#783 – In focus!

Hello! Since I watercolored quite a few cards these past few days (well, some are yet to be published here…) I thought of switching gears a bit. So after going through some challenges that I thought of joining, I made a CAS card –

I Miss Your Face

To make this card, I first cut an oval shape out of some scrap paper, to use it as a mask. I used this on a white card base to apply Fozzilised Amber distress oxide ink. On another piece of scrap white cardstock, I stamped the butterflies using MFT Hybrid Black ink. After fussy cutting these, I foam mounted them on the card base

I then colored another piece with Worn Lipstick and Candied Apple distress oxide inks and die cut the letters ‘hi’ using Lawn Fawn Quinn’s ABCs dies. However, when I places it on the yellow backdrop, it wasn’t looking that good, so I added a little Wild Honey on the top. I then stacked this die with a few more pieces and adhered it to the card. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1, using MFT Hybrid Black ink. Finally added a few dots around the butterflies using a black pen.

I totally loved how that yellow ink forms a real quick and easy backdrop, but brings everything into focus so easily! And that bright yellow – totally love that! 🙂

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Clean and Simple on Friday challenge #139: Butterflies

AAA Card Challenge #121: Friendship

Stamplorations Summer CAS Challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! :_




#782 – You Are Loved

Hello and welcome! I am back to my old watercoloring self! The next few posts are all going to be watercolors… I think!! 😉

Anyhow.. this time, the main source of inspiration is the Ellen Hutson Color Trend challenge. All pinks and purples.. dull colors. Not my type. But I still did want to try it.

You Are Loved

I used normal cardstock this time, but this one is a little better for watercoloring than some. I stamped the images from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia using MFT Hybrid black ink and then watercolored them using Distress Inks.

You Are Loved (close up 1)

Once dry, I added a few splatters in dark green and black, I added the sentiment, which is from Ellent Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1. Then came the embellishments – a mix of gemstones in white and silver sequins.

You Are Loved (close up 2)

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson July Color Trend Challenge: Quietude

Color Trend July Quietude

Fusion Challenge: Rustic Flowers

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Distress It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge
Create Something Catchy August challenge: Watercolor

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#781 – Experimenting with Alcohol Inks

Hello! In my last post, I mentioned a new base for using Alcohol Inks. Well, frankly speaking, it isn’t exactly a replacement to Yupo paper, but it can definitely be used for simple background using alcohol inks.

Plastic Wrapping Sheet for Books

It is a translucent plastic sheet that could be used for book wrappers. Since it is non-porous, it can be well used. It is also not glossy (I have another one, which is totally transparent and glossy, but I haven’t used it here) Some beautiful effects can still be created, if not all that can be made using Yupo. Here are some examples (sorry about the grainy images, the weather isn’t so greta!)

Alcohol Ink Background 1

Alcohol Ink Background 2

Alcohol Ink Background 3

Alcohol Ink Background 4

I use adhesive spray to stick the plastic to a normal cardbase. For some instances, I adhered the sheet before applying the alcohol inks; for others, I first applied the ink on the sheet, then adhered it on paper. Doesn’t made much of a difference either way.

Here are some that I haven’t yet adhered to cardstock –

Alcohol Ink Background 5

Alcohol Ink Background 6

For these, I also used a stencil to pick up some of the already laid ink – one is adhered on to cardstock, and I had used a bit too much of ink – so much that the blue looks like black! The other is still not adhered –

Alcohol Ink Background with Stencil 1

Alcohol Ink Background with Stencil 1

I think these kind of sheets must be available at normal stationary shops. I am planning to use it when I don’t need a spectacular background with alcohol inks, and only need it to generate effects – like I had on my last post. I’ll choose the Yupo only when I need some more effects..and I think such times will be fewer in comparison! 🙂

Hope this gets you to try some other media yourself! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#780 – Alcohol Ink Background

Hello and welcome! Tried something new after a long time, and that got me a bit excited. The alcohol fumes might have been another reason too….

Bright, Brilliant Birthday Wishes

This is something that I had been experimenting on. I wanted to have some other surface to use alcohol inks on – not yupo paper, not glossy paper, not those glossy acetate sheets. Here’s the experiment that I had mentioned in one of my previous posts…though I had only tried blues then, and this particular piece is something I made later, I have used the same base. (More on the base in another post!!)

Bright, Brilliant Birthday Wishes (closeup)

So anyway, I used red-orange-yellow colors on this one, then used Archival Inks to lift off the color by stamping. I used leaf images from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers. I used a similar alcohol ink panel to die cut the Wishes, which is from Pink & Main. I adhered this on a white panel and trimmed a shadow around the die cut. The rest of the stamped sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Sending You stamp set.

Finally added Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold – I dunno what happened here – did they suck the alcohol ink?? They look almost transparent! I do wish there was a little more golden shine to it, but too late now, since it has dried! (Maybe I need to experiment on that too??!!)

Well, what I used as the base is a small secret as of now – I’ll post a separate post on it shortly. Until then, any guesses?

Meantime, I shall join the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #205: Stamp a Pattern

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#779 – Black, Copper and White

Hello and welcome! I made this one layered black and white card with copper embossing last night ..

Look For the Miracles

..using Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers, Even More Spring Flowers and Look For the Miracles stamp sets.

Joining the following challenges –

Color Throwdown challenge #504

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge: Watercolor

SSS - Work It Wednesday

The Flower Challenge #23: One Layer Card

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + optional Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂





#778 – A Beautiful Day with a Yellow Birdie

PE: Winner at Winnie & Walter Color Combo with Heather H!!! Yippie!!

Hello! This time I tried making a card with a birdie, with a little scenery to suite. Its sitting amidst blooming yellow flowers on a tree branch –

Have a Beautiful Day

Past cards carrying critters/birdies, I haven’t tried much to create my own scenic background – it was mostly stamping, so I thought of giving it a try this time. I stamped the bird first, and then the branch in a very light grey, then stamped the flowers and then the leaves (with the flowers masked). I then added brown to the branch, so that it would fall behind the flowers and the birdie.

I stamped, colored and fussy cut the birdie and the larger flowers separately. Before adhering them to the panel, I trimmed it and die cut it. At this point, I thought there was still a lot of white amidst the branch and leaves and everything – wasn’t exactly looking like a tree. So, I added some more greens by dabbing color using Zig brush pens – actually, I scribbled off some ink off an plastic sheet, then watercolored it, so that I could alter the shades to soft or darker. I still left quite some space – wonder if I should try to cover that too, the next time?? Anyway, after letting the whole thing dry, I adhered it to a yellow card base.

Products used –
Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Ashlee’s Rosie Posies with Lydia Evans
Winnie & Walter Happy Owlidays
Altenew Vintage Flowers (for the branch)
Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders
Paper Smooches Borders 2

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter July Color Combo challenge with Heather H.

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Wild Things

SSS - Monday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with optional Flowers

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#777 – Birds at Waterhole

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Water’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Its a pretty clean and simple card from me this time… I did try to make something using alcohol inks, then distress inks, then with gel press and acrylic paints – but absolutely none of them worked for me. I just gave up, and finally made this card. I am happy with this card as of now, so all those failed pieces might be turned into other cards some other time.

Wishing You...

Anyway, coming back to the card – I stamped the waterhole and the pelicans from Reverse Confetti Think Pink in Versafine black ink and colored them using Polychromos color pencils. I then fussy cut them. For the background, I used Neat & Tangled Rice Paddies stencil to gently blend in Tumbled Glass ink and then die cut the panel using Neat & Tangled Scalloped die. I adhered this on a blue card base. Then, after adhering the pelicans and the waterhole the top panel, I added the sentiment, which is a mix of Simon Says Stamp Thoughtful Messages and Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday stamps. I cut off one side at an angle and added a dashed line at the other end before foam mounting it on the card.

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Wild Things

SSS - Monday Challenge

A2Z Scrapbooking August challenge: Anything Goes

a2z scrapbooking august 2018 challenge

I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! To join the challenge party, you can either go with the topping ‘Water’ or even choose to go without it – just as long as you make a birthday project! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham!

Thank you so much for stopping by!