Smiles and Sunshine Watercoloring

Hi readers! Happy Tuesday to you! We’re pleased to welcome Wednesday DT team member Jo Nevill to our store blog as a guest today! Have you tried watercoloring yet? It’s a hot trend, but I’ve noticed some are a bit timid to try it! If you are one of those people, read on! This would be a great card to try out watercoloring! And if you’d like MORE tips and tricks on watercoloring, be sure to check out our Youtube channel!


Hi ! I’m Jo, a Designer with the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Team! A few weeks ago I was delighted and thrilled to be accepted onto the Kuretake UK Design Team. I’m here to show you just a few of the many Zig Kuretake products which are available in the Simon Says Stamp Store!

My favorite way of coloring at the moment is by watercolor and I absolutely adore the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Watercolor set. This set has an array of colors, so bright and vibrant and are so easy to use. I am not an artist and coloring and shading does not come naturally to me but these watercolors do all the work for you.

For this card I firstly stamped the Sunflower and sentiment from the Clearly Besotted Stamps Sunflower and Smiles Clear Stamp set using the Misti and Simon Says Stamp Black Ink onto Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock. I love this watercolor card and find it so easy to work with. You can use either the textured side or the smooth side. I generally use the textured side. After stamping, I started to paint the leaves. After choosing the color I wanted to use, I mixed a small amount of paint with some water onto an acrylic block. I then painted a leaf with some water and then added a small amount of color into a corner of the leaf. I chose a corner that I wanted the color darkest. The color will then spread through the water. I followed this technique throughout the painting of the Sunflowers adding more color/water as desired.

After painting the Sunflower, I added a very pale blue hue around the Sunflowers. I also wanted to give add a warm hue too so tapped the Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Ink Pad onto an acrylic block and added lots of water. I painted around the sunflower and blotted with a paper towel until I had the depth of color I wanted.

The final touch to the Sunflower was to add a touch of sparkle with the Zig Wink of Stella Clear Brush Tip Marker. These markers are full of sparkle which give your images a great shimmery finishing touch.

The card would not be finished without a sprinkle of sequins ! My favorite sequins are the Simon Says Stamp Moonshine Assorted Sequins I used the Zig Fine Tip Glue pen to attach them. The glue comes out bright blue but once dried, clears to a matte clear finish and holds small items to your cards fast!

Thank you for joining me today and I hope to see you again soon :D



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  1. I really love to watercolor my images on my cards. I think it looks so artsy. I l9ove today’s card.

  2. Thanks for the tips on watercoloring. I love the effect but am not sure I can do it. Your message makes me want to try though! :) And I absolutely love the card design. The words are a perfect compliment to the flower, and the sentiment would be perfect for any occasion!

  3. A beautiful card-especially like the Sunflower (great job coloring) and Fonts on the Sentiment. I’m starting to notice the sequins everywhere now and think they add that little touch of bling.

  4. What a pretty card. I do love the soft look of watercoloring. So lovely. Thanks for sharing this project.

  5. What a pretty flower and what a nice job water coloring. I still have not mastered that aspect. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Such a classic CAS design! Love the sunflower stamp. It lends itself perfectly to watercoloring! The few sequins added bring just the right amount of sparkle! TFS!

  7. What a pretty card!! I have yet to try watercolor even though I have all the supplies – maybe during my 4 day holiday weekend I can find some time.

  8. Beautiful card. So many choices when it comes to picking out watercolors. Still just watching and learning.

  9. I love the outline shading around the flowers. Adds such depth! Thanks for sharing your technique!

  10. I love sunflowers and I love this card! We have 9 sunflowers blooming in our garden this year…they are so tall and beautiful. Thanks for sharing! =)

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