Watercoloring with pencils and blender pens is one of my favorite ways to add color to outline stamps. The results are magical, bringing out the artist in those of us who think we have no artistic talents.
It’s also the solution for crafters and stampers who don’t have a huge stash of ink colors. The Stampin’ Up! set of Watercolor Pencils, priced at only $16, includes 13 pencils in the Stampin’ Up! colors. Use with the Aqua Painters or Blender Pens and you have the perfect watercoloring tools to create and blend infinite colors.
How To Watercolor With Pencils and Blender Pens
Get set right! Stamp your image on the right cardstock with the right ink. I love Shimmery White cardstock. It accepts moisture without pilling and it’s less bumpy than Watercolor Paper. Plus, it has that special shimmer to it.
Next, choose the right ink. I choose either StazOn Jet Black or Archival Basic Black. I must say I have more success with StazOn not bleeding when moisture hits it.
Begin watercoloring. Use a Blender Pen to pick up pigment and add to your art. Or use the pencil tip to scribble inside your outlined image, then use the Blender Pen to pull the color throughout the area. For bolder color, continue to add color from the pencil. Remember: Be mindful of the amount of moisture you add. The paper will pill with too much.
Don’t Forget Your Card’s Purpose
Today’s card was built with Helping Me Grow, a 15-piece set on the Retirement List, and One Big Meaning, a 7-piece set. Together these two sets create cards that convey kindness and gratitude. You will want to mail this beauty!
Just Stamp Tips
Watercoloring with pencils and blender pens was only one of the techniques I used.
Sponging created the background. I snipped a 1/4 wedge from a Stamping Sponge and dipped it into a Tempting Turquoise ink pad. Next, I applied it to the cardstock in circular motion. Remember: Add color in small amounts, continuing to add ink to your preference.
Add a greeting. I masked off the Thank You from one stamp image using a Post-It Note. After inking up with the VersaMark Pad, I removed the Post-It and stamped a 3/4 x 4 inch Basic Black cardstock scrap that was pre-treated with the Embossing Buddy to avoid random white flecks. I sprinkled White Emboss Powder and heat set. Voilà
To view a how-to video and more cards created by watercoloring with blender pens and ink pads, click here.
Are you visiting Just Stamp? I’d love to read your comments. Click on Comment at the top of this post to leave your thoughts and suggestions. TFS!
Nailed It Bundle: Manly, Yes! But Perfect for Everyone
If you’re a cardmaker like me, we’re always in search of manly tools plus snappy sentiments that make the best masculine cards. The 16-piece Nailed It stamp set with coordinating Build It Framelits Dies does that and more! It can make the best cards for everyone.
The set’s hammer, wrench, saw and screwdriver reek of testosterone. The bonus of the set, however, are the darling sentiments.
Sorry I Screwed Up is my daily mantra at home and at work. Here I feature it on my belated birthday card. How apropos. I’m always late sending out birthday cards.
Just Stamp Tips
Designer Series Paper makes it a snap to choose a color palette. The neutrals in Urban Underground Speciality Designer Series Paper are a score for a manly card. For the lassies, Melon Mambo hits the nail on the head. For the kiddos, try bright Real Red and Pacific Point.
Snipping the tools is a breeze with the Build It Framelits Dies. I stamped and cropped the screwdriver four times to ease building the screwdrivers with colored handles.
A short rule is easy peasy with one pass through the Big Shot using a 5″ x 1/2″ Silver Foil Sheet. It makes a perfect seam cover over the Urban Underground and Delightful Dijon panels.
The Basic Gray nut on the focal point tag was also cropped with a Framelit.
Add thematic texture with the 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Hexagons.
Dimensionals prop up the tag to present the sentiment.
More Manly Tools Plus Snappy Sentiments
The elements of this tool set have endless possibilities. Take the saw and coordinating phrase I Knew I Liked You When I Saw You. How perfect would it be to gift that to a significant other or child? A treasure indeed, as are all handmade cards and gifts.
Here’s my punful card. Notice the saw cuts on the patterned paper.
Nailed It is a must-have and a keeper for the cardmaker who wants one versatile set that can make the best cards for everyone. If it’s one for you, hop over to my store to order today. The set will be available only only through May 31, or sooner if supplies run out. Click HERE to shop.
Remember: You save when you bundle the Nailed It stamp set with the Build It Framelits Dies.
Sale-A-Bration has flown by! The bad news is only seven days of Stampin’ Up!’s biggest promotion of the year are remaining. The good news is that additional FREE gifts were recently added to spice up the selection. While some of those items are no longer available, there are still plenty of great choices to pick from for every $50 you spend.
Enter your FREE gift choice(s) after you enter your purchase selections. No need to enter numbers. Just click in the Special Offers box, enter the quantity for your choice(s) and click SELECT at the bottom of the pop-up box. Remember, Sale-A-Bration ends Friday, March 31.
Every month Paper Pumpkin delivers a welcomed surprise. This month the kit includes all the supplies to make 9 adorable bunny treat bags and gift cards. Good News! The Bunny Buddies Kit Refill is already available, but you must be a current Paper Pumpkin subscriber to order.
Don’t Miss the April Paper Pumpkin
If you haven’t tried Paper Pumpkin yet, here’s a great reason to sign up now, or at least by April 10. There’s a big surprise coming in April. I don’t know what’s inside the kit, but it was inspired and designed by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass. Her style is “bold, vibrant, and artistic—with a little bit of sass.” AND she’s including a FREE GIFT in every box!
Every Paper Pumpkin Offers
All the supplies you need to make a creative project.
Photopolymer stamps that keep creating long after your Paper Pumpkin project is completed.
Delivery right to your door. No extra shipping fees.
A chance to escape and create in just 30 minutes.
More Great Reasons To Sign Up Now
You have lots of choices. Try it out month by month and pause or stop your subscription anytime.
Here’s a better offer: Through March 31, a 3-month subscription is on sale for only $55 (reg. $59) PLUS it qualifies for a FREE Sale-A-Bration pick.
Even better: Take it to the next level and subscribe for a full year (only $215) to earn Hostess Rewards, and FOUR FREE Sale-A-Bration picks. Plus, you save $2 per month on your subscription.
You can subscribe with a pre-paid 1 month, 3 month, 6 month or 12 month subscription by clicking on any of the shopping icons at the bottom of this post.
Today’s card is all about two simple words: one French, one English.
I’ll start with the French. Never underestimate the power of thank you. In French, there’s only one word, still two syllables. Yet thank you in French sounds so much more charming. And wordly. The Merci was borrowed from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set So Very Much, which is available in French.
My second word is a favorite four-letter word in English: free. Today’s stamp was one of my free choices during the best Stampin’ Up! promotion of the year, Sale-A-Bration, when you get a free item of your choice for every $50 spent. It doesn’t get better than free.
Today’s card actually includes three free items: the So Very Much (French version), Delicate Details, and the 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack.
Just Stamp Tips
Heat Embossing has to be one of my favorite techniques. When I first spied it, I was instantly wowed. Not only can you see the shine and dimension of heat embossing, but you can also feel it by running your finger over the embossed image.
The good news is … it’s so easy to accomplish with the right tools: Heat Gun, a VersaMark pigment pad and Embossing Powder in your choice of color.
An Embossing Buddy is helpful. One small little pouch prevents extra powder or glitter from sticking to your project.
First I stamped, powdered and heat set the Merci, then I stamped, powdered and heat set the Delicate Details lace image.
Stamping Off or Second Generation Stamping is the second technique used on this card. It provides the sense of motion of a leaf blowing in the wind. Achieve it by inking once and stamping repeatedly without re-inking.
One 1/4″ sliver of Glimmer Paper goes a long way. The Sale-A-Bration pact coordinates with Sweet Sugarplum, the base of the card.
More gold. The small butterfly from Bold Butterfly Framelits was cut from Gold Foil using the Big Shot.
One lengthy strand of Gold Metallic Thread nests the butterfly on the strands of ribbon.
You can find any of these supplies and more by skipping over to my store HERE.
The Occasions Catalog has page after page of projects to fancy. High Tide, a 16-piece set, includes four inspirational sentiments that pair nicely with lighthouse, seagulls, sand and sea images.
Also pairing nicely with the nautical look is Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper and Burlap Ribbon.
Just Stamp Tips
Color Combination:Night of Navy, Sahara Sand and Real Red are the shoo-in colors for a marine-themed card. Whisper White finishes the crisp presentation.
Finishing Details:Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies add the detail that steps up a project with one easy pass through the Big Shot. I stamped the sentiment first, then cut the stitched square and completed the art with one inking of seagulls.
Easy Pairing:Layering Squares Framelits are the must-have mates for the Stitched Shapes Framelits. One simple Sahara Sand square makes the sentiment pop.
A Smidgen Goes a Long Way: I snipped four inches of Burlap Ribbon for just the right texture between the Sahara Sand and Whisper White squares.
The Occasions Catalog is packed with stamps, tools and supplies for the season. Take a peek by click on the image below.
The best time of the Stampin’Up! year is happening now!
Here’s the deal: for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping), you get a FREE Sale-A-Bration product. That means it’s the perfect time to purchase those products you’ve had your eye on while earning more products for free!
Need another excuse to get together with friends? Just host a qualifying party with at least $250 in sales during Sale-A-Bration and you’ll earn $25 more in Stampin’ Rewards! You can even apply your Stampin’ Rewards toward a Starter Kit and become a demonstrator yourself!
It’s the best time of year to join Stampin’ Up! During Sale-A-Bration, you can become a demonstrator for just $99 and choose TWO additional stamp sets for your Starter Kit—any stamp set, any price! (Excludes Sale-A-Bration sets and bundles.) Plus, the kit ships for free!
Check out the free gifts in Sale-A-Bration by clicking on the catalog image.
Second Release Free Gifts
As if Sale-A-Bration wasn’t great already, more choices have been added — more great to the greatness! Click on the image below to see the second release of free gifts.
Tie Dyed in the Occasions Catalog is one of those sets that can easily get skipped over. It’s deep in the catalog, page 31 , and it doesn’t scream with any particular theme. But it’s a great resource for any occasion.
Today’s Love You More card is the perfect card for a spouse, son or daughter, mother or father, in-law or friends. It’s truly multi-purpose.
Just Stamp Tips
The tie dyed effect is easy with the triple-step heart stamps.
The outer heart is stamped in Pink Pirouette. The next smallest heart is stamped off in Real Red and the innermost heart is full force Real Red.
The simple sentiment started with one thinlit from Sunshine Wishes cropped using Basic Black card stock, and ends using Labeler Alphabet stamped in VersaMark and finished off with Whisper White Embossing Powder.
A Delicate White Doily adds a touch of daintiness.
Here’s more inspiration from Stampin’ Up! for Tie Dyed.
Here’s a great chance to make sure you have special cards on hand when birthdays roll around. Join me for a card class featuring the Birthday Bright Project Kit from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog, page 13.
Birthday Card Class
Featuring Interactive Cards
Sunday, February 19
3-6pm * Studio 5425
Class includes the Birthday Bright Project Kit, Stampin’ Dimensionals and 4 Bonus cards and envelopes. All consumables, stamps and inks will be available during class. You must bring your own adhesive: Fast Fuse, SNAIL, Mini-Glue Dots, Tombow Liquid Glue, Fine-Tip Glue Pen.
There’s lots to love about this kit:
Cards are perfect for everyone: men, women, kids — all ages
Interactive, shaker feature is fun
Materials are prepped
Kit includes materials to make 12 cards and envelopes, plus 12 gift tags
Alternative projects are unlimited — tags can easily be switched into cards
Large storage box is included
Envelope address stencil makes handwriting alignment simple
Here’s a peek at this fun and easy project kit.
To reserve your spot and register for this class, click HERE. The deadline to register is February 9, 2017.
Lift Me Up from the new Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalog makes it easy to create a hand-stamped card for almost any occasion. Today I’m sharing a simple layout featuring the Carried Away Designer Series Paper, one of the free gifts during Sale-a-Bration.
Just Stamp Tips
Color coordination is easy. The Carried Away Designer Series Paper guided my choice to use the Night of Navy card stock as my card base, and the Watermelon Wonder ink as my contrasting punch of color.
The Stitched Shape Framelits Dies are available again. One pass through the Big Shot and the Whisper White Card Stock is cut and pierced.
The question always arises: Do I stamp or cut first? You definitely want to stamp first for a perfectly cropped hot air balloon.
Stamp the images and sentiment on a solid surface for the cleanest, sharpest images. Unlike the photopolymer stamps, you do not want to use the Piercing Mat.
The Banner Triple Punch crops the 3/4″ and 1″ banners in one easy action.
One lone Dimensional adds the perfect … dimension for the largest balloon (— not trying to be witty, promise) .
Save 10% with Lift Me Up and Up & Away Bundle
Here’s a look at the Up & Away Thinlits Dies in action.