Watercoloring Fun with Santa Paws

Watercoloring FunAre you ready for some more watercoloring fun? If so, what could be more fun than this delightful image from the Santa Paws stamp set.  This set is one of the ones which will be retiring when we say good-by to the Holiday Catalog.  Although I absolutely had to have this set – and it was one of the first ones I ordered – I waited this long to ink it up.  Why I waited so long, I don’t know.  Maybe it was because I thought all the details would be overwhelming.   However,  I will be whipping up four more of these for my very special dog loving friends!   Feeling nostalgic on this warm December day, I armed myself with mellow tunes from John Denver, Cat Stevens and Seals and Croft, and watercolored the afternoon away.  I hope you enjoy today’s efforts…

Colors of the Day
The Stampin’ Schach Design Tips

From Ginger Cats…

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to Piebald Dogs…

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this card is the cat’s meow.  Every image was watercolored using Blender Pens and inks.  I simply touched the tip of my Blender Pen directly to the stamp pad, and then removed excess color on a piece of scratch paper before tinting the image.  Just remember, watercoloring is a lot like dieting and weight gain.  It is far easier to add color, than it is to take it off.  So start with a light hand, and add more color as needed.

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To add more definition, I also outline using Stampin’ Write Markers, and then pull the color into the image, once again using Blender Pens.

watercoloring funA few Smoky Slate snowflakes, made with an image from the Night in Bethlehem set, adds interest, and fills up white space.  Because I wanted nothing to detract from my focal point, I opted to put the sentiment on the inside of the card.

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As the last strains of John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” resonated in my ears, another Christmas card was added to my stash.  The only problem is I want to frame one for myself to keep.  SO, make that five more of these cards to whip up!

As always, if you have any questions about the cards I create or the techniques I use, don’t hesitate to email me.  And please, leave me a comment to let me know what you think about today’s card.  I’m thinking about adding a few sequins or rhinestones to my framed version.  What do you think?  Until next time…

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  1. I have been looking at this one since it came out & now I am ordering it and following your instructions. Thanks for the technique info and a wonderful card to case. TFS
    Hugs 🤗

  2. What a lovely card. The critters are darling. Your coloring and story delightful.

  3. Incredible critter coloring. Fun and artistic!

  4. Purr-fectly colored and dog-lightfully cheery card Ann!! I love your simple card design and how much the image just pops with all your pretty shading and pops of color. I bet this took a very long time but it’s just so worth it! And yes, I’d frame one to keep as well. ; ) All you need is a nice rainy day during the week to make a few more!!

    • Thanks for the sweetness, Kelly! It definitely took quite a bit of time, but well worth it. The picture doesn’t show the bit of sparkle from the Wink of Stella, so it is actually prettier in person.

      Happy stampin’!

  5. You are brilliantly! I do not have this and did not order it as many friends and family would not appreciate a piece of art like this, but I would!!! They are either dog or cat lovers but do not like the opposite animal and one dear does not like animals, except for penguins…lol! True but weird, but we love her inspite of it! I am a dedicated cat lover abd we are currently sort of sharing a neighbor’s cat, but my husband is adamant against her….while my son and I woukd love to have her….hard to resist her sweet face, love if love and purring! So I will admire your art card and just deal with thing So! TFS this adorable card…no sense in spending the $$$ to make one card! Enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!

    • Thanks, Carol!
      I’m lucky that my dog show friends know how much time my cards take. They keep the ones I send them. lol This one took quite a bit of time, but I’m sure the next ones will go more quickly!!!

      Have a wonderful week!
      Happy stampin’!

  6. Chris R. from Iowa

    Meowy Woofmas and Happy Howlidays! I, too, just had to have this set and it was in my first order or two and it has not been inked up yet! I had thought it would be a great card for the dog bakery to sell but then that endeavor sort of didn’t pan out the way it was supposed to. Then, I was trying to decide if I wanted to color everyone or just highlight the sort of Ted shaped dog at the top with the mistletoe. Maybe this weekend I will play with the set but I am using my water color pencils probably. I love them! Anyway, love your coloring and love the added snowflakes – they really added to the whole card. I am not a big lover of sequins but the card could use a few of your signature pearls and maybe a few rhinestones for some added sparkle! A great happy card!

    • Hi, Chris!
      Thanks for the sweetness! I think if I had to make a larger number of these, I would not color in every critter. I would never get them done if I did. lol

      Have fun inking up your set!
      Have a wonderful week…and happy stampin’!

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