#889 – Washi Tape Art Journal

Hello and welcome! I’ve made something Art Journal after such a long time! I’ve made a few mixed media pieces, a few draw & paint pieces in my art book.. but something like a art journal spread has been forever! I found instant inspiration after watching this video from Maremi’s Art and immediately created this –

Butterfly Art Journal

I used multiple washi tapes, a few stamps and a die cut and distress inks for watercoloring a bit. The color has come a bit creamier in the pic than it is in irl. But I couldn’t modify the pic any more without losing the colors on it. Guess I’ll leave it to your imagination! πŸ˜€

Hoping myself to make some more whenever I have time!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#888 – Beautiful Hibiscuses

Hello and welcome! Today I have something different!

Hibiscuses are flowers with so many variations in their colors – so it was really great when I got these digital drawings from my dear friend Rahmat Gouse – which are her own creations too!

Rahmat's Hibiscus

I wanted to make 2 cards out them. What is so convenient about digital images is that one can resize them to whatever size needed. In fact, for both of these images, I’ve used the same single hibiscus, in two sizes. Also, since the local printers here refuse to print on anything thicker than copy paper, I had to go with tracing instead of getting the actual print. But, well, it worked out ok in the end, πŸ™‚

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 1

For my first card, I wanted to try a ‘digital illustration’ look. But that’s now how it looks at all! But i did like the strokes forming the flowers, so I decided to go ahead and turn it into a card.

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 1 (closeup)

Well, I traced the image on normal cardstock and used my Zig brush marker pens to color it up, then finally using black to give some outline to everything. I then trimmed the sides, and after adding a strip of washi tape, adhered it directly on top. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Budding Poppies.

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 2

For the second one, I went for a softer look. I wanted a very soft, no line watercolored look for the flowers. Well, they are not exactly as soft as I wanted, but they turned out way better than I imagined, so it actually turned out opposite to the earlier one, making me quite happy! πŸ™‚

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 2 (closeup)

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd and Prisma watercolor pencils for watercoloring. Some of the pencil lines from tracing are still visible, but I left them as is. To finish, I trimmed the panel to size, and used Copic multiliner to draw a frame. The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Happy Mail stamp set.

Joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #48: Brown & Pink (the image looks green, but it is actually a greenish brown – I couldn’t get the image to show that properly!! 😦 )

CrafTangles September challenge: Feminine Projects

monthly craft challenge - September 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#887 – STB: Die cuts Only

Hello and welcome! We have a great new challenge starting today over at Seize the Birthday! The topping is something that I love, but don’t do much of. Suggested by our lovely team mate Cathy – “Diecuts Only‘. Of course, she has also added that you can use stamps when it comes to your sentiment. But if that still doesn’t please you, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! πŸ˜€


So for my card, I did mostly use diecuts, but I chose to use a little bit of stamping for the sentiment. And here’s what I made –


I used dies from Neat & Tangled Flower Medallion Builder and Spellbinders Nordic Blooms dies, cut them out from normal cardstock, and colored them using Zig brush pen markers. I then adhered them on a white cardstock panel, which I then mounted on a grey cardbase.

Scandinavian (closeup)

For the sentiment, I used Altenew Simple Alpha to die cut several pieces of white and a single set of black cardstock, which I stacked together. When I went to adhere it on the card, I found that it was kinda getting lost over the other die cuts, so instead of adhering it directly, I first adhered it to vellum, which I fussy cut to form a sort of a shadow die cut piece. Then I adhered that to the card. The stamped sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals. Once it was all done, I felt a lack of shimmer and shine..so..yes.. gemstones from Lucy’s cards were perfect for this!

And that completes my card! Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more Birthday+Diecut inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our new Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo!

With this card, I am also joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #288: All About Occasions

Virginia’s Show and Share August challenge: Optional Rainbow

Virginia's Show and Share

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#886 – A Vintage Thank You

PE: Winner at CAS(E) This Sketch challenge! So unexpected for me!! Yippie!!

CASE This Sketch - Challenge Winner

Winner at Color Hues!!! Wowzers!!!

Color Hues - Challenge Winner

Hello! Most of us already know about a new challenge – conceived and hosted by my dear friend Nancy – Color Hues challenge! A BIG congrats to Nancy on starting this!! Of course, I couldn’t miss the very first challenge!

Thank you In Yellow and Vintage

The first challenge is to use Yellow and Green. I used some old stamps, that I hadn’t used in some time and did some watercoloring using my Prisma watercolor pencils.

First, I stamped the images from Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus using Pumice Stone distress ink, then watercolored them using my Prisma watercolor pencils. Of course, since I stamped with distress ink, the outlines were diluted while watercoloring. So, I redrew some of the outline using a Copic grey colored marker. I also added a few splatters in green and grey colors on top.

Thank you In Yellow and Vintage (closeup)

I then distressed the edges and mounted it over watercolor paper – I liked the look of consistency of color and texture with the watercolor cardstock. For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp Nutty Over You. I then fussy cut it, foam mounted it over the card. Of course, I didn’t add any extra embellishments, since I wanted to keep it pretty simple. So, that finished my card.

I am joining the following challenges –

CASE this Sketch challenge#338

Color Hues challenge #1

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Stamp

SSS - Monday Challenge

Retro Rubber Challenge #143 (I believe the stamps I used on the images were released at 2014 and 2016)

RRCB 143

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#885 – Stamping on White Ink

PE: Winner at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Winner Badge

Hello and welcome!! The card I made today was a big experiment. I tried to use this technique taught by Heather Nichols, where you first add a layer of white pigment ink, dry it completely and then stamp on it. I think this technique was also taught by Jennifer McGuire some time ago.. though I don’t have the link for that.

Anyway, this is the card I made, which was actually the card I made for Papa for his birthday.

Stamping on White Ink

It actually took a few attempts to perfect this. I found on the first few tries that the ink was either too light, or even a dark ink was vanishing. The trick that did it for me, was the completely dry the white pigment ink before stamping anything else, using only mid-dark toned inks, and also heat drying that ink immediately after stamping. That made most of the colors show.

Coming back to the actual card. I don’t have any oval masks, so I cut out one using an acetate sheet and die-cutting it with My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Oval. I used this as the mask for the entire card.

Stamping on White Ink (closeup)

The flowers come WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones and Fresh Cut Florals. I also added some splatters of the same ink on top. Once everything was dry, I felt the card to be too empty – lets face it, CAS cards are my weakness! So I used the other part of the acetate to mask my stamping, then used brushed some brown ink using a makeup brush, and also stamped the leafy image from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms.

Before sticking this on the card, I dry embossed the card base using a die from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered the created panel on top. The sentiment is from Lesia Zgharda called Happy Birthday. Finally, I added some dots over the flower centers and lines over the leaves using gold and silver Uniball gel pens.

I am joining the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Botanicals

SSS - Monday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

And that completed my card. Thank you so much for stopping by!