Can you believe this gorgeous hummingbird and hibiscus stamp set is on the RETIRING Stamp Set list!? I love this set and had so much fun coloring the images!! I gold embossed the outline images and then watercolored with Stampin’ Up! ink and an Aqua Painter. Find the RETIRING Humming Along stamp set HERE.
This is a super easy way to watercolor.. just “smoosh” clear blocks onto the ink pads of your choice, then use the Aqua Painter to pick up the color and apply to the watercolor paper.
Just play with the color… keep layering the color until you like the result. Let it dry just a bit between colors if you don’t want them to blend too much.
2019-2021 In Color Sneak Peeks:
I used the NEW In Color Terracotta Tile ink to stamp Happy Birthday on the card above, and added the watercolored image to a top fold Grapefruit Grove card base.
Now that the Amazingly popular Butterfly Duet punch is back in stock, I wanted to share a lovely Rainbow Butterfly card I created at and all day Stampin’ UP! crafting retreat in February!
Kurstan hosted the retreat and taught us now to create a rainbow background to punch the butterfly duet punch pieces from!! SO COOL!
We simply used a clear envelope for our watercolor palette, but you can use a clear block, a plastic lid or a real palette. We dropped drops of 7 different reinkers onto the plastic. Wet your strip of watercolor paper, then use an Aqua Painter to pick up the 7 colors and paint stripes of color in a rainbow pattern onto the wet watercolor paper. Be sure to allow the adjoining colors to mix a bit for gorgeous combinations of color.
After the watercolor paper is thoroughly dry, use the Butterfly Duet punch to punch out several butterflies. Each one will be unique and different. Arrange them onto your card as desired, popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals. We created a 4-1/4″ square card with Thick Whisper White cardstock.
Our crafting retreat day was awesome.. about 12 hours of stamping, visiting, crafting, eating, making new friends and learning new tips and techniques! Click here for info on Kurstan’s next San Francisco Bay Area all day retreat.
I used Wink of Stella on each butterfly to make them shimmery.. probably difficult to see in the photo, but so pretty in person!! The little floral Gingham Gala flower sequins also add a sweet touch of shimmer to the card!! The polkadot pattern is from the (now retired) Sale-a-Bration Botanical Butterfly paper, but you could use any background paper you have on hand if you are out of the Botanical Butterfly paper. I Just Adore you is stamped in black on a die cut circle, and is found in the Incredible Like You stamp set #148708
I really wanted to try a garden lattice effect with the Florentine Thinlit die, so I die cut it in Whisper White cardstock and layered it over 2 different patterns from the Garden Impressions designer paper from Stampin’ Up!. I added watercolor die cut roses from the Petal Palette stamp set – they look like the climbing roses on a trellis in my garden! (I just noticed that the Florentine die is on LOW inventory... don’t delay if you want to order one!)
Stamped and watercolored Petal Palette roses #145788
The flowers are stamped with StazOn ink onto watercolor paper and watercolored with Stampin’ UP! ink. I colored them with a watercolor brush dipped onto a clear block that I smooshed into the following ink pad colors: Poppy Parade, Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, Call my Clover, Granny Apple Green and Cajun Craze.
I experimented with several different patterns from the Garden Impressions designer 6×6 paper stack behind the lattice Florentine die cut piece and the 2 in my blog post today are my 2 favorites.
I love the sentiment above, as I feel it’s perfect for this card. It’s stamped in Calypso Coral ink on a Stitched Circle die cut and it’s from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set. The Base card is Mango Melody, because I thought it looked nice with the Garden Impressions designer paper.
Find the Florentine Thinlit die cut in my online Stampin’ Up! store here. You can die cut the flowers with the Petals and More Thinlit dies, #145655
For the Thank you From the Heart sentiment above, I combined 2 stamps from the Petal Palette set onto one die cut tag (from the Humming Along framelits) and added an Epoxy Heart that I colored with my Dark Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend marker. The base card is Call Me Clover cardstock.
Short and Sweet today… I hope you enjoy this adorable Happy Easter Card Idea featuring the Stampin’ UP! Fable Friends stamp set!! Cindee and I created this card at her house last week and we watercolored the cute little “Peter Rabbit” bunny after stamping him on watercolor paper. He is sitting in a cupcake from the Sale-a-Bration Hello Cupcake stamp set – still available through 3-31-19 as your free gift!
The Granny Apple Green leaves are stamped and die cut with the Painted Seasons stamp set and Four Seasons framelits. The stamp set is available as your free Sale-a-Bration gift choice and the framelits are available online here. The other leaf pieces and the “happy” die cuts are from the Well Written words framelit set. Easter is stamped and cut out by hand. It’s from the Fable Friend set.
Although you probably cannot see it in the photo, the white background is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder, and layered onto Bermuda Bay and then a Crumb Cake card base.
No Line Watercoloring… have you tried it? I recently tried it and made this Teapot card at Kurstan’s all day stamping retreat!! I’ll admit it.. I was intimidated.. but I really do love how this watercolored Tea Together card turned out!
“No Line Watercoloring” basically means that you stamp the image in a super light color, rather than in black, and then you watercolor. When you watercolor over the light outlines, they either just disappear, or, they just kind of fade into the image. The outline doesn’t stand out as it would if stamped in black.
Kurstan had each of us “smoosh” the Highland Heather and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Spots onto a cello bag (with a Whisper White piece of cardstock inside) then use that as our palette for watercoloring.. what a super easy way to do this with a large group!!
We stamped the images from the Tea Together stamp set #148779 in Highland Heather on watercolor paper, and then painted them in with our Aqua Painter. I was not quite as happy with my teapot as I was with my flowers.. but it was a learning experience and I love my finished card.
I really did want to have time to do a video for you, but all but all 3 of us have been sick and I just haven’t had time to do a video. If you want more info on No Line Watercoloring, you can search for some videos on YouTube. I’ll try to do a video in April.
The Teapot and flowers were die cut with the Tea Time framelits – a free gift choice during Sale-a-Bration 2019!
The die cut teapot and flowers were layered onto Highland Heather Gingham Gala paper, then onto polka dot paper from the Botanical Butterfly deisgner paper pack, then onto Basic Black cardstock and a folded Highland heather base card.
I hope you enjoy my Watercolored hibiscus card today. If you are in a snowy part of the world, I hope it brings happy, sunny thoughts… and I hope it inspires you to create something pretty today!
My handstamped card was inspired by a card on Pinterest by “Scraps by Sissy” featuring the Seaside embossing folder and stamped oval with the Beach Happy Stampin’ UP! stamp set. I added the watercolored hibiscus flower from the Humming Along stamp set to make my card a little different (because I didn’t want to copy Sissy’s card 100% you know) 🙂
To create the watercolored hibiscus flower image, I stamped it in Versamark ink on Shimmery White cardstock, sprinkled gold embossing powder on it and heat set it with my Heat Tool. Then I smooshed my clear blocks into several colors of Stampin’ UP! ink and used my AquaPainter to pick up ink colors and color the flower, starting with a light wash of Mango Melody and adding more colors as shown above. TIP! Although I’m not a watercolor professional by any means, I did find one tip to pass along… let the ink dry just slightly in between colors so that it blends together slowly and doesn’t just become all one new color.
For the palm tree oval, I die cut Watercolor Paper with the largest oval in the Layering Ovals framelit set in my Big Shot, and did a light wash of Mango Melody and Soft Suede ink at the bottom for the sand. (NOTE: I think I like it better with the sand on less of the oval than with so much “sand” as shown above). When that was dry, I added a light wash of Balmy Blue ink to the sky. When it was TOTALLY dry I put the oval on my Stamparatus, held down with the magnet, and stamped the Beach Happy stamp set. I stamped the palm tree trunk in Soft Suede and the palm fronds in 3 colors as shown above. Using the Stamparatus means the paper stays in one place while I inked it several times in 3 greens… perfect placement! Need more info on the Stamparatus? Watch my Stamparatus video tutorial here.
Stampin’ UP! Color Combo:
I used all of these colors on my card: Lovely LIpstick, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Balmy Blue, Call me Clover, Lemon Lime Twist, plus the Granny Apple Green marker.
You can purchase the Humming Along stamp set (which includes the hibiscus flower stamp) by itself, or you can purchase it in a bundle with the Hummingbird framelits. You can also purchase the framelits alone, as well. Lots of choices… but why not save 10% and get them both! 🙂
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