Embrace Life, Embrace Watercoloring

Does the term “watercolor” strike fear into your stamping life? If so, then rest assured–watercoloring does NOT have to be scary.  This card uses a very simple watercolor technique for a brilliant effect.

In fact, this was the group favorite card at my recent A La Card Class — even with the watercoloring!

The card features the elegant Embrace Life stamp set (yes, on the Last Chance list and only available until June 30th).

Embrace Life Stampin Up Card Ideas

It’s a bit of a Sneak Peek too though, since it uses the upcoming River Rock ink and card stock for the background. (And if you’re taking “new color” notes, be sure to write down that Soft Suede and River Rock are absolutely gorgeous together!!)

You’ll have to wait til July 1st to order your River Rock, unless you’re a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator. Or unless you sign up as a demonstrator NOW, in which case you can pre-order right away  😉 (see details on becoming a demonstrator)

But back to the watercoloring… here are some simple steps for a great effect, as seen on the little red flower branch:

  1. Using a closed Stampin’ Up! Classic Pad (Really Rust here), squeeze your pad so that the top of the pad touches the inside of the box lid.
  2. Open your stamp pad, then use a Blender Pen to pick up a tiny amount of ink from the pad lid.
  3. Use the tip of the Blender Pen to color in your stamped image, starting where you want the color to be darkest and working towards the light area
  4. If you find the color too intense, gently ‘scribble’ with the Blender Pen on scratch paper until you have the desired ink tone, then continue watercoloring
  5. When finished with the ink color, ‘scribble’ more on scratch paper to clean the tip of the Blender Pen and go on to your next color

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Stamps: Embrace Life (114958), Warm Words (115108)
Ink: Soft Suede, River Rock (coming July 1st!), Really Rust
Card Stock: River Rock, Very Vanilla, Retired Designer series Paper
Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dotted Grosgrain Ribbon, Blender Pens (102845)

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