Watercolor Winter – For the Artist in You!

Stampin’ Up! has a beautiful Christmas/winter holiday card kit in their upcoming Holiday Catalog (to be released August 28th) called Watercolor Winter.  This kit is meant for the crafter who prefers to do more creating with their own style, rather than stamping and assembling pieces together.  I’ll show you two cards today, and show you the other two on Monday.  You can make the kit exactly as shown in the instructions.  I just want to show you how you can also change them up.


The kit contains everything except the inks, adhesive, and the coordinating stamp set.  You can purchase the Watercolor Winter Too stamp set separately, or use a set you already own.  I recommend that you use Stampin’ Ink Refills as well as stamp pads, for this kit.  I did not completely follow the card layouts by choice.  As I mentioned, this kit is about making the cards your way.  The sled card above is the closest to matching Stampin’ Up!’s design.

Coloring – This kit really focuses on coloring.  The die cut pieces are all white, and you can make them any color you prefer, but specific colors are suggested, To color the pieces, leave them attached in the sheets they are in, rather than punching them out.  After they are colored and dry, gently punch them out.  For the most part, I followed the color layouts in the instructions, except I chose to color most of the vellum pieces, because I thought they stood out better that way. I also chose to use Real Red instead of Cherry Cobbler.  It’s just a matter of preference.

  • Color Wash – Start with three drops of Stampin’ Ink Refill of your chosen color in a small container, like a ramekin, and add 70% or 90% rubbing alcohol or water.  Rubbing alcohol dries much faster, but water works fine.  If the color is not dark enough, carefully add a drop or two at a time, to get the color you want.   Use the included brush to paint colors onto your die cuts.  I added extra layers of color to the top of my letters, so I would have a color variation.  For the sled, I tried to make some areas darker than others, just to make it more interesting.

If you don’t have ink refills, then you will need to press your closed stamp pad together, so that ink gets on the inside of the lid.  Then open the case, and use a wet paint brush or Aqua Painter to get the color off the lid.  Do not use rubbing alcohol when using this method.

  • Sponge Dauber – press your Sponge Dauber directly on your stamp pad, and then dab or swirl color onto your die cuts.  This will give you a more intense color.
  • Stamping Sponge – press your sponge directly into the ink pad and then pounce your sponge onto the die cut.  This will give you less intense color.



I added color wash to the velum holly leaves on this Merry card, and used a Stamping Sponge to set off the outside of the “Christmas” sentiment.  I colored directly on the white sequins in the kit with my dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blendabilities marker.  The Stampin’ Blendabilities markers are alcohol markers and can color on buttons, ribbon, sequins, and lots of other items, besides making great color on stamped images.  I used some of the extra gold glitter paper in the kit to add three gold berries to the holly leaves and to provide a mat for the Christmas sentiment banner.

Thanks for stopping by, and come back tomorrow to see my entry for the Pal Paper Arts Sketch Challenge.  I will post the other two cards from the Watercolor Winter kit on Monday.

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