Remarkable You with Watercolor Pencils

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring watercolor pencils and Remarkable You stamps from Stampin' Up!

Remarkable You with Watercolor Pencils

I’ve been working with a lot of watercolor techniques lately, trying to show the wide variety of results you can achieve with this watercolors. Today I’m focusing on watercolor pencils.

Watercolor Pencil Shortage

If you are thinking about getting Stampin’ Up! watercolor pencils, order them NOW! They have been so popular that there are tons of backorders and starting on Thursday at noon (GMT-7, Mountain time) they will be unavailable for ordering for an undetermined length of time while they fill back orders and make more. This is your last chance to order these for awhile!

Card with watercolor pencil and Remarkable You stamp set from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Paper Players Challenge #328!

I was so happy to see that the challenge for this week was to use flowers; I was very excited to try out this stamps set for the first time! I’ve been wanting it for a long time, and finally got it as part of my new demonstrator bundle! This was one of my two free stamp sets I earned for joining during Sale-A-Bration.

Homemade card by Natalie Lapakko featuring watercolor pencils and Remarkable You stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Card Directions

  1. Cut and score a Whisper White card base.
  2. Next, cut a piece of striped Cucumber Crush paper from the 2016-2018 Designer Series Paper stack; it should be 1/2″ (1.2 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a piece of watercolor paper 3/4″ (1.8 cm) smaller than the card base. Also set aside a scrap or watercolor paper large enough for the flower.
  4. Stamp the leaves from Remarkable You onto the watercolor paper with VersaMark ink. Also stamp the flower from the same stamp set onto the scrap watercolor paper with VersaMark ink.
  5. Sprinkle white (or clear) embossing powder over the images, tap off any excess (you can even give it a couple of flicks on the back side), and heat the powder with a heat tool until it has melted.
  6. Color the flower and the leaves with watercolor pencils. I used a darker and a lighter shade of each color to add some highlights and shadows. The harder you press with the watercolor pencils, the more pigment is deposited on the paper and the more vibrant the color will be.
  7. Add water to the areas colored by the pencil to blend the colors. The more water you use, the more it spreads the color and the lighter it becomes.
  8. If desired, draw onto the wet paper
  9. with the colored pencils to add a couple of super vibrant accents. I did this with the Cucumber Crush along some of the stems and leaf veins to really make them stand out.
  10. Let the paint dry… or use your heat tool to help it along faster.
  11. Fussy cut out the flower and the stem.
  12. Stamp the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams with VersaMark ink onto a 1/2″ (1.2 cm) strip of Cucumber Crush paper. Add white embossing powder, tap (and flick) off the excess, and heat until the powder melts.
  13. Cut a 1/2″ strip of white corrugated paper or substitute your favorite textured scrap. Angle the ends of both strips to match.
  14. Adhere the card base, striped designer series paper, watercolor paper, and the two strips with glue.
  15. Attach the flower and stem with dimensionals. Tuck the end of the stem behind the sentiment.
  16. Add some sequins, if desired, from the Cupcakes and Carousels Embellishment Kit.

Homemade card with watercolor pencils and Remarkable You stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Cheerful Color Combination

My color combination today was dictated by one factor: I had to use off-brand watercolor pencils and the only colors I have in the set are various shades of yellows, greens, and browns. Who doesn’t put a red colored pencil in their set? Seriously!

Luckily my green pencil looks exactly like cucumber crush, so that’s the color I used for my cardstock and my designer series paper.

You can bet I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to snag some Stampin’ Up! colored pencils soon!

Color inspiration: Garden Green, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Delightful Dijon

Card by Natalie Lapakko featuring watercolor pencils and Remarkable You stamps from Stampin' Up! Color inspiration: Garden Green, Cucumber Crush, Daffodil Delight, Delightful Dijon

Materials

Cardstock: Whisper White, Cucumber Crush (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: recycled corrugated paper, Watercolor Paper, 2016-2018 In Color Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: VersaMark

Stamps: Remarkable You, Dragonfly Dreams (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: watercolor pencils, dimensionals, white embossing powder

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

By Natalie Lapakko

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