Freshly Picked: Layered Watercolor Stamping

Today I have some fun new cards using products from the latest release by Catherine Pooler Designs – the Freshly Picked collection. The Freshly Picked Collection has four stencils, two new stamp sets, three new die sets and two new ink colors – neutrals!!! I have been waiting for these inks – and you won’t be disappointed – the shades are gorgeous.

Today I have two cards using the I Pick You stamp/die sets and the Mod Flowers stencil from the Freshly Picked collection. And naturally – we’ll play with a simple little watercolor technique that I love – layered watercoloring.

When you layer multiple colors in watercoloring, you get a little more realism in your works of art. Now, you can also layer the same color over dry layers for more depth, but today we’re going to work with different hues. Adding a different hue gives a little more depth to your image – and that’s perfect for fruit. I even created a quick video tutorial for you here:

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Freshly Picked Watercolor Tutorial

First we’ll create our background. Secure your project and Mod Flowers stencil to your surface. Using a light touch, blend a background from the center outward, fading your pressure as you near the edges. That helps to give you a faded vignette look. Isn’t this color just gorgeous?!!

Next die cut the fruit shapes you wish to use out of 140# cold pressed watercolor paper. The die shapes are together, making it easy to create multi colored images by just stamping the pieces you need – I LOVE the way that is designed!

Freshly Picked Collection by Catherine Pooler Designs

Ink up your Pear in Tiara ink first. Then add a little shading on the bottom with Tiki Torch. Come back over it with your Tiara pad just like in the video to blend the edge out. If you don’t do that, you’ll have a harsher transition that doesn’t always look natural. If you get some of the darker ink on your pad, gently lift it off with a paper towel. As long as your pad comes up the right color – you’re good to go!

Finish the edge off with a little Tutti Fruitti and lightly spritz with a mini mister. Stamp and you’re all set!

You can see how easy it is to create these artsy little creations.

In this one – I had a little too much water on my first stamped image – and the second is a second generation stamped image – thus much more white!

I pick You Stamp set - Freshly Picked Collection

Because the Black Jack background was a bit more prominent, I didn’t want the greeting to get lost – so I edged it with the Black Jack color. I can tell you – this is absolutely my all time favorite deep grey I’ve ever owned. It’s the perfect alternate to black and when watered down is the perfect light grey shade for grounding images in watercolor.

Both the new neutrals are a must have in my opinion. They are deep, rich and flawless colors – you will not be disappointed!

So, now it’s your turn. There are awesome new stencils in this Freshly Picked release – so check them all out…and I’ll have some more projects for you soon.

Mod Flowers Stencil - Freshly Picked

And if you’re a StampNation member – check out the new challenge that went live today for the Concord & 9th Masterclass. There’s even a live class with the owners of Concord & 9th today. Don’t miss out – if you’re not a member…you have no idea what you’re missing!

Be sure to stop by tomorrow…I have a special video featuring Concord & 9th products! Now it’s your turn – get inky!

Till tomorrow –


To make finding the supplies I used in this project a bit easier for you, here are a few clickable links. Those that have multiple shopping options are indicated with letters – EH – Ellen Hutson, SSS – Simon Says Stamp. Compensated Affiliate Links are used when possible. Click here for disclosure. Happy Shopping!

Butterfly Birthday

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I am so excited…today the mailman brought me some stamps from the first ever release from Happy Little Stampers! Yes, there’s a new stamp company in town and get a load to this amazing Butterfly Birthday set! I always think of my friend Dawn when I see a butterfly – as she really loves them! Do you have a stamp image that reminds you of somebody, or is it just me? Tell me in the Comments below!

This Butterfly Birthday set has three very different bold butterflies that will definitely give you loads of ideas and a good variety of cards – just what you want from a stamp set. Even better – there are three great sayings that are the perfect size and in a handwritten print. It’s the perfect compliment, I just love it when there are greetings mixed in with great images.

Watercolor Stamped Birthday Butterflies 002

Now, you may think I’m biased, because I’m on the design team for the Christmas Challenge, but I purchased these myself, and let me tell you – the quality is there and I’m overjoyed with the design and size of each. Kylie will get these right out to you, they’re well priced and she ships internationally quite reasonably. I can’t wait to use the Mixed Christmas Sentiments set on my next challenge card – it’s always great when a set uses different fonts. Love that kind of variety.

So if you haven’t checked them out yet…be sure to do so – and one of the many challenges over at Happy Little Stampers – there is definitely something for everyone!

I watercolor stamped this card  using water along with the following distress inks – Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Seedless Preserves and Soot Black. I did a little light wet on wet watercoloring for the background.  Stay tuned for a video of this technique card in the upcoming weeks!