Winter card camp ~ Watercolor reflection!


Hi friends!

My card today is a watercolor card gone very wrong yet right!

I'll explain!

Today is Day #2 of the Stamping Sisters winter mini card camp

and our teacher for today's tutorial is Darlene!

Our 'camp class schedule' is:

Monday, January 25 ~  Barb @ inkingintoretirement
Tuesday, January 26 ~ Darlene (me!) @ Accordingtobijou
Wednesday, January 27 ~ Kelly @ Sandcastlestamper
Thursday January 28 ~ Jeanette @ Creativeplay

She has a beautiful watercolor technique using the popular

Lovely As A Tree by Stampin' Up

and asked us to use that stamp set plus any watercolors.

I'll show you my completed card first 

and then let you know what I discoverd that was good ....

and perhaps not so good! :)

I started with using a heavyweight #140 watercolor paper

and my Altenew half pans watercolors.



     I also temporarily unmounted the tree stamp I was working with

to get a better fit in my MISTI.

I watercolored a background and then stamped and woah ....

it was an absolute train wreck!

I had a beautiful watercolor background but as soon as I stamped,

they were wonky and didn't line up.

So that did not work for me :/

  I switched gears and stamped first, watercolored second.


I stamped the top forest 7 times (my lucky number!) and

I knew I was going to have the bottom half as a reflection

so I purposely stamped it off on a scrap paper

and then stamped it down for the lightest image.

Even though I heat set the image,

once I started watercoloring, the black ink started to react

to the watercolors and started to smear *gasp!*

So the neon greenish-yellowish color?

I didn't paint that!

It was a direct reaction to the ink and the navy blue watercolors

but I absolutely loved the effect ~

it reminded me kinda sorta of the Aurora Borealis.

And that's my card for today!

Thank you, Darlene, for your beautiful tutorial!

I'll be back tomorrow with my class ~ stay tuned!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


  1. This is the sweetest card. I love the colors of the background and how you did your reflection without acetate. Too Pretty! Thanks for playing with us this week!

  2. WOW! Your card is gorgeous, Kelly! I love the way those colors turned out. Perfect!

  3. Oh my!!! Here I was wondering how on earth you made such a beautiful sky with the slight green hues!!! LOL You know, I think I'll try stamping the image first and then water coloring the background. Your card is wonderful! Thanks for trying the technique.

  4. Your watercolor background looks amazing with your wonderful trees! What a great job you have done with the reflection!!

  5. It's just beautiful Kelly, lovely winter scene and great reflection technique. Lovely colours too, Kate x

  6. Such beautiful watercoloured effect with the smeared inks! :) Lovely reflection too!

  7. What a stunning card Kelly - love the way you took the 'water' right up to the trees, and 'reflected' the whole row! A fabulous result. Love the aura around the trees, looks a wee bit like a hit of sunlight
    Stay safe

  8. I love this card. You did a great job. I love the colors.