Watercolour one layer

One layer watercolour

The watercolour cards I’ve been making lately have been several layers as I usually create them on a 5″x7″ pad then cut and mat them with co-ordinating cardstock. I recently bought a larger pad of watercolour paper so, for this card, I cut and scored a 4.25″ x 5.5″ card and taped it to my work desk before watercolouring. I taped it to the desk carefully to create the border you see on the card. The card warped slightly due to the watercolouring but, because it was taped down until it was completely dry, the warping is minimal.

I stamped the branch from Blooming garden on the right and the left then masked both branches so I could stamp the branch again between the two branches adding only two more flowers. The flowers are stamped in versafine onyx black which is waterproof so it did not bleed when I started adding the colour. I used watercolour pencils to add pink and purple to all the blossoms and blended it with water. The stems are coloured with two browns, the background with blue. While the paper was still wet I sharpened three pencils over the image dropping slivers and specks of pink, blue and purple pigment onto the damp paper. I spritzed with water too and sat back to watch the bits of pigment bleed colour.

And, I almost forgot to add, this layout was inspired by CAS(E) this sketch #18


Stamps: Blooming GardenGratitude(PB)
Inks: Memento Elderberry & Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano Hotpress 25%cotton watercolour paper
Also: Fabercastell watercolour pencils

Spring Spritz

 Spring Spritz

The air is feeling a bit spring like around here but with plenty of snow on the ground so I am not really in spring mode yet. This card, however is definitely a taste of spring with its fresh greens and white.

I have used this technique numerous times, usually in either a horizontal or vertical panel. I mask it first then emboss several of the floral images I’ve chosen in clear e.p. Then I stamp the image again in several shades of one colour, filling the space randomly. Next I sponge with the same inks usually leaving an area almost unsponged as this ends up looking like the source of light or some sunlight breaking through clouds. This time I decided to use a torn mask as I sponged to create the appearance of hills. Finally I spritzed some Tsukineko Fireworks spray in Bamboo Leaves which added some droplets and a shimmer. It was my first use of Fireworks spritzers and I think I sprayed a little more than just my card panel!


Stamps:  Blooming Garden, A Bunch PB)
Inks: Memento New Sprout, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves & Versafine Olympia Green(Tsukineko)
Also: Tsukineko Bamboo leaves fireworks

Watercolour Tulips

Watercolour tulips

I have been having fun with watercolour techniques again. My inspiration for this panel came from at some beautiful paintings by Kristy Patterson where she has painted in watercolour over text. Often when I use the letter background stamp I use it only on sections of my panel or collage. This time I stamped it across the whole panel of watercolour paper first in Versafine Vintage Sepia which is waterproof. I switched to Memento inks for the tulips so I could blend the inks with as much water as necessary. My watercolouring method is a little different each time so it’s hard to describe. I started by painting water onto the panel then inking the tulip stamp in green and red before stamping it three times. I immediately blended some of the ink as it bled and pooled but also used red and orange watercolour pencils to add more colour and restamped the tulips a few times too. Once I was happy with the tulips I ran a nautical blue memento ink pad around the perimeter of the panel and immediately used water to pull  the ink  to surround the tulips.

Maybe you are already seeing tulips where you live; it will be a couple more months before we do!


Stamps: Blooming GardenLetter BackgroundEdge to Edge (PB)
Inks: Memento Nautical Blue, Cottage Ivy, Love letter & Versafine Vintage Sepia, Majestic Blue (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Spring Meadow Mix & Match Papers
Also: Faber-Castell watercolour pencils

Spots & Blossoms

Blooming Garden

This card started with a desire to use yet another of Penny Black’s new background stamps. In the finished product however, that stamp is barely visible. I began by flicking Lady Bug ink onto white cardstock then stamped the background stamp, Dots in space in pink. It was a pale pink and I had wiped off some of the ink before making the impression so it was a very subtle start. Over the dots I repeatedly stamped the blossom branch from Blooming Garden, also in Memento Angel Pink. Next I inked the same blossom stamp with Lady Bug Red and added Rich Cocoa ink to the stems with a marker. I sponged next with the same red and brown and added the sentiment in the space I had left. Adding the sentiment to the panel meant that I did not have anything to add to the card base to make a visual triangle (If you read Susan Raihala’s Simplicity blog you will know what I am talking about) so I punched an oval tucked it under the matted panel and place a small knot of ribbon on top. I didn’t exactly achieve a triangle but I added something to the white space on the right to lead the eye across the card.


Stamps: Blooming GardenDots in spaceEloquence (PB)
Inks: Memento Angel Pink, Lady Bug stamp pads and Rich Cocoa marker (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Coral Reef Mix & Match Papers

Watercoloured poppies

watercoloured poppies

I love poppy images so I was excited to see two poppy stamps in the new Penny Black catalog. One is a wood-mounted stamp and the other, shown above, is part of the transparent set, Blooming Garden. I have painted poppies several times with watercolour paints so to try watercolouring with the stamp was my first thought.

I wet the watercolour paper, then stamped the poppy flowers in red and the stems and seed pods in green. The ink immediately ran and I blended and spread it with a brush adding a little more ink here and there with markers. When I was happy with the colour I sponged blue and  green around the flowers and started playing with the layout.

It took me a while to come up with the layout you see above as I initially thought I’d mat the panel and put it on a white card base with a sentiment. I tried both portrait and landscape orientations but it wasn’t quite right. So, when in doubt reach for your absolute favourite background stamp! I inked the background with blue and green then added sponging and water droplets in the colours of the poppy panel.

The fun continues with inspiration galore on the Penny Black Blog. They are five days into the 20 consecutive days of inspiration, featuring stamps from the Take Flight catalog!  The  designers and contributors have LOTS in store for you.  And since they’re featuring 20 days of inspiration, they’re also giving away 20 NEW stamps to one lucky reader.


Stamps: Blooming GardenLetter Background (PB)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Cottage Ivy, Lady Bug stamp pads and markers (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper,  Spring Meadow Mix & Match Papers