Video: Watercolor and Stamping… + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS

Hi there! I have lots to share with you today. My video – which shares tips for watercolor and stamping – is part of the CASE Study 4th Anniversary blog hop. (More on that below.) Also, I have several ways you can win some fun giveaways.

[All supplies are linked below to multiple sources. Click HERE to watch the video in HD on YouTube.]

Yep… I still am on my watercolor kick! However, it just doesn’t come natural to me. Today’s video shares tips that I have found are key for me achieving a watercolor look I am happy with. The biggest tip? Let the water do the work for you. Another big tip? Get some good watercolor. Today’s video shows the Gansai Tambi watercolor set. Yes, the colors are creamy and gorgeous, but the price tag is a bit high. But it really is worth it to me because I get better results and it includes a pearly white and shiny gold. (My other favorite form of watercolor is still the Peerless. Both are amazing and both act the same *in my eyes* when painting. I am not an expert! But I have tried *a lot* and found that these two are the easiest for a non-expert to work with.)

The lovely images I used on this card are from the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set. I heat embossed them on watercolor paper with WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder. (This stuff is GORGEOUS.) I then painted with the Gansai Tambi watercolor, my new favorite brush and water. If you look closely you will see some pearly shine and some gold shine. Yep – those were done with the metallic watercolor included in this set. (However, if you don’t have these watercolors, you can make your own pearlized water with Perfect Pearls.)

I also heat embossed the My Favorite Things Diagonal background stamp with the WOW Silver Pearl embossing powder on the notecard. It is stunning how it picks up the pool color of the cardstock. I added a “Hello” embellishment that matches the softness of the card. I got this from Color Cast Designs – I love their pieces! This one was perfect for this card.


Here are some other helpful watercolor links:

  • More with Gansai Tambi – This video shows another way to use these great watercolors.
  • Inspiration – This is the card that inspired mine – from the wonderful Tasnim Ahmed.
  • Peerless Watercolor – This video shows my other favorite form of watercolor.
  • Watercolor Expert – Dawn of WPlus9 is by far the most talented watercolor/stamping/video gal out there. Please check out her channel. Wow.


I’m excited to be joining CASE Study as they celebrate their 4th Anniversary. (CASE Study is a wonderful challenge blog, and I was honored to be their “Muse” last year HERE.) They are celebrating with a month of inspirational blog hops.

The theme of this hop is “inspiration.” The card I created was inspired by THIS card by Tasnim Ahmed:

I love her card and am so thankful she agreed for me to “lift” it! CASE Study is inviting everyone to join an accompanying challenge and share creations inspired by any project from the Blog Hop.

—> The next stop on the blog hop is Heather Pulvirenti. (Head to the CASE Study blog for more information.)


Like the fun “hello” embellishment I used above? I have a discount code for you! Use the code JENNIFER10 to get 10% off any order over at Color Cast Designs.


I have giveaways and there are two ways to win:

  • For your chance to win the Altenew Persian Motifs stamp set I used above along with several fun pieces of Color Cast Designs, leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 8/19/14.
  • CASE Study is also giving away some awesome prizes for their anniversary. For your chance, leave me a comment here and on every stop on the hop by 11:59pmEST on 8/19/14. (Check out the CASE Study blog for more information.)

I have winners from past giveaways: Tim Holtz Stamps (Laura BookWorm) and Sweet Stamp Shop Stamps (Niki G).


Below are the products featured above. Click on the letters below the picture to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), Ellen Hutson (EH), Dick Blick (DB), Mama Elephant (ME), Color Cast Designs (CCD), and Amazon (AZ).




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( SSS | AMZ )


( AZ )


(SSS | EH | AZ)




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713 thoughts on “Video: Watercolor and Stamping… + Blog Hop + GIVEAWAYS”

  1. Such a pretty card. My only water colors are twinkling h2Os, which I’m hoping will work as well with this technique. Thanks, as always, for sharing the results of your experimenting.

  2. i love the flower water color card it was a great video showing you how, im so glad i found your site today, ty for sharing hope i win

  3. OK, love the card. How do you color with markers and a water brush and how do you use direstss ink and a water brush? Never done that and would like to learn! My email is bditto(at)hotmail(dot)com.

  4. Jennifer, I love your work! Your son is so cute when he sticks his hand in to help you or to wave to us. Am very glad you’re back. ?

  5. Hi Jennifer really loved all the goodies, unfortunately SSS is out of the water color paints, but I found it at and it is gorgeous I just bought it, along with the WOW silver pearl. Do hope to win this prize I’d would do so much with it! I’m just a little confused about the date in your post, you said to leave a message by “8/19/14″….lol. Back to the future is what comes to mind. 🙂

  6. I have learned a great deal from your tutorials over the years and thank you for the generosity of spirit you show in doing this for such a high level of commitment is a great burden.
    I have been working with the smallest set of these gansai tambi paints
    For me I use two water glasses and in the clean water glass I have a plastic syringe to intermittently add water direct to the lane in the box.
    Keeps them in the same orientation which helps the muscle memory aka same colour same place and keeps the paint surface moist.
    The latter is crucial to stop me damaging the daler Rowney Dalon watercolour brushes that I find are the biggest investment.
    Size 1,6,12
    But for the best cheap good​ alternative can I add the Talents Van Gogh white plastic 12 half pan set? Comes with a good number 6 brush too. I got mine on Amazon for under ten pounds.
    I know that it doesn’t have the gansai tambi sparkly type paints but neither does my small 12 pan current gansai tambi set. As you say use up those perfect pearls powders and they are after all excellent quality!
    Thanks again for your help over the years

  7. Beautiful designs, I love the watercolor rechnique and the stamp you used. I am new to your videos nd blog and have been binge watching all week. Please keep the tutorials coming I am enjoying them so much and learning get so. Many things .i cant’t wait o try

  8. HI. You inspire me to try new things. I wish there would be a way to show you how my card turned out by using the method you have shown here in this post.

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