#561 – Using Zig Brush Markers for Coloring

Hello! I posted yesterday about my Paper Smooches Guest Designing (yay!πŸ˜€ ) And today I am posting the same cards in my blog – with a few details attached!πŸ˜‰

Season's Greetings

For my first card, I used watercolor panel, masked off the edges. I then added the sentiment and some snowflakes and heat embossed them silver. I then scribbled blues and greys on the embossing using my Zig brush markers. I then misted it well using some water mixed with Perfect Pearls and left it aside to dry. Easy one layered CAS card all ready!

Season's Greetings

For my second card, I first drew a light circle using a circle die and pencil and stamped my flowers and leaves using lighter inks. I then colored them using my Zig pens… and finally added the sentiment.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS Watercolor December Challenge: Watercolor Resist

Happy Little Stampers: December CAS Challenge: Favorite Technique or Product (I’ve used Masking and Watercolor Spritz) –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #223: Holiday

And for the second card –

Happy Everything

After doing everything, I realized that the wreath was a little off. So, dropping my idea of a one layered card, I die cut the edges using Paper Smooches Borders 2 die, then mounted it on a white c After doing everything, I realized that the wreath was a little off. So, dropping my idea of a one layered card, I die cut the edges using Paper Smooches Borders 2 die, then mounted it on a white card base.ard base.

Happy Everything

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #3: Older Stamp/Die or Stencil

Addicted to CAS #102: Congratulations

Thank you so much for stopping by!πŸ™‚

#560 – Paper Smooches Guest Designer

Hello! I am super excited to be the guest designer for Paper Smooches for the month of December! I absolutely love their products – and am a big fan! Unfortunately, the parcel Kim sent hasn’t reached me yet, so I had to use some of their older products – which are equally awesome!

Here are the seek peaks of the cards that are posted in the Paper Smooches blog

Season's Greetings

Happy Everything

And here’s a little bonusπŸ˜›

Season's Greetings

I used silver embossing and Gansai Tambi watercolors in two shades of blue and silver, and the stamp in focus is Paper Smooches Swanky Snowdudes (no snowdudes, only snowflakes! ;))

Season's Greetings

Now, pop over to the Paper Smooches blog to see the actual projects!πŸ™‚

#559 – Snowflakes – Stamps and Watercoloring

Hello! I am still stuck with snowflakes, but stamps this time. I really wanted to do some watercoloring so, I just went with heat embossing with watercoloring to create these two cards, both with non-traditional Christmas colors –

Happy Holidays

For the first one, I colored a watercolor panel using my Gansai Tambi set, then stamped and gold heat embossed the snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes – I just love the multitude and diverse snowflakes in this stamp set. Once done, I trimmed the panel and added the sentiment from BoBunny Sentiments stamp set using MISTI and Black Soot distress ink (I am trying stamping using this ink now-a-days, since I am not using it so much for anything else! ;))

Happy Holidays

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

The Paper Players #324: Snowflake

AAA Card Challenge #79: CAS Game: Christmas

Merry & Bright

For my second card, I first stamped the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha and heat embossed it using silver glitter embossing powder. I used the same snowflake and same embossing for some smaller snowflakes around the sentiment. I then added stripes of gold watercoloring using Gansai Tambi Starry Colors – loving the gold colors in this!! Now, once done, I noticed that the embossing wasn’t done properly, so I had to go and do it all over again! That’s the reason some of the snowflakes are not that clean and crisp…:( But I do love the look of this, so I can definitely try it with something else!πŸ˜€

Merry & Bright

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays #162: Glitter & Snowflakes

Little Tangles Challenge #75: Silver & Gold

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#558 – Snowflake dies – Two Ways

PE: Christmas Card Challenge Top 3!!

Christmas Challenge - Honorable Mention

Wish I could have titled that “Snowflake dies – Three Ways”, but I didn’t have time to make on more. Maybe you can check a previously made card, using the same dies here? But, here’s the second of the two ways –

I made an embossing template out of the dies and used it on my card! That’s one great substitute for embossing folder, and I love the effects it can create!

Merry Christmas

For this card, I used the same set of dies as I used previously, Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flakes, to cut out several pieces. I then adhered two of each together, to get some dimension, then adhered them on a piece of acetate I saved from packaging. I then used this as an embossing template, to get the snowflakes impressed on a watercolor panel.

I then used distress ink smooshing to gather color on the watercolor panel, then misted some water in so that it spreads. I then left it to dry, and used this panel as the background for my card.

Merry Christmas

For the rest of the card, I used Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles to cut out the frame, sentiment from Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis the Season for the sentiment, and a few more snowflakes from the same die set, one colored using distress inks, one left plain. I also added Nuvo glitter drops for embellishing.

Merry Christmas

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Christmas to Die For

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum Challenge #47: Christmas

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Uniko Studio Challenge #38: Christmas

Christmas Card Challenge #50: Anything Goes

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#557 – Snowflake dies – Two Ways

Hello! I made a couple of Christmas cards using some snowflake dies.I am showing the first card here, and second card in my next post..or it would be too many photos in a single post!πŸ˜‰

I saw this post from Jennifer McGuire and thought it would be the perfect technique to try!πŸ™‚

Merry & Bright

I’ve added more photos than usual since the shine from the embossing is just barely visible, and no matter the angle, one or the other flake seemed to vanish!πŸ˜€

Merry & Bright

So, for my card, I made the background using Zig brush markers and water mixed with Perfect Pearls. I used Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flake dies and silver glitter embossing powder for the embossing. The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand. For more glitter, I added little dots of silver glitter here and there between the snowflakes.

Merry & Bright

Once everything was done and dried, I trimmed the panel, sponged the borders using Dusty Concord distress ink, and among the snowflakes, just to bring out the shine a bit more. I even added Wink of Stella (my pen has dried out and I revived it using water…sigh, need a new one!!) Finally mounted it on a white card base.

Merry & Bright

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #71:Β Christmas with an Optional Twist of Glitter/Shimmer –

Just Us Girls Challenge #371 (I am inspired by the colors, purple and silver, and the Christmas theme) –

Happy Little Stampers: November Christmas Challenge: Watercolor

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#556 – Thanks..with Alcohol Inks

PE: Highlight at The Mixed Media Challenge!!!

The Mixed Media Challenge - Honorable Mention

I am still experimenting with alcohol inks. This time, I wanted to somehow get the effects that are so easily created using Yupo paper. I just love how it looks like colors have burst and go boom when you use that paper – just awesome! And since I don’t have any similar paper, I went with a piece of clear plastic instead. Its not exactly the same, but the results are pretty awesome!

Thanks

After adding drops of alcohol inks on the clear plastic piece, I blew it using a straw, added more blending solution, blew it, adding ink, blew it…and so on, till I got this look.

Thanks

I thought of directly adhering this on a card base, but since there was quite some space where I hadn’t added any ink, I thought of adding some texture there. I used American Crafts Shimelle Woodgrain embossing folder on a card panel, then adhered the clear (now not so clear) plastic using double sided tape. The tape isn’t exactly invisible, but since there is texture and ink covering it, it was no problem.πŸ™‚

I then trimmed the panel. I used Ellen Hutson Wild Garden dies on a special paper I had – grey woodgrain paper, on which I swiped black ink – and adhered the flower and leaves using more double sided tape. Then finally came the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint dies – I used the negative of the die cut that I had saved – cut from acrylic silver painted paper.

And that finished my card! I had super fun making this – don’t think I’ve used so much of mixed media in quite a while!!πŸ˜€

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson November Pin-sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

November Pin-Sights Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful

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Mixed Media Challenge #29: Thanksgiving

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#555 – Thanks..with One Layer and Flowers

So I finally got out of my black and gold cycle! I really love one layer cards, though I make very less of them…since I am not that good with them. But this one was easy to keep as a one layered, CAS card! Super easy!πŸ™‚

Thank You

I used Neat and Tangled Paper Cut Flowers with Memento inks Grape Jelly, Danube Blue and Rhubarb Stalk. Since my inks were a bit dry, I used MISTI for stamping, otherwise, alignment is eye-balled. Once done, I added the dots using gel pens and sketch pens.

Thank You

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Little Tangles Challenge #74: CAS

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful

Stamplorations: November CAS Challenge: Purple

The Flower Challenge Challenge #2: A Special Occasion

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