Thanks a Bunch

For today’s card, I used the sweet little basket and flower images from the Basket Bunch stamp set from Stampin’ Up!® There is a set of coordinating dies for the stamp set, but I didn’t use them for this card. I kept everything nice and flat for easy mailing. I colored this image as part of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge hosted by Kathy at The Daily Marker.

Mel's Card Corner | Thanks a Bunch

I started by stamping the basket and handle on a piece of watercolor paper using Basic Black archival ink. I masked those off using some sticky notes then stamped the flowers and leaves, also using the Basic Black ink. I then stamped the two sentiments using the Basic Black ink as well. I thought about adding the “thanks a bunch” image on the inside of the card, but since the font was kind of small on the sentiments, I decided to pull both of them on the front of the card to help balance the card a bit more.

I colored the images using the new watercolor pencils. I added the pigment from the pencil to the images then went over everything using an Aqua Painter to spread the pigment. Be sure to move around the image when applying the water and never wet two image directly next to each other. If you apply water next to the a section that’s still wet, it can result in the colors bleeding together. If you don’t want to wait for things to dry naturally, use the heat tool on the low setting to speed up the drying process.

Mel's Card Corner | Thanks a Bunch

After I had the basket and flowers colors, I added the ground and “sky” background. Once again, I applied the pigment from the pencil then pulled everything out using the Aqua Painter. I did the ground first then allowed it to dry before adding the blue for the sky. This helped ensure a nice crisp line between them with no bleeding.

I mounted the watercolor panel on a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock using Fast Fuse adhesive. Fast Fuse is a really strong adhesive, so it will help keep the watercolor piece in place even though it warped a bit from the water as I was watercoloring the images. I then adhered the matted panel to an A2 top-folding card base made from Whisper White Thick card stock using more of the Fast Fuse. For a bit of shimmer, I added some of my beloved clear Wink of Stella pen over the flowers and that finished my card.

I’m entering this card in the following challenge:

Until next time …

Signature Image

Product List

Basket Bunch Photopolymer Stamp Set

Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Pad

Watercolor Pencils

Watercolor Paper

Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock

Aqua Painters

Heat Tool

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

Fast Fuse Adhesive

Stampin' Trimmer

Bone Folder


  1. Maggie B says:

    Hi Mel ~ Such a beautiful “springy” card….love it. The new watercolor pencils look beautiful for your watercolored effect. Very nicely done. ~HUGS~

  2. Shona Chambers says:

    Awww this is the perfect Spring card and I love the CAS design too. You’ve coloured the basket and flowers so beautifully and love the blue around them too. So wonderful to see you at TIME OUT!

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