No Line Watercolor + Spellbinders New Inked Messages

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Hello everyone! I am back with you today, sharing some inspiration using some of the new Spellbinders Inked Messages stamps and dies by Stephanie Low. I am a big fan of Stephanie’s illustrations and always enjoy working with her stamps!

The card that I created for the Spellbinders Special Moments & Inked Messages release hop features 2 of Stephanie’s latest sets; Grow Newer with Me and Rough Waters.

Have you been hopping along the Spellbinders release hop already? If so, you should have arrived from the very-talented, Elena Salo blog!

Using both sets, I stamped the flowers and the anchor onto Strathmore watercolor paper with Barely Beige ink; this ink color is my favorite for no-line watercolor, as it is never visible once you color over it.

To watercolor the images, I used the new Altenew Watercolor palette; these pretty pans of color are so much fun and so conveinient to work with, as they contain 36 hues and shades in a small-sized palette. I used a mix of both simple and detailed coloring techniques on this card; the variety adds a lot of interest. I find it so much fun to play around with multiple styles on a project.

I’ve recently shared some fresh ideas on detailed watercolor, as well as more simple watercoloring. If you want to see some detailed work, check out this video where I added lots of fine detail onto some florals; I broke the process down into easy-to-follow steps.

However, if you want to start something a bit more simple and smaller scaled, I recommend checking out this video I just posted this past weekend, where I added minimal details to some sweet critters in a back-to-school themed card!

After I cut the flowers and the anchor out with the coordinating dies (included in the stamp sets), I layered them onto my blue, water-inspired background. The background is dry embossed with the Hero Arts Crossing Waves stencil onto watercolor paper (using my Spellbinders Platinum machine and the Tan Embossing Mat). After embossing, I added quick strokes of blue watercolor and diluted acrylic paint for some pretty texture. There are some splatters of each medium on the background as well.

Finally, I added some sentiments with the Grow Newer with Me stamp set, along with a sprinkling of sequins. Everything is sitting on a card base I cut from Simon Says Stamp Fog gray cardstock.

I hope this card has inspired you to create with the new Ink Messages collection by Stephanie Low and Spellbinders! Keep on reading for details about the blog hop!

Thanks so much for visiting with me today; I hope you will be coming back again soon for more creative inspiration!


SDS-136 Spellbinders ROUGH WATERS…
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SDS-138 Spellbinders GROW NEWER WITH…
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Hero Arts Stencil CROSSING WAVES SA080
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Spellbinders PLATINUM 6 Die Cutting…
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W-023 Spellbinders WIZARD TAN…
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Ranger Dylusions Paint WHITE LINEN…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Dye Ink Pad…
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Simon Says Stamp Premium Ink Pad…
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Little Things From Lucy’s Cards SWEET…
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Simon Says Stamp PEACH BEACH Sequins…
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Strathmore WATERCOLOR 9×12 PAD 24…
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Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# FOG…
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EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01
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There is lots more inspiration to see featuring this new collection of products from Spellbinders! Hop along to the next stop; Desiree Kuemmerle! You can also reference the entire hop list on the Spellbinders blog.

To celebrate this release, Spellbinders is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 1 lucky winner. Please leave a comment on Spellbinders blog by Sunday, August 19th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced in the blog hop post the following Tuesday. Winner is responsible for shipping cost, duties and taxes.

If you leave a comment here on my blog, you have a chance at winning a $25 gift certificate to Spellbinders store! Please leave a comment on by Sunday, August 19th 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win this giveaway as well. 

46 Responses

  1. Diana B says:

    Love the intense color on this card – beautiful!

  2. BrendaLea Abbott says:

    Your watercolor work is so special and I can’t wait to check out your videos and hope to be able to create something even half as beautiful. You do d these wonderful stamp, a beautiful justice.

  3. Denise Bryant says:

    Your coloring amazes me! Fabulous card!

  4. D.Ann C says:

    Your no-line watercoloring has turned this beautiful stamp into fabulous!! When I grow up I want to do no line watercolor like this! : )

  5. Wow! Fantastic work Nina!!

  6. Christine Johnson says:

    Beautiful cards! Love the water coloring! tfs Hugs, Christine

  7. Marisela Delgado says:

    Great card and great water coloring!!

  8. Sue D says:

    Beautiful colors!

  9. Some of my favorite here! Awesome work!

  10. Awesome card Nichol, Love the colors the are so beautiful and I love watching you watercoloring. Thanks for a great post

  11. Karen Hale says:

    Gorgeous! Love the new collection and your watercoloring really shows off the beautiful details of the stamp. TFS!

  12. Sherri says:

    Vibrant card! Very artsy!

  13. Dj says:

    Your cards are always so beautiful. I’m loving the tattoo-inspired theme here. I also really love the background with the stencil embossing. Great job! TFS!

  14. I love the new release. And the inspiration card is absolutely gorgeous! I love your sketchy, artsy style of colouring.

  15. shartl says:

    The coloring on this card is just stunning!!

  16. Kari Treddenbarger says:

    The anchor is so detailed! Good job!

  17. I LOVE this gorgeous watercolor card! The quote is so powerful.

  18. sheron b egolf says:

    A very pretty and original card. I always love your designs.

  19. Meghan Kennihan says:

    Wow! Your watercoloring is incredible! I love this!

  20. Lynda J says:

    Love your card, it’s gorgeous!

  21. Barbara Smith says:

    I really admire your water coloring.

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