Today I’m sharing another card I made using the By the Bay stamp set with inks and an Aqua Painter. I used the same colors to watercolor the stamped image as I did before, but I cropped it down and matted it with Basic Black cardstock and put it on an background embossed with the Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. It’s amazing to me how different the two cards look. You can see the first one here.

And even though I colored this one the same way, no two water colored images are the same. That’s something I love about watercolor. Also you don’t have to be so precise as with some other techniques. Look closely and you’ll see that I went outside some of the lines. And I didn’t fill in absolutely all of the image – you can see some white specks here and there (other than the door and house trim I tried to leave white.) And it’s perfectly okay.  It’s very freeing, not feeling like you have to try to be perfect.


Here’s what I made:

By the Bay stamp set and Seaside embossing folder by Stampin' Up! Watercolor card made by Candy Ford #stampcandy

By the Bay stamp set and Seaside embossing folder by Stampin' Up! Watercolor card made by Candy Ford #stampcandy


Here’s what I did:

Cut and scored with my Stampin’ Trimmer:

  • Basic Black card stock (CS) cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, then scored in half at 4-1/4″
  • Whisper White CS cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ (2 pieces: one for the inside of the card base, and one to emboss for the front)
  • *Basic Black CS cut to 3-3/8″ x 2-5/8″
  • Watercolor Paper cut to 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ (This just happened to be the size after I trimmed it down around the image, and I cut the Basic Black mat* to be 1/8″ larger in both directions.)

Stamped with the By the Bay stamp set:

  • seaside cottage image in black Stazon ink onto a piece of Watercolor Paper (It was originally a bigger piece of paper, but I cut it down to 3-1/4″ x 2-1/2″ after coloring it.)

Embossed using the Seaside Embossing Folder:

  • one of the Whisper White CS pieces

Colored using an Aqua Painter and ink refills:

  • houses in Cherry Cobbler
  • roofs in Basic Gray
  • greenery in Old Olive
  • wall in Gray Granite
  • water in Tranquil Tide
  • sky in Pool Party
  • NOTE: I put dots of ink on a large acrylic block that I used as my palette.
  • For colors you don’t need much of, like the Basic Gray and Cherry Cobbler, you can use a Stampin’ Write Marker to “draw” a little ink on the block.

Assembled the card:

  • burnished the fold in the card base with a Bone Folder
  • embossed layer glued onto the front of the card base
  • watercolor layer glued onto the Basic Black CS layer
  • Basic Black CS layer glued onto the embossed layer
  • Whisper White CS glued onto the inside of the card base
  • I have not yet added a stamped sentiment. If I do I will put it on the inside. Or I may just use it as a blank note card.


By the Bay stamp set and Seaside embossing folder by Stampin' Up! Watercolor card made by Candy Ford #stampcandy


Here are today’s colors:

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Here’s what I used:

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