#879 – Freehand Watercoloring..Again

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is chosen by me – ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’. We also always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme.

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I made this board and you can chose the 3 elements forming a single straight line to work with –

I chose the center vertical line – ‘inlaid die cutting-flowers-watercoloring’. And here’s what I made –

Freehand Florals - Complete Background watercoloring

Like my post title suggests, I tried a hand at free hand watercoloring again (last trial here). Unlike last time, though, I was attempting to create something else but ended up with this.

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint the whole panel. Once dry, I used My Favorite Things Stitched Wonky Rectangle die.

Next, the sentiment. I wanted to use a sentiment die which also had a shadow, but I wasn’t happy with the few shadow dies that I had. So, I tried this: I cut the panel with Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy co-ordinating die. This would act like the shadow of my sentiment. Then I used the positive of this piece to die cut again, using the Winnie & Walter In a Word: Happy die.

Freehand Florals - Complete Background watercoloring (closeup)

To assemble, I die cut several pieces of the ‘shadow’ including a white piece. I then adhered these together to get some dimension. Before adhering the watercolor panel on a white cardbase, I added a piece of scrap paper covered with adhesive behind the negative and adhered the shadow and then the topmost part for the sentiment.

For the stamped portion of the sentiment, I used a stamp from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom stamp set, stamping it in black and then fussy cut it before foam mounting it on the card. I also added sequins for embellishing.

And that’s my card!

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Jennifer Wills!

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#877 – Coloring on Colored Card Base

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! For this challenge, anytime is ‘Anything Goes’ as long as it’s a birthday theme, but, if want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  This time, the topping, chosen by Glenda is ‘Non-neutral Card Base.’

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And here’s what I made –

Faux Gauche Painting

I started with colors of card base – a nice mint colored one, and another a dark peachy color. On these, using my Misti, I stamped using a grey ink the beautiful flower cluster image from Concord and 9th Hello Lovely stamp set. Next, I followed this technique of using white paint with dye inks to paint over these colored cardstock. This is a new technique for me, and I struggled a little bit with the colors and coloring, but I was able to get mostly solid colors good coverage on the image. Once everything had dried, stamped the image again, this time using Versamark watermark ink, and heat embossed them both in white.

Faux Gauche Painting (card 1)

Frankly, I had no idea where to proceed from there. I loved both the outcomes, and they looked pretty good without anything, but I did want to make something with them.

So, for the first one, I fussy cut the panel partially, added a strip of white cardstock behind it, added another piece of gold glitter washi tape behind that, but at an angle. I then adhered this over a mango colored cardbase.

For the sentiment, I used Pink Fresh Studio Playful Animal Friends 2, which O gold heat embossed in vellum. I then cut out the strip of vellum and adhered it over the cardbase, tucking both sides under the top flap. To embellish, I added a few dots of white nuvo drops.

Faux Gauche Painting (card 2)

With the second panel, I first brushed on a darker teal on the top and the bottom edges, to get a ombre effect. I then cut out a frame using 2 successive rectangles from the Memory Box Rectangles Basics dies. For the sentiment, I recycled – I used a packing paper from a Mama Elephant (I think) stamp set, which I had kept from ages ago. I cut this into a flag, stamped the Happy Birthday from WPlus9 Basic Banners stamp set. The die comes from Simon Says Stamp Wishing die. I cut out a couple of this, stacking them to get some stability and adhered it over the flag panel. I then foam mounted this on the cardbase. And finally added some sequins for embellishing.

And that makes my 2 cards! Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Jennifer Wills!

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#875 – Red, White and Blue

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. JoAnn picked the topping this time, and it is ‘Red, White and Blue’. Since the topping is optional, as your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

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And here’s what I made –

Red and Blue!

I started with the flower and leaves die cuts. The dies I used are from Altenew Peony Dreams and Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms. I first die cut them, adhered the pieces with the layers and water-colored them once they had dried. Finally, I added a lot of white splatters on all of them, using Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink.

Red and Blue! (closeup)

Coming to the frame – I didn’t have any cardstock with the shade of blue that I wanted. I thought of swiping the ink pad on white cardstock, since I had the right shade, but that would end up wasting a lot of the ink. Instead, I dabbed the colors on an acrylic surface, then watercolored the cardstock, using as less water as possible. I then dried and watercolored again, repeating the process a few more times to get the desired opacity. Once dry, I die cut the frame using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

Finally, on the white card base, I added some splatters of the same shade of blue. Once this dried, I foam mounted the frame and assembled the rest of the pieces on the card. The sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

And that’s my card. You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest for the next couple of months, Jennifer Wills have tons of inspiration for you!

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#873 – Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome! We’re back with another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by our leader Nancy, is ‘Watercoloring’. Now, that’s my favorite!! 😀

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I made this card for a dear crafting friend, who had her birthday a quite a while ago. But I wasn’t able to send her the card due to the lockdown… Hope to send it out soon!

Spring Birthday Wishes

I wanted to make this a spring themed one….Doesn’t look very springy? I had initially though of adding some nice bright colors, but then thought – hey, that’s what I always do! So, I thought of reducing the brightness a notch by choosing some darker colors. Adding a bit of grey-green around the image reduced the brightness a notch more. I should admit it was a notch more than I wanted, but I did like the overall effect. Its kinda like taking a vignette photo of those spring flowers! 😉

So here’s how I made it. I started by stamping the florals from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers stamp sets in a light grey color. I used the watercolor paper from CrafTangles. I then water colored these using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once dry, I added a lot of splatters of black, brown and white. Setting this aside, I set to work on the rest of the card.

Spring Birthday Wishes (closeup)

For the background, I used a brown cardstock. I used the leaf stamps from the same two sets and using Platinum ep to heat emboss them. I also added the least bit of brown color on all the edges, by gently blending them into the cardstock.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of ‘Wishes’ from the My Favorite Things Best Wishes die, adhered them together and then heat embossed them with the same Platinum ep. I also white heat embossed the ‘Birthday’ from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set. I then trimmed the piece to size.

To assemble, I fuzzy cut one side of the watercolored piece, and trimmed it on the other sides, and then foam mounted it on the kraft card base. I then adhered the sentiment pieces on top, with the black piece getting foam mounted too. And that finished my card!

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Jo Avery!

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#871 – STB: All About Summer!

PE: Winner at the Timeout Challenge #163

Timeout challenge winner

Hello and welcome! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time, chosen by our teammate Colleen, is ‘All About Summer’. However, if you are not up for it, you can always play along with just a birthday project!

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And here’s what I made –

You Make Everything Shine

I am not completely sure if this is qualified for a Summer theme, but there is a sun in it….:P

Making the card was pretty straight forward – Stamped the images from My Favorite Things ‘Things with Wings’ stamp set, colored them using my Zig brush markers. I used distress inks for the grass and sky, and cut the grass using My Favorite Things Grassy Fields die. The whole panel was cut using Mama Elephant So Sew die. I stamped the sentiment after the assembly of the top panel, and it is a combination of Concord & 9th Sunshine Turnabout and Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words stamp sets.

You Make Everything Shine (closeup)

Hope you enjoyed my card. Remember to check up on the Seize the Birthday blog for more creative inspiration from the rest of our design team and of course, from out talented Surprise Guest Jo Avery! And don’t forget to join us using your own birthday project!

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps & More challenge #392: Make Your Mark

CASE This Sketch challenge #375

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

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