Winnie & Walter Leading Lady: Part Two

Hi friends! Welcome back to my second Leading Lady post for Winnie and Walter! Today I will be sharing a card I created featuring hand drawn elements and loose watercoloring.


I think adding some of our own personal touches to our cards, really makes them stand out and add that “something special” to a design. I do this often by doing something as simple as adding in patterns to outline images, or more detailed like drawing in elements to build/finish off a scene… And this is what I did in today’s card! I used a group of super cute birds from the So Tweet stamp set from Winnie and Walter and both hand drew/watercolored the tree scene they are set in.

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This may seem a bit daunting, especially if you don’t feel comfortable drawing. But trust me, this really is forgiving, easy and FUN! The style of these birds from So Tweet really lends to a more “loose” feel and doesn’t require you to be super detailed with your drawing; the more “sketchy” your hand drawn elements are, the better!

I started off this card by stamping the birds onto Strathmore Bristol paper in Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink (because this ink is waterproof and I will be watercoloring today). I then used a multiliner pen and sketched out some tree branches around the birds, making sure to keep an odd number to help balance out the design.

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I then used my Zig Clean Color markers to watercolor everything in; I’ve got the colors broken down for you below so that you can reference the color combinations if you are interested.

  • birds: Geranium Red, Wine Red, Blush, Sugared Almond Pink, Yellow, Ochre
  • trees: Beige, Dark Brown, Light Green, Deep Green, Green
  • sky: Shadow Mauve, Light Blue, Green Shadow

When coloring the tree leaves with my Zigs, I applied scribbles of color (one shade at a time) and then blended it out with my water and brush. I would repeat this with each color of green, drying between each layer of color, until the entire leaf cluster was finished.

You’ll also notice that the coloring on these images is a very artistic, free flowing style… or maybe you’d call it messy! :)  I love the look of a looser watercoloring, where the color extends past the outlines of the stamped images. I’ve done this before with other cards and the finished result is always beautiful! This too is very easy to do and there are a couple ways you can achieve the results.

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The most important part of this technique is allowing the water to move your colors wherever it wants. I know this can be a bit nervy for those of us that like to have more control over their coloring. But truly, this is what is going to give you the most natural looking results; if you try to “control” where it goes outside the lines by painting outside the lines intentionally, I find it never feels quite right.

So the two methods I love most for loose watercoloring techniques are:

  1. water then color: first spray areas of your image with water, before applying any color down. This will result in the color spreading as you drop it into the wet areas of your image. Depending on the type of watercolor medium you are using, this may be a bit tricker for some images. For the scene I was creating in this card, I skipped this method and used method two, but I wanted to mention this one because I use it and have had great results with it.
  2. color then water: for this method I color my images (inside the lines) first, then take a spray bottle and apply water over my colored images to get the color moving. I usually start off pretty light with the initial sprays of water as you want to stop before your coloring starts to move too much… because then you risk it becoming muddy.

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To finish off this card, I used the Big the Bold and the Comfort stamp and die sets from Winnie and Walter to create a sentiment that reads “Prayers, comfort and love”. I think the bright, cheery colors paired with the heartfelt sentiment would be sure to lift up the spirits of the recipient. I painted the prayer die cut using the same red Zig markers that I used for the birds, which helped tie it all together in the design.

I hope today’s card has inspired you to try adding in some hand drawn elements of your own into your card designs… this really is a great way to stretch not only your stamp sets, but also your creative muscles!





Before you go, I want to tell you that Shay was SUPER generous in allowing me to giveaway a $30 gift certificate to one of you, which can be used in the Winnie and Walter store! How cool is that?? BIG thank you to Shay for being so sweet!

To qualify for the giveaway, make sure you leave a comment on any of my Winnie and Walter blog posts (commenting on each Saturday post this month will count as extra chances to win the giveaway). After the last Leading Lady post at the end of the month, I’ll draw a random winner from all the collective post comments.


If you enjoyed today’s card, be sure to check out some of the other cards I’ve created that have hand drawn elements incorporated into their design! Click on the photos to be taken to the corresponding blog posts.

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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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29 Responses

  1. Marianne says:

    Such a sweet scene. Every time i see these sweet birds, I’m thinking I need to get this stamp set, but then there are still so many products on my W&W wish list…

  2. Liz mca says:

    These little birds are so sweet!

  3. Mary-Anne V. says:

    Such a cute trio and love how you coloured this card. Thanks for the detailed explanation of how to do the watercolouring.

  4. Such a beautiful and thoughtful card! Love it, Nina-Marie!

  5. D.Ann C says:

    These guys are way too cute and I love your hand drawn tree for them!

  6. char4355char says:

    Stunning!! So vibrant and beautiful!

  7. christine says:

    oh I just adore the way this turned out!!

  8. Cathy Montoya says:

    As always Nina Marie did a great job water coloring’ Love the colors she used. Love Winnie an Walter.

  9. Rita Montgomery says:

    Oh, those little birdies are so cute. I love your loose, messy style. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Laura Jones says:

    What an adorable card. I really love your videos.

  11. Suzn says:

    You put so much thought into your creations. Thanks for sharing

  12. Julie Wexler says:

    Your watercolor and hand-drawn tips and encouragement were fabulous!! I’m going to give these a more concerted effort, and if my results are only a smidgen as wonderful as yours, I’ll know I’m on the right track. Thank you for sharing and continuing to inspire!

  13. mandalj says:

    Thanks for all your tips on watercolouring! I’m still learning so much and would love to get your results!

  14. Love this beautiful and sweet card! Thanks for the loose watercoloring tips, I’m inspired to try them too.

  15. Brandi R says:

    So so Cute! LOVE those birdies. GREAT bright colors. Love this card ♥

  16. Sue D says:

    So pretty–love the colors.

  17. Karen B. says:

    I adore how you colored those cute birds! What a great card!

  18. Shirley N says:

    Such a tweet, tweet card! I love those adorable birds and your card is beautifully colored!

  19. Pai Meng says:

    sweet birds. great watercoloring!

  20. Jackie Pasko says:

    Beautiful card, Nina! Love how you made it your own!

  21. Carla Hundley says:

    So sweet and
    beautifully done.
    Love the darling
    birds and how you
    created the scene.
    Carla from Utah

  22. Jackie McKnite says:

    Really love the bright card with the cute birds. Made me want to go grab my watercolor paper and have at it.

  23. Oh wow! I love these bright colours!!!! And these little birds are so cuteeee!!!

  24. Denise Bryant says:

    Darling card! Love the watercoloring and your vivid colors! The birds are adorable!

  25. Miriam Prantner says:

    Such a sweet card! I love the trio of birds, and the brightness and looseness of the painting!

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