Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Let Your Light Shine

Good Morning! Today's post is going to serve a few purposes... 1. To introduce my entry for the Less Is More Challenge #223: One Layer Card with a Water Theme. 2. I'm also entering this card into CAS on Sunday's Challenge #58, Cheer Up Buttercup! 3. I want to tell you about these watercolor brush pens I found on Amazon while I was agonizing over the price of the Kuretake Clean Color pens...

Okay so first off... The Less Is More challenge this week required a one layer card with a water theme... and what is more perfect to make water than watercolor?! I used a lighthouse stamp that I bought in a big jumble of old stamps that needed some TLC so I have no idea where it came from or even how old it is but it worked well for this card!

I recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire on using some watercolor pens to go over stamped lines and then fill in images with gradient color and so that 's what I tried to do here. The original stamped image was incredibly detailed though so I wound up "stylizing" the final result quite a bit.

Over at CAS on Sunday, the challenge is to make an uplifting card for someone who needs cheering up. As I was looking for sentiments to add to this card I came across a mini set from PTI called Lighten Up and decided on the "Let your light Shine" stamp... you know... "light"house and shine for someone who may be feeling a little dull... Okay, I'm sure you get it :)

Finally... I was on Amazon a few weeks ago looking at Watercolor Brush Pens and cringing at the nearly $100 price tag for 20 or so pens... and that's when I saw them... Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen Set. I got a 20 pen set for $31.00 with free shipping (now cheaper) and while I have never tried the others I can tell you these pens are wonderful and so very fun to play with! If the price tag on some of them is making you a bit uncomfortable but you really want to try the Watercolor Brush pens, this set is a marvelous alternative!

Supplies Used:
Paper - Watercolor Paper
Stamps - Lighten Up Sentiments (PTI); Lighthouse stamp by Unknown maker
Inks - Antique Linen Distress Ink; Versafine Black Onyx
Other - Akashiya Sai Watercolor Brush Pen Set (See link above)


  1. A stunning water-colour scene Stephanie and perfect take on the challenge
    Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
    Sarah xx
    Less is More

  2. love the colours it's so cheerful, well done

  3. Oh wow, I love this card, it's so colourful. Well done with the watercolor pens. Thank you for joining us at CAS on Sunday. Luv, Wilma

  4. Beautiful card and little scene Stephanie ;) Viv xx

  5. A wonderful scene and great that you've managed to capture such vibrant colours with watercolour.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Anita x
    Less is More GD