No Line Watercolor + Spellbinders New Inked Messages

No Line Watercolor + Spellbinders New Inked Messages

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!

No Line Watercolor + Spellbinders New Inked Messages

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!

No Line Watercolor + Spellbinders New Inked Messages

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 meduim 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.

No Line Watercolor + Spellbinders New Inked Messages

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!

Supplies Used

Please note, because I work for Simon Says Stamp, I link all my supplies used to the Simon online store. Currently, they are awaiting the shipment of the new Inked Messages and Special Moments release to arrive at the Simon warehouse (their shipment was delayed). As soon as the release arrives to the warehouse, they will be available for purchase. I’m sorry for any inconvenience! 

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 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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Keep Hopping

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. Winner will be emailed and annouced on my Giveaway Winners page.


  1. Diana B August 19, 2018 at 4:03 am - Reply

    Love the intense color on this card – beautiful!

  2. BrendaLea Abbott August 18, 2018 at 6:34 am - Reply

    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 August 18, 2018 at 12:49 am - Reply

    Your coloring amazes me! Fabulous card!

  4. D.Ann C August 17, 2018 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    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. Karthikha Uday August 17, 2018 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Wow! Fantastic work Nina!!

  6. Christine Johnson August 17, 2018 at 10:24 am - Reply

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

  7. Marisela Delgado August 16, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Great card and great water coloring!!

  8. Sue D August 16, 2018 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Beautiful colors!

  9. Kirsty Vittetoe August 16, 2018 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Some of my favorite here! Awesome work!

  10. Tracey Magner August 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm - Reply

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

  11. Karen Hale August 16, 2018 at 1:15 pm - Reply

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

  12. Sherri August 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    Vibrant card! Very artsy!

  13. Dj August 16, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

    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. Nandini Karmarkar August 16, 2018 at 3:30 am - Reply

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

  15. shartl August 16, 2018 at 2:51 am - Reply

    The coloring on this card is just stunning!!

  16. Kari Treddenbarger August 16, 2018 at 2:13 am - Reply

    The anchor is so detailed! Good job!

  17. Cynthia Johnson August 15, 2018 at 11:07 pm - Reply

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

  18. sheron b egolf August 15, 2018 at 10:30 pm - Reply

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

  19. Meghan Kennihan August 15, 2018 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Wow! Your watercoloring is incredible! I love this!

  20. Lynda J August 15, 2018 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    Love your card, it’s gorgeous!

  21. Barbara Smith August 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I really admire your water coloring.

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