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A Watercolored Best Thoughts for WCC31

Happy Monday!!! I know everyone had a great weekend.  We sure did.  On Saturday our Christmas Card Class meet to make cards.  We had a great time.  I took a little survey of the class in regards to the Holiday Catalog as seeing it will be LIVE tomorrow.  The results will be apart of a special blog post tomorrow!!! So tune in.  Sunday, Mike and I went to a local produce stand and bought peaches, tomatoes, and grapes.   The grapes are oh so yummy….

Today I am playing along with Watercooler Challenge.   This wonderful sketch is by Heidi with Watercooler Challenge. WCC31 Heidi Sketch Challenge


After you are done reading all about my watercolor for this fun challenge.  Hop over to Watercooler Challenges and check out all the great artist and their work.  This challenge is all about watercoloring. So I pulled out my aqua painters and ink and got to work.  At first I was going to use Market Fresh Stamp Set.  I guess I still had the produce stand on my mind.  But, as I started working I decided to change it up a bit and use Lovely as A Tree.   So I went  to pull the stamp set and well of course.  It was no where to be found.  As I was looking all over for Lovely as a Tree I ran across Best Thoughts.  I thought that is a nice bold image to watercolor.  Off to the desk (dining room table) I went.

Aqua Painters make watercoloring easy.  You just simply add water to the pins resorvor and use it like a paint brush.  If you  lightly squeeze your ink pad case before opening some of the ink will transfer to the lid.  This makes lifting ink onto the aqua painter easy.


Here are the Details:

  • The card base is 12 by 12 Whisper White card stock cut at 6 inches and scored at 6 inches.
  • The Hello Honey layer is 5 7/8 inches by 5 7/8 inches.
  • The Bermuda Bay strip is 5 7/8 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
  • The Coastal Cabana strip is 5 5/8 inches by 2 1/4 inches.  The Watercolor paper layer is 5 3/8 inches by 2 inches
  • The Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Watercolor paper  rectangles are all 3 1/4 inches by 4 inches
  • On the Watercolor rectangle stamp the flower image in StazOn Jet Black Ink. Then add a wash of Soft Sky Ink over the entire rectangle.  After this wash has dried add washes of Soft Sky, Pool Party, and Bermuda Bay inks to the paper. Try and avoid the stamped image.  Let this dry completely before continuing.
  • Use Coastal Cabana ink to watercolor the flower image.  Leaving some areas lighter.  And adding more ink to other areas to create depth.  Let this dry!!! Use your white gel pin to add highlights to the stamped image
  • Use sponge dabbers to sponge Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Hello Honey inks onto the sentiment.  Stamp onto watercolor paper that is 1 inch by 4 inches.  I used the Triple Banner Punch to make a banner then cut the access off to size that suited.
  • The Hello Honey banner was made by a 1 1/2 inch strip and the Triple Banner Punch.  After punching out the banner I cut it down to 1 1/4 inches by taking 1/8 inch off each  side.
  • Make stripes of ink on the Watercolor strip.
Up Close Of Watercolored Flower from Best Thoughts Stamp Set

Up Close Of Watercolored Flower from Best Thoughts Stamp Set

I just love that moment when a card starts to come together.  Here is a picture of that moment and this card.  It always excites me when a card takes shape…..IMAG2005

Crazy messy I know!!!  Don’t you just love how I am using a 1/2 piece of grid paper.  I left all my supplies at the card class location including my personal grid paper!!!!!! Well, I  guess I will make it :>  While I am on the subject.  The original thought did not come together because my paper snips were missing….. well, not really missing….just at another location… Can you guess where…I tried to use the craft scissors.  Just not the same.  If you ever want to fussy cut,  paper snips are the way to go…

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 Have a great Monday.  I hope to meet you back her soon.



  1. Good morning Jennifer! Love your card, the color combo is fantastic! I just recently discovered aquapainting and it is so much fun. This stamp set is so perfect for it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Dawn- Thank You!!! The aqua painters make it so easy!!! And your right lots of fun!

  2. A little watercoloring for the watercooler challenge. Woo hoo! This is gorgeous, Jennifer! Such beautiful colors.

    • Oh Brian, Oh Brian- I do love your whit!!! Thanks for stopping by and always encouraging me!!! Your the best ever

  3. Thank you Jennifer for playing along. Your watercoolering is awesome.
    Great that you included your technique.

    • Bev-Thanks! I try to include as much as possible so that it will be easier to recreate. I enjoyed playing along with you guys!

  4. Hi Jennifer, what a gorgeous card! Love the watercolouring and the colours you’ve chosen. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Challenge. We hope you’ll come back Wednesday to see the brand new challenge and play along.

    • Heidi- Thank You! I am glad to be playing along with you guys. I’m sure I will be playing along again soon. As I do love to watercolor!

  5. Great watercolour card Jennifer. I love working with Aqua Painters too. Loved the picture of your “coming together moment”, I know exactly what you mean! Thanks for sharing.

    • Penny- First of all, Thank You!!! I seem to have to have a “a-ha” moment for the card to be right.

  6. Jennifer, what a wonderful card. Your watercoloring is beautiful. That strip with the watercolored stripes is striking and artistic. You’ve done a beautiful job on our Watercooler challenge and we appreciate your participation!

    • Jakie- Thank You! I just recently found you guys and I enjoyed playing along this week

  7. This is simply beautiful, Jennifer! I love the little extra touches – the watercoloring, the watercolored strip, and the wonderful colors you used. Love it!

    • Buffy-Thank You!

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