Twinkling H2O’s

by Eva Dobilas

Add sparkle to your image with twinkling H2O's.


  • Twinkling H2O’s (Apple Blossom, Olive Vine, African Jade, Guatemalan Green, Sunburst used here)
  • Small water bottle
  • Paint brushes
  • Small cup for water
  • White embellishments (Petaloo Color Me Crazy flowers and Butterflies used here)
  • Versamark embossing Ink
  • White embossing powder
  • Stamps (JustRite Papercrafts Lace Background Stamp and What Defines Us used here)
  • Ink (Ranger Vintage Photo and Tea Dye Distress inks and black Archival Ink used here)
  • Cardstock
  • Embellishments to finish your project


  1. Step 1

    Using Versamark ink and white embossing powder emboss background stamp onto white card stock, than cut around the image.

  2. Step 2

    Add water to the little pots of Twinkling H2O’s and stir them with a brush to activate them. Paint over the Lace Background stamp with Twinkling H2O (Apple Blossom used here).

  3. Step 3

    To prepare the flowers and leaf spray them generously with water till they are soaked. Paint each of the flowers with the colors you want to use. Make sure all petals are painted.

  4. Step 4

    When you are finished painting the flowers and leaf, they will be flat. Don’t worry, once you dry them, they will perk up.

  5. Step 5

    Dry the flowers and leaf with a heat gun. While drying them mold the flowers with your hand, so they won’t look flat, but more like a realistic flower. Add little pearls to some of them.

  6. Step 6

    Spray one of the Petaloo Color Me Crazy butterflies with water and paint. African Jade, Guatemalan Green and Sunburst colors were used here.

  7. Step 7

    Use your background, flowers and butterfly to create a card.


Questions and Comments

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Love the gorgeous, strong colors of your flowers, Eva - fabulous!
Bridget Finlay  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 4:14 AM
I do have them...but I just don't think about them....but I think I will get them out today and play with them...thanks for this look...
Gloria Westerman  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 6:27 AM
If you are like me and find that Twinkling H2Os are too expensive, check the art department in your local craft store for shimmering watercolors. I bought a palette of 18 terrific shades for less than $8.00. Now I have another way to use them! Thanks for the tutorial!
Jo Billups  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 7:16 AM
Really nice tutorial. I will try it.
Giovana  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM
I really love my H2Os especially on pumpkins but like most people rarely think to pull them out. I will have to try this...I think tonight in fact. Thanks for the tutorial and another way to use them.
Sharon  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 8:03 AM
Wow! Thanks so much! I love my H2Os and appreciate knowing another way to use them.
mary Rager  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM
This is really inspiring! I have these H2o's in a basket of 'overlooked' resources, and I can see how my next wet afternoon will be used - creating a few backgrounds ready for a session of creating a whole batch of cards. Thank you for this tutorial.
Lizzie NZ  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM
I have them but also was afraid to use them. Not now, I'm anxious to get started. Thanks so much
Dale Cardwell  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Gorgeous samples ladies! I don't think I own any H2O's so I'll be visiting my LSS soon! Thanks for the tutorial!
Dawn Easton  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 7:01 PM
What great timing. I just got a set of these for Christmas and wasn't sure how to use them. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
Dawn Kuerley-Schaffer  |  Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Enjoyed the tutorial very mch. Never thought to use them to color my embellishments themselves. Great idea! Thank you!
Winnie  |  Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 4:24 AM
What is the name of the die and "winter wishes"?
xubie  |  Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 6:39 AM
I hadn't thought of using these great paints in this way! Nicely done! Thanks!
Linda Hagan  |  Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 9:03 PM
I had forgotten all about my sparkling H2os,. I will now get them out and play. Thinking of using doily stamp.
Patsy Moffitt  |  Fri Dec 28, 2012 at 6:31 PM
I got a message saying what die and stamp were used and I thought it would be posted here so I deleted it, but it is not posted. Could someone please answer it again. Sorry, but thanks!
xubie  |  Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM
Can I just say WOOOHOOOO!!!!! I own SO many of these things and this is PERFECT... I've made THREE cards today and last night using my Twinkling's!!!

Kelli Hull  |  Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM
Oh brilliant ty for the TUT i have loads of these and always forget to use them, maybe i'll treat myself to a whole new bunch of white flowers too!!
Tasha Maher  |  Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 7:12 AM
Can someone let me know where these can be purchased. I want to play too but have never heard of these. Thx.
Lynda (aka) Andi Anderson  |  Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 6:04 AM
I am making 10 cards for a club I belong to. Uning my h2o's. Even trying some shading. Love them, just bought some new one for 50% off. Thanks for reminding me I even had them.
Patsy Moffitt  |  Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM
What is the recipe for home made mod podge???

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Coral Chernick  |  Wed Jan 9, 2013 at 3:20 PM

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