Akashiya Sai Watercolor Pens & Mama Elephant Bear Hugs – Color Wednesday #65

Akashiya Sai Watercolor Pens & Mama Elephant Bear Hugs – Color Wednesday #65

Hi everyone! Kristina here. Welcome to another
Color Wednesday video. I have to apologize before we get into the card here for uploading
this video a day late. I’ve just been running behind all week long. I’m sure you guys have
had weeks like that where you’re just playing catch up every single day of the week. So,
here we go here’s the card for Color Wednesday. Even though it is Thursday when I’m uploading
this. The stamp set I’m using today is from Mama Elephant. It’s called Bear Hugs. You
guys saw a sneak peek of these stamps last Friday in my video when I was showing you
these watercolor pens that I’m going to be using today. I picked these up from JetPens.com
and they are really really fun watercolor pens. I’m going to be using a Faber-Castell
Deluxe Water Brush today. I’m first painting on the color with the pen, with the brush
pen or it seems like waiting on because it has that brush tip and then I’m adding water.
The thing that I really love about these pens, and I mentioned it in last week’s video.
I love how vibrant they stay no matter how much water you add. I love that where ever
you place that initial color it stays dark and provides a lot of contrast and you can
really fade out that color really evenly. I love that as paint in circles here it’s
a really even radiant of color. The areas where it doesn’t get a good gradient or it’s
little bit too harsh of a line, while the water color paper is wet you can go over it
with that same color of marker or you can even add a different color marker and you
can add in more color. So you can see that as I add that color in the ink starts to wick
away. That’s because the water color paper is still wet as I apply this color. I’ve tried
to do that is Distress Markers in the past and the Distress Marker actually tens to soak
up the water from the paper instead of releasing color. So in that way these are different
from Distress Markers because you can add the color wet on wet straight from the marker.
I think it’s a really fun technique and it’s a really easy way to get the color moving.
So you guys have heard me say in the past that I really don’t prefer using a water brush.
I like to use a water color brush a traditional brush and pick up the color or the water with
the brush tip and then to my project. For some reason today I thought “You know what?
I’m going to try using just a water brush.” I didn’t have any water out on my desk at
the moment, but I did have my water brush. I thought I’m just going to go for convince
sake. I think that’s where your brush pens like this really shine. Is in the convince
factor. If you don’t have water nearby or you’re traveling, these water brushes are
fantastic. Especially when you’re using Distress Markers or these water color pens. These travel
fabulously. I think they would be great to just put in your travel bag when you’re out
and about. I colored the first bear and then I colored the second one in a very similar
fashion. Just adding a little bit of that brown color in the darkest areas and then
fading it out with the water rush. Taking the black pen and I’m adding quite a bit of
color down beneath the bears. I’m going to create a horizon line right there. So it’s
very dark on the bottom. That’s where I’m going to place the sentiment for the card
and then I’m planning to add some blue color above so it looks a little bit like sky. So
I started to work the color out and the black doesn’t spread quite as easily so I did end
up bringing brush pen back and adding more color. I really wanted to add quite a bit
of color so I could get it moving down to the bottom of that water color paper. So I
added more of that black color and then really started kind of swishing this water brush
back and forth trying to get that color moving and eventually it did start moving. I did
have to squeeze the brush a little bit and get a little more water out there. But it
did start to spread out. I added some more black pen and then came back in with my water
brush and really filled in all of those gaps and I really wanted to get that fading all
the way down to the bottom. The thing I like about these watercolor pens is they are kind
of forgiving in that you can add more and more color in top and really fade those areas
out. So now I’m using this light blue color. As I added it here on to this and I added
water I noticed that it really wasn’t moving at all. So after I had the area pretty saturated
with water I came back in with that pen once more and then it started getting everything
moving. I think that’s what you kind of have to remember with these water color pens is
that you will get a better blend and a better movement of color if you get the paper wet
first. Not completely saturated, but just a little bit wet, so that ink can really get
moving. So I dried that and then added this more teal color or a blue green color on top.
I wanted to have a little bit more of a greenish tinge to the darkest areas of this background.
So I started adding that in and spreading it around as much as I could. Making sure
to add more color as I moved. Sorry about that I just got a text message. We’ll just
put that phone on silent. Anyway so I’m adding more of that blue green color in all of those
areas. I also added a little bit up right there by his ears so that I could get that
going. Or rather I should say her ears, because I planning on giving this to my mom and the greeting
that goes on this card is really really cute and you’ll see that in a minute. So I heat
set that with my heat tool. It really doesn’t need heating setting, but it does need to
dry and I was impatient so I ended up helping it dry. So I’m peeling off that masking paper
or the masking tape. Then I have my water color piece here. Going to be stamping the
greeting below the bears. So I added some EK Success Powder tool to eliminate static
cling. You can see the powder on the project right now. Or on the water color piece now,
but once I’ve embossed I’ll be able to wipe it off and get rid of all that powder. So
I stamped the greeting then I coated it in Hero Arts White embossing powder. Then I melted
that with my heat tool. The greeting says “Thank You for being my Mama Bear”. I thought
it was just so so cute. I know it’s a little early for Mother’s Day cards for those of
us in the United States, but if you were looking for a great stamp set for Mother’s Day or
Father’s Day the greetings on this stamp set are fantastic and their so heartfelt. Mama
Elephant, they just really know how to add some really awesome greetings. So I’m going
to be using this metallic silver embossing paste from Dreamweaver. It’s so cool. This
is the first time I’m using it. It looked fantastic coming out, straight out of the
jar. The color you see spreading outright now is the color it will dry to. I wanted
to have a really smooth finish so I added quite a bit of this embossing paste. Then
I eventually pulled off that stencil and you can see it revealed on my card base here.
The finished card size is 4.75″x4.75″. I’m going to zoom in so you can see this embossing
paste. It’s really really neat. It gives an awesome metallic shine. You could also have
added VersaMark through the stencil and then put silver embossing powder on top. You would
get a slightly different look. I let that dry overnight actually, but I think it would
have been dry in about 30 minutes maybe. Then I adhered that water color piece on top using
some foam adhesive. I punched the top corners of the cards using my We R Memory Keepers
Corner Chomper. Then I took a Uniball Signo Broad white pen and added some dash lines
around the outside edge. I haven’t don’t dash lines in quite a while. When I had the
first thought the do that I thought I’m going to go ahead and do it. I haven’t done dash
lines in a long time. I added a little white heart on some foam adhesive up near the top
of the card. That heart was cut out using the Simon Says Stamp Mini heart dies and then
I kind of painted it red with a red marker and then put some Xmas Red Stickles Glitter
Glue on top. So that’s the card for today. I hope you guys enjoyed and I will catch you
guys tomorrow for this week’s Friday Focus video. Thanks so much for watching and I’ll
see you then. Once again thanks for watching today’s video.
All of the supplies that I used on today’s card are listed down below in the video description
with links to online stores where you can purchase them if you want to create a similar
card. On screen right now are three more videos for you to check out. That first one shows
that set of water color pens that I use in today’s video, so if you want to see me kind
of experimenting with those. My first initial thoughts on that go ahead and click on that
video. The other two videos on screen are just some of my recent videos where I did
some water coloring or used water color medium. Hope you guys enjoyed and I will catch you
guys in my next video.


  • Rhonda Miller says:

    This is such a cute card.

  • Cheryl Arbo says:

    Love these stamps too. Just bought them. I love to fussy cut or else I would have bought the coordinating dies. 

  • Cynthia Clark says:

    I have that embossing paste.  I haven't used it yet.  Thanks for reminding me.  LOL  

  • Art Junkie says:

    your moms going to love it

  • Robin Schaefer says:

    I just ordered these pens the other day (I LOVE Jet Pens!) I should get the tomorrow!!! Can't wait! Thanks for introducing these to me…I don't always see everything whilst perusing the Jet Pens site!!!

  • ElleLizzy May says:

    Kristina, why do you colour in the heart and then add red glitter? Is it to get a more intense colour? Ps I LOVE your videos! Elle from Australia.

  • BubbleBakery.Co says:

    Super cute card ! tfs 🙂

  • Rucha B. says:

    Loved loved loooved the card.. I had stamped the bears but was wondering how I should colour them or where to position them, and u uploaded the video and gave me a great idea. I'm glad I waited. I love d white dash lines and was wondering why have u not done that in a while. Love all of ur card!

  • kiwipommiegirl says:

    Oh so cute Kristina!

  • Pat Posk says:

    Kristina a lovely card for your MOM.  Isn't it wonderful to have a loving mother who has always been there for you.  It's OK to send these cards all the time even if it isn't mother's day as it's good to do it when you feel it.  she will know and understand.  I loved the card and seeing the pic it reminded me of how I use to hold my moms dress when we were down town and I was little.  I didn't want to lose my mother. It was the most terrible feeling in the world when I did lose her in a crowd.  Started screaming for her right away and she always came running.  A lovely card for your lovely MOM..I thank my MA too for being there for me.

  • Stephanie Lynn says:

    I missed your dashed lines! I passed up on this set, but you've inspired me to go ahead and get it ^__^ Thanks

  • MYT CR8TiV says:

    I bought my first set of aqua brushes by Royal Langnickel Aquaflo brushes. (T~T) Great brushes for beginners but I'm ready to get myself a set of Pentel aqua brushes. I mean these Aquaflo brushes are great but they don't have the water mechanics like the Pentel brushes. These just have brush bristles glued to the top of a cap with a tiny hole in it so regulation water flow is a bit hard. Press too much and water squirts or drips off the brush bristles. Great for kids or beginners but I'm ready to upgrade. 😉

  • catpocalypse says:

    your coloring is great but it looks these colors aren't easy to use 

  • Robyn G says:

    Wow, that silver really is gorgeous!

  • With Care, Laura says:

    Oh my goodness, the cuteness is just lovely! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lena Johansen says:

    Loving thhat image, and the coloring is great 🙂

  • Nancy Frustaci says:

    Such an adorable card. Love the coloring  🙂 

  • Lisa Haines says:

    Super cute!  I love how these watercolor markers look…..I think I will add a set to my never ending WISH LIST!!

  • Marlene Raygoza says:

    I missed your dashed lines and hearts in your cards, it's like your signature 🙂 love it!

  • Karin Carter says:

    Very cute 🙂 Thank you again for sharing…

  • Christy Gets Crafty says:

    Such a cute card, Kristina! Those markers are really intriguing and that stamp set is on my wish list. 

  • linda says:

    Adorable card! Loved watching you use the colored markers with the waterbrush. Also Love the silver embossing paste. Thank you for another great video.

  • Алина Ломаева says:

    Открытка супер!!! Очень нравится интересный штамп с медведями и трафарет с сердцами!!!)

  • Helen Mcwilliam says:

    Lovely card thanks for sharing

  • Keown Jones says:


  • Shaila Jassal says:

    Love it xx

  • Teresa Doyle says:

    SO, SO CUTE!

  • Kim Thomas says:

    Oh my goodness, this is precious. Your Mom will love it. Thank you for sharing. Take care, Kim 🙂

  • Nicole Marrevee says:

    Use plain paper or special paper ???

  • Andrea La Vigne says:

    I'm sure your mom will love this card, Kristina! Just hope she doesn't see your video before and have that ruin the surprise! 🙂 Love the coloring. Thanks so much for sharing the inspiration!

  • fallyn noel says:

    I just adore your card making videos! Thank you for sharing all of these videos etc. It honestly has helped me out with my new hobby of card making! 

  • Maria Guzman says:


  • KonaSitkaRose says:

    Aww, it's too cute!!! I love how you kept this so sweet and simple, but especially that you still have your mother. I so miss mine. Thank you always ♥

  • Blossom2Titus says:

    Love your cards!

  • Donna Dacy says:

    So cute. Love this little stamp set and the card you made is beautiful. Love those water color  markers. TFS

  • ᅩ._. says:

    이런용품들은 어떤사이트에서 구매하셨나요?

  • heyitschlo says:

    Can you do an entire video about water coloring? I really need some tips and tricks for water coloring. Also I mean just a palette of paint not those pens basically because you have one lol hahahahaha

  • Sara Gallicchio says:

    compliments I love your works! I have two questions for you … when I use watercolor sheet deforms and then the black outline of the stamp is mixed with water. why is this happening to me? thanks a lot!!!!

  • Meredith A. says:

    I got the same stamps and I got the brush pens as well as the ink that you used. I realized after i stamped that the ink wasn't stamping all over the stamp even though I saturated quite a bit. Also, the ink will not come off of my stamp! It stained my stamp and I am so mad since I just got them. Do you have any tips?

  • Saara Naumanen says:

    So cute!! <3

  • Saara Naumanen says:

    I got my pens today. I like them but have not quite learned them yet. Do you have any good instructions on the text that I can read? (And maybe learn how to use them)
    My English is bad and text is easier for me to understand.

  • Julie says:

    Do you recommend the akashiya sai over the zig clean color pens?

  • Amy He says:

    Hi I was wondering if the ZIG watercolor pens have better blendability? I saw someone doing a test of quite a few watercolor pens and Sai refused to blend out while ZIG had a much smoother transition.

  • Twinkle Toes says:

    Came for the watercolor pens, stayed for the style! Love your videos 😀

  • Joni Stoneking says:

    What an awesome card! Love it – truly a must have stamp set!

  • Aditi Shinde says:

    +K Werner Design : You should publish 🙂 Amazing stuff!!! 🙂 <3

  • AmandaBrayton says:

    Seriously so adorable! Can't wait to watch more of your videos!

  • hello-b says:

    I'm a new subscriber (this is the second video of yours I've watched and I'm already hooked)
    The entire time I was watching this I think I was screaming internally with how amazing everything you did was! lol
    Seriously though, every time you did something new to the card I was so jazzed and I keep thinking, "This. is. art."
    I love everything about what you do.

  • Chronicles of Edward says:

    I think to work with these brush pens, it's better to use a water brush, because i find that water brush gives a constant supply of water, sometimes that's not so good when you need brush moisture control, but when working with brush pens, using a water brush is better.

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