Watercolor Dandelion Wishes

We all have our own life to pursue,
our own kind of dream to be weaving,
and we all have the power to make wishes come true,
as long as we keep believing.    ~ Louisa May Alcott


MPD Dandelion Wishes

Welcome back! It’s day two of the My Favorite Things Teasers and I’m so freaky excited to get to help reveal Mona Pendleton’s new line of stamps,  Die-namics and stencils. Not just because they’re gorgeous, gorgeous stamps, but because Mona is so dear. And Lovely! And Talented! And Fun!

I might have a girl crush. Mona could be the Penny to my Amy Farrah Fowler. Big Bang Theory fans, you know what I’m talking about.

Make It Happen

Before you judge me, just know, you’re next. You’re going to fall in love with Mona if you aren’t already when you see all the amazing stamps and Die-namics she’s designing for My Favorite Things. Oh, and if you like playing with mixed media you’re going to love her even more.


Tips & Techniques

I followed another talented lady’s tutorial for Recessed Stamping. I love the faux-letterpress look of this technique. You can find Barbara Ander’s instructions here, the fifth installment in the My Favorite Things Academy Series.

Putting just a tippy toe into mixed media, I got a watercolor effect by experimenting with the Faber-Castell Gelatos® Colors.

If you’re not familiar with the Gelatos® Colors, they’re like a cross between watercolor crayons and chapstick. I know, fun, right?! At the risk of sounding a little geeky (the Amy Farrah Fowler syndrome), Gelatos® are acid-free water soluble pigment sticks. They give intense color, blend with or without water, work on any surface (not just watercolor paper), and don’t require a fixative.

Dandelion Blossom

Here’s how I created the yellow Dandelion sunburst-like blossom using Gelatos® Colors, but you can also do this technique with any water soluble ink, including Stampin’ Up! watercolor crayons.

  • Color directly onto the stamp starting with the lightest color in the center, Butter Cream, and then work outward with graduating darker colors, Lemon then Butterscotch on the outer edges. I really applied a heavy coat of the waxy pigment right onto the stamp.
  • Lightly spritz the colored stamp with water using a mini spritzer held about 6″ to 8″ away from the stamp.
  • Stamp onto your paper and hold the stamp down a little longer than normal to make sure the water gets absorbed (about 20 seconds).
  • Let the air dry or use a heat gun to make it dry faster.

If you’re not happy with how well the colors are blending together, try spritzing the stamp with water first, before you color onto it with the Gelatos®. Or just reapply more pigment to the still-wet stamp.

For the leaves and the stem, I blended Pistachio and Green Tea and added some Chocolate to the bottom edges for definition. It sounds delicious, doesn’t it. Suddenly I’m hungry for ice cream.

Dandelion Wishes Gelatos

Here are the rest of the ingredients. The links for the newest My Favorite Things toys will work after the release on May 7.

Finished size: 4-1/4″ by 5-1/2″. Additional ingredients include watercolor paper, My Mind’s Eye twine, and Faber-Castell Gelatos (Chocolate, Butterscotch, Lemon, Butter Cream, Pistachio, and Green Tea).

You can find all of Mona’s new stamp line offerings and all the details for the Teaser days at the My Favorite Things blog. Join me in sending some good dandelion wishes to Mona for her new venture.

Make a Dandelion Wish


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Sweet Comments

  1. Oh my these are sooooo gorgeous!!
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  2. this is so pretty, love ti.
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  3. Denise Bryant says:

    Pretty card! Love the dimension!

  4. Wowza Linda! What stunning creations! I love the recessed watercolored images! You are full of so many tips and tricks! What else do you have up your sleeve???? 😉 Thank you so very much for the big shout out and for the dandelion wishes :) Scott and I love the Big Bang 😉 You are a hoot!
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  5. Dianne Guilinger says:

    I love the way you used the dies!

  6. Craftyfield says:

    Recessed stamping + Watercolor, wonderful technique. Stunning card.

  7. Beautiful card! Love the techniques you used.

  8. Just don’t give her an almost life-size picture of the two of you together, remember how well that turned out. 😉 😉 😉

    Beautiful card! Love the negative cut and what you did with the funky chapstick….oh, I mean Gelatos.

  9. Craftymama1990 says:

    Absolutely LOVE your card. So clean and simple, yet very elegant and fancy — does that even make sense to anyone but me? Thanks for sharing.

  10. OH my gosh….absolutely stunning, love the layout so elegant

  11. Your card is absolutely gorgeous! Really like the recessed technique you used; will have to try it soon!

  12. Wendy Bond says:


  13. I love your design concept and the sofness of your stamping.

  14. Gorgeous card Linda – I love the recessed look, and the watercoloury style is perfect for dandelions… all delicate and ethereal! Thanks for the inspiration, Rx
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  15. Christine Dearinger says:

    How clever are you Linda.I love the dimension you have achieved on this card.Go straight to the top of the class!

  16. I’m totally trying this I love it!!!!
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  17. Love the recessed stamping with this card! Also the watercolor look is nice! PS. Loved your Big Bang Theory reference! 😉
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  18. Tammy Hasnon says:

    Ok these cards really inspire me to try out this technique. I haven’t yet although I have read the tutorial several times. Maybe now I will do it.

  19. sooo pretty, Linda. love that you used Barbra’s technique with the gelatos. I always love reading your post. Big Bang rocks….loved your reference. soooo, cool!
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  20. I love the cards they are so elegant. Am really going to try this.
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  21. I love the recessed stamping! Gorgeous!!
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  22. Such a pretty look!
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  23. Very nice!
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