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Super-Quick Watercolor

Quick Watercolor

Hi All,

First, I want to mention that I know today is the big Disney Giveaway day! I’m so nervous for everyone! I will be drawing the winner’s name this morning and will make a post at around 9am CT, so come back then. 🙂

Today’s card uses the What I Love stamp set by Stampin’ Up!. It’s one of the free products you can get when you spend $50 during Sale-a-Bration. Sale-a-Bration will continue through March 31st, so you can take advantage of the free products at Michelle’s Store. However, this technique will work with any flower stamp that has open areas in its petals for coloring.

This watercolor is super-quick because I’m not using watercolor paper. I wanted to use Stampin’ Up! paper because it works best with Stampin’ Up! inks. So, I added just a little watercolor, and it really made the flower pop. The sentiment in this set is two parts, so I added another stamped flower on the inside for the second part:

Quick Watercolor

Enjoy and I’ll be back in a few hours!



To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.

What I Love
What I Love
Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry Ink
Rich Razzleberry Ink
Stampin' Up! Garden Green Ink
Garden Green Ink
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Ink
Smoky Slate Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Basic Black Cardstock
Black Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Smoky Slate Cardstock
Smoky Slate Cardstock
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Sanding Block
Sanding Block
Stampin' Up! Aqua Painter
Aqua Painter
ATG Tape Runner
ATG Tape Runner


  1. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 6:26 am


    OUI Darlene such à beautiful card ! I love thé “ghost” flowers for the background and thé same flowers in color ! Tfs this great idea and technique !

  2. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 6:34 am


    Yes, I did enjoy this video very much, Darlene. It is one of those cards that can be made quickly and yet is so very effective. I don’t have that exact stamp set but several close enough to substitute. I always wince when I read that you all only need to spend $50 to get a gift during Saleabration. We in Australia have to spend double that amount to qualify. Boo! Hoo! So, I deliberated over the What I Love set versus the Honeycomb Happiness set that can use the Honeycomb embellishment. And the latter one won out. I just couldn’t resist that little chick. But I can see now that What I Love You really has lots of possibilities even though I won’t be getting it..

  3. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 11:55 am


    Thank you for another beautiful card idea. I have that set and have been looking for inspiration. I have seen many examples, but none as effective as yours – now I am inspired! Thanks again.

  4. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 1:38 pm


    I love this card! Simple, easy and fast. Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  5. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Carol Lucas

    Beautiful card! Can’t wait to try this technique.

  6. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 2:12 pm


    Such a beauty!!!
    Soft and elegant and suitable for many occasions…
    Thank you Darlene, you never cease to amaze me with your wonderful ideas! Regards

  7. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 2:17 pm


    I’m going to try this with last year’s Sale-a-Bration set that has a flower, a butterfly and other stamps. I will use the flower. I haven’t shopped this year, but this set is on my radar.

  8. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 2:33 pm


    Love the card! I am new to Stampin Up products and I can’t wait to place my first order. This set is definitely on my radar!

  9. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 3:07 pm


    Another beautiful card.

  10. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 3:33 pm


    Love love love it! My SU order is coming tomorrow and I can’t wait to play. I got this set so now I’m extra excited! Thanks Darlene!

  11. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 6:22 pm


    Beautiful! Great card and great tips on watercoloring on regular cardstock.

  12. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 6:39 pm


    Great to see what can be accomplished with stampin up inks! Thanks for all the tips and the card is perfectly balanced and beautiful again

  13. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 8:22 pm


    This video was very interesting doing watercolouring on SU card and ink. I love the grey colour background. I will certainly give this a go!

  14. wrote on January 27th, 2016 at 11:32 pm


    Thank you Darlene for a wonderful tutorial…You taught me alot in this one.
    I do have that stamp set and will try your method.
    I have not tried using the Shimmer white cardstock by SU, some say it works well for watercoloring. I may try that. I am so shaky with coloring, don’t know if I can do the Whisper White. You are such an inspiration!

  15. wrote on January 28th, 2016 at 10:18 am


    First…the stamp set. Ya know, I didn’t even like this stamp set until I saw you use that flower for watercoloring. Stampin’ Up! has been coming out with a lot of stamp sets that are this style and I have passed on a lot of them. I may consider now getting this set…but there are a couple other sets I would like to qualify to receive first. :b

    Second…the flower(s). I really love the way you watercolored this flower. Amazing how quickly it stops you from blending once you lift your brush!! WOW! Do you happen to have the Blackberry Bliss ink pad?? I plan on getting some of the cardstock before it retires this summer. I also love how you made your own background with the same stamp. It reminds me of the cards you have done with floral backgrounds where you choose to only color one or just a few of the flowers and leave all others uncolored. It’s so very pretty!!!

    Okay, lastly…the sanding (block). I am SO GLAD you showed us in real time how you sanded that out. No wonder it never works for me…I’m going about it all wrong!! HAHA

    Thanks for sharing another really great card. The inside was a great finish. I really like decorating the insides of my cards just a bit to tie it to the front of the card (I just don’t do it enough). I think it’s a nice surprise for the recipient when they open it up. =)

  16. wrote on January 28th, 2016 at 5:11 pm


    I can’t wait to try this card. I’m new to making cards. I’m so impressed with your ideas and beautiful techniques.

  17. wrote on February 6th, 2016 at 9:44 am


    Finally getting a chance to catch up on my backlogged videos! I love, love this card and will be making my own version soon! Thanks for sharing!

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