Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Freestyle Watercolored Thank You with Nina-Marie

Hello Everyone, it's Nina-Marie here today! Hope your 2016 has gotten off to a bright and happy start! I am back to share a fun video tutorial featuring a lot of stamping and watercoloring to create this fun and colorful thank you card.

One can never have enough thank you cards, especially at this time of year when you've received so many thoughtful cards and gifts over the holidays from friends and family. This prompted me to pull out my all-time favorite Create a Smile stamp set,  Time to Say Thanks.  

In today's video, I'm going to show you how I stamped and watercolored this little scene to create an attractive frame for my sentiment. You can watch the video below, or over on my YouTube channel. 

Simon Says Stamp STITCHED RECTANGLES Wafer Dies sssd111455 In Stitches Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad SQUEEZED LEMONADE Ranger TIM34940 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad TWISTED CITRON Ranger TIM43294 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO TIM43218 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad EVERGREEN BOUGH Ranger Winter TIM32854 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad ANTIQUE LINEN Ranger TIM19497 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger Spring TIM34933 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad PUMICE STONE Ranger TIM27140 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN Ranger Summer TIM35008 Hero Arts PLATINUM Embossing Powder PW117 Ranger Embossing Powder SUPER FINE WHITE EPJ36678 Simon Says Stamp WOODGRAIN CARDSTOCK WHITE 111 LB Strathmore WATERCOLOR 9x12 SHEETS 373091 Simon Says Stamp Card Stock 100# BLACK Black8 Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425 MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit EK Success POWDER TOOL Applicator 54-04002 EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01 WHITE FUN FOAM 12 Pack 118711 9 x 12

For those of you wondering, this card did take a bit of time to create. However, once you get in the rhythm of masking, stamping and heat embossing each leaf, you begin to pick up momentum. Besides, card making is about the joy of creating. Enjoying the process. Its not about how fast you can be. 

A tip to remember when using a sticky-back mask as you heat emboss: always apply some anti-stick powder to the area before stamping with the Versamark ink. The sticky notes I used as my masks left a slight bit of stick behind that is unnoticeable to us, but has just enough of a hold to grab the embossing powder. Applying anti-stick powder to the area helps eliminate this problem. I've linked to the anti-stick powder tool I used in today's video up above in the product list for your convenience.

So I hope today's card has inspired you to do some freestyle watercoloring of your own! Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to find more inspiration using Create a Smile products, as well as much, much more!

Thanks for stopping by... happy creating! 
xoxo, Nina-Marie  :)


  1. hey.. thanks for sharing and yay! another video following your process!!! smile... sincerely

  2. Beautiful card! Love the colors!

  3. Stunning card, and I loved watching the process. :) This stamp set seems SO versatile and is so cute!

  4. Stunning card, and I loved watching the process. :) This stamp set seems SO versatile and is so cute!

  5. Beautiful card and lovely stamp set! :D