Posted in #simplestamping, 2020 August-December Mini Catalog, Autumn, beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Halloween, Owl, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers

Have a Hoot Halloween Boo!

I love getting costumes made for my kids, even though now that they are older the costumes are more complicated. I love to sew and don’t get a chance until Halloween. However, even more than sewing costumes, I love to stamp and create fun Halloween cards to send out!

The card I created for today is very quick and simple to make. The images are from the Stampin’ Up!® Have a Hoot stamp set in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog. The little owl is so adorable!

Measurements: Basic Black Card Stock (CS) card base: 4 1/4 x 11 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches; Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 x 2 3/4 inches; Mango Melody CS: 2 x 2 3/4 inches; and Magic in this Night Designer Series Paper (DSP): 2 x 5 1/2 inches. Note: when cutting the DSP, position a spider’s web in the center and on the top of the card piece.

Using the Memento Black ink, stamp the owl in the tree onto the 2 x 2 3/4 inch Whisper White CS.

Use the Memento ink to stamp the little owl hiding behind the pumpkin onto the lower righthand corner of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the “Boo!” sentiment above the owl.

I used the Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers in: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, So Saffron, Cinnamon Cider, Bronze and Just Jade.

I started with the Dark Cinnamon Cider around the outer edges of the owl, then filled it in with the Light Cinnamon Cider.

I colored the tree with the Bronze, the spider with Basic Black, the talons and beak with Dark Mango Melody and the eyes with Dark So Saffron.

The pumpkin was colored along the outer edge with Dark Pumpkin Pie. Next I colored with Light Pumpkin Pie and then Dark Mango Melody blended in moving toward the center of the pumpkin. The eyes of the owl and pumpkin face are colored in Dark So Saffron. I colored the stem in Dark Just Jade.

The owl was again colored with the Dark Cinnamon Cider around the outer edges and Light Cinnamon Cider toward the center of the owl.

Adhere the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the owl and pumpkin to the inside of the Basic Black CS card base.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the Basic Black card base at the 5 1/2 inch score line to get a crisp fold. Adhere the 2 x 5 1/2 inch Magic In This Night DSP to the card front on the left with the spider’s web on top.

Adhere the owl in the tree to the 2 x 2 3/4 inch Mango Melody CS slightly off-set. Adhere this to the card front.

Now the Bling! The Iridescent Pearls in the 2020 Mini Catalog are so awesome! As you move the pearls, the color changes from Pretty Peacock to Gorgeous Grape to Shaded Spruce!

I added a few of the Iridescent Pearls to the center of the strip of DSP and then scattered around on the Basic Black CS.

Viola! Such an adorable Halloween card that was so quick to put together! Thanks for visiting today!

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Theresa

Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Designer Series Paper, encouragement, Friendship, Love/Affection, Nature, Simple stamping

Stamping on Designer Series Paper with Forever Fern Wishing You Happiness

These beautiful colorful cards are so easy to make! The leaves come from the Forever Fern stamp set and the sentiments are from So Sentimental. Both of these sets are so versatile. The So Sentimental has several great sentiments in addition to those in the photo, including “hello baby”, “healing hugs”, “for you”, and “this calls for confetti”.

Here is the card I will demonstrate today. The colors are Magenta Madness, Rich Razzleberry, Blackberry Bliss and Balmy Blue.

Measurements: Rich Razzleberry Card Stock (CS) card base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches: Whisper White CS: 4 x 5 1/4 inches and 2 1/2 x 3 inches; Artistry Blooms Designer Series Paper (DSP): 4 x 5 1/4 inches; and Balmy Blue CS: 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches.

Stamp the sentiment “Wishing you much happiness today and always” from the So Sentimental stamp set in Blackberry Bliss ink onto the 2 1/2 x 3 inch Whisper White CS. Then use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the largest bunch of leaves from the Forever Fern stamp set and stamp the leaves to frame the sentiment. Be sure to use a scrap paper underneath so you don’t stamp on your table! Our nickname for Blackberry Bliss is Blackberry Mess!

Next use the Balmy Blue ink to stamp a smaller bunch of flowers on the upper left corner, and the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design on the lower right corner of the sentiment. This creates a little frame around the sentiment.

Use the Blackberry Bliss ink and the larger bunch of leaves to stamp onto the Artistry Blooms DSP. I tried to visualize where the sentiment will be and use that as a focal point for the end of the stems.

Next use the Magenta Madness ink to stamp the berry design, and the Balmy Blue ink to stamp the smaller bunch of leaves. I continued to use the focal point for the ends of the stems. On some I turned the stamp around and stamped with the stem off the edge of the paper to fill in the blank spots.

I wanted to make the inside a little more fancy. I started on the top of the 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White CS with the Blackberry Bliss ink and the large bunch of leaves, and worked down the right side. I used the Balmy Blue ink with the small bunch of leaves and then the Magenta Madness with the berry design on the bottom.

Adhere the stamped Whisper White CS panel to the inside of the 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Rich Razzleberry CS card base. Use you Bone Folder to fold the card base at the 4 1/4 inch score line so you get a nice crisp fold.

Adhere the stamped sentiment card piece to the 2 5/8 x 3 1/8 inch Balmy Blue CS. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals or the new Foam Adhesive Sheets on the back. Tip: If you have arthritis in you fingers, I have found that cutting the Adhesive Sheets into 1/4 inch strips is much easier to use than the little hexagonal Stampin’ Dimensionals. I just have a hard time peeling of the backs of those hexagons!

Adhere the stamped DSP to the front of the Rich Razzleberry card base, then add the sentiment card piece to the middle of the front.

And now for some Bling! I am so in love with the Artistry Blooms Self Adhesive Sequins Pack because there are 4 colors with 2 different sizes! They go with just about everything! To easily transfer the sequin I use the Take Your Pick tool. I slide the pointed end under the adhesive on the back of the sequin and than just set it down where I want it, apply a little pressure, and it sticks in place.

Viola! You have stamped on Designer Series Paper to make a wonderful, colorful card to wish some happiness to someone!

I really appreciate that you stopped by today. I hope you enjoyed the card and will give it a try. Experiment with different papers and stamps to see what you like. There are so many possiblities!

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Here’s wishing you happiness today and everyday!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Nature

Forever Greenery in Blue-SIP Series #1

What is a SIP series? SIP stands for stamps, ink and paper. The next three cards I am going to show on my blog will primarily be made with just SIP (and a little Bling! of course).

These are the three cards I will show over the next few blogs. I am using the Forever Fern stamp set (part of the Forever Greenery Suite) and three ink colors: Misty Moonlight, Pretty Peacock and Seaside Spray.

You will be so surprised at how simple this card is to make!

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches and 5 x 3 3/4 inches; Misty Moonlight CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

On the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS and using the largest stamp of the leaves in the Forever Fern Stamp Set, stamp with the Misty Moonlight ink once at full strength on the bottom left corner. Do not add any ink to the stamp and stamp again in the upper right hand corner, turning the stamp. This is another way of Stamping Off where you stamp both the full strength and the stamped off images on the card.

Stamp the next 3 images with the Pretty Peacock ink. The bottom left hand corner is stamped at full strength. The top upper right hand corner stamp is at full strength, and the lower image is the Stamped Off image.

Now use the small bunch of leaves with the Seaside Spray ink. Stamp at full strength on the top left hand corner, followed by a Stamped Off image right above it. Stamp another full strength image on the bottom of the left hand corner.

Stamp the sentiment “love and laughter FOREVER AFTER” in Misty Moonlight ink. Note: I have tried stamping the sentiment before stamping all the leaves as well. Either way works. Just see which way works well for you.

Use the Bone Folder to fold the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Whisper White CS at the 5 1/2 inch score line. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Misty Moonlight CS to the front of the Whisper White card base. Now adhere the stamped 5 x 3 3/4 inch piece. You may certainly stop here as this is a very nice elegant card. However, if you are like me this card needs a little Bling!

In the New 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog there are many new choices for embellishments (Bling!) on pages 156-158. These are part of the Artistry Blooms Adhesive-backed Sequins. They match perfectly!

I find it to be very easy to move the sequins from the acetate to the card with the Take Your Pick tool. I just slide the pick under the adhesive on the sequin and move it to the card. Easy as that!

And Viola! you have a nice elegant card with Bling! You can change up the sentiment to be anything from “Happy Birthday” to “Get Well” to “With Sympathy”. It makes for a very versatile card.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you try the Forever Fern stamp set with your favorite colors. I have also played around with purples and pinks. It is very easy to make very elegant looking cards!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Friendship, Love/Affection, Stampin" Blends Alcohol Markers, Summer

Celebrate Sunflowers and Celebrate You

Boy is it hot today! Even though it is only 7 am I have been out watering my flowers I am hot and sweaty! I love flowers both real and on stamps. The Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set by Stampin’ Up! is just so beautiful and fun to color. Especially if you have some Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers. The Blends make it possible to color the flowers so they are just so lovely!

This card can be used for several occasions making it very versatile.

Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 11 x 4 1/4 inches with a score line at 5 1/2 inches, 5 x 3 3/4 inches, 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and 3 1/2 x 3/4 inches; Bumble Bee CS: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

Using Memento Black ink, stamp the sentiment “Let’s Celebrate You” onto the 3 1/2 x 3/4 inch Whisper White CS. Stamp the smaller sunflower onto the 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch Whisper White CS. Then stamp the larger sunflower on the 5 x 3 3/4 inch Whisper White CS slightly on the right and leaving enough space on top for the sentiment.

The Stampin’ Blend Alcohol Marker colors I used are the light and dark Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, and Old Olive. I also used Light Calypso Coral (not pictured).

I colored the leaves with the Light Old Olive, then added the Dark Old Olive as an accent.

The center of the flower is colored first in Light Daffodil Delight, then Light Soft Suede. The Dark Soft Suede is used to make some dots on the Light Soft Suede.

The first layer of petals is colored with the Light Daffodil Delight. I accented these petals with Dark Daffodil Delight by drawing on the lines that are already on the petals. The back petals are also colored in Light Daffodil Delight but I used the Dark Daffodil Delight more heavily on those petals. Set this aside while we color the larger sunflower.

The top layer of petals are colored in the Light Daffodil Delight. The next layer of petals are colored in Light Mango Melody. The center of the flower was done with the Light and Dark Soft Suede and Light Daffodil Delight.

The back layer of petals are colored in Dark Mango Melody. I used the Dark Daffodil Delight to accent the Light Daffodil Delight petals in the first layer by drawing on the lines that were already there.

I used the Dark Mango to accent the petals colored in Light Mango and added Light Calypso Coral to accent the Dark Mango petals.

I used the edge of the Light Daffodil Delight to accent the border around the sentiment. Tip: Use a light touch as the alcohol markers bleed slightly and if held on the paper too long they will leave a blotch.

Use your Paper Snips to fussy cut the smaller sunflower. Sometimes I leave a slight white border around the image when I fussy cut. Today I cut right next to the outer black line. Either way looks fine.

Use the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 5 1/2 inch score line on the 11 x 4 1/4 inch Whisper White CS card base. Adhere the 5 1/4 x 4 inch Bumble Bee CS to the front of the card base. Now adhere the larger sunflower panel to the Bumble Bee CS.

Adhere the smaller sunflower and sentiment to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

And now for the Bling! No card of mine is complete without some Bling! The Gold Glitter Dots add just the right amount of sparkle.

I use the Take Your Pick tool to transfer the Gold Glitter Dots easily from the acetate sheet to the card front.

Viola! You have a lovely, cheery and bright card to help someone celebrate–a birthday, a promotion, a great report card–anything!

Thanks for being here today! I hope your day is very bright and cheery!

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Posted in beginner stamper, Coloring Techniques, Hello, Stampin' Emboss Powder, Watercolor wash background

Embossing With Forever Fern

Hello! Hope you are all doing well and are ready to craft!

I had a customer request that I go over how to use the Stampin’ Emboss Powder to emboss on a card. I’m excited to show you the Emboss Resist technique because it is just magical! This is a very simple card meant to highlight the embossing process.

You will be surprised how simple this lovely card is to make! I used the Stampin’ Up! Forever Fern stamp set for the bunch of leaves and the sentiment.

Measurements: Shimmery White Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 4 inches and a 3/4 inch strip measuring at least 3 inches. Tip: I chose the Shimmery White CS because it holds up better to watercoloring than the Whisper White CS. You could also use the Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper for the 5 1/4 x 4 inch piece.

Embossing. The first step is to use an embossing static remover powder. (Stampin’ Up! had one called the Embossing Buddy but unfortunately it retired. Information on where to get one is at the end of the blog.)

The second step is to use Versamark ink which is a high viscosity ink so that the Stampin’ Emboss Powder will adhere to it. Tip: I ink the larger stamps upside down to be sure to get the ink evenly distributed.

Carefully stamp the bunch of leaves image onto your 5 1/4 x 4 inch Shimmery White CS in Versamark ink. It will be hard to see. Take care not to touch the Versamark ink on the card because it will smear. Stamp the sentiment “HELLO” in Versamark ink onto the 3/4 inch strip of Shimmery White CS.

The third step is to apply the emboss powder to the image stamped in Versamark ink. I used White Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I use a spoon to put enough of the emboss powder to cover the image. Tip: I keep my Stampin’ Emboss Powders in a plastic container so that it is easier to use. You can just pour the powder from the jar onto the image and catch the extra powder with a piece of paper. Then pour the powder back into the jar.

I use the spoon to tap the paper and remove any excess emboss powder. You can see the image somewhat. Notice that the Stampin’ Emboss Powder is dull. When you use the Heat Tool it will become shiny.

I use a small paint brush to remove emboss powder that is on by mistake before heating it.

For this step I am using Shaded Spruce CS to better show you the process. The fourth and final step is to use the Heat Tool to melt the Stampin’ Emboss Powder. I usually let the Heat Tool run for 10 seconds before waving it in front of the paper. I keep the Heat Tool moving about 1-2 inches away from the paper. You will see a change in the emboss powder as it melts. For the White Stampin’ Emboss Powder you will see it turn from dull to shiny. The leaves on the left are before heating, on the right after heating.

Now we can watercolor! I used the Aqua Painter that is retired. There are new Water Painters in the new Stampin’ Up! 2020-2021 Annual Catalog. I just haven’t gotten them yet. They work the same. I applied a layer of water to the paper. Using Old Olive ink I started at the top of the image using wide brush strokes. Tip: To get the ink on the lid of the ink pad, squeeze the pad in the center.

I used Shaded Spruce ink for the bottom part of the bunch of leaves, blending the two ink colors in the middle. Dab the image with a paper towel to remove excess ink over the embossed image. I used the Shaded Spruce alone for the watercolor wash behind the sentiment. Tip: Squeeze the Watercolor Painter brush onto a paper towel before changing colors to remove the ink. Be sure to clean it when you are done watercoloring.

Adhere the embossed piece to the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Shimmery White CS after you have folded it at the 4 1/4 inch score line. Trim the sentiment and apply it to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Now for some Bling! The Gold Glitter Enamel Dots are perfect for dressing up this simple card.

Apply an odd number of dots for best results. Tip: Apply the Gold Glitter Enamel Dots using the Take Your Pick tool. It makes transferring the dots from the acetate sheet to the card much easier.

And Viola! there you have a beautiful card to say “HELLO” to someone special.

I hope you enjoyed learning to emboss. If you already knew the magic of embossing, I hope you will try this card. Have a most wonderful day and find some time to craft today!

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Posted in #simplestamping, 2020-2021 Stampin' Up! Catalog, beginner stamper, Birthday, Blender Pen, Coloring Techniques, flowers, Stamping-off technique, Watercolor Techniques

Flowers For Every Season in Blues

The Flower For Every Season Suite is just so beautiful and fun to create cards with! The Suite includes 2 different stamp sets – Jar of Flowers and Celebrate Sunflowers. The Jar of Flowers coordinates with the Jar punch and the Mason Jar Dome. To see a card with all 3 of the Jar products, check my blog from May by clicking here.

Here is the card for today. The lovely Flowers for Every Season DSP is paired with the Jar of Flowers stamp to match! Let’s get started!

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Measurements: Whisper White Card Stock (CS): 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches scored at 4 1/4 inches and two 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches; Just Jade CS (New In Color!): 5 3/8 x 4 1/8 inches; Flowers For Every Season DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches.

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Stamp the “Happy Birthday” sentiment from the Peaceful Moments stamp set in Shaded Spruce* ink onto one of the 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Use the Timeless Label Punch to punch out the sentiment. (*I have used Shaded Spruce ink in this blog because the Just Jade ink was not available yet. The Just Jade ink can now be purchased and should be used in place of the Shaded Spruce.)

One really cool thing about the Jar of Flowers stamp set is that several pieces are reversible! First stamp the outline of the bowl in Balmy Blue ink onto the other 3 1/2 x 2 1/4 inch Whisper White CS. Flip the stamp over. Stamp the background color for the bowl in Balmy Blue by first Stamping Off on scrap paper, then on the card piece. That is so smart!

I used Smoky Slate ink to stamp the bunch of flowers after first Stamping Off onto the scrap paper. I used a sticky note as a Mask to shorten the flower stems. The stems are Stamped Off and stamped in Shaded Spruce ink.

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I am going to use the Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils to color the bunch of flowers. However, there is not a matching green Watercolor Pencil. I used a Blender Pen to add a light coloring of Shaded Spruce ink to the stems.

My goal was to try and match the coloring of the bunch of flowers to those flowers on the Flowers For Every Season DSP I had chosen for the card. I colored on top of my new catalog to keep the pencil pressure soft. The blue is the new In Color Misty Moonlight. To match the color with the Watercolor Pencils available I first colored the flowers lightly with the Basic Gray then with the Night Of Navy Watercolor Pencils.

I added some shading with a combination of a little more Basic Gray and a little more Night of Navy until I was satisfied. I used the Cajun Craze Watercolor Pencil for the larger flower, only coloring in the center of each petal.

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To smooth out the Watercolor Pencil I went over the flowers with the Blender Pen.

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The leaves were colored with the Blender Pen and the Shaded Spruce ink. The berries are colored in Melon Mambo Watercolor Pencil and the Pussy Willows are colored in Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil. Finally, I added some more shading to the center of the blue flowers with the Night of Navy Watercolor Pencil.

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I added some “water” in the bowl with the Balmy Blue Watercolor Pencil.

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Punch out a label from the Just Jade CS with the Timeless Label Punch. Set aside. Adhere the Just Jade CS to the front of the 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch Whisper White CS card base after you have used the Bone Folder to make a crisp fold at the 4 1/4 inch score line.

Adhere the Flowers for Every Season DSP to the Just Jade CS on the card front.

Adhere the Just Jade CS Timeless Label to the back of the sentiment label, slightly offset. Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to adhere the watercolored bunch of flowers and the sentiment to the card front.

Add a bow tied from the Misty Moonlight In Color 1/4 inch Ribbon with a Glue Dot. I plan to make a new video on how to tie bows. I tried today, but it did not work out. Soon I hope.

Now for the Bling! The Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels are perfect as there are several colors to choose from. I added some light blue rhinestones to the blue flowers in the bunch of flowers, dark green around the sentiment and dark blue rhinestones on the Flowers For Every Season DSP. I love lots of Bling! There is more Bling to be had for this card!

Wink of Stella!! This glitter brush can add a light sparkle to your card! But how to start using it? It comes with a black ring between the two barrels. Remove the black ring and put the two barrels back together.

Squeeze the barrel where it says “PUSH” until a little glitter is seen. Brush onto a scrap paper to get the flow going and get a feel for how it works.

Brush the glitter onto the water until you like the sparkle!

And Viola! you have a lovely floral card to send to someone for their Birthday! You could also use a different sentiment for any occasion. This card would be great for a variety of occasions!

Thanks for being here today. I appreciate you!

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Posted in Aqua Painters, beginner stamper, Blender Pen, encouragement, Stampin' Up! 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, Watercolor Techniques

It Starts with Art

A lot of us spend a lot of our time working in jobs that we may not like. The easy solution is to change to a job we do like. But that is not always possible. One way to “survive” your job is to “Start with Art”. Being creative is known to help improve your psychological well being. This Stampin’ Up! stamp set is retiring soon, so don’t waste any more time and let’s create a card to help you “Follow Your Art” no matter what your art may be!

This card is so fun because of all the color and the mixed designs! There are also a few Techniques thrown in there as well!

Here is the It Starts with Art stamp set. There are many exciting images to make a host of cards. I decided to use the stack of ribbon since it complimented the Follow Your Art Designer Series Paper (DSP) that I chose.

Measurements: Blueberry Bushel card stock (CS): 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Follow Your Art DSP: 5 1/4 x 4 inches and 4 x 3 inches; Coastal Cabana CS: 8 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches with a score line at 4 1/4 inches and Whisper White CS: two 4 x 3 inch pieces.

Let’s get stamping!

Stamp the sentiment “Follow your art” on one end of one 4 x 3 inch Whisper White CS in Memento ink. Leave space around the sentiment for the Tailored Tag Punch. Flip the Whisper White CS around and stamp the stack of spools on the opposite end.

For coloring the spools of ribbon, I did a bit of experimentation with markers and decided the Watercolor Pencils created the most appealing look. When I used the markers, I did not like the card. I actually thought it was ugly! The Watercolor Pencils made the card look so much better! I did use the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker since there is not a Watercolor Pencil in Blushing Bride. The colors for the Watercolor Pencils are Pacific Point, Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana. One of the Techniques is to use the Blender Pen.

I started coloring with the Blushing Bride Stampin’ Write marker on the middle spool. I tried to only put one layer of ink down and keep the color light.

I colored the top spool and the stripes on the bottom ribbon with the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil. I did color a little darker in areas where I wanted a slight shadow.

I colored the middle ribbon with the Pacific Point Watercolor Pencil. The bottom spool and the ribbon on top are colored in Calypso Coral Watercolor Pencil.

Blending Technique The Blender Pen is a dual tipped pen filled with a specialized solution for easy blending. You just go over the Watercolor Pencil with a light touch and blend the color. To clean off the color, you just write on scrap paper until the fluid from the pen runs clear. I started Blending the Coastal Cabana Watercolor Pencil first.