Water Your Plants

Ready for a simple, watercolor technique?  Just ink up your stamps with markers or inkpads, mist lightly with water and stamp.  You can get beautiful watercolor effects this way.

I used Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper as my main image backdrop.  TIP:  You should be able to do this on any color cardstock–I just happen to like the texture of watercolor paper with watercolored images.  The Spring Solitude "sprig" was inked in a myriad of greens, each time misting with water and then stamping on the watercolor paper (cleaning in between colors).  Nice.  Soft.  I then adhered it to River Rock and Always Artichoke card stock.  Some Old Olive eyelets accent the corners, installed precisely with my Crop-A-Dile. 

The triple flower image was stamped repeatedly in River Rock ink on the same colored card stock to create a background.  I next adhered it to an Always Artichoke card base.  The banner is a quick trip of Old Olive card stock and a Swiss Dots embossing folder through my handy dandy Cuttlebug.

The sentiment is an Always Artichoke "smile" layered over a River Rock bird.  It's punched with a 1" circle punch and layered on Old Olive and Always Artichoke circles.  TIP:  I arranged the circles uniquely to give it a more modern, edgier feel.

Let me know what you think and please give this easy technique a try.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

Stamp Set:  Spring Solitude Bundle (Hostess Level II, 111127), Textboxed (Papertrey Ink, sentiment)
Paper:  Always Artichoke (105119), River Rock (108640), Old Olive (100702), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink:  Always Artichoke(105219), River Rock (109010), Old Olive (102277), Certainly Celery (105217)
Cool Tools:  1" (109046), 1 1/4" (104403)and 1 3/8" (104401)Circle Punches, Crop-A-Dile (108362), Cuttlebug
The Perfect Touch:  Earth Elements Eyelets (100381), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder (Swiss Dots)

Inspiration:  Splitcoast Stampers Ways to Use It Challenge WT159


  1. I like this….especially the three different sizes of circles and the way you placed them together. Joan

  2. Ok, here’s a really real comment! Love this card. Your work is so fresh and clean and this ain’t no suck up comment!! LOL

  3. What a beautiful card. I love the color combo. It is very pleasing to the eye.

  4. What a beautiful card. I love the color combo. It is very pleasing to the eye.

  5. Lovely! Very soft and pretty and a great technique!

  6. Really pretty Mary.
    God bless

  7. colleen kramer

    So nice! Absolutely love this color combo! Thanks for taking the time to so thoroughly explain techniques, tips, etc. You are always so thorough! I, for one, very much appreciate it!

  8. Lovely card – love the layered circles and the soft misty look on the main image. TFS

  9. Kelly Schelske

    It looks fabulous!! I really need to try this one of these days…I’ll add it to the listo f all my other “must trys”…it seems ot be growing fasdter than I can cross anything off of it:-)!
    Have a super weekend!!

  10. Super CUTE card!! Love the colors and how you layered the circles. I enjoy visiting your blog when I can… Thanks for sharing your creativity!! Michelle 🙂

  11. This is such a beautiful card. I will try this technique soon. The colors are so pretty and I love the retro feel.

    I MUST get this set. I need to book my own WS soon! I always hear The Partridge Family theme when I see this bird.

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