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Watercolor Blog Hop: Watercolored Poinsettias with Giveaways


Hi there everyone! Welcome to the Inklipse 1000 Subscriber Blog Hop. Simon Hurley has reached 1,000 youtube subscribers and he has put together this super fun hop for you all. If you don’t already know, Simon is a young, skilled crafter (13 years old) and he is super talented. I love supporting and encouraging creativity for our youth, don’t you???  You should have hopped over here from my lovely friend Nicole Picadura‘s blog

The theme for this blog hop is WATERCOLOR! So get ready to see loads of gorgeous watercolored projects! AND, each blog will have a video to go along with their project so be sure to check it out!

I chose to work with this GORGEOUS Poinsettia stamp set from Ellen Hutson and do some watercoloring with the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. The exact colors I used along with the rest of the supplies are linked at the end of the post!


I love to start with a white piece of cardstock and see what happens. LOL! The sentiment is from the Santa’s Flight stamp set. I just masked off a portion of it so I could just stamp the words “Happy Christmas to all” because you know me….. I love to say Happy Christmas (Harry Potter anyone, lol)….. 


Video time!  You can watch the video right here or over on my youtube channel in HD!!!!!

GIVEAWAY:  There are FIVE prizes up for grabs! Yup! FIVE.  Just leave comments on all the hop participants blog and you are automatically entered to win. The winner will be announced by Simon.  The prizes are generously donated from these fabulous companies:

Next up on the hop is your final stop! Lisa Adametz/Ellen Hutson CLASSroom!

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  1. Love the bold colors, Laurel!

  2. mjmarmo says:

    So pretty!

  3. Love the color scheme, watercoloring and pretty poinsettia!

  4. Love beautiful water colored poinsetta with blue background!

  5. Wow. That background is beautiful!

  6. luluvision says:

    This came out beautiful!

  7. ShirleyD says:

    WOW…just beautiful (as always :o)). Your colors and design are perfect.

  8. Michele says:

    Beautiful watercolor card! I need to use my Zigs!

  9. Such a pretty card! Great for the holidays! ❤️

  10. Pai Meng says:

    love that beautiful blue background!

  11. LOVE this card !!! Love the bold red on the blue…beautiful !!!

  12. Cornelia (fun stamping) says:

    Fabulous background! So pretty!

  13. Beautiful card, love the background.

  14. Mary Kay Werry says:

    Gorgeous!!! Love the bright colors. smashing.

  15. So beautiful! I love the bold, bright colors you used.

  16. Caralyn says:

    Very pretty colors! It’s a new spin on a RGB color scheme! Great job!

  17. Beautiful Card!

  18. Teresa Cherka says:

    Lovely card.

  19. Linnea Sundstrom says:

    “Happy Christmas” – luv it also!

  20. Your sky is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the video, too.

  21. Kathy R. says:

    Beautiful card, love the color sheme!

  22. Striking card!

  23. Linda Sodano says:

    Gorgeous card! I love poinsettias!

  24. Oh so pretty. I love the color combinations the red poinsettia on the blue background. Very striking.

  25. Fabulous card!

  26. Wendy K says:

    Lovely card.

  27. Your watercolour is absolutely beautiful! I think I need more practice! Gorgeous card!

  28. Lovely vibrant card.

  29. The colors are just beautiful!

  30. Beautiful card Laurel!

  31. Brandy Duncan says:

    Love the colors Laurel. Beautiful card. It makes me Happy.

  32. So vibrant and happy! Loved watching you create this card, Laurel.

  33. Daphne Baker says:

    Beautiful card! I love poinsettias, they’re so pretty. When I first started card making, I would watch a video and wish I had the supplies used, now I’m saying, “yup, I have that, oh! that too” lol! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Maureen Reiss says:

    Soooo Pretty!!

  35. Nandini says:

    Beautiful card! Love the blue and red combo!

  36. Amber McGary says:

    Pretty card-I love the bold colors!

  37. wonderful card Laurel – and the background is so striking – I’m chicken about cutting my stamps apart too!

  38. So glad you chose the poinsettia it’s my favorite holiday flower and yours I beautiful!

  39. Beautiful cad Laurel! I have found Bristol works the best w/the Zigs! I just love your videos, get such a laugh with you! Thanks for sharing!

  40. lmcosh says:

    This just makes me happy to look at!

  41. irene grau says:

    Great card. Congrats to Simon!

  42. Very pretty bright colors!

  43. Love the rich, deep colors of this card. Just lovely.

  44. Sandie McCarthy-Roberts says:

    Lovely card. I never think to use watercolour with my pens. Very nice. Bold.

  45. Erin Nicole says:

    Lovely rich and dark background is calling my name!!! Your a ton of fun on periscope and your videos are always filled with personality that make it enjoyable to watch as ever. So glad to see all the support for Simon! He really is a brilliant young man and can’t wait to see more from him.

  46. meghan says:

    Love the bold colors, Laurel!

  47. Debbie Vasel says:

    WOW what bright bold and cheerful colors.
    Your water color skills are awesome.

  48. Sherri says:

    This is gorgeous Lauren!!!

  49. Marji Miller says:

    Very bright and pretty!

  50. Jean Bullock says:

    Wonderful background and coloring on the poinsettia. Well done.

  51. Striking card, Laurel! Impressive.

  52. Beth K says:

    Hey Laurel, GREAT card! I love the bright colors you chose…..they are perfect for the card and the season!! I would love to watch the video but it won’t link up.
    Thanks ,


  53. I love the deep colors and the shimmery droplets!

  54. Oh, wow, love the contrast! colours are amazing! Great hop:)

  55. VStone says:

    Love the bright, intense colors! Think I’ll try a watercolor background with my Zig markers too 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  56. Stunning card, who wouldn’t love to get that one?

  57. Hi Laurel, So happy that you joined in to celebrate Simon’s blog hop. Isn’t it great that he reached 1000 subscribers! I have been following Simon for a few months now and love supporting young talent. It makes me laugh to think that he has been making cards twice as long as I have, and I’m his grandmother’s age! But, I love my new endeavor of making cards and have learned from all of you crafty ladies for the past year. Now I am learning from 16 year olds, too! LOL Your cards are always terrific. Love the zigs. I need to practice more with them. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

  58. irisesther54 says:

    Beautiful card. Love the colors. Striking combination,

  59. severett1176 says:

    I love the bold colors of this card! Just purchased Zig water brushes and tried them out last night and didn’t like the results so the timing of your video informations on them was perfect!

  60. Candy Barnett says:

    As always, a beautiful card!!!

  61. Can’t wait to try the clean color markers

  62. Margarita Navarro-Rivera says:

    What a beautiful poinsettia!

  63. Katy Young says:

    beautiful card!

  64. Blue backgrounds rock. So rich looking.

  65. Ann Keever says:

    Beautiful card!!!

  66. Donna Dacy says:

    Lovely card. Your background is beautiful! Nice design. TFS

  67. mary schmidt says:

    The dark colors are striking. Watercolor is everywhere now.

  68. Beautiful card! Love the bold poinsettia and the blue background. Thanks for the tips on the clean color markers, keep meaning to try Bristol paper.

  69. love how moody and atmospheric this card looks, really cosy winter’s night (indoors by the heater hahaha)

  70. Vikki CH says:

    Wow~how much time did it take in real time to do this? It’s so pretty!

  71. NatQuebec says:

    Great card ! Thanks for the video

  72. Sarah Elliott says:

    Very pretty, love the dark background, tfs!!

  73. Your card is gorgeous, Laurel! Stunning watercoloring technique. Love it!

  74. Wow! Terrific Watercoloring! The poinsettia and the background are so pretty! Congratulations to Simon!

  75. Elizabeth says:

    Well, you turned that blank white paper into something quite nice!!! I have Zigs, but not copics, and it’s nice to see others using them. 1,000 You Tube subscribers and a blog hop to celebrate…..that’s my kind of news!!!!! Happy News! Way to go, Simon! Thanks, Laurel and sponsors!

  76. jan metcalf says:

    Amazing talent on this hop!!

  77. Kathleen H says:

    Oh such brilliant colours! So gorgeous.

  78. What a beautiful card.

  79. This card is BAM! into your face with color. I absolutely adore it!

  80. Connie Brooks says:

    My jaw dropped when I saw your card. It’s bright and cheerful. The blue background is gorgeous. Thanks too for supporting Simon on his 1000 Subbies. He’s an awesome young talent.

  81. Marty H says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Simon. I am quite impressed!

  82. Lianne says:

    Your flower looks beautiful1

  83. I just became a subscriber to your channel and to others, Thank you to Simon! Beautiful cards!

  84. maureenchandler says:

    Very pretty card – thanks so much for the video!!

  85. Wow, the colors are amazing, love this card.

  86. karen b says:

    Love the dark blue background with your poinsettia.

  87. So pretty!

  88. Lindarub says:

    Love the bright colors.

  89. Happy Christmas to All! Love it!

  90. boilermom27 says:

    Great card, love the colorful background!

  91. Sheri Fukushima says:

    I just love the bold colors. TFS!

  92. Cathy M T says:

    Dazzling card. Thanks for all the tips in the video. Neat ideas.

  93. Ericka Strange says:

    Love the colors the red really pops off the blue watercolor background

  94. Lovely card. I think zig needs to come up with a nickname for these markers. The real name is too long.

  95. Your card is absolutely stunning!

  96. Carol K says:

    love the watercolor background – zigs are my favorite. . . .

  97. Patricia R. says:

    That background is amazing! I just got my clean color markers and can’t wait to play with them.

  98. Love those markers! Your card is beautiful. Its great to be supporting young talented card makers.

  99. Your card is just beautiful, I love the rich colors. I bought a set of those markers, have been a little intimidated. You have inspired me to go try them, thanks.

  100. Laurel,

    You had me at Poinsettia and Harry Potter. . . Lol! Seriously, a lovely card and a beautiful job of watercoloring. Thank you for supporting Simon, I became aware of him through Periscope and have been amazed at his talent, especially for his age! I am so happy for him reaching this milestone, but also that so many well known crafters and card makers are celebrating with him! It is wonderful to encourage young people in this wonderful hobby of ours.


  101. TracyM #6773 says:

    BEAUTIFUL card Laurel!!!
    LOVE your poinsettia and background, the colours are SO VIBRANT!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your WONDERFUL watercolour INSPIRATION, it is such a PLEASURE to watch you CREATE and see the MAGIC happen 🙂
    PS – like bow ties (Dr Who), Harry Potter is COOL too 🙂

  102. Nancy Richards says:

    Very beautiful, Laurel! I can’t believe you used clean color pens and got such a bold effect, very well done!

  103. Maggie B says:

    Hi Laurel ~ Your poinsettia is absolutely stunning and the gorgeous blue background really makes the whole card pop. Such a well done piece of art, really. I don’t have those markers but they look like such fun. Thanks for sharing.

  104. Gorgeous holiday card – beautiful watercoloring.

  105. Danita Peck says:

    Totally lovin’ the card! “Happy Christmas” always makes me think of Harry Potter. How cool that’s where you like it from, too!

  106. The blue background really sets off your poinsettia. Beautiful.

  107. Lanae F says:

    Very cute card! I agree, I love using “Happy Christmas!”

  108. Fabulous card with Amazing background.. Thanks for super great blog hop and for your support for Simon

  109. michelegeorgern says:

    The colors are fabulous! Makes me want to run out and buy Zig Clean Color pens.

  110. Such an elegant outcome using very bold colours! Well done!

  111. Such strong bold colours Laurel, congrats to Simon

  112. Love that big bold pointsettia as the main focal point.

  113. Great water colour background.

  114. laura mm says:

    Great card! Thanks for sharing:)

  115. Deepa Lakshman says:

    Thanks for the inspiration with this card. I need to break down and get myself some zig markers,

  116. This card is beautiful. I like how the background reminds me of faded blue jeans ( the best kind, right?). Always looking for perfect Christmas cards and this one fits the bill.

  117. Just gorgeous Laurel!

  118. Love the bold colors you chose for this lovely card!

  119. D.Ann C says:

    My comment seems to have timed out… if it’s in there twice, please delete this one.
    Your card is lovely! I especially like that gorgeous background!!

  120. Mary Holshouser says:

    the poinsettia looks like it is trying to burst off the canvas. Such vivid colors.
    thanks for sharing

  121. Beautiful striking card! You inspire me to use my zig markers more!

  122. Melissa says:

    I LOVE poinsettias, and I’ve had my eye on that stamp set. Really beautiful the way you colored it and the background. Thank you for the inspiration!

  123. Rubina Pantoja says:

    What a beautiful card – I love the poinsettia against the deep blue watercolor!

  124. Love how the dark blue background makes the poinsettia pop.

  125. This is a bright card and I like the red pointsetta, it is really nice with the blue background.

  126. Jeannine H says:

    What a talented young guy, that Simon is! And of course, you too! Beautiful card.

  127. Susan Gosman says:

    Beautiful card, thanks for the inspiration

  128. Such a pretty card. Love the rich and dark colors. Great coloring.

  129. Ellen S says:

    Great card!

  130. Stunning card! I love the contrast of the dark blue against the deep red poinsettia!

  131. Love the bright colours the blue background and red poinsettia is fantastic.

  132. I love how the background allows the poinsettia to stand out.

  133. Monique Stevens says:

    I love your card, it’s gorgeous!!!

  134. karla1229 says:

    Love the bright blue background, it really makes that beautiful poinsettia pop!

  135. Patti G says:

    I need to try this. Thanks

  136. Great card. Very bold. I’ve never done a background with markers either. I just got a few of these markers so I might just try it. TFS

  137. Robin Buchholz says:

    Stunning card! Your watercoloring is a gorgeous piece of art and I also love the embossing. Thanks for sharing.

  138. Karen P. says:

    Amazing card and video!

  139. Pat Ladd says:

    Love the bright colors!

  140. Love the poinsettia! Pretty!

  141. Gorgeous watercolored poinsettia!

  142. Beautiful, love the background!

  143. Julie B says:

    Gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing!

  144. Janine says:

    Beautiful card. Congrats to Simon!

  145. Beautiful Card!! LOVE the Design and THANKS for sharing the Video too!! Have a Fabulous Week!! 😉

  146. regina6 says:

    Gorgeously bright card! Lovin’ it! ?
    ~God bless

  147. Very Pretty. I like bright colored cards.

  148. I love love love poinsettias. I hope to use a couple of my poinsettia stamps on my Christmas cards this year, I need to get busy. Pretty card, love the bold colors.

  149. That poinsetta is so pretty and I love the color combo you used!

  150. Carla Hundley says:

    How pretty your Poinsettia
    flower is! Great background
    Carla from Utah

  151. Angie Hall says:

    Your card is gorgeous. The poinsettia is one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for the hint about using 90 lb paper the clear brush markers. I’ve had issues with blending too.

  152. Cindy C. says:

    Very pretty poinsettia indeed!!!

  153. What a beautiful and bright Christmas card! I wish the shimmer showed up a little bit better in the video because I bet it just glows in real life! Your water color background is just beautiful and really makes the red of the Pointsettia just pop.

  154. Love that big beautiful poinsettia.

  155. Denise Bryant says:

    wow… awesome color combo on this beautiful card! I am partial to poinsettia designs and this is a beauty!

  156. Your beautiful poinsettia and background watercolring is stunning! Love your card!

  157. Cyndee S says:

    Such a bold and beautiful card!

  158. Liz McAllister says:

    Wow! What a wonderful talented guy!
    Love the card too!!

  159. Berina Febin says:

    Wow!! Love the bold colors!! Very beautiful card!!

  160. annalisa says:

    Such bright colours! I need these Zigs!!

  161. barbara lassiter says:

    I don’t own the Zig watercolor markers because I have lots of other watercolors and thought I didn’t need them. After seeing the beautiful card you created, I may have to rethink this. I noticed you used the Bristol paper for this and I bet a Hot-Pressed water color paper would work, too! It has a smooth surface as well.

  162. Your card is stunning! Love the sparkly additions of Wink of Stella and what you flicked over the whole card!

  163. Ginger G. says:

    Beautiful card – love the colors you used! Thanks for sharing:)

  164. karenladd says:

    Wow, that gorgeous deeply colored background just makes the poinsettia POP!

  165. I never use watercolors on my cards but I just love the way it looks. Thanks for the tutorial . After seeing the process I just might get brave enough to try it myself

  166. Lovely card!

  167. Yvonne C. says:

    Gorgeous card, I love all the vibrant colors like the background.

  168. What a beautiful card! The colors are absolutely striking! I’m so glad to see you supporting such a fine young talent as Simon.

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