Go ahead…color outside the lines!

Part of the fun of being creative is having the opportunity to play with some old favorites, but in a new way. Faber-Castell Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils have long been a favorite of mine and I was thrilled when we picked up this set of 12 colors. Here’s an easy way to create fun stationery or note cards with just a rubber stamp, ink pad, Aquash Water Brush and these colored pencils. The five quick steps below will show you how to make any ordinary image a bit more like magic.

1. Ink Your Stamp: Select a rubber stamp with some open space for fill in opportunities and room for things to flow outside the lines! This little Dandelion Rubber Stamp is one of my favorites. Ink up your stamp with Black Color Box Inkpad.

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2. Create Your Stamp Impression: Stamp your design in a repeat pattern along the bottom of a card. I’m using our new paper bag note card. Remember you can stamp off the edge onto scrap paper for more layering. Heat set your image with a heat embosser to prevent the ink from bleeding too much.

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3. Add Color with Pencils: Choose your pencil colors and fill in selected areas of the stamped design. Consider blending the pencil colors dry for a really lovely effect once it is wet.

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4. Prepare Your Water Brush Pen: Fill the water brush pen with plain tap water and give it a slight squeeze to wet the brush tip – you’re now ready to begin blending.

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5. Blend Your Colors: Using the wet bush tip, blend areas where you want to see a watercolor effect. If you used two different color pencils the water brush will blend the colors together. If you want a clean crisp color you may want to wipe the brush tip before blending. You don’t need much water (I added a bit more than needed for the purpose of the photo.) You can also blot very lightly to remove pooling water, but keep in mind it might remove some of your color.

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Viola! Pretty stationery sure to be a keeper for years to come by your recipient!

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Cheers,

–Linda
PS colors: chartreuse & pool
Latest fave: Silhouette SD Digital Cutting Tool and Peacock Cards & Envelopes

9 Responses to “Go ahead…color outside the lines!”

  • Aimee says:

    What a fun idea. I really like the way it turned out too. Going to have to try this sometime. :)

  • How lovely! I think we’re going to have to try this technique on wood… how gorgeous would that be?!? Thanks for sharing!

  • Emily says:

    Wow! That’s really cool–I’m going to have to try that technique. What a great twist to “regular” stamping.

  • Lori says:

    This is a great design application! I will use it soon! This will be fun to do and may blend with other techniques too. I love this on the kraft paper but it would be beautiful on other colors for more formal look.

  • Nan says:

    Picked up the water color pencils, water brush, embossing powder and a heater this weekend at Paper Source. Two birthday cards completed! Thank you Paper Source for this fun and pretty technique!

  • stephanie says:

    great idea! thanks for sharing.

  • Lindzie says:

    I’ve tried this technique. It’s so fun to be able to “paint” stamps :)

  • linda says:

    Glad everyone enjoyed this one.
    Be sure to send me some photos to our facebook page so I can see what you’ve been creating!!
    Cheers,
    Linda

  • Dawni says:

    I love the idea of using the watercolor brush with the pencils and will need to try that tonight when I get home. Thank you for the ideas!

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