Hot Summer Days

What better way to cool off in those hot summer days than to sing in the rain and use a peony to attract attention? Here in Florida that would be very possible, it is hot and rains daily.

I had previously purchased a 12 pencil set of Fantasia watercolor pencils at a sale at one of our local crafts stores, but had never had a chance to play with them - until now. I was quite impressed with how well they laid down the color and smoothed out even before adding water. Not like my Prismas though 😉

Having only 12 colors to choose from, made for the need to be a little inventive in the mixing of colors and the playing with the water to create my scene. The stamp is the Stampendous Peony Song cling stamp and I stamped it with Versafine Onyx Black ink on Master's Touch watercolor paper and then added clear embossing powder to protect the lines from the water. Once colored, I created a 5.5x5.5 cardbase and adhered the floral patterned paper on it. I cut the image out with a stitched rectangle frame and added a border around it cut from yellow glitter cardstock.

It definitely is less work to blend the colors together with the watercolor pencils than it is to achieve the same effect with my Prismacolor pencils, but the process is so different I don't think it can be compared. I will play with it again sometime, but for the most part I will stick with my first love.

I added a sentiment from my retired Stampin Up stash stamped on yellow cardstock with Versafine Onyx Black ink and cut it out with a faux stitched label die. I cut the dragonfly from some DSP and added it to the one corner as well as the two green leaf cutouts on the two corners of the glitter frame. I added Wink of Stella to the greenery and the dragonfly's wings and doodled a line around the glittery frame with a Tombow marker.

General supplies:
Reflections 110lb heavyweight cardstock for card base
Master's Touch Watercolor paper
Stampendous Peony Song cling stamp
Yellow and green cardstock
Yellow glitter cardstock
Fantasia watercolor pencils
Patterned paper
Wink of Stella
Tombow Marker
Versafine Onyx Black ink
Clear embossing powder

Entered into the HMFMC Anything Goes/Optional theme "Hot Summer Days" Challenge #270
Entered into the Stempelsonne Anything Goes Challenge #203
Entered into the Kleuren met Potlooden Everything is Allowed July Challenge
Entered into the Simon Says Stamp Summer Fun Monday Challenge
Entered into the Country View In the Summer Garden July Challenge


  1. I love your card and your colouring.
    Thank you for sharing your card with us at Stempelsonnenchallenge.
    Hugs Heidi

  2. What a fabulous card! Beautifully colored, and the sentiment is the perfect touch! Made me smile and chuckle. Hugs, de

  3. Beautiful coloring on your card. [Bunny]

  4. Ganz großartig!
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Animal Friends.
    LG Dreja

  5. Wat een mooie kaart met een schattige stempel. Gezellig dat je meedoet met de Challenge van Kleuren met potloden.

    Groetjes, Astrid.

  6. Das ist ein klasse Werk geworden und Du hast es ganz bezaubernd umgesetzt. Hab ganz lieben Dank für Deine Teilnahme bei der Stempelsonne

    Liebe Grüße
    Deine Vanessa

  7. Brilliant, so refreshing, great stamp and awesome colours used. Thanks so much for entering into our Anything Goes option theme HOT SUMMER DAYS, current challenge and good luck in the draw. .
    {aNNie}Designer for House Mouse and Friends ♥ HOUSE MOUSE

  8. Gorgeous card Monica :-) the image is adorable and your colouring is fabulous! Love the whole design of this :-)

    thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Challenge
    Lols x x x

  9. Wonderful colouring of this super cute image, Monica. Thanks so much for entering into our 'Anything Goes' option theme 'Hot Summer Days', current challenge and good luck in the draw.
    Dorte x

  10. Awww how cute are these guys sheltering under that hugs Peony flower..lovely work gorgeous card ..great take on the option chall theme.

    Thanks for sharing with us @ House Mouse & Friends mon. chall

    mousey hugs Christine xx

  11. I can't believe you did this with 12 pencils! You got some pretty colors out of them!Thanks so much for sharing with us at House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge. I hope you join us in our new challenge that starts Monday!

    ♥ Sue Kment

  12. Supercute. Tbose mice would be happy in a summer garden! Thanks for joining us at countryview challenges and good luck. Hugs rachel x