Monday, September 15, 2014

Video: Watercoloring with Ink Pads

Hello! In today’s video, I show you how to easily transform the wintery frame from the Festive Frame stamp set into one perfect for all your fall cards by just the way you color and embellish it with one of my other popular sets, A Year of Leaves.  I’ll be sharing some technique tips for masking, sponging, and watercoloring with your pads and reinkers as well.

I just love how this turned out!  Without all my explanation, it is a 10 minute card!  Thank you to whomever wrote recently requesting this technique, I can't remember who it was, but I enjoyed doing it.  Hope it was helpful!

Gina K. Designs Festive Frame and A Year of Leaves stamp sets
Gina K Pure Luxury Warm Cocoa, Honey Mustard, Heavy Baseweight Ivory or White cardstock
Gina K. Charcoal Brown, Warm Cocoa, Honey Mustard, Grass Green, Cherry Red, Sweet Corn ink pads
waterbrush or watercolor brush, sponge dauber, adhesive and pop dots, scissors, scratch paper (if masking is desired)

Warm Cocoa card base, 4 14” x 11, scored at 5 ½”
Honey Mustard mat: 4 ¼” x 4 ¼”
White mat trimmed to 3 7/8” x 5”, after stamping


  1. Melanie this is absolutely tremendous.

  2. Love this Melanie. I just got out that frame to make Christmas cards. Now I will have to create some Autumn cards too. Thanks for posting this video.

  3. Wow! I love this card and so wonderful of you to transform it to a Autumn design. I love the soft colors too of the method you used.

  4. Thank you. This is just beautiful. I need to get my frame stamps out and play with them.

  5. This is beautiful! Can't wait to try it. Thank you so much for the videos.

  6. Just beautiful and wonderful techniques . I learn so much from you.

  7. Melanie, thank you for the amazing tutorial. I have never particularly wanted to use water coloring on my cards but your tutorial changed that. Using ink in the lid with a water brush looks so easy. Your way of changing the season on this frame is wonderful and further emphasizes how versatile the stamps are and how well they work together.

  8. Another beautiful card and a wonderful video. Thanks as always Melanie.


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