Trying a New Technique

Have you had those times where you’ve seen a new technique, or at least a technique that’s new to you, and couldn’t hardly wait to try it?  That’s how it was for me when I saw the No-Line Piercing Technique on Splitcoast Stampers.

I decided to use it for this week’s color challenge at Pals Paper Arts.  This was a tough challenge for me because I use a lot of brights or pastels in my cardmaking.


The No-Line Technique is stamping an image on the back of the Watercolor Paper and pierce around it.  That gives you a textured outline to color in.

The technique allowed me to use the required colors, but by using them with the Aqua Painter, I was able to tone them down into softer shades.No-Line-Piercing

My Mom’s dear neighbor is moving away this year.  My Mom is sad about it, but I think I’m even sadder.  They look out for each other and check in on each other every morning.  They even have a shade up/shade down code!   Her neighbor worries about her, so this is how she knows in the morning that my Mom is up and okay.  I have to laugh, though, because the code can has been hacked by my Mom.  If she gets up in the middle of the night, she’ll put the shade up so she can sleep in and her neighbor thinks she’s up!

I know my Mom will want a very special card to give her at her going-away party, and I think this one will be perfect.


I hope you will join us at Pals Paper Arts to see what the Resident Artists have created to inspire you to play along with us this week!

PPA194 March 6


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  1. Jen Timko

    You knocked this out of the park! I wanted to try this too but I’m not sure I can get even close to this beauty!! WOW!

  2. Kelly DeTommaso

    Wow Cindy! This is amazing! I love how you softened up the colors and the stamp set you chose for both challenges. I will put this in my “Cards to CASE” file 🙂 Blessings to your Mom; my heart aches for her ;-(

  3. mary fish

    this looks like a painting. truly beautiful.
    paper hugs,

  4. Cathi

    Beautiful card Cindy! I saw this technique but didn’t really get it at first. Your card has inspired me to give it a try.

  5. nina m.

    beautiful card!!

  6. Dawn Tidd

    Striking card, Cindy! I saw this on SCS but your card has really drawn me in to maybe trying it myself! The pearls add such class and elegance. Wonderful job!

  7. LeAnne

    OMGoodness, this is fabulous! I am going to have to try this, since I love watercoloring! The pearls add an elegant touch to this classy-looking card! And the story about your mom & her neighbor…what a hoot!

  8. Patti Corriere

    What a lovely card. And I really like the look from the piercing on the back. Gives the card a unique look.

  9. linda callahan

    Wow this is beautiful! Wonderful techniques….so soft and pretty!

  10. Tonya Denton

    Cindy have a question regarding the watercolor paper. I actually tried watercoloring for the first time last week with the Blessed Easter stamp set. My fist attempt wasn’t that bad but I wanted to try it again. On my second go around, my watercoloring was bumpy, choppy looking. I guess I should describe it as ROUGH looking.

    Is there one side that I should use? I noticed that you stated you stamped the image on the ‘back’ of the watercolor paper. Is there a particular side to use when watercoloring? I looked at the paper to see if that was my problem last week but I couldn’t see a difference. Needless to say, it discouraged me from using it at my Card Club.

    1. Cindy Hall

      Hi Tonya,

      To my knowledge, there isn’t a “right and wrong” side to the Watercolor Paper. I’ve had the lumpy effect, too, on both the Watercolor Paper and white cardstock. The key to water coloring is to not over-work the coloring, especially as the paper gets wetter.. If you need to add shading, Let it dry and then go back and add one layer at a time. I’ve also found that I have less of the pilling if I do brush strokes rather than circular motion. And the best news is that most of the time, you can just gently brush off the pilling once it’s dry.

      I hope this helps!

      Happy water coloring!


  11. Tonya Denton

    I love your card!!! It’s so soft, sublet, and elegant! I love all the little pearls that really showcase the flower! The Whisper White Organza Ribbon is still one of my most favorites of all the ribbons! I, too, will have to give this technique a whirl! You did an amazing job watercoloring your image! Your card is simply beautiful Cindy!! Your mother will love giving this card to her special neighbor friend!!

  12. Cathy

    I love this! The embossing around the edges makes this images pop! Nice job! My favorite of all the PPA color challenges I’ve seen !

  13. Claire Broadwater

    I also wanted to say, I love your Mom’s code with her neighbor. My 85 year old Mom does that with a certain light for her neighbor lady! Oh, I know your Mom is going to miss her special friend! It is so comforting to know they have someone to look in on them when we are not there! X

  14. Claire Broadwater

    Cindy, your card is beautiful! The no-line piercing technique is fabulous! The color combo is perfect for this card. Thank you for the inspiration to try a new technique! The pearls look amazing! X

  15. Kathi

    What a beautiful card Cindy! Your watercoloring is awesome! I will definitely be trying this technique very soon!

  16. Lynn Kolcun

    Cindy. This is absolutely beautiful. I need to make a card for someone in Hospice. I might need to try my hand at your card.


  17. Debbie G

    Cindy, this is an absolutely beautiful card. I love to paper pierce so I will be trying this new technique. Thank you for sharing.

  18. Amanda

    Oops forgot to fill the fields in…..
    A truly beautiful card Cindy…. You have inspired me to try the technique for myself… Thank you!

  19. Anonymous

    A truly beautiful card Cindy… You have inspired me to try out the technique for myself. Thank you!

  20. Michelle Gleeson

    Stunning! You’re watercolor detail in the petals is beautiful and I love the pearls as the flower’s center. Your mom will love the card.

  21. Christine W

    Your card is beautiful! I had never heard of this technique, I will be trying it soon.

  22. Diane Roberts

    Cindy, this is beautiful. So delicate and subdued! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Kerry Willard Bray

    This is stunning, Cindy! Love the technique you used and the pearl center on the flower.

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