A Little Halloween Mojo

Stampin up greeting card kids halloween card

What a sweetie!  I love this bewitching little cutie sittin' pretty on a pumpkin.  I even kept my New Year's resolution to attempt water coloring this year.  OK, it's July . . . but it's still 2010, right?  

So which water coloring method did I use?  I tried several (and my trash
bin contains proof that they weren't all a good fit–LOL).  However,  I
settled on using my Stampin' Up! Stampin' Write Markers and an Aqua
Painter to bring my little witch to life.  Here's a tutorial from
Splitcoaststampers with details on How
to Use Stampin' Up! Markers to Watercolor.

Check out Julee Tilman's latest Mojo Monday Round or Square Sketch (MOJO149).



  • Stampin up punch potpourri boho flowers punchBIG TIP:  Allow neighboring colors to dry before water coloring "next door."  You can always use a heat tool (100005) to speed the drying process.
  • Note the shadowing on the left side of the witch and pumpkin to add depth and enhance the watercolor effect.  That's a touch of Sahara Sand . . . a tip I learned from my Stampin' Pretty Pals Ann Schach and Melissa Young.
  • This card is 5 1/4" square.  It fits "juuuuuust right, Goldilocks"  inside a Stampin' Up! Medium Square Envelope (107289).
  • Stampin up greeting card kids happy halloween Gotta love the touch of bling the Stampin' Up! stick-on Jewels Basic Rhinestones provide.
  • I sponged VersaMark on the edges of the card base using a Sponge Dauber.  Start OFF the card (with scratch paper below your project) and work toward and onto the card edges in a circular motion.
Like this card?  Please leave me a comment below!

THANK YOU!!  To my customers, readers and fellow demonstrators, thank you for your kind comments and inspiration to create.  You are such a big part of my recent honor at the convention of reaching #6 Stampin' Up! Demonstrator of the Year.  I'll be sharing more details soon!

Black signature ivory

Greeting card kids stampin pretty Stamp Sets:  Greeting Card Kids (Wood Mount 119887, Clear Mount 120633), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370), Punch Potpourri (Hostess Level 1: Wood Mount 118394, Clear Mount 120124)
Paper:  Island Oasis Designer Series (117173), Pumpkin Pie (105117), Old Olive (100702), Rich Razzleberry (115316), Watercolor Paper (105019)
Ink:  Jet Black Stazon (101406), Stampin' Write Markers:  Pumpkin Pie (100076), Peach Parfait (Assorted In Colors, 119801), More Mustard (100076), Rich Razzleberry (120970), Old Olive (100079), Sahara Sand (105105), VersaMark Pad (102283)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die Cut Machine (113439), Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die (115950), Scallop Trim Punch (118402), Boho Blossoms Punch (119858), Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (119275), Aqua Painter (103954), Sponge Daubers (102892)
The Perfect Touch:  Basic Rhinestone Jewels (119246), Stampin' Dimensionals (104430)


  1. I LOVE that stamp set. I saw it on your “must have” list and fell completely, head over heels in love! Very sweet card! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Fabulous card, Mary. Love the effect of the Versamark edge and your watercoloring. Behind in blog hopping so just noticed your changed your tulip color on your blog banner. Love it! Congrats on #6 demo ~ way to go!

  3. Congrats on achieving #6. Your beyond words!!!!!


  4. Oh my goodness I love it! Halloween is my fave holiday and your card is just beautiful! =)

    ~*Priscilla Aguilar*~

  5. Hi Ann H.: The versamark adds a soft sponged edge . . . a touch deeper than the color of the card stock. Nice dimension and a bit of a vintage feel, too. Hugs, Mary

  6. Mary: Fabulous card as always. Can you explain the purpose and a little more detail about the Versmark around the edges? Thanks for the tips.

  7. Gorgeous coloring Mary!!!

  8. The watercoloring looks great, and I love the shadowing detail! Also, love the VersaMark on the edges. It’s a nice touch that I have not seen before.

    Congratulations on the #6 honor! You deserve it!! 🙂

  9. First of all, congratulations on #6 at Convention…that is so awesome and well deserved! You’ve done a beautiful job on this little Halloween cutie pie. Love the colors and your watercolouring tips are awesome and so helpful! TGS.

  10. You shouldn’t fear watercolor! You are fabulous at watercoloring!

  11. I adore this set and love seeing it in action! 🙂 Fabulous card!

  12. Yikes, this is the cutest darn card I have ever seen! I just love that sweet little girl!

  13. I love this card! Sooooooooooo Cute! Thanks for the watercoloring tip. I use my markers more than any other form of ink so I really appreciate the tip on using them this way. I check your blog every week and love your creations. June

  14. Love it as always Mary!! So much fun!

  15. I’ve been waiting to see one of your cards done with this set. This is cute. Love the colors. TFS.

  16. Love this card. You did a great job watercoloring. I haven’t tried watercoloring with my markers but after seeing this I am going to have to give it a try. I love that stamp. I haven’t had a chance to use it yet but it was the one stamp that excited me most about the new catalog.

  17. Congratulations on being #6 Demonstrator of the Year, Mary. I really love your website. You do fabulous work on all of your cards. Love your card today, and the great color combination that you used. You are a great inspiration to all of us. Keep up the great work. LOL

  18. I saw you in a picture from Convention and knew that you were in the top 10. Congratulations! I’m not surprised…you do good work in every sense of the word. Beautifully clean and neat cards/projects with a unique sketch. You always inspire me.

  19. Congratulations, Mary on being #6 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator of the Year! You are awesome and an inspiration!

  20. Loving this! You often do monocromatic cards which are great, but this one has a bit of a different flair to it, which I also love! This is my absolute fave set in the new catty!

  21. Wow, gorgeous Mary…lovin’ it! Congrats on your awards at Convention…well deserved! Have a great day!

  22. Love the card Mary! And I was going to ignore this stamp set. By now, I should know that if it is on your short list, then it should be on mine too 🙂

  23. I would say you are a fast learner – your watercoloring is wonderful! This card is super! She is a cute little witch for sure! Congrats on another memorable convention!

  24. Great job, Mary! I wished that I could watercolor like that! It is so classic, and puts mine to shame. And, thanks for the shout out! I appreciate it! And congrats on all of your awards…I am proud to be your PAL!

  25. Love this card but can not believe you are not the number 1 demonstrator especially if it has anything to do with your beautiful cards. Your web site is truly the best I have seen. I visit it everyday.

  26. Hi Mary, You always do such a great job on all your cards and so happy you share them with us…………..great card.

  27. I love this card! How cute!!!

  28. Beautiful job Mary. Great job of water coloring! And that RR is quickly turning into one of my favorite colors. It only took a year!

  29. Oh so cute! Love the color combo and the design! 🙂

  30. This card is just adorable. Fabulous job on the watercoloring. . .I’ve not given that a try yet either. I love the colors. Thanks for the tips!

  31. Super cute! Great job with the water coloring.

  32. Congrats on all your awards! It was so great to meet you and enjoy a quick converstaion on the way to the hotels! Great job on the water coloring your card turned out great.

  33. No. 6 demonstrator…AWESOME!!!! And congratulations! I love your site, it is my absolute favorite SU blog site!!! I don’t comment much, but look forward to your daily posts. Your card is great, the watercoloring is fantastic. BTW, is it time for Halloween items already!?!? Yikes!

  34. Mary, I know what you mean about that trash can, mine is too. Your watercoloring is gorgeous as is your card. Your card is so rich in color, too. Congrats to you on being Demonstrator of the Year!!! Awesome. Hugs,

  35. Congratulations! Number 6, that’s not too shabby. I am so proud of you. Next year, number 1. I’m just like you, I can’t handle the watercoloring. I keep trying but I’m never happy with what I get.

  36. Susan Carlson

    Fabulous job with the watercoloring! I’ve got to ink up that stamp ASAP. … Will we see more watercoloring again soon???

  37. Melissa Young

    You did a great job with your watercoloring! No worries there!

    Adorable card! I love the flowers = never thought to do that with Halloween.

  38. Its so cute! I love the water coloring and the versamark around the edges.

  39. Michelle Hoover

    What a beautiful card! I will definitely be casing this one 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Also, congrats on your award, you deserve it. You are such an inspiration!

  40. ohhhhh lala, i’m soooo proud of u miss mary,you are good, i love all your ideas,nice, easy,and most of all very prety,i love casing your steff, keep up the great job.it takes a good,kind and wonderful demonstator to have costermers like you have!

    (i love the card above,i’m trying it)

  41. Mary, it is so cute! Love, love, love the colors.

  42. I love this card! I forgot Halloween is right around the corner 🙂

  43. Too darn precious! Love the coloring and colors! TFS!

  44. I love your card. I am a big fan of Halloween, but as I’m in Oz we won’t get anything for Halloween, as we don’t have the demand for it here. So when I see what’s out there it’s just great.This stamp set is just really cute.By the way,congradulations on coming 6th for the year.

  45. I just bought this set, and can hardly wait to use it. For those not ‘married” to SU, there are Copic Markers, and Aquarelle pencils by Faber Castell, for artist quality products made for ease-of-use.

  46. Gorgeous watercolor Mary!

  47. Look at this one!!! Perfection Mary! I couldn’t get my mind to work for this one at all! Didn’t help that we had beautiful weather and the deck had me ‘trapped’ on it!!

  48. Beautiful card–I love this set, and these colors are great together! I did not know that tip about Sahara Sand for shadows, I’ll def. be using that one. Thanks for sharing!

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