Summer Afternoon with Watercolor Pencils

Each month the gals in my team of Fun n Crafty demos participate in a card swap where we each create a card for one of the other folks on the team.  It’s a lot of fun to see the different styles from everyone and to take time out to create a card for a specific person each month.

This was the card I made for Bethani recently.  This hostess stamp set – Summer Afternoon, made me think of her, and the image just begged me to color it in!  So, I grabbed my trusty watercolor pencils and got to work.

Summer Afternoon colored swap card


I kept the colors more subtle and then added pops of color with my cardstock and ribbon.  I grabbed some Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight cardstock for my bright colors and then matched the strip of Daffodil Delight cardstock with a piece of Daffodil Delight stitched grosgain ribbon to add some texture to the card.

Summer Afternoon colored swap card close up


I hope she enjoyed the card and I loved seeing her change it up and use this similar layout for a class she held recently.  (If you are in the Mountain View area of California and looking for card making classes, she has some great ones!)

And if you have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up!, we’d love to have you join our group and our monthly card swap!  You can learn more about all the benefits and stay tuned for more details on a cute project kit that you can get FREE when you sign up in August!


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Watercoloring Techniques: Watercolor Pencils

Alright, today is the last day of my Watercolor Technique card shares.  At least for now.  But with this last card,  I wanted to show you the 5th technique we are doing in my watercolor technique class.  So without further ado:

Watercoloring with Watercolor Pencils

You may think, “yeah, yeah, I know what it is like to color in an image with colored pencils. I did that back in school.”  But have you seen the magic that is watercolored pencils? Smile The cool thing about watercolor pencils is that you have the control to color in fine details and spaces because you have the fine tip of the pencil.  And coloring with colored pencils is very pretty.  But you are left with pencil stroke marks that maybe you would rather not have.  Simply wave your magic wand (aka Blender pen or Aqua pen) over the places where you colored with the pencil and voila!  You get this beautiful, smooth watercolored look.  Here is an example… though I’m having the hardest time taking a good picture to really show you what I mean.  But in the image below, the flowers are colored using the same colored pencils and amount of coloring.  But the one on the right has been gone over with a blender pen.  You can at least see that the color gets more saturated and maybe see that it has a smoother look.

That said, here is the sample for the card we are making in the class:

Like I said, the pencils are great for detail work.  Especially things like the stamp border and the tiny flower bud.

This technique is so pretty and so easy at the same time.  It was also probably the favorite the last time I ran this class.

Well, I hope you enjoyed checking out some of the different ways to add watercoloring looks to your cards.  This is a good introduction to just the surface of what you can do and I’d love to hear what your favorite techniques are as well!  Leave a comment and let me know how you like to do watercoloring.

Interested in trying these cards & techniques out yourself?

In Person
Do to multiple requests, I’m running my class again on March 28th in the Mountain View, CA area.  I’d love to have you join us. Check out the full details on my meetup site.

Or, if you are not local, purchase the supplies for these techniques from my online store and send me an email.  I’ll send you written tutorial instructions for these cards for FREE!  Not sure what you need, email me at and I’ll send you a basic supply list and you can see what you have in your stash and what you would still need.

Decorating a Birthday Gift with Stamps

I’m always looking for ways to use my stamps in different ways.  giftbox_beforeSure I love making cards, but sometimes you need something different and its fun to use your stamping supplies to add that personal touch.  In this case, my sister-in-law’s birthday is 2 days before Christmas.  So, when I bought her a gift at the local soap store, they offered to decorate the box as a gift.  I couldn’t turn down free gift wrapping but after they gave me the wrapped gift, I realized it was really Christmas wrapped.  My birthday is a week before Christmas, so I’m pretty sensitive to differentiating birthday and Christmas gifts, so I wanted to make sure her gift was definately “birthday” and not “christmas”.  So, stamps to the rescue! 



 The turtle is from a hostess set from the last catalog, but the tag is from the new Party Hearty set and the Happy Birthday under the turtle is from A Little Birthday Cheer.  This was also my first time in a long time using water color pencils.  They are like magic!  🙂  If you haven’t used them before, you color in an image with the pencils and it looks like normal pencil.  But then, go over the colors with a water pen and suddenly the color blends and instead of pencil marks, you just have a smooth watercolor image.