Stampers’ Q&A: How Do I Get Shading and Dark, Intense Color When Watercoloring? Video

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 How Do I Get Shading and Dark, Intense Color When Watercoloring?

When I watercolor using Stampin' Up Ink Pads and Blender Pens, I like to have my matching re-inkers on hand.  When you squeeze the lid of the closed ink pad to get your color palette, sometimes the color isn't quite as dark as you would like.


That's when I add a drop of the re-inker to my lid to get a puddle of intense color.  Dip your Blender Pen into the puddle and color away!

Caution:  It is a bit harder to clean out the tip of your Blender Pen when you dip it straight into the puddle of re-inker.  Just keep scribbling your tip on scratch paper until it is coloring clear.  Don't push down too hard, though, because you will wreck your Blender Pen tip.




I loooove how this card turned out!  I hope you like it, too! 

I sponged the edges of all the cardstock layers with Soft Suede Ink, stamped the background with the Woodgrain Stamp, and sprayed a bit of Log Cabin Smooch Spritz on it.

For the Build-a-brad, I stamped a piece of Kraft Cardstock with the Rosemary stamp from Herb Expressions stamp set, punched it out with the 1/2″ Circle Punch, adhered it to the brad, and placed the sticky “glass” piece on top.  Build-a-brad video tutorial here.


  • 113224 Herb Expressions stamp set $32.95
  • 117100 Woodgrain Stamp $17.95 
  • 115657 Soft Suede Ink Pad $5.95
  • 115658 Rich Razzleberry Ink Pad $5.95
  • 115664 Rich Razzleberry Re-Inker $2.95
  • 115316 Rich Razzleberry Cardstock $5.50
  • 102277 Old Olive Ink Pad $5.95
  • 100702 Old Olive Cardstock $5.50
  • 107070 Kraft Cardstock $7.50
  • 119921 Log Cabin Smooch Spritz $5.95
  • 104390 1/2″ Circle Punch $5.95
  • 109128 Build-a-brads $9.95
  • 102845 Blender Pens $9.95
  • 101610 Stampin' Sponges $3.50

Do you have a stampin' question that you would like me to answer?  E-mail me what it is and you might see a future Stampers' Q&A on it!

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