Getting Back to Watercolor Crayons

When I was asked recently to put together a card using Watercolor Crayons, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go; but I decided I was up for the challenge.  The person really liked a card by Meg Loven using the Simply Soft set and so I looked around my craft room and spied the new Reason to Smile stamp set (its coming out in July as part of a special promotion where you can get it for only $5 with any $50 order!).  It is a new 2-step stamping set and I thought it would be fun to try with the crayons.

Reason to Smile watercolored stamp set


I used the Watercolor Crayons two different ways:  coloring directly onto the stamp (for the petals and stem) and picking up color from the crayon using a waterbrush and coloring on the paper.  I have to say, making this card has renewed my love affair with Watercolor Crayons!

Thanks to this tip from Meg, I had MUCH BETTER success coloring on my stamp.  I grabbed my aqua pen for the first time in ages – I normally am loyal to my blender pen – and moistened the surface of the rubber before I colored with the crayon.  Boy does that help the crayon color nicely on the surface!  Then you can stamp and it is super pretty.

I then brushed my aqua pen along the back of the crayon (the flat end) and then used that to paint color around my stamped image on the paper.  Doesn’t it give such a pretty look?

Reason to Smile watercolored close up


The only other tip I have for you today, is if you are going to color on your paper like I did with the blue, you really really  want to be using watercolor paper!  You will be using so much water doing this that regular cardstock will warp a lot.

So, there you go… now grab your watercolor crayons and give it a try!  Its probably way more fun than you remember it being. 🙂

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Reason to Smile Thank You Card Recipe
Reason to Smile, Curly Cute
Ink: Stazon black, Old Olive
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Watercoloring Paper
Accessories: Daffodil Delight seam binding, Brights watercolor crayons, aqua pen, stampin’ dimensionals, basic rhinestones

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