Hello stampers! Are you ready to hear about a great tip to use with watercolour pencils and Free as a Bird? Sometimes all you need is a little inside information to make a product that much better and more fun to use. I have told you many times that I never considered myself to be an artist. That is slowly changing for me, and it can for you as well. This little tip will bring us both a little closer to that amazing reality. Actually, so much of what we do can be considered art. The way we arrange our food on a plate, the way we put some flowers in a vase or pick just the right shoes with an outfit. You might be amazing at applying eye shadow or nail polish. Perhaps you are a genius at arranging furniture. It’s all art.


Let’s take a look at the card first. This is actually Alison Reid’s card for our Fab Four event in August. She had us stamp the bird image in Memento black ink on crumb cake cardstock. Before we did that we stamped various images from Gallery Grunge around the edges to give a nice vintage look. When I say “we” I mean the other team members that constitute the Fab Four. We had to postpone our event due to bad timing and low numbers so we decided to get together anyways and teach each other our cards. It was actually a brilliant idea that also gave us a chance to critique our cards and also get our creative juices flowing. Making a card for yourself and teaching a card at a class are two very different things. Some cards are not well suited to teaching in a group setting and that is what was helpful about our time together.


Watercolour Pencils are used to colour this Free as Bird image. The trick is to start with a white base!


Isn’t this just a lovely card? This colour combination of pretty peacock, soft suede and crumb cake is spectacular. The stamped leaf was fussy cut but the vellum leaf is actually a punch. Do you see how the stitched rectangles framelits were used for both the sentiment and the frame around the birds? It really is a wonderful tool. Here is a close up of the birds.


Free as a Bird coloured with watercolour pencils on a crumb cake base.


Are you ready for the big secret trick? You first colour the entire image with your white watercolour pencil! This not only creates a neutral background, it also allows for better blending. The bird was coloured using basic grey for the top of his head, pumpkin pie for his beak and then bermuda bay, pacific point and daffodil delight for the body. The branch is early espresso, the leaves old olive and the flowers daffodil delight. I will show you how to do it in the video that follows. After all the colouring and stamping was complete the crumb cake panel was run through the die cutting machine using the Subtle embossing folder to give it just a little more texture.


I did a little playing while I was waiting for my YouTube video to upload, I was curious to see how this technique would work on black cardstock. I rather like it! I added a little wink of stella to some of the birds.


Watercolour pencils on black cardstock, it is imperative to first colour the images with the white pencil.


Before I share the video with you I just want to share with you the amazing starter kit opportunity that is happening right now. It is called Extra, Extra because first you get an extra $40 in your starter kit and second, you get an extra $14 coupon code that you can use on your order the month after you join. I am adding one more extra, a special day or evening stamping with me using new products and answering all your questions. It is going to be called Diva Day, and it will be on Thursday August 22 at 1pm and 7pm. Our new catalog is amazing and I have heard from many people that they have a long wish list. Don’t deny yourself, but spend wisely. If your list has more than $110 on it, then get the starter kit. You can choose $205 worth of product and you pay only $135. Do you know how much money you are saving? $205 worth of product with shipping and tax comes to $252.15!!! That means you are saving $117.15. You also get a free Paper Pumpkin in your starter kit and 8 catalogs to share with your friends. Wow, wow, wow.



I can already sense a little anxiety, perhaps even despair. “I don’t want to teach classes.” “I don’t want to be a crazy demonstrator person like you Jackie.” “I don’t want to commit to anything.” “I feel like I’m stealing from Stampin’Up!”.  No worries at all. This starter kit is an opportunity given to you by Stampin’Up! with the full realization that you might very well do nothing with it except enjoy the savings. That is totally ok. Of course I would have to say that you would be just a little crazy not to take advantage of your 20% discount afterwards, so I will encourage you to place another order to use your $14 coupon code and get your 20% discount. Here is the link to get this awesome deal. I will connect with you when I get back from the Greek Isles incentive trip to see if you want to come to DIva Day on August 22. If you are not local then I will connect with you with a Facebook or Skype call if you like.


The supply list below includes the products from Saturday’s post and it was too much of a time investment to fix it. Sorry!


Thanks so much for stopping by, I appreciate each and every one of you. If you want to do me a big favour, please pin one of these cards, that really helps give me more exposure and grows my business.


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