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Video: Watercolor Stamping

by Jessica Frost-Ballas October 22, 2018 25 Comments

Good morning! Jess here with a cheery watercolored Christmas card using the adorable Christmas Mice stamp set!

I have a video sharing how to create this card that you can watch below:

(If you are having problems viewing this video, please try watching it HERE on YouTube.)

To start I stamped the adorable mouse and ornament stamp from Christmas Mice onto a piece of watercolor paper with Versafine and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I masked the ornament with masking fluid and then created the suggestion of a Christmas tree by inking the outline and detail pine branch images from Color Layering Trimmings with Distress Inks in Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss. I inked the stamp, spritzed it with water, and pressed it to watercolor paper to get a soft impressionistic look. When I was done stamping I splattered the panel with the same distress inks and Pewter Glimmer Metallic Ink. While it was drying I stamped the sentiment from Wonder and Magic of Christmas onto black cardstock with Versamark and heat-embossed it with white embossing powder.  

Once it was dry I rubbed the masking fluid off and painted the mouse and ornament with paints from the Daniel Smith Dot Palette created for Hero Arts. I like these colors so much that I purchased full tubes of each color but you could easily use the dot palette to paint dozens of these designs without running out of paint! I used Moonglow, Quinacridone Pink, and Permanent Alizarin Crimson along with a little Pewter and Red Glimmer Metallic Ink

Next I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a white card base. I adhered the sentiment with foam mounting tape and then coated the ornament with a layer of Spectrum Noir clear sparkle and Nuvo crystal glaze. Then I sprinkled it with a tiny bit of Snowfall Glitter to finish the card with a little extra sparkle!  All in all it's a pretty straightforward card but I love how that little bit of glitter just catches the eye! :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous crafty day!





Jessica Frost-Ballas
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25 Responses

Kel Habicht
Kel Habicht

October 30, 2018

super cute card! great watercoloring!

Sally Malec
Sally Malec

October 29, 2018

What board do you use to tape your watercolor project to when working on them?

Brenda veckov
Brenda veckov

October 28, 2018

I love this whole video. You do awesome work I especially love the little Christmas mouth . The water color paint set you used was so nice.

conniecrafter
conniecrafter

October 26, 2018

so adorable, love how you did the branches too!

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

October 26, 2018

What a wonderful card! There’s a little bit of cuteness as well as a fair bit of pretty with the decoration and that tree you created from a single branch. It is just gorgeous with those layers of colour and the little bit of glitter. You coloured everything so beautifully and the little bit of sparkle and shine adds so much!! I love the chunky glitter. Your video had some good tips in it. Thanks for sharing!

Lydia
Lydia

October 25, 2018

Your card is so cute. Love how you did the tree branches and the colors you used. Thank you for the video.

MelissaF
MelissaF

October 25, 2018

Love the soft watercolor stamped pine needles for the background to this adorable mouse and ornament. Thanks for your tips on watercoloring and another awesome video.

Karen Martens
Karen Martens

October 24, 2018

This is one cute mouse! You are a great colorer (not sure how that word is supposed to look). Wish I would be able to do that too. Loved the card.

Shirley Hutcins
Shirley Hutcins

October 24, 2018

You did a beautiful job. Makes me want to make this card now! Thank you so much for sharing.

Martha R
Martha R

October 24, 2018

Lovely! Beautiful tree and I love how you splattered the card. Thank you.

Karen Eaton
Karen Eaton

October 24, 2018

Lots of good information and techniques incorporated in this card. Thank you for clear instructions

Doreen Lees
Doreen Lees

October 23, 2018

So cute.

Tami
Tami

October 23, 2018

Love the watercolor stamping of those pine boughs!! The mix of greens really makes an impact!

barbara lassiter
barbara lassiter

October 23, 2018

This is so cute and has great detail!

Monia Lisa
Monia Lisa

October 23, 2018

Wonderful Christmas card :))

Barbara Smith
Barbara Smith

October 23, 2018

Cutest mouse ever! Love your evergreen boughs.

GabriellaB
GabriellaB

October 22, 2018

That was a great video and I love your card. It was fun watching how easily you painted

PamR
PamR

October 22, 2018

Such a cute card Jessica! Great video, too.

Barbara-Jean
Barbara-Jean

October 22, 2018

adorable card, I appreciate all that went in to creating it!

Angelika
Angelika

October 22, 2018

OMG I so love this tutorial on how you made this card. I haven’t done a lot of ‘water colouring’ but I plan to do more of this kind of technique on to my cards. Adding the glitter to the glossy accent is one I never thought of. Also, I’ll have to look into the masking product you used and get some. This is absolutely a beautiful card! Thank you.

Karen Hale
Karen Hale

October 22, 2018

Very pretty card, Jess, and the little mouse is adorable. Love the water color look. Great technique.

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

October 22, 2018

Haha that is super sweet :) Adorable!! :)

Terrie D.
Terrie D.

October 22, 2018

This is such an adorable card! I love the little mouse and ornament, and the tree looks so cool. :)

Renee Vanepps
Renee Vanepps

October 22, 2018

Fantastic video, loved the stamping and painting by the SO TALENTED Jessica! So inspiring ! I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of water coloring! :)

Mary W
Mary W

October 22, 2018

The tree is just wonderful – had to immediately see the stamp set. I was surprised that it included so many different ‘needed’ things for the money. This is a must have for any card maker’s stash! Your coloring of the tree is beautiful as this is my favorite technique but never thought to use it for a tree, just flowers. I also adore the moonglow watercolor and couldn’t think of a better way to color that cute mouse. Great inspiration and design!