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Sympathy Card – Color Isolation & Watercolor


I really liked the Color Isolation challenge I created this card for so much that I made another. This is a Sympathy Card featuring Watercoloring and Color Isolation,

Gray Rose watercolor Sympathy Card by Jennifer Miner
Gray Rose watercolor Sympathy Card by Jennifer Miner

I watched this awesome tutorial video from Kelly Latevola for WPlus9 where she watercolored roses. I had previously purchased the Pretty Little Peonies stamp set from WPlus9 but I could never seem to get the flowers to line up. In this video Kelly shows how to use the middle layer of the stamps to watercolor an awesome background.

Color Isolation and Color Pop. #WPlus9 #PapertreyInk
Color Isolation and Color Pop. #WPlus9 #PapertreyInk

I started by stamping the peonies with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink on watercolor paper and then painting out the shapes with a tiny brush and water. I used a few different sizes of flowers and a few leaves.

By Jennifer Miner
By Jennifer Miner

Once I had my flowers how I wanted them I allowed my background to dry and then stamped my sentiment from Papertrey Ink in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

Watercolor Roses
Watercolor Roses

I then mounted my watercolor panel on a piece of black cardstock and added a sheer ribbon. I gave my card the color “pop” in the form of a yellow rose from Mark Richards. I also added a few adhesive pearls on my sheer ribbon.

Color Isolation & Watercolor
Color Isolation & Watercolor

I really liked how the background turned out. I am still going to try and figure out how to layer these stamps, but I am glad to have a way to use these now.



Stamps: Pretty Little Peonies – WPlus9 & Think Big Favorites #3 – Papertrey Ink

Paper: Basic Black – Stampin’ Up, Watercolor Paper – Strathmore & Neenah Solar White

Ink: Tuxedo Black – Memento & Hickory Smoke Distress Ink – Ranger

Other: Fabric Rose – Mark Richards, Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Sheer Black Ribbon – Creative Impressions

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Thank you for visiting!

Watercolor Mehndi Medallion Card

Happy Monday – okay I am pretty sure that isn’t really a thing but I am going with it today. Today, I went in a very different direction for me but I really liked it. I used the Mehndi Medallion and Mega Mehndi Medallion stamps from Papertrey Ink and Zig Clean Color Markers to create my Watercolor Mehndi Medallion card.

Watercolor Mehndi Medallion by Jennifer Miner
Watercolor Mehndi Medallion by Jennifer Miner

I even made a video for this card today which you can view below.

So, I started with a piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock trimmed to 4″x5 1/4″ and I stamped the large medallion using Versamark Ink and then I used White Zing! Powder to heat emboss the image. Once the embossing powder was cooled I started my watercoloring.

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Normally, I would use watercolor paper to do watercoloring (makes sense right) but,  this image has so much fine detail and the watercolor paper has a texture I was pretty sure that I would loose too much detail. So, I ditched the watercolor paper and settled for a little warping. I still think that it was worth it!

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I started by painting the triangles with Bright Yellow and then I added the Light Blue on the outside. Next, I painted the inner circle using Pink, Light Violet, Light Blue and Cobalt Blue. I then added the Pink on the outer details. Since I was working with regular cardstock I found that I would apply additional ink over my wet painting to soften the color application and to also make it more intense. When drawing on the cardstock the ink sometimes would stay mostly in place and not react to the water.

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Next, I stamped the sentiment and additional elements with VersaMark and again heat embossed with the White Zing! Powder.

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I painted these small elements in the same manner that I did the larger medallion. I used Bright Yellow, Pink, Light Blue and Light Violet. Then I painted the background with Light Pink and Pink ink. To get a softer application I applied color to an acrylic block and the painted with my Aqua Painter.

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I adhered my dry panel to a piece of Rose Red cardstock and then set that under my acrylic block. I do this to try and flatten out the paper as much as I can.

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I then added my adhesive pearls from  Doodlebug Designs and then applied my watercolored panel to a top-fold card base.

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While there is a sacrifice in the way the plain cardstock performs I am still really pleased with this project. I was inspired by the very talented Betsy Veldman. She created a stunning card using the new Papertrey Ink What the Doodle: Feather Set. You can see that here.

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Stamps: Mega Mixed Messages, Mega Mehndi Medallion and Mehndi Medallion – Papertrey Ink

Ink: VersaMark – Tsukineko

Zig Clean Color Markers: Pink, Light Pink, Light Violet, Light Blue, Cobalt Blue & Bright Yellow

Other: White Zing! Embossing Powder – American Crafts, Adhesive Pearls – Doodlebug Designs Inc.

Thank you so very much for stopping by today!

Make a Splash – Watercolor Shark Card


I hope that you are all having a safe and relaxing Sunday. I am sharing a watercolor shark card today. I made a quick and high speed video of the process. I think that sometimes it is just nice to watch the process without a ton of other detail.

Really this was a very easy card with very minimal supplies. I started with a piece of watercolor paper and stamped my sharks with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Then I used my Zig Clean Color Markers and Aqua Painter to watercolor the sharks. I used Mid Gray and Light Gray on the sharks and then Persian Blue on the water. I painted the gills and eyes with Black.Shark Watercolor

Once I had painted I stamped the little bubbles with Broken China Distress Ink.

To created the sentiment I stamped the “Make a Splash” with Broken China and then mounted that to a piece of Night of Navy cardstock. I added the sentiment to the watercolored panel and then add that to another piece of Night of Navy cardstock. While it did take me a while to paint the sharks this card was really pretty quick and easy.


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There are a lot of different ways to create a watercolor look and these Zig markers are really fun. In traditional watercolor you get your whole paper wet and then work on wet. Since I used Distress Ink to create my outline I was not able to really do this so I just tried to use a lot or water when I was painting.

The sharks are from The Alley Way Stamps, which I just learned is going out of business. It is sad to lose them, I just feel like I only just discovered them. They are selling off their remaining stock so if there was something you had your eyes on you should jump on it.

Watercolor Sharks by Jennifer Miner
Watercolor Sharks by Jennifer Miner


Paper: Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Night of Navy – Stampin’ Up, Neenah Solar White

Stamps: Something’s Fishy – The Alley Way Stamps

Ink: Broken China & Antique Linen Distress Ink – Ranger

Zig Clean Color Markers: Mid Gray, Light Gray, Black & Persian Blue

Beautifully Baroque Card

Hi All –

My card today was something just organically grew. I knew that I wanted to use the Beautifully Baroque stamp set and I was actually looking for more of a melon color but found this orange in my stash. This was not what I had in my mind when I started but I am much happier with this. I feel like it has an Indian vibe to it.

Card created by Jennifer Miner
Card created by Jennifer Miner

I will be entering this card in this week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is Love This Technique. For my technique I went with watercolor. I really love watercoloring be it with actual watercolor paints, traditional ink, Distress Ink, markers or as for my card today; Twinkling H2Os.

If you haven’t used Twinkling H2Os; they are great. They come in individual little pots and you just add a little water and then way you go. Unlike normal watercolor paints they have a very subtle shimmer to them. It is really nice in person.

Twinkling H2Os & Beautifully Baroque Stamp
Twinkling H2Os & Beautifully Baroque Stamp

I have had this stamp in my drawer for quiet sometime but I just hadn’t been inspired. Today, that all changed. I found this great orange paper in my stash. I have no idea where it came from but I’d guess that it was from Archiver’s.

Stamps from Stampin' Up. Created by Jennifer Miner
Stamps from Stampin’ Up. Created by Jennifer Miner

I started by stamping my central image with VersaMark Ink and then I heat embossed it with Chestnut Zing! powder.

Watercolor Beautifully Baroque card - stamps from Stampin' Up
Watercolor Beautifully Baroque card – stamps from Stampin’ Up

Next, I watercolored the image using Twinkling H2Os. This is just plain card stock and it didn’t warp or pill-up with the watercoloring. I think that you might not have such good luck if you used a lot of water but for this application it worked just fine. To achieve the two-tone look I first applied the lighter color and then while that was still wet I would paint in the darker color. I used my Aqua Paintbrush.

Beautifully Baroque watercolored with Twinkling H2Os
Beautifully Baroque watercolored with Twinkling H2Os

I inked the edges of my panel with Pumpkin Pie Ink from Stampin’ Up and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I created the little coordinating banner using a sentiment from Stampin’ Up’s All Year Cheer I set.

Last but not least I added the orange gems from Hero Arts.

Beautifully Baroque stamped card
Beautifully Baroque stamped card


Stamps: Beautifully Baroque & All Year Cheer I – Stampin’ Up

Ink – VersaMark, Pumpkin Pie – Stampin’ Up & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Ranger

Twinkle H2Os by Luminarte: Yellow Rose, Persimmon, Fuzzy Peach, Pink Azalea, Black Orchid, Stargazer & Sky Blue

Other: Zing! Chestnut Embossing Powder – American Crafts, Adhesive Gems – Hero Arts

Have a wonderful week!






Watercolor Martini Card

Happy Weekend!

Today’s card will be entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is “Food &/or Drink.” I went with “Drink.” I just love this little martini stamp from Inkadinkado. I started with a piece of watercolor paper which I colored with blue and green watercolor paint and my Aqua Paintbrush.

"Hi There" by Jennifer Miner
“Hi There” by Jennifer Miner

Next, I stamped and then watercolored the martini glass. After that I added the additional card stock.  I stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink in the corner using Archival Black Ink from Ranger.

Created by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

The brads are from Creative Impressions. I purchased a bag of gold, silver and copper brads at the Creative Impressions warehouse many years ago and they were afraid I didn’t understand that I was purchasing 1,000 brads. The bag still looks full, so perhaps I didn’t understand what I was buying.

Watercolor Martini Card
Watercolor Martini Card

My last step was to add the Stickles and the little dot accents, created with Glossy Accents.

Watercolors & Stickles
Watercolors & Stickles


Stamps: Martini – Inkadinkado, Mega Mixed Messages – Papertrey Ink

Paper: Strathmore Watercolor Paper, Neenah Solar White, Green Card Stock – Stampin’ Up

Ink: Archival Black Ink – Ranger

Misc.: Watercolor – Artful Minds, Aqua Brush – Pentel, Red, Waterfall & Crystal Stickles – Ranger, Glossy Accents – Ranger

Have a wonderful weekend!

Anything Goes Challenge – Kissing Technique


Today’s card features the technique called “kissing.” This basically means that you use a background stamp to either stamp on or off of a solid colored stamp. I used the Papertrey Ink World Map stamp to create a background on a solid butterfly from Stampin’ Up’s Bold Butterfly set.

Papertrey Ink - World Map & Distress Inks
Papertrey Ink – World Map & Distress Inks

I stamped the World Map background on basic white cardstock using True Black Palette Ink. Once that dried I watercolored the background using Distress Ink Markers by Tim Holtz. I used Salty Ocean, Vintage Photo, Old Paper and Wild Honey Markers and an Aqua Pen.




To create the butterfly I used the small butterfly from the Bold Butterfly set (Retired). I inked my World Map stamp with the True Black ink and then stamped onto the butterfly. I stamped the butterfly/map image onto a scrap of white card stock. I watercolored the butterfly with Salty Ocean and Tea Dye Markers and then fussy cut the butterfly out. I actually made four of these but they were too big to use more then one.



I mounted the background onto gold card stock and then onto brown card stock. I added the ribbon which I salvaged off a present. The sentiment is from the Papertrey Ink Set: Mat Stack 2. I stamped with the True Black and then inked over the image with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I watercolored the center with Salty Ocean Marker and my Aqua Painted. I added the color to the leaves using the Vintage Photo and Wild Honey marker, without watercoloring.










I mounted the sentiment to the card and added the brads. The butterfly was shaped by hand and then mounted using a large Zot. Lastly I added the adhesive pearls.




I was really trying for a vintage hand-painted look for the map and sentiment. The flourish kind of reminded me of a compass rose.






Stamps: World Map & Mat Stack 2 – Papertrey Ink, Bold Butterflies – Stampin’ Up

Paper: Neenah Solar White, Gold Metallic – Stampin’ Up, Brown – The Paper Company

Distress Markers: Salty Ocean, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Wild Honey, & Old Paper – Tim Holtz for Ranger

Other: Antique Linen, Old Paper & Vintage Photo Distress Ink – Tim Holtz for Ranger, Aqua Painter, Zots Large, Brads – Recollections (Round), Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Fleur-de-Lis Brad & Ribbon – Unknown

As always, I appreciate you taking time to visit!

Make it Monday Challenge #218


This week’s challenge over at Capture the Moment is Watercolor with Die Cut Stencils. You can take a look at the video which shows a beautiful sample created by Lexi Day.

My card was inspired by a trip I took with my daughter to the Rock Ledge Ranch in Colorado Springs. It is a living history museum which covers life in Colorado during four time periods: 1775, 1860, 1880 and 1907. It was so much fun! This was a place I visited many times as a child and I was so happy to share it with my daughter. The house built in 1907 falls within the Edwardian Historical Period so I had to go with Papertrey Ink’s Simply Jane set for this challenge.


To begin, I started with a small piece of watercolor paper. I die cut the couple from white card stock and using an the negative shape I watercolored the negative space. I used several blues and a light application of teal.


I next die cut the frame and stamped the corresponding image. I then sponged over the die cut with Bashful Blue and a tiny touch of purple. Mostly I used purple because it was still on my sponge.


I added the sentiment and ribbon to a white panel, then adhered the panel to a navy and then blue panels. I then placed all of that on to a white card stock base. The framed image was adhered with foam tape.


I added adhesive pearls to the ribbon and then a Prima flower and jewel.


While this looks like a simple card it took several tries with the watercolor and I had a devil of a time getting my frame stamp and die cut lined up. In the tutorial video Lexi Day uses Removable Avery Labels instead of card stock for the stencil. I am sure this would have made the process much easier but I just couldn’t see purchasing a whole package of labels for just one project. If I do more like this I may have to breakdown a purchase some.


Paper: Watercolor – Strathmore, Neenah Solar White, Navy – Unknown, Brocade Blue – Stampin’ Up

Stamp & Die: Simply Jane Stamp Set & Die Set

Ink: Brocade Blue & Bashful Blue – Stampin’ Up

Misc.: Watercolor Paint – Artful Minds, 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon – Celebrate It, Adhesive Pearls – Recollections, Adhesive Gem – Little Yellow Bicycle, Flower – Prima, Foam Tape – Manco

Watercolor Turtle

We recently visited Oklahoma to see family. We had a wonderful trip and one of our highlights were the turtles. We were able to see a ton while we were there we even found two box turtles in the yard. I decided to break out my watercolors and create a tribute to the turtle. I haven’t painted with watercolors since I was 12, so I am sure my technique is pretty rusty. That notwithstanding I am over all pretty happy with my box turtle watercolor. The paints I used were originally purchased for my daughter.

Tribute to the box turtles of Oklahoma
Tribute to the box turtles of Oklahoma

Overall, I think he turned out pretty good. I started with a sketch on watercolor paper and then painted him. He will be going as a “Thank You” card. I really had fun painting and may have to do some more.

Turtles are fun!
Turtles are fun!

Warning – this is probably not a scientifically accurate representation.

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Painting based on the Eastern Painted Box Turtle

The only thing we saw more of on our road trip were dead armadillos. Apparently they are moving up from Texas.