Sunday, June 27, 2010

Using Watercolor Pencil & Penny Black Stamps!

I was asked to be a guest designer for Penny Black and I thought I would share a technique with you about using watercolor pencils. My friend Heidi first taught me this technique! This technique creates a really neat effect for your stamped images.

Step 1: Stamp your image onto plain cardstock. I used the Penny Black Nature Trail Ted stamp.

Step 2: Select you watercolor pencils. I used three different shades of blue: light, medium and dark for the overalls.

Step 3: Gently shade in area with different colors. I used light blue all around and added a bit of medium and dark blue. Here is what the overalls looked like shaded.

Step 4: You will need a very thin brush and a bowl of water. Get just the very tip of the paint brush wet, so you almost can't see the water. Gradually paint over and blend the colors together like my image below. If you need to dry off and repeat in a new area. Make sure you let the water dry before you go to a new place to color.

I repeated this step for the entire image. You can see my final card here.

Here is another layout where I did a bit of blending on the stamped image (Penny Black Shindig stamp) which sits on the "5". I used a Penny Black stamp (Paisley Swirls) in repeat for the "5" texture.

Hope this tutorial helps a bit when using watercolor pencils! :)


  1. Great idea! Never thought of using stamps that way.

  2. Thanks for the tip!!

    xoxo Karen Lee

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Jun 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Too cute Pammy! I've never played with watercolor pencils, but now you have me interested!

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