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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.

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

Ingredients

  • 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”

Recipe

  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

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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.

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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!

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Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Stamping Ink Watercolour Card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes

Today let’s welcome spring with a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes set.

But first, I have a question for you.  Do you think watercolour is WAAAY beyond your card making skills? Something that only advanced cardmakers can pull off? Then hold your hat, because you’re about to have those ideas blown away!

Watercolouring takes so many different forms, and this technique is one of the easiest I know, with the most reliable results. Let’s see.

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Can you see where the watercolour is? Take a closer peek.

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See how soft those green vine leaves are? THAT’S the watercolour technique. And to get that effect you only need four things:

  1. one solid stamp image
  2. a dye-based ink pad like our Classic Stampin’ pads
  3. your Stampin’ Spritzer filled with plain water
  4. good watercolour paper

Let me give you the how-to for a stamping ink watercolour card:

  1. Ink your solid stamp well with Classic Stampin’ pad
  2. Hold stamp about 6-8” away from you and spritz image with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times (TIP1: experiment a bit to see just how many spritzes you need. The ink needs to be wet enough to “bleed” on the paper but not so wet, it bleeds so you cannot see the original stamp shape any longer.)
  3. Stamp immediately onto watercolour paper. (TIP2: hold your stamp in place a 3-5 seconds so the ink/water mixture has time to seep into the fibres.)
  4. Spritz image and stamp again if desired. (TIP3: each time you re-spritz and stamp, your image will be lighter and lighter. I usually do this 1-2 times maximum before re-inking my stamp.)
  5. Let dry and stamp the open line leaves on top in Basic Black Archival ink. (TIP4: ink your stamp well and use firm pressure on your “bumpier” watercolour paper to get a good strong image.)

 

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Let’s talk a bit about the rest of the card.

I added the Peekaboo Peach blossoms randomly along the vine after everything was dry (which happens in a flash with this technique). And since those blossoms look a lot like butterflies to me😊, I embossed the Fluttering folder with my Big Shot on my large Peekaboo Peach panel. But look close because for a bit more interest, I embossed only about half of the cardstock.

Then I matted both my stamped image and my peach background with Pear Pizzazz and adhered them to a folded Basic Black card. My final touch is a cute shimmery Pear Pizzazz bow.  (In case you hadn’t noticed this fun fold card and my simple birthday box, the Shimmery ribbon is my FAVE this year – flexible enough to make pretty bows like this but sturdy enough to hold its shape.)

If you’re “bow challenged”, learn how to make your own perfect little bow every single time with my quick video tutorial.

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And once thing I always do with black cards? Create an insert. This one I framed with the same stamps and colours to tie it all together.

Now you see how pretty the Lovely Wishes set is, are you wondering where it is? I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem in the Occasions catalogue, maybe because it’s way back on page 50.

If you’re a tried & true two-step stamper (bet you can’t say that three times fast!), this set is a beautiful addition to your collection. Spring cards, Mother’s Day, Easter, Valentine’s, birthdays, congrats, graduation… and I’m even going to pull it out for fall projects. You’ll use this one over and over again.

Plus I really like the greetings.  With a font that’s just a little wonky so we don’t HAVE to get it perfectly straight 😋, it’s easy for this 50-plus crafter!

OK now it’s time for you to dive in and give a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes a try. Make sure you don’t forget about Sale-a-bration! There’s still lots of free gift choices available when you spend either $60 or $120! I really do appreciate you choosing to spend your crafting dollars with me.  Thank you.

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Aren’t you glad spring has arrived?  Do you feel like winter has been about 14 months long? Me too!

So I’m MORE than ready for some spring sunshine and warmth to melt away our snow. And with all that extra water lying around, why not make a stamping ink watercolour card with Stampin Up Lovely Wishes?

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How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

How Stampin Write Markers Watercolour Cards Beautifully

Do you already know how Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully? If you don’t you’re going to love this post!  And if you do, stick around!  I’m going to share some of my best tips for why these water-based markers are my preferred choice for watercolouring detailed images like the beautiful flower from the Petal Palette set.

At roughly HALF the cost of a set of full size stamp pads, it is SO easy to extend your Stampin’ Up! colour choices exponentially! Plus with the same 48 Stampin’ Up! Colours (collections and In Colors), you can create scads of watercolour and collage-like cards just like this one.

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While I was getting pretty close to my Occasions catalogue budget in December (yup, as demonstrators we get to buy early – just another perk I LOVE!), it was pretty hard to turn down the Petal Palette bundle when I saw it! So hard in fact, that I removed a couple other items and got the entire suite of products!

I’ve already shown you how gorgeous the Petal Passion designer series paper is coloured with Stampin’ Blends. Today I want to show you how wonderfully the stamps, framelits and Stampin write markers watercolour cards!

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How Stampin Write markers watercolour cards beautifully!

I’ve combined Fresh Fig and Lemon-Lime Twist with Shimmery White cardstock for a softer look for this card. I was quite happy with how light the roses turned out (see my super simple tip below).  What were my steps to create the watercolored flowers?

  1. Colour leaves with Lemon-Lime Twist brush tip end of marker. (TIP1: use the side of the marker to preserve your brush tip.)
  2. Colour roses with Fresh Fig brush tip end of marker. (TIP2: use lighter colour marker first always so if you happen to touch this second marker to the first coloured area, it will not discolour your marker.)
  3. Hold stamp up about 6-8” away and spritz with water with Stampin’ Spritzer about 3-4 times.
  4. Stamp off LIGHTLY onto grid paper or scrap of paper. (TIP3: I stamped off ONCE to just remove the darker ink to get a gentler look for my card.)
  5. Stamp image onto scrap of Shimmery white cardstock. (TIP4: Shimmery White has a bit more substance than regular white or vanilla cardstock so holds up better with water.)
  6. Re-spritz (without re-colouring your stamp) only ONCE and stamp again onto left side of Shimmery White panel.

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I also used the dots in the set to stamp with Lemon-Lime Twist lightly around the edges of the panel to make it a bit more “artsy”. The detailed leaves and decorative banner along the bottom are both part of the dies in this bundle. They’re a gorgeous addition to the background.

Did you see I’ve got not one, but two ribbons on this card? (They don’t call me Ribbon Queen for nothing!) The Very Vanilla lace trim is just barely there, but adds a pretty layer beneath the open line Fresh Fig banner.

And how do you like the “swoosh” of sheer Fresh Fig ribbon? (The trick to the “Zorro-like” swoosh is to use your Fast Fuse in a diagonal line on the panel where it will be covered up later by your die. Then lay your ribbon over top curving it to make a “Z”.)

OK, go grab your Stampin’ Write markers and a Stampin’ Spritzer and get busy creating watercoloured images!

No Stampin’ Write markers? Expand your Stampin’ Up! stamp pad colour collection for about half the price and get the ones I used below. And if, like me, you find the Petal Palette bundle a leetle too hard to resist, you can save 10% right now and be using it this time next week!

how stampin write markers watercolour cards beautifully

I use my Stampin Write markers every single day. If I’m not brush lettering, I’m colouring with them. If I’m not colouring, I’m watercolouring with them. And if I’m not watercolouring, I’m using them to add detail to my stamped images and letters. Here the tip was small enough to colour the tiny flowers on this sweet notecard.

But wait!  I’d hate for you to leave with the wrong idea! I do absolutely LOVE my stampin’ pads and use them every single day too. But when it comes to intricate details and colouring a stamp with more than one colour, it’s my water-based Stampin’ Write markers I turn to. Try it out for yourself to see how your own Stampin Write markers watercolour cards – and become a watercolour artist.

Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

I’ve got simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep you out of trouble today! I do LOVE to colour, don’t you? Remember the box of 64 (what I wouldn’t have DONE for the set of 128!) Crayola crayons? Were you like me? I was in heaven! Content for HOURS colouring away in my books when I was a kid. Rain or shine, my mom always knew I wasn’t getting up to any trouble – not that I did anyway 😋 – when I had a fist full of crayons.

Now I’ve got more…Ahem grown up colouring tools, I can still zone out for hours, blending and colouring and shading – and keeping out of trouble. Now my “oh so versatile” watercolour pencils – that I love SO much – give me that exact same kind of fun. And I tell ya, they are a steal of a deal at only $21 for the entire set (a baker’s dozen of Stampin’ Up!’s colours).  If you don’t have some, you’re going to want your very own!

Even though I can colour for hours, I had a ball designing a card that takes mere MINUTES to make for Keep it Simple Sunday. And I used a surprising tool you might not think of!

watercolour pencil art cards

Remember my congrats card from a couple weeks ago? The BOLD coloured one using watercolour pencils and your Stampin’ Spritzer? Yeah, that one! You probably wouldn’t think this one and that one are even made with the same supplies! Well, almost the same supplies…

Any idea what my surprising tool is? Maybe this shot will help.

Instead of my aqua painter or my Stampin’ Spritzer or my sponge daubers, I created my soft colours and accents here TOTALLY with the Wink of Stella! It blends your coloured piece so beautifully and adds such a pretty shine.

Make your own simple watercolour pencil art cards

Ingredients

  • Whisper White cardstock 4” x 5 1/4”
  • Calypso Coral cardstock 4 1/8” x 5 3/8”
  • So Saffron cardstock 4 1/4” x 11”, scored at 5 1/2”
  • Calypso Coral ombre ribbon – cut about 5” long

Recipe

  1. Stamp flowers and words in Basic Black Archival Ink.
  2. Colour lightly in corners, along edges and in stamens of lilies with Daffodil Delight watercolour pencil and colouring with a soft swirlig motion.
  3. Use the Pumpkin Pie watercolour pencil to lightly colour the stamens.
  4. Lightly colour stems with Old Olive, then Early Espresso watercolour pencil.
  5. Use Wink of Stella to go over all coloured areas, starting with the Lilly and ending with the stems.
  6. Colour lightly along left edges only with Basic Gray watercolour pencil.
  7. Attach ribbon to back left side with SNAIL.
  8. Adhere to piece of Calypso Coral, then to folded So Saffron card.

So now it’s up to you. Go grab your Wink of Stella and your Watercolour Pencils and get back to being a kid. Don’t have the watercolour pencils? Treat yourself to one of the gosh darn BEST deals in the catalogue for hours of fun and creativity.

Make Simple Watercolour Pencil Art Cards

Watercolor Pencils

$21.00

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

$10.75

Remarkable You Wood-Mount Stamp Set

$59.00

Remarkable You Clear-Mount Stamp Set

$44.00

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

$9.25

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

$11.25

Calypso Coral 1/4" Ombre Ribbon

$9.25

Calypso Coral 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

So Saffron 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

$10.00

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

$9.00

watercolour pencil art cards

I love my watercolour pencils. They’re my numero uno way to create gorgeous colour on the go. Ultra portable, fast and fun, I get hours of enjoyment from this inexpensive little supply. And now that I’ve discovered the Wink of Stella, I’ve got one more way to create simple watercolour pencil art cards to keep me out of trouble – just ask my mom!

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Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Make a Congrats Watercolour Pencil Art Card

Today I want YOU to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card with my photo tutorial. Once you take a peek at how easy this is, I predict you’ll be spritzing up a storm and die cutting all kinds of words and shapes for dramatic cards like this in no time.

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WAHzing! Doesn’t it POP? The bold vibrant colours, the touchable texture and the wood star accents make this one stand out card.  Let’s dive in for a closer look.

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So did you notice? Here’s ANOTHER card without any stamping. Remember this one and this one too? I’m on a bit of a mission to see how many different looks I can get without opening a stamp pad.

I think it’s striking because there’s so much of the contrasting black card showing. But I couldn’t resist shadowing the word with Dazzling Diamonds paper for some bling! So you know there’s SOMETHING there but not exactly sure what. Lastly I added three different sizes of the Hearts & Stars Accents and a small bit of the beautiful 1/4” Whisper White organza ribbon for even more pizzazz.

How about I show – and tell – you how to make a congrats watercolour pencil art card?

Ingredients

  • Watercolour paper
  • Dazzling diamonds Glimmer paper – piece 2” x 5”
  • Basic Black cardstock – cut to 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”
  • 1/4” Whisper White Organza ribbon cut to 6”

Recipe

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Scribble your watercolour pencils onto piece of watercolour paper, overlapping colours.

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Spritz with Stampin’ Spritzer – be generous – you want to see a sheen.

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Let dry, lay die over coloured background and cut with the Big Shot.

Now you have you word cut out, here’s the rest of the recipe:

  1. die cut congrats again in Dazzling Diamonds paper
  2. glue watercolour words to glimmer paper with only
  3. wrap ribbon around open large open star and affix with a glue dot
  4. dab liquid glue on back of stars and adhere to card as shown
  5. snip small pieces from the edge of your Mini Dimensionals and place on the back of word

So are you running into your craft room to make your OWN watercolour pencil art card? If you need some supplies, click on the image to have yours sent directly to your doorstep. I really do appreciate when you shop with me. Thank you.

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In love with word cards like me? It’s so fun when there’s not a stitch of stamping to be found, yet I find I don’t miss it at all. Why not make a congrats watercolour pencil art card for yourself and see if you miss it.

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