#947 – Warm Sunset Scene

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday, and we have new Topping to play with. Every challenge is always Anything Goes and a special Topping is included for extra fun. Basically, it’s not required to include the topping on your birthday card, so you can have all the fun you want!

The Topping this time, chosen by Lindsey is ‘Nautical‘.

And here’s what I made –

This card is heavily influence by these cards by Yana Smakula. I mean, what spectacular creations!! Since I didn’t own the Waves background stamp set from SSS that Yana used to make her card, I thought of making my own waves. I mean, its just wavy lines, how difficult could that be?!

So I started by drawing out by curvy waves using a pencil, making sure to mark out the horizon and the line where the beach would be. I then drew over them using a black marker, making the horizon and beach lines a little thicker than the others. I then cut these out into a few pieces, cutting along the wavy lines, so I could color them individually.

For coloring the pieces I used distress inks with my gelli plate. Love this tool for quick coloring! I love how I could easily get the depth and bright colors on the cardstock without any much hard work. 🙂 Once I was done coloring, I adhered the pieces together using a black cardstock for the base. This, along with coloring the edge of each piece with the same black marker, both helped me cover any space that I might have left out while adhering the pieces together.

Next, I came to the ship – which is from the Sailmates stamp set from Neat & Tangled. In fact, I chose this card design since the ship had such a thick outline – it would match the thick wave lines perfectly! So anyway, I stamped the ship and colored it using Zig Brush Markers. I then fussy cut it and adhered it on the card. And those little birds – I drew them on some scrap cardstock and fussy cut them out, colored them in black and then adhered them over the sun. Finally the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages – I heat embossed it in white over black card stock, cut it out and then foam mounted it over my card. And that’s it!

IRL, this piece looks dimensional, with the different colors and the wavy lines! Love that effect! 🙂

Stop over the Seize the Birthday blog, where we have our new Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford and the rest of our fun DT giving you more inspiration!

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#946 – Miss Your Face

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Tic Tac Toe and this time, we have a board prepared by LeAnne to play with –

I chose the mid row Blue-Circle-Floral Image to make this card –

I used the latest addition to my stamps – Altenew Calming Reverie. These gorgeous stamps are large and so easy to use – I just love them! I used inks on shades of navy blue for the flowers and leaves, varying the saturation to get a beautiful monochrome. But of course, the little bit of yellow and brown adds a spot of bright color to an otherwise dull tone.

Since I wasn’t going to use any dimension for the flowers, I thought of adding a little extra for the sentiment instead. I cut two strips of black cardstock and adhered them in parallel over the card. For the sentiment, I die cut a circle of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles, adhered it over another piece which I had cut out of scrap cardstock. I then stamped the “i miss your face” from Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1 stamp set. I adhered this over two pieces of vellum that I die cut using Spellbinders Delightful Circles. The final part came from Altenew Bold Greetings die, which I die cut from a few scrap black cardstock and once from photo paper colored in black. The last layer adds some shine to the die cut, which I totally love! 🙂

And that’s my card! Joining the following challengs with it –

Color Hues challenge #19

Altenew June Inspiration challenge

Stamplorations June Theme and Photo Prompt challenge –

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#945 – Watercoloring with Pencils

Hello and welcome! Time for another Watercoloring challenge at Happy Little Stampers. As always, it is an Anything Goes challenge.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

My mother celebrated her birthday last month, and I made this card for my father to give to her. As she loves flowers, and roses in particular, I made this for her –

I started with stamping the flower and leaf images from two Simon Says Stamp stamp sets – More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers in a light brown ink. I thought the color would gel well with the colors I wanted to go with – pink, purple and greens. Once I stamped the images on a trimmed piece of Canson XL watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Prima watercolor pencils.

While watercoloring, I struggled a bit with the leaves when I started with them, which ended in them looking not so good right at the center where I started coloring them. I thought of hiding them with the sentiment instead! 🙂

So once the piece has dried, I added some splatters of blue and brown using the penciles and white using Hero Arts Unicorn white pigment ink. I then trimmed the panel to size and decided to adhere it over a light brown card base.

Before adhering, however, I needed a sentiment on it.I had thought of stamping using pigment ink, but somehow that ended up spreading, and I couldn’t use it. I went with embossing instead. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes on a piece of vellum using Versamark ink and heat embossed it in black. I then trimmed the vellum and adhered it on the watercolor panel using double sided tape, which I then adhered over the base cardstock.

I wanted to add some embellishment to the card, but felt that sequins or stones were too shiny, and I didn’t want pearls either, since they would add a bit of dimension to an otherwise flat card. I also noticed that the strip of vellum was arched up, instead of lying flat. To remedy both these problems, I went with a washi tape with gold pattern of roses on it. Of course, I had to trim it to a third of the width, so sadly the roses are not so obvious, but I did love how it shines, while not taking away the focus and also keeping the card flat. 3-in-1! 😀

And that’s my card! I’m also joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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#944 – Hanging on a Balloon

Hello and welcome! A non-DT project this time. I got this My Favorite Things Sky-high Friends some time ago and really wanted to color it, and the time has finally arrived!

I stamped one of the ballon images on Fabriano Accademia Disegno Drawing paper with a light, almost dried out grey ink that I have. I then colored them with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, along with using mineral oil to blend and color the colors and fussy cut them. I didn’t have any cloud stencils with me, so I used some photo paper, drew cloud shapes on all four edges ensuring continuity, and cut it out to use it for stencilling the background. I used distress ink and a makeup brush to get light colors and good blending.

I then picked a scrap piece of white pardstock, drew a cloud shape on it and cut that out and foam taped it on the cloud patterened card base.

For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs from black cardstock along with a few extra pieces and then adhered them together. The smaller stamped sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words which also I adhered using foam tape. I then adhered the colored images on top.

And that finished my card. I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

My Favorite Things Color challenge #166

My Favorite Things Sketch challenge #543

Inkspirational challenge #40: Photo challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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#943 – Inspiration Station #15

Hello and welcome! Finally up with the next installment of Inspiration Station!!

Inspiration Station Challenge Logo

It was my turn to choose a theme for this challenge. I made a collage of pottery this time –

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I did initially think of making a card, or doing some of my experimental watercoloring, bu then I remembered that it had been quite a long time since I added anything to my art book. So, I went about filling another couple of pages. 🙂

I chose a few things from the inspiration – the colors, the leafy plants, and of course, the critter looking at amazement at the plants..wonder if it is a foreigner, deciding upon a new home! 🙂

I started by ripping out pages of an old book. Normally, I’m not a fan of ripping pages off books, but this one I kept especially for art making, so I proceeded without any guilt! 🙂 I then tore the edges to a few different sizes and after deciding their placement, adhered it to my book. I then watercolored around it with that deep blue, using my cheap pan watercolors. I then added those leafy plants and added a light blue/brown to the rest of the exposed background.

At this point, I started feeling like I couldn’t make out that there are multiple ripped out page panels on the page. To make them a bit more prominent, I colored the torn edges with black watercolor.

For the focal points, I die cut a few pieces from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, stacked two pieces together and added them over a few trips of washi tape. For the right side, I watercolored the critter and a few more flowers, adhered them over the same similar strips of washi tape.

For a touch of gold, I die cut a few smaller pieces using My Favorite Things Hip Clips and Lawn Fawn Hearts dies and adhered them to the pages.

Checkout the gorgeous set of coasters that my sister made, inspired by the same collage! Exceptional! And useful!

That’s it from me for now. Till the next installment of of Inspiration Station, ciao!