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Posted by on Feb 7, 2016 in fab friday, Heat Embossing, Watercolor Wash | 7 comments

Fab Friday Challenge is back for 2016!

I have been practicing watercolor techniques that were discussed in the Online Card Class Watercolor Intermediate Class.  I have learned so much from the class and I am still working through all the class projects and techniques.  You can see much of my progress and learning on Instagram.  One of the things I am most amazed by is how much the paper you are using effects the outcome of the painting or washes.  I personally have fallen in love with a cotton paper

that is hot press.  The hot press makes a smother surface for stamped images. And the cotton makes a fabulous surface for washes.


If you are like me and always wondered why your washes do not outcome looking like you want.   Then change papers.  It truly can make all the difference in the world.  Even when using ink. It really makes a difference.


Canson Watercolor Aquarella Paper / Before Dry

Canson Watercolor Aquarella Paper / Before Dry


Canson Watercolor Aquarella Paper / After Dry

Canson Watercolor Aquarella Paper / After Dry


Cartiera Magnani Portofino / 100% cotton

Cartiera Magnani Portofino / 100% cotton

I personally really like how the Catiera Magnani paper reacts to ink.  The other paper has great change from the beginning to when it dries.  And that the ink does not lay well on the paper.  I would have added a picture of the Cartiera Magnani paper when it was dry.  But, you would not have been able to tell the difference.  When working on another color challenge I did this same wash test and the results were much more obvious.


Canson Watercolor Aquarelle

Canson Watercolor Aquarelle


Cartiera Mangnani 100% cotton

Cartiera Mangnani 100% cotton

The Bermuda Bay ink really blooms into the other inks on the Canson paper.  On the Cartiera Mangnani paper the transition is much smother.  So, Like I said if you are not happy with your washes.  Try a different watercolor paper!!!

I am supper excited that the Fab Friday challenge is back for 2016 with all new challenges for us all.  There first challenge of 2016 is a color challenge inspired by the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

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Be sure to hop over to Fab Friday  and see all the wonderful cards by the design team!  They truly have some great inspiration.   I decided to use this color combination to make a wash behind a bold  sentiment.  The Botanicals for You Stamp Set was perfect.  141234G


If you just love this stamp set it is one of the Sale-A-Bration sets.  This mean that it is FREE when you purchase $50 from Stampin’ Up!  IMAG2825

The card base is real red card stock cut at 5 1/2 inches and  cut at 8 inches.  Then scored at 4 inches on the 8 inch side.  This makes for a unique card size.  The layers are Blushing Bride ( 5 1/4 by 3 3/4)  and Watercolor paper ( 5 by 3 1/2)  The sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark ink.  Using White embossing powder and a heat gun the images is embossed on the watercolor paper.  Then using the ink refills and a little water I made a simple wash of Watermelon Wonder and Real Red over the stamped/embossed image.  After the wash dried I added the Blushing Bride sequins.  (they are actually from a set of sequins from mint owl.  But, they are the exact color of Stampin’ Up! Blushing Bride.  Shush….don’t tell anyone :>)  Finally, I add a little gold thread to the left side for a little extra interest.


A few tips:

  • Remember to decorate the inside of your card….
  • To add the sequins…simply add a little crystal effect to the Silicone Craft sheet .  Using tweasers I dip the back of the sequin into the crystal effects then add to the card….
  • The watercolor wash is started with Real Red then migrates into Watermelon Wonder  then back to Real Red.
  • Hot Press watercolor paper is smother than Cold Press watercolor paper.  This makes a big difference in the stamped image.  Especially. if you don’t want to stamp the image more than once.




Here is the supply list:  You may wish to try Cartiera Magnani Watercolor Paper.  And the Sequins are from Mint Owl. They are in the Blossom mix.  Also, you will need water and a paint brush.  I used a Winsor & Newton Cotman Aquarelle brush 1 inch size.    You will also need a heat gun and white embossing powder.  Both can be found at Stampin’ Up!

Supply List

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Be sure to head over to Fab. Friday to check out the projects by the Design Team!  They are really great.  And be sure to leave some blog love while you are over there!!!  Also, be sure to check out the newest class over at Online Card Classes.  I am currently working through the Watercolor Intermediate class.  And it is amazing!!! I am learning so much :>    I would love to here from you..  What is your favorite watercolor paper?   Are you loving Sale-A-Bration as much as I am?
Much Love,



  1. Wow! That wash is gorgeous! You have shown off the colors in such a striking way – and I really enjoyed your thoughts on various wc papers – thanks for sharing that! Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

    • Thank You! – Heather, I am so glad that the Fab Friday team is back for 2016!!! I so enjoy playing along with you guys

  2. Wow, Jennifer! Your watercoloring research has paid off! This card is perfect – the combination of the three colors is outstanding – and I love the added gold thread along the side. Beautiful! Thank you so much for playing along with this FabFriday Color Challenge!

    • Thank You, so Brian!! You know I just love experimenting and see where it leads….

  3. That watercolor wash is just the perfect thing to set off the large sentiment! i love it! Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

    • Thank You-Amanda!

  4. I took the intermediate class too and love your explanation and use of the technique. Your card is beautiful and the background wash is perfect! Thanks for playing at Fab Friday.

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