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Exploring Watercolor Mediums

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Hi all,

I’m back with multiple cards to share with you all in one day! Surprise!

When it comes to watercolor, there are just a ton of ideas and techniques out there in the world. It can absolutely be overwhelming, but that only inspires me to explore mediums and try out different techniques. I used different mediums for each card and strathmore coldpress watercolor paper for each painting.

For the first card, I used distress markers. I decided to use my Tim Holtz distress markers to create a globe and then added in a highlight around to create that ‘glow’ type feel. Such a pretty card, and it’s as simple as a hand drawn circle and loose watercoloring. The sentiment is a set from Hampton Arts and Jillybean. Love the scripty font!


On the second card, I used a more traditional medium. In my opinion, traditional mediums are more like pan sets, tubes, and inks with high pigmentation. For this I used my distress ink pads. These are different from the markers in that they are more concentrated colors and put out a lot more ink than the markers would. I embraced the concept of free-flowing ink by saturating the paper with quite a bit of water. I absolutely loved the way his one turned out! I can’t believe how uniform the images look together, but individually I just let each shape do it’s own thing.


On this last card I used watercolor pencils. I tried multiple stamped images with this technique (as you’ll see in the first photo). To get the look of free flowing ink I colored slightly outside the lines. Typically, I’m one that always likes to keep cards neat and tidy. This type of quick coloring is totally out of my comfort zone! But there is beauty in going outside those barriers isn’t there? How inspiring!


So this wraps up what’s going on in the craft room and I hope you enjoyed taking a quick look at my projects and practice pieces. I’ll talk with you all real soon. In the meantime feel free to come follow me over on instagram (jolie_samuel) where I post even  more daily happenings of the craftroom and life.

Have a great weekend!

Wishing You The Best – Colored Vellum

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CS4_participantHi all,

Today’s card was truly a challenge for me. I loved the technique of colored vellum shared in class and thought I would give it a try. I have quite a bit of vellum on hand but typically I use it with heat embossing and have never thought to color it with paints/watercolors. For this card I wanted to achieve some vibrant colors so I thought I’d paint using my Inktense pencils. The pencils worked fabulously with the vellum, but I did have a lot of paper curling. I think for future attempts, it would be best to tape down all edges and see if that helps in keeping the vellum flat.

Additionally, this card was created using 5 key elements (as that was the primary challenge of the day in the class). Here are the items I chose. Grey card stock, white vellum, a sheet of 6×6 designer paper, 1 sentiment stamp set & a set of Inktense pencils.

*I did use common tools to create the card such as a trimmer and adhesives.


Here is my finished card.


Happy Birthday – Balloons

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Hi all,

For today’s card I wanted to play with some different techniques and I think the results are quite charming. The balloons were stamped on watercolor paper and colored in with watercolor pencils. I love working with pencils over a paint palette because it makes me feel like I have much better control on my canvas. I used a water brush to do my actual blending. The lacy designs on top and bottom were created using Japanese style washi tape.

Happy Birthday


Card Base: Hero Hues Notecard

Paper: DCWV & Strathmore watercolor paper

Stamp: Stampendous – Birthday Wishes

Ink : Momento Tuxedo Black

Watercolors : Derwent Inktense Pencils

Washi Tape: Recollections? (There was no label to be found on the package)

Gnome For The Holidays

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Hi All,

Today I have 2 holiday cards to share. I wanted to crank out some Christmas cards for friends and a few for the craft show this weekend. For this card I used stamps from Simon Says Stamp and color blended with Derwent Inktense Pencils. Inktense pencils are similar to color pencils in looks, but work like watercolors in that they blend well with water. The final look gives a bit of a gradient without any pencil stroke marks.

Here’s the watercolored gnome trimmed out and given a christmas themed background.


I added in a coordinating interior design on this card (not pictured). I think it turned out pretty cute.