Stampin’ Up! Watercoloring Class

Good Sunday morning, oops… early afternoon! I’m a bit behind this morning… but I want to share with you the class I held this past Thursday ~ all about celebrating Stampin’ Up! and Watercoloring Month. In preparing for the class I used mostly the Cottage Rose stamp set and incorporated only Joyful Flurry stamp set for the embossing technique. I have yet to put the samples into cards and hope to do that soon, but I did want to share the samples before forgetting.

Here’s #1 ~ the no-line watercoloring on Fluid 100 Watercolor paper and using the water painters & Cottage Rose. Inks were Polished Pink, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Pale Papaya, So Saffron and the rose was stamped in Sahara Sand.

Stampin' Up! Cottage Rose No-line watercoloring

The trick in each case is not to use too much water… :O) This phrase will be repeated a LOT.

  • stamp the design, get ink in the lid, add a bit of water from the water painter, dab into the color, tap off on grid paper, then color

I really enjoyed this technique, but it does take practice (as does everything!) to not use too much water.

Stampin' Up! Cottage Rose Watercoloring w/ watercolor pencils

This technique has a much softer look but I enjoyed doing this also.

  • stamp the image in STAZON ink on Shimmery White card stock, color image with watercolor pencils, then use a water painter to smooth the lines.

This sounds simple enough but again the trick is not to use too much water. I find coloring relaxing so enjoyed this process.

#3 is the watercolor wash technique which is the background for this image. It barely shows, but is Sahara Sand.

  • get ink in top of ink pad, water card stock with widest painter, add color as desired, let dry

This wash could have been darker but I didn’t want it to overpower the image that would be stamped once dry.

Stampin' Up! Faux Watercoloring

On my goodness… this faux watercoloring was so e-a-s-y; done on Fluid 100 watercolor paper with whatever ink of choice. I chose Old Olive and the leaf is from the Cottage Rose stamp set.

  • stamp image with ink of choice, use water painter to spread color in the image… ink bleeds in the image. Again, be careful not to use too much water. Super quick & easy process.

Stampin' Up! Emboss Resist w/ watercoloring

This process again uses Fluid 100 watercolor paper and embossing powder of choice & re-inkers. The rose is embossed with clear embossing powder and I did not like the look, so didn’t finish coloring the image. The snowflake with shades of blue watercoloring is embossed in white embossing powder and the contrast is super. The upper image is also embossed in white embossing powder but soft shades of Pale Papaya & So Saffron were used – not enough contrast so the image does not show as well. I will probably create another with shades of blue to show off this technique.

  • stamp image w/ VersaMark ink, sprinkle w/ embossing powder & heat set. With re-inkers, place drop or two of the liquid on an acrylic block & w/ the widest water painter, create a wash of color over the stamped & embossed image. Clean brush between ink colors.
Stampin' Up! Pastel Watercoloring with pastel chalks

Shimmer White card stock is used w/ the pastel chalks & of course the water painters. You can clearly see the line of chalks marked on the top Shimmery White to the left. I simply scribbled several lines for the colors I wanted to use.

  • stamp image in STAZON ink, make a line w/ each color of pastel you will use, use the finest tip water painter to get color from the pastel to color the image, clean brush between colors.

I thoroughly enjoyed this technique but again, was careful not to use too much water. I will need to add more color to the tiny flowers (I’m calling them statis) as it doesn’t contrast enough for my taste.

Stampin' Up! Embossing Folder watercoloring technique

This is the last of the techniques used in the Stampin’ Up! watercolor video. It is called Embossing folder watercoloring technique and uses Fluid 100 watercolor paper. You can clearly see variations in the Polished Pink and the old Olive inks used here. The more ink on the painter, the darker it will paint. I actually went over each flower or leaf more than once to add more color. I found this fun but a bit tedious. The raised areas are fairly small and therefore I had to be very careful to only color the raised areas.

  • emboss the Fluid 100 Watercolor paper (Pretty F
    lowers Embossing Folder), get ink in lid of ink pad, dip water painter in ink lid and loosely color the raised images.

This was the only technique I have made into a card! I do have full intention of making cards with the other watercolor techniques though – so stay tuned for a later post of those creations. Are you able to see clearly the differences in the techniques? I’m hoping I was able to share that fairly well. But, let me know! Our class really enjoyed this learning process, and some did better than others, as is expected. It simply takes practice to learn how much water to use for various techniques ~ and giving variety in shading helps tremendously. I think you can see that in each of the photos.

Products to make this card are from the 2022-2023 Annual catalog and the Jul- Dec 2022 Annual Catalog. If you do not have a demonstrator and need catalogs please reach out to me – happy to send one to you. The other catalog available right now is the Sale-a-bration Catalog which shows all the FREE items offered by Stampin’ Up! Jul 1-Aug 31. When ordering, please also use my current host code: YM6ZTUJE. I offer my customers a free item from Stampin’ Up! valued to $10 with your order of $50 and above. Click here to go my store. When the order is over $150, you still receive that free gift from me, but SU! has Stampin’ Rewards that may be used for additional products, so don’t use the host code at that time. If you have questions just let me know. If you would like to be able to order products early from catalogs AND enjoy that 20% discount, join my team now… you may do that here. WooHoo! We have lots of fun and are a creative bunch that encourages & supports one another. Would love to have you. :O)

Star Special kicking off the new Jul-Dec 2022 Mini Catalog

OK – DOUBLE STAR REWARDS ended a bit ago ~ I’m sorry you missed the deal. BUT – With the start of this new catalog I am beginning a STAR REWARDS program ~ YAY! This will continue from this day forth and below is the informations about those customer rewards.

Here’s how my STAR REWARDS work:

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Classic Stampin’ Spots for a Two-Step stamping experience, and the all-new twist technique to make your floral designs come alive with depth and detail! 
And the August Paper Pumpkin Kit includes the Gold Foil Honeycomb Sheets as a FREE gift that will add the perfect golden accent to any card or project. We can’t wait to see the bee-utiful projects you’ll create! 

This kit includes:

  • All the supplies you need to create 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs; and coordinating envelopes.

  • An all-occasion stamp set to express words of gratitude, friendship, greetings and beautiful wildflower designed images.

  • Specialty Vellum honeycomb shape pre-cut pieces.

  • 2 Classic Stampin’ Spots (Crushed Curry and Soft Suede) for a Two-Step stamping experience with a twist!

  • Paper pieces and embellishments with watercolor designs and images.

  • Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.

  • FREE GIFT: 8 Gold Foil Honeycomb Sheets

Completed card size: 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ (14 x 10.8 cm)

Coordinating Stampin’ Up! colors: Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Evening Evergreen, Melon Mambo, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede

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3 responses to “Stampin’ Up! Watercoloring Class”

  1. Beautiful watercolor images! Thanks for sharing the techniques! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Amy – had lots of fun doing the projects AND teaching them :O)


  2. What a class this must have been! Love these techniques.


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