How to Watercolor the Christmas Rose with Stampin’ Write Markers

Hello and welcome to my blog; today I am going to share with you how to watercolor with your stampin' write markers.  I used the new limited time Christmas Rose Stamp Set from the Christmastime is Here Suite as my focal image.  You can use your Stampin' Write markers or any other water based marker to watercolor with as long as you have the right surface.  I am going to share with you a few tips and tricks on how to do just that in this post.  But first lets look at my card shall we.

Tips & Tricks: 

One of the big thing with creating a watercolor look with your stampin' write markers, and this is the main thing, is the type of paper you use.  Cardstock will not work, it absorbs the water to much and then makes the paper pile.  You have to use a paper that's designed for watercolor, so that mean watercolor paper, shimmery white, or Bristol paper.  Bristol is a artist paper that is used by artist for certain techniques and media.  I used a piece of the Fluid 100 Watercolor paper today.  
I started off my card by stamping the Christmas Rose outline image on the watercolor paper using my Stamparatus.  I decided to use the stamparatus because watercolor paper can be a little rough and to get a very good impression you may have to stamp it more than once.  Once I had the image stamped in Versamark ink I coated it with gold stampin' emboss powder and heat set it until it was smooth and melted.

Once I had the outline of the Christmas Rose image heat set on the Fluid 100 watercolor paper (which by the way is a artist quality watercolor paper that released in art supply stores a few years back and was well received) it was time to start using my Stampin' Write markers and aqua painter to start watercoloring.  I started out with the rose and used real red and placed some colors down in each section and worked petal by petal to wet each section and expand the colors.  Once I had the first layer down and had it dried I added some Cherry Cobbler and Merry Merlot markers to add shadows to the petals.  Once that was done I repeated the process.
Once the roses where done I then worked on the leaves and pine needles.  After that I worked on the berries and pinecones.  I repeated the same process as above.  I used the following colors to color the image; Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Merry Merlot, Shaded Spruce, Garden Green, Old Olive, Soft Suede, and Seaside Spray.  Once I had the entire image dried I added it to a piece of the Christmastime is Here Specialty Designer Series Paper as a mat.  I heat embossed my sentiment on a piece of Vellum Cardstock.  I added this to the watercolor paper by wrapping the ends around and attaching it with a couple pieces of tear & tape.  I then used liquid glue to attach the focal image to the mat, and then to the card base.
To finish off my card I added a few Basic Pearls to the card front, to add a little elegance to the card.  I thought that the pearls added more than rhinestones to the card.

Video Tutorial: 

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Thanks for dropping by today, I hope that you have enjoyed my little tutorial on using Stampin' Write Markers to watercolor the Christmas Rose image from the Christmastime Is Here Limited time suite of products.  This suite of products is available from November 1st only while the current supplies last.  This is how Limited Time Products are always handled.  So if you want any of these products I highly encourage you to order ASAP.   
Happy Stampin' 
Rick Adkins 


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