You’re Very Special


Hi bloggers! Happy Sunday to you! Today I have 2 pretty & fun cards made with Derwent pencils, some SSS exclusives, & Hero Arts stamps!  We’re so pleased to have Ashley Stephens back as a guest designer today! I will let her fabulous cards speak for themselves and also leave you with some notes about each card from the designer.



For this card, I used a watercolor technique with Derwent Inktense pencils. I wet my brush and swiped it directly onto the pencil, then let the water drip directly onto the paper. This gives a nice, rich color! I then brushed a single strip of each color to serve as the background for my stamp. I embossed the sentiment with distress ink, giving it a soft look. Then, I went over everything with glossy accents to make it appear that the paint was still wet.



I also used my Inktense pencils for this card, but instead I colored directly onto my embossed image, working in strips. I tried to layer the colors over each other so they would blend nicely. Then, I added water, painting back and forth, to create the watercolor look. Once everything was dry, I rubbed a damp cloth over the embossing to brighten it up again. With just a little twine for interest and an embossed greeting, this card was very easy to make!


Thanks for reading today and thanks again to Ashley for being a guest on our blog today!
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  1. I love any new ideas for using watercolor pencils and these are both great. The glossy accents to create the wet look is perfect! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Thank you for describing your watercolor cards–I’ve been wanting to learn this technique!

  3. Just love this watercolour effects on these cards, I have the pencils but need some ideas of technique, thank you for sharing, these cards are lovely!!!

  4. Sigh, I LOVE Derwent Inktense pencils and want them SO BADLY! (but it is difficult to save when companies keep coming out with adorable stamping supplies, LOL!) Love what you did with them!

  5. Just love both of the cards. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Love the tip on adding glossy accents to make the wet look.

  6. I like the idea of using glossy accents to make the paint look as though it is still wet. good thinking

  7. I’ve been crazy about watercolor and have been wanting to try embossing before painting it over, but after all these years and all my fascination with embossing, I’ve still not bought anything to emboss with!

    No idea what I’m waiting for, perhaps this :)

  8. I am crazy over the emboss resist technique, but love that wet watercolor look of the first one, too. Love ’em both!!
    <3 J

  9. I recently started using watercolor pencils and I love learning new ways to use them. Your cards are wonderful and such an inspiration for me. :)

  10. Love the colours that you’ve used on both cards sweetie, they’re fantastic. Hugs xNx

  11. WOW such gorgeous work here from Ashley. She certainly did an awesome job on these, and they´re just gorgeous. Love the beautiful colors and the bling feel she´s given it. Really cool .

  12. Love Inktense pencils—need to get more, love them so much, such fun!! Absolutely wonderful cards!

  13. These are both gorgeous! I really like the colours of the second one. Thanks for the inspiration!

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