Watercolouring Tips with Joy of Noel


Hello stampers! Today I want to share a fun little  watercolouring tip.  It really is amazing what one small change can do when you are watercolouring. I used the gorgeous Joy of Noel stamp set which is sadly retiring. Get it before it’s gone!!


What’s the watercolouring tip??


You are probably most curious as to what the tip is for improving your watercolouring. I like to press the ink pad onto a clear acrylic block and then pick up the colour with a Water Painter. To add more depth of colour add a little more colour using one of our Stampin’ Write Markers!

It’s that simple. If you add just a little colour with the marker and then blend it in with the Water Painter, you get an amazing depth of colour. Try it and see!!


Joy Of Noel Cards


The card below was cased from the talented Angela Meiritz-Reed from New Zealand. I love the Granny Apple Green and Garden Green together.


Watercolour tip with the Joy of Noel stamp set, markers, ink pads and water painters from Stampin'Up!


I do not consider myself an artist per se. I am creative, but I don’t really paint. That is why it was a revelation to me to layer two different colours of green on one leaf. How beautiful! How elemental. Definitely not rocket science, but it was for me. It made me happy and that is what counts. I have never taken an art lesson, so this was a lovely discovery. Perhaps it is new to you too! Enjoy. Have fun. That’s what really matters.



Watercolour tip with the Joy of Noel stamp set, markers, ink pads and water painters from Stampin'Up!


Video Tutorial


Of course, I made this little video to show you this little watercolouring tip in action. Seeing is believing! This is a short video, so you only need to invest a minute to learn the trick.


Exciting News!!!


Did you know that I now offer platform memberships on my YouTube channel? This is not the same as subscribing to my channel; it is a step beyond! About a month ago YouTube offered me this opportunity and they asked me which perks I could offer to my members and this is what I came up with.


YouTube membership options for The Pampered Stamper channel


The Video Buff gets an exclusive video each week as well as a card recipe the day before. This video gets posted on Thursdays at 10am EST.

The Creative Queen gets the exclusive video but also a month pdf tutorial with at least 14 projects.

The Creative Business Builder gets the previous perks plus a weekly training video or motivational talk.

How to join? Just click on the “join” button underneath each of my videos on YouTube. Looking forward to sharing even more creativity with you!!





Thanks so much for joining me today and a very Merry Christmas to you! Wishing you a lovely time with your family and friends and God’s richest blessings for 2024. Hugs from Holland and see you soon in Canada (I fly back on the 28th)


Merry Christmas from The Pampered Stamper




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Tropical Leaf Watercolour Tips

Hello stampers and happy Thursday to you. Today I am sharing a gorgeously vibrant Tropical Leaf card. There are so many great watercolour tips to be gleaned from my video tutorial. Many thanks to Tami Hewlett for sharing her gorgeous card that inspired me! I hope that I inspire YOU to try this fun card!!


Tropical Leaf Bundle Card


Watercolour wash technique card using the Tropical Leaf bundle- all products Stampin'Up! by Stampin'Up! demonstrator Jackie Bultje


If you want to enjoy a blast from the past, consider checking out this blog post from 2020 where I watercolour adorable rainboots.


Five Watercolour Tips and Tricks


  1. Use either Fluid 100 watercolour paper from Stampin’Up! OR the retired Shimmery White cardstock for your background and your leaves.
  2. Ink your leaves with three shades of green starting with the lightest shade. Spritz lightly with water and tilt your stamp so the colours run together a bit.
  3. For the background ink up your E. block in Azure Afternoon and Tahitian Tide. Spritz lightly with water, let the colours run together a bit and press into your background layer.
  4. If you have excess ink, absorb it with a piece of paper towel or toilet paper! It’s amazing how well this works!
  5. When your background is dry, tap a water painter so that a few drops fall down. This gives a great effect.


Video Tutorial


For these types of watercolour tips, watching a video is always pure gold!! I hope you enjoy watching this amateur get some pretty awesome results. Trust me, I was very nervous to share this with you not knowing how it would turn out.



Inspiring Each Other


I am humbled and grateful at the inspiration that I gain from my fellow demonstrators. Without Tami Hewlett’s inspiration, I would never have made this card. I didn’t watch her video or even read her blog post, I just saw her card and started playing. Now I see that I used different ink colours than she did and the results are still fantastic. Where to you seek your inspiration?

My hope that when you see me trying new things, you will also feel empowered to do it as well. Creativity is so thrilling!! Have a super day, and please shop with me if you live in Canada or in Europe, your business keeps me going!!


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Anything But a Card

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. This is the first Wednesday of the month and that means it is the Monthly Global video hop. The theme is Anything but a Card. I chose to do a home decor piece. Aren’t you supposed to do something everyday that scares you? I chose to make a watercolour painting with stamps. Let’s take a look.


Anything but a card


Did you know that Stampin’Up! carries watercolour paper? It comes in 5″ by 7″ pieces but I had to cut it down to 4″ by 6″ to fit the opening in my frame. Don’t throw those extra strips away! They are perfect for practicing different techniques and for trying different amounts of water saturation.


Oceanfront Watercolour


Here you can see it unframed.


Oceanfront Watercolour "painting"


My First Attempt


This was the first watercolour I did and then I forgot to take a picture of it in natural light. These photos were taken at night so they’re not the best, but they will have to do. I like this version too. You will notice that I had a little too much water on my reeds.


Watercolour art with Oceanfront and Let's Set Sail



Watercolour "painting" with Oceanfront stamps and Let's Set Sail.


I’m Curious!


Which watercolour do you prefer? The one with or without words? When you tackle a project like this each one of your attempts will be different. It is so much fun and your pack of watercolour paper comes with ten sheets! What are you waiting for?


Video Tutorial


Here is my video showing you how I did it.



Hugs from Holland


By the time you are reading this I am spending my fourth day in Holland already! I am so excited to share pictures of Holland in the spring. This is the first time that I am in Holland for early April. It is also my shortest stay in quite a while, just a month this time. Thanks for joining me today and happy stamping!


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Coffee in the Window

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. How many of you would like to start the day with coffee in the window? The idea of having a cozy window seat with a beautiful view is very inviting. To be able to start the day slowly contemplating life’s blessings and the business of the day, I love that. The card that I am sharing today has a very mellow and introspective feel to it, perfect for a Monday morning!


In the Moment:  Coffee in the Window


The idea behind this card is to stamp the image on a subtle patterned paper. I used the paper from the Bloom Where You’re Planted collection. Use your Blends to colour the window. I used Smoky Slate. Stamp the lady on a scrap of shimmery white and colour her as well. I used Misty Moonlight, Soft Sued and Petal Pink ink and a Water Painter. My intent was to have this card coordinate with the cards that I made for my “Day Away With Jackie” class. If you want to participate in this class, you can still order your supplies online from me and I will send you the pdf tutorial for free!! I am going to record some videos showing you how to make these cards and you can access them in a private Facebook group.



In the Moment card



The next photo just shows the “fussy cut” woman with the coffee cup. She’s up quite early don’t you think?

This card was totally inspired by Angela Meyer. I just changed up the colours and the patterned paper. Please check out her blog here and see her other fantastic creations at Wild Violets Art.



In The Moment card with fussy cut woman with coffee cup


Instant Gratification?


If you would like to make some great In The Moment cards without having to think about it and spend an hour or more scrolling through Pinterest or other sites, click here for my easy to follow tutorial.




Thanks for joining me today, I appreciate you stopping by. Have you decided how to take advantage of saleabration this year? Are you going to get some free sets or paper with a purchase or are you going to get the best discount of all? The starter kit with two bonus free sets and your own 20% discount on future purchases? You know that I would love to have you on my award winning team. If you have any questions on the nitty gritty details and how they affect you, please message me either here on my blog or email me at jackiebultje@gmail.com. I have teams in both Canada and Europe!


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Sharing Creativity

Hello stampers and happy Monday to you. Today I am talking about sharing creativity. In this blog post I will be sharing creativity from my Happy Mail in Holland contributors. All three are Dutch artists! One of them is my cousin Corien (actually she is married to my cousin Chris) and I am going to start with her card.


Corien’s Card


Corien is the kind of artist that I would love to be. She paints!! When I received her lovely watercoloured Christmas card, I had no idea that it was part of a bigger whole. She told me that later and I thought it was a genius idea. It is so wonderful to be inspired by the creativity of others! First I will show you her card, then I will share the bigger watercolour painting, known here as an “aquarelle”.



I love the calming natural colours of Corien’s card, don’t you? Now here is the much bigger painting that she cut up into cards. What a novel idea! I’m sort of hoping that she made two of these so. that there is still one original large painting hanging on the wall somewhere.



I love the combination of styles here. My eyes see the old world manger scene that reminds me of paintings throughout the centuries combined with the modern feel of the ornaments and the straight lines of the squares. Wow, wow, wow!! Corien, you are incredible. Thank you for sharing your gift of art with us. Isn’t sharing creativity just the best?

Corien lives in Maasluis, the Netherlands which is quite close to where Gerard lives. I love that because that means we can see each other regularly. Chris and Corien are beautiful souls and among my favourite people.


Carla van der Meé’s Card


Carla comes from Drachten, the Netherlands (I’m going to have to look that up!) Her lovely card combines the Arctic Bears stamp set with Whimsical Trees. I love her choice of colours (mossy meadow, soft succulent and old olive) as well as the layout of her elements. Very clever to stamp the saying at an angle as well. It’s catchy and it also means you don’t have to stress out about getting it perfectly straight. That can be especially tricky with small sayings.

Carla’s card measures 4 3/4″ square. Thanks for sending me this beautiful card!


Sharing Creativity card using Arctic Bears and Whimsical Trees



Arctic Bears card with Whimsical Trees from Stampin'Up!



Drachten is located in the northern part of the Netherlands and is the second largest city in the province of Friesland. I think I would love to go to this museum to learn more about the local history, especially the harvesting of peat, as this was a job that my father did in Canada before he bought his farm.






Bianca Rebel’s Card


The last card that I am sharing today comes from Bianca Rebel who lives in the beautiful city of Dordrecht. Bianca’s card is clean and simple and I love how she used a corner rounder on the two opposite corners of her card. The cardstock is balmy blue from Stampin’Up! but the stamp is what I affectionately call “contraband”. Bianca tells me that it is from Alexandra Renke.

It was so nice to receive your happy mail Bianca, thank you!! If you want to see another beautiful card that Bianca made as well as read a little bit more about Dordrecht, check out this blog post from two years ago.



Happy New Year from Holland


I thought I would close this post with a photo of my new amaryllis bouquet. Gerard brought in three new ones to replace the Christmas ones. He knows how much I love the salmon coloured ones. The name of this variety is called Desire. Gerard just has a few of these rogues growing in the greenhouse, it is not a variety that he sells. They are just for me!!

By picking these particular flowers and arranging them just so, Gerard also shared his creativity with me and it just makes me so happy.



They look so nice and fresh inside the house and also from outside. The other day we were driving away and I looked back and saw these flowers and I thought, I need to take a picture of these from outside. Lovely!!!



Gerard and I wish you a very Happy New Year. Thanks for joining me today. Just a gentle reminder that today is the LAST day to order from the holiday catalog. Tomorrow saleabration begins!! Have a super day.


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Joyful Life Does Bring Joy!

Hello stampers and happy Wednesday to you. Today I am sharing with you Joyful Life which really does bring joy. This was one of the first stamp sets that I bought from the holiday catalog. The reason that it appealed to me so much is that it was different. The bear on a bike and cute little hedgehog carrying a bowl of apples just warmed my heart and brought me joy. I am hoping that these cards will also bring someone else joy!


Joyful Life Card


Here is the first card that I am going to share with you. The second one is almost identical but I switched up the sentiment. I would love to hear which one you like better! Brownie points if you can tell me where the patterned paper is from!


Joyful Life card with hedgehog and black and white gingham paper


Do you recognize the die that was used for the hedgehog image? I splurged and bought it when the dies were 20% off. It’s the Hippo Dies. I don’t have the hippo stamp set but I love the dies! At 20% it was worth getting the dies even though I didn’t need them all. I gave all the ones that coordinated with the hippo stamp set to a team member who had the set. Here is the second card. Note the different sentiment. Both were embossed in white on basic black cardstock.


Joyful Life card with cute hedgehog in black, red and crushed curry.


Prime Time With The Pampered Stamper


I will be making this card in my Prime Time group tomorrow at 10am EST. This is a private group that you can join for only $10 a month. It includes and exclusive video each week, a monthly draw and a monthly 15 project pdf tutorial. A steal of a deal that you might just be missing out right now! My Prime Time people tell me that this group really keeps their creativity flowing. If you want to join, just click here.




Thanks so much for joining me today. It’s a short post today as I had a short night! No, it’s not what you think! There were a LOT of flowers to harvest and pack yesterday and we were in the greenhouse late last night with last minute things to do and waiting for the trucker to load up several truckloads of flowers. I helped load the carts of flowers and saved them a lot of time. It feels so good to pitch in, but I am a little bleary-eyed.  Have a super day and don’t forget to check out my new tutorials that are available for you to buy (or get for free with a $60 online order).


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