Hello everyone! Amber here with you today and I’m so excited to share the new watercolors we are carrying at CutCardStock.com. During our visit to the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim last month, we fell in love with the Gansai Tambi Watercolors from Kuretake, and knew they would be a great match for many of our cardstocks. I’m here to show you these yummy watercolors and how they perform on a few of our white cardstocks.

Even the packaging is gorgeous! The linen box is filled with the vibrant pucks, just waiting for some water and your creativity. They are available in 12, 24 and 36 color sets; each color is in a removable cup so they are convenient to work with. Don’t worry, the backs of the little cups are marked with the numbers so you’ll be able to put them back in their correct spots.

On the inside of the lid is a blank “road map”, not unlike one you might find inside your favorite box of chocolates! There is even a little spot to color a sample of each paint.

I chose a few of my favorite white cardstocks to test out. Some might insist you need traditional watercolor paper, but I’m here to show you otherwise. I tested Teton Deckle Edge (80#), Esse Textured (100#), Neenah Solar White (130#), Royal Sundance Felt (110#) and Savoy 100% Cotton (118#). I taped them all down to my work surface and applied the same three colors to each of them.

Here are the results….(just click on the image if you’d like to see it larger)

I have to say I really like them all, except the Neenah Solar White. Normally, that is my favorite “go-to” white cardstock, but for these watercolors, the stock just didn’t absorb the water as well as the rest so the look isn’t really great, for my taste.  I love how the texture came through on the rest of them, some absorbed more so the color was a bit more washed out.

Picking a favorite is tough, but two might vie for that position, the Savoy 100% cotton and the Teton. But I think you should try them and see which is your favorite!  We’d like to get a set of these watercolors and some samples of different cardstocks into the hot little hands of one of our viewers… so we’re having a giveaway!

We want to know: What is your favorite cardstock color for creating Valentine projects? Let us know here on the blog, or over on our Facebook page between now and midnight on February 15th. We’ll randomly select one lucky winner and get your prize shipped out to you right away.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share a little Valentine card I made with these watercolors and the Savoy 100% Cotton cardstock. Enjoy!

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