I enjoyed experimenting with the Sending Smiles stamp set and wanted to feature it and the waterless water color technique one more time. If you did not have a chance to read the blog, please refer back to The Waterless Water Color Technique by clicking here or going to the bottom of this post and clicking on “Previous”.


Sending Smiles Photopolymer Stamp Set
Sending Bundle Die Set
Textured Shimmer Paper, 9.8cm x 14.2cm
Early Espresso Card Stock Base, 10.5cm x 29.7cm, scored at 14.85cm
Early Espresso Card Stock Scrap, approx 10cm x 5cm
Daffodil Delight Card Stock Scrap, approx 12cm x 8.5cm
Garden Green Card Stock Scrap, aprox 12cm x 8.5cm
Daffodil Delight Stampin Write
Early Espresso Stampin Write Markers
Pumpkin Pie Stampin Write Markers
Garden Green Stampin Write Markers
Versa Mark Ink
Clear from Basic Embossing Powders Set
Linen Thread
Adhesive Sheets or Fine Tip Glue Pen
Glue Dots
Stampin Dimentionals
Mini Dimentionals
Foam Adhesive Strips
Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue


Remember to use your eraser on each stamp before you add ink to it. Color the flower stamp with Daffodil Delight Stampin Write Marker. Flick on lines to darken the petals around the center of the flower and extend a few of them down towards the ends of the petals using the Pumpkin Pie Stampin Write Marker.

Stamp the flowers onto the Daffodil Delight Card stock. Allow a few moments for the ink to dry. I found that I needed a little more color when stamping on the same color card stock. If you find this too, darken the outer edges of the petals with the Daffodil Delight Stampin Write. Remember not too much, if you are looking for that “soft, watery” look.

Color the center stamps with the Early Espresso Stampin Write and stamp where appropriate (or not if you’re feeling cheeky). Die cut the flowers.

For the stem, I die cut it first and used the Garden Green Stampin Write to make a line along the stem and put some shading-ish marks on the leaves.

For the sentiment I stamped the “birthday wishes” on the Daffodil Delight Card Stock using the Early Espresso Stampin Write. I felt this was a little light so I stamped again over the words with Versa Mark Ink and embossed it with the Clear embossing powder from the Basic Embossing Powders set. This step is optional but it does give a more finished looked to the sentiment. The words were then die cut using the shortest of the rectangles from the set.

The Sending word was done in two pieces. The first step is to die cut the word outline from the Daffodil Delight yellow. For the second step I affixed a rectangle of Adhesive Sheet to one side of a scrap of Early Espresso Card Stock. I used this to die cut the word Sending.

Obviously if you do not have the Adhesive Sheets just die cut without it. However, if you like to use “delicate” die cuts I cannot recommend this double sided adhesive sheet enough! It is a bit tricky to get the glue on the back of the ‘Sending’ word. It can be done, of course, before I ordered the adhesive sheets I did it all of the time. The Fine Tip Glue Pen is a great help here as well, the glue is thin and light and dries clear.

Now that all of the pieces are complete it is time to put them onto the card. Place the Textured Shimmer layer down directly on the ‘front’ of the Early Espresso Card. Next place down the ‘Sending’ using the Mini Dimentionals. Putting this piece down first gives you a nice visual for placing the remainder of the pieces. I put the ‘birthday wishes’ down next also using the Mini Dimentionals. The stem was glued flat to the Textured Shimmer paper. The flowers are elevated with regular sized Dimentionals.

To finish, I used linen thread to tie a bow and then glued it down with a glue dot.

Thank your reading today! As always I would love to see your projects, please post photos in the comments and/or tag me on social media @loriothen or @stampinology.

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