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Posted by on Feb 19, 2020 in Uncategorized | 10 comments

All about Birthdays for the Inking Royalty Blog Hop

I am so happy to be hopping along with the fabulous Inking Royalty!   What a talented group of paper crafts!

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate birthdays, so prepare yourself for a wonderful mix of celebratory cards. We are excited to share our creations with you today! 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 have had in my mind the idea of making watercolor stripes pigment sprinkles. The pigment sprinkles come in six colors Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo.   There are several different ways to use pigment sprinkles. One of my favorites is to use the sprinkles as a watercolor!

You can use any nonabsorbent surface. A piece of plastic, a piece of acetate,  or a watercolor pallet. J add your pigment sprinkles to the pallet and a little water to make the watercolor active.  Once you get the pigments activated they behave like any other watercolor.

Using two paintbrushes I added stripes to some watercolor paper.  I often see people watercolor on all sorts of paper and they make all sorts of beautiful things.  I just seem to have issues with watercolor if I don’t use watercolor paper.  This is my recommendation, experiment and sees what paper works best for you and your style of watercolor. The above picture shows that on the GorgeousG I got a water droplet on it.  I was not greatly concerned about this because I knew I would find a way to make it work for me.  Other times that drop of water would be the point I would start over.

I was trying to decide exactly what stamp set to use.  This is always a difficult decision for me.  I finally landed on Vibrant Vases

The sweetness of this stamp set pares well with the bold bright stripes created in the background. And to be honest, I have had this stamp set a bit and was kinda looking for the opportunity to use it!!! All that was left was the sentiment, this is where I like to keep things super simple. So of course, I reached for Itty Bitty Birthday

  • First thing first, that yellow spit is driving me nuts! And yes I know it is there. I am trying hard to embrace the idea of letting go of perfect. I actually restamped this and got a Bermuda Bay mark towards the top.  I decided the yellow was less intrusive
  • The dark stripes have just enough water in the pigments to make them move. The light stripes have lots of water add to the pigments. In the pallet picture, you can see the difference in the two

  • The watercolor is the same process as above.  You can see where several stripes are darker on one side of the stripe.
  • The flowers were created with Flirty Flamingo ink.  Then fussy cut. They were actually very easy to fussy cut
  • The “shelf” is the stem that is included in the Vibrate Vase

  • This one has three stripes created from three different “strengths” of Gorgeous Grape
  • There is nothing perfect about the stripes.  They are simply painted on. This leads to a very organic background
  • Do you remember the water spot??? Well, it is hidden behind the sentiment. The lesson is that sometimes if you just keep going the mistakes won’t matter or lead to your favorite card out of a series

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today.   I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink . There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:
If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  7. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  8. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  9. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps

Again thank you for taking the time out of your day to hop along with the Royals!

If you are interested in the above pallet (you all need one) check out Sarah at Sylvan Clay Works.  She has so many great products!  This mini moon pallet is one of my favorites! Sarah is based in Nashville, Tn. and is a creative soul fallowing her dream!  I love supporting the people who share so much creativity with the world!

I hope each of you finds a moment to be creative each and every day!

Peace and much love to you my crafty friends-




  1. You are so talented with watercolor! I love your creations. These are wonderful!

  2. OH, Jennifer! I adore your watercolored stripes! Even the stray spots are gorgeous! ♥

  3. Oh, Jennifer! Amazing things happen when you sit down to create! What incredible backgrounds and then the finished cards? WOW! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I always love seeing what you create and you never disappoint. Love your watercolor backgrounds. They are so cute and organic and perfect with your simple vases and flowers.

  5. OMG! Sista you had me at watercolor and then just sucked me into the finished project. I have been dreaming of doing this with the pigments into watercolor. So vibrant…LOVE

  6. STUNNING! I always enjoy seeing your artwork, and these cards do no disappoint. Thanks for sharing them.

  7. Holy cow, Jennifer! I am always astounded at your out of the box thinking and creative talent.

  8. Wow! Love the painted striped backgrounds. You always surprise us with the extra special touches you add to your cards.

  9. Your watercolor backgrounds are spectacular! So fun!

  10. I just love these! So artistic! Each one is unique and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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