Swirly Watercoloring

Wow is life exciting for me today! My sister, who lives in another country, has come to visit for just a few short days. We never know when we’ll have the opportunity to see her again, so these days are so precious.

Whenever she visits, we usually plan to chill. I don’t like doing a whole lot since she’s usually tired from her flight, anyway. Hanging out and chatting over tea is always fun. Such a treat to have her visiting! I have big smiles on my face as I’m writing this post.

Getting’ Wild with Watercoloring

For my card today, I was feeling a bit over-the-top. Must have been my excitement over my sister’s visit. I haven’t done Watercolor Washing lately, and I was ready to have a go at it!

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Whenever you do this technique, you never know how it’ll look in the end, especially when trying new color combos. I always start with a hope and a prayer. LOL. But, the truth is that it’s just paper, so if the color combo doesn’t work, it’s really all good, right?

Color Combo

My color combination for this card is Emerald Envy…which you probably already guessed. But can you guess the second color? I did the other color first and then added the green Emerald Envy to it. (I told you this was scary! Who knows how it would work?!) But joy of joys, it worked great! The other color was Bermuda Bay.

And my secret was that when I had the idea to blend colors, I actually used scrap paper first. LOL. I tried some color combos that REALLY didn’t work. But the Bermuda Bay married nicely with the Emerald Envy.

Handmade Card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

How to Make this Card

To make this card, I started out with Watercolor Paper. I cut the paper a little larger than what I wanted for the finished card so I could trim any stray edges.

  1. This step is optional – adhere Watercolor paper to a scrap paper with washi tape so that the paper doesn’t curl when it gets wet.
  2. Stamp the images from the Swirly Bird stamp set onto Watercolor paper with versamark. My card has swirls and also the random dot image placed throughout. Start with the biggest image first, then fill in with smaller swirls and random dots.
  3. Using clear embossing powder, heat set images.
  4. With your AquaPainter, paint the entire card stock with water. Next add Bermuda Bay Ink. When the Bermuda Bay dries (you can use your heat tool to speed this this up) add Emerald Envy over top of it. Let dry.
  5. If you adhered the watercolor paper to scrap paper, remove and trim edges of watercolor paper.
  6. Embellish as desired!

Have fun with stamping

To me, this type of stamping is so much fun. I had a ball making the card and putting together different colors. It does take a little longer to make than other cards, but it’s also more fun, isn’t it?

I’m off to enjoy more time with my sister! Thanks for stopping by.

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Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird Suite
Paper: Watercolor, Emerald Envy, Bermuda, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
Other: Clear Embossing Powder, AquaPainter, Hello You Thinlits, Metallic Sequins

Happy Swirly Flowers Card

Are you ever too tired to stamp? I feel that way sometimes. When I was making this card, I was feeling grumpy and tired. I knew that if I sat down to make a card, it would cheer me up and give me energy, but I really wasn’t feeling it. Out of that stamping session came this lovely cheerful card! I used the Swirly Bird stamp set since it’s so uplifting, isn’t it?

Handmade card made using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

And guess what?! When I was done, I was full of energy and was feeling very cheerful.

That, my friend, is why it is so important to make time for the things we love. Too many times we think “I’m too tired.” And then our hobbies languish for weeks, months, sometimes even years or decades. But if we compel ourselves to do our hobby, even just a little bitty bit, it can give us so much happiness in our lives. And energy. I know you may not believe me, but it’s true. When you’re happy and feeling creative and joy, it really does give you energy. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try it and see what happens.

Making a Cheerful Card

For this card, I decided to use colors I loved. I used pinks, yellows, and corals. I added pops of green and blue. Every color that I chose was one that makes me smile and the result is a bright, beautiful cheerful card. You would never guess looking at it that I wasn’t feeling joy when I started creating, because I sure was cheerful when it was done.

There is no shame in making a card that uses your favorite colors. Especially when you need a pick-me up!

Handmade card made using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Card Details

For a fun look, I only stamped one side of the card, going at a diagonal. I love the effect!!!! It was such a fun way to add interest to the card.

Since I was tired when I was stamping, I kept getting ink all OVER the card. It was everywhere. To hide my boo boos, I used the matching framelits and a well-placed sentiment. You would never guess that these were added to hide ink smudges, would you? LOL. That’s what I love about stamping. You can fix almost anything with a well-placed embellishment.

I hope this card cheered you up and that it also inspired you to do some stamping, even when you’re not feeling at your best.

Wishing you only the best,


Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Flirty Flamingo, Basic Black
Other: Swirly Bird matching framelits

Fun Ombre Swirly Card

Anytime I use the swirls from the Swirly Bird stamp set, my card comes out looking so FUN!! I used this stamp set today since I wanted to give my card an ombre effect.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Purple Ombre

For my ombre effect, I used three shades of purple:

  • Wisteria Wonder
  • Perfect Plum
  • Elegant Eggplant

These purple shades went from light to dark, but I felt that the lightest, Wisteria Wonder, was perhaps a little too light. That’s when I got the idea to do ombre within ombre! LOL. I made a video of this card because the effect is subtle and you may not notice it right away when seeing the card.

To make the ombre on ombre effect, after cutting out the swirls, I sponged Wisteria Wonder on each of them. It created a subtle effect, moving the shade of each swirl from dark to light.

Gotta Have Sparkle

My favorite part of this card does not come through so well in the photo. Can you see the silver sparkle??? The sparkle adds a lot because the card is a bit dark and the subtle glimmer adds just enough to make the card have an more playful look to it.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

In the video, I’ll show you all the details on how I made the sparkle!! I also have some tips below.

How to Create Tiny Splatters of Glitter

  1. First, protect your surface! I keep a plastic placemat in my stamping area that I use for these occasions.
  2. Next, mix liquid tombow glue with some water. I like to put this mixture in a small, round plastic lid leftover from a stamping accessory I’ve used up. When you’re done doing this technique, you can rinse out the lid and reuse it again.
  3. Using an inexpensive paintbrush (I always grab one from the kids), dip the brush into the watery glue. Hit the brush with your hand or bone folder to get it to splatter everywhere! (that’s the fun part!)
  4. If there are specific areas of the card that you want sparkle, we can do that, too. Turn the paint brush over to the hard tip (opposite side of the brush). Dip the tip into the watery glue and put a dab of the glue onto your project. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Add glitter to the card and shake off.
  6. Enjoy how beautiful it looks!

It’s a great technique and every time I’ve used it, I’ve LOVED the result. It adds so much beauty to our cards. I know once you do this once, you’ll be hooked.

Fun Ombre card with Video using the Swirly Bird stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Enjoy the video and the technique.


Supplies Used:

Stamp: Swirly Bird
Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Other: Tombow Liquid Glue, Silver Glitter

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Swirly Flowers

If you like to create stunning cards without a lot of work, Swirly Bird is the stamp set for you. This stamp set is easy to use and creates stunning results. You can create gorgeous creations without much thought or effort (that’s MY kind of stamping!).

Fun Swirls

I bought the stamp set to make swirls, picturing in my mind a card similar to the one below. The swirls are so pretty – they can be whatever you like. In my card, they are flowers. For added dimension, you can cut out paper swirls and give the card an extra somethin’ somethin’. But even without the dimension, it would have been gorgeous. You can’t go wrong with this one!

Fun flower card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The colors add brightness and cheer to the card, too. Flirty Flamingo is my favorite color and is featured prominently on the card. I also used Peekaboo Peach, which complements the pink perfectly. For my third feature color, I decided to use a bright yellow, Daffodil Delight. The card makes me smile and I’m so glad I got the stamp set.

Fun flower card using the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The little enamel hearts add so much to the card! Click here to see them. They are actually on sale this week, so if you like them (in ANY of the colors), you can pick them up for a steep discount.

After I got the stamp set home, I was surprised to see so many other possibilities with it. There’s a cute bird (I should have guessed that from the name, but I was focused on those swirls!), eggs, kites, even a sailboat. This set packs a big punch.

swirlybirdstampsetGreat Sentiment Set

Did you catch the cute sentiment on this card? I got some new rubber in my stamping room this week. It’s the stamp set called One Big Meaning. It has terrific sentiments and is a great basic for your stamp room. I know I’ll be using it often.

One Big Meaning

Wishing you a happy September and a wonderful labor day.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: One Big Meaning, Swirly Bird
Paper: Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink:Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight,
Other: Brights Enamel Shapes, Peekaboo Peach Ribbon


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Cute Boat Birthday Card

Did you know that the stamp set, Swirly Bird, has a boat with it? Me, neither! When the stamp set came out and I saw cards with boats on them, I was thrilled. I bought the stamp for the swirls, but I’ll take the boat and the bird and the kite, and all the other lovely stamps that come with it.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Practice Makes Better

This card may go down as the first masculine card that I made that was EASY for me! Woohoo! I always tell my kids that practice makes better and finally, it’s happened! This image was so cute that I had no problem (finally) making a masculine card that wasn’t too frilly and that looks clean and nice.

What kind of card do you struggle with? Let me know in the comments. If you’re struggling, keep at it! You’ll get better, I promise. Practice really does make better.

Simple Watercoloring

Besides the adorable boat, there are two elements that made this card easier for me create. First, I used watercoloring. I used to be intimidated by watercoloring but now that I’ve done it a few times, I realize it’s not a big deal. It’s just ink and water on paper. However, there’s something about it that makes any card look really neat and put together.

Sailboat made with the Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To do the watercoloring, I used Pool Party ink on Shimmery White paper (my favorite paper for watercoloring). I brushed the ink over it, let it dry, and repeated. This, my friend, is the secret to great watercoloring. By doing the process twice, the color gets darker. If you try to make it perfect the first time around, you will get too much water on the paper and you could possibly make a mess. (Nope, this has never happened to me….smile.) By letting the paper dry and doing it again, the color gets much darker without the mess. Simple. Easy. That’s my kind of stamping.

Here’s a video I made on watercoloring that may help you learn some tips and tricks.

Crooked Sentiments

The reason why I love sketches is because it gets my creative juices flowing. I loved that in the sketch below for the Paper Craft Crew (PCCC#208), there were several sentiments coming off the side – and some were crooked!

Paper Craft Crew Sketch #208

I know it’s a little thing, but seeing those crooked sentiments makes me smile. I think it makes the card. Every time I stamp crookedly (on purpose — mess ups don’t count) I always LOVE the effect. It gives cards a playful character, even serious cards, which is so much fun.

The best part of this card – now I have a masculine card in my stash, ready to go! Isn’t that a great feeling?

Happy Stamping

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Swirly Bird
Paper: Night of Navy, Shimmery White, Tip Top Taupe
Ink: Pool Party, Night of Navy, Tip Top Taupe
Other: Aqua Painters, Linen Thread, Classy Designer Buttons, Metallics Sequins


Let’s go fly a kite…

Swirly Bird has a Kite!

Dear Friends,

I am so thrilled that it’s kite weather again. When my family goes to the beach, we love to bring our kite and go out in the evenings, when it’s cooler and beach is less crowded. It’s not easy to get the kite up there, but once we do, I have great memories of my kids laughing as they hold the string.


Swirly Bird is such a great stamp set — it even has these sweet little kite stamps hiding in it. The card below was easy to make since I keep a template for making clouds right in my stamp area. Whenever I need it, it’s there so I don’t have to make a new one. The template is made with the scallop punch. I punched out three scallops and taped them together. They are well worn, but they work great.


To get the color, I first used Marina Mist ink. I then used Pacific point on top of it. Pacific Point is a little dark, so before I sponged it on the card, I first dabbed some ink off on scrap paper so it wouldn’t be too dark.

Swirly Bird Stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Here’s a video I made a few months ago for my Creative Challenge members on how to do this technique.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: Swirly Bird, Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist, Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Elegant Eggplant, Black, Gray
Other: Linen Thread

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Happy Day!

What an exciting day today! It’s the first day of the new catalog! My guess is that Stampin’ Up!’s lines are going to be on fire today. My list keeps changing every day and who knows what my first order will include. In the meantime, I did a pre-order of the stamp set, Swirly Bird. When I first saw the stamp set, I thought it would be amazing for layering. When I looked closer, I saw that there were some cool images that would make a nice setting.

I challenged myself to use the Paper Craft Challenge (PCCC#197) using this stamp set.


Can I tell you how much I love the color, Flirty Flamingo? It is very similar to my favorite Stampin’ Up! color of all time (and I still have it) called Calypso Coral. It makes me smile every time I use the color.

Swirly Bird stamp set by Stampin' Up1

If you are like me and wondering which items to choose for your order, the Swirly Bird stamp set will be a great one. Along with its matching framelits, you’ll use it on many of your cards as layering pieces. Lots of bang for your buck — I love that!

If you have trouble getting into Stampin’ Up!’s website, please be patient. My guess is that this will be one of the most busy days they’ve ever had.

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If you need a catalog, let me know and I’ll send one right to you (rinastamps@gmail.com). Although it’s nice to see the products online, there’s nothing like having a copy in your hands.