Hey there my creative friends! I have a new video tutorial for you today featuring Stampin’ Up!’s Falling Flowers stamp set and coordinating May Flowers Framelits.
In the video I demonstrate a watercoloring technique using Stampin’ Up!’s watercolor pencils with a blender pen, on regular cardstock.
Looking for a Versatile Floral Stamp Set? You Won’t Go Wrong with the Falling Flowers Stamp Set!
If you’re just starting to build out your stamp stash, and you’d like ONE versatile floral stamp set IMHO, the Falling Flowers stamp set definitely fits the bill.
First off, it has a great assortment of images – 4 different sized flowers, a berry cluster, two different types of leaves and a swirl. You can combine all the images together to create a gorgeous floral arrangement, or you can build a card around just a single image.
The flower sizes are just right. They are not so small that they are fiddly to work with, and get lost on the card, and they are not so big that they overwhelm the card either.
The fact that they are an outline image stamp set is a real bonus – because you can do SO much with it.
Obviously, you can can color it in (I’ll be demonstrating one coloring technique today), but, you’re not just limited to coloring.
If you don’t have the time to color, or just plain don’t like to color, there’s a BUNCH of other ways you can use the stamp set as well.
I have so fallen in love with this stamp set, that over the last month and half – this stamp set now holds the record for the most used stamp set in my stash of ALL TIME!!!!!
Stampin’ Up!’s Falling Flowers stamp set now has the honor of having been used to create 21 different card designs.
Now let me tell you a bit about the coloring technique I use in today’s video.
Coloring With Watercolor Pencils
The focus of today’s video tutorial is on coloring your floral outline image stamps using Stampin’ Up!’s Watercolor Pencils and a blender pen, and I show you how you can get beautiful results coloring on regular cardstock.
This card actually ended up being the result of an experiment.
You see, in order to get the BEST results, traditionally, watercolor mediums should be used on watercolor paper.
That’s because regular cardstock, no matter the thickness, is not meant to hold a lot of water. And watercolor mediums, by their nature, are meant to be used with water.
The thing is, watercolor paper can get kind of pricey – at least in comparison to cardstock.
So, I wanted to see if there was a way to use watercolor pencils on cardstock WITHOUT ended up with a big soggy, pilled-up mess (you know, that rough, messy texture that comes from overworking the cardstock with moisture).
After experimenting a little, I discovered that YES, it can be done, but there are two little “tricks” or “secrets” if you will.
TIP #1 – In order to get the best possible results with the watercolor pencils on regular cardstock, you need to make sure you choose Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White THICK CS, not the regular cardstock. The thick cardstock is 100 lb weight, whereas the regular cardstock is only 80 LB weight. Because it’s thicker, it has more capacity to absorb moisture.
TIP #2 – Use a BLENDER pen to blend out your color rather than an aqua painter. The blender pen is filled with a water-based solution. The solution is designed to help you blend ink easily, but it works equally well with the watercolor pencils. As you are using your blender pen it has just enough solution in it to blend out the watercolor pencil, but not so much that it soaks into the paper too quickly.
And THAT is the problem you run into, when you try to use aqua painters on regular CS. It’s very hard to control the amount of water that comes out, which will in turn buckle and pill your paper, and wash out the colors to boot!
Keep in mind that this discussion is just regarding regular cardstock. If you’re working on watercolor paper, it’s a totally different ballgame, and you are free to use your aqua painter!
So – enough talking
Stampin’ Up! Video Tutorial | Coloring in Your Floral Outline Images With Watercolor Pencils & A Blender Pen
You can see how I did it in the video tutorial for this card (please refresh the page if you don’t see the video tutorial).