WOW with Watercoloring

Usually when I head down to my craft room, I make a card from start to finish. I usually allocate a good amount of time because I can be slooooow when it comes to card design. This week I decided to try something new. Instead of using a large chunk of time, I ducked into my craft room when I had only a few minutes to play around.

I’m not yet sure if I like this way of stamping better. I do happen to live the rest of my life in this manner. I usually get things done little by little…. However, with stamping, I found that it made me more experimental in my stamping.

The Process

The card below did not start out looking like it did. That I can promise you! I started the process by pulling out the stamp set, “Love and Affection.” I grabbed some paper and inked it up. However, I wasn’t real happy with the results. The flowers looked nekked to me. LOL. Like they needed some clothes on. The images from the stamp set are outlines of flowers. And they needed adornment!

Love and Affection Rubberstamped card using Stampin' Up!

The next time I sat down to stamp, my initial playing around really helped me know exactly what I needed to do! I had to dress my flowers. The stamping went FAST.
Watercoloring the Flowers

I decided to fill in the flowers with ink, watercoloring them. I didn’t feel like getting out the embossing powder and doing anything fancy. Here’s how I did it:

– I started with Shimmery White Cardstock. (My go-to for watercoloring)

– Next, I first stamped all the images in regular ink. I did not clear emboss the images. I kept it simple!

– With a Aqua Painter, I used the same color ink as the outline and colored in the flowers. Ohhhlala. I love how it looked!

– After the flowers were colored in, I added the centers in Smoky Slate.

– I also added some leaves in Wild Wasabi. I did get a little fancy here. I grabbed a scrap piece of copy paper and put it over the images as I stamped the leaves, so the leaves would stamp only on the white and not over the flowers.

Love and Affection Rubberstamped card using Stampin' Up!

Isn’t that a cool effect?

Now, tell me your thoughts on stamping! Do you think it’s better to stamp only when you have time to make a full card, or would you rather squeeze in a few minutes here and there? I’m anxious to hear your thoughts!

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Love and Affection
Paper: Whisper White, Shimmery White, Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Smoky Slate, Archival Black

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Love and Affection

Have you seen the new Love and Affection stamp set? It has some sweet flowers in it and is a lovely set. However, in my opinion, what makes the stamp set so special is sentiments. Wouldn’t you love to receive a card that says one these phrases?

“You make me ridiculously happy”

“You are every lovely word I could possibly think of”

“Sending a smile your way”

My favorite sentiment is “sending a smile your way.” I especially love the sentiment for a get well card. However, it is also the perfect sentiment for just about anything. What about a friend who is going through a difficult relationship or a divorce? A friend who is taking care of a sick relative? A friend you haven’t seen in a while?

Love and Affection stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Oh, I forgot to mention that the font on the sentiments is ADORABLE! It uses a cute script (for those of us who are old enough to know how to read script…). The stamp set also comes as a suite with other coordinating products. Click here to see all the products in the suite.

Using the Paper Craft Crew Sketch for Love and Affection

My card today follows the Paper Craft Crew sketch #211.


I chose the Love and Affection stamp set for this sketch because I wanted to use some coordinating paper. Gotta use our paper and not hoard it, right?

I started the card by first laying out the paper (without adhering it down!). Once I had it right, I embossed some flowers on some pretty, bright paper and got cutting. Once I put the flowers down, I had to take off some of paper on the top, per the sketch. Don’t forget – a sketch is a GUIDE, only! If you use most of the elements but one or two just doesn’t work with your card, go with what looks beautiful. There was so much going on with my card, that I had to remove the top layer of DSP so my card wouldn’t be overdone.

Love and Affection stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I love the way it came out in the end! The designer paper at the bottom adds soft colors, yet also a pretty gentleness to the card. The flowers are bright yet the bronze embossing keeps them from being too bright. And of course, the sentiment is ideal for so many situations.

You can follow the sketch, too! You have till next Tuesday, September 20, to submit your card on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge site.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Love and Affection
Paper: Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron, Affectionately Yours DSP, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Copper Metallic Thread, Copper Embossing Powder

Happy Stamping,

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