am

Very cool.  I love them both!

Comment by Deb Cain on March 19, 2018 at 9:18pm

Beautiful flowers and cards!!!!!

Comment by Megan Niergarth on March 19, 2018 at 7:19pm
Fabulous technique!!
Comment by Conniecrafter on March 18, 2018 at 7:53am

Wow that is so cool how that turned out, I may just be able to do this kind :)  I love them all! Thanks for sharing!

Comment by Kelli Nash on March 17, 2018 at 5:31pm

I love both of them! I would love to see how you did the water in the jar as well. 

Comment by Robin Logue on March 17, 2018 at 4:39pm

Fantastic idea! I love the no line but was so intimidated by it and this is something I can get into. THANK YOU!! so much. I also have the original rubber set. Love both examples.

Comment by Pamela Haskin on March 17, 2018 at 3:53pm

Thanks so much for the secret techniques to make these cards. Even I can do this!

Comment by Donna Phelan on March 17, 2018 at 10:58am

FABULOUS!  Buds & Vases, a longtime favorite of mine!  #originalredrubber

Comment by kReN@afourthlife on March 17, 2018 at 6:50am

Lovely!   I would like to see a tutorial on the jar coloring.  I love mason jars!

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