Color Lifting

by Beth Rush

Control your color lifting with a stencil and damp cloth.


  • Watercolor paper (Fluid 100 140 lb Cold Press used here)
  • Water based ink or watercolor paints (Stampin’ Up!® Misty Moonlight Classic ink used here)
  • Paintbrush and water (SU Water Painter used here)
  • Decorative mask or stencil (SU Adorning Designs Decorative Masks used here)
  • Washi tape or other low tack tape
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (used here: Stampin’ Up! Misty Moonlight Cardstock, Snowflake Wishes Stamp Set, Misty Moonlight and silver Baker’s Twine, Wonderful Snowflake Embellishments)


  1. Step 1

    Tape down watercolor paper to keep it flat.

  2. Step 2

    Add a wash of color in water based ink or watercolor paint and allow to dry.

  3. Step 3

    Tape a decorative mask or stencil on top and dab with a slightly wet paper towel, pressing into the watercolor paper to lift the ink.

  4. Step 4

    Remove the mask. Embellish the card as desired.

  5. Step 5

    Complete the project.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Color Lifting. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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This looks like so much fun!
muscrat  |  Tue Aug 31, 2021 at 6:58 PM
Simple, but highly effective! Thank you.
RJ  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 4:20 AM
So simple, yet so effective! TFS
lindylou1220  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 4:39 AM
Thank you for sharing the wonderful tutorial! I look forward to giving this one a try.
Heliothrix  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 8:19 AM
lori  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 10:26 AM
Thank You!!! I have the Technique at my monthly group meeting in Oct. This is perfect. I'm thrilled to have something new and exciting to share!!
BEW  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 12:52 PM
What a fabulous tutorial, Beth, and a fun technique. I will definitely try this one. I've not used my stencils very often but am inspired to try this technique. Thanks, and thanks for making a beautiful card start to finish. Hugs!
CherylQuilts  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 1:13 PM
I really like this technique. I don't have a snowflake but I do have a fern stencil that I can imagine being a great background. Thanks for sharing.
MarilynDillon  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 2:35 PM
Oooh these look fabulous, thanks for sharing.
JBgreendawn  |  Wed Sep 1, 2021 at 6:53 PM
Will definitely be trying this soon. Love it.
Ozcat  |  Sat Sep 4, 2021 at 9:14 PM
Oh my goodness! I love this! I love to water color! And most important....I LOVE simple and lovely....and this is all those things. Can't wait to try! Thanks so much for sharing this idea.
Teresa Dechand  |  Tue Oct 5, 2021 at 11:39 AM

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