Playing with Colour – The Completed Cards


Hello stamping friend! As promised, I’m here to share with you the completed cards from my Playing with Colour post. If you missed it earlier this week, you can read it HERE. To refresh your memory, I had used our Stampin’ Write Markers to colour 2 panels of Watercolour Paper. Then, one panel was manipulated with a Stampin’ Spritzer, and the other with an Aqua Painter. This is what the 2 panels looked like.


Playing with Colour

The ink on panel on the left was wet with the Sprizter, then drops of water added, then blotted, with the Aqua Painter. The panel of ink on the right was spread with an Aqua Painter. Drops of water were then added, then blotted, also with the Aqua Painter.


At first, I was just going to stamp silhouette images on top of the backgrounds. But that was too easy! So, I decided to use a stamp set that hasn’t seen ink in a while – the lovely Sitting Here stamp set.

Playing with Colour - Completed Cards

You can probably see – I really could’ve used my Stamparatus for stamping the swing seat! My apologies – your eyes are not blurry! I had first stamped the swing in Soft Suede ink, but it wasn’t dark enough for my liking. So, I stamped over it a second time in Early Espresso ink – but I was a little bit off! The one on the right definitely was a better stamp! *Note – my Stamparatus arrived today, the day after stamping this!

Anyway – here you can see that I kept the cards looking as identical as I could, so that you could compare the backgrounds.


After stamping the swing seat the 2nd time in Early Espresso ink, I used an Aqua Painter, and picked up Early Espresso ink from the lid, and filled in the slats on the swing, as well as the back and arms. I kinda like the imperfections; the give it a more authentic watercolour look, rather than a ‘stamped’ look.

Next, the cat and cushion are stamped in Memento Black ink onto Whisper White cardstock. To colour the cat, use the Bronze Stampin’ Blends Marker for the shading, then the Light Crumb Cake Blends for the entire cat. For the pillow, use the Dark Bermuda Bay Blends marker to colour in the pattern.

Both the cat & pillow are hand cut with Paper Snips. After cutting, place them upside down on the Stampin’ Pierce Mat, and use one end of the Stylus from the Simply Scored Scoring Tool to ‘push out’ the middle of the cat and pillow, to create a more 3D image.

Here’s a side view of the cards, so you can see what I mean.

Playing With Colour - Completed Cards

Attach the cat & pillow to the seat with Stampin’ Dimensionals, for extra – well, dimension! The little bird, also from the Sitting Here stamp set, is stamped in Memento Black ink on the back of the seat.

For the branches, use the Big Shot with the Seasonal Layers Thinlits. Die cut 2 branches for each card from Soft Suede cardstock. The branches are attached with Mini Glue Dots. I love using these for skinny 3D pieces, because you can roll the glue dots between your fingers, to make them skinny to fit your cardstock piece.

Finally, the watercolour panel is layered onto a panel of Old Olive cardstock with Dimensionals, then attached to a Soft Suede cardstock base.


As you can see in the photos above, I attached a panel of Whisper White cardstock to the inside of the card. The flower pot is stamped in Memento Black ink, then coloured with the Stampin’ Blends Markers in Light Old Olive, Light Pumpkin Pie, and Light Daffodil Delight. The flower pot is coloured in Light Crumb Cake Blends,with the shading done with the Bronze Blends Marker.


So – here’s the big question – which do you like better? Given that the images are basically the same on each card, do you have a preference of one background over the other? Here’s another look.



Playing With Colour - Completed Cards

Stampin’ Write Markers with Stampin’ Spritzer

Playing with Colour - Completed Cards

Stampin’ Write Markers with Aqua Painter


I can’t wait to read your comments – please do leave one for me!


This really was fun to do! I hope you’ll try it for yourself, either with the products I used, or some you have on hand. If you need to order supplies, click on the product images below, or my signature. Feel free to browse around my online store – it’s open 24/7!

Thanks for spending time with me today; I hope you enjoyed this creative experiment 🙂


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  1. Susan Horr says:

    I can’t make up my mind which I like better. I like the smoothness of one but I like the defined water spots of the other. Both are beautiful!

  2. buffycooper says:

    Love the comparisons, and both of your cards are gorgeous!

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