Watercoloring Using Arteza Watercolors

Welcome back everyone! Yesterday I shared how I swatched out my Arteza 36 Half-Pan Premium Watercolors and today I’m using them in a project.


I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.


Watercoloring can be very intimidating but I have found if you heat emboss your images first, it’s a lot less scary. I’m using Bee Paper and stamping my images using Gina K Designs Embossing Ink. Then I’ll add Hero Arts Gold Glitter Embossing Powder and heat set.

What makes this a little easier is that the heat embossed lines create barriers which makes it a little easier to contain the water and the colors. 

I start out by working in sections. I wet the area I’m going to color, pick up a little ink from my watercolor set and lightly drop in the color in the bottom part of that section. After quickly dipping my brush in clean water, I will start to pull that color out towards to edges. The goal is to make it lighter towards the outside edges of the petals.

I apply the same technique throughout all of the heat embossed images. Working in sections makes this a lot more manageable too. 

After my images are completely colored and dry, I use the coordinating die set to die cut the images out. 

To create a subtle background, I will flick on some Gold Metallic ink that I watered down and also some of the same paint color that I used in the flowers. This pulls all the colors together nicely.

I will lay out my images onto a piece of Ivory card stock and attach my smaller flowers using Lawn Fawn Liquid Glue and the large image with Gina K Design foams squares.

The sentiment, also from the Grateful Heart stamp set, is heat embossed in Gold Embossing Powder onto Pitch Black card stock and attached with foam squares as well.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration. 

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Swatching: Stop Over-Thinking It

Welcome back everyone! This video has been a long time coming. Arteza sent me some watercolors a couple of months ago to try out and put in a video and I’m just now getting to it. I’ll tell you why in just a second.


I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel. I’m swatching out the colors and doing a little “shop” talk about how I feel about watercoloring.


The first thing I’m going to tell you is …. STOP OVER-THINKING IT! Yep, I capitalized that. I’m just as guilty of it and I pushed passed it.

Part of why this video took so long (other then being super busy!) was because I was so intimidated by watercoloring. Yes, I’ve used watercolors in the past and have even done some videos but I was so scared to do this swatching video.

I’ll be brutally honest. I don’t know a lot about watercoloring. Not in the technical terms. I have a hard time sharing things without knowing a reason behind the madness. It was a barrier. No more barriers! Grab those paints, some paper and water and let’s do this!

A couple things I do know about watercoloring is paper can make a difference. Unfortunately, I do not own a lot of watercolor paper. Today, I’m using Canson Watercolor paper which you can find almost anywhere for a reasonable price. It’s not the most high quality but it gets the swatching job done.

Since I really don’t know what all the numbers/values mean, I’m approaching this with what will be helpful for me. The first thing I wanted to do was put this in rainbow order because the original packaging was not, as you will see in the video. This helps me so I’m not hunting for the reds in 3 different places.

The swatch grid is something I created on my own with a ruler and a pencil. Waffle Flower carries some great tools to help swatch, which I do not own at this time.

What I did notice while swatching is these paints are very smooth to me. I do not have a ton of experience with all the watercolors out there but these made me happy.

Once my swatching sheet is complete, I can put it in the lid of my watercolor pan and it will always be there for reference.

Arteza has graciously provided my viewers/readers with a discount. You can receive 10% off your purchase through the Arteza website by using the code MindyEggenDesign1 at checkout . This discount is only valid until September 25, 2019. Please note, this is an affiliate link that when you purchase through my link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

If you are like me and just starting out with watercoloring, I do think this is a good set. You have a variety of colors to work with and they are easy to pop into a bag and take with you in your travels.


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Tim Holtz Distress Ink Reinkers Watercoloring

Welcome everyone! I have a ton of cards to share with you today! I am creating some easy water color backgrounds using Distress Ink Reinkers and the Daisy Square Die from Simon Says Stamp Believe in You release.


I have a video that you can view down below or HERE on my channel.


For all of my cards today, I’m working on the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat. It has some wells on the side of it that I can add my reinkers to and makes it a great surface to work on.

I’ll be using Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet. I’ll also be adding in some Inkon3 Liquid Pixie Dust.

I start by adding a couple drops of each color into the wells. Then I’ll add a few drops of water to dilute it a little. Distress Inks are very vibrant in color and wanted to try and water it down just a tad.

My first background I came in quite strong as you can see. Very powerful rainbow!

My next cards, I used Picked Raspberry instead of Candied Apple and added a little bit more water to dilute the color a bit more.

I’m using Arches Cold Press watercolor paper which can really hold the ink and amount of water I’m using.

After a few backgrounds, I added the Liquid Pixie Dust to my ink in the wells. This will add some sparkle to the colors !

Once the backgrounds were dry, I spritzed some water on them to break up the color and add that water droplet look.

I die cut the Daisy Square from Neenah Solar white card stock 110 lb multiple times and will be using the negative and positive pieces for my cards.

I adhere the die cut with the Lawn Fawn Liquid Glue.

Most of the sentiments I’m using on the cards are from the Tiny Words Birthday stamp set. I had stamped them onto Black card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I used the Sentiment Labels die to cut them all out.

These next cards are probably my favorite. I die cut the frame from one of my water colored panels and did a little die cut inlay.

The black sentiment strip really pops off of these cards!

I finished off the cards by adding a few jewels from Pretty Pink Posh. I used Pearl White, Sea Glass and Sugar Plum Jewels to tie into the color scheme of the cards.

Also, for all of the panels, I trimmed down some craft foam and adde them to the front panel with double sided tape.

Then adde to a white A2 size card base.

Lots of inspiration and more details on them over on my Youtube channel.

Hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration! Be sure to check out what else is new from Simon Says Stamp!

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Watercoloring with Lovely Lotus

Welcome back everyone! I’m always fascinated by cards I see with watercoloring and have been wanting to try it myself for a while now. In today’s card, I gave it a shot.

Being that I’m pretty new to watercoloring images, I decided to keep my card designs very clean and simple. I stamped an image from the Lovely Lotus stamp set onto watercolor card stock with Gina K Designs Sandy Beach Ink.

I watercolored my image with Altenew watercolor pan set and a size 4 brush. I started by laying down a light wash of color and then worked in layers to achieve some depth.

It’s really hard to see in the pictures but when my image was dry, I added some gold glitter with the Nuvo Midas Touch shimmer pen. I stamped a sentiment to the bottom with Obsidian Black Ink and trimmed my panel down. Then I added my panel is added to a white A2 size card base.

I really enjoyed experimenting with watercoloring and I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration. Thanks for stopping by!

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AlteNew July 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Welcome everyone ! I am so thrilled to be joining Altenew in celebrating their latest release! I am head over heels in love with it and have a bunch of projects to share with you.


If you are here from the amazingly talented Emily, then you are on the right track. If not, you can always start at the beginning by visiting the Altenew Blog. After visiting me, your next stop will be fabulous Jeanne Jachna.


Of course there are some prizes to giveaway! Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners ! Please leave a comment on the Altenew card blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 7/16/2019 for a chance to win. They will also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Blogs on 7/18/2019.


I have an accompanying video for today’s projects that you can view down below or HERE on my Youtube channel.


This may be one of the cleanest cards I’ve ever made and I think it may be my favorite. The sentiment is stamped in Obsidian Ink using the Crystal Frames stamp set.

I die cut the frame from Gold Glitter card stock and added around my sentiment.

The beautiful flowers are stamped using the new Bright Blossoms stamp set. I stamped in Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Firefly and Shadow Creek inks from Altenew.

I love when you can get two cards from one background. Using acrylic blocks, stamped my images around the card panel using the Bright Blossoms stamp. I used Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Firefly and Shadow Creek inks.

Next, I die cut out the Mega Hope die from the center of the panel. I also die cut out 5 more Hope word dies from white card stock.

For the first panel, I added the white die cut words to the negative space. This adds some beautiful dimension. I topped it off with a Nuvo Shimmer Pen for some sparkle. I stamped the sentiment using the Mega Greetings stamp set onto Black card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

For my second card, I layered the die cut word with two more layers using liquid glue. Before adding my word to the card, I lined it up so I could align the sentiments.

For both of these cards I’m using Hero Hues Kiwi card stock which was a perfect match to my leaves.

My next cards I did a bit of watercoloring. I’m still exploring this medium and this is a great way to start out slow and simple. Using the Altenew watercolors, I just added strips of color to the center of my cards panels.

The sentiment is from the Crystal Frames stamp set and stamped in Obsidian Black ink. Since I’m using watercolor paper, I needed to stamp a couple times.

This was so easy to do I just couldn’t stop! So many different color combinations to try out and it was a lot of fun!

I’m also using the stamp set Something Wonderful.

This is a great staple stamp set to have. It’s small, has a fabulous sentiment and beautiful leaves that also have a coordinating die.

I really loved doing an ombre watercoloring on the backgrounds. Just think of how many cards you could mass produce with this technique and one small stamp set.

My next card, I created an entire background with the watercolors and once dry, trimmed the panel down.

The frames were a perfect accent to the card front.

For all of my cards today I’m working on the NEW Stamping Mat from Altenew. You’ll be able to see it in my video. This mat is created with silicone and is great for stamping, watercoloring, ink blending, heat embossing and everyday crafting. It features inches as well as metric measurements on the edges and a half inch grid.

This mat measures 12″ x 16″ and is also great for heat embossing on. It will stick to your surface without moving around while creating. I have really enjoyed working with it. It cleans up really well and when I’m done, I just roll it up and set it off on the side.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration.

You’re next stop is Jeanna Jachna!

Here is a complete list of the blog hop in case you get lost along the way.


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