#961 – Inspiration Station Challenge #16

PE: Inspirational challenge Top Pick!!

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Watercooler Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! And we have another issue of Inspiration Station challenge! Somehow, even though my sister and I got our makes ready, we are a bit late in posting. Somehow. 😛

But here’s the 16th challenge! A Tic Tac Toe challenge given by my sister –

And here’s what I made –

This is actually my second attempt at this challenge. My first is this one, where I got the sequins wrong by using rhinestones instead. And since I already had an image of something like this in my mind, I guess that became a good excuse to work on some watercoloring! 😛

I had this image in mind of sea and a journeying whale jumping from the water in front of a gigantic moon. I thought of somehow adding the stripes in the waves. My image of the waves was a bit different with what I made in the end, but I am still pretty happy. And that whale needed a bit of working on its jaw (but there I disagree with my mother who said it looked like a bat!!!) But I have to admit I am pretty happy and delighted with my work this time! 🙂

I found most of my inspirations from Pinterest. And after drawing a bit using a light touch of a pencil, I used Gansai Tanbi watercolors on CrafTangles water color paper and Sakura white gelly pen to add the shine to the whale’s eye.

Checkout my sister’s creation this time! A simply spectacular usage of a die cut stencil with some skillful doodling. Her art journals are an inspiration! 🙂

I’m joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Summertime Blues

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #321: All Things Masculine

Inkspirational challenge #245: Journey

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#943 – Inspiration Station #15

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

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

Image Source: (clockwise from top right)

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!

#918 – Inspiration Station #14

Hello!! And we’re back with the Inspiration challenge! We took a long time this time – what with our long year end break.. we really wanted a break from everything!! 😀

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But the wait is over, and me sister and I both have our projects ready! This time, the below collage, chosen by my sister is the inspiration –

So wonderfully colorful!! 🙂 And that’s what I wanted in my card –

I started with the colorful panel. I chose a couple of colorful washi tape and a gold and a copper foil washi tapes. I then adhered them alternatively and diagonally on the panel. I then trimmed it to size and adhered it on my card base.

I then die cut white cardstock and two pieces of vellum using the Altenew Dog Rose panel dies. Adhered them together over another layer of vellum, which I then cut to size. I foam mounted this over my washi card panel. Finally came the sentiment from Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips, which also I foam mounted.

And that’s my card! Check out what my sister made -a gorgeous bracelet! I think I would choose a dress to wear along with this sparkly one (not choose the bracelet after deciding what to wear), if not for the fact that I have nowhere to go right now!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#899 – Clothified!!

Hello and welcome!! We – my sister and I – are up with another Inspiration Station challenge!!

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There’s been a bit of a gap this time, and that was because of the theme I chose for the challenge this time – “Focus on Abstract and/or No Paper“. I didn’t think much before picking this theme.. but I definitely took a long time just to choose what to do!! Finally, I chose to use this piece of fabric from my sewing stash. Bright blue with flowers in pinkish red.. it looked really beautiful, before I became lost once again… I had absolutely no idea what to do with it!

This card that I finally came up with is just something that just put together, because I thought if I don’t then I’ll probably never come up with anything at all!! 😀

Well, I first adhered the fabric over some cartridge paper to make to retain it form, and so that I can use tape to adhere it on my card. I used some soft gel to do this task. Once dry, I die cut the sides using Paper Trey Ink Stitching lines die. I thought adding some sewing edges might look good. So I used some thick off-white thread that I had with me to handstitch this… first time I’ve done that on a card! 😀

I did get lost a few more times, but finally, I decided on added the ‘hello’ from Paper Smooches Hello dies. I added Picked Raspberry distress oxide ink on a white scrap piece of cardstock and die cut it and a few more pieces of scrap cardstock using the die and adhered them together for dimension. I then added heat embossed it with clear ep a few times to get some additional dimension and also make it glossy so it looked like an enamel accent. I did the same with the small round heart stamped piece – I used a stamp from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint to stamp it and die cut it with a circle die before heat embossing.

I had a brown card base on which I had applied some darker brown, but had left it unused. I used that to foam mount the cloth panel and then added the sentiment and the rest of my embellishing along with a fun button that I found in my stash, which matched the rest of the card perfectly.

And that’s my card! With a focus on fabric background and a button to embellish. She’s been creating beautiful pages of art work in her art book… which is not yet a book, since she’s still needs to stitch all the art pages together to make a book out of it. And a book needs a cover, doesn’t it? Head over here to checkout what my sister has created!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#880 – Inspiration Station #12

Hello and welcome! Finally, its time for yet another Inspiration Station challenge! Its challenge #12 and the theme is chosen by my sister.

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And here’s the picture collage that she chose – it is a beautiful collage of various Dimensional Polymer Clay Journal Covers that she found on Pinterest.

Pinterest link to each project at the end of the post

And here’s what I made –

My inspiration came from the designs, the florals in the right most image in the middle row, and of course, the colors.. although the colors in the card are a bit more vivid than the ones in the inspiration! 🙂

To make the panel, I used some texture paper I’ve long had in my stash (earlier used here and here). I used Spellbinders Flora embossing folder, smudged one side of the folder with distress inks, misted it and then, keeping the paper in between, embossed it. With this, the color transferred and I got some cool colors also on the paper. I had to repeat a few more times to get some good coverage – and even then a few bits and pieces were still left colorless – which I let be.

After it dried, I used black soot distress oxide ink pad to swipe the raised portions. My plan was to add gold embossing, giving it a distressed look, but that didn’t work, since the embossing powder stuck too well. So I used a brush to flick powder off here and there, and heat embossed it.

Once done, I moved to the flowers and the sentiment. The flowers from Altenew’s Persian Motifs are gold heat embossed, and colored using zig brush marker pens. The same for the sentiment from My Favorite Things Sweet Hello. I then foam mounted them on the panel, which I then adhered to a black card base. I debated about adding a few black rhinestones, but let it be in the end.

So that’s my card! Check out what my sister has made. An enchanting mixed media tag – it even includes a crocheted flower that she made herself!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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