This weeks Watercolor Wednesday card was created using watercolor Pencils.   I knew that I wanted to use watercolor pencils this week but I had to find the perfect stamp set to use.   I looked and looked (which didn’t take to long since I just started as a demo in June) since I am building my stash up.   So I knew that October’s Paper Pumpkin stamp set would be great for coloring and so I jumped on it.   The title of the Stamp set is Blissful Bouquet.

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I knew that I wanted to do something for Christmas so I had to figure out what to do with the stamp set.   So I used the sentiment from Festival of Trees (which my feature Stamp Set for this months Stamps in the mail club).   I made my sentiment curve around in a semi-circle this took a little doing to get it lined up just right.   I wanted to give the feel of a string  or garland hanging.   Once I had this figured out I had to figure out how to use the stamps since they where not Christmas stamps.   So I punched out the ornament from a scrap piece of paper using a retired punch, and a 1″ circle using the one inch circle punch.   I used this as a stencil to outline with.  And the large flower worked out great as a poinsettia.

Watercolor pencils can be a little tricky especially if you are not using a good quality set.   Believe me I used a set that I got for a class because I wanted my students to have use of some so I got a big set that was cheap.   Boy did I learn… Lets just say they I brought in my better set and that’s what we used after the first night.


  1. Cut your card stock to 4 1/2 x 11 and score it at 5 1/2 (this is your card base).  A piece from the  Merry Moments Designer Series Paper Stack cut at 5 1/4 x 4, and a piece of watercolor paper cut at 3 3/4 x 5.
  2. First your going to stamp your sentiment along the top so that it looks like a piece of garland.  Add your flower images.  You are going to stamp all these with archival black ink, I tried the Basic Grey Archival ink and it was ok, but wasn’t as strong as I wanted it to be so I went with the black.   Next you will lightly with a pencil use your stencil and draw in your circles and ornament.
  3. Start coloring with your watercolor pencils.  tips and trick here is that the harder you press the more pigment you apply to the paper so the darker it will be start lighter and build up layers.   Color all your images the colors you want and then come back with a nice stiff watercolor brush and begin to paint with the water.   Your pigment is already on the paper so all you have to do is add the water.   You do have to be careful about the amount of water your use.   less is more.
  4. Come back with a next layer if you need to make the images a little darker in areas.
  5. Dry with your heat tool as we have done before, or let it dry natural till it is bone dry.   This means until it doesn’t feel cool to the touch.   If it feels cool then it means there is still water in your paper.
  6. Outline your circles and your ornament with the black journaling pen, and add some highlights with the white signo gel pen
  7. Attach your layers together using whatever adhesive, and your done.    Quick and simple.

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