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Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Get vibrant results when you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.  My friend Leslie did with her fun friends card featuring a fan favourite stamp set, Beautiful You. 

I knew you’d want to see it too when she’s got such a super colour combination goin’ on.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

Such a simple card to share well wishes with a BFF.  Dapper Denim and Crushed Curry are gorgeous together don’t you think?  And look how bold her colour is on the textured watercolour paper.

When was the last time you pulled out your Stampin’ Write markers to colour?  If you’re like me, you sometimes forget they’re in your toolbox with all the other fun things to colour with.  But when you want FAST, SIMPLE and PERFECT colour coordination, they can’t be beat!

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

OK question for you…how many retiring items did Leslie use on her colourful card?  

  1. Dapper Denim cardstock is the main front panel. And yes, as a 2016-18 In Colour, we’re waving good-bye May 31st and I’m sad ☹️.  It’s one of my go-to blues. 
  2. Then she’s coloured our gal’s dancing dress with her Dapper Denim Stampin’ Write marker which comes in a set of the 5 In Colors.
  3. She stamped in Basic Black Archival ink so she wouldn’t muddy her image once she started to colour.
  4. She’s also cut out the words from one of the Lovely Words thinlits in Crushed Curry.  Just two teeny snips and you can use the words just by themselves like she’s done here.

I’ve used these words quite a lot this past year for more simple cards like this and this.  I just love the brush lettering look you can achieve.  (plus it’s fun way to “cheat” if you’ve had too much caffeine and your lettering is a bit wobbly 😉).

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper

A few tips to use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper?

  • Use a permanent black ink like Basic Black Archival which will stay put once you add any water-based colour, like our Stampin’ Write markers
  • Ink your stamp very well
  • Use a firm, even pressure to stamp your image onto the textured paper
  • Hold your stamp on the paper for a few seconds without rocking it so you have nice clear lines
  • Don’t be afraid to colour OUTSIDE the lines – yes, you can and it makes your image look fabulous!

OK, now it’s your turn.  Which BFF would you make this card for?  Simple, pretty and into the mail in no time, she’ll love opening it up!  Here’s everything you need to make it yourself.

Use Stampin Write Markers to Colour Watercolour Paper


Stampin’ Up! has so many colouring options, I think we sometimes forget to pull out our Stampin Write markers.  But take them out of storage and get colouring!  

And while you’re at it, give them a shot on watercolour paper – without water!  I KNOW, practically unheard of!  But give it a try today and you won’t be disappointed.  

Take a page out of Leslie’s book and see how vibrant your creations can be with you use Stampin Write markers to colour watercolour paper.


Painting Watercolour Pencils Bird Banter Card

Painting Watercolour Pencils Bird Banter Card

Newbie or “seasoned” paper crafters unite, let’s start painting watercolour pencils Bird Banter cards!  Whether you’re just starting out in your stamping journey or you’ve been at it for years, you’ll want to make sure you have a set of Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils in your stash for simply designed, but colourful cards like this one.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Cute right?  The Bird Banter set in the Occasions catalogue is right up there for versatility.  With 12 images and 7 greetings, you’ll use it for a TON of different designs.  Birthdays, thank you, friends, thinking of you pop to mind right away!  Let’s see the whole set.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Don’t you think every bird in this set has personality galore? 

I chose to keep everything in the Brights palette to make it easy for colour coordination.  (And if you don’t have all the colours of card stock, you can get a starter pack of all the Brights colours below at a great price!)

Why do I think Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils a must-have in every paper crafter’s toolbox?  Let me count the ways…




See all 13 colours!

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

  1. Ease.  I’ll bet practically everyone can colour.  So let’s do it more!
  2. Non-intimidating.  Even if we’ve moved on to markers, Stampin’ Blends and watercolours, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned coloured pencil!
  3. Versatility.  Watercolour pencils can be left dry (coloured only).  Or add water to liven up the colours and get different looks.
  4. Cost.  With so many colouring options, watercolour pencils are one of the least expensive (just $21 a set, only $1.62 a pencil!)
  5. Variety.  You can easily achieve bold – or soft – colour to suit your card – and your mood.
  6. Coordination: Our 13 pencils match Stampin’ Up! colours so rest assured you will have coordination at your fingertips!
  7. Colour possiblities: Colour blending is a snap so your colour possibilities are almost endless.
  8. Portability.  13 little pencils in a light and easy-to-carry case will tuck in just about anywhere.
  9. Simplicity.  Your add-on supplies are practically non-existent!  Just a blender pen (like I used for today’s project) or an Aqua Painter is all you need (TIP1: pre-stamp your images first and take them with you in a clear envelope)
  10. Stress relief. (and who doesn’t need a little of that?)  Enuf said.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

So let’s get to the particulars so you can start this painting watercolour pencils bird banter card yourself.


  • Very Vanilla card stock – 3 1/2” x 4 1/2”
  • Real Red card stock – 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • Pacific Point card stock – 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Daffodil Delight card stock – 3 3/4” x 4 3/4”
  • Birthday Memories designer paper (stripes ) – 2” x 5 1/4”


  1. Stamp branch in Early Espresso stamp pad on lower centre of Very Vanilla card stock
  2. Use Archival Basic Black to stamp parrot and cockatiel on left and right of branch
  3. Stamp words along bottom left
  4. Colour birds completely in desired colours
  5. Paint and blend colour with blender pen
  6. Add small bit of Wink of Stella to cockatiel’s breast and parrot’s wing (optional but adds just a hint of something unexpected)
  7. Layer all card pieces together with SNAIL

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Don’t be afraid to blend your different colours of pencils for deeper colour, different colour and subtle shading.  For instance, my parrot’s breast is Old Olive with Daffodil Delight then Pacific Point on top.  And his beak is Daffodil Delight with Pumpkin Pie then Real Red on the tip.  

OK, now it’s your turn to colour and paint this bright and fun card for a friend.  Have you got the watercolour pencils and haven’t used them for a bit?  Go get ‘em!  Or if you need to pick some up, I’ve got all the supplies listed here so you can get busy with this card yourself.  Thanks so much for shopping with me!  

For another totally different look with your Stampin’ Up! watercolour pencils, see my photo tutorial for this colourful congrats card.  

Here’s a final peek.

painting watercolour pencils bird banter card

Do you have any “colourful” friends who would love to receive this card?  I’m lucky enough to have a few friends that fit the “colourful” definition, so this card will be in the mail to them soon! 

Get out your tools and whip some up today!  This painting watercolour pencils Bird Banter card is a fun surprise they’ll LOVE to get in the mail!


Cute Colour Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Cute Colour Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Did you know it’s Puppy Day today – so of course I need to share puppy cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers! And I have the perfect one made by my friend and fellow Stampin” Up! Demonstrator Carmen.

If you haven’t coloured in awhile, you’re going to want to pull out your Stampin’ Write markers and get busy like she did once you see her super sweet card. It’s not only cute, the colours work wonderfully well as we inch our way into more spring-like weather! I think you’ll agree with me.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Aren’t they darling together? And with such a simple colouring technique and a designer series paper background, this card is super time-friendly too.

So when would you use this card? Pretty much any time you need to send a “pick-me-up” card to a friend. I’ve pulled out this set myself for a card to share condolences with a friend who lost her dog friend as well as birthdays for young’uns and sweet thank you’s.

Simply change out the greeting from the set and it could accompany a gift, send a thank you or be a thinking of you. Take a peek at the entire set of Bella and Friends images you could create cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers with.

cute colour cards with stampin write markers

Here’s a closer look at the colouring.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Carmen was inspired by the stamp set itself, then pulled colours from there hoping to find a DSP for her background.  I say she was pretty successful don’t you?  Smoky Slate (with Basic Gray for shading), Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive then a little Tempting Turquoise and Real Red for her tag.

Do you see how Carmen offset her image so there was room for her simple knot on the left hand side? (And if you shy away from bows and knots because you think they bulk up your cards, this finely woven ribbon is super at staying flexible and flat so that’s not an issue!)

All in all a pretty sweet card with pretty polished colouring.

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Do you recognize the paper that Carmen found to coordinate with her coloured image? It’s one you saw EVERYWHERE when the catalogue first came out ten months ago. (Wow, yes, it’s been that long! Which means we’re almost set for a new one!  But more on that in later posts!)

It’s the Delightful Daisy, without a daisy in sight! In fact, it’s one piece of paper cut in half and adhered to cover the front of the card so you can see both sides at once. Pretty great pattern mixing I’d say!

Colouring is probably right up there in my top three stamping techniques. Why?

  • It’s so darn easy
  • They are super quick to make
  • There are no real rules (except may to stay in the lines, but even then you’ve got room to play!)
  • You can do it almost anywhere (markers are ultra portable although I do have to say, colouring while driving doesn’t work ALL that well – yes I HAD to try!)
  • It’s pretty inexpensive (at only $3.90 a marker – for a set of 10 – it’s the cheapest way to get all the Stampin’ Up! colours!  And you can even save a few bucks when you purchase the full set of Many Marvelous Markers which comes with its own handy carrying case!)
  • there’s such a variety of Stampin’ Up! detailed images to keep you colouring for days! (Look how different this thank you card is, also coloured with the Stamp’ Writes)
  • It’s OK to multitask! (You can easily carry on a conversation or watch tv at the same time as you’re colouring!)

cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers

Now before you hit the button to pick up Bella and Friends, let me share a few quick TIPs for your stamping and colouring:

  1. Use the Basic Black Archival ink. Since these are water-based makers, you want ink that will stay put.
  2. Working with the ultra bright Whisper White gives fabulous results. It’s my favourite for clean and true colours. Regular or thick work equally well.
  3. Colour with the brush tip, in a circular motion, to avoid streaks of colour.

So how about getting back at it and colouring some cute and fun cards right now? While I suspect you may already have the supplies you need on hand, if not, simply click any of the images below to order from me.

I really appreciate seeing that little online order notification come through and when your order is over $85, you’ll get a special bonus gift from me too!

Make Cute Coloured Cards with Stampin Write Markers

Bella & Friends Wood-Mount Stamp Set


Bella & Friends Clear-Mount Stamp Sets


Subtles Stampin' Write Markers


Brights Stampin' Write Markers


Neutrals Stampin' Write Markers


Many Marvelous Markers


Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad


Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Tranquil Tide Classic Stampin' Pad


Tranquil Tide 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon


Old Olive 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock


Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper


Tranquil Tide 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock


SNAIL Permanent Adhesive


cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers


Haven’t coloured in awhile? Then there’s no time like the present. And in honour of Puppy Day, stamp out a few sweet images like these so you can colour in front of the tv or during a coffee break at work.

Make up some birthday or thank you cards so you have them in reserve to pull out at the last moment. You’ll be sure to find out how your cute colour cards with Stampin Write markers bring a smile to any friend’s face!

Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Colour Patterned Paper with Stampin Up Alcohol Based Markers

Release your inner artist and colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers. Combined with the beautifully bold black and white Petal Palette designer series paper, your Stampin Blends create images so vibrant they practically JUMP off the page!

Spoiler alert! When you see the fabulous results with this super simple one-two technique, I predict you’ll be adding this paper to your shopping cart!

See what you think.

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Pretty intense colour right? I especially LOVE the fantastic contrast against the pure white background and bold black flowers. My colours here are the light and dark Pink Pirouette, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy and Old Olive blends. Doesn’t the mix of pastel pink and bold navy pair especially well with the Calypso Coral cardstock.

What else is great about this technique? No stamping required! Your complete supply list? Designer series paper and Stampin’ Blends.

In fact, with this short list, it’s a perfect way to while away time if you’re sick in bed, laid up on the couch or travelling and need to kill some time. Not only will you keep yourself from going stir crazy, you’ll have a pile of ready-made images you can add to just about ANY card. I call THAT making good use of your craft time!!

Let’s take another peek.

hw gorgeous is this colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

What are the steps to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers?

  1. Colour your images with your choice of Stampin’ blends colours, alternating between the light and dark markers to achieve shading and depth (see my video here for a couple pointers)
  2. Cut your paper to whichever size you want for your card (mine is 1 1/2” x 5 1/2”)

TWO STEPS? Yup, that’s it! With a strip this size, you could make 16 cards exactly like this with one measly little sheet of patterned paper. Talk about economical as well as lovley!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers

Turn your coloured strips into cards like I did with some simple touches. Layered onto a strip of Basic Black with a sentiment from the Petal Palette stamp set in Memento ink, the finishing touch is the shimmery coral ribbon, a FREE Sale-a-bration item! Not sure what Sale-a-bration is?  Check out this blog post to see the details on how you can get free gifts.

What are some other options for this pretty paper?

  • keep it monochromatic and go all black and white – no colouring makes it even QUICKER!
  • colour in the background too – I left mine white but you could go either lighter or darker for a different look
  • use all pastels for a totally different feel and mount onto Whisper White cardstock to make a softer impression

You’re going to want to snap up a package of this Petal Palette designer series paper soon. From the Occasions catalogue, we know it won’t be around after May 31st so don’t be disappointed later and get it from me now!

colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers


A while back I shared this watercoloured patterned paper card. Compare it to today’s card to see the different effect your colouring tool produces. It’s a toss-up for which one is my favourite. How about yours? Leave me a comment to let me know!

Really no matter if it’s a detailed design or simple, by adding your own colouring to black and white designer series paper, you’ll always build gorgeous one-of-a-kind images.

So now it’s your turn! Get those Stampin’ Blends and release your inner artist to colour patterned paper with Stampin Up alcohol based markers.


Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

Stampin Write Markers Colour Cards In a Wink

It’s Front and Centre Friday and you get to see how Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink with this fabulous double z-fold card by my friend Leslie!

But warning!  Be prepared to get flooded with primary school memories with her Many Marvelous Markers colour coordination and fun design!

Bright papers, cheery colours and happy thoughts will make special birthday greetings for the young – and young-at-heart! Take a little peek!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Doesn’t it bring back memories of primary school days? Not only is the set full of nostalgic characters, when you can while away minutes (hours? days?) colouring, you’ll be transported back to that classroom with the chalky blackboards and pint-sized desks!

Another super bonus with this suite? You can cut out characters from the designer series paper like I did with this other fun fold card

But Leslie didn’t. What? Did she run out of paper? EEK?? (Believe it or not, it actually IS possible to use up full packages of patterned paper! 😂)

Well, then you make your own – easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Stamp chosen character (TIP: use Basic Black Archival ink so marker colour stays true)
  2. Colour with Stampin Write markers (Leslie used her Brights and Neutrals colours: Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate)
  3. Die cut with the matching framelit

Take another view of her 3D card to see other images she created this way too.

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

OK here’s where you come in! Close down the computer and grab your supplies to transport yourself back to primary school! I’ve got all the supplies Leslie used here to help you!

stampin write markers colour cards in a wink

Are you running into your room as we “speak” to make a few of these?  Remember March is my Front & Centre Contest!  Send me one and you could win a fabulous prize.  Check it out here!

Really, I’m not kidding! You’d better get busy ’cause I wanna see Stampin Write markers colour cards in a wink from your stamp room too!

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