A few days ago, I shared a couple of cards that I made for an online challenge. As part of the challenge, I was forced to use a colour palette I would not normally be comfortable with, and I’m kinda proud of myself.

They’re not too bad!

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March Pinterest ChallengeThe challenge was based around a VERY green colour theme. Quite specific greens, as well. They were muted, dusty and all had the same tone.

This meant I not only had to think ‘how’ to use these greens, but also where on earth I was going to get the actual colours & tones from?!

I had a vague idea that using some sort of watercolouring technique would work, but . . . .
. . . .  I don’t actually have that many watercolours or Distress colours, so I went to my giant box of Versa Color/Craft stamp pads. It has over 40 colours. Surely I could find the colours I wanted/needed there!?!

So I rustled inside the box and yanked out all the mossy/muted greens from light to dark and didn’t even ask myself if I could watercolour with them. You see, Versa Craft/Color stamp pads are pigment pads, and normally you would use a dye-based ink pad for watercolouring.

Versa Color Box

Versa Color/Craft pigment stamp pads ARE water-based, so I thought I was probably in with a chance of using them for a watercolour technique.


So here’s how it all came together . . .

Step One Step 3
Cut a piece of watercolour paper to C6 size (105mm x 148mm or 4 1/8″ x5 7/8″)

Step Two
Get a scrap of watercolour paper & then squish ink pad into a plastic surface or onto a glass craft mat.

Step 2Step Three 
Use a No. 2 round watercolour brush, and Create a colour chart to help decide which colours you will use for your card.

Step Four 
Using a clear embossing ink pad (I use VersaMark) & clear embossing powder, stamp your image on the top left hand corner of the watercolour paper. Use a heating tool to set the embossing powder into the embossing ink.


Step Five Step 5
Using the chosen colours and your No. 2 round brush, start colouring the beautiful hydrangea image. I concentrated on colouring all the flower I wanted to be darkest and then lighter and finally lightest.

Step 6


Step Six 
Allow your work to completely dry and then go back add colour where necessary.

Step Seven 
Choose some background card (I used Bazzill ) to mount your watercolour onto and three or five (odd number!) little pieces of coordinating ribbon.


Step Eight 
Grab a small doily or cut a circular diecut shape (like I did) and ink the edges with one of the lighter ink pads.

Step Nine 
Attach the coloured doily shape between the edge of the card and the edge of the stamped image. Consider hanging it over the edge of the card and then cutting off the overhang . . . it looks cool!

Step Ten 
Attach the ribbon – I applied mine on an angle as I thought it looked cooler. I used matt gel medium as it doesn’t leave a sheen like other adhesives and is stronger than double sided tape.

Step Eleven 
Stamp or diecut a work or sentiment onto the card front.

Step Twelve 
Add some bling in the centre of the flowers, like rhinestones . . . I added clear sequins.

Step 10

And you’re done!

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Completed 3

So next time you want to do some watercoloring on a card or within a stamped image, don’t ignore your collection of versa color/craft mini stamp pads.

They’re a great resource.

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