Monday, July 5, 2010

It's Blog-A-Versary Week with Bo Bunny!

Today's blog post is brought to you by "Peacock Lane". This happens to be one of my favorite Bo Bunny lines of ALL TIME!!! One of my favorite Bo Bunny products is the sweet little "Clearly Stamps" sets that comes with each new line now and I'm especially loving the cute little bird in the Peacock Lane set.


(Products used: Peacock Lane Ivy, Peacock Lane Stripe, Peacock Lane Clearly Stamps, Peacock Lane Combo letter Stickers, Clover Double Dot Ribbon, Peacock Lane Flowers and Bling)

I thought I would show you a fun and inexpensive way to add color to your stamped images without breaking the bank. (This means bigger scrappy budget! HA!) A lot of stampers use copic markers to color in their images but I actually prefer watercolor pencils. You can pick up a decent set at your local craft store using a coupon for under $15. These last forever and add such a cool affect to your stamping. But be warned.... you may get hooked! You see the cute little bird and feather stamped images in my layout above? I'm going to show you how to create those!

So let's do some watercoloring!






I prefer using brown as the base ink because it's not so harsh. Unless my project specifically calls for black. First, I stamp several images and decide which one or ones looks crisp and cleanest. (See Image 1) Then it's time to color in the image. With watercolor pencils, all you do is color in a thick border along all the lines of your stamped image... or where you want color the darkest. (See Image 2 and Image 3)

Next is the fun part. Using a small paint brush, dip the tip into some water, it doesn't take much, then use the brush to start blending the colored edges towards the center of the stamped image. (See Image 4) This part takes a little playing and practice to get it looking just how you want. I've used lots of different stamps just to play and practice with. I needed two different colored bird images for my layout as well as several of those fun feathers so that's what I created. (See Images 5 and 6) Notice the mutiple colors I added to the peacock feather! FUN!!!
Once I'm done coloring the images in they are ready to be cut out and added as embellishments to my layout. (See Image 7)

Was that fun? What do you think? If it looks pretty easy that's because it is!

Now how about a giveaway? Leave a comment, tell me what you thought about this little tutorial and you will be entered in a drawing for a bunch of new Peacock Lane goodies! How's that for celebrating?

Toodles ♥ Shanna

173 comments:

  1. Can't stay long - off to buy some watercolours. Awesome tutorial - thank u.

    Love, Tracy G

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  2. They look good! Great tutorial

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  3. I love the notion of creating my own embellies...loving this idea!!

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  4. BEAUTIFUL!!! The feathers were my favorite part!! I loved the inspiration and I love the Bo Bunny Blog!!

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  5. I really needed some inspiration to do more with my stamps.... And this was just what I was looking for! Thanks guys!!

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  6. Can I just tell you that Peacock Lane and Bo Bunny totally rock my socks?!?!?! This was a great turorial!!

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  7. This is one of my favorite Bo Bunny lines of ALL time! Thanks for the great inspiration to get stamping and busting out the watercolors!

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  8. WOW... and I mean wow! I really loved the tutorial, the colouring part gives the stamps so much more oomph and jazz, especially for those peacock feathers! I've so gotta try that in my next LO, and I really love the patterns and colours in the Peacock lane range. Gorgeous!

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  9. Sooo much fun to see how you incorporate stamping in your layout! It's beautiful, loooove the colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Great, awesome, fabulous, amazing tutorial.... But I wouldn't expect anything less from Bo Bunny!!

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  11. The colors in that line are just amazing... I really can't wait to get my stamps out and play! Loved the tutorial!!

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  12. Shanna, great tutorial and what you did with those cute little birdies - absolutely gorgeous!!!!

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  13. missmammamurphy31@yahoo.comJuly 5, 2010 at 2:16 AM

    Those are the cutest birds ever!! Gotta try my hand at the water coloring my stamps. Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

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  14. silverkitty4630@yahoo.comJuly 5, 2010 at 2:17 AM

    I'm giving you guys a big thumbs up!!! Great tutorial!!

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  15. Great tutorial!!
    I always wanted to have copics but now you made me think of getting watercolor pencils :)

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  16. I do some stamping and have watercolor pencils, but rarely ever use them together. I really need to do this more, your tutorial makes it look so easy and fun :) Love this Bo Bunny collection, too! Thanks!

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  17. Beautiful watercoloring! Thanks for the reminder to pull my pencils out....and thanks for the chance to win.
    I just bought a bunch of your Petal Pushers line at my LSS - absolutely love it!!!

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  18. what a great idea and look how pretty they are!

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  19. I've been wondering how easy watercolor pencils & crayons are...I just might try it now. :)

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  20. I have SO many stamps in my stash and I think that part of the reason I don't use them is because I don't want to leave them plain- I'll have to try out the watercolor pencils- it looks like a lot of fun.

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  21. I lovtechnique. I even have the watercolor pencils already. Makes me want to run out and buy the stamp set to go with my Peacock Lane papers!

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  22. I love what you've done here! Definitely gonna try this at home.

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  23. WOW! I am ALWAYS looking for a better way to stamp and color and this IS it! Can't wait to go buy some water colors...GREAT tutorial! Thanks!

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  24. I'm surprised. I thought you had to use that gamsol stuff to color with pencils. Your way looks super easy and has beautiful results.

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  25. Great idea! I love using watercolor pencils as well. I also have a water pen with a brush tip so I don't have to worry about spilling water and it is always ready for me to use!

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  26. Thanks for the tutorial - it was very clear! I've wanted to try water colour pencils myself, because of the $ investment involved with copics.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  27. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial... the peacock feather is just adorable. Loving this new line... can't wait to have a play.

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  28. I haven't used my watercolour pencils in so long. I think this just made me want to bring them out again.

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  29. Great tutorial. Easy to follow and the images are beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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  30. GREAT idea! Thanks for sharing, I never would have thought of that and I much prefer coloring with pencils than markers. Love the tutorial and the birds and feathers you made!

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  31. Made me want to get out my watercolor pencils again. Funny how we get stuck in a rut and then someone inspires us to "go back"...thanks for the tutorial and for the inspiration. I'm thinking Peacock Lane is gonna be one of my faves, too.

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  32. Love how fantastic the images look after you painted them them with water. Gorgeous!! This is one of my favorite Bobunny lines too.

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  33. Fantastic tutorial! I definitely will be trying this!

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  34. Gorgeous, Shanna! I love what you did with the stamps... those peacock feathers are sooo cool!

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  35. Love all the helpful hints. I have so many stamps and I just don't make very good use of them. I do have some watercolor pencils (which I have never used), I need to break them out and use your instructions, it looks so cool using them on a layout. I have always just thought of them in terms of cards, thanks for expanding my horizion.

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  36. Thanks for the tutorial. I have some watercolor pencils I have tried to use a few times, but I wasn't really sure what to do with them!

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  37. I'd forgotten how easy it is to use watercolor pencils! Off to go sharpen my set & start playing!

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  38. Beautiful. I loved the Peacock Lane Paper so much I bought the whole line including all the embellishments! I am just hoping that I can now bring myself to use them rather the "save" them to look at. I also love colouring with watercolour pencils. I haven't used them in sometime but thanks for reminding me about them and how great they look!

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  39. great way to use stamps.
    love the technique. I love learning more and reading blogs is a fun way to do it.
    thanks

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  40. Love this idea! Very clever! And I love the colors!

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  41. I love this line as well! Your technique is great, thanks for sharing I've used watercolor pencils to add a low-opacity layer of color to photos on glossy paper as well. For stamps, another color tool I've come to adore working with is the soft pastel pencil set my husband gave me for my birthday. They are soooo smooth, and blending is easy with a small eraser or paintbrush. I will probably never go back to regular colored pencils.

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  42. I love the soft look of the watercolor pencils. Those little birds are so cute and the feathers are simply beautiful! Gorgeous layout too!

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  43. This tutorial was fantastic! Loving those peacock feathers!!!

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  44. oh wow! how cool! those look great!! I have some watercolor pencils that have been sadly neglected! time to go dust them off! thanks!!

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  45. Love what you did with the birds and feathers. I am in need of some water colors :) Thanks for sharing your work is beautiful as ever Shanna ♥

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  46. What a fabulous tutorial on watercoloring!! I just love that you made it look easy - and the fact that it is so inexpensive is a huge plus!!

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  47. I love the watercolor look. Very pretty.

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  48. I am very impressed by it. I love the tutorial and it looks very easy so I could even do it.

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  49. What a wonderful tutorial! I just love your page and these colors!

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  50. OHHHHHHHHHH! This tutorial is fab! I love those stamps and the colors you used! Great job:) Happy Blog-a-versary!!

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  51. Thanks for the awesome tutorial! I own some watercolour pencils but I wasn't sure what to do with them ;D

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  52. ohhh, and i have some watercolor pencils (just sitting there, I might add)...off to create. Thanks for the tutorial...those feathers are FAB!!

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  53. Wow--so pretty! love that! I have stampin' up watercolor pencils gotta break them out and play around. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  54. That is such an easy tutorial and BEAUTIFUL results!!! Love that layout:):) What a pretty line..thanks for the chance to win

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  55. I so want those stamps! Love the coloring as well. Great stuff!

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  56. LOVE IT!!! So totally cute! :)

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  57. great technique. thank goodness i own some watercolor pencils!! will try this on next project.

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  58. That is the cutest bird...Love it..Thanks..

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  59. OMG..never used watercolors before and am totally loving the look.

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  60. love the tech with the watercolor pencils!! very pretty

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  61. Thanks for the tips! I especially like the way the feathers turned out with this watercolor technique!

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  62. Love the tutorial...I agree watercolor pens are the best!

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  63. This is GREAT! I love those feathers! They came out so neat! When I saw them on the LO before the tutorial I thought they had to be come kind of layered tissue paper or something!

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  64. Awesome tutorial - I love using watercolours!

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  65. Thanks for reminding me to use my watercolor pencils. And I like your idea to stamp in brown instead of black....I agree, it gives a softer look but still defines. Thanks!

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  66. Wow, I can't believe I haven't been doing this forever. Out to get some watercolor pencils now!

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  67. Totally love your LO and thanks for those awesome tips, so gonna try that...

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  68. Omg that is beautiful thanks for sharing...
    Loving that peacock that's for sure.

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  69. thank you for a reminder to use my stamps and water color pencils.

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  70. Thanks so much for the tutorial on watercoloring stamping....I have been wondering how to master this technique and with your step-by-step instructions, I will be able to do it!!

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  71. I'm a huge fan of watercolors too...I find they are simpler than the Copics to get the look I want.

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  72. Thanks for the heads up on the pencils. So glad to be entered in the drawing.

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  73. What a great tutorial! I have watercolor pencils somewhere...i might justs have to give this a try!

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  74. I love the idea of using watercolours. Great tutorial.

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  75. Thanks for the watercolor pencil tutorial. I have been mulling over the purchase of some and now I am convinced!

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  76. Super cute! Once again, great job!

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  77. Thanks so much for the watercolor pencil tips---I love watercolor pencils! They are so much fun!!

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  78. Awesome tutorial really love the birds they are are gorgeous love this line really fresh and vibrant

    Janie Boots
    boots3103@hotmail.com

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  79. i need to go pull out my water color pencils! thanks for the inspiration!

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  80. How cute! I just love the water colored stamped images you have shared with us. Thanks!

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  81. I just bought a set of watercolor pencils last week! I sure wish I had that gorgeous stamp set to try them out on.... Peacock Lane is my FAVORITE of the new releases!

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  82. Love the page! The tutorial was great! Thanks for sharing!

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  83. Wow, that's amazing!!! I've never tried watercolors.... I can't wait to try now though!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  84. love your watercolor images. I prefer this too. I have some brush markers but they do not give the dimension thath watercolor pencils do. Thanks for showing us your stamps with your interpretation

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  85. I LOVE these colors! Great tutorial! I love water color pencils!

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  86. Great, easy to follow tutorial. I love those stamps.

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  87. Great tutorial. I do have pencils at home, so I'm going to try this! Thanks and that's a beautiful collection!

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  88. oh how fun! you make it look so easy, shanna! gorgeous

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  89. I actually have some watercolor pencils on their way! I love the peacock feathers. Thanks for a great tutorial.

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  90. Wow, what a great reminder on using it like a watercolor. I need to try that again. Thanks.

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  91. what a great idea !
    How pretty they are!

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  92. Shanna this is a great tutorial - thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity!

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  93. I like the fact that I have water pencils and completely forgot what a gem they are. Thanks for reminding me!
    R

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  94. Love the tutorial! Those peacock feathers rock! And this is one of my all time favorite lines as well! The colors are so beautiful together!

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  95. EEEK i think i am running to a box store tomorrow for watercolors!~

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  96. Fabulous Shanna! I love the blending technique you shared! Thanks so much!

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  97. WOW!!! i'm loving the feathers! the way the colors blend and how it is... so awesome!!!

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  98. LOVE LOVE LOVE this line!! The tutorial is great as well. I usually do not use black ink when doing something similar as what you did. LOVE the peacock feather watercolor, ?? I don't remember seeing that as a stamp?

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  99. I think this has made me want to go out searching for some watercolour pencils now.... thanks for a great tutorial!

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  100. I love this tutorial. Can't wait to try it.

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  101. great little tutorial. especially for those of us who don't want to get hooked on expensive markers!

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  102. Wow....those are so cute. Might have to get me some of those pencils now. Thanks for sharing!

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  103. Great layout and just love this DP. I just love peacocks and purple. Thanks for an easy to flower tutorial. I'm going to have to dust off my watercolor pencils and use them again.

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  104. Great tutorial! I usually color with regular colored pencils or water color paints but this looks like a wonderful way to combine the two.

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  105. I love the feathers! So cool looking. Great tutorial...thanks :)

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  106. Everyone's into Copics these days, but it is awesome to see the very same effect created with a different medium. Love your colouring and I too am a huge fan of the Clearly Stamps... already have myself the Peacock Lane ones! Peacock Lane is my fave Bo Bunny line ever, too!

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  107. Fab tutorial! I'm so loving that little bird stamp :) but the feathers are to die for!

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  108. ok, new thing on my wishlist. Watercolor pencils! What a super tutorial and so easy. A keeper!

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  109. Great tutorial. Love the color combination!

    Thanks for the brown tip!

    Denise Wells
    mamascollections@aol.com

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  110. Thanks so much for the great tutorial! I just won some watercolor pencils and was wondering how to use them. Now I know how! BTW- I love the Peacock Lane line! Thanks Bo Bunny!

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  111. Fun way to color your stamped images. I do something similar with color pencils and gamsol.

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  112. Oh, I love how you coloured in those stamps-- how perfect!

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  113. That was a great tutorial, and I love those feathers! I would have never guessed from the pic that they were water color pencils. Very cool! I will have to try that!!

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  114. Great tutorial, I love finding new ways to use stamps !

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  115. absolutely fantastic.. ive been using promarkers. an im always stuck becuase i dont have enough coors.. i never considered water color pencils.. so THANKYOU!!!!

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  116. great tutorial I didn't know coloured pensils could look so great on a layout thanks.

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  117. Very nice tutorial. I love learning new things. Thanks!

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  118. I love your tutorial Shanna! I have some watercolor pencils. I'm going to get them out again and color some stamped images! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  119. I have put my pencils away but this really inspired me to pull these out and start using them again!

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  120. I love you Shanna! You are so inspiring. Thank you for showing me how easy it is to use stamps!

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  121. thanks for the tutorial. I love catching new info in a quick format.
    ava
    cottagerca@yahoo.ca

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  122. I cannot wait to get home and try this out today!! I bought colored pencils from Michaels like a yr ago wanting to try it, then...forgot (or something?!?) You made it look so easy and the result is georgeous!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  123. Fabulous! Love the layout and the tutorial. Definitely need to try this.

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  124. I love the tutorial it makes me want to pull out my water color pencils. I have been playing with my copic's lately. Thanks for the nudge.
    Donna

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  125. I have a set of pencils and really wasn't sure how to use them. What a wonderful tutorial and layout!

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  126. Thanks for the great step by step. It's always nice to see it broken down!

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  127. Okay have the water color pencils and the ink, now I just need the stamp set and the paper line, this is the only line I can't seem to get everyone is out of it or it's not complete. This would be great to win this!!! I love BO BUNNY!!!

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  128. O' and I loved the step by step, it really helps to do it right, makes using stamps more fun...

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  129. Love how this turned out! Those peacock feathers are FAB!!! LOVE this line!

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  130. OK, that makes me want to go out and get watercolour pencils!! Awesome!

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  131. Yep, you've just convinced me to go and get some water colour pencils! Excellent tutorial, and I love the finished product! Such a gorgeous accompaniment to your layout.

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  132. Time for me to break out with the watercolor pencils!!!

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  133. What a great idea! Definitely need to get my hands on both the watercolors and the Peacock Lane!

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  134. Great project Shanna! Love those fabulous stamps! Love the way you used them on your page.

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  135. I fell in love with this line of Bo Bunny also. The water coloring is so great I can hardly wait to try it. Thanks so much for a new idea for a wonderful line.

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  136. Great tutorial!
    So is it like using Gamsol and pencil crayons?

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  137. That was a great tutorial! Makes me think of my stamps in a whole new way!

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  138. Thanks for inspiring me to get out my watercolor pencils! :)

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  139. I forget that I have stamps. I should use them more !!

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  140. Stunning LO! I have to agree watercolour pencils are great to use!

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  141. I have always wanted to learn about watercolor pencils. So this is fabulous. Thanks

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  142. Love the colours in this paper line. Love the birds great idea

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  143. This looks like something even I couldn't mess up...lol great tutorial, keep them coming.

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  144. this tutorial is fabulous thanks for sharing!

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  145. I actually have some watercolor pencils but I wasn't sure how to best use them. Thanks so much for the tutorial Shanna. I am off to try it out!

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  146. Wow... that is a great tutorial... I am thinking I can try this... TFS

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  147. I love your little birds! I have watercolor pencils but I certianly don't use them as much as I should! Hmmm... can I sneak into my room tonight to play?

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  148. that is so cool! Thanks for the tips, I love coloring.

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  149. What a great tutorial. Those birds and feathers are so funderful!

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  150. great tutorial. i love how those stamps really came alive with the colors!

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  151. I love to use colored pencils, too! Thank you for the great tutorial.

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  152. This is fabulous. I love the idea of making my own embellies. Thanks for sharing.

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  153. I love peacock lane - and I'm definitely going to have to go out and get watercolor pencils now!!!

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  154. It looks so simple and alot cheaper. Great tutotial

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  155. I love watercolour too. I have some sparkly watercolour paints, which add just a hint of shimmer and colour, when you use them on stamped images.
    I like your tip about using brown ink for the outlines - black can look rather severe.

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  156. I love the idea of stamping in brown instead of black. Gonna have to try that next time. BTW, I LOVE the peacock feathers!! Bo Bunny has always been a favorite of mine :)

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  157. Great tutorial! I generally use my regular colored pencils and gamsol mineral spirits---but this is so much more healthy!

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  158. I had heard about watercolor pencils, but never knew how they worked. AWESOME!!

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  159. I needed an affordable way to color in my stamps. Thank you!

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  160. So cool! I love the look of the feathers.

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  161. I love the colors in this line---so glad you showcased watercolor pencils. They are a great thing to have in your stash.

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  162. Great tutorial, I love it! I so adore the bright colours in this line! Hannah xx

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  163. I love it, well done. It does make it easy by having some great BoBunny papers to work with.....

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  164. oh my goodness.. I paint on canvas and a scrapaholic.. so I am sooo keen to try this out.. thanks for the fabulous tutorial.

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  165. Beautiful! This tutorial was great and reminded me to actually use my watercolo pencils I bought years ago.

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