Pretty Pals January Blog Hop: Pssst, Happy Watercolor


Welcome to our first blog hop of 2014. This month we are excited to show you the new products available in the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog “Celebrate the Everyday” as well as a preview of the free products you can earn through Sale-a-bration at the end of January. You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter, number 15 on the Pals Hop. If you  get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Watercoloring, much less happy watercoloring, is daunting particularly if you have not had any prior artistic tutoring.  I love playing with the watercolor themed stamp sets having been inspired by some pretty terrific examples over the years. Wish I could say that my talents aspire to those projects, but I cannot.  However, it does not stop me from playing and enjoying.  The newest catalog from Stampin’ Up!, Celebrate the Everyday, has an abundance of watercolor opportunities.  The Happy Watercolor stamp set, pg # 22, is just one of them…

Happy Watercolor by Katy McGloin

My first instinct was to stamp the image and just watercolor.  Certainly it would look so much better had it been done by a professional watercolor artist, but I was happy with these results.  I used watercolor paper, StazOn black ink (alcohol based so that the black lines won’t smear with water-based inks), an aqua painter (pages 156, 165 & 164 respectively) and desired colored inks obtained from the ink pads.

However, suppose you do not wish to watercolor!  The stamp set provides additional images that provide color block shading results.  With these, I stamped desired ink colors onto Whisper White cardstock. Whether or not these images were used as originally intended, I loved the easy effect they provided…

Happy Watercolor by Katy McGloin

These splashes of color created by the various stamps are lovely, and no watercolor experience is needed!   Even the Daffodil Delight ink in the center of the flowers and the added Gumball Green ink to the stems were applied using the smallest color block stamp. Additional close up views of both cards…

Happy Watercolor by Katy McGloin Happy Watercolor by Katy McGloin

 The inside card views…

Happy Watercolor by Katy McGloin

Happy Watercolor by Katy McGloin

And a side by side comparison…

Happy Watercolor by Katy McGloin

Supplies used for these cards:

Stamp Sets:  Happy Watercolor (Celebrate the Everyday, pg 22)

Paper:  Watercolor Wonder DSP (Celebrate the Everyday, pg 23); Watercolor, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Gumball Green cardstocks (annual catalog)

Inks:  Black StazOn, Gumball Green, Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight, Island Indigo, Smoky Slate

Tools/Accessories:  Gumball Green 3/8″ Stitched Satin Ribbon, Decorative Dots textured impressions embossing folder (Sale-a-bration catalog), Starburst Framelits Dies (Celebrate the Everyday, pg 34)

I hope this inspires you to consider the Happy Watercolor stamp set regardless of your watercolor experience.  What is the saying?  “Try it, you will like it!”

The next stop is Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery number 17 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting, and I hope to see you next month.  If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me….

Have fun stamping,



  1. Goldie Shaul at Punch and Stamp 
  2. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper 
  3. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space 
  4. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’ 
  5. Donna Kopenski at craftycardmaker 
  6. Peggy Noe at 
  7. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  8. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains 
  9. Janice Warhank at Janice’s Papercraft Playground
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations 
  11. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  12. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  13. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty 
  14. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven’s Retreat 
  15. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  16. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping                   You are here
  17. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’s Owlery
  18. Linda Callahan at Stampin’ Seasons 
  19. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles 
  20. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn 
  21. Shirley Sumption at Look at my Cute Stuff
  22. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  23. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards 
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at Wild West Paper Arts 
  25. Lisa Gaines-Davis at Cherry St. Papertreats 
  26. Shannon Jaramillo at ezpeasycards 
  27. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly’s Creative Corner 
  28. Sherrie Gross at Stampin Sunshine

11 thoughts on “Pretty Pals January Blog Hop: Pssst, Happy Watercolor

  1. Debbie

    Katy, your cards are beautiful! You are right, this stamp set will satisfy all watercoloring comfort levels – from the beginner to the experienced. Love how you showed both. Great job!!

  2. Ginger Toivonen

    Beautiful card Katy! oops, I mean sister! Loved seeing you at Leadership – can’t wait for Convention. My only regret is that you, Debbie and I didn’t get to visit more.

  3. Kathy L

    Katy, your cards are lovely. I’m always completely intimidated by any reference to watercoloring. The result is beautiful, but there’s no way I can do it. Thank you for showing those of us who can’t that there’s still a way for us to be successful with this stamp set.

  4. Julie Gearinger

    Love both versions of this card! Your watercoloring is gorgeous and love the use of the new SU! Framelits along with the new stamps and other accessories. Thanks for sharing with us at SUO Challenges 🙂

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