Today’s card is very very simple. One stamp, three pieces of paper, an Aqua Painter, and some ink refills. That’s all it is. The By the Bay Sale-a-bration stamp set really does all the work for you.

I was going to stamp the image onto Watercolor Paper, then crop it down to just the stamped image area. But once I saw it on the larger piece of paper, I decided to try my hand a making a watercolor similar to some I’ve seen in galleries, with no real border except where the ink stops.

You may be surprised when you see which colors I used. They are pretty deep, dark colors, but they are much lighter when they are watered down. I decided not to put a sentiment on this card. You could use it as is for an all occasion notecard, or you could stamp a sentiment on the inside. I really like only the image on the front.


Here’s what I made:

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

By the Bay stamp set by Stampin' Up! Watercolor card made by Candy Ford #stampcandyS

Here’s what I did:

Cut and scored with my Stampin’ Trimmer:

  • Tranquil Tide card stock (CS) cut to 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″, then scored in half at 4-1/4″
  • Watercolor Paper cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″
  • Whisper White CS cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″ for the inside of the card base

Stamped with the By the Bay stamp set:

  • the largest image in the set

Colored using an Aqua Painter and inks:

  • sky in Pool Party
  • water in Tranquil Tide
  • greenery in Old Olive
  • wall in Gray Granite
  • houses in Cherry Cobbler, and roofs in Basic Gray
  • NOTE: There are a few ways to do this, but I put a drop of each color on a clear acrylic block, then used the Aqua Painter filled with water to pick up the color.
  • Let the ink dry completely before doing anything else with it. You can speed up this process using a Heat Tool.

Assembled the card:

  • burnished the fold in the card base with a Bone Folder
  • colored layer glued onto the front of the card base
  • Whisper White CS glued onto the inside of the card base

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


Here are today’s colors:

You can click on each one to see all the products that come in that color!


Here’s what I used:

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Preorder the Floral Romance Online Class by March 6!

  • Make 6 beautiful cards at home in your PJs!
  • 2 each of 3 designs
  • Soft, elegant designs are perfect for wedding, anniversary, and much more
  • Limited spots available! Order early – this one is sure to sell out! 

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Floral Romance online class, make 6 beautiful cards at home in your PJs, Stampin' Up!, Candy Ford, #stampcandy


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