For this week’s Make It Monday, Betsy Veldman will show you a super easy and foolproof way of creating “watercolor” backgrounds with a pretty ombre effect.


  • STAMPS:  Botanical Bounty II, Pen & Ink
  • INK:  Raspberry Fizz, Scarlet Jewel, Sweet Blush
  • OTHER:  Watercolor paper, ink blending sponge, white embossing powder, paint brush

CLICK HERE to visit Betsy’s blog to see more!

If you are joining along this week, here are the details concerning the Make It Monday Challenge.

  • A new Make It Monday Challenge will go up on Monday mornings at 9am ET.
  • Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and include an ombre watercolor background like Betsy shared in the video.
  • Please enter NEW projects only.
  • Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).
  • Add your project to our InLinkz list below.  ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE.
  • You will have until 6am ET, Monday, July 9th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win.
  • One randomly selected winner will be chosen from ALL the entries on Monday, July 9th, after 6am. The winner will be posted here on this blog post, on Twitter and Facebook. The randomly selected winner will get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!


Congratulations, Joyce M.! Please send an email to customer service and provide them with your full name and the email address you would like your gift certificate sent to. Thanks so much to everyone for playing along!

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Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • 1
    Stephanie Clapper says:

    This is such a pretty and “do-a-ble” technique, for a fun and bright background. Betsy’s watercolor’ s always leave me saying, “ah that’s beautiful!”.

  • 2
    Greta H says:

    One of my favorite posts, Betsy! I absolutely love the design of these cards (I’m always drawn to leaf images) & the technique for the ombre background is so fun! I even have a flat brush, so can’t wait to try it! I would really love to have a list of PTI inks by color family. I’m trying to get them off the video, but hard to see all the names.

  • 3
    Becky Green says:

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, Betsy! LOVE this! I KNEW there was something DIFFERENT about what you did when I saw the ink blender! 😉 SUPER JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  • 4
    Brenda Kuder says:

    I really like the look. I always like something new to try.

  • 5
    Holly Saveur says:

    LOVE gorgeous!

  • 6
    Lillian T. Webb says:


  • 7

    so pretty, love the way it flows!

  • 8
    Michele W says:

    Great technique for creating some interesting and colorful backgrounds. Love that it works with so many color combinations, too. I’ll definitely be giving this technique a try!

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