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Watercolor Cupcakes!


Hi All!  I thought I would take a holiday break and make a birthday card.  All those December babies still need to be recognized:) 

I used the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils on the cupcakes.  So easy… just three pencils – blue, green, and brown.  Here is a look at the finished card.


First, I stamped my cupcakes in Versafine Black Onyx ink and colored the shadow areas with the Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.


Using an Aqua Painter, I just loosened up the color and blended it toward the white areas of the cupcake.


For darker color, I let it dry and repeated the color application. 

I squirted some of my Ranger Ice Stickles onto my craft sheet and picked it up with a brush to apply it to the cupcake.  


After creating this blue cupcake, I used the same technique to create two green ones.  I cut them each out and adhered them to the card base with foam adhesive.  The cupcake shadows were created using the same brown Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter.

Finally, I drew an outline using a black marker and my Blue Stamper’s Big Brush Pen.

Thanks so much for visiting my post!  To see more of my cards and videos, visit my blog


  • Art GRIP® Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils:  #143, 163, 176
  • Stamper’s Big Brush Pen, Blue
  • Hero Arts Cupcakes Stamp Set
  • Stampin’ Up! Curly Cute Stamp Set (sentiment)
  • Neenah Solar White Cardstock
  • Versafine Black Onyx Ink
  • Stampin’ Up! Aqua Painter
  • Ranger Ice Stickles


  Darlene Darlene DeVries is an avid video blogger and papercrafter.  She shares a new how-to video every Wednesday on her blog.  Over the last 2 1/2  years she has posted over 160 videos!  She introduces new techniques, tips, and products in a fast-paced fashion.  She can also be found on Facebook.






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Love your work!


What a wonderful card. Love the watercolor technique!


Love this card Darlene. I can't believe you got that effect with just three pencils - hope to see more of your work with these pencils soon.

Katie B.

Great card! Love the border you created around the card! Thanks for sharing.

Katie B.

Loly Borda

Congrats on another beautiful card Darlene!

Renee VanEpps

Your work is so inspiring!!! Love this card !

Katie Smith

the coloring is fantastic!

Diana Evensen

Yeah Darlene!!! You make it sound so do-able. Thanks.

Mary Ann Huntington

I never miss one of your tutorials Darlene. I have learned so much from them. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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