Watercolor Princess card featuring Sweet Stamp Shop

I love working with stamps to create cards – but sometimes a little planning really goes a long way! Today I’m playing with a stamp set that is just so simple & lovely… can I plan an equally simple & lovely card?

I am loving this dream princess set from Sweet Stamp Shop. Reminds me of Mulan which got me thinking about how to best create a card. In my video I talk you through the process – including my “hidden” stamping to help me keep track of my color use. Here is my YouTube tutorial– I hope you enjoy!

In the beginning of the video I mention that I struggle with “less”. I get to playing and man I just want to keep going! There are a number of ways to control – including coloring on wet paper as you saw me do in the video. Other ideas? 

  • go wild all over your paper – then die cut or punch that paper out to use as an accent on something else
  • create a mask or stencil (square, oval, etc) and only work inside (or outside) that area
  • plan on the “go wild” area of play to be mounted on solid cardstock framing or otherwise giving some unembellished space
  • experiment with a design/project idea by “lifting” it from a crafter you admire

There are many ways you can “clean up” your crafting act – but only do so if you really want to! Nothing wrong with wild and crazy fun. For me, I challenge myself simply to keep things different and mixing things up and to continually test my creative limits. I really enjoy this particular stamp set – and I hope you’ve enjoyed this card!

Giveaway: On a previous post I am giving away some Sweet Stamp Shop stamps – so check that out if you haven’t already. Today I’m giving away a little “May’s fun times with cards” goodie bag. What’s inside? You’ll have to be the winner to find out but it’s gonna include some papers, stamps, sequins, glue, and more! Good luck! For your chance to win simply leave a comment on this post. Winner will be announced in the post-Camp roundup!

45 thoughts on “Watercolor Princess card featuring Sweet Stamp Shop”

  1. what a really cute card. I just got myself a set of 32 of the zig clean color markers and am in love with them. I can see that they would be so fun to color in a stamp set like this.

  2. Cute card! I like your trick of stamping part of the card with the clear watermark ink as a place holder, that’s something I’ve never seen before. Great idea! I am going to try that. thanks!

  3. Great tips here about defining the area to play in with water and using watermark ink to mark your place. Such a pretty card!

  4. Awesome prize. I started cardmaking and since I found scrapbooking it’s taken a creative back burner. Ive just started enjoying making them again 🙂

  5. Love this line of stamps. I checked out their website and I love them all. Love your new card too. I love watercolor.

  6. such a cute card!! I have a tendency to go in the opposite direction and over simplify. I think it would be wild fun to over do it!

  7. My daughter was rapt as she watched this video with me 🙂 Watching made me want to play with watercolors and make some more “wild” backgrounds (usually my style for cards is very clean-and-simple (emphasis on clean…::blush::). You make it look so fun! I’m looking forward to taking some time to try 🙂

  8. I love the look of a messy water color background, but some times it can get out of control. Great tips for this technique.

  9. She is cute and I love the card. I am so unsure of water coloring. I end up throwing everything out.

  10. Love the bling you add to your cards! The stamping with the watercolor splashes are lovely. Thank you~

  11. Really love your watercolor background, May! The addition of the mists was perfect–just the right amount of color. It was amazing just how much even the mists dried back. Thank you for the inspiration! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  12. That is darling and so cheerful. I’ll have to check out the Sweet Stamp Shop – haven’t heard of them before.

  13. Such a pretty card! I love the sweet stamp shop stamps but I havent managed to buy any yet (shipping to New Zealand is a bit pricey for me). Thanks for a goodie bag giveaway.

  14. I absolutely LOVE the background of this card, and I love all the little embellishments. I need to practice with embellishing that way because I have trouble making it look just right. You rocked it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  15. Beautiful card May … and what a cute stamp set. I went over and checked out Sweet Stamp Shop – they have a whole set of “Disney” princesses!!!

  16. Cute card May, I don’t test my creative talent enough and I am really trying to work on being better and take more risks even thou it is really tough for me. Thanks.

  17. Love, love , love that stamp set! Do you do all of your cards on watercolor paper? Really enjoying all the stuff you are sharing and I am learning.

  18. Sometimes when I watch a video and you make it look so easy, my results don’t come out anything near how yours did. I will have to try again this technique. Maybe I put too much water on there at one time…. experiment until mastery…. 🙂

  19. I really like the use of sequins on watercolor they seem to compliment themselves so well. Thanks for all the cute ideas and several new techniques!

  20. She does look like Mulan! I really like the watercolor effect and sequins on the background. Good techniques, thanks!

  21. creating an artsy element and then adding it to a scrapbook page is a technique I employ frequently; it satisfies my need to control the outcome.

  22. Love this post and will have to go check out this stamp company!!!! Thank you for the inspiration! Love Mulan!!!!

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