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Posted by on May 18, 2016 in In Colors 2016, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Layering Love, Pop off Paradise, Watercolor | 18 comments

InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Sneak Peek Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s May Blog Hop!  As Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, we’ve already been able to order some fun, new products from the upcoming 2016 Annual Catalog.  What a thrill!  Today’s Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that feature sneak peeks of projects from the new catalog.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

I am so in love with the new upcoming catalog from Stampin’ Up!  There are so many amazing stamps, paper, and other products for all of us to love.  One of my favorite stamps from the 2016 Annual Catalog is the Pop of Paradise Stamp Set.  I just love the flamingo and the pineapple!

Pop of Paradise Stamp Set

Pop of Paradise Stamp Set


Another great stamp set is Layering Love.  This set has sentiments paired with amazing fonts!  Now, you know I am a fool for a good font!  And this set defiantly has that covered…

Layering Love Stamp Set

Layering Love Stamp Set

So, for you guys I decided to combine both of these stamp sets with the new In Colors for 2016.(Witch I am now completely in LOVE with!!!!!) Using simple watercolor, the In Colors, and these fabulous stamp sets for a fun artsy card.  Now, I have lots of pictures for you guys so lets get this show on the road!!!


By making simple brush strokes I was able to make a playful background!!!


Stamping the sentiment in black really makes it POP against the bold background.  I love how you can see the pattern through the words….Such fun!!!


Sometimes, Hello is all that needs to be said!!!


I love how the same basic background can be used to make many different cards that have a personality of their own!


Attaching vellum to a background can be tricky.  I adhered the vellum to the background under the sequins.  I love how the vellum adds texture and dimension without talking away from the sentiment and background! It also, helps to heat emboss the stamping on the vellum.  This helps prevent smudging….



When you have worked hard on a background it is best to keep the design simple.  This make everything come together smoothly.

Let’s talk a little about what I did.  I used my ink refills as watercolor.  A drop of ink from the refill and a little water and you have your own custom watercolor.  The more water you add to the ink the softer the color will be.  All of the strokes made on these cards were created using the Cotman Aquarelle 1 inch brush by Winsor & Newton.  This brush gives great solid strokes.  The paper I used was Strathhmore Mixed Media paper.  There was no particular reason for this.  Though it is a smooth paper that reacts well to stamps and to watercolor.  I worked with two bowls of water.  One to rinse the brush and a clean water bowl to keep my brush thirsty.


After creating each background I added the stamped image.  Using either Archival Basic Black, Sweet Sugarplum (2016 In Color), or Dapper Denim.  Then keeping with the them of the In Colors each background is backed with one of the new In Colors and placed on a card base of a coordinating In Color!  What fun…

I have one more for you…It is my favorite….IMAG3250

Because, I  watercolored with four of the In Colors I decided to use the 5th color (Sweet Sugarplum) for that to adorable flamingo.  To add some fun dimension.  I attached his legs to the card base. Then popped up the body and head using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop,

  • Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  • There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!



    Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:


    1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

    3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps

    5. Natalie Bradley at

    7. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin

    9. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB

    11. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

    13. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky

    15. Lory Robinson at The Robin’s Nest Designs

    17. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations

      All new classes have been posted to the calendar of events!  Be sure to check them out!!!  Stampin’ Up! has so many new and wonderful Stamp Sets, Papers, and other products  that it just makes me want to giggle with joy!  I am over the moon excited to share these new product with you through live events!

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      Here is the supply list:

      • Stamp Sets: Pop of Paradise and Layering Love (available June 1st)
      • Paper: Vellum and the 2016 In Colors (Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, and Peekaboo Peach)  Available June 1st!!!!
      • Ink: 2016 In Colors in refills  Available June 1st!!!
      • Other: Multipurpose Glue, Stampin’ Dimentionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool
      • Non-Stampin’ Up!: Strathmore Mixed-Medium Paper and Cotman Watercolor  Brush


      The retiring products are leaving soon.  I know you do not want to miss any of the great products leaving!!!



      You can still shop the Occasions Catalog through the end of the month!!!!  Just a little over a week left for these Amazing products!  occ2016-us_01 (1)


      Thank You for visiting me today!  I love sharing with you!  And I would love to here from you.  Please leave any thought or comments below.  This is a busy time in the Stampin’ Up! world.  So much going on! Two catalogs leaving at the end of May! And in June we have a Amazing new Annual Catalog.  If you would like a copy of the new catalog contact me via email. (  I will be happy to help you out!!! You defiantly want to see all the wonderful new Products!!!!

      Much Love,



    1. Oh how I love your color blocking watercolor technique. I can always feel the joy in your cards! You are so talented and you amaze me with your fresh, trendy style!

      • Thanks so very much Pam! These cards were so fun to make!

    2. Wow–I thought that was a new DSP pattern! LOVE the backgrounds and thank you for the overview. Fantastic projects and they look like a lot of fun to make! Gotta go try it out!

      • Deb- defiantly give it a try! It’s super easy and fun!!!!

    3. Jennifer, great job! I love the artful look of these cards The Flamingo one is my favorite.

      • Kim- Thanks! The Flamingo was my favorite also. I just love that little guy

    4. Oh good gravy, you had me at Flamingo! All of these are so adorable. This set is definitely on my shirt list! Beautiful job!

      • Lory- Thanks! I can’t waite to see what you make when you get him off that short list!!! He’s a must…Mr. Flamingo that is….

      • haha..I got you

    5. AWESOME!!! I love to make my own backgrounds… and you gave me great inspiration – thanks for posting these lovely cards!

      • Karen- you and I defiantly come from the same cloth! I seem to always make backgrounds. This one was so quick and fun! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Would love to see what you make….

    6. You are a brilliant artist, Jennifer! Your watercoloring classes should be overflowing with customers! Love these projects!

      • Thanks, Brian! You always know how to make a girl smile :>

    7. Great job with the backgrounds, Jen! I thought I was looking at some fancy DSP!

      • Thanks!!

    8. VERY fun and cute!! Your color blocking watercolor technique is just perfect!! Excellent Jennifer! <3

      • Thank You- Natalie! That means so much coming form you! You are so talented with watercolor


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