Watercolor, and Color Your World

Gansai, and Koi Watercolor

Hi everyone, Jessie here! Today I’m back with another fun watercolor card. This time using the beautiful Gansai, and Koi watercolor palette’s. I used a cute stamp set from Wplus9 called Color Your World. This is a great stamp set, and just perfect for your crafty friends! I added a mason jar full of colorful paintbrushes. Don’t you think this could be straight off any of our craft desks? Okay so lets jump right in, and get started.

First thing was to lay down the background colors. For this I used my Gansai water colors #’s 34, 40, 50,and 62. I am just love this product! It is so smooth, and creamy. It blends together wonderfully! I am not a watercolor artist so I struggled with getting the colors to soften where the color joins. Gansai, I find, is quite forgiving in this aspect 🙂 Once I got done laying down the color I dried it fully with my heat gun. I did the water droplets by flicking water from my fingertips to the watercolor paper. Then let it sit for about 30 seconds, and dab off with a clean paper towel. This helps to give a little splash of interest to the background.

Then I moved on to the detail images using Koi Water Colors. I use a set called Pocket Field Sketch Box which has 24 colors in total. You can see in the picture above the swatch of each watercolor. I did this so I could have an idea of what the colors look like. It is adhered it to the inside lid using double-sided tape. I find I reach for this small box when I travel. It is a perfect size!

In the pictures above you can see the watercolor detail on the individual pieces. For the mason jar I also cut a piece of vellum and fussy cut it. Then added the create sentiment that is included in the same Color Your Would stamp set.

To assemble this card I started with Neenah 110 lb cardstock 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 when top folded. I slit a line around the top rim of the mason jar vellum using my Xacto knife. Then slid the brushes inside under the vellum. It gives the illusion of the brushes being inside the mason jar 🙂 I glued the brushes to the bottom jar cardstock. Then I put small spots of Multi Medium Matte glue in places that would be not noticed when I was done to hold the vellum in place. I popped up the sentiment with adhesive tape to give some dimension.

I finished off this card with a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh to match the background colors. The inside was left pretty simple, but carried the feel of the card by using the same images. I decided to use a lighter grey to stamp these images as I didn’t want the inside to overpower the front of the card.

So this is the finished card for today! I hope you enjoy this beautiful day 🙂

I will see you next time.


Below you will find a list of supplies I used to make this card. If you would like to know more, or purchase an item just click on the image to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp.com website.


Watercolor Easter Eggs

Cute Easter cards using Zig, and Koi Water Coloring

Hi everyone! Jessie here, and welcome. Today I am using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers (whew that’s a long one :)), and Koi Water Colors to make a few Easter cards. I love watercolor it is so relaxing. There is something just so playful about laying down water color on paper. I just love it! So let’s get to todays card.

I’ve had an idea of making an egg-shaped card for a while now. There’s something special about Easter, and eggs! I wanted to the egg colors to be mainly pink, blue, yellow, and green. As these colors remind me of Easter! I used Bristol Smooth paper as it works so well with Zig. One thing to remember is don’t overwork the paper with water. It will saturate the paper making it lift the paper. When this happens I find a light rub with a Sanding Block will help fix a rough spot so it’s usually no longer visible. For the flowers I took a bunch of smaller images that I had from several stamp sets and combined them using a Misti Stamp positioner. Then I heat embossed using white Ranger super fine embossing powder, and a heat gun.

Above are pictures of the 3 different Easter cards I made. The first two eggs were done using Koi Water Colors. While the last egg was done with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and a water brush.

I used Taylored Expressions Egg Stacklets largest die in the set. Holding it in place with Washi tape I ran it through my Big Shot.

I used my Big Shot to do a background using the Paper Studio Doodle Hearts embossing folder. I used a large Happy Easter greeting from a set by Hero Arts called Celebrate Everyday. Next I got out my sentiment You are such a Blessing from WPlus9 Hand Lettered Thanks set. I ran this along a strip of Bristol paper in a continuous line for the bottom of the card. I tried to match up the die ink colors to the color of the background as best I could.

Next to pull the card together I started with stock from Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White 110lb. I made these cards side folding 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I used a layer of Simon Says Stamp 100lb card stock. Next I adhered the embossed background layer next using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. One of the great things of this adhesive is if you accidentally go over the edge it has a matte finish so it won’t show 🙂 I used Pop Dots to give the egg dimension . For the strip sentiment I used Darice adhesive strips to lift it slightly, and catch the eye.

I decided to finish off my cards with envelopes stamped using the same sentiments, and colors as the cards. I think it just ties everything together 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

See you next time,


Below are the supplies I used making this card. If you would like to know more, or purchase an item just click on the image to be taken to the Simon Says Stamp.com website.

Envelopes using Distress Ink Watercoloring

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Hello everyone, welcome to Sunshine In Your Day. I am doing a quick post on the envelope that I did for my Aunt Helen’s card. You can see the card here. For today I will just be focusing on the envelope. I first got this idea from a post I read by a fantastic artist named Kristina Werner. I was intrigued by her style, and wanted to give this technique a try. If you would like to see Kristina’s original post you can find it here.

This is my completed envelope. For this envelope I used a few techniques. First I used Ranger Distress Inks as my Watercolor. Next I used Spatterning to get the darker spots. Finally I used water droplets to lift out some of the color. This gives an interesting ghosting effect to the watercolor. Also, these addresses of course are not real. I put them on just to show how the envelope would look when finished.

I prepared this envelope using watercolor paper, and my Envelope Punch making a 4.5 x 6 sized envelope. I masked off the word Helen using a Molotow 2.0mm masking liquid. Then I taped down the paper to my wooden board. This is to help prevent warping of the paper as it dries. The Distress Inks I used for this project were Tumbled Glass, and Peacock Feathers. I just LOVE this 2 together on pretty much anything!

Once I was happy with the larger colored area I decided that I didn’t like the white space. It seemed to over power the envelope. To fill in this space I did a Spatterning technique. By loading my brush with Peacock Feathers, and quickly tapping the brush on my index finger I could spread light spots over the paper. This helped fill in the white, and give it a more balanced look.

Next I sprayed water from a mister into my hand then lightly dropped the water on the blue around the word Helen. I let this sit until I could see the color under the water lifting from the paper. This took about 30 seconds, or so. Then I took paper towel and lightly dabbed the paper to absorb the water droplets. With this done I carefully peeled back the Frog Tape, and my envelope was ready for scoring. To hold the envelope closed I used Multi Medium Matte glue, also from Ranger. This is a super strong glue that dries matte. Perfect for this envelope!

So here is my card, and envelope for Helen. I got to try a few new techniques that gave great effects, and I know I’ll use in the future.

I hope that you are having a wonderful day wherever you call home 🙂 Thanks for stopping by to see my watercolor!

Until next time,

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Resist, and Distress Ink Watercoloring

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Hello everyone! Welcome to Sunshine In Your Day. It is one of those wonderful sunny/rainy days here on the West Coast! So that makes it the perfect time to do some crafting! Yay! I needed to send a note to my Aunt Helen, and I wanted to add a personal touch. I decided to make a card for her using my Tim Holtz Distress Inks from Ranger. My Aunt is an avid gardener back east, so I thought Roses would be a great choice for her card.

Here is my completed card design. Hopefully this helps get my Aunt thinking of Spring, and the beautiful flowers her garden will have this year 🙂 I again used the Resist technique, but this time I used my Ranger Distress Inks as my medium for Watercolor.

I really am loving this look of the Watercolor Distress Ink. Distress Inks are complimentary to each other so they work together well on the page. Also, by using White embossing powder it keeps the card looking clean. It helps the eye flow across the card, and doesn’t have to stop on a black outline of a stamp. For the leaves pictured above I used Shabby Shutters Distress Ink for the first layer. Followed by a second layer using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. I went back in and did a third layer in spots that I wanted a titch darker shadow.

I did the Rose petals in Worn Lipstick, adding more layers of Ink to give depth to each petal.

For the background I wanted a very light blue. To give the appearance of a beautiful clear blue sky. For this I used a very watered down Tumbled Glass, and worked on a large piece of laminated cardstock. The laminated cardstock I used helps in a few ways. First, and foremost it helps you see exactly what the color is going to look like when applied on your card. Second it gives me a large palette to really spread out my color. I can add lots of water to really water the ink down. Finally, it makes cleanup a breeze! Rinse, and dry!

Here is a closeup of my Rose using the Worn Lipstick. I like being able to add lots of layers of ink to the edges. It gives a softer overall feel to the Roses.

I added a few rhinestone just to give some bling to this card. Then I was finished! Now I just need to get the note done for Aunt Helen, and its on its way!

Thanks so much for coming by to see what I have been up to! I hope that you are having a fantastic day, and I will see you again soon!

Until next time,

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You Have My Heart

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Hello everybody Happy Valentine’s Day, and welcome to Sunshine in your Day! For my Valentine’s Day cards this year I wanted to use my watercolors. Don’t you agree watercolor, and Valentine’s Day just seem to go hand in hand? 🙂 

As always I like to show my finished card first so you can see the technique completed then follow along with the steps below.

I knew that I wanted to use a resist technique so first I stamped my Sketched Roses background stamp on Ranger watercolor paper using Watermark ink. Next I used White super fine Ranger embossing powder, and then heat set the image. I then taped down my Ranger watercolor paper using Frog tape to my wooden cutting board. I have tried a number of different painters tape for this technique. I have never had a bad experience using Frog tape as it has held up the best, and peels off cleanly.

Next I applied quite a bit of clean water to the paper. This is what moves the paint around on the paper so don’t be scared to really wet the paper. For this card I used my Peerless Watercolor, Geranium Pink. The brush I used for this project was #8 Sapphire which is a great size to get into the small corners of this image. I did 4 different watercolor images, and I love how they all turned out differently!

With my watercolor completed I moved to the cardbase. I stamped a background using MFT Tiny Hearts Background, and ColorBox cupcake.

I die cut the heart using Taylored Expressions Stitched Heart Stacklets set. Love the faux stitching! Then to complete the card I stamped the sentiment also in ColorBox Cupcake. On the inside of this card I stamped a Cupcake colored heart from my Heart Balloons set by MFT. I also stamped the sentiment You Have My Heart from the MFT you have my heart stamp set.

This is my completed set of 4 watercolor Valentine’s Day Cards. I hope that you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day surrounded by love, and joy.

Until next time happy crafting!

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