An Easy Approach to Detail Watercolor + Simon’s Friendly Frolic Release Blog Hop

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Hello creative friends, Happy Friday! Are you hopping along in the Simon Says Stamp Friendly Frolic release blog hop? I am so excited to be one of the stops in this 2-day hop (visit Simon’s blog tomorrow for day 2)!

If you have already been hopping along, you should have arrived from Amanda Korotkova’s blog. Full hop order is listed below!

In my video today, I will be breaking down my process for creating detailed watercolor effects. This may look like a hard thing to acheive, but I am hoping that my tutorial (at the top of this post), will show you that it actually is rather simple. I recommend these tips when creating with this technique:

  • Use a detail watercolor brush (a size 2 or smaller)
  • Practice your brushstrokes on a piece of scrap paper before going directly to your paper. This will also familiarize you with how your brush handles and the most comfortable way to hold it.
  • Pull watercolor from your half pans over a temporary palette and work with the small, damp puddle of pigment.
  • Make sure your brush is not oversaturate; use as little water as possible and shape your brush into a point as you dab the water off.

I’ll show you these keys in the video, which I have at the top of this post.

After watercoloring the Sketch Lotus Flowers with my detail watercoloring, I stamped a greeting using the Uplifting Sentiments stamp set; both of these are new stamp sets from Simon’s Friendly Frolic release. There are a few Hawaiian Sunset sequins scattered on the card, and my card base is stamped with the also-brand-new, Folk Dance cling stamp using white pigment ink on top of Velvet cardstock.


I had so much fun with the detailed watercoloring, that I created a second card using the same technique! This time I challenged myself even more by using as few colors as possible to do my watercoloring. In total, I used only 6 different colors, and acheived new hues and tones by mixing my colors together.

The stunning hibiscus flowers are part of the new Earth Has Music stamp set that Simon released in their Friendly Frolic collection. I adore the images, which were all illustrated by the talented Stephanie Low. I kept the card super-simple, because this coloring was SO detailed. There is a sentiment from the Uplifting Sentiments set (a new favorite of mine now!), and I included a few sequins on this card too, which are from the Hawaiian Sunset confetti mix.


As with any blog hop, Simon is giving away a $25 gift card to every stop in this hop! All you have to do is leave a comment for a chance to win! The more comments you leave along the hop, the more chances you have at winning a little shopping spree! :)

Simon will choose the winners at the end of the weekend and annouce them on Wednesday on the Simon blog.

I hope you enjoyed the cards I’ve shared today and are inspired to try this technique for yourself!

Don’t forget that there are lots more inspiration to see along the hop! Your next stop is, Jessica Frost-Ballas!

Simon Says Stamp Blog

Cathy Zielske

Amanda Korotkova

Nina-Marie Trapani – you are here!

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Nichol Spohr

Suzy Plantamura

Heather Hoffman

Elena Salo

Ankita Gupta

Karin Åkesdotter

Stephanie Low

Thank you so much for visiting with me today! I will be back again very soon with more inspiration to share!

244 Responses

  1. Judy Albertson says:

    Hello, I watch your videos but usually never leave comments but I just had to this time. I love the way your flowers look. They are simply amazing. The color variation just makes the flowers look so gorgeous. I just had to try to make the lines like you showed and it works. Thanks.

  2. MandaLJ says:

    Wow! Such beautiful water colouring! The hibiscus feather looks amazing!

  3. Jan says:

    You are so talented. Your cards are stunning. Thanks for the video.

  4. Dawn S says:

    Love the colors! Beautiful cards.

  5. Rachel says:

    Gorgeous card, love the watercoloring

  6. Patricia Quintas says:

    You are so TALENTED !!! Beautiful cards , I’d love to see more watercolour techniques.

  7. Judy says:

    Very nice, love both cards. Thanks for the video sharing how you colored the cards.

  8. Royleea love says:

    This feather is so gorgeous! Love it

  9. Denise Mlady says:

    These cards are just gorgeous! Love all the detail you added to the flowers and the feather. The Sketch lotus is my favorite from this release.

  10. Barb H. says:

    Wow…just gorgeous!

  11. Laura L Buehler says:

    Lovely cards. Everyone seems to have a different spin on the lotus flower stamp set, and every one of the spins is outstanding.

  12. Barbara Smith says:

    Your cards are so beautiful! Love that detail water color technique. Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Donna H says:

    Stunning card! Love the water coloring!

  14. Debbie D says:

    Thank you for all the tips. The detail watercoloring really made the card pop.

  15. Kristina Hein says:

    These are exquisite! Your watercoloring is always outstanding!

  16. evelyn says:

    I love the watercolor you used.

  17. Julia D. says:

    Oh my goodness, these cards are gorgeous! LOVE your watercoloring technique – such beautiful results!

  18. Katie VanSchenck says:

    You did a beautiful job coloring these! Such lovely cards

  19. Jeri says:

    Absolutely gorgeous watercoloring detail. Great tips for achieving the look you’ve accomplished.

  20. Rose Mary Smalley says:

    Your cards are both beautiful….as usual. But the one with the feathers…just struck a chord with me….I loved it very much..thank you so much.

  21. Sharon L. says:

    Very lovely cards. Like the information on varying your watercoloring.

  22. Marjorie DUMONTIER says:

    You’ve made such a fantastic floral card ! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  23. Henriëtte says:

    I love the cards you made and what a great technique, I have never seen this before but will certainly give this a try. The second card you made is breathtaking in this technique, this is also my no. 1 favorite from this release. Thank you so much for your awesome tutorial and cards Nina-Marie.

  24. Gretchen Wilson says:

    The cards are beautiful and I love the striping on the coloring! Great technique!💜🤗

  25. Isabelle says:

    Your cards are beautiful ! I love the Earth has music stamps set and your colors are perfect for this stamp.

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