Watercoloring with Stampin’ Up!’s Stampin’ Write Markers with video

Do you like the look of watercoloring but feel you lack the materials or the skills? Try a different aproach with a different set of materials and you may surprise yourself! You can do it! I made this card using paper, markers and a water brush. Here is how I did it and how you can do it too 🙂


A simple card design will be a great start. My card base is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, top folded and made of Thick Whisper White cardstock. I have a strip of washi and a strip of patterned paper as a background, which will work toward my smaller stamped image takes the feature area. The Layering Square Fremelits have a great scallop or straight look that let me choose the cut, which helps in drawing in the eye. My inks, cardstock and patterned paper all match, which are also a pleasing design element. They work together to let the coloring show up very well.


The trick, if there is a trick, to getting the markers to “move” around on the paper is WHAT KIND of paper to use. In this card, I used Bristol Paper. Bristol is not as textured as watercolor paper, so it gives a really smooth look but allows the water and ink to literally slide around for a bit. Regular thick cardstock will “pill” and break down with the strokes of the water brush, so it is an important choice to make when choosing paper. I stamped the image in Soft Suede, which is a medium brown color. I chose this over using black because I want to neutralize the look of the lines in the overall image. The olive green of the cardstock and paper look more natural coordinating with brown than with black (in this s).

Once the image is stamped in brown dye ink, I made sure it was completely dry before attempting to color. I did not want the outline to blur and starting from a dry ink/paper source is important. Using the brush tip of the marker, I applied color in an outline fashion, placing the marker lines where the most concentration of color would naturally lay. Immediately I moved the ink with the water brush, watching as it dilutes and moves out a lighter wash of color. Adding more color when needed or desired is always a possibility as well. I try to not color the total image area, as I do like the natural shaded look of watercolor.

And that’s pretty much it on the technique! Very simple and straight forward. Bristol paper is my choice when I use Stampin’ Write Markers or the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. It works well also for watercolor pencils, a fact you should remember when making your spring and Easter cards, hint-hint!


The colors of marker I used are: Pink Pirouette, Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze & Old Olive.

I made a video tutorial for this card project, CLICK HERE TO WATCH or watch below…

Here is a list of supplies I used to make this card project. Links are here that you can click to get product info and purchase items as well. Thank you for your support with your purchase 🙂

Thank you for visiting my blog today. Watercoloring is really this easy, when the technique is broken down. If you try using this method, please do share your card! Feel free to email me a pic and I will feature it here online 🙂  In the meantime, I hope you find a simple card design and make it your own.  Lets make it together!

-Jenny Hall
YOUR Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator



As Demonstrators prepare for OnStage in November, we will all be busily making “swap” cards. For those unable to go to OnStage, they do not get to experience the swap on a large scale. If you would like to participate in an “Across the Miles Swap”, please contact me to sign up. Here is how it will work: You will need to sign up to participate by November 15th. Once we close off the sign up date, I will contact you to let you know how many cards to make for swap. You will get back as many as you send in. If you want to swap one card, then sign up to send in one card. If you want to swap with all particiants, I will let you know how many to make and that’s how many you will send in and get back. This is a great way to share your work with others and to see what everyone else is doing. I do not anticipate this swap to go too big but if it does then I will break us into groups so as not to have everyone make a ton of cards. Are you ready to join the swap? You have until Nov 15th to sign up. Let’s make it together!    (open to demos and non-demos)


Are you interested in purchasing one of the finished cards I have featured on a blog post? Visit my Etsy shop at for a small selection. If the card you are looking for is not there, drop me a note and I will place it in the shop for you. -Jenny xoxo



  plus 25% off stamp sets!!!!


Not only are stitches a classic trend, they illustrate the quality, precision, and extra care taken when creating a piece. When you give a stitched gift it shows just how much you value that relationship. Starting November 1, you can purchase Stitched Shapes Framelits ahead of their official release in the 2017-2018 annual catalog! With Stitched Shapes Framelits you can make thoughtful paper stitches in seconds, turning any project into one that is stitched from the heart. And during the month of November, coordinating stamp sets are 25% off! But don’t worry…Stitched Shapes Framelits will still be available for purchase after November 30.

Item Description Retail Price Sale Price
145372 Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies—set of 12 dies which includes four circles, ovals, and squares $30 USD/ $40 CAD No discount
142069 (HC p. 11) Greetings From Santa Wood-mount Stamp Set $27 USD/ $35 CAD $20.25 USD/ $26.25 CAD
143269 (HC p. 11) Greetings From Santa Clear-mount Stamp Set $19 USD/ $25 CAD $14.25 USD/ $18.75 CAD
142114 (HC p. 15) Hang Your Stocking Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD
142049 (HC p. 19) Christmas Pines Photopolymer Stamp Set $35 USD/ $43 CAD $26.25 USD/ $32.25 CAD
142142 (HC p. 23) Merry Mice Wood-mount Stamp Set $23 USD/ $30 CAD $17.25 USD/ $22.50 CAD
142145 (HC p. 23) Merry Mice Clear-mount Stamp Set $17 USD/ $22 CAD $12.75 USD/ $16.50 CAD
142180 (HC p. 33) Tin of Tags Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD
142206 (HC p. 43) Suite Season Wood-mount Stamp Set $28 USD/ $36 CAD $21 USD/ $27 CAD
142209 (HC p. 43) Suite Season Clear-mount Stamp Set $20 USD/ $27 CAD $15 USD/ $20.25 CAD
140386 (AC p. 31) Oh, What Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD
141859 (AC p. 61) Baby Bear Photopolymer Stamp Set $26 USD/ $32 CAD $19.50 USD/ $24 CAD
141784 (AC p. 139) Blooms & Wishes Photopolymer Stamp Set $21 USD/ $26 CAD $15.75 USD/ $19.50 CAD

*AC refers to the annual catalog; HC refers to the holiday catalog.


  • Stitched Shapes Framelits available beginning November 1, 2016
  • November 1-30, 2016: select stamp sets 25% off
  • Stamp sets also available in French
  • Ordering Deadline (25% off stamp sets): November 30, 2016, by 11:50 PM (MT)

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*12 dies
*Circle: 4 dies, largest image 2-7/8″
*Square: 4 dies, largest image 2-5/8”
*Ovals: 4 dies, largest image 3-1/4” x 2-5/16”
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