Category Archives: Watercolor

Crossing Bridges

I think bridges are amazing!  When I lived in the bay area, there were three surrounding the area – the magnificent Golden Gate, the Richmond, and, of course, the Bay Bridge.

Something about the Wherever You Go stamp set got my attention… I don’t know if it was the missing of the bay area, or just because it’s a darn cool set.

I made three cards with three completely different “moods” and technique.


The first card is a simple stamping technique with matting and ribbon.  I used crushed curry for the sunburst and pool party for the card base.

The second card has a patriotic feel.  I used silver embossing for the bridge and I colored the fireworks stamp with real red & night of navy stampin’ markers, adding some very vanilla ink from April Paper Pumpkin on the outer edge of the stamp.  I did a light water color with soft sky around the white fireworks to give them a pop, and lightly colored under the bridge.

The third card is  my favorite!  I used crushed curry and calypso coral for the water-colored sky, adding marina mist for water under the bridge.  The sunburst was also colored with stampin’ marker colors crushed curry and calypso coral.

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Watercoloring with Aqua Painters

Had some time over the weekend to watercolor with the Best Thoughts hostess stamp set, using the aqua painters and the ink refills.  The aqua painters are great because you don’t have to worry about spilling a bowl of water all over your cards.  The water is held inside the tube of the painter itself.  When you’re done with one color you just wipe it on a paper towel until all the color is gone from the bristles.

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The awesome thing about using the ink refills is that I know the color will match the cardstock and coordinating ribbon perfectly! The cards below are in melon mambo, daffodil delight & pool party, coordinating with old over for the leaves.

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I did use the 1/4 inch cotton ribbon which is retiring at the end of next month (Pool Party + Daffodil Delight ribbon is 30% off!).  See the full list of retiring items here.

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These flowers would be a cheerful way to tell mom how much we appreciate her.

Ink Refill        aqua painters

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