Watercolor Birthday Card Featuring Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps

Hi Everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! Todays card is one that I have been wanting to make since I got this stamp set from Newton’s Nook Designs. I love cats, so I am always looking for cute cat stamps and Newton’s Nook is one of my favorite. They have so many cute sets featuring Newton the cat. I plan on buying many more stamp sets from them in the future. As always the list of materials is below with links. Let’s get started!

I started off by stamping the 2 images onto the smooth side of white watercolor paper. I recommend using Archival Ink from Ranger because this ink is waterproof and will not bleed while you are watercoloring your images. The watercolor paper that I used is from Michaels that came in a pad and then I cut it down. After I stamped my images, I adhered my panel to an Epicurean cutting board using low tack painters tape. The reason I do this is that it will help reduce the warping of the watercolor paper as we paint on it.

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Next I watercolored the image using Distress Ink from Tim Holtz. I chose to color my cat in orange because both of my cats are orange. I have a small collection of colors but now that they have released the mini ink pads I am working on increasing my collection. To use the Distress Ink, I smooched them onto my craft sheet. If you don’t have a craft sheet you can also use an acrylic block or a piece of acetate. Also, I used a water brush that holds water but if you don’t have one you can use a paint brush that will do detail work and a small container of water. I do recommend keeping a paper towel next to you to wipe off you brush when you switch between colors so that you won’t mix color together. You can let panel air dry in between colors or to speed up the process you can use a heat gun to dry the ink. I like to work quickly so I used my heat gun. This is also another reason to tape the watercolor paper to the cutting board. Below is a picture of everything colored in and the colors that I used.

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Next remove the panel from the cutting board carefully. If you tear off a little of that paper off the sides it will be fine because next we are going to die cut the panel to the desired size. I used a set of rectangular stitch border dies from Simon Says Stamps and my Big Shot. After I cut the panel to the size I wanted I also cut a thick white border using the same set of dies. The card stock was 110lb card stock from Michaels. I used the same die for the inside of the frame that I used to die cut the panel so that the panel will sit inside the frame. For the outside edge of the frame I used the largest die. The picture below shows the pieces cut out.

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Now to finish the card! First I stamped my sentiment on the bottom of the white frame. Then I stamped my sentiment and the feathers on the inside of the card base. I used black Memento ink for both of the sentiments and the feathers. The card base for this card is a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ yellow card stock from Michaels that I cut in half the long way and made the card a top folding card. After stamping, I adhered the white frame to the front of the card and then watercolor panel inside the white frame using my ATG gun.

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Your card is complete and ready to give a cat lover or anyone else! As always the list of supplies is listed below with links.

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4 thoughts on “Watercolor Birthday Card Featuring Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps

  1. Marianne says:

    Hi. Very cute card. I also Love Newtons Nook designs. A couple of newbie questions when it comes to water coloring; do you wet the paper before you add color? How do you keep the color from bleeding into the stamped image? I have tried this a little but I “cheat” by heat embossing the image first, just curious how to “paint it for real”. Have a great day!

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    • emgunn8313 says:

      Hi Marianne! Great questions! For this card I used a water brush filled with water and a steady hand. This technique allows for more control of the color and water. I did not wet the paper first for this card. When you do that the color spreads and does it own thing. This technique is great for backgrounds or if you heat emboss your stamped images first because the embossing gives you the wells that holds the water. I hope that this helps!

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