Seven top water-coloring tips!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Just a quick post today to share this fun card showcasing the Watercoloring Technique …


The “You’ve Got This” stamp set is the perfect set for practicing your watercolor techniques.  Here are some Watercolor Tips for you …

Are you ready for 7 top water-coloring tips? You’ll feel like a pro when you practice these tricks!

  1. Make sure your Aqua Painter brush is full before you start–you do NOT want to run out of water in the reservoir right in the middle of your project! If you are using a regular brush, keep a little dish of clean water right next to your station.
  2. Be aware that water-coloring can bleed through to the back, so protect your work surface. I use a non-porous granite floor tile that doubles as a palette, because I can squeeze my inks right onto it and wipe the residue right off afterward.
  3. Have a paper towel or baby wipe handy to blot off excess drips, and to clean the tip of your brush regularly so you don’t muddy colors.
  4. Dampen your watercolor paper first so the color slides instead of saturates. Work in small-ish sections, and re-dampen new areas if they’ve dried before you moved on.
  5. Keep that Aqua Painter moving. Don’t rest the tip in any one location too long. Straight re-inker is going to be VERY dark, so squeeze the Aqua Painter gently every time you pick up fresh ink, to dilute it with water.
  6. Remember that you can always add more color later–but you can’t easily take it off once it’s on, so paint in layers, revisiting areas to add deeper shades later.
  7. Keep in mind that it’s only paper! Not cheap paper, no, but it’s still JUST paper. Allow yourself a sheet to practice on and test colors on.

Hope you feel inspired to pull out your watercoloring tools and give it a try.  When you do … feel free to share your work with me.  You can send them to …   and I will post it on my blog at a later date.  Please use Stampin’ Up! stampes and supplies.

Great to see you here today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!


Watercolor Technique: You’ve Got This!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a “watercolor technique” card that was shared with us from the Stampin’ Up! home office. It highlights the new Archival Ink.

Archival Ink is permanent and perfect for watercoloring techniques. Use the archival ink pads to stamp your images from the “You’ve Got This” stamp set, and then use Blender Pens or Aqua Painters® to add color.


Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry and Tangelo Twist Classic Stampin’ Ink® Refills were used in combination with the Aqua Painters to color in the flowers.

Personally … I love the watercoloring technique and I’m so happy that we will be carrying the Archival Ink! You will find it in the Holiday Catalog which goes live September 1st!!

Short post today, but I thank you for stopping by!

Have an awesome day ~


Watercolor Technique In Color

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well … we are over the hump and one day closer to the weekend, and a Holiday weekend too! A perfect time to celebrate.

Today I’m celebrating our new In Colors!! I have teamed them up with a great technique that I taught my Technique Club this past June. The Marker to Block Watercolor Technique … so simple but it can make a dramatic impact!


We took one of the clear blocks and colored it with our markers, you can add a second color to create a bigger WOW effect. Then simple spritz it with water until it starts to bead up … then press it onto your cardstock. We used the Whisper White … no special cardstock needed!

It’s an amazing site when the colors create the beautiful watercolor look. Let it dry a bit and then you are free to stamp. We masked the left side of the card so our image looks like it is captured in the block. The stamp set we used is the new “You’ve Got This” stamp set.

Here is the card done in each of our new In Colors. I marked them for you. Check out how nicely the ribbon, cardstock and inks coordinate!  Love it!!


I hope I inspired you to pull out your makers and spritzer and create some wonderful watercolor cards.

Thank you for joining me today …

Hope your day is full of color… Have fun!!




You’ve Got This!

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Hope you are getting ready for a fun weekend ahead! I’ve got a quick post today, but it’s packed full of pretty! I wanted to share a couple samples from the “You’ve Got This” stamp set.

My Stamping Clubs are using this set this month, so I thought they would love to see a few more ideas for this stamp set.

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I love the way Stampin’ Up! used the large stamp to create they blue background on the first card… it really makes the flower pop.

The simplicity of the card on the right is so pretty, and using such a bold color to stamp the flower really makes it the focal point of the card.

Hope you enjoyed the samples, and I will see you tomorrow with another card share … just not sure which stamp set I’m going to use yet.

Have a fun day ~



Simply Sunday: Sneak Peek

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

With the new catalog just around the corner, I wanted to share a sneak peek with you! Today you will get to see the beautiful “You’ve Got This” stamp set!

I will also introduce “Watermelon Wonder” … one of the new 2015-17 In-Colors!  The background stamp is included with this set.  I stamped off so it was a bit lighter … I must say, the new pads are very juicy!


I stamped the flower and greeting (also included in the stamp set) with the Momento ink. I love this ink pad (still love my StazOn) but the Momento ink cleans nicely off the stamps.

The beautiful lace ribbon is new and is “Watermelon Wonder”. The ribbon comes in each of the 5 new In-Colors.

If you are looking to create beautiful cards, quickly … here’s the answer.  This pretty little card could be sent out with birthday wishes, get well, thinking of you … even a sympathy card. So very versatile.


You will be able to order these items on June 2nd!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a beautiful day ~