Crafty, Stamping

Runway Inspired #4

It’s the third Tuesday of the month, which means we’re back with anotherĀ Runway Inspired Challenge. The last challenge generated loads of great, graphic cards in a crisp black and white color scheme. But this time, with a little help from my friends at Clear and Simple Stamps, we’re adding a whole spectrum of color!

Because the Christopher Kane inspiration piece uses a blended rainbow fabric, I really wanted a watercolor rainbow. After trying a few techniques (including actual watercolors) I settled on an old favorite: scribbling water-based markers on an acrylic block and misting with water. The results are different every time. Sometimes its a muddled mess, and others it’s a brilliant rainbow of color.

And of course, it’s hard to beat the build-your-own sentiments in CSS’s Lucky Charm stamp set. I played with using the markers to color each letter in the word rainbow, but water-based markers produce a very mottled, watercolor effect on clear stamps. Which is great if you’re working with solid florals, but not so much on small type.

I hope you’ll take a look at the different ways our design team interpreted this colorful challenge, and maybe even try it yourself:


  • Nicki

    January 17, 2012

    LOVE the watercolor rainbow – may have to try that technique!

  • Jaclyn Miller

    January 17, 2012


  • Annette A

    January 17, 2012

    great card…loving all this color..

  • Laura Bassen

    January 17, 2012

    What a cool technique!

  • ~amy~

    January 18, 2012

    I love it.

  • Kalyn

    February 18, 2012

    Gorgeous rainbow technique! So pretty. I also wanted to stop by and say how much I LOVED your Thinking of You Today card in the March/April Paper Crafts – so, so awesome!

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