#747 – Happy Anniversary

PE: Winner at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

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Hello and welcome! Today I am presenting the card I made for my parents’ anniversary –


I was totally inspired by this card by Kelly Latevola, which she had made using Neat & Tangled stamps. I absolutely loved the look of the card, though I didn’t follow her technique. And, though also lacking the same stamps, I made this one using stamps from Simon Says Stamp – Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus.

I stamped the images in a light grey ink. I did this, since I wasn’t going for a complete no-line coloring – I wanted the lines to be a little visible, but also blend enough, so that it wouldn’t overlap or overwhelm other colors. Grey seemed like a good choice, but I guess brown would also work.


Anyway, I used distress inks for watercoloring. I used two layers of watercoloring, air drying the paper in between – I think this is what Nina Marie Trapini calls under-painting technique. Lighter colored first layer under the vibrant top layer. Definitely looks pretty! πŸ™‚

I then added a few splatters in yellow and dark brown. Once the panel dried, I added those X stitches using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die. After I mounted the watercolor panel on a dark brown cardstock came the sentiments. They are from a very old stamp set from The Craft’s Meow called Side by Side. I heat embossed it in white, fuzzy cut it. For mounting it on the watercolored panel, I added a couple of cardstock stripes underneath – I wanted dimension, but not too much.


On the envelope, I used the same flowers and stamped them for a tone and tone look, and heat embossed the same sentiment, before adhering the sides. I die cut those stitched Xs using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders die, then rounded the corners.

My parents’ anniversary is due end of this month.. so I hope they like this card! πŸ™‚

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

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring (there’s an optional one layer, but mine is not strictly one layered, so I am not choosing the optional element)


Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not choosing the optional ‘Rainbow’)


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Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Flower Power

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Thank you very much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

21 thoughts on “#747 – Happy Anniversary

  1. Wow, this looks absolutely amazing! I love the look of “almost no line coloring” with the grey ink showing just barely -it’s very beautiful and unique looking. Thank you for joining us at Time Out Challenges!

  2. Oh your parents will LOVE this gorgeous card! Thanks so much for joining us this month at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor Challenge!

  3. Wow, wow, wow!! Ashwini this is so stunning, a definitely work of art and something your parents will treasure!! Will definitely have to try that tip on drying between layers as I can never get the paint layers to not blend together. This couldn’t be more perfect for the challenge and I’m always so happy to see you at TIME OUT!!

  4. Oh, what a super gorgeous card, Ashwini! Your parents must be very proud… Please send my best wishes for a Happy Anniversary to your parents!
    Thank you for visiting my quiet creative place :).

  5. Ashwini I havefound time to comment ohh my goodness what a masterpiece I thought at first this was printed from someones art. Your talent has just grown and grown and it shows so much in the art of this card. Stunning artistic beauty

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  7. Wow, this card is amazing!! Your parents will love it. The watercoloring is wonderful and look at all those amazing vibrant flowers. So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!!

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