Watercolored Critters + Whimsy Reveal #4

Hi everyone! I am back again to share one more stamp set that I created for the March Whimsy Stamp release! Today is the reveal of the Hedgehugs stamp set, and I’ve used it to create a sweet, watercolored scene!

I also have two other posts for today. If you are looking for one of my other posts, see these links: Neat & Tangled Reveal #4 or Double Frame Shaker + Pretty Pink Posh hop.

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Hedgehogs are such adorable critters and I have always had a soft spot for them (and any critter for that matter!). I wanted to create a stamp set perfect for “warm and fuzzy” cards and I love the fun sentiments that are part of this set, especially the “sending you big hedgehugs”. I also paired the two little hedgehogs with images that can be used to create a scene, because scene cards are something I truly love to make.

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I used Tim Holtz distress inks to watercolor my critters from the Hedgehugs stamp set, and because this is no-line watercoloring, I made sure to use Antique Linen for all the stamping because the light colored lines would be pretty much invisible on all the coloring.

Watercoloring is a pretty uncontrollable medium, but you can put a little bit of control over it by making sure you use a higher pigment to water ratio, which is what I did here. I used Pentel Aquash waterbrushes to paint with; however, I did not fill them with water. I like the tips on the Pentel brushes but because I wanted to have more control over the watercoloring, I made sure they were empty so that I could make sure my brushes weren’t getting too wet.

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As for the colors I used to watercolor with, I have them all broken down for you below and each are linked down at the bottom of this post.

  • hedgehog: Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy (body); Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar (belly and cheeks);  Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain (spines)
  • tree stump: Antique Linen, Walnut Stain (tree stump rings); Brushed Corduroy, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso (tree stump bark)
  • ladybug: Antique Linen (face); Victorian Velvet (cheeks); Barn Door (body)
  • bird: Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers (body); Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet (belly and cheeks); Mustard Seed (beak)
  • yellow flowers: Mustard Seed, Brushed Corduroy (petals); Barn Door, Gathered Twigs (flower centers); Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive (leaves and stems)
  • pink flowers: Spun Sugar (petals); Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive (leaves and stems)
  • grass: Shabby Shutters, Crushed Olive, Forest Moss
  • rocks: Hickory Smoke
  • hearts: Spun Sugar, Barn Door

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Please note that I have most of the distress ink pads and I used a lot of colors for this project because I was adding shading. If you do not have all the colors I have used for this card, you can still replicate a similar effect using less colors. And don’t forget that you can mix colors together too for creating different shades of color that you might not have an ink pad for.

Keep in mind too that this watercoloring took quite a few hours to complete because there was a bit of drying time involved. After everything was completely dried, I fussy cut all the images out and layered them onto a white linen card base using foam tape. My sentiment (heat embossed in gold onto vellum) is also added onto my card with clear Kool-Tak foam tape.



If you enjoyed today’s card featuring my new Hedgehugs stamp set, here are some of the other cards I created with my new stamp and die designs for Whimsy’s March release! Click on the photos to be taken to the corresponding posts.

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Today -and all week long – Whimsy Stamps has some amazing guest designers (Yoonsun Hur, Nichol Magourik, Jennifer McGuire, Ruby Naz, Catherine Pooler) and design team members showcasing all the stamps and dies being revealed for this month’s release! Over the next few days, be sure to stop by here and the Whimsy Stamp blog for more inspiration and new reveals!

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Did I mention that there are prizes too? Stop by the Whimsy Stamp blog for more details on how you can win some of the goodies being given away… and keep an eye out on Whimsy’s Facebook and Instagram; there may be a surprise giveaway there too! :)




If you are interested in any of the products used in this post, I have them all linked below to Simon Says Stamp. Affiliate links used when possible.

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14 Responses

  1. Denise Bryant says:


  2. Oh wow! Very very sweet card!!!! <3

  3. Pooja says:

    Super cute and Outstanding coloring !

  4. Teresa Doyle says:

    This is just precious Nina, I really love your designs. Just adorable!
    BTW, I tried the ‘linky’ over on Whimsy and number of times. The other day I couldn’t add my name at all. Today I managed to add it 2 of the 7 times I was eligible for??? I give up! LOL (None the less,I am loving what I see! TFS!)

  5. MJ GELTZ says:

    Adorable! Love your coloring.

  6. irisesther54 says:

    This is such a beautiful card. Your coloring is amazing.

  7. wirianta says:

    Nina, this is super cute! Love, love, love your card & your set!

  8. Laura Jane says:

    This is the SWEETEST Hedgy ever!! Love how you colored him in:)

  9. Miriam Prantner says:

    So cute! and the coloring is just amazing, so much great texture!

  10. Absolutely adorable and so beautiful watercolored!!!

  11. Jamie Vanskiver says:

    This hedgehog is the cutest ever! And wow your coloring is amazing!!!

  12. This is SOOOO sweet! I absolutely adore your scene. That hedgehog is the absolute cutest thing ever!

  13. Betty Burgie says:

    Wow gorgeous… thanks for sharing…

  14. Kristie says:

    I am in awe of your coloring! ♥

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