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  • Writer's pictureKristine Vicente

Technique: Watercolor with Wink of Stella brush pen

Today I'm sharing a watercolor technique using the Wink of Stella brush pen to apply color from Stampin' Up dye-based ink pads. You can watch the video HERE.

This card came together soooo nicely and I think that's because I'm in love with the new Bird Ballad suite from Stampin' Up! Between the gorgeous stamp set and the beautiful patterned papers in the designer series paper pack, I'm totally swooning!

Today I used the Wink of Stella clear brush pen with a little ink from the Stampin' Up! ink pads to color in the bird, the leaf spring and the flower image to make this card.

The coloring is so easy using this method and because the fluid in the Wink of Stella brush pen has a slow flow, the paper you're coloring on doesn't get soggy or pill up. It also leaves a shimmery shine over the color ---and I totally love that!!

To decorate the base card of whisper white, I cut a panel of Bird Ballad DSP to 4x5.25" and glued it onto the front of the card leaving a small white border around the edges. I then cut a strip of crumb cake card stock to 1.5x4" and glued that to the base card as well. I set this base card to the side to dry while I worked on the stamping and coloring.

I cut a rectangular panel using the rectangle framelit dies. I stamped the sentiment on the panel first, to get the word placement exactly where I want it. I then stamped the bird image directly on the panel. I stamped the leaf sprig and the flower image on a piece of scrap card stock and then used my Wink of Stella clear brush pen to pick up color from inside the lid of the stamp pad to color in each respective image. Just squeeze the pad gently before opening and you'll get a small blob of ink on the inside of the lid. Once the images were colored in (I used Old Olive, Petal Pink, Gray Granite and Pool Party, plus a tiny bit of So Saffron for his beak) I fussy cut the flower and leaf sprig with my snips. I used a little glue to attach them to the card panel at the base of the bird and then added a bow of linen thread and a basic jewel rhinestone to finish it off. I attached this stamped panel to the front of the card using dimensional adhesive to pop it up.

I hope you enjoyed the technique and resulting card! I sure did have fun creating it!! You can get all the supplies to make this card in my Stampin' Up! SHOP. Questions? Please leave any questions or remarks in the comments!

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