It's Your Birthday InKing Royalty Blog Hop | Stampin' Up Handmade Birthday Cards | Natalie Bradley Artist | Handmade Arts and Crafts

  • It’s Your Birthday Blog Hop

    It's Your Birthday, InKing Royalty Blog Hop


    Welcome to InKing Royalty’s February Blog Hop!  Stampin’ Up!’s Occasions Catalog is filled with amazing products to help you celebrate birthdays in style – from festive balloons to birthday buds, there’s something for everyone.  Today’s It’s Your Birthday Blog Hop is filled with inspiring projects that share great birthday ideas – we are excited to share what we’ve made and hope you’ll find great inspiration from our talented team members in this hop.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

    It's Your Birthday Blog Hop, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Stampin' Up, Handmade Birthday Cards, watercolor floral birthday card

    I’m on a watercolor kick again, and I’m head over heels for the “Birthday Blooms” stamp set in particular. Each of these cards were inspired from some vintage fabric I saw in a magazine in the other day and just had to create something similar.

    I’ll watercolor with Stampin’ Up! inks and my Aqua Painter sometimes, and other times I’ll use real watercolor paints and a brush. Either way is fine, depending on your preference. And I honestly go back and forth depending on my mood and the look I want. This one is with inks, so it’s not as precise as using my watercolor paints.

    One trick to watercoloring in a way that looks more artistic is to “paint” differently than you would color with a marker or pencil. Many times, if you leave some of the spaces void of color, you’ll enjoy the outcome a lot more. Also, I mix my colors. For the top design below, I used a mix of shades of coral on the flower, and then on the leaves and stems, I added green and pulled the coral/pink color from the stamped image.

    It's Your Birthday Blog Hop, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Stampin' Up, Handmade Birthday Cards, watercolor floral birthday card

    On the design below, I first stamped the image in a sahara sand, then allowed it to dry before watercoloring. Then I used shades of coral, pink and yellow to paint the petals and buds, and I used one shade of green, but added more ink to certain areas. After I finished, I then watercolored the background of the design using a blue hue.

    It really is quite simple to watercolor with inks and stamped images. The trick is to not be afraid to try, and you’ll discover what you love and what you don’t through trial and error!

    It's Your Birthday Blog Hop, InKing Royalty Blog Hop, Stampin' Up, Handmade Birthday Cards, watercolor floral birthday card

    I hope you enjoy these watercolor cards as much as I do! If you don’t want to make your own, and you’d prefer to buy some of my handmade cards, you’ll find them in my Etsy store.

    Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!

    new nat signature




    Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

    1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
    2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
    3. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
    4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
    5. Candy Ford at StampCandy
    6. Deb Cozzone at Grand Central Stamping
    7. Natalie Bradley at << you are here
    8. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
    9. Becky Volpp at Ink Blossom with Becky
    10. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
    11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
    12. Karen Browning at StampWithMeKZB


    8 Responses so far.

    1. Brian King says:

      Natalie – these are wonderful projects. Your coloring is exquisite, and you offer so many great tips in your write-up. I especially like the concept of coloring NOT like you do with markers. Makes a real difference. I’m so happy to include you in the hop today! Thanks for sharing!

    2. Amy Whelan says:

      Your watercoloring is beautiful! I love that you pulled some of the coral color into the stems. Your image DOES look like vintage fabric!

    3. Natalie- What beautiful watercolor! You are so talented!!! I love to play around with watercolor as well, thought you have it down much better than I!!! Beautiful cards :>

    4. Candy Ford says:

      I love vintage fabrics and I love your watercoloring abilities! Beautiful projects! Thanks for sharing!!!