Stained Glass Watercolor + GIVEAWAY

Hello! Today I am sharing a simple technique that uses markers for a stained glass watercolor look. VERY easy to do!

[All supplies are linked in the text below and in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

I have always dreamed of being a watercolor artist… but I just don’t have it in my genes! But that ok because I have lots of ways to” fake it” and get results that make me happy. Today’s is one of the easiest techniques out there! And it works great with many water-based markers… as I prove in the video with lots of examples.

My first examples showcases the new-and-oh-so-fabulous Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart Stamp. Such a unique stamp! I started by white heat embossing the background (without the removable heart center) on watercolor paper. I then traced along the heat embossed lines with Tombow Markers… and  filled in the area with water.

The water does all the work and pulls the color from the line… but leaving a darker edge. Such a cool look… kinda like stained glass. And the raised heat embossing acts like “walls” to keep the puddles in place. I used Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder to heat emboss a sentiment from the new Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Love Stamp Set and added the panel to a notecard of Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock.

My next card also uses the Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart Stamp – just love it! This time I added color with Stabilo Pens and water. Works just as well! The results are similar.

That fantastic sentiment is from the Simon Says Stamp Really Like Stamp Set. This set is great! And that Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder is gorgeous.

For this card, I used the stained glass watercolor technique with the center heart of the Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart Stamp. This time I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. The color from the Zigs moves quickly with the water, giving bold results. I think the Zigs would be great for larger areas, too.

I white heat embossed the rest of the background for a white-on-white, textured look. I love how the heart fits perfectly into the background. The “missing you always” sentiment from the new Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Love Stamp Set.

I also wanted to show you can use this technique for larger areas/stamps, too. Here, I used the technique along with Simon Says Stamp From the Rooftops Stamp Set and Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Such a great way to get a soft, watercolor look…

I again used the Simon Says Stamp From the Rooftops Stamp Set for my last card… but this time with the Arteza Real Brush Watercolor Pens. Yes… this stained glass watercolor techniques works with many different water-based markers. Try it with whatever you have!


Simon Says Stamp just launched their Friends release and it is packed FULL of great products! I am blown away. I used many of them above, but there are many other great ones. Be sure to check them out HERE!


How would you like to win a product from the new Simon Says Stamp release? For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 12/20/17 telling me your favorite product from this release. You can find them all HERE. (To leave a comment, scroll down to the bottom of this post and click the green “leave a comment” button. The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those that are SSS branded. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Simon Says Stamp Friends Release
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Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart Stamp
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Simon Says Stamp Really Like Stamp Set
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Simon Says Stamp Handwritten Love…
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Simon Says Stamp From the Rooftops…
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Simon Says Stamp Stained Glass Love…
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Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper
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MISTI Stamping Tool
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MISTI Bar Magnet
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Large Black Worksurface
Anti Static Powder Bag
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
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Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Arteza Water Brush Set
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Tombow Markers
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Stabilo Pens
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens
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Arteza Real Brush Watercolor Pens
Tonic Craft Spoon
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Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock
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White Craft Foam
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Tim Holtz Distress Collage Adhesive
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Scrapbook Adhesives Thin Foam Squares
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Darice Foam Adhesive Strips
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445 thoughts on “Stained Glass Watercolor + GIVEAWAY”

  1. So beautiful! I love the Modern Circle and the Handwritten Love, both are lovely. With sentiments I always consider the font, not just the sentiment itself and these hit the spot. Thank you for the gorgeous inspiration – you make me feel I can achieve this look too:-)

  2. So beautiful! So many great new products from SSS it is hard to decide which is my favorite. I guess I’d say the Cosmo Flower Frame.

  3. Wow! What a beautiful bunch of stamps and dies and all! I love the rooftops, the animal dies, and the written love stamp set (I think it is called something similar?).

  4. So many lovely products in this release, like the modern flower card wrap wafer die and the radiant stencil. Favourite is the centre cut heart stamp. Loved your examples and will definitely give it a try. The technique reminded me of cake decorating (showing my age here) 40 years ago, called floodwork. Thank you for always inspiring me.

  5. The Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Heart Stamp is my favorite. I love what you’ve done with all of the stamp sets!

  6. I love the SSS Center Cut Heart Stamp! The way you’ve shown them colored today on your blog is just amazing! So many possibilities with this stamp that my mind is at work already!!

  7. As always so hard to choose, but I’m going to go with the Cosmo Flower Frame die! These cards are gorgeous! I’m definitely getting out my Zig Real Brush markers to try this!

  8. What a lovely affect! I use watercolor a lot with my markers and really like the artistic look it gives to a card. I have been looking for white watercolor paper and having trouble finding it. Thanks for suggesting the Tim Holtz brand.

  9. I really love the Simon Says Cling Rubber Stamp CENTER CUT HEART Background and how you used it, both to make the card that has the heart removed and the one with the colored heart. Both are lovely and inspire me so much!

  10. Love that gorgeous Center Cut out Stamp ! What a great idea you and Kristina came up with and I’m glad to see it being continued. I love watercolouring on cards.

  11. This release has everything I really really love!! It is hard to choose just one. But IF I HAVE TO….I really love this heart-cut-out-stamp. There seems to be so much you can do with it!! It is just gorgeous!!!!

  12. I love the center cut heart stamp, but the Shouting From the Rooftop Stamp are so unique. I will be buying that one for the sentiments alone. Great technique.

  13. Gorgeous cards! My favorite from this release is the center cut heart–so versatile and so many ways to use it. Your cards are amazing, thanks for inspiring us to be crafty!

  14. I love this look! Gotta say, the Center Cut heart is my fave. I love the push-out heart just as a stamp by itself, let alone the fact that it jigsaws in and out of the whole gorgeous background! I look forward to more of these center-cut designs, they’re SO clever.

  15. Love the Zig pens. Like the way they blend. And that From the Rooftops stamp set is a keeper! I have a number of friends and family that I could use that set.

    Happy Holidays, Jennifer. I have enjoyed “finding” you this year and following you.
    The best to you and your family.

  16. My favorite things, since I can’t pick just one, from the latest release are the animal dies. They are so cute! I’m really digging your stained glass effects. It’s super cool looking!

  17. Have to say I really like the From the Rooftops stamp set. It’s fun and quirky and I love what you’ve done with not only this stamp set Jennifer, but also with the Stained Glass Love one too. TFS

  18. It’s a tie between the Rose and Mum frame dies. So pretty! I have a really hard time with all types of coloring. Your videos are a great help. Thank you.

  19. I am loving this center cut heart stamp! Your technique here is gorgeous. I’d also love to get my hands on the rose frame die. Thanks for inspiration!

  20. My favorite is the Center Cut Heart large background stamp you used for the stained glass technique, it’s gorgeous!

  21. I love “From the Rooftops”! What a fun idea. Can make all kinds of cards with this set. Thanks for a chance to win. 😀

  22. I’m with you in that I love the look of watercolour but whenever I try to use watercolour paints on a card, the effect is not as pleasing as I’d anticipated as I really am not artistic. But this beautiful heart stamped with embossing powders & then coloured in with the Zig & Stabilo & Arteza pens are gorgeous!

  23. I really love the idea of using embossed line as a guideline it reminds me of the when we were kids and our teachers told us to colour under the lines only, my favorite product from new release is rose flower frame waffer die.

  24. Love this release. If forced to chose just one item it would be the background Center Cut heart Dtsmp. It is just lovely very and a very useful background. TFS

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