#964 – Happy ‘Sketchy’ New Year!!

Hello and welcome!! Its pretty late in the year for New Year cards, but after forgetting to publish them in the beginning of the year, any time is just fine, I guess! 😉

I was very inspired by these set of cards that were made by Norine Borys. Love how she added her own ‘sketchy’ charm into simple stamped images. I mean, they would look so beautiful by themselves, but by adding the sketching, she added a beautiful charm of her own to them!

I tried applying my sketching skills with the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set. I first stamped the images on the cardstock using distress inks. Of course, I misted the inked stamps before stamping them, so that the colors spread and mixed a bit. These looks absolutely wonderful by themselves, of course. I had half a heart of leaving them alone, afraid of ruining it, but I went ahead with it.

When I was done, I realized that the final result was making me less than happy. They weren’t look great at all! I stared and stared trying to understand why – what was different between what Noris had done and what I had done… and no, I was not thinking about my sketching skills being the problem.. Then I realized it. I had white space between my stamping! I then picked up my brush, and watercolored some green leaves between all the white space, and voila! It started looking a whole lot better! 🙂

Finally happy with the results, I proceeded to add some splatters once everything was dry, and then the frame, and finally the sentiment. That came from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set. I stamped the letters skewed, but mostly together. I felt it went with the ‘sketchy’ look of the flowers well. 🙂

And that’s my 2 cards done! I’m joining the following challenges with these cards –

Watercolor Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s Challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamploration Summer challenge: Anything Goes

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#963 – Red as a Rose

Hello and welcome! I am showing off today a card I made, with my sister providing the gorgeous, cross-stitched roses!! We gave this card to our parents who celebrated their wedding anniversary a few months ago.

We started with the cross stitching. I die cut a panel of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Stitching Panel die. Passed this over to my sister so that she could cross stitch as she pleased. She made this beautiful rosy panel and then my adventure started! 🙂

I thought of making the card a sort of frame. After discarding a couple of options, I thought of using this one, where I cut out a panel of Fabriano Elle Erre Bianca cardstock and then dry embossed it using Spellbinders Elegant Twist Squares, by partially passing the cardstock through my embossing machine to get the rectangle. The texture of the cardstock added for some extra elegance. 🙂

I then adhered the cross stitched panel on a red card base, and foam mounted the frame on top. Since the my sister used wool than thread to cleanly use the larger holes, I need some extra dimension on the frame. Coming to the sentiment, I used red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and then die cut it using Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips. I used a strip of white cardstock to cover up the base of the die cut and again, used foam tape to adhere the sentiment on the card. Finally, I used some white half-pearls as embellishment.

I love this collaboration between my my sister and me! Its rare but fun for us to work on a single project! 🙂

And I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #323: Cathy’s challenge: All Things Feminine

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Stamplorations Summer challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#954 – Congrats to the Newly Weds!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge and this time we have the board created by Betty, following the theme of ‘Summer Entertaining/Weddings’ –

I chose the mid row – Die-cut – Sentiment – Metallic and this is what I made –

I am actually CASE-ing this card by the incredibly talented Dilay Nicar – its just so full freshness!! Of course, with plenty of changes, mine looks more like a wedding card than hers! 😀

I started by die cutting the concentric circles I would be using. I cut them out from beige cardstock using Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles and added dimension to each piece by adhering 3 of each together. For the card base, I die cut a panel using a die from Mama Elephant So Sew dieset, partially diecutting it to make it lengthier than it would be when using the die as is. I then added splatters of light brown die ink, let them dry and finally I adhered these circles on top, trimming and reusing whatever leftover piece I could to fill in the panel.

I chose the colors for my flowers as purple, peach and pink and picked two shades of each to stamp the florals and leaves using stamps from Lesia Zgharda – Kvitys Contours, Fern and Leaflets.I also used Altenew Antiuqe Gold ink on the flower centers to add a bit of shine. I then trimmed each of the images and arranged them on the panel. For adhering, I used glue on some of them,and a bit of foam tape on the others for some more dimension.

I then adhered this over a white card base, and trimmed any extra length of cardstock. For the sentiment, I first applied double sided tape over scrap white cardtock and added holographic foil over it. I then die cut the ‘congrats’ using My Favorite Things Congrats die. For the stamped part, I selected one from Waffle Flower Congrats stamp set and heat embossed it using platinum embossing powder over the same white cardstock, trimmed it to size and cut out triangles from both ends to get the mini banner. I then adhered the congrats die cut to a few extra pieces that I had die cut and then adhered it over my card along with the foam mounted stamped sentiment piece. For embellishing, I used a few double colored sequins and a few white sequins.

And that finished my card. Checkout more fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT and our special guest designer at the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog and don’t forget to join the fun!

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#950 – Sparsely colored Bergenias

PE: Top Three at AAA Birthday challenge!

AAA Birthday - Top 3

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time I chose the Topping to be ‘Use an Embossing Folder‘.

And here’s what I created –

Sorry for the picture’s bad quality – its always cloudy here, and this is taken when the day was at its brightest!

Coming to the card – I started with embossing Hndmd Cotton watercolor paper using Altenew’s Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder. I then started coloring the raised areas with Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils, using mineral oil/baby oil and paper stump to blend the colors. (You can see a similar coloring attempt with a different Altenew embossing folder here, where I used Oil pastels instead).

Once done, I trimmed the panel and adhered it over an off-white cardstock, covering the top completely. For the sentiment, I stamped one from Altenew Beautiful Lady over the same cardstock, trimmed it to size and foam mounted it over the card. I then added a few translucent sequins from Ranganjali for embellishment.

And that’s my card!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #318: All About Occasions

AAA Birthday challenge #26: Flowers

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #408: Birthdays where they are also celebrating their 9th birthday!! Yay!!

Checkout more inspiring cards from the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Melanie Hungerford, and make good use of your embossing folders and join the fun!

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#945 – Watercoloring with Pencils

PE: Winner at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

Addicted to Stamps - Winner

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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