Big Sky Stampin' Papercrafting

I have been a crafter most of my life, starting in about 8th grade when I tried to embroider some frogs on a quilt, that I never finished! Although the list of what "I never finished" is long, and includes cross stitch, knitting, crocheting, quilting and more, my latest obsession is paper! I joined Stampin'Up! as an independent demonstrator in October 2011 and have been going like crazy ever since! I offer classes in my home, do catered card parties at your home and sell my cards locally in Bozeman, Montana and around the lovely Gallatin Valley. I would love to meet and talk to you if you are interested in the papercrafting hobby or just need some unique handmade cards for a special occasion!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Watercolor Carousel Horse

Hi stampers!
Yesterday, I had a brilliant idea yesterday ... I wanted to try as many different techniques as I could with the new Stampin'Up! watercolor pencils and design a class around it!  I had so much fun!  I used YouTube for a few tips and figured out a few on my own. I experimented with different paper and different ways to deliver the water to the paper, getting my color from the watercolor pencils.  I want to feature my results on my blog this week! Hopefully I can explain it all well enough that with the right tools, you can be off to your own creativity journey with watercoloring.

Let's start at the most basic level, just plain coloring.  Here's my card:

I chose the Carousel Birthday stamp set for my first project.  It has a detailed carousel horse that I thought would be fun to color.  I also used the Cupcakes and Carousels DSP paper stack and found the pencils that best match those colors.  Note, there are only 12 pencils so you have to adjust what colors you might want. Hint:  You can also combine colors to get a third color. Remember your days in elementary school art class when you first discovered that yellow + blue makes green and red + blue makes purple?  Same principle still stands all these years later!  I colored the horse with fairly sharp pencil tips because of the details.  I then die cut it out using the Stitched Shapes Framelits (currently not available but scheduled to come back next week!!)  To my card base, I added some DSP paper and then re-stamped the carousel horse on the card. I popped up the one I colored with dimensionals.  I added a Birthday greeting, pulling out the Bermuda Bay color and boom... card done!

I've listed the supplies below to make this card. Be sure to come back each day this week for more examples of using the fabulous watercolor pencils. Once you spend a few minutes with them, you will want a set of your own!

Don't forget that with every $50 you purchase of any Stampin'Up! product, you can pick a free thing from the Sale-A-Bration brochure!  Best time of the year!

Happy Stampin',


  1. Thanks for sharing your tips and techniques! I'll be sure to come back every day :-)

  2. Thanks Sherry! You will be hooked on watercolor pencils!