Video: Watercolor & Stamping… + Shop For a Good Cause

Hi! Today’s video shares some tips and tricks for using watercolor with stamping and die cutting. The project uses some great products from Mama Elephant… and below I have some information on how you can shop for these goodies while earning money for a good cause. Yay!

[All supplies are linked in the thumbnails below. To watch the video in HD, click HERE.]

Ahhh… my love for watercolor with stamping is still going strong! It is such fun. Because of this love, I have bought and tried pretty much all of the watercolor mediums out there. My favorite has been the Peerless Watercolor, which you can see in my video HERE. (And I have several more videos coming up.) I love how creamy and vibrant the colors are… and they seem to do the blending for you. Well, a few weeks ago I got an email from my friend Kryssi who is one of the owners of Mama Elephant. She told me about another watercolor and insisted I try it. Boy am I glad I did. I now am donating all of my watercolor mediums except two – the Peerless Watercolor and the Gansai Tambi that I am demonstrating today.

Gansai Tambi is a high-quality Japanese watercolor that goes on very creamy and vibrant… much like the Peerless. I like that the big set has a gold, bronze, white and pearly white, and that the light colors even show up on dark cardstock! Swoon. I will be using these (and the Peerless) from here on out. Love. I just wish I would have found these in the beginning! (Oh, and for pencil form, I still love the Inktense.)

So! Back to this card and video. For the heat embossing of the images, I used one of my favorite tricks. I first stamped the Mama Elephant In My Heart little girl and sentiment (what a GREAT set!) with Hero Arts Black Dye Ink. I then stamped right on top of it with Versmark Ink and added clear embossing powder. I find that I get the best “black heat embossing” results this way since black powders can be messy and black pigment ink is often not crisp. (And one less product to buy!) The Gansai Tambi watercolors were perfect to add the coloring, and also for the sky-wash background. I also used the Mama Elephant Landscape Trio cloud die to create a background with dimension.

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I am a huge fan of Operation Write Home, who collects and distributes loads of handmade cards for soldiers overseas to send home to family members. Well, from now until 7/31/14, 20% of the profits of the In My Heart stamp set purchased through the Mama Elephant site goes to Operation Write Home. So, please support this wonderful cause! Also, this stamp set was designed specifically with the efforts of Operation Write Home in mind. Love!

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53 thoughts on “Video: Watercolor & Stamping… + Shop For a Good Cause”

  1. Yay, so nice to know that you change your mind alot as well when your making a card!!! I do this quite often (or start again completely) or I will leave the card till the morning, look with new eyes and then decide what to do. Those watercolours are beautiful and can see what you mean about them being buttery. Think I will put these on my ever growing ‘wishlist’.

  2. What an amazing card Jennifer! And I’m glad that I’m not the only one who changes gears on a card project mid-project. Happens all of the time around here. LOL

  3. Your little girl looks so sweet swinging in the clouds. It’s great that Mama Elephant is having a fund raiser for Operation Write Home. I plan on working on some more cards this weekend, hopefully I’ll have a box to send them soon. Thanks for another video full of ideas and techniques.

  4. Another fab card Jennifer, I love how you cut the clouds and layered thym with the sun peeking behind. I am amazed each time you show a card, they are so unique and use great techniques. Thank you for sharing with us.

  5. Thanks for another great video. I love the way you cut up the clouds and tucked in the sun. This is a cute stamp set!

  6. Very fun card. I have problems with black emobssing powder specks getting everywhere,
    I will have to try your method. Watercolor is something I’ve been wanting to try, these colors look lovely.

  7. Beautiful card Jennifer! Love the look of this watercolor and the way you used the dies.

    BTW, the name Gansai Tambi is Japanese and is pronounced like “gone-sigh tom-bee” .
    Hope that helps.

  8. Ack! I have been looking at these paints for a couple of days and just hadn’t ordered them yet. You forced me to get my order in NOW with this video. Hahaha! If you mention them in a video they will sell out immediately! Have you seen the 12 bottle set of Peerless over on Ellen Hutson? I got them but haven’t had a chance to play with them yet. It will allow for more color combinations. Also, I ordered the new four bottle Splash ink. You can get it on Amazon or from Papertrey Ink. It acts like a watercolor but dries like an acrylic so it is permanent. Great color chart is included for mixing. Oh, really cute card! Thanks Jennifer.

  9. I have to admit it was fun to see you struggle with the card you are making too. Your a genius when it comes to card making and so it was also fun for me to see how you corrected the mistakes, the tips and tricks you use we’re informative and helpful. Believe me I’ll be putting these into good use. Yesterday, I was making cards and was up to my elbows in ink…I felt like I needed to wear surgical gloves and sleeve protectors like the secretaries wore in the olden days at work. LOL. How does one keep from getting ink all over them? It won’t come off easily, at church I snuck out the side door rather than shake hands with pastor to keep him from seeing all the ink! Too funny! FYI: dye ink and baby wipes were used. Love ya Jennifer, I do learn so much from you, keep those tips coming at me, I’m going to be needing them.

  10. Thank you for showing us the whole process of making a card. My cards don’t always come together either. 🙂 Your card turned out so cute.

  11. Such a cute card and you’re such an incredible endorser of the new watercolors that it’s sold out in all 3 places! 🙂 Which is not a bad thing for my wallet. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Such a fun card! Thanks for introducing us to these new watercolors as well. They look wonderful!

    You mentioned how much you liked the brush you use for this card – would you be willing to share the name of it with us please? The bristles look quite a bit longer than more “traditional/basic” watercolor brushes.

  13. If you’d like to avoid having to double stamp, try using Transcendence clear EP by Vippies. This stuff is amazing! It was designed to be used over dye inks and it really does work beautifully. Also, it rarely sticks where you don’t want it. I like your VersaMark idea and will try it, but for reasons of time-saving and also for reducing chances of an over-stamping boo boo, you can’t beat Transcendence! And no, I’m not on commission . . .

  14. It makes me feel so much better to know that you tear apart and redo cards that aren’t to your liking. I’ve been doing that a lot lately.

  15. I enjoy watching the entire process, mistakes, corrections, processes, techniques and all. Your ideas always make me want to try whatever you’re making. I don’t have a budget that big, but I like that you give alternatives and encourage us to use what we have. It’s also helpful to see and hear why something didn’t work, then see and hear how you fixed it. I, too, love to swing, so I’m sure Lila will enjoy sending the card to her big sister, and that your daughter will cherish it like the treasure it is.

  16. Fabulous card, Jennifer – and I love how you show your changes . . . I lots of times have to make alterations, but I am not even close to your caliber of card making. But I aspire to be and keep trying . . . I love the process!. 🙂

  17. Fun card and it was neat to see the creative process come together. I do a lot a changing as I go along so it is nice to know the professionals do to. The video was very easy to follow and I enjoy them.

  18. This card makes me smile! Thanks for keeping it real and showing how you go about recovering something that you don’t completely like. I often find myself doing the same and it makes me feel great to know that I am not the only one 🙂 I really want to purchase this set of water colors

  19. Lovely card! Loved seeing how your process changed as well as the fact that you can see bits that you aren’t 100% happy with but recognise that others won’t see that at all and that they will love it. (Almost wish I hadn’t already purchased the stamp set so that OWH could have benefitted).

  20. Those watercolours look amazing, Jennifer. Thanks for sharing the card making process. It’s so helpful to see how a card can be changed from good to great. Yours turned out really sweet.

  21. Jennifer, this card is magnificent. I love the way you did the frame with the stitching, and the used the die cut clouds. What a great idea. And the watercolor…..I can’t wait to get my own. I love watercoloring but don’t have many and I know one day I can get the Gansai Tambi. I was worried there was only a little paint in the pan, which for its price seemed unbalanced, but after watching you remove the pans, I could tell that there was sufficient paint, therefor, it makes the paint and price more palatable. Thank you so much for the review of the watercolor set, and thank you for the tutorial. : -)

  22. LOVE this card, the clouds with the sun peeking through are awesome. The little girl is adorable. I haven’t had time to watch the video yet but I will…thank you!!

  23. Those watercolors look awesome, Jennifer! I’ve been wanting to try the Peerless since I saw your video, but now I don’t know, these look like they might be even better! Adorable card and thanks for another great video 🙂

  24. Beautiful card Jennifer! I love how you put the little girl on the swing! Very creative!! So, which brush did Dawn tell you about? (I didn’t see it listed in your supplies–did I miss it?)

  25. Such a cute card! Thanks for the new watercolor review it is on my list for my christmas gifts!!! God bless!

  26. Love your card Jennifer! Amazing how you did the clouds. Love how you think outside of the box. I love using bold black pigment plus pad from B & J’s Art Stamps. I use clear embossing powder over it. I love water colors and really want that water color pad. Thanks for sharing amazing cards.

  27. I’ll need to check out the watercolors…I like the big tray. I like the creative way you used the landscape dies for the clouds.

  28. another great video, as always, and an adorable card. I must say I absolutely love the way you painted the sun!!!!!

  29. Such a sweet card, and as always I soaked up all of the wonderful techniques you shared. You are such a talent, thank you for sharing all you do with us. I was wondering if you had a link or info source on the silver cord you used for the swing….or did I miss that? I would love to know where to get some of that, thank you so much in advance if you have time to reply.

  30. The Pearlescent colour is Silver, according to the Japanese character.

    I am new to your videos (and to all things crafty), and I find them incredibly informative and easy to follow, especially your Favourite Crafty Things segments. Thank you so much!

    PS…I clicked on the wrong link to comment for the other video…so sorry!

  31. These really do look like butter!!! And that pearl-like color–WOW! LOVE it! It’s like wetting the perfect pearls without the mess of the powder!

    Glad you still like the Inktense pencils–those were the ones I got and I really like them, too. May save up for this new collection b/c the gold, the pearl color, and that teal color–amazing! 🙂

    For the record, one of the reasons you’re my favorite cardmaker is b/c of how you just keep going with a card even if it’s not exactly how you had envisioned it to be. It really is “just a card” and I’m sure your stepdaughter will love it!

  32. I always enjoy (maybe ‘I’m encouraged by’ would be better) the videos that include the ‘not sure I like it’ moments. Your ‘correction’ ideas might lead me to saving more and tossing less. 🙂 I know your stepdaughter will love Lila’s card. Thank you, Mama Elephant, for supporting OWH.

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