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How to stamp the High Tide Lighthouse and create a watercolor background - video tutorial

 

I had a vision in my head... and I'm not sure why that included a red sky.. I guess it was a dramatic sunset... but these lighthouse cards are what came out of my vision.. a dramatic watercolor wash background for my High Tide stamp set cards!

I hope you will watch my VIDEO TUTORIAL below in this post to see how I made these and to hear about the tips and additional components I added to these cards!

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 

Please watch my VIDEO TUTORIAL below to learn how to create the beautiful watercolor wash backgrounds with a clear block and ink pads, and tips on stamping the 2-step Lighthouse stamp!

 

 

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Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

Fun Tips To Note:

  • all of the watercolor wash backgrounds turn out different
  • it's fun to experiment with different colors
  • the High Tide stamp set has some GREAT sentiments/greeting images
  • grass from the Basket Builder framelits is perfect on these cards
  • vellum die cut with the Sunburst Thinlit makes great "light" for the lighthouse


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 

I think you'll be amazed at the color palette I used to make these cards and how easy the watercolor background is to create with the Stampin' Up! Clear Block E, a few ink pads and watercolor paper!!  Be sure to watch the video for all the fun details.


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set featuring Sunburst thinlit die and cardstock vellum.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 I stamped the greeting/sentiment onto watercolor paper and die cut it with the Stitched Shape framelits.

For this card, I die cut cardstock vellum with the Sunburst thinlit and colored it with the Daffodil Delight ink pad and sponge daubers, then added the "rays" to the card like light from the lighthouse.  See the VIDEO above for all the details.

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and Sunburst thinlit die with cardstock vellum.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and sunburst pattern paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

Above:  I loved the printed paper background addition to this card.. a piece of "sunburst" printed paper from the Cupcakes & Carousels paper stack was perfect for the background of this card!!  :)


Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and grass die cut from the Basket Builder framelit set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

Above/Below: the grass die cut piece from the Basket Builder framelit set (pg 18 Occasions catalog) was the perfect addition to some of my lighthouse cards.  I die cut it out of Crumb Cake cardstock then sponged some Old Olive and Soft Suede ink onto it. 

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set and grass die cut from the Basket Builder framelit set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

143006 Stampin' Up! High Tide lighthouse stamp set. Click shop online at www.pattystamps.com and order #143006

 

Tip for stamping the lighthouse stamps from the High Tide Stampin' Up! set by Patty Bennett

 

For tips on stamping the lighthouse, and adding a little deeper color with your Stampin' Write marker, watch the video above in this blog post.

I found that I liked the Smoky Slate ink for the "shadow" of the lighthouse image the best.  I'm sure you will find lots of color combos you like!  It's fun to experiment! Just be sure to write them down so that you'll remember what you tried!

 

Suggested color combos for stamping the Stampin' Up! High Tide lightouse set, by Patty Bennett

 

 After stamping the lighthouse and "sand" on the separate piece of watercolor paper, I cut it out by hand and added it to the front of the card with a ton of Stampin' Dimensionals.

 

Watercolor Wash Backgrounds using clear block and ink pads for the Stampin' Up! High Tide Lighthouse set.  Cards stamped by Patty  Bennett

 

Thank you for joining me today.. I hope you enjoyed these cards and the tips I shared with you in the video tutorial!

 

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Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils running out of stock

 

 WOW... I knew they'd be popular, but didn't dream that the watercolor pencils would run out this fast!

GOING, GOING GONE!!

You have until Noon MT on Thurs. Jan. 26 to order these, and then they will no longer be available for "quite some time" (per Stampin' Up!).

 

141709  Stampin' Up! Watercolor Pencils - order online at www.pattystamps.com

 

I was just getting ready to film a video tutorial showing lots of ways to use these great new Watercolor Pencils... the card below featuring the watercolor pencils is one I'll be showing in my video! It features the lovely Beautiful You stamp set, found with the watercolor pencils on page 24 of the 2017 Occasions catalog.

 

Stampin Up! Beautiful You stamp set perfect for use with watercolor pencils, watercolor paper, blender pens and AquaPainters. Supplies from STampin' Up!, card by Patty Bennett

 

You probably already saw THIS BLOG POST showing the Dragonfly card below,... another great way to use the Watercolor Pencils!

 

Detailed Dragonfly card watercolor wash background tutorial by Patty Bennett.  Stampin Up! crafting supplies.

 

So, don't delay.. order your pencils NOW and if you don't have the Watercolor Paper, AquaPainters and blender pens, I'd recommend getting those as well!

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Hey, Chick, Happy Birthday!!!

 

Hey, Chick, Happy Birthday!! :)  This fun chicken set has really set the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration world on fire.. it was the first Sale-a-Bration set to go on backorder this year as far as I know!!!  :)  That totally speaks to its popularity! (You'll find it on page 27 of the Sale-a-Bration brochure this year).

My friend Cindee and I loved a card our Stampin' Up! friend Billie Moan did similar to this and one day when we were stamping together, we created "our version" of Billie's card.  Thanks Billie for always being an amazing inspiration!

 

Happy Birthday Hey, Chick card from Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration 2017.  Colored with Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils. Stitched Shape & Layering Square framelits.

 

During Sale a Bration 2017, you can select this cute Hey, Chick set (or one of the other dozen offerings) FREE with your $50 online Stampin' Up! order

To create the fun chickenwire background pattern, we swiped the Soft Suede ink pad over one face of the inside of the Hexagons Dynamic Textured embossing folder, placed our Sahara Sand cardstock panel (4" x 5-1/4") inside the embossing folder, then just pressed with our fingers.  That's it.. no "Big Shot embossing".   What a perfect background for these fun chickens!!

 

Create a Chickenwire background with the Hexagon embossing folder for this Happy Birthday Hey, Chick card from Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration 2017.  Colored with Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils. Stitched Shape & Layering Square framelits.

 

As you can see below when you use this great Hexagons Dynamic Embossing folder with cardstock or foil paper in the Big Shot it creates AMAZING, fabulous, detailed embossed images!!!  Below, I used the Silver Foil Paper, Copper Foil paper and Basic Gray cardstock.

 

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We stamped these silly chickens with Archival Black ink on Stampin' UP! watercolor paper squares die cut with the Stitched Shape framelits, then colored them in with the new Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils.  Oh boy are they DIVINE!! I love them!!!  We blended the colors with an AquaPainter. You can also use Stampin' Up! Blender Pens.. those blend the color perfectly, too!

Each watercolor square is framed with a scalloped Real Red square die cut with the Layering Squares framelit dies.

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Happy Birthday Hey, Chick card from Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration 2017.  Colored with Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils. Stitched Shape & Layering Square framelits.

 

I turned my card horizontal, (Billie made hers vertical) and I stamped Happy Birthday from the Birthday Bright stamp set (page 13, of the 2017 Occasions catalog) in Soft Suede ink.  I also added Red 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon to really make the bright colors of this card pop off the Sahara Sand background.

 

Happy Birthday Hey, Chick card from Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration 2017.  Colored with Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils. Stitched Shape & Layering Square framelits.

 

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Color Fusers Blog Hop IS BACK! January 2017

 

After a little winter break, the amazing Color Fusers Design Team is BACK!!

We are excited to bring you a fun line up of projects today, all featuring this amazing, fresh Stampin' Up! color combo of Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Sweet Sugarplum and Very Vanilla!

 

Color Fusers Blog Hop color combo for January 2017. Stampin' Up! colors Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Sweet Sugarplum and Very Vanilla

 

 

Stampin Up! Occasions catalog Succulent Garden framelit die flowers, Vertical Garden Hello stamp and watercolor wash background card.  Color Fusers January 2017 color combo. Card by Patty Bennett

 

I was in a watercoloring mood, so I created the background of this top fold card with Stampin' Up! watercolor paper, reinkers and my AquaPainter.  The folded card is a Stampin' Up! In Color: Sweet Sugarplum.

I wet the watercolor paper, turned it over and wet the other side, then added color from the drops of reinker using my AquaPainter.  By wetting both sides, the paper doesn't curl :)

I let the colors bleed together and enjoyed the results!

Note: Sweet Sugarplum on watercolor paper (it's a vanilla color) is brown-ish compared to putting it on white.. but it's still pretty!

Stampin Up! Occasions catalog Succulent Garden framelit die flowers, Vertical Garden Hello stamp and watercolor wash background card.  Color Fusers January 2017 color combo. Card by Patty Bennett

 

I stamped the Hello stamp from the Vertical Garden set (new in the 2017 Occasions catalog, page 22, #142996) in Sweet Sugarplum on Very Vanilla cardstock.  It's a 2 step stamp, so it gives you that shadow effect!

 

Here is a fun crafting tip for you ... after cutting the pieces of Stampin' Up! watercolor paper for my cards, I ended up with strips left over.  I dabbed on some water and some color and then die cut the flowers using up the scraps!!  How great is that!?

 

Watercolor Wash craft tip.. use up scraps of watercolor paper by dabbing on color and then die cutting or punching shapes! by Patty Bennett

 

I added the die cut flowers from the Succulent framelits set (pg 21 in the Occasions catalog, #142757) with glue dots to my card and topped off each one with the gold Metallic Enamel shape.

 

Stampin Up! Occasions catalog Succulent Garden framelit die flowers, Vertical Garden Hello stamp and watercolor wash background card.  Color Fusers January 2017 color combo. Card by Patty Bennett

A piece of gold 1/4" Natural trim ribbon finished off the card.

 

 

Please visit all of the Color Fusers Blogs for more creative ideas featuring this fun Stampin' Up! Color Combo!

Blog Hop Lineup!

 

 

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Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Watercolor Card Sneak Peek

 

Do you have a favorite bundle in the new upcoming 2017 Stampin' Up! Occasions catalog!? 

I think this Detailed Dragonfly bundle might be a runaway winner ... It is going to be hugely popular, I'm sure!

 

Detailed Dragonfly thinlit cards featuring the watercolor pencil background technique, from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions catalog. Cards by Cindee, Lisa and Patty

 

The Dragonfly cards I'm sharing today all feature watercolor backgrounds, and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits die cuts, as well as greetings stamped from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp sets, created by Cindee, Lisa and Patty (that's me!). :)  

 

We have a MINI BLOG HOP for you today.. please be sure to visit Cindee and Lisa's blogs today (links at the bottom of this post).

 

Look for these Stampin' Up! Supplies here:

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  • Detailed Dragonfly thinlit dies, pg 26, 2017 Occasions catalog, #142749
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  • Watercolor Pencils, pg 24, 2017 Occasions catalog, #141709
  • Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon combo pack, pg 21, 2017 Occasions catalog #142781
  • Watercolor paper, pg 175 annual catalog, #122959
  • AquaPainter, pg 180 annual catalog, #103954

All of these supplies are available through my Stampin' Up! store (here), but PLEASE NOTE, all 2017 Occasions catalog products are available AFTER 1/4/17!

 

We created these together one day after seeing Stampin' Up! Co-founder, Shelli Gardner demonstrate this technique idea at  a recent Stampin' Up! OnStage event.  She used the new Watercolor Pencils for the background.  We used the watercolor pencils on 3 of the cards above and used a different watercolor background technique on the other 3 cards.

 

Detailed Dragonfly thinlit cards featuring the watercolor pencil background technique, from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions catalog. Cards by Patty Bennett

 I mounted my watercolor paper onto a top fold Peekaboo Peach card, and then tied the new Sweet Sugarplum 3/8" ribbon around the card.   Even though this card is striking and somewhat bold, it's also very soft and soothing!  The die cut dragonfly piece is adhered with about 5 glue dots.  Really easy to attach to the card!   I speckled the card by flicking some Gold Wink of Stella onto the finished card.

Today I'm sharing the watercolor pencil background technique with you and will share the other background technique with you soon!

 

Watercolor pencil background tutorial for the Detailed Dragonfly thinlit cards featuring the watercolor pencil background technique, from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions catalog. Card by Patty

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As you can see by the "how to" watercolor background tutorial above, it's really pretty easy.   Color the watercolor pencils onto your watercolor paper, wash over the color with an AquaPainter or wet paint brush and let dry!!! wow!!!

 

Detailed Dragonfly thinlit cards featuring the watercolor pencil background technique, from the Stampin' Up! 2017 Occasions catalog. Card by Patty Bennett

 

You can really see the pretty Gold Wink of Stella dots on this photo above.. such a neat addition to most any card!

When the card is totally dry, stamp the greeting using the Stampin' Up! Basic Black Archival ink pad.

 

For details on Cindee and Lisa's cards:

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Amazing Faux Watercolor Fall Leaf Cards

 

Watercolor like a pro... it's easy with Faux Watercoloring!

You must trust me on this ... these cards are 100x prettier in person than the photos convey.. these Faux Watercolor Fall Leaf cards are GORGEOUS!  My friend Cindee taught me how to make these and they are wonderful! They are stamped with the Vintage Leaves stamp set from Stampin' Up!

 

Faux Watercolor technique featuring Stampin' UP! Vintage Leaves stamp set, aquapainters and wink of stella. www.PattyStamps.com

 

This Faux Watercolor technique is really so simple..

1.  Stamp your Vintage Leaves stamp images with Stampin' Up! classic ink pads on Watercolor paper

2.  Use your Aquapainter to apply water to the stamped image

3.  Paint over the wet leaves with the Clear Wink of Stella glimmer pen

4.  Splatter some Gold Wink of Stella on finished project

It's best to do steps 1-3 quickly, or, do 1 leaf at a time.. don't let the stamped image completely dry before adding water.

 

How to create Faux Watercolor leaves featuring Stampin' UP! Vintage Leaves stamp set, aquapainters and wink of stella. www.PattyStamps.com

 

You can also stamp off some of the images first, so that some are lighter and with less detail.

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Thank you Cindee for teaching me how to make these beautiful Faux Watercolored cards!!  Click Here to see Cindee's blog post and video.

 

  Faux Watercolor technique featuring Stampin' UP! Vintage Leaves stamp set, aquapainters and wink of stella. www.PattyStamps.com

 

 Above: Rich Razzleberry folded card, and a double scalloped 'medallion' die cut from the Layering Circles framelits, plus a Rich Razzleberry leaf die cut from the Flourish Thinlits package.

I really love this beautiful color combo.. I would not have thought of it for Fall but Cindee came up with it and I love it!

 

Fall color combo - Stampin' Up! / Pattystamps.com

 

Faux Watercolor technique featuring Stampin' UP! Vintage Leaves stamp set, aquapainters and wink of stella. www.PattyStamps.com

Above: Old Olive folded card, and Gold Natural ribbon, finished with the Give Thanks greeting from the Suite Seasons stamp set and die cut Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper leaves.

 

Faux Watercolor technique featuring Stampin' UP! Vintage Leaves stamp set, aquapainters and wink of stella. www.PattyStamps.com

Above:  Pumpkin Pie top folded card, finished off with Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace trim, Linen Thread, 1/2 of a gold metallic doily and a die cut Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper leaf.

 

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I hope you purchased the Thoughtful Branches Bundle!

 

I'm hoping you've purchased the Thoughtful Branches Bundle... Because.. I know you love using it for all 4 seasons!  It's a limited time offer stamp set and matching big shot framelit die set only available in August!!!  I LOVE the versatility of this set..  you can see some of the projects I've created with it at the bottom of this post.  Buy it here in my online store.  

Today I am featuring 3 different watercolor wash background cards using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and dies in different ways.

 

Thoughtful Branches Christmas card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

Each of these cards is created with a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of watercolor paper, layered onto Island Indigo or Whisper White cardstock, and onto a Marina Mist or Island Indigo folded card. 

I kept the color scheme very simple, and almost monochromatic for these winter or Christmas cards. 

The card below has the tree die cut layered on top of the watercolor wash, and the greeting is from the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  Be sure to stamp the greeting after the watercolor wash background has dried.

 

Thoughtful Branches card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

To create the watercolor wash background, use a 1" wide flat watercolor brush or Aqua Painter and dip into Marina Mist (or any blue) ink, but be sure to use a generous amount of water.  Wash back and forth onto your watercolor paper a few times.  THEN STOP.  I know you will want to "fuss" with it, but don't.  Just let it dry.. it will be beautiful :)

 

Thoughtful Branches Christmas card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

To create the white trees, stamp the trees in Versamark ink onto the watercolor paper and heat emboss them with clear embossing powder BEFORE doing the watercolor wash.  The wash will go right over the embossed images.

To create the beautiful copper stamped greeting, stamp the image from the Embellished Ornaments set in versamark ink and heat emboss with Copper embossing powder, then cut out with the Layering Ovals framelits.

 

Thoughtful Branches Christmas card with watercolor wash background. card by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

If you have missed my Thoughtful Branches posts this month, I'm sharing a little recap of some of the Thoughtful Branches samples I've created in the collage below. 

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Ombre Ink Pad Background Floral Cards

 

These beautiful Ombre Watercolor backgrounds might look familiar.. I shared a video with you a month or so ago with the instructions to make them (I've shared it at the end of this post as well).  I made more of these beautiful backgrounds featuring the Detailed Floral Thinlit dies and decorated the cards with the Falling Flowers stamp set, also stamped with the Ombre ink pads!

 

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

After creating the ombre watercolor backgrounds, I stamped the flowers with the Ombre ink pads, die cut them, and added them to the cards.  I love how the color theme carries through.

The flowers are stamped with the Falling Flowers stamp set (pg 127 Annual Stampin' UP! catalog), and the Ombre Ink pads (pg 180).  The May Flowers framelits perfectly die cut the flowers!!! They are on pg 194 and you can also purchase them in a money saving bundle in wood mount or clear mount.

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

The green petals are also from the May Flowers Framelit dies, die cut in Emerald Envy cardstock.

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

I love the trio of Enamel Shapes as the flower center in each of the flowers below.  You can find those on the embellishment page, #177.

Love the Enamel Shape flower centers in the Falling Flowers images! Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

For more information about creating these pretty backgrounds, please watch the video below this photo.

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies and Sunshine Wishes thinlits. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

In case you missed it.. below is the video I created to show you how to create the Ombre Ink Pad watercolor backgrounds and how to cut the Detailed Floral Thinlit dies.

 

  

 

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 And one more sample for you featuring the Friendly Wishes stamp set greeting, die cut with the Layering Ovals framelits, and perfectly accented with the Enamel Shape heart!

 

Love the Enamel Shape heart in the Friendly Words  image! Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

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Easiest Ever Watercolor Background - Video Tutorial

 

I am super excited about this beautiful card!!!  I tried out the new Stampin' UP! Ombre Ink Pads as a way to apply color to the background of this card and I love it!!  It is the easiest way to make a watercolor wash background!

Watch the VIDEO TUTORIAL below in this post for all the details about how to stamp with the Ombre Pads and how to make this easy watercolor wash background!

 

Ombre ink pads from Stampin' Up! - video tutorial: How to create an easy watercolor wash background for your card!  Layer with Detailed Floral Thinlit big shot dies and Sunshine Wishes thinlits. Card and tutorial by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

The background is created on watercolor paper from Stampin' UP! and then the die cut Detailed Floral Thinlit piece is glued on top.  You will learn all the steps to create this card and some bonus tips in my video today!

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 To decorate these pretty watercolor wash backgrounds, I added die cut pieces from:

  • Detailed Floral Thinlits, pg 194, #141482
  • Sunshine Wishes, pg 194, #141489

To dress up the love die cut, I used Clear Wink of Stella over it, and it glimmers so nicely!!

All die cuts were added using Multipurpose glue - see the video above for tips!

 

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Which color combo do you like best? 

Rich Razzleberry / Bermuda Bay, or, Calypso Coral / Rich Razzleberry

 

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I hope you'll try this amazingly easy technique! 

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Stampin' Up! Ombre Ink Pads, Left to Right:

Bermuda Bay #141608, Rich Razzleberry #141609, Calypso Coral #141611

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Bloomin' Heart Colored on Watercolor Paper!

 

So this is just one of those cards that I think is 8,000 times prettier in person.. when you color with the Wink of Stella, it just doesn't show up as well in photos.. so trust me, this is gorgeous in person! :)

Stampin' Up! Bloomin Heart thinlit die cut with watercolor paper and colored with Stampin' UP! ink refills and the Wink of Stella pen, by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

I die cut the Bloomin' Heart thinlit die (pg 16 of the current Occasions catalog) using watercolor paper, then I watercolored the flowers and leaves with my Clear Wink of Stella Pens and Stampin' UP! ink refills in Mossy Meadow and Calypso Coral.

 

Stampin' Up! Bloomin Heart thinlit die cut with watercolor paper and colored with Stampin' UP! ink refills and the Wink of Stella pen, by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

I tried both wetting the paper first and then using the Wink of Stella pen, and I also tried not wetting it first, and it was ok either way (you'll see what I mean in this video).

The Bloomin' Heart thinlit die is so gorgeous!!  I decided to try this one out using Watercolor Paper! While I'm pretty sure that these dies aren't meant to cut the watercolor paper, it did do a great job and I only had to pick out a little part of it with a Paper Piercer after using the Big Shot die brush to roll over it (see the Stampin' UP! video HERE for more info on that).

 

Stampin' Up! Bloomin Heart thinlit die cut with watercolor paper and colored with Stampin' UP! ink refills and the Wink of Stella pen, by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 I WISH you could see all the beautiful sparkle on this card, created by coloring with the Wink of Stella pen!!! CLICK HERE to see a video of this fun technique on a previous card!

I used a circle template to trace a part of a circle on the front flap of my card, then cut it out, and used the circle template again to draw a black like with my Project Life marker.  It really made the front of this card zing!   When I stamped the thank you, I curved it a bit on the clear block so that it would fit perfectly along the curve.  Don't have a circle template? try a dinner plate.

Stampin' Up! Bloomin Heart thinlit die cut with watercolor paper and colored with Stampin' UP! ink refills and the Wink of Stella pen, by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

To make it easier when I am coloring with my Wink of Stella pens, I wrap washi tape around the pen and cap in a similar color to what I'm using.  You can always just wipe them off in between colors, and keep using the same pen, or, have multiple pens going in different colors.

 

Stampin' Up! Bloomin Heart thinlit die cut with watercolor paper and colored with Stampin' UP! ink refills and the Wink of Stella pen, by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 

This delicate, yet bold card is also accented with the Calypso Coral script pattern in the Subtles Color Collections DSP stack (pg 144 in the current annual catalog), and a piece of Mossy Meadow patterned paper from the Botanicals paper pack, some Silver Glimmer tape (a Sale a Bration item you can get free with your $50 order), some Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon and a Rhinestone in the center of each flower.

 

Stampin' Up! Bloomin Heart thinlit die cut with watercolor paper and colored with Stampin' UP! ink refills and the Wink of Stella pen, by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Card Base: Thick Whisper White, 4-1/4" x 11" folded in 1/2

Calypso Coral Script DSP: 4-1/4" x about 3"

Mossy Meadow patterned paper: 3/4" x 4-1/4"

 

Patty's color combo for this Bloomin' Heart card:

 

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Easy Watercoloring with Wink of Stella Pens - Video Tutorial

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Roses Roses Roses... I love roses.. Roses in my Garden, Roses on cards, Stamps, Rose Patterned paper.. Roses in a Vase.. you name it, I love them, so I am sure you can see why I love this Rose Garden Thinlit die NEW from Stampin' UP! on pg 18 of the 2016 Occasions Catalog!! 

 

Watch the video below in this blog post for all the details, but in a nutshell, I die cut the rose die using Gold Foil Paper and glued it to Watercolor Paper, then used my AquaPainter, Wink of Stella Pens and Stampin' UP! Ink Refills to watercolor in the image!! They dry very sparkly and beautiful!!!

 

Watercolor rose cards with the Wink of Stella pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Up! Ink Refills and the Rose Garden thinlit die NEW in the 2016 Occasions catalog. Cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 You can "wipe off" the tips of the Wink of Stella pens and keep using them in different colors, or, you can have a couple pens on hand and use one for reds, one for greens, one for purples, one for yellow.  That's what I'm doing.  Then I won't "waste" the product by wiping off to change colors.

 

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 Below are some of the color combos I came up with!  Be sure to use your Watercolor paper and the AquaPainter as shown in the video, along with your Wink of Stella pens for this beautiful result!

Watercolor rose cards with the Wink of Stella pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Up! Ink Refills and the Rose Garden thinlit die NEW in the 2016 Occasions catalog. Cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

 Below.. the sample with the Wisteria and Razzleberry ink has a rose die cut with the Silver Foil paper instead of the gold!

Watercolor rose cards with the Wink of Stella pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Up! Ink Refills and the Rose Garden thinlit die NEW in the 2016 Occasions catalog. Cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

Watercolor rose cards with the Wink of Stella pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Up! Ink Refills and the Rose Garden thinlit die NEW in the 2016 Occasions catalog. Cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

What other color combos do you suggest I try!?

Watercolor rose cards with the Wink of Stella pen, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Up! Ink Refills and the Rose Garden thinlit die NEW in the 2016 Occasions catalog. Cards by Patty Bennett at pattystamps.com

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Watercolor Wash Background Video Tutorial

 

Birthday-blossoms-watercolor-wash-background-stampin-up-card-pattystamps-flowers Thank you for your kind comments about my Watercolor Wash background swap card!  I posted the card HERE during the Stampin' UP! Convention, and swapped it with my fellow Control Freak friends!! Their cards were AMAZING! I'll be featuring them in an upcoming blog post!

WATCH THE VIDEO below to see how to create this beautiful background using water with your background stamp!

  

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As I mentioned in the video, you don't have to use water on this Watercolor Wash background stamp.. in fact, it turns out beautiful without water, but I wanted to try it with a spritz of water and loved how it came out!

I love it when you can use a stamp in more than one way!

For more details about this card, see THIS BLOG POST.

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These are my amazing Control Freak friends who were at the Stampin' Up! Convention this year. These ladies are amazing!  I'm honored to be a part of the group!  You may recognize them from the Blog Hops we do each month!

 

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Today at the Stampin' UP! Convention, I am gathering with the Control Freaks group that I swap and blog hop with, and we are swapping cards at lunchtime at convention!  We are trading 2 cards each. This is one of the cards I'm trading with my fellow Control Freaks!

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I used the super amazing Watercolor Wash background stamp on all of my cards and isn't it amazing how each one looks a little different? I used Daffodil Delight and Watermelon Wonder ink pad on each one, spritzing it with water and then stamping it onto wet Watercolor paper!

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I think I'll do a video for you showing how I stamped the background.  Would you like to see that?

I did it!  Watch the Video Tutorial Here!

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 I stamped the pretty flowers from the Birthday Blossoms stamp set (pg 8 of the 2015-2016 Stampin' UP! catalog), punched them with the Pansy Punch (pg 167) and then just colored the centers with a Daffodil Delight marker.  The leaves are from the same set and I did a quick watercolor wash of Cucumber Crush on them before cutting them out.

I loved the pop of black from the layer of Basic Black cardstock AND the great 3/8" Stitched Satin Basic Black ribbon!

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New 2015-2016 Stampin' UP! Catalog goes LIVE tomorrow!

 

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 The NEW 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! catalog goes LIVE at about 2am MT 6/2/15!!!

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NEW Catalog Market Fresh Samples!

On our recent Stampin' UP! Incentive Trip to Hawaii, we were treated to several displays and demonstrations featuring new Stampin' UP! products!  One of the fabulous demonstrations was presented by Judy Prahl!  She showed us a fun watercoloring technique using Stampin' Write Markers scribbled onto a tile and then used a Blender Pen or AquaPainter to pick up color and color in the stamped Market Fresh images!! 

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You'll find the Market Fresh stamp set on pg 116 of the NEW 2015-2016 Stampin' UP! Catalog and the Farmer's Market coordinating paper on pg 143!  Remember you can order these NEW items beginning on June 2, 2015.

Below is a terrific comparison that Judy did by stamping and coloring in this set on Stampin' UP! Watercolor paper, Very Vanilla Cardstock and Whisper White cardstock.  Shimmery White cardstock is also a great alternative for watercoloring techniques.  You'll want to use the StazOn black pad when watercoloring.

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It might be a little hard to tell in the photo but the results on the Watercolor Paper were much more vibrant and really beautiful!

 

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Stampin' UP! Hawaii Card Swap - New Stamp Set

 

"You've Got This" Stampin' Up! Swap Card - Hawaii Incentive Trip

What a fun name for a new stamp set!!!  When you get your new 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! catalog, please turn immediately to pg 113 and look at this fun stamp set!!  I love it!!  It will definitely be in my top 3 in the entire catalog!

I stamped 26 of these note cards to bring to Hawaii to swap with other demonstrators!  Today we are picking up our bags of swap cards on the Stampin' Up! Hawaii Incentive Trip. My swap card features the NEW "You've Got This" floral stamp, greetings and beautiful hatched background stamp!

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I used the background "hatch" pattern stamp in this new set on the Stampin' Up! Whisper White note card in Mint Macaron (new In Color for 2015-2017), and then stamped the flower image in StazOn Black ink on Watercolor paper, then did a watercolor wash over the flower with Watercolor Wonder and Mint Macaron!  I added speckles from my Gorgeous Grunge speckle stamp in Watermelon Wonder and then tied it up with new Watermelon Wonder lace trim!!  eeek!!!

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Each one turns out differently with the watercolor wash over the flower.. I love them!

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COMING SOON | July 2nd!!

The "You've Got This" stamp set will be available in the new catalog on June 2nd! The new In Colors (including the Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder ink, paper and lace ribbon used here) will also be available in the new catalog

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