Water Coloring


This card will be going to the oncology ward at the local hospital where I donate cards.

My card was made with the latest Crafty Card Gallery Design Team challenge in mind.  Our challenge was to use ‘water’ in our project.  Things such as a waterfall, lake, pool, a drink, water colors or coloring – anything we chose that was somehow (even loosely!) related to water.

In case you’re trying to work it out, my card has water coloring. This is one of my favorite things to do on cards. I find coloring very calming, and helps relieve my stress levels. (You may not have noticed before, but a lot of my cards have coloring on them!)

For this card I used Simon Says Stamp  clear stamp set “Absolutely Delightful” – for the greeting. (I’ve used this particular stamp quite a bit on my ‘oncology ward’ cards.)

The image for this card is from Great Impressions Stamps. The stamp is “8572 – Sunshine, Happiness, Love Rubber Stamp – Sku: G484” and here’s the direct link to it:


To be honest, I forgot to write down which Distress Ink colors I used, but I believe they were: Broken China, Squeezed Lemonade, and Worn Lipstick. After coloring, and allowing time for the colors to dry, I added two strips of yellow ribbon from ‘scrap’ I had in my stash. I then added a bow, and last but not least, added some Stickles to the centre of each flower on the image.

This was all done on a cardtopper, so that I could wrap the ribbon ends underneath and out of view.

Thanks for looking, and as always, if you want to comment, and the comment box isn’t showing, click the title of this post and it will magically appear!

11 thoughts on “Water Coloring

  1. Thanks Marianne! I’m sure they do appreciate it. (And I enjoy making them – win/win!)

  2. what a pretty card, Cheryl. I love the double ribbon idea. Gina just did one, and now you. I’ll really have to try this on my next cards. Love the water color effect, too. Do you use reinkers, or take up the color from the ink pad? Maybe a dumb question, but I have never done this.

  3. Hi Gabrielle, I often use double ribbon – it gives a nice effect. Re the water coloring, it depends on what you have on hand. I have a range of Tim Holtz products – Distress Ink pads, Distress Markers, and Distress Stains. In this instance I used Distress Markers. I mostly add them to the back of an acrylic block, or more recently I bought a cheap paint palette, and have been using that (with Distress Markers). I then pick up the color using an aqua pen as I find the color spreads more evenly using that technique.

  4. Oh, Cheryl, this is so pretty! I love water coloring, and have all the same products you mentioned, LOL. What is this paint palette you referred to in your comment? I’ve been using the good ole’ acrylic block method, or applying the color to my craft mat, so interested in this idea.
    I love the little bottles with flowers in your card, what a cute stamp. You have colored them to perfection! Very sweet images!Also, Kudos, for making these wonderful cards for the Oncology Ward, indeed a win/win situation! Very sweet of you!
    Thanks for sharing. Now, I am off to the link…LOL

  5. Thanks Anna! The palette I mentioned is just one of those cheap palettes you buy for kid’s painting. I think I may have paid about $2-50 for it.
    Enjoy the stamp – I definitely do!!

  6. Those bottles are so cute…love the words on each one. You’ve watercolored them so pretty. Glad you liked my IBS poppy card and came back to leave a comment. Thanks!

  7. Julia, thanks so much! I adore that sentiment, and use it a lot for the oncology ward – it’s absolutely perfect for cards going there!

  8. Benzi, thank you! Yes, the bottles are gorgeous, aren’t they? They’re so appropriate, as the sentiment is.

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