Wonderful Watercolors!

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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  1. Thank you for this post! I use 'Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover' 80lb/100 brightness for my white paper. Great contrast for the reds and pinks of Valentine's Day. It is very smooth and seems to take inks and markers very well. A bit less expensive than Neenah.

  2. I love using a beautiful red for Valentine's Day cards! Your Silk Glitter Red Flash card stock is gorgeous and would be perfect for Valentines! I also love Solar White Classic Crest for my white card stock!

  3. I love watercolor and your post was very interesting … the case is wonderful! My favorite color for love cards is white as it will all focus on the red heart and other decorations! Thank you for the opportunity to win this beautiful watercolor kit. hugs, Marlei PS. I'm from Brazil … can I participate?

  4. I like your Red Cherry (a very pretty red) and Classic Crest Smooth White. Both work great in my Cricut and with die cutting. The Classic Crest Smooth White works wonders with markers too. Very good quality cardstock.

  5. Silk glitter red flash is my go to for Valentine's Day mixed with either gray or a soft black! It really is a beautiful combination although the gray and blacker nontraditional. Would be dancing on Cloud Nine if I was to see that I am the lucky winner of this amazing prize package!! Thanks for the chance to!

  6. Thanks for all the samples of different cardstock used with those amazing looking watercolors. They look like fun! My valentine cards this year used a light gray cardstock base but then the traditional red and pinks were layered on top. Thanks for the chance to win!

  7. Lovely! I appreciate you sharing products that work well with different papers carried at Cut Card Stock. My absolute favorite paper is French, particularly the Speckletones. Great color variety, good prices and works very well when I'm screen printing. If I'm printing letterpress, I always have to go with Crane's Letra, such a lovely piece of paper – feels good and holds a good impression.

  8. I love using Papertrey Ink or Neenah Solar White cardstock for my cards. I didn't realize there were other kinds of cardstock I could use for watercoloring!!! Here I was buying the Ranger brand…thanks so much for this, I'll check out the other ones!

  9. I prefer a canvas textured white. Thanks for the chance to win I've been eying these watercolors for awhile.

  10. Based on the Valentines I just mailed the other day, I'd have to say that red cardstock is my preferred card base. What a great giveaway. I've heard many raves about those watercolors.

  11. My favourite card stock for Valentine's day (and most holidays!) is Cryogen White. Extra bling just adds that extra-special touch to your projects!

  12. Thanks for sharing your watercolor/cardstock tests!I like to stick with a good, bright white cardstock for Valentine's (or pretty much anything else). I love the pop of color that can be done with stamping and/or embellishments and also think it can be fun to stick with basic black & white (& maybe even give the recipient something to color in on their own. I am trying to get myself to step into more colored card bases, though…so who knows what the future will bring. – Tifany DeGoughhttp://inkblotsbytrd.blogspot.com

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