#800 – Happy Birthday Papa!

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday, and this time, the cake comes without toppings again! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This card is actually the first card I had made for my Papa’s birthday, 3 months ago.. but I ended up changing the card, and ended up giving another card to him. Since this was still pending publishing, I decided to post it now. 🙂

Happy Birthday to You

I started with a watercolor panel of 9″x4.25″ and stamped the pretty images from Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1 stamp set. I used my MISTI and used the same stamping position to stamp two corners. I used Versafine black ink for stamping.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 1)

After this dried, I watercolored the panel using Zig Brush pens. I used the pens to scribble some ink on clear plastic panel and used a brush to pick up color and do some watercoloring. I think I added atleast 3 layers of color on all of the images, and even the background.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 2)

Once done, I heat embossed the sentiment, which are from Reverse Confetti All About You and Honey Bee Stamps Hand Lettered Alpha, using black glitter embossing powder. I embossed twice on the ‘YOU’ and also added Glossy Accents on it to get some extra dimension. I then adhered this to a white card base. I also added Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops on some flower centers and here and there on the card.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 3)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Favorite Stamping Technique with Celebration/Birthday theme

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Timeout challenge #120: Colorful

Happy Little Stampers October Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#799 – Bunny’s Present

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘Travel’.

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Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I do not have that many stamps which directly denote travel. So I’ve made something that might denote travelling. Can you imagine, please, that this bunny is travelling to its friend to deliver its present??

Bunny's Flower Present

I first stamped the images using Antique Linen distress ink, then watercolored it all using a bunch of Prima watercolor pencils. The florals in the background are from Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1, the bunny and its cycle are from Lil Inker Designs Rustic Spring and the sentiment is from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms.

The bunny is still deciding on whether to bring the pretty big flower too, but it has already decided on the smaller ones in the cycle’s basket. Can you see them? No? Here’s a closeup –

Bunny's Flower Present (closeup)

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #311: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Favorite Stamping Technique with Celebration/Birthday theme

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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Timeout Challenge #119: Breast Cancer Awareness &/or Friendship with the option of one layer card

I hope you are inspired by this card! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#798 – Bunny Thanks

Hello and welcome!

In a previous post, I mentioned using a cardstock for watercoloring, which gave out results pretty different from the traditional watercolor paper. The colors were dulled, and softened by a great deal. But thankfully, since the cardstock was holding up pretty well against a medium amount of water, I didn’t want to give up. And with the encouragement I received from my sis and everyone’s comments then, I decided to give it another go.

I had tried distress inks then, so I thought of giving Zig brush pens, which hold some nice and bright colors, a try this time. And here’s what I made –

Bunny Thanks

I used stamps from My Favorite Some Bunny and Geometric Greenery, stamped the bunnies in Vintage Linen distress ink and the Greenery in Shabby Shutters distress ink. I then proceeded with no line coloring using the Zig brush pens. And, just as expected, the colors did lose a lot of brightness, and ended up softer than what would have been on watercolor paper – or any other cardstock.

Bunny Thanks (closeup 1)

I did add another coat of color on the bunnies – they were so faded after they dried, I thought they might become invisible by the time I took the photos!! Once everything was dry, I used a handmade stencil to add the clouds. I also colored in the ground.

Bunny Thanks (closeup 2)

I am joining the following challenges –

My Favorite Things Sketch challenge #403 (the diagonal in the background is using the leaves)

My Favorite Things Color challenge #101 (sorry, the colors are only on the bunnies dresses and the clouds.. but the colors are mostly masked by the abundance of browns)

Just Us Girls challenge #459

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 🙂

 

#797 – Alcohol Ink – Ink Lifting

Hello and welcome!

Another card using one of the alcohol ink backgrounds using a plastic sheet (see the post here). This time, I tried ink lifting the alcohol ink on the sheet.. just a bit differently! 😉

Hello Beautiful - Full Alcohol Ink Background

Actually, I did want to try lifting the ink using Archival ink, but while I was setting up the stamp along with the alcohol panel in my MISTI, I saw that the stickiness of the stamp had already lifted up some ink from the sheet. “Hmmm… maybe I should do that a couple of times…”.. and so I did! And this is the result –

Hello Beautiful - Full Alcohol Ink Background (closeup)

The stamp very cleanly lifted off the ink from the sheet after a few times.. and I cleaned it off with a few mists of spirit/alcohol. By the way, no harm done to the stamp by cleaning with the alcohol.. and it cleaned pretty well too. 🙂

Anyway, I then trimmed down the panel and foam mounted it on a white card base. For the sentient, I first die cut several pieces of ‘HELLO’ using Lawn Fawn Quinn’s ABCs, then after stacking them, I heat embossed them in silver. To accompany this, I stamped the ‘Beautiful’ from the same stamp set, Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura, fussy cut it and adhered it beside the hello. I then added quite a few silver and white gemstones on the flower centers.

One thing that I did note – the sheet is a bit prone to any harsh influence. I think I had scratched my nail on one side, and that took off the ink! Of course, just rubbing or placing it on anything else, or even adhesive to add those embellishments didn’t affect it. Just a note of warning to anyone who plans to use it! 🙂

So, now, I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Ellen Hutson August Essentials challenge: Alcohol Inks

Stamplorations Summer Theme & Sketch challenge

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#796 – The Hedgehogs Say…

Hello and welcome to listen to what the hedgehogs want to say!! 😀 😀

I had these cute lil hedgehogs from MFT for quite some time now, and it felt like using autumn colors on them was the perfect idea. So, I made two cards, with the exact same arrangement, but with little changes.

Hedgehogs Say...

I used MFT Happy Hedgehogs and Verve Stamps Bountiful Harvest stamps. I actually wanted to test one of the cardstocks that I own, on which I usually do misted stamping for superb effects, with watercoloring. The results weren’t exactly what I expected, but my sis said she liked the soft tones, so I thought of using the piece (or rather, keeping the card I made) than not. And that’s the one you see on the right.

Hedgehogs Say...(card 1)

I made this other one as I wasn’t satisfied with the first one. The one on the right is made by watercoloring using distress inks – and even bright colors were significantly toned down by this card stock. And the one on the left using stamping with MFT Black hybrid ink, then coloring using Zig Brush pens.

Hedgehogs Say...(card 2)

Coming back to the card on the right. Once the cardstock had dried, I die cut it using MFT Stitched Mini Rectangles die, added a base of dark brown cardstock, then adhered it to a kraft cardbase that I had already stamped in plaid tones of orange, red and brown using the MFT Plaid Background Builders. The sentiment is heat embossed on the same dark brown cardstock, die cut using MFT Slanted Sentiment Strips, foam mounted on the panel.

Hedgehogs Say...(2)

For the card with the brighter tones, the sentiment comes from Ranger Letter It – Thank You stamp set. I used distress oxide inks to create the blend of colors in the background, on which I splattered some water. I fussy cut the hedgehogs and pumpkins and mounted them at different levels of dimension.

With these cards, I am joining the following challenges –

MFT Sketch Challenge #402

Happy Little Stampers: September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not using the optional Butterflies)

Color Throwdown challenge #510

Timeout Challenge #118: Photo Inspiration

Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

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Thank you so much for listening to the hedgehogs and for stopping by! 🙂

#795 – Floral Die Cuts

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time, we have a the optional Topping ‘Die Cuts or Punches’. Of course, there’s also the option of Anything Goes, as always, which means you can join us with a birthday project which uses die cuts/punches… or with a birthday project without it. Your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

Floral die cuts

I was mesmerized by this background that Miriam Pratner had created on her card. I used my cheap watercolors to make my background similarly, just using different tones. Once dry, I added a few black splatters and then adhered stacked die cuts from Penny Black Playful Posies. The sentiment (both die cut and stamped) is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint & Wet Paint 3. Add a few little pearls for embellishing, and that finished the card!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Card Concept : Coloful Basics

The Flower Challenge #24: Anything Goes

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Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: September Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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Hope you liked my card! Joining us is also out Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog to what she created, along with the rest of our talented design team!

#794 – Stamped Floral Background

PE: Special Mention at Paru’s Card Making challenge!!

Paru's Card Making Challenge - Special mention

Hello and welcome!

Simply stamped backgrounds have their own charm, don’t you think?

Stamped Floral Background

And then, there are times when stamps from two different companies work so well together, you’d not be able to tell it! I knew Altenew Bride to Be would be the perfect match with the Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers – one stamp set has many florals, while the other has foliage. Perfect match! Even more when I had the perfect image for inspiration!

I stamped on a whole piece of cardstock! While I was totally excited and happy about how it had turned out, I had no idea how to proceed. I had chosen a light yellow base, not white, and it turned out that it wasn’t looking that good with the usual neutral colors. I tried and tried, and finally after staring at it for two weeks without any good results, I finally thought of going with a dark cardstock, maybe choosing a color which I have already used in my stamping.

Stamped Floral Background (closeup 1)

I was a bit torn between a dark orange and a dark blue; I went with the blue. Since I didn’t have the right color, I chose a blue cardstock, then added distress oxide ink Faded Jeans, to get a darker shade around the perimeter.

Before adhering the panel, however, I added a few splatters in blue and yellow. I also added a few dots and dashes on the flowers using a clear sparkling pen, then also added glossy medium on the flower centers.

Stamped Floral Background (sparkly closeup)

Once it had all dried, I foam mounted it on the card base. I then added the sentiment using die cuts from Neat & Tangled Journling Alphas. Again, from the same cardstock with blended oxide ink. I stacked the dies before adhering them on the card. I also added some Nuvo glitter drops in White Blizzard on top for some sparkle.

Stamped Floral Background (closeup 2)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it for STAMPtember

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #117: Inspired by Words

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The Flower Challenge #24: Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂