Stampin’ With Sami Lesson: Pretty Pumpkins Technique

Each Saturday, I hope to have a Stampin’ With Sami (SWS) Lesson for you -in the form of a tutorial with step-by-step photos. It will either be a fancy technique or a cool new way to use a product. The purpose of me bringing your these mini workshops is to hopefully convince you to become one of my lovely customers :O)

Today, I would like to teach you a little shading technique using the Stampin’ UP aqua painter and markers. Since Stampin’ UP markers are water-based, the aqua painter is a great blending tool to use with them. I am using this shading technique to color in my cute little pumpkins, but you could easily apply the same technique to another stamped image.



  • Aqua painter (fill with water)
  • Twick or Tweet stamp set -we are using the pumpkin stamp from this set
  • Stampin’ UP Basic Black Classic Ink (could substitute for Basic Brown or Basic Gray because they are also waterproof)
  • Whisper White cardstock or Stampin’ UP watercolor paper (WARNING!!! If you use off brand cardstock, chances are you won’t get good results so beware, the paper does matter when you are using watercolor techniques)
  • Stampin’ UP markers in the following colors: Pumpkin Pie, Only Orange, and Dusty Durango (if you don’t yet have Dusty Durango, substitute with Really Rust)

1. Stamp the pumpkin image with Basic Black Classic ink and WAIT for it to dry completely. Be patient and wait 30 seconds to a minute so the ink has time to set up completely so that it won’t bleed when coloring.

2. Color in the pumpkins completely using the Pumpkin pie marker.

3. Color in as shown above using the Only Orange marker, leaving just the center of each pumpin showing through.

4. Color only the outside edges of each pumpkin with the Dusty Durango marker like shown in the photo above.

5. Get your aqua painter ready by testing it on some scrap paper. If a lot of water is coming out of the tip, rub it on a cloth or excess scrap paper until only a small stroke of water comes out as you draw a line with the aqua painter. When only a little water is coming out, go over the smaller pumpkin with the tip of the aqua painter in a circular motion until the colors just start to blend. Repeat with the larger pumpkin until the larger pumpkin is blended.

6. Let your colored image dry, finish coloring the hat if desired, and then use it on your project.

You will notice that when you apply the water from the aqua painter, the colors get lighter, and that is completely normal.

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