SAF 2016: Watercolor Like a Master with Kay Miller

By July 23, 2016Stamp-a-faire

Inspiration 1

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Inspiration 2

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Inspiration 3

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Just wait until you see what Kay has in store for you! I know many of you have been looking forward to this video for weeks! All of her tips and tricks will make all of you watercolor masters for sure!!!

Kay says, "I am going to show you how you can create beautiful watercolor works of art on your cards, with just a few simple stamping supplies and dye inks. With this easy technique you’ll be able to use many of the stamp sets and inks you already have on hand, to mimic the lovely watercolor paintings of the Masters!"



  • STAMPS: Mum’s The Word
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Watercolor paper
  • INK: Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
  • OTHER: Water, paint brushes
  • A2 size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch top folded white card base
  • Watercolor paper cut to 4 x 5 1/4 inches

Project 2

Project 1


  • When using a wet on wet technique, and your colors will touch and run together, always use colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel, or colors that will blend to produce a pretty color. Colors that are complementary or across the color wheel from each other will create a brown color if they mix together. 
  • When doing splattering, if you want larger splatters, use your hand to tap on your brush. If you want tiny splatters, use another brush or a firm object to tap your brush with.
  • To achieve rich colors in your watercoloring, let your first layer dry, then go back over it with another layer of paint. Watercolors are transparent, but you can build up beautiful color by layering.


–Now it's your turn!  Create a project that features watercoloring.  You can choose to re-create the exact project from Kay above or design your own using the same concepts. Your project must also incorporate at least one Papertrey product.

–Post your project on your blog, in your gallery or on any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

-Add your project to the InLinkz list below.

–You will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. One project per person please.


–As a reminder, you will have until 7am ET, Tuesday, July 26th, to add your link to the list to be eligible to win. 

–TWO randomly selected winners will be chosen from ALL the entries within this list on Tuesday, July 26th. The winners will be posted on our Tuesday night Stamp-a-faire winners page after 9pm ET.  The randomly selected winners will each get a $25 PTI gift certificate to spend however they like!

Thanks for joining us!  We look forward to seeing your projects!

Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 50 Comments

  • 1
    Nancy Ward says:

    Beautiful card and great tutorial!

  • 2
    Cheryl B. says:

    You looked like a video making pro!! Good job. Lots of inspiration and helpful hints!

  • 3
    Vicki Finger says:

    This has been one of my favorites of the day. It uses a similar technique to one I’ve been using. Great tips to add to my aresenal.

  • 4
    Beth M. says:

    Great job Kay- and great first video. You did awesome. Love the card and the little splatters-nice effect.

  • 5
    Pat Whitley says:

    Loved your tutorial. Please do more! Maybe one on watercoloring hydrangeas! 🙂

  • 6

    Gorgeous watercoloring, Kay! Thank you so much for sharing your techniques with us!

  • 7
    Jen M says:

    Kay you make it look so easy – thanks for a great session.

  • 8
    Traci Major says:

    Really love your card, Kay!! So dreamy and you make it look effortless. Wonderful video as well!!

  • 9
    Iris Shubert says:

    Just beautiful. Love your technique 🙂

  • 10
    S. Collins says:

    Wonderful video,Kay! Congrats! I do hope you will continue with more soon. Love this awesome card!

  • 11
    Mendi Yoshikawa says:

    Love, LOVE this video Kay! I was cheering you on the whole time (while secretly hoping you make more in the near future)–You did so awesome! Your card is gorgeous and I loved hearing your sweet accent. 🙂

  • 12
    DIANA L. says:

    You knocked your first video out of the ballpark — This was awesome love how you showed the stamping and painting and how all the images and colors came out looking like a master piece.

  • 13
    Greta H says:

    You make it look so easy & have inspired me to try your technique! Gorgeous card–thank you!

  • 14
    JanetB says:

    What a great first video! Your watercolor cards are lovely and I learned some great hints.

  • 15
    Char says:

    Awesome tutirial Kay!! A great job and you look like a pro ?? were looking forward to more ??

  • 16

    Kay, thank you so much for this extremely informative and inspirational video.

  • 17

    Your accent is too cute you little Southern Girl you! I look forward to more videos from you!

  • 18
    Joan Howard says:

    Kay, thanks so much for a great tutorial! I loved it! I’m just learning to water color and loving it! There are so many techniques it’s mind boggling! I love your technique, it seems as if it would be easier to achieve the best outcome! Thanks again!

  • 19
    Genevieve says:

    I was looking forward to your tutorial Love it .
    Please dont be shy do some more
    Now to put innaction what you taught me .

  • 20
    Marybeth says:

    Kay I loved your very first video,ever!!!! It was wonderful to hear your voice! I know you were not a fan of doing your own videos but now that you got your first one out of the way I hope we see lots more from you! The card you created is gorgeous and look easy ( will see 🙂 thank you for sharing your talent with us ina first ever video! You get five stars from me!!!!! Hugs!

  • 21
    Linda Miles says:

    Wonderful video! Thank you so much for sharing this technique. PLEASE do more videos!

  • 22
    Betty Sue says:

    Kay, perfect!! You did it and you rocked it…leaving us wanting more…?

  • 23
    Joyce says:

    Kay this is stunning! And now I’m bummed I don’t have the Mums to CASE your card, but it’s now on my list of so many sets I need. I can’t wait to try this technique today, I think I’m one of the last to jump into water coloring so I really appreciate your instructions.

  • 24
    SabineV says:

    Absolutely stunning!

  • 25
    mary whitcomb says:

    Kay… you need to do more videos. You have such a lovely voice! I loved watching your whole process… beautiful results!!!

  • 26
    Vera Yates says:

    What a fun tutorial. Love Kay’s projects.

  • 27
    Karen says:

    Hi Kay, Loved your video and making it look so easy! I’m inspired to try this today! Please make more watercolor videos!

  • 28

    Hi Kay,
    I thought your video was amazing and I loved it! You were so sincere and it was great to hear your thoughts as you went along. The card is perfection and it looks fun to try with your great instructions. Thank you so much for all your hard work!
    I hope to be able to give it a try today.

  • 29
    Holly Saveur says:

    SUPER all things watercolor!

  • 30
    Dana Kirby says:

    Kay, your card is beautiful and your video was perfect! Thanks for all the wonderful tips and techniques! You are amazing and full of inspiration!!

  • 31
    LauraJane:) says:

    Super first video Kay!! So good to here your voice after all these years:))
    I’m having a bit of trouble with the ink mixing on my watercolor paper though:((

  • 32
    LauraJane:) says:

    No worries!! I simply tried again and used watercolor paper from PTI and it work beautifully!!!

  • 33
    Luanne Ford says:

    Loved your video, technique and inspiration! Thank you!!

  • 34
    carol says:

    Kay, I struggle with water-colour, but even so, I LOVE your video! So wonderful to see your magic unfold before our eyes and to hear your voice! You are an incredible teacher!

  • 35
    Renee Lewis says:

    I enjoyed your video very much.
    I will be getting some floral stamps so I can try this.
    Thank you.

  • 36
    Renee M says:

    Gorgeous card–I really like the color combo you used! And if you hadn’t said that was your first video, I’d have never known it. Thanks for sharing the how-tos 🙂

  • 37
    Donna Gourley says:

    Kay, thank you so much for sharing your talent for watercoloring. I will admit that I was so hoping that you would share how you make those gorgeous watercolor backgrounds that you are famous for. Perhaps you can give us some tips on that one week for Make it Monday (please, please). Anyway, I was very happy with how my card came out in the end, and my husband even commented on it (which is big, let me tell you!). Thanks again.

  • 38
    Noelle says:

    Awed by Kay’s lovey card and sweet accent! Thanks for the watercoloring guidance!

  • 39
    Carrie K says:

    Congratulations on your first video, Kay!! Hope this means there are more to follow! I’ll add what a pleasant surprise it was to hear your cute southern accent – love it! I’ll also add that I’d really, really love to see a video of your process for those gorgeous color background you do so well. The kind that kind of look like smooshing, but I don’t think they are. Thanks for your inspiration! Bye!

  • 40
    Helen F. says:

    Fabulous “first time ever” video, Kay! Thank you so much for sharing this watercolor technique ~ LOVE your card!

  • 41

    What a perfectly wonderful video premiere, Kay! ♥ You are a natural! Heartfelt thanks for sharing such an amazing watercolor technique. Watercolor has been my passion of late. What fun it was to bring new life to an old favorite stamp. I know that this will always be a favorite way to add a dreamy, watercolor look to my cards. I can’t thank you enough! ♡

  • 42
    D.Ann C says:

    This is so soft and pretty!! You make it look so easy… I’m off to see…

  • 43
    AOK says:

    Thank you Kay for a wonderful video tutorial. You are a star.

  • 44
    Barbara M says:

    Great Learning video! Thank you so much for a wonderful experince!

  • 45
    Carmela Hubler says:

    Loved this technique. Was easy to follow and implement with great results! Will use it again.

  • 46
    Karen W says:

    Your first video was great Kay! Thanks for teaching us on this session. Everyone’s card came out awesome!

  • 47
    Karen W says:

    Kay this was a great first video! Thank you so much for teaching us this technique. Everyone’s cards are awesome!

  • 48
    super stick chick says:

    Amazing inspiration and fabulous technique ideas. Your card is so beautiful.

  • 49
    super stick chick says:

    Loved this video and can’t wait to try this wonderful technique. Love your card!

  • 50
    Anne Sturgeon says:

    For a first, it was sensational. Especially love your music Kay!! You make it look so easy. Definitely going to give this a try. Thanks so much.

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