Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dragonfly Dreams and Watercolour Pencils Tutorial

Hi Friends!  Wow, I can't believe we're in the middle of February already. How fast time flies these days. If you're like me, the countdown until Spring is on!

What's your favourite Stampin' Up! colour? I have a few: Early Espresso, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Rich Razzleberry. Maybe I should also add Watermelon Wonder, from our 2015-2017 In Color Collection. Don't forget this In Color Collection will be retiring soon and during Sale-a-bration is the perfect time to stock up on your favourite items featuring these colors and get free product with your order (every $60CDN = 1 free SAB item!). Many 2015-2017 In Color products (inks, refills, markers, cardstock, etc) sell out very fast as we get closer to Spring, before the current catalogue ends on May 31.

 Today is the first day the second release 
of Sale-a-bration products are available!
You can view them all online HERE (French version HERE)
There are three new items to choose from: Reverse Words stamp set, Make a Medallion stamp set and a 6x6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack!   Be sure to get your favourites before Sale-a-bration ends on March 31st.

I hope you're having fun playing with all your Stampin' Up! products, especially those in our Occasions catalogue! It's important to take some time to PLAY. Maybe have the girls over for a fun evening of crafts and snacks. All you'll need for hours of creative fun are our new Watercolor Pencils, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, and our Shimmery White Cardstock. The shimmery background technique I'm sharing with you today creates unique, sparkly, works of art that are frame worthy.


This card uses the Dragonfly Dreams Bundle from the Occasions Catalogue and features the Watercolor Pencil Shimmery Wink technique.

Combine colour from Watercolor Pencils and shimmer from both Shimmery White cardstock and the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to create unique backgrounds.

Whether you add stamped images or layer on die cut shapes, your project will shine.

TIP: Squeeze the sides of the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush where it says "Push" to release extra Wink of Stella Glitter so the brush is nice and juicy for best results when blending Watercolor Pencil.

 Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Pencil Shimmery Wink Card

The Shimmery Background Technique is a versatile technique used for backgrounds featuring Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Pencils, Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, and Shimmery White Paper.
Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Pencil Shimmery Wink Card
DIAGONAL STRIPES: Begin by colouring diagonal swatches of colour with Watercolor Pencils on Shimmery White cardstock. Colours used from top to bottom are: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, and Melon Mambo.

Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Pencil Shimmery Wink Card
BLEND COLOURS: Use a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to blend the Watercolor Pencil. Make sure the brush is nice and wet by pressing the "push" buttons on each side of the brush as needed. Start blending at the top of the Daffodil Delight section and blend into the Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo sections.
Dragonfly Dreams Watercolor Pencil Shimmery Wink Card

ALLOW TO DRY: If the Wink of Stella seems a bit too dry, use an Aqua Painter with water to blend and smooth the colour and Wink of Stella. Let paper dry completely.


  1. Use Stampin' Trimmer to cut Dapper Denim cardstock to measure 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" - fold in half to create card base that measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
  2. Cut Real Red cardstock 4" x 5 1/4" and set aside.
  3. Cut Shimmery White cardstock to measure 3 3/4" x 5" Using the watercolour steps posted above, add strips of colour using Watercolor Pencils.
  4. Blend with Clear Wink of Stella (and aqua painter if needed) and allow paper to dry.
  5. Using Big Shot & Precision Base Plate, place Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Die on piece of Basic Black cardstock and cut. Add a touch of Clear Wink of Stella to the Dragonflies and adhere to front of card using small pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals (for raised effect) or Multipurpose Liquid Glue.
  6. Stamp sentiment using Black Memento ink pad.
  7. Glue Shimmery White piece to Real Red layer; wrap White Organza Ribbon around and tie a know. Adhere to card base.
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Enjoy the day and HAPPY STAMPING!

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