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Angie McKenzie | Independent Stampin' Up!® Demonstrator - USA | Making others smile... one creation at a time.

Artistic Watercolor for the Ink and Inspiration Blog Hop - January 2022

Artistic Watercolor card for the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie
Artistic Dies Watercolor

 Ink and Inspiration Blog Hop Banner | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Happy Thursday, y'all!  I'm so glad that you're here and hope you are having a wonderful day!  Today I am hopping with the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop as we share inspiration from this lovely Color Challenge. There are several of us hopping today - you will find the list to follow along towards the bottom of my blog post - so sit back and enjoy your favorite coffee, tea, water, or smoothie as we share some handmade projects with you!

January 2022 Color Inspiration for the Ink & Inspiration Blog Hop

Today's Project

This amazing color inspirational picture really stumped me for awhile until I decided to focus on the water aspect of it!  So I chose to use my Water Painter to create my watercolor masterpiece using all five of these amazing colors.

Watercolor fun with the Stampin' Up! Artistic Dies | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

Project Details

Shimmery White Cardstock was my choice for watercoloring this beautiful intricate die cut.  The Self Adhesive Sheet was perfect for adhering this die-cut layer to the Evening Evergreen Cardstock layer.  The key to getting a nice clean cut is to run the sandwich (plates, cardstock and die) through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine several times (I was happy with four times).

Artistic Watercolor - Puzzle fun! | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The next part is only for the ones that love to do puzzles and have the patience to peel the adhesive backing off of each intricate piece.  Believe me, it was well worth the time (approximately 2 hours for slow as molasses me).  For those of you not having the patience for this, you may get a similar effect with using the die-cut as a stencil or adding a silicone mat to the sandwich layering to emboss the die.

The watercoloring was done with a damp Water Painter Medium Tip Brush allowing for quick drying time for layering additional color for details.

Artistic Watercolor card (close-up) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The Shimmery White Cardstock muted the vibrancy of the colors.  Additional color was added to the Magenta Madness layer with a Blending Brush to deep the cardstock just a tad.  Basic Pearls were added for the floral centers.  The Daffodil Daydream sentiment was stamped with Evening Evergreen ink onto a Shimmery White scraps and fussy cut.

Artistic Watercolor card (inside) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

The inside was layered to compliment the card front.  The Blessings of Home sentiment was the stamped with Evening Evergreen and layered with coordinating cardstock.  The envelope will be stamped to compliment the card prior to mailing.. 

Artistic Watercolor card with envelope | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

More Inspiration

I hope this project has inspired you and brightened your day.  You are currently visiting Angie McKenzie at #7.  Please see the list below and hop through all of the people on the list to see all our projects.  You don't want to miss any!

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the world!
Have a blessed day!


Artistic Watercolor card (supplies) | Nature's INKspirations by Angie McKenzie

You Can Make This Card!

Here's What You'll Need to Get Started...


  • Clear Blocks B, C; Stamparatus; Small Grid Paper; Paper Trimmer; Paper Snips; Self Adhesive Sheets; Multipurpose Liquid Adhesive; Blending Brush; Water Painters 


  • Daffodil Daydreams Cling Stamp Set; Blessings of Home Cling Stamp Set


  • Evening Evergreen, Merry Merlot, Magenta Madness, Fresh Freesia, and Highland Heather  Classic Stampin' Pads


  • Evening Evergreen, Magenta Madness and Shimmery White Cardstocks; Basic White Medium Envelopes


  • Artistic Dies, Linen Thread, Pearl Basic Jewels

You can purchase any of these supplies from my online store if you live in the USA and do not already have a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator.

Time to Use Your Paper Trimmer!


  • Shimmery White - 4" x 4" (x2); scraps for sentiments 
  • Magenta Madness - 4-1/4" x 4-1/4" (x2) 
  • Evening Evergreen - 4-1/4" x 11" scored at 5-1/2" (card base); 4-1/8" 4-1/8" (x2); scraps for layering


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