Botanical Watercolor…

If the choice had to be made for a favorite art medium…for me it would be watercolor.  The way color reacts on the paper is magic you couldn’t possibly recreate even if you tried.

Lately the Ken Oliver Color Burst bottles have been hanging out on my work table.  Hard to resist just a little swoosh of pigment and water …watercolor paper contact and then the magic.  Today’s post is the result of playing around mixing stamping techniques with the magic of watercolor…


and inside it looks like…


Could I recreate that beautiful color mix…no.  And all the white space keeps the focus right where I want it to be.

Would you like the Stuff ‘N Digits?  Here you go…


  • Paper:  Thick Whisper White Cardstock and Water Color Paper
  • Ink:  Basic Black and Old Olive
  • Stamps:  Butterfly Basics (large fern), Awesomely Artistic (medium/small ferns & postage) and By the Tide (postage/script)
  • Tools ‘N Embellishments:  Ken Oliver Color Burst (Amazon), Beautiful Pines Thinlits Dies, water spritzer and Size B Acrylic Block


  • The Thick Whisper White base card is 4-1/4″ x 11″, scored and folded at 5-1/2″
  • The first Thick Whisper White layer  is 4″ x 5-1/4″.
  • The top layer of watercolor paper is 3″ x 4-1/4″.  Blow a light layer of Violet on half of acrylic block and a light layer of Orange on the other.  Spritz with water and lay acrylic block on water color paper.  Press to distribute water and color.  Lift and let dry…you can use your heat gun.  (Tip:  if your paper bows, turn it over and heat from the back too to straighten).  Stamp script in Basic Black at the top left corner running off the water color paper.  Stamp one postage stamp on post it note paper and cute out mask.  Stamp and mask first postage stamp in Basic Black.  With mask still in place stamp two most postage stamps.  Stamp fern leaves in Old Olive with larger Whisper White layer underneath watercolor paper so fern image can over lap  running diagonally from bottom left corner to right top.  Because my colors were so dark, I decided to use one of the water colored pine boughs glued over stamped fern with Thin Tip Glue.  Add water color layer to larger layer with Strip Adhesive and both layer to card front with Strip Adhesive.
  • Inside the Thick Whisper White layer is 3″ x 4″.  Stamp ferns on base card diagonally from lower right corner to upper left in Old Olive.  on 3 x 4 piece stamp postage images using the masking technique, one in Basic Black and one in OLd Olive.  Run edges across ink pad to color in Old Olive.   Attach to inside of card with SNAIL.
  • A sentiment was purposely left off this card…I can add it later depending on the circumstance.  This makes an excellent “all occasion” card to keep in your stash.

Anybody can do this type of water coloring and it is so satisfying to watch the reaction of ink, paper and water.  Makes you look at your acrylic blocks differently.

Looks as if the weekend will be dramatic up and down the East Coast…be safe!

Here’s your “B-ism” for today…


Y’all come back tomorrow and in the meantime…be HaPpY!





  1. You create magical wonder with your cards and this is a beautiful example, Billie. I love how little swooshes make great cards. Just beautiful. I love the really cute “b-ism” today. I hope you are having a great week.

    • You are just too sweet to take time to stop by every day, take a peek and send encouragement…thank you HJ!…B!

  2. Love this especially because it encourages me to combine my fine art training with my love of crafting gorgeous cards! Thanks…

    • Oh I hope you will do just that Carolyn…the possibilities are endless. I’d love to see what you create!…B!