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Happy Watercolor

Happy Watercolor

Hi All,

I am more than happy with this card. Nothing went wrong! That’s been pretty rare for me over the last couple of months. I don’t think I’ve ever done a watercolor where I didn’t do, redo, overdo, fix, deliberate, fix again, etc. Ha! I think this is a good example that less can be more. I didn’t overthink it. As a result, my colors stayed separate and distinct, especially the yellow, which can easily be lost with too much blending. Here is a close-up of the color:

Happy Watercolor

I haven’t been doing much watercolor, so I decided to use a variety of watercolor mediums over the next few weeks. Today, it’s Gansai Tambi. I’ll also be using Zig watercolor pens and Peerless watercolors soon. I’m sure I speak for a lot of you… we have so much stuff! We need to use what we have. 🙂

Enjoy the video!


Card Measurements:

Element Imperial Metric
Watercolor panel 3 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches 9.5 x 14 cm
Card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches 10.8 x 14 cm


Gansai Tambi colors used: #42, 50, 62

Happy Celebrations
Happy Celebrations
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Balloons
SSS Birthday Balloons
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Gansai Tambi Watercolors
Versamark Ink Pad
Versamark Ink
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Marker
Black Marker
Hero Hues Black
Hero Hues Black
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Hero Arts Black Notecards
Scotch Foam Tape
Scotch Foam Tape
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on August 4th, 2017 at 8:38 am


    It’s so satisfying when a card comes together so easily. This card is such a simple uncluttered design. I don’t have that stamp set but am sure I can find a similar large sentiment to use in much the same way. I have the full set of Gansai Tambi watercolours now but haven’t used them nearly enough. Now I have a good reason to get them out! I especially like the way you drew around the HAPPY with your Stampin Up marker. It made all the difference and I must remember to do this too.

  2. wrote on August 4th, 2017 at 1:47 pm


    Nice and simple card. Love it! As Connie said we could use any large sentiment to do this. And any watercolors too!

  3. wrote on August 4th, 2017 at 1:55 pm


    I love the simplicity of this card. Very pretty.

  4. wrote on August 4th, 2017 at 3:06 pm


    Sometimes I feel the simpler the card the nicer it is.
    It’s clean and yet striking too, the paper card took the paint well, I don’t use mine much for the ” pilling” but didn’t think about the smooth side. Guess I’ll be revisiting it now yes x

  5. wrote on August 4th, 2017 at 10:12 pm


    Great card, and it is so satisfying when things can go seamlessly!

  6. wrote on August 5th, 2017 at 12:25 am


    I like it. Simple but effective. It is such a good feeling when all goes to plan!!!

  7. wrote on August 5th, 2017 at 12:30 am

    Sherry W.

    I appreciate the “use what you have”. I am trying hard not to get caught up in every new medium that comes into view.

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