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. The Center Cut Heart is my favorite. Your cards are lovely. I appreciate that you give us such great ideas for using the stamp several different ways

  2. This is truly such a cool technique!! I love the embossing to help keep the watercolors contained and it’s something I think I could definitely try! Have these markers on my Christmas list … .

  3. Always look forward to your videos – they help me so much! I couldn’t come up with just one favorite from this collection, the cut out heart is beautiful and versatile, also liked the bunched branches, and couple wafer dies – the hello beautiful gorgeous, leaf border frame and the cosmo flower frame. Thank you for your videos – you always say it is your job but it is like having a friend over when I watch and not intimidated to try the techniques.

  4. These cards are so inspirational. I love that I already have everything I need to try this technique. I have some additional Christmas cards to make and I want to try this with ornaments embossed in gold. I took a class on water coloring with Tombow markers at my local art store, and tried the technique with every water based marker I have. It even works with Crayola markers. Just some pigments go farther. I love the look of it with heat embossing.

    My favorite product from Simon Says Stamp’s newest release is the Radiant Stencil. The Heart cut out background is my favorite stamp.

  5. Well, I love everything that you create, so the center cutout heart background stamp is a favorite. I also like the flower frame wafer dies.

  6. Thanks gain for all the ideas you share with us!
    I love all the flower frame dies of this release! Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. What a beautiful technique! Of course, I’m a stained glass lover anyway, but these cards are extra pretty!!
    Paws-itivity hit the top of my wishlist from this release… so much to love, but that’s my fav!!

  8. Jennifer, I am not a water color artist either, although watching you, your talents continue to impress me! I’m giving this technique a try and hopefully it’ll be successful for me too. The center heart stamp is great, by itself and with the rest of the background. Thanks for sharing, and for the opportunity to win.

  9. Great cards, reminds me I have a small pack of Stabilo pens. From the new release I love the flower frame dies and the koala, also the Happy Birthday die… so many good things in this release.

  10. Great cards!!! I love the sentiment stamps. It is always hard to choose but love the two sets you used. Such nice words for anyone!

  11. The heart cut out stamp is my favorite. Thank you for sharing your techniques, tips, and tricks. I enjoy learning from you and look forward to your videos.

  12. Love these gorgeous rainbow colored stained glass cards! In this release I like the Leaf Border Frame Wafer dies the most.

  13. Hi Jennifer
    I’m really loving the heart center stamp….love the embossing & colour work you showed us…Thankyou….
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2018 to you & your family….

  14. Such a brilliant technique! Thank you so much! The heart centrestamp is very beautiful,such a clever idea to be able to remove the heart for different effects, Bravo! TFS!

  15. I love the from the rooftops stamp. I love the sentiments and there are a lot of neat things that can be done with those. I love the water color techniques you showed, it looks like something even I can do.

  16. This is an amazing release and so hard to pick a favorite. All the different flower dies look like they would be so much fun to play with. Your cards though are so great that I think the Rooftops stamps and dies have topped my list.

  17. Hi Jennifer, love the background stamp with the heart centre! great video and thanks for always sharing your amazing talent with us!

  18. Thanks for sharing..beautiful as always!!
    My fave is the center cut heart stamp!! love your examples and the possibilities it offers.

  19. Thank you so much Jennifer for all you do!!
    I love everything in this video!! But that background stamp is so beautiful!
    I can see using this for a multitude of cards.
    Wishing you and yours, a very Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year!
    Hugs, Nita Tibbets

  20. I have recently started to add border frames to my cards and am happy that SSS is showing more of them. The Leaf Border Frame Die set is my favorite in this new release….so versitile!

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