Stamping with Watercolor Powders

by Dina Kowal

Create a faux watercolor look using stamps, powders, and a stamp positioner.


  • Stamp positioner (MISTI used here)
  • Watercolor powders (Brusho, Magenta Nuance, and Bister used here)
  • Stamps (Impression Obsession CC171 Lotus and Reverse Confetti Something Wonderful clear set used here)
  • Watercolor paper (Fabriano Studio Hot Press paper used here)
  • Water mister
  • Magnets or washi tape to hold paper in place
  • Static cloth for cleanup (Swiffer 360 Duster Refill used here)
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (cardstock, Impression Obsession B13651 Simplify, Cartwrights sequins, sheer polka dot ribbon, Stampendous clear embossing powder)


  1. Step 1

    Position watercolor paper and a cling or clear stamp in your stamp positioner.

  2. Step 2

    Sprinkle a little watercolor powder onto the watercolor paper, beginning with a light color (Brusho Lemon used here).

  3. Step 3

    Mist water onto the stamp, and press it down onto the paper. Hold it down for several seconds, allowing the water to contact the powders.

  4. The water will activate the watercolor powder only where the stamp image contacts the paper.

  5. Step 4

    Rub your finger over areas of the stamp where the water is beading or didn't make full contact with the powders on the paper. Stamp again.

  6. Repeat until you are happy with the coverage of the first color.

  7. Step 5

    Add another color of powder, and repeat the steps above (Brusho Lime Green used here).

  8. Hold the stamp down to allow the water to travel along the outlines and solid areas of the stamp, combining with the previous color.

  9. Step 6

    Repeat with remaining colors (Brusho Turquoise used here).

  10. Step 7

    Allow the image to air dry completely. Do not use a heat tool, or the dry powder particles will spread.

    When the colored area is completely dry, use a static cloth or duster to remove the loose excess powder from the watercolor panel.

  11. Use the static duster to clean out your stamp positioner, then clean with a wet wipe to catch any unseen particles.

  12. Step 8

    Use the finished panel to complete a card or other project.



  1. For an outline image, stamp in a light color first to help with positioning the powder in the right places.

  2. While the panel is still wet, use a brush to fill in open areas as needed

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Stamping with Watercolor Powders. 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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Thank yyou for this very nice technique. I tried it with Brusho for I don't have watercolor powders, and it worked great.
Yokomi  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 4:57 AM
What a beautiful technique and card! Love the watercolor effect.
Debbie  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 6:56 AM
Thanks for another cool technique, Dina!
Joanne Travis  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 9:16 AM
Beautiful results, I didn't see anything about the re-packaging, I like the swatches on your bottles.
Linda Crowley  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:25 AM
Hi Linda! You'll find the info on my blog here:
dina  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:59 AM
How cool it is! Another technique with a precision plate! Like it!
Susy Côté  |  Sat Mar 24, 2018 at 4:50 AM
This is sooo cool!!
Ibrands  |  Mon Mar 26, 2018 at 10:29 AM
This looks beautifull !!
Ibrands  |  Mon Mar 26, 2018 at 10:29 AM
Ibrands  |  Mon Mar 26, 2018 at 10:53 AM
Ibrands  |  Mon Mar 26, 2018 at 10:53 AM
Fantastic tutorial!!!
lydia  |  Tue Mar 27, 2018 at 1:35 PM
I loved this and did one for VSN! Thank you!
Sharon Madson  |  Tue Mar 27, 2018 at 3:47 PM
Wow--absolutely love both of these, Dina! I have some powders that sit unused, so now I have a reason to get them out!
Greta H  |  Thu Mar 29, 2018 at 9:48 AM
Boy, that looks so much like watercoloring with a brush, except way easier! I love that you used clear embossing powder over the flower, too. You sure make this look simple - thanks for the tutorial and video and the use of the Swiffer after the panels dry.
Rosy Newlun  |  Sat Apr 14, 2018 at 9:12 PM

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