Just Add Color with Watercolor

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with watercolor and Just Add Color DSP from Stampin' Up!

Just Add Color with Watercolor

Just Add Color is a fun new Designer Series Paper that is white with black line art, perfect for you to add your own color. There are lots of ways to color it in: with sponges, markers, watercolor pencils, and more. Or you could leave it white and add color all around it!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with watercolor and Just Add Color DSP from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Marina Mist, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Island Indigo, Basic Black

Relaxation Benefits of Coloring

Just Add Color is a new specialty paper from Stampin’ Up! that is part of the adult coloring book craze.

Do you have an adult coloring book? Or maybe multiples?

Confession time: I have three. (Even though I probably only need one.)

I spend most of my creative time making cards… but when I wake up in the middle of the night and I just can’t sleep, I reach for my coloring book and Stampin’ Write Markers instead.

There isn’t a lot of thinking involved, other than choosing what color to use next, so it is low stress. It also occupies the brain just enough to keep it distracted from all the usual worries without getting the neurons too fired up and making me even more awake.

I happily fill in shapes for about thirty minutes, and usually get sleepy enough to go back to sleep. I definitely recommend coloring to help you relax, and maybe a cup of chamomile.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with watercolor and Just Add Color DSP from Stampin' Up!

Challenge Inspiration

Thanks to the GDP Design Team for selecting my card last week for honorable mention! I love to play along just for the inspiration, but it is always such an honor to be mentioned! Thanks!

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #094!

I may have gotten a little carried away with adding things to this sketch. My watercolor wash represents the stripes, the house takes the place of the heart, and I have a sweet little banner for a greeting. I thought it needed a little something, though, so I also added a couple of circular elements, some washi tape, and a ribbon! The inspiration is definitely still there, though!

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with watercolor and Just Add Color DSP from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. First, cut and score a Lemon Lime Twist card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of Island Indigo 1/4″ (0.6 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Then, cut a piece of watercolor paper 3/8″ (0.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  4. On the watercolor paper, draw zigzag lines back and forth with Stampin’ Write Markers in the following colors: Marina Mist, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, and Island Indigo.
  5. Use a watercolor paintbrush or an Aqua Painter to add water.  Follow the zigzag application of the marker lines and use clean water each time you get to a new color. This will allow the colors to blend… but not too much!
  6. Let the watercolor dry or use a heat tool to speed up the process.
  7. Adhere the first three layers together.
  8. Fussy cut out a house shape from the Just Add Colors Designer Series Specialty Paper. Use a Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker to color the edges black. This little step hides the white edges and makes your project look extra crisp and clean!
  9. Die cut Lemon Lime Twist a circle using Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies and a coordinating Marina Mist scalloped circle using the Layering Circles Framelit Dies.
  10. Cut a strip of Emerald Envy about an inch wide. Along the top edge of the strip, stamp the sentiment from  the In the City stamp set with VersaMark ink.
  11. Sprinkle the stamped image with white embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
  12. Tape a piece of Pick a Pattern washi tape below the sentiment, then cut along the bottom edge of the tape. Cut the right end of the strip at a slant.
  13. Cut a piece of Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon about 3″ (7.5 cm) long.
  14. Dry fit (arrange without gluing) the house, circles, sentiment strip, and ribbon.
  15. Move the other pieces aside momentarily and staple the ribbon in place. I use staples for ribbon whenever possible, because they hold better than any adhesive I have tried.
  16. Adhere the two circles and the sentiment strip together, then use a dimensional to pop them up off the background.
  17. Use additional dimensionals to pop up the house in front of the circles.
  18. Add some Enamel Glitter Dots as accents in a triangle shape around the sentiment. The light colored Old Olive color matches Lemon Lime Twist pretty well.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko with watercolor and Just Add Color DSP from Stampin' Up!

Cool Color Combination

This color combination includes all cool colors. I mean, yes, they are all hip and trendy, but what I mean is that they are all on the cool side of the color wheel! Cool colors tend to evoke feelings of relaxation, as opposed to warm colors which cause feelings of excitement.

These colors work wonderfully for masculine cards, but this card could be for a lady, too. In fact, these colors are some of my personal favorites!

Stampin' Up! Color Inspiration: Marina Mist, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, Island Indigo, Basic Black

Materials

Cardstock: Lemon Lime Twist, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Emerald Envy (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Just Add Color Designer Series Specialty Paper, Watercolor paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: In the City (c) Stampin’ Up!

Markers: Lemon Lime Twist, Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Emerald Envy, Basic Black Stampin’ Write Markers (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Layering Circles Framelit Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, paintbrush or AquaPainter, Glitter Enamel Dots, dimensionals, Basic Black Shimmer Ribbon (c) Stampin’ Up!

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