Archive for the ‘Watercolour’ Category


Sunday, July 12th, 2020

Hi Everyone! This is Susan and today I’m playing with a product I’ve never used before. I’ve seen other people use it and have always loved what they’ve made so I thought it was time to pull out the two jars that I own and have some fun.

I’m talking about mousse. No, not chocolate mousse although that would be good. I’m talking about Nuvo Expanding Mousse. I have Aquamarine and Mother of Pearl.

These are three of the cards I ended up making.

I started by taking a tiny amount of the aquamarine mousse, putting it into a small spray bottle and adding a small amount of water. I had planned to take pics along the way but honestly I was having so much fun I forgot. I do have a few but not many. Next time I’ll do a video.

Give the bottle a good shake to mix it all up and then spray it on some paper. I sprayed it on white, black and watercolor paper. The white paper is on the left. The black one doesn’t show up well in the pic so I didn’t bother.

Next I grabbed a stencil and a palette knife. I laid it over top of the sprayed panels once they were dry and then added the mousse over top in a small section. When you’re done be sure to remove the stencil by lifting it straight up so as not to mess up the mousse. And also clean your tools right away – they’re so much easier to clean before the product dries.

I die cut each one with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies and added it to a white card base with craft foam.  I didn’t want to cover up the flowers so I used the Cheers Die from My Favorite Things for the sentiment and called these cards done.

I thought it would be fun to try watercoloring with the mousse so I put a small amount on a large block, added some water and mixed it up. The small amount you see on the left was actually too much – a little goes a long way for this technique.


Next I grabbed a water brush and set about ‘painting’. I put it in quotations because all I really did was fill in the petals and did a little bit of shading. It wasn’t hard at all and it was fun so that’s a win in my books.

When the panel was dry I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and added it to some black card stock with craft foam and adhered that directly to a white card base. I was going to use the word die again but decided against it so I placed the card in my stamp positioning tool to stamp a sentiment. I knew I was going to have to stamp it multiple times since I was using watercolor paper and a stamp positioning tool is perfect for this.

So that’s it. I had a ton of fun playing with the mousse. I tried three different ways today – spritzing, stenciling and painting. I’m sure there’s more ways to use this product and I plan on learning what they are.



Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
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Tuesday with Tara {take 252} Pretty Poppies

Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

Happy Tuesday!  Today I’ve got a throwback post to share, and it features our challenge theme for June 16- RIBBON!

I’m a big fan of what I call crinkle ribbon, which is hand dyed (I typically use distress ink sprays, ink pads or reinkers) and left crumpled in a ball to dry, which gives it a crinkled pattern and texture  it’s fun & easy!  I love to make up batches of it when I’m facing a creative block!

I’ve used the Delicate Pretty Poppies by MFT again, this time I went with a Distress Watercolor painting on watercolor paper.  It bled a lot, but I was looking for a loose painted look… I stamped my images in Distress Ink (Festive Berries & Mowed Lawn) and painted in the color with the same ink and a water brush.  Once it was dry, I stamped it again in a slightly darker color to reinforce the lines of the images.

I added some splatter on the background by rubbing ink on a damp toothbrush and flicking it.  A bit of stickles finishes off the flowers… and a small story stick (by Tim Holtz) tied to some crinkle ribbon to add texture.

It’s pretty simple… but I like it.  I planned to add a sentiment, but decided to include one inside instead.

Inky hugs,



Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Hi Everyone! It’s Susan and today I thought we’d play with watercolor pencils. I loved to color as a kid and that hasn’t changed and probably never will. I find it very relaxing and nowadays there’s so much more than my crayola pencils and wax crayons to play with that I had when I was a kid. I remember the first time I used watercolor pencils I was really intimidated but actually it’s not that hard. Now, let me be clear, I am NOT an expert but I am learning and thought I would share what I’ve learned with you. The card I’m sharing today was quite simple to make.

I started by stamping the floral image onto some watercolor paper. I recommend using a stamp positioning tool for this because you’ll probably need to stamp the image a few times as the watercolor paper is not smooth.  Plus it’s great for re-stamping your image after you’re done coloring which helps to crisp up the lines after you’ve colored.

Add a light layer of color with your pencil crayon to start. I used Prismacolor pencils and I love them. I know there are others on the market but this is what I have.

Use a paint brush or water brush to pull the color out to the rest of the petal. I used a water brush – it’s a paint brush with a barrel that you fill with water and squeeze gently while painting. I find them very easy to control, great for taking projects on the go and with out a container of water on my desk I’m less likely to knock it over.

Here’s a look at a few of the petals with only one layer of color. After it dries I like to go back and add more layers – darkening it at the base of each petal for some dimension. I also leave a little white space at the tip of the petals for some highlights.

Next I added some color to the leaves in the same manner using a couple shades of green and one blue. I decided on purple for the other large flower and yellow for the bud.

One way I like to finish off the coloring is to grab some color by taking the water brush directly to the pencil crayon. I do this to add in some darker shadows. For the purple flower I used some blue to add some depth and for the yellow bud I used an orange pencil.

I used a grey pencil crayon to add most of the shadow around the flower. I got in close in a few spots with a black pencil crayon to add some more depth.

I finished the card with a sentiment, again using the stamp positioning tool so I could stamp it a few times and get solid coverage. I added a little strip of patterned paper for some fun and then added it to a card base with some craft foam.

If you’re new to water coloring I highly recommend florals. You can work on each petal individually which makes it less intimidating. I used the You Are Here stamp set from Concord & 9th but check your stash you may have a floral stamp set that will work.


Happy Stampin’
and thanks so much for visiting!
Stay safe everyone!!
Shopping list:
Below are links to all the goodies I used, just click on the icon to be taken to where you can purchase the product. If you use my affiliate links when shopping there is no additional cost to you, I want to say thank you and that I appreciate it and you very much.