Sunday, July 12, 2015

Hey Girl, Happy Birthday!

I think this new stamp set "Hey, Girl" is super fun.  I know I will get a lot of use out of it for Birthday cards for friends of my little girl, maybe some scrapbook pages.  I really like coloring, so I knew I would like this set.
One of my favorite ways to color is with the Aqua Painter and that usually means that you need watercolor paper.  Recently my friend Kathy Burke told me that she heard you can fill an Aqua Painter with rubbing alcohol.  She heard that you need to use the 91% and not the 70% that are in most people's medicine cabinet.  I never knew that there were two kinds and when I got home to check what I had it turned out it was the 70%, but the 91% was easy to find right there on the shelf at the grocery store.  I was eager to try it out and so I filled an Aqua Painter and got right to work. I was so happy to learn that it worked like a charm on regular Whisper White paper.


I got ink out of the lid of my stamp pad and colored just as I would on watercolor paper, but directly onto Whisper White cardstock.  You need to use Memento Ink as your outline.  Watercolor paper is great, but it is more expensive and somewhat ivory, so I love that I now have this option to use my Whisper White paper! 
I used some of the new In-Color inks for my image.  Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush for the dress, Delightful Dijon for her hair.  I used Blushing Bride for her skin.  Her eyes and lips are so small I just used markers in Marina Mist and Watermelon Wonder.

For the frame I used Basic Black cut to 4 1/4 by 3 1/2.  I then used the Square collection framelits to cut out a frame.  I also used a tag die from the Curvy Keepsakes dies.

I stamped some balloons onto the "Cherry on Top" Designer Series paper stack.  This is a great stack to use with the new In-Color collection. 

I placed the paper balloon right on top of the stamped image, also making sure that some of it when outside of the frame.

The Cucumber Crush Lace was the perfect ribbon to tie on the Happy Birthday tag, stamped from the Honeycomb Hello set. I like this set because of the little sentiments, meant to fit within the honeycombs of the Honeycomb Die, but even though I have used this set many times, it has never been with the intended die. The size of the stamps is perfect for so many things!

I hope that you like the new coloring tip about adding alcohol to your Aqua Painters!  I know am going to be doing this a lot! 

Thanks for stopping by!!


  1. I am so happy to hear about this trick! I can't wait to get some 91% alcohol and give it a try. I so miss our Blendabilities, so maybe this will give me the coloring I'm missing!

    CUTE card! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thanks Donna, I was happy to find this new way to color because I was sad about losing blendabilities too. This method doesn't allow for blending like watercolor because it dries super fast, but it does allow for tones of color just like Blendabilities did.


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