Watercolored Graceful Garden

Watercolored Graceful Garden

Welcome back, my stamping friends! Today’s card is a total misnomer. It’s called “Watercolored Graceful Garden,” but it’s not watercolored. There’s a story (of course, there’s a story; don’t I almost always have a story?), but first – the card.

Graceful Garden, Stampin' Up!
I wanted to do a modified “No Line Watercoloring” card. Every time I’ve tried to do the No Line Watercoloring technique, it just ended up being a blob of ink on paper. I’ve never been happy with my attempts or felt very successful. So I had some ideas about making it a little easier for stampers who, like me, are a little artistically challenged.

I was ok with my first attempt (which was actually watercoloring), but this one was my favorite. (Disclaimer: No water was used in the creation of this card.)

First, I inked the rose image from the Stampin’ Up!® Graceful Garden Stamp Set using Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Write Markers. I used the Stamparatus® so that I could stamp it several times on Watercolor Paper. (Note: You do not have to use Watercolor Paper for this. Because my other attempts used water, I had the Watercolor Paper already cut and ready to go. But since this is not watercolored, you can use Whisper White, Shimmery White, or Very Vanilla instead.)

After I had a base image that I liked, I used Calypso Coral and Granny Apple Green Stampin’ Blends to color the image. I used a Dark Granny Apple Green for the veins on the leaves, but you can see how it kind of obliterated the lines. I used a Light Granny Apple Green to blend and fill in the rest of the leaves and stem.

To color the petals, I used a light Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blend. I learned my lesson with the leaves!

I die-cut the image using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies, then added some Gold Metallic Thread to the back of the oval.  I added a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of the Lemon Lime Twist design of Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper to a Calypso Coral card base, then added the floral oval to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

This card is perfect for lots of occasions, but I chose to make it a birthday card. I die-cut happy and birthday from Calypso Coral Cardstock using the Well Written Thinlits Dies.

Give this technique a try! It’s super easy with the Stampin’ Blends and Stamparatus. And you have a little less than a week to enjoy Sale-a-bration benefits. Order the Stamparatus and the Stampin’ Blends and you can select a free Level 1 Sale-a-bration product! If you need to order a Stamparatus (or any $50 order) anyway, why not order now and enjoy free product as well? Don’t miss out – Order today!

Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Have a lovely day.

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About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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2 Responses to Watercolored Graceful Garden

  1. debsmart says:

    I love trying different techniques – thanks for sharing this one, Buffy!


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