#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

Step over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more innovative ideas from the rest of the DT!

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#936 – Watercoloing Scenes

Hello and welcome! With the start of a new month, we have the start of a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, the theme is Anything Goes, so as long as your creation has some sort of coloring using water in it, you can join.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

For this month, instead of my usual cards, I have these experiments in watercoloring. I had tried making some ‘scene’s, some inspired by Sandy Allnock‘s creations, and some by images from Pinterest. These were actually created by me late last year, but I only got around to editing the images now, and thought it an ideal time to post them. 🙂

I’ve used Gansai Tambi watercolors and watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles. On this first piece, I used a critter from Mama Elephant Three Amigos. I tried a snow forest scene, with the lights coming out of the woods in rainbow colors, but somehow the rest of the colors got lost and the majority became reddish with a tint of yellow behind the critter.. which in turn looks like the sun’s glow, making the shadow all wrong. 😦 But this scene was fun to make, and a good practice as well!

This is, I think, a most commonly used scene. A bunch of trees on a lake or river bank. I used made the scene monochromatic and CAS. Painting the reflection on the water could use some more work. However, I did have fun creating the trees. 🙂

For this last one, I first drew the bridge and banks, and then used a kitty from Pink & Main’s Catitude stamp set, then drew the balloons. Now that I look at it, the kitty has no shadow, though I’ve painted the shadow for the bridge’s railings!! Silly me! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the scenes that I painted-experimented on. I haven’t been to much painting so far this year, but I’m sure to get some more soon. 🙂 Do hop by the Happy Little Stampers blog to look at what the rest of the design team has created.

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#932 – Purple Poppies

PE: Inkspirational challenge Top Pick!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Winner at Just Add Ink! Yippie!!

Just Add Ink - Winner

Hello and welcome! My sister had her birthday the last week and this is the card I made for her. I wanted her card to look like it was a frame out of a field of flowers. And here’s what I made –

The entire thing is free hand watercoloring. I wanted to make poppies, but didn’t want to use the well known red in it. So I chose purple instead. I drew the outline of the larger flowers in a light handed pencil, and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors. The paper is Canson XL.

Once everything was dry, I splattered a bit of green and brown, and once that too was dry, I trimmed the panel to size. Before mounting this on a black card base, that I had measured and cut out, I drew a frame using a Versamark pen and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then adhered the watercolored panel using double sided tape.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of black cardstock using a die from Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips and adhered them together. I then clear embossed the top a couple of times to make it shiny. This, I adhered to the card. I also added a few sequins to embellish and finish my card.

I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Just Add Ink challenge #549: Choose Any Two – I chose Leaves and Petals

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Inkspirational challenge #236: Grow

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#929 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Its the beginning of a new month, and hopefully spring is spreading/already spread all around! And we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, this is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I’ve made for your inspiration this month –

This card is supposed to go to a very dear friend of mine, who has her birthday today! Happy birthday, dear Pooja!! 🙂

One of the things that I’ve been attempting lately is to free hand watercolor…whatever I can! I have plenty of inspiration, just need to search for it! When I thought of making this card, I thought of spring flowers and birds…at least, one bird. I started with the bird, making it as colorful as I could! 😀 Then free handed the flowers and leaves, added lots of splatters. And after letting it all dry, I then spent some time fussy cutting them all out. I then added a bit of shine on the bird’s eye and a few dots on the flower centers using Sakura black glaze pen.

Next, I had to make a background for the entire scene. My first attempt had too just of texture, my second was a tad too dark, and this is my third background, I smooshed some distress inks on a sheet of clear plastic, misted lots of water on and smooshed my cut out panel of cardstock on top. Once dry, I die it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I adhered this on a white card base. Then, before adhering the flowers and birdie, I die cut a few pieces for the branch using Memory Box Woodland Branch..which is all but invisible on the final card!! Anyway, I assure you its there.. behind all the flowers and leaves, which I’ve adhered it on. I did add dimension behind the bird and the flowers and a few leaves, using some foam and using Connect glue to adhere them on the card.

Finally, for the sentiment.I absolutely loved this glossy black cardstock that Jennifer McGuire showcased in her My Favorite Crafty Things videos. Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting those myself (too much to pay in the custom tax), I thought of another way. I took some photo paper, then used a black marker pen to cover the whole surface in black. Same beautiful look – black and glossy! I love how different it looked from a black heat embossed die cut.

So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die to die cut the photo paper, and then some scrap cardstock too. I adhered them together and then adhered it over my card. I didn’t add any extra embellishing to this one, thinking I wanted the bird to steal the show! 🙂 And that’s it.

I’m submitting this card to the following challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #235

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #312: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Easter/Spring

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Pooja, I hope you like this card (when it reaches you), and I wish you a wonderful birthday!

Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to check what the rest of our talented DT have for you to get inspired! And don’t forget to join us!

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#917 – Just Because…

Hello and welcome! We’ve already moved past the first month the year! And that means, we have a set of new challenges starting up at Happy Little Stampers. The very first being Watercolor challenge, and again we have the Anything Goes theme.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is my inspiration for you –

I had this one piece of die cut, watercolored flower leftover from a previous project. Thinking of using it in another one, I ended up with multiple pieces, and then pick and chose a few to make this card.

The die cut pieces are from multiple dies and companies – I used Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms, Memory Box Flutter Vine and Memory Box Prim Poppy. After die cutting, I watercolored these pieces using Gansai Tambi watercolors and let them dry.

I then trimmed a piece of CrafTangles Vintage Jounal Decoupage Paper and adhered it on top of grey cardstock, covering it completely. I then adhered the flowers and leaves on top. The sentiment is from My Favorite Things Well, Hello. I had a strip of leftover cardstock from another die cutting, with that stitched edge on top. I stamped the sentiment on that with black ink.

Before foam mounting it on the card, I added a length of looped silver string and placed it below the sentiment strip. Its barely visible, but makes its presence known just enough. 🙂

And that’s my card! To get more inspiration, check out the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog. And stay tuned for the other challenges starting over the next few days too.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂