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Posted by on Oct 15, 2015 in All Ye Faithful, Watercolor | 1 comment

All Ye Faithful for Can You Cling To Challenge

Splitcoast Stampers is hosting a great month of Challenges called Can You Cling To.  Everyday in October they are posting new challenges.  The idea is that everyone who participates in the challenges will send the cards they made to MD Anderson hospital.  To learn more about the card drive check out Splitcoast Stampers .  I have done a few of the challenges so far.  But, I will have to admit I am a bit behind.  So today, I am sharing a card that was made for one of the challenges.  The title of the challenge is “Lend a Hand”  and is hosted by Dini.  You can find the challenge information on Spiltcoast Stampers “Lend A Hand”  The idea was to finger paint or use a image that had a hand in it.  I really wish I had finger painted.  It just really is so much fun!!! But, I had a wonderful stamp set that I had been working with and it just so happened to have hands.  Yahooo!!! Now, I will have to admit that I tried several time to make a card with this stamp set and it just was not coming out like I liked.  And I was really not sure what to do to get the look I wanted.  But, then I was watching a wonderful periscope by Lydia at Understand Blue and she was using a wax based color pencil to color a image and then watercolor over the area.  The wax of the pencil made a resist.  So this was the technique that I used.

all ye fathful

All Ye Faithful

I love the sketched look of these stamps.  I just think to little sheep are adorable.  I also like the fact that you could use just one of the images or use all three to make a complete scean.


Here are the detials:

  • The card base is Night of Navy card stock cut at 5 1/2 and scored at 4 1/4.  Then I used the curvy corner trio punch to punch each corner.
  • Stamp the images on shimmery white paper (if I was to do this again I would use hot press Watercolor paper) But, the shimmery white paper did hold up well.
  • Color the  images in using Prismacolor pencils  or Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.  I used Prismacolor because this is what I have. But, If I was going to buy a set to do this technique with then I would buy the Polychromos.  They are on my never ending wish list.
  • After coloring the image I used the Prismacolor colorless blender pencil to make sure the area  had a good coat of wax.  If you have Prismacolor pencils this blender pencil is a must to move color around better.
  • Now it is time to watercolor.  I used two different watercolors, Daniel Smith and Terry Harrison.  I love the Shadow and Country Olive by Terry Harrison. While I was watercoloring and after I finished. I wiped the area I had used colored pencils .  The watercolor just wipes right off.  This is because the wax based color pencil makes a resist.
  • After the watercolor has dried use the curvy corner trio punch to punch each corner.  I also used the big shot and a few shims to flatten the paper back out.
  • I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to add a little depth to the card.

Just a little note about Daniel Smith and Terry Harrison.  Daniel Smith is a amazing USA Based company that makes their very own high quality watercolors.  They are defiantly worth checking out.  And I discovered Terry Harrison several years back when I wanted to teach myself to watercolor.  I found one of his tutorials in a watercolor how to  book.   And looked him up on the internet.  He is a amazing watercolorest and fabulous teacher.  He has a wonderful line of watercolors and brushes that are available at Terry Harrison Art.

If you would like to learn more about the technique used check out Understand Blue on

Here is the supply list: Remember that you will need a waxed based color pencil and watercolors for this project.  The type of colored pencil is very important for the resist to work!


I am looking forward to meeting you all back here soon!  Go finger paint or make a card with hands for MD Anderson.  And remember to check out Splitcoast Stamper for the Can Cling To Challenge and the MD Anderson card drive.  Have a great day!!!






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