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



Thanks for reading today, and thanks to Jo for being our guest!


Blog Candy Alert!! Follow our blog via email and comment on this post for a chance to win a special blog candy!

Congrats! Blog Candy Winners!

From: Challenge: Stamp + Mist: Ruth Gauss!
From: Sending & Wishing: Creative Ways to Stretch Your Supplies!: Carolyn Carter!
From: Sizzlin’ Father’s Day Card!: Betsy Terry!
From: Congratulations New Baby: Barb Schmidt!

Please email Samantha ([email protected]) with your mailing address and the name of the blog you won from to claim your prize!

  1. I’m one of those intimidated ones but this is so beautiful, it might nudge me on to trying water coloring.

  2. Sunflowers ! They will always have a special place in my memories. My Mom once had a Sunflower mysteriously grow in her garden and she let it grow. My Mom is a bit of a SUPER green thumb that any plant she cares for flourishes and that Sunflower grew to be 6 ft. tall and had a flower head as big as a car tire. She eventually decided to yank it out as it was blocking the sunlight of the plants below. She got roots and all but it miraculously started growing back again. We now laugh about how many times she’s yanked out that sunflower and it just kept growing back. I love Sunflowers bcuz of the memories and their cheerful !!

  3. This is so beautifully done, Jo. I’m one of those timid people, so can really appreciate this lovely card.

  4. I have yet to do any water coloring, guess I’m afraid I won’t be any good at it. I really need to get over my fears and just jump right in. Your card is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Sunflowers are my absolute favorite! What gorgeous watercoloring! You make it look easy – maybe I can do this…

  6. A super nice watercolor card. You make it sound so simple, like there’s no reason everyone shouldn’t be able to take up watercoloring.

  7. I love sunflowers, I painted my dining room with them. I recently bought new watercolors so thanks for the inspiration.

  8. My wonderful husband bought me a set of the Kuratake watercolors for Christmas, and I love them! The colors are so rich & creamy, plus you get metallic watercolors! This set is a must have for anyone who loves watercoloring!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By agreeing, you accept the use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.