#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.


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!

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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.’


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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#876 – Anniversary Card

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card I made for my parents’ anniversary..which was more than a couple of months ago. Yeah..I forgot to write about it. But I finally remembered! So, here it is!

Happy Anniversary

The lovely sunflowers are from Right at Home, a stamp set called ‘Sunflowers’. The leaves from that stamp set, however, I found to be a little smaller than I wanted, so I borrowed them from Altenew’s Beautiful Day and Peony Bouquet stamp sets. I stamped all the images I wanted and they fussy cut them.

Happy Anniversary (closeup 1)

For the background, I used alcohol inks in shades of blue, yellow and green, trimmed it and mounted it on a dark green cardstock. I also added a strip of gold foil cardstock on either edge. Finally came the sunflowers themselves.

Then came the sentiment. I wanted some dimension and sparkle on the them, so on the ‘Happy’ die cut, which is from Neat & Tangled Happy Holidays die, I stacked a few of them, heat embossed them in white first, adding a few layers of the powder to get them the nice round look. I then inked only the lower half and this time added gold embossing powder, using the heat gun to both melt and move the powder a little bit to mingle the colors in the middle. The ‘anniversary’ came from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint stamp set, which I heat embossed in gold, trimmed and foam mounted on the card. The die, I adhered only beneath the ‘y’ and the ‘h’, to keep the rest of it floating.

Happy Anniversary (closeup 2)

To add some extra glimmer, I also added a few dots of gold embossing on the center of the flowers and also applied some Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold, to give it some golden glittery shine. And that’s done!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #279: All About Occasions challenge by Helen

The Flower challenge #46: Summer/Winter

Virginia’s July Show and Share challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

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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.


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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#874 – Just a Note

Hello! Its again been some time since I created a non-DT card. Being totally out of it is slowly becoming a norm and I wanted to break it desperately. Thankfully, this idea that appeared in my mind clicked!

Just A Note

I started with making watercolor panels of blue and brown using Brusho powders. I first used water mixed with perfect pearls and then used plain water to mist the panels, and dried them using my heat gun. With this I had 2 panels of brown, one a shade darker and 1 of blue. I then die cut the lighter of the brown panels and the blue panel using Altenew Doodled Lace die. I also cut out the flower and leaf pieces from the die cuts.

To make the background framed panel, I die cut the darker brown piece with my Memory Box Rectangle Basics, creating two pieces – the frame and the panel inside. I cut a few more pieces to adhere them only behind the frame, to raise it a little. I then positioned this on my card base, stamped the sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in copper.

I then adhered the frame-panel over the cream, rustic card base. I also adhered the flower and leaf pieces that I had cut out earlier – some raised with foam tape and some directly adhered. Finally, for embellishing, I used a few brown colored clear gemstones. To add a bit more sparkle, I went through the flowers and the frame with a glitter brush pen.

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

The Flower challenge #45: Navy + One Other

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Altenew June Inspiration challenge

Altenew June 2020 Inspiration Photo

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