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Happy Watercolor Pencils

Happy Watercolor Pencils

Hi All,

I’m calling this post “Happy Watercolor Pencils” because not only is the stamp “happy”, I’m super-happy about the new Stampin’ Up! watercolor pencils. To be honest, I didn’t want to like them as much as I do. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I am pretty loyal to my Derwent Inktense Pencils. But, I have to tell you that they are fantastic. I’m not a professional artist, so I use common-folk terms to describe them. The best word I could come up with is “loose”. The color spreads on the paper when they get wet very easily. Almost like real palette watercolor, but you can target your color first with a pencil. As a result, these pencils are great for beginners.

So let’s say you already have Inktense… should you buy these? If you’re not a Stampin’ Up! fan, you probably don’t have to have them. But, if you’re into Stampin’ Up!’s color line-up and have their inks and cardstock, I would get them on your next order – they are fairly inexpensive in the US at $16. It’s one of those giddy-good products.

I kept my card pretty basic because I was focusing on the pencils. This stamp from Happy Celebrations is very easy to color because the 3D effect in the stamp itself is a guide for your coloring. I like how it looks hand-drawn. Here is a close-up of the coloring:

Happy Watercolor Pencils

I tagged this as a masculine card too – bonus! Enjoy the video and have a great day!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Happy panel 4 x 5 1/4 inches 10.2 x 13.3 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Stampin’ Up! Watercolor Pencils used: Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pacific Point, Basic Black

Happy Celebrations
Happy Celebrations
Watercolor Pencils
Watercolor Pencils
Fairy Lights Sequins
Fairy Lights Sequins
Clear Sequins
Clear Sequins
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Ultra Fine Clear Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Canson Mix Media Paper
Canson Mix Media Paper
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
Stampin' Up! Heat Tool
Stampin’ Up! Heat Tool
Pick Me Up Stick
Pick Me Up Stick
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Ranger Multi Medium, Matte
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
Zig Two-Way Glue Pen
Glue Pen


  1. wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 6:49 am


    Loved your card and thanks too for giving us your feedback on these new Stampin Up watercolour pencils. They do look very easy to use. But for now, I’ll probably just stick with my Intense pencils. However, I’m glad to know there’s another good option out there as well..

  2. wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 1:32 pm


    Ohh!! Love this card Darlene!!! Simple yet, those water colored letters just pop off the card, the addition of the pretty sequences just enhances the festive look of this design.
    PS. I was tempted to buy this set but, I still have a set of 12 Derwent pencils that are almost new, my set of SU markers that, even if they are a bit dry, I still use them a lot and, last but not least, I set of 24 tubes of Sakura Koy water colors, which I adore so, I’m pretty much set for a very long time.
    Thanks anyway for the review of this new product from SU.

  3. wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 2:00 pm


    Love the “HAPPY”! I’m a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and I agree with the green- but really enjoy these pencils.

  4. wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 2:28 pm


    Love, love this card Darlene…I am tempted to buy the SU water color pencils, but have the Inktense, and another set of watercolor pencils…don’t know if I need another set. You make it look so darn easy.
    Can your rewet SU markers, mine are old and dried up. I am trying to be frugal. LOL!

    • wrote on June 25th, 2017 at 1:51 pm


      I’ve heard you can refill your Stampin’ Up! markers with the refill bottles, although when I tried it I wasn’t successful. But it could be user-error. 🙂

  5. wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 5:12 pm


    Great coloring! When you were adding the colors to the right sides of each letter, it made me think that, if these were in “real life,” the letter to the right would reflect that color onto the right side of the letter to its left. Hope that makes sense! At any rate, it just adds to the 3-D look, I think. A tip for working with the Inktense pencils (for anyone who doesn’t want to get these watercolor pencils), is to pull the color from the pencil tip with your damp paintbrush or water brush. I do that pretty much exclusively. It gives much more control over the color, you don’t get pencil lines, & you can get much smoother blending and subtle color (if that’s what you are going for). I really love your CAS design here, Darlene–into my favorites it goes. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  6. wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 8:51 pm


    What a great “happy” card Darlene. Love the colors you chose. I just got this set of watercolor pencils and love them. They are my first set of pencils. I used a blender pen and was surprised at how much my card looked like I actually painted it. I also am happy with the colors Stampin up chose. Once again thank you for sharing your talent.

  7. wrote on June 21st, 2017 at 10:04 pm


    That HAPPY really pops off the card and looks great. The sequins gives it a nice touch!

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