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How to Create Watercolour Effects with Stamps

Today I want to show you how to create watercolour effects with rubber stamps.  Plus once again I’ve got a die-punch combo to add something special to your designs.

With a card any fisher guy – or gal – will love, you’ll want to pick up the Best Catch bundle from the Occasions catalogue while you can still get it at 10% off!

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps for Masculine Birthday Cards

I love the mix of colours on the jumping fish. And YOU’RE going to be happy it’s a technique you can do RIGHT NOW!

Isn’t it time we have a great bundle mainly with guys in mind?  This one has fabulous stamps and dies with simple sentiments you will use again and again.  I think the bulrushes are my fave!

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

Do you think you just don’t have that “artiste” gene?

That there’s no way you can be a watercolour artist?

Think again. Once you see how easy this technique is, your craft area is going to be littered with little pieces of watercolour art!

This is all you need to get started…

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Let’s see how quickly you can become an “artiste”.

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

  1. Colour directly onto your stamps with the brush tip of your marker TIP: use the SIDE of the brush to avoid damaging the tip
  2. Hold stamp arm’s length away from you with the rubber/ photopolymer facing you and spritz with 3-5 sprays of good ‘ole H2O
  3. Stamp onto watercolour paper TIP: hold your stamp in place before litfing it up a little longer than you might normally do just to transfer all the ink onto the watercolour paper
  4. Let dry and crop as needed with open die (like for this fish)
  5. OPTIONAL TIP: Re-spritz lightly again and stamp for a second, lighter impression
NEW VIDEO: How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

There now wasn’t that easy? Amazing what a little water can do for your rubber stamp crafting! With detail like you see on this fish, the two-tone stamping is FAB!

Another great thing? This card is made almost entirely of scrap papers you probably have lying around. Even your ribbon scraps you cut for something else that were just a wee bit short! Bonus!

Here’s a quick run down of the supplies and measurements for you.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • watercolour paper – scrap about 2 1/2″ x 3″
  • Early Espresso – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scored at 4 1/4″
  • Crumb Cake – 3 3/4″ x 5″, scrap
  • Old Olive – scrap about 2 1/2″ square
  • Whisper White – scrap about 2″ x 3″
  • Old Olive sheer 1/8″ ribbon – about 3″ long
  • burlap ribbon – piece about 3″ long

In my last post, I shared why I love the Triple Banner punch. Now let me tell you why I love the Everyday Label punch too.

What’s Not to Love About the Everyday Label Punch?


See how it’s created a focal point for our greeting on our card today but still doesn’t take anything away from the overall design?

Learn How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

Show Me What You Create

Now I will just bet you have a stamp or two (🤣) that would be absolutely amazing with this technique. Share your designs so we can all see! You can always post a pic over on my Facebook group Design with Jo VIPeeps! We’re a growing community of crafters and it’d be wonderful to have you join us. Just a quick click here and you’ll be all set.

And if you have someone in mind who’d be taken in hook, line and sinker with this Best Catch card, here’s my supply list to get you going.

How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps

Thanks a Bunch

Learn All the Steps for How to Create Watercolour Effects with Rubber Stamps and Stampin Write Markers

I hope you got a hit of crafting inspiration today and you’re going to give this technique a try. Layer up some one-two die-punch combos with your Big Shot for cards sure to excite.

Add a fun element just like my fish. Or wouldn’t a pretty rose or a funky balloon be awesome on a card for a special friend? Now you know how to create watercolour effects with rubber stamps, let your inner “artiste” shine – and then bask in their praise!

Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

Keepin’ with my series this week, today’s Keep It Simple Sunday project is a dry embossing vellum birthday card. Or maybe it’s a congrats card. Or quite possibly a friend card.

What do YOU think it is?

Oh So Simple Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

I LOVE how the vellum cardstock takes on a white cast around the embossed leaf image. Not only is the image fully raised, it has a frosty shadow to catch the eye even more.

I’ve had this Climbing Vine embossing folder for awhile but it got a bit lost in my supplies with all the other fabulous items. (I don’t expect that EVER happens to you right? 😙) . So I thought I would pull it out and use it to complement the Incredible Like You stamp set.

Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

Did you notice this set in the Occasions catalogue? It’s in with the kits on page 21. So if you tend to skim right over them, you may have missed it.

I’m a two step stamping afficionado from waaaay back so it was on my list pretty early on. And even though I’ve used it in a couple classes, you haven’t seen it here yet!

So here ya go! Look how fabulous that flower is with the top detail overlaid. And because it’s a photopolymer set, I could see right through it so didn’t need my Stamparatus to get this perfectly aligned.

Get all the STEPS to make this Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

Now it’s time for all the measurements and steps so you can recreate this at home.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Old Olive cardstock – 4 1/4″ x 11″, scored at 5 1/2″
  • Vellum cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Pear Pizzazz cardstock – 4″ x 5 1/4″
  • Calypso Coral cardstock – 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
  • Petal Pink cardstock – 2 5/8″ x 2 5/8″
  • Whisper White cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Let’s Make It

Incredible Like You from Stampin' Up! Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card
  1. Run vellum through Climbing Vines embossing folder with Big Shot. TIP: you will hear some cracking sounds as you are doing this because the paper has a plastic finish. BIG TIPPER TIP: Be careful handling the edges of the vellum as it could tear on the raised images.
  2. Adhere vellum to piece of Pear Pizzazz cardstock using liquid glue and sponge technique outlined in this video. Glue to front of folded card. BIG TIPPER TIP: If you do have any tears in your embossed piece, this type of adhering works great to repair it!
  3. Stamp solid flower image in Petal Pink on bottom left of Whisper White square. TIP: stamp off once onto scrap paper if you have a really juice stamp pad like me!
  4. Stamp 2nd flower image directly on top with Calypso Coral ink. Stamp three leaves along bottom to fill in a portion of the corner. TIP: Stamp one leaf with full strength ink then a second one, THEN re-ink for the 3rd one.
  5. Ink words in Pear Pizzazz ink and stamp towards top centre.
  6. Adhere all three pieces together, centring each one on top of the other. Glue to front centre of card with dimensionals.
  7. Add three rhinestones on right side of card.

Let’s See Yours!

This is a quick card with stunning results on the embossed vellum. Which folders do you have at home that look just as FAB? Post your pics over on my group DesignwithJo VIPeeps Facebook page so we can all see!

What a classic card design. Here are the simple elements.

  • a framed focal piece,
  • ideally coordinated colours,
  • fabulous understated background and,
  • a few simple embellisments.

To order any of these supplies simply click on any image below.

Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card

See You Soon

I really enjoy Keep It Simple Sundays. In the midst of all the gorgeous, detailed projects you could make, sometimes quick and easy is all you have time for. That’s why I started this feature two years ago. And that’s why I’ll keep ’em coming your way.

So if you want some simple spring ideas, here’s a couple from this time last year.

I hope you like my Keep It Simple Sunday series too. If you do, please leave me a comment and let me know. And if they’re not really your thing, feel free to let me know that too! I love to hear from you so I can offer projects YOU want to recreate.

How EASY Is This Dry Embossing Vellum Birthday Card?

Working with vellum this week has been fun. And guess what? I’m not done quite yet. I’ve got one more to share coming up this week. So then you’ll be able to add yet one more technique to your dry embossing with vellum toolkit!

Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards

After a week off work recuperating from a too busy couple of months, take a look at these simple triple embossed handmade cards. Like several of my posts, today I want you to get a bit more out of your crafting supplies! This time, both your embossing folders and punches!

Plus since it’s Keep It Simple Sunday, I’ve got the full measurements and step by step instructions for you! Read on…

But first, can you pick out the three different embossed elements?

Use Vibrant Vases for Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards

With this mix of dry and heat embossing it’s the deep impressions on the vase that stand out. This one even looks like there’s a little face on the top don’t you think? (Olaf from Frozen comes to mind for me! 🤪)

On the one above, the DEBOSSED side is facing out (indented flower). This one is reversed and the EMBOSSED side is facing out.

I LOVE These Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards with Vibrant Vases

Pretty fun aren’t they?

OK, here’s all the deets to you can make one yourself.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock – 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″
  • Whisper White regular cardstock – 3 3/4″ x 5″, scraps
  • Brights cardstock – 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″

Let’s Make It!

What FUN! Quick and Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards with Vibrant Vases
  1. Emboss your piece of regular Whisper White cardstock with the Layered Leaves or Country Floral dynamic embossing folder. TIP: You can get the gorgeous Country Floral folder shown above free now until March 31st with a $60 CDN order.
  2. Glue to the center front of your folded card.
  3. Run your smaller scrap of Whisper White cardstock through your Big Shot with the Lace Dynamic embossing folder. TIP: Ensure you are only using your Big Shot Platform and only ONE standard cutting pad with the dynamic embossing folders.
  4. Line your Vase Builder punch over top of an embossed area that appeals to you and punch. (Note you will have some waste so decide which vase shape appeals to you the most and center in on that one.)
  5. Stamp words on top left with Versamark ink. TIP: Rub lightly with your Embossing Buddy before starting to stamp.
  6. Place punched out vase on bottom right to eyeball placement of stems. Remove, then stamp leaves two times so they will extend above the vase with Versamark ink. TIP: Stamp two times with the pointy part of the leaf pointing up, then turn stamp upside down to stamp third one.
  7. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat.
  8. Adhere to front of card with dimensionals. Adhere vase over top of leaves with mini dimensionals.

I enjoyed this card so much, we made some in my last Koffee and a Kard class. Here are some of the designs. See how some have a tulip or a sprig from the Sprig Punch for a bit more foliage. A few sparkly embellishments fancy them up even more.

Each of these colours comes from the Brights assortment package of cardstock. These assortment packages are a super way to get a taste of all the colours in a family. Isn’t it great that every colour looks just as wonderful as the one next to it? That white embossing really pops!

Vibrant Vases and Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards Made by Class Attendees!

Your Turn Now!

Is your mind whirling with all the possibilities? I’m curious which punch you’re going to start with?

You might already have the Vivid Vases stamp set and Vase Builder punch. And if you do, this card is definitely for you! And if not, I’d love it if you purchased your stamps and punch with me to make your own! Thank You!

Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards
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For another super simple idea with the Vase Builder punch, click here.

Here are all three of my cards, two with a Country Floral background and one with Layered Leaves. Which one appeals to you the most?

I LOVE These Simple Triple Embossed Handmade Cards Made with Stampin' Up!s Vibrant Vases and the Vase Builder punch

Thanks for checking in😊

I think the draw with these pretty cards is the simplicity. With some unexpected design details that makes the recipient take a little closer peek at what you created!

Give them a try! I bet you’ll love these simple triple embossed handmade cards too!

Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Painted Seasons Handmade Card

I’m officially tired of winter! So no more snow and no more minus a bajillion degree temps! Plus I’m getting ready for spring with my Product of the Week!

There, now doesn’t that make you feel better?

So the first project this week is a Painted Seasons handmade card. It’s a Level 2 Sale-a-bration gift. This means when you order $120 CDN in product with me, you can get it for free.

Yup, you read that right. Nada. Nil. Zilch-o dollars for this wonderful bundle.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

The paper alone is TO – DIE – FOR! But the images are so pretty it’s a must-have for cards like this.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Now I have to admit. These colours are a bit out of my comfort zone. Grapefruit Grove and Call Me Clover are probably my least favourite of the 2018-20 In Colors. So this card took a bit of doing for me! But I had help.

I matched my flower, leaves and words to the colours in the paper. After all Stampin’ Up! has artists who design these combinations. So they must have a good idea right? Why not use them ALL the time?

Here’s how you can too. The colours are listed on the back of every package of designer paper from Stampin’ Up! So for this Painted Seasons package, you can choose Poppy Parade, Crumb Cake, Pool Party or Lemon-Lime Twist.

Which ones would you have chosen?

Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Let’s take a closer peek at my design.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

Not two or three, but SIX layers on this card. But it doesn’t look too busy since some of the layers are “barely” there!

  1. the Early Espresso card base
  2. a Grapefruit Grove panel embossed with the pretty Tufted embossing folder
  3. my Stitched Rectangle DSP (which coincidentally was left over from another card I made you can see over on my Facebook Group)
  4. a second stitched rectangle, this one in Vellum cardstock, stamped with two of the ferns in bright Call Me Clover
  5. the Part of My Story greeting cropped with the Everyday Label punch
  6. A fussy cut flower (you can get the Four Seasons framelits now to make it easier!) embellished with a few pearls

The Part of My Story stamp set has been another popular free item during Sale-a-bration. With mixed fonts, brush lettering and some unique greetings, you can probably see why too!

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

You can see how I used more of the greetings in this fun fold envelope and this watercolour background design.

Now It’s Your Turn

Get your items free with Sale-a-bration this year. Simply purchase all the items to make this card below and you will qualify for both the Painted Season bundle AND the Part of My Story freebies.

Or if there are other free items you might like, you can see all of them up for grabs here.

Painted Seasons Handmade Card
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Let’s take one more view of this pretty card.

Stampin Up Painted Seasons Handmade Card

See You Soon!

Thanks for dropping in a spending a few minutes with me today. I hope you enjoyed this design and it gives you an idea to create your own. I love to see what you’re crafting so be sure to send me an email at [email protected] with a pic!

Make a Painted Seasons handmade card like this – or any kind of card using colour combinations designed by artist – and have fun!

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Yesterday I showed you how to use your Stampin’ Write markers to create beautiful watercolour backgrounds. Today I’ve got TIPS to care for your markers so you get lots of life out of them.  And I want you to see how fabulous they look to paint an open line image with water in your Aqua Painter.

Professional Results using Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

I wanted to showcase a masculine card today.  And the Home to Roost stamp set is ideal. It’s your free gift from SU! with Sale-a-bration 2019!  Just place a $60 CDN order with me and he’s yours for free!  And if you ask me, free’s a pretty great deal!

Three Steps to Paint with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

  1. Grab one of your acrylic blocks. 
  2. Scribble directly onto the block with the brush tip. 
  3. Then pick up colour with your Aqua Painter and dab on paint your image.

Easy peasey!  And you can achieve wonderfully blended watercolour painting like this.

Jo’s Tips to Marker Watercolour

  • Use StazOn ink to stamp your image and let dry.  (It dries in no time.)
  • Layer a small amount of clear water to the part of your image you want to colour before adding ink.  You just want it to be a bit shiny, not look like there are puddles of water
  • Tap in a very light touch of your Aqua Painter to the water and watch it spread.  If it doesn’t spread, it’s probably just a tad dry.  Just add a bit more water and try again.
  • Clean off your Aqua Painter between colours on a scrap of paper towel.
  • Layer additional colour on once your area has dried SLIGHTLY.  You still want it to merge and blend, just not quite so much.
  • Speed up your drying time by placing the edge of a paper towel into a wet spot to soak it up.  Or give it a shot of your heat tool. 
I LOVE to Use Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Your Stampin’ Write markers will last for years and give tons of colouring and blending options.  They’re pretty low maintenance but here are a few ideas to keep them in mint condition.

TIPS to Care for your Stampin’ Write Markers

  1. Store them laying flat so ink doesn’t flow to only one end
  2. Ensure cap is tightly closed (with a clicking noise) to avoid drying out
  3. Use a light hand to preserve tip’s life
  4. Make sure to use the SIDE of the brush tip for colouring to maintain its point
  5. Get them out and play – they work best when they get lots of fresh air! 😉
  6. Replace when the brush tip looks a bit “furry” or bullet tip no longer writes

Jo’s Design Details

  • Add a dry embossed panel behind your watercolored image for added texture (I used the Seaside folder on a piece of Bermuda Bay)
  • Gently pull apart a couple scrap pieces of copper trim and glue behind the top left and bottom right corners of your watercolored panel
  • Knot a small piece of linen thread through a True Gentlemen button then place on bottom right with a glue dot
I LOVE this Home to Roost with Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Like watercolouring? Check out this pretty project too for a more feminine card.

Get Creative

Now it’s up to you!  Pull out a few markers, an acrylic block and an Aqua Painter to paint to your heart’s content! 

To purchase any of the supplies I used, a simple click on any image below is all it takes.  Thanks so much for choosing to shop with me.

Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects
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FAST & FUN: Markers for Rubber Stamping Projects

Thank You

Did you enjoy my masculine project today?  I hope it gave you a little shot of inspiration to grab your markers to craft.

And I hope you’ve also been enjoying my series on using your markers for rubber stamping projects – I’ve still got more to share so keep checking back!

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