Learn Vintage Monotone Watercoloring with Walnut Ink

by Arjita Sepaha Singh

I stamped a beautiful flower bunch from Simon Says Stamp with Brilliance Ink on a watercolor paper. I added some water on a small scoop of Walnut Crystals and painted the entire bunch with it. This is a monotonic theme card and I have used only one pigment to create all the highlights and shadows. I stamped a simple sentiment with Pinecone Versafine Clair ink and the painted panel is ready.

Skill: Advanced
Time: 1 hour + dry time






Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Memento

by Mischelle Smith

Make a Happy Girl Card Watercolored with Mementos

The color of the month at Imagine is Tangerine – a color I love. For this project, I wanted to use my tangerine inks to evoke a warm, sunshiny summer day. Another favorite of mine is watercoloring. I wanted to show watercoloring and how to create more with your favorite inkpads.

Skill: Beginner
Time: 45 minutes


Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 1

Ink image with Memento Dew Drop Tuxedo Black and London Fog. Use Tuxedo Black first and then use London Fog to soften the lines of the Tuxedo Black. Be mindful of what images you want black.

Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty
Step 2

Continue stamping images using the same inks and technique in previous step. This will create dreamy, soft lines and crisp, hard lines which will create a fade effect.

VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine's Clear Embossing Powder
Step 3

Ink a stamp with VersaMark ink and emboss with Imagine’s Clear Embossing Powder. Repeat this step in several areas to create texture.

Finnabair Butterfly 3 Stamp
Step 4

Dab with a yellow-orange color range of Memento inkpads onto clear acrylic block. I choose Dandelion, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, and Morocco (dark orange). Fill area(s) you want to color on your paper with water. Pick up the desired Memento ink color with your brush and add to selected area you filled with water. Since the paper is wet, the dye ink will disperse at random which is the funnest part of watercoloring. I love to see what naturally happens in this process. Continue watercoloring until you are satisfied. Stamp words using alphabet stamps with StazOn ink. Embellish with matching orange color jewels, sequins, etc.


  • Prima – Bloom Girl Joy by Jamie Daugherty, Finnabair Butterfly 3
  • Stampin’ Up – Oh, So Lovely
  • Close To My Heart – Flower Market Background Stamps
  • Hampton Arts – Alphabet Stamps
  • Watercolor paper
  • Notecard
  • Gemstones
  • Copic Marker – YR18 (Sanguine)
  • Paintbrush
  • Acrylic block
  • Heat tool
  • Date stamp


#LinksWeLike Wednesday

Heatin’ it up with this week’s #LinksWeLike – it’s pretty hot at Imagine Crafts HQ so don’t surprised if we whip out ice cold summer treats soon.

Kristen Magee’s has us chasing rainbows on the Craftsy blog this week!

It’s going to be a hot one this, if you’re heading to the beach here’s a perfect packing list for your sunny adventures!

K Werner’s use of VersaFine & watercolor is UH-MAY-ZING

This on trend Kaleidacolor technique is just what you need for a warm summer greeting

Crafting. . . I N  S P A C E !

Some of the craftiest dad’s on the internet, courtesy of Brit + Co.

#LinksWeLike Wednesday!

Welcome to #LinksWeLike Wednesday, a weekly roundup of some of our favorite things from around the web. From product reviews and videos to projects, new blog discoveries and more!

It’s totally okay to do your happy dance now that you’ve found some exciting new projects to try. We’re doing the Carlton in our chairs right there with you

#LinksWeLike Wednesday!

Welcome to the very first #LinksWeLike blog post! Every Wednesday, look to the Imagine Crafts blog for a roundup of some our favorite things from around the web!