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Welcome to Watch It Wednesday #5 edition.  I have been playing a little with watercolouring lately.  (still much to learn!).  I have had a few questions from customers asking what the difference is between the Blender Pens and the Aquapainters.  I came across this video from Stampin’ Up! so thought I would share it with you.  Perhaps it will help you too with your watercolouring.  Don’t miss the fun tip at the end.

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What did you think??  I liked the tip with the Reinkers.  Must try that sometime.  I think the effect looks great.

What do you prefer to use when you are watercolouring?  I prefer the Aquapainter but it also can depend on what you want to colour and how you want it to look.  The Aquapainter gives a lighter, washed look whereas the Blender Pen gives more a look of colouring with Markers.

Just a note too:  In the video she stamped with Stazon.  Stampin’ Up! doesn’t carry Stazon any longer.  You could use the Black Archival ink pad. Be sure to let that dry a bit or give it a blast with the Heat Tool. Also, she suggested stamping on Watercolour Paper.  That is very important to stop pilling but you can also use the White Shimmer paper or even the Thick Whisper White if there is not too much water used.  I mostly use the White Shimmer paper.

The Aquapainters and the Blender Pens are available in my store now for your watercolouring.  The Aquapainters are $20 for 2 available HERE.  The Blender Pens come 3 per pack and they are dual ended (even more value).  They are $21 available HERE.  

Thanks for stopping by today for this week’s edition of Watch It Wednesday.  If there is something particular you would like to know about or to see a video of then drop me a comment and I will see how I go.


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Sometimes at classes when we are talking about the Big Shot we wonder what we did before we had the Big Shot.  I love the Big Shot and everyone who sees it loves it too – and wants one!!! Isn’t that right?  I was sorting through one of my big boxes of cards today and I came across some very early cards I had made.  I don’t have many left but sometimes it is good to look back at them.  I thought you might be interested.  Now I am a little embarrassed to share these but well, we have to start from somewhere don’t we.  I made these cards back in late 2008 and in 2009 in my very early days as a Demonstrator.  I remember being so proud of these at the time.  I had never done any stamping until just before I joined.  So I share these with you.  You can laugh, you can cringe or you can just ignore them completely BUT here they are for the blog world to see ……………..

This was one of my very early cards.  This was the first stamp set I bought with Stampin’ Up! that came with my Starter Kit and I must admit the first stamp set I ever owned.  This was a favourite set though ‘Baroque Motifs’.


I hardly every use Chocolate Chip now.  This is teamed with Certainly Celery.  I even added a little dazzle with Dazzling Diamonds.  No Rhinestones back then. 🙂


I don’t mind this card really but well I didn’t even own any ribbon.  I just used a thin strip of cardstock tied in to a bow.  This card was for a workshop a long time back showing the Rock and Roll Technique.  Once again using Certainly Celery. I used a lot of that colour back then.  It’s not available now and no that is not Bermuda Bay it is with.  This is Taken with Teal (retired). My first inkpad I bought.  The light flowers were stamped in Versamark onto the base card.  I had used Regal Rose (not available now) and Rose Red.


I still love the layout of this card.  I think I will have to try this one again with some new stamps. 🙂  I think I CASED this from the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue at the time??? There was no Pinterest back then either.   I used Pink Passion (no not available now either) and Elegant Eggplant.  I don’t think I have used that colour combination since.  The greeting was from ‘Sincere Salutations’ (retired).

As I think on these cards and other earlier ones I realised that I used more stamping techniques where now I rely on the Big Shot to cut and add texture.  I think I need to get back to some more stamping techniques.

But enjoy your chuckle as you look at these.  We shall move on now to new products and new catalogues.

Only 2 more sleeps until the new catalogues begin.  I am excited about this. 

See you again very soon.