#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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#716 – Seize the Birthday – One Layer

Hello and welcome to a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we have a Topping of ‘One Layer’. But you are free to join the challenge with any new Birthday project, if you do not want to choose the Topping.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’s the one layer card I made –

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I used a combination of flowers from Altenew Layered Lily and Hero Arts Color Layering Hibiscus. I always felt that the images from the two stamp sets would go well together, so I am glad to finally put it on a card! 🙂 I used distress inks, misted with water to stamp.

Once dry, I added the sentiment, from Waffle Flower Congrats and Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday. I didn’t think and ended up stamping the smaller sentences on an already black background.. but I let it be. You can partially make out the sentence, plus, I am not actually sending it to anyone!! 😉

I’m joining these challenges too –

Happy Little Stamps: January CAS Challenge: Friendship

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Stamplorations January CAS Challenge: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge #101: Inspired by Words

For more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Kristie Goulet, checkout the Seize the Birthday blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#702 – Thinking of You

PE: Winner at Where Creativity Meets C9 Challenge!! Yippie!!!

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So, I just wanted to do some coloring, and it ended up as this card! 😀 And as to why I wanted to color – I had just got a set of Prima watercoloring pencils, and I couldn’t wait to use them in something! 😀 Some flowers seemed to be the right choice! 😉

I used Concord & 9th Hello Lovely stamp on watercolor paper. After stamping it using a light grey ink, I started coloring on it using the Prima watercolor pencils. Once done, I trimmed it and stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden stamp set, in a dark grey.

I really did like these pencils. They give off a soft look as compared to my Gansai Tambi watercolors. So, these will be the colors I’ll reach for whenever I want a softer piece.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #271: Anything Goes

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CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #250

Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge #16: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: December Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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#686 – Oh Happy Day

Hello and welcome! Like I said in a previous post, I am swooning over distress oxide inks now-a-days. For making this card as well. Here, once again I used the property of the inks to layer colors without ending up with muddy mucky colors.

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I initially colored a watercolor panel with yellows and pinks, dried it, embossed on it the sentiment from Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms and the flowers from Mondo Magnolia, which I overlapped with each other, using copper embossing powder. Once done, I added another layer of blues on top.

For coloring the panel this time, I added colored the panel by adding the ink directly on the paper by swiping the ink pad on the paper. Of course, I don’t totally cover the paper, since the ink can color quite a large surface. Once I smoosh all the inks, I use a brush loaded with water to spread it around. If more color is needed, I used ink smooshed on a non-sticky surface.

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You might see a bit of yellow here and there, but that’s not the layering, but because I added too much water while sprinkling water to get a bit of texture…yeah, too much water can do that! 😀 Once everything was dry, I added another layer of clear sparkle embossing on top of the sentiment.

I must admit, I am totally loving layering these inks like this – Never known another medium (and I am talking about watercolor mediums or the like) which I could layer, so I am truly happy with this! 🙂

So, anyway.. I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Pin Sights October challenge (inspired by the colors!)

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Pin-Sights Color Trend October 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

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Happy Little Stampers: October Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#640 – Color Blending with Distress Oxide Inks

Hello! Feel like its again been some time since I blogged, and its becoming a norm!! But the weather is not agreeing with me, and I am falling sick again and again.. sigh, I am just glad I could finally take some snaps and finally blog!! 😀

Anyway, I made this one layer CAS  card, using just blending and stencil – you know hard it is for me to limit myself, and this card went through the same ordeal I have every time I make something CAS – stopping myself at CAS!! 😉

To make this card, I first blended distress oxide inks – Peeled Paint, Broken China and Wilted Violet – the blending also generated in-between colors (like the dark blue, which is very visible!) on kraft cardstock. I then placed my stencil, Mini Flower Frenzy from The Crafter’s Workshop above, and misted with pearlized water. After a second or two, I quickly removed the excess water using some tissue. And magic happened!! 😀

For the sentiment I used Altenew Adore You stamp set, which I heat embossed in white.

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #249: Clean and Simple

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Just Us Girls Challenge #401: Trend Week: Blending

AAA Card Challenge #94 in collaboration with Less Is More Challenge #336 & #337: One Layered + Colored Card Base

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