More Fun With Watercolors


Hello friends! How are you today?

Here’s another fun watercolor card. Watercolor cards are all the rage right now, and I can’t seem to get enough lately. But since I have no watercolor skills, I need easy shortcuts.

Stampin’ Up! to the rescue!


For this technique, I turned to the Cool Treats stamp set. For the popsicles, I stamped them in bold colors and then added a little bit of water with my aqua painter to make them look watercolored. So easy! (One tip is to not over do the water or they will bleed and lose their shape. Just a little bit of water does the trick.)

After they were dry, I took the ink pads, squished ink into the lids, picked it up with my aqua painter and splattered it on the background. I made masks for the popsicles first, so they would stay splatter free.

I’m crazy about this bright color combo!


The days are gray and dreary here in Oregon, so a fun, bright card seemed a perfect way to bring a little cheer. I hope you have a chance to work with this fun stamp set- it is just too cute!

Happy stampin’ friends!




Once again, I am posting from the hospital. Our son has taken a turn for the worse and they are now trying a therapy called plasmapheresis, which filters his blood for antibodies. The treatments will be every other day for 10 days and his first treatment was yesterday. We are hopeful that this will help him finally recover.

So many of you have supported up through kind words, mail and prayers and I can not tell you how much it helps! Every time I feel like I can’t possibly watch him go through one more second of this, someone reaches out in kindness or prayer and my hope is restored. Thank you one and all for that!



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Using Tape to Change A Sentiment

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Hello friends, how are you today?

Today I have a fun tip for the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set.

When I needed a baby girl card, I realized that Endless Birthday Wishes set would do the trick. I simply took the “it’s all about” and placed a piece of tape over the letters to change it to “it’s a” to go with the “girl” stamp. (The set includes a “boy” stamp, too.)

I then inked it up, removed the tape, and stamped it. If you are new to this technique, you may be surprised at how easy it is!

It's A Girl

Now I have an adorable baby girl card and I didn’t have to buy another stamp set!

Have you used this technique? Do you have any favorite presto, changeo stamp stories, using tape? If you do, I hope you will share them with us!

Thanks for stopping by today. Until next time…


Happy stampin’ friends!




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Blended Bloom & A New Technique

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Last month I tried a new painting technique and I owe a huge thank you to my fellow Artisan Design Team member, Connie Collins, who introduced it to me in a February blog hop.

The method? Painting with rubbing alcohol and re-inkers!

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If you have never tried this method, it is incredible. The colors are much more vibrant and the rubbing alcohol drys quickly, allowing you to pass over an area more often than when using water.

To make it easy, I purchased a plastic artists’ pallet at the craft store and used the paint spots to add a few drops of the re-inkers. Afterwards, the plastic washed off easily and the ink left no stains. I filled my aqua painter with rubbing alcohol and painted in the Calypso Coral first and then added the So Saffron.

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I enjoyed painting this way so much, I added some blended blooms to the inside of the card, too.

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So, what do you think?

Have you had a chance to try this technique for painting gorgeous flowers? Leave me a comment and let me know. I love hearing from you!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope your day is filled with much happiness and, or course, time to craft.

Happy stampin’ friends!



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A Wedding Card With Indescribable Gift

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Hi friends! How are you? Today’s wedding card was created with the gorgeous Indescribable Gift stamp set. It doesn’t show well in the photo, but I used my Versamark pad to stamp the blossoms on the vellum.

I stamped the blossoms three times, colored them, fussy cut out the different sections, gently curled the petals with a bone folder and layered them for dimension. I used a sponge dauber to add Soft Sky to the white circle before I glued the blossoms on.

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I used the stamp to decorate the envelope, as well.

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It’s always fun to make the inside pretty, too.

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Want to know how to color with stamp pads and blender pens? Watch this great video!

Using Watercolors With Stamps

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Recently, I discovered a card on Pinterest that combined watercolors and stamps and I was in love! Although I took a watercolor class in college, my skills in that area are sorely lacking, so adding watercolors to stamps is the perfect solution.

In addition to watercolors and stamps, I’m in love with challenge blogs, so for this card I’m linking up to two. The Paper Players have this lovely challenge:



And the talented Narelle at Freshly Made Sketches has this fantastic sketch for everybody this week:

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Watercolor Tips:

For the diagonal stripes and the “for you” sentiment, I used gray watercolors. I had to blot the stripes after I stamped them and the I stamped off for the words. Apply the watercolors directly to the stamp. I have noticed that if you use too much water, it doesn’t work well. I had to experiment a little to figure it out.

For the rose, I did two layers of watercolors, first in a bright pink and then in an apricot shade. My watercolors are Schylling brand and intended for “young artists.” Ha!

After the watercolors were dry, I added the detail stamp to the blossom in Strawberry Slush. I should also mention that the rose was done on Stampin’ Up! watercolor paper and I fussy cut it out.


Here is a close up:

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Stamp Sets:

Mother’s Love (137170)

Build A Bouquet (137166)

Stippled Blossom (126747)

Gorgeous Grunge (130517)



Be sure to check out all of the beautiful inspiration on both challenge blogs- wowza, as usual!

Happy stampin’ friends!