Tuesday 24 June 2014

Happiness is... Happy Watercolour by Stampin' Up

When I saw the Watercolour challenge at Less is More this week, I immediately reached for Stampin' Up's beautiful Happy Watercolour stamp set. Creating artistic effects is a doddle with this amazing set which features watercolour brush stroke images (click here for examples) but I chose to just watercolour one of the gorgeous flower stamps. Come and see:

The flower and sentiment were stamped first, then the flower was watercoloured using an aquapainter and inks. When it was dry I masked off a frame with sticky notes and sponged inside with Soft Sky ink. You can see that better if I just zoom in a bit...

The flowers were great fun to colour. I gave the petals a wash of Strawberry Slush ink and layered darker areas over them. The centres of the flowers were given a splash of Crushed Curry ink and I used my Strawberry Slush marker to add dots. I love watercolouring and can never stop at just one card...

... here's a slightly different version of the card using Wisteria Wonder ink. Moving the sentiment to the right makes for a more balanced layout I think.

Wisteria Wonder is a great colour for fragile-looking petals and again I added a zing of Crushed Curry with Strawberry Slush dots.

• Happy Watercolour is only available for one more week - so don't miss out! Click here to find it in my online shop.

• You can join Stampin' Up for just £50 this week too. Find out all about it here.

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Stamps: Happy Watercolour wood or cling, Express Yourself (sold out)
Card stock: Whisper White
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I'm getting increasingly anxious about our little cat Tuppence. She hasn't been well all through the winter but suddenly she seems to have a new lease of life and a disturbing personality change. She's gone from being our tiny, timid little housecat to some kind of gangster kitty, patrolling the street, practically wearing dark glasses and chewing gum, and terrorising other animals whether feline or canine. One of my neighbours even mentioned that Tuppence hissed at her from the top of a wall as she passed by! Help!

I'll be back tomorrow with a sneak peek of one of my favourite products from the upcoming new Stampin' Up annual catalogue! Hope to see you then,


  1. Both great watercolour examples Vicky.

    Is one of the kids putting something into Tuppence's feed bowl per chance?

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. Love this delicate sprig Vicky, so pretty. Your colouring is wonderful! Just realised that your last two posts didn't show up and there was me thinking I wasn't having any problems with blogger!
    Val x

  3. Gorgeous - love the way you created your frame with the soft sky sponging!

  4. Love, love, love them both! Simply stunning! :)

    Creative Em

  5. Lovely delicate watercolored cards
    Perfectly CAS too
    Thanks for joining in the challenge.
    Less is more

  6. What delicacy Vicky, a great colour selection for each card too.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  7. Oooh Vicky, I love both versions, two fabulous cards again .Our cat went like that too when he was older. I had to take an umbrella to defend myself when I entered our driveway or I got attacked ( don't laugh it was a strange sight). He would sometimes let people in the house but would attack them if they tried to leave too. He also sat at the end of our drive smiling, to be admired by all on market day when it was busy. He was very attractive, a large cream mancoon cat and huge too. Poor Tuppence :( Viv xx

  8. Perfect CAS card, lovely creation Vicky
    Thanks for joining us at Less is More
    LIM Designer


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