#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!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#941 – Birthday Lilies

Hello and welcome! Ma’s birthday was just some time ago and my sister and I had another collaboration card, made just for her.

Since Ma loves flowers, I always go for flowers when I make cards for her. This time was no different. And since my sister makes some magnificent backgrounds, I asked her to make something for this card too. She made this gorgeous pink and blue sheet of pattern, and I started from there.

The basic idea I initially had was to make something resembling these cards made by Jennifer McGuire. But then I realized that that would cover the entire pattern paper. I could make a trifold card, and keep the pattern paper inside, but that wasn’t looking too good. So I changed gears and came up with another idea, where I could use vellum to create a trifold card, which could expose the pattern paper on the card top as well.

So I chose Altenew Build a Flower: Peruvian Lily – since it was one of the few sets for which I had the coordinating dies. I started with die cutting plenty of flowers and leaves and then stamping them. I used my trusty MISTI and another piece of scrap cardstock from which I had die cut the flower and leaf shapes, to stamp the images multiple times without the need for realigning them. I then used Sakura Black glaze pen over the anther and Sakura clear glitter pen over a few dots of the lily for some sparkle and shine.

Once done, I started planning my design. The base and second layer would be normal white card base, with the top layer being vellum. I then started assembling it.

To start with, I adhered the pattern paper on top of the white cardbase, and trimmed off the excess. I then trimmed about1/8th inch off both sides, giving it a white border. Next, after deciding the length of vellum I wanted to use, I adhered the flowers and leaves on the very edge of it using double sided tape. I also adhered die cut pieces of the flower behind the vellum, aligning them to the flowers I had adhered on top, to cover up the adhesive. I then scored the vellum, trimmed off the excess and adhered the bottom to the back of the card, using more tape.

On the next layer, which is where I had adhered the pattern paper, I adhered more flowers and leaves, trimming anything which was hanging out, so that the top vellum layer could close without any problems.

Coming to the sentiment, I used Lesia Zgharda Happy Birthday stamp with VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink on white cardstock and fussy cut it. I then stamped it on some craft fowm and also fussy cut that, and adhered it to the cardstock sentiment piece. I then adhered this over the card. I like how the sentiment is still visible even after moving the top layer. 🙂

Since the tape was still present at the back of the card, I used another piece of white cardstock to cover it. And that finished my card!

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps #405: Die cuts &/or Stencils (both are used in this card)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use Dies &/or Punches

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

AAA Birthday Card challenge #25: Happy Birthday

Altenew May Inspiration challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #316: All About Occasions

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#938 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card which I had made in hurry for my sister’s birthday. My parents, who usually bought a birthday card for her couldn’t get one this time – and I had to make one for her in a hurry… sigh…if only I had the forethought of making one sooner. Now, it isn’t that the card doesn’t look nice, but that it does fall short of what I would have liked to make if I had enough time. So, sorry sis.. you’ll get a better one next time! 😀

So, anyway, coming to the card –

Sorry for the lack in quality of the photo, its not the best weather for clicking photos today..

So, I started with stamping the flowers and leaves, two sets of Simon Says Stamp stamps, More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers, on the cardstock. I wasn’t going for very detailed coloring, so I stamped them in VersaFine Onyx black ink, and colored them in Zig brush markers. I then fussy cut them all out.

For the background, I used Altenew Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder on cream cardstock, and then swiped Altenew Antique Gold ink on top. I then adhered this on a white card base. Arranging the floral and leafy images on top in layers, I thought it might be better to choose the sentiment too, since I wanted it to cover a little bit of the card so I could tuck my florals underneath.

I chose a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script and heat embossed it twice in gold, to achieve some dimension, and then cut out the sentiment. I also added a bit of gold embossing dots to the centers of the main flowers, since I wasn’t going to add any more extra sparkle on them. 😀

I then adhered all the pieces together, using a couple of scrap cardstock strips to add dimension to the sentiment piece. Finally, I also added a few off white half-pearls to add some embellishing.

And that finished my card. I’m also joining these challenges –

Just us Girls challenge #583: Trend Week: Layers

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #315: All Things Feminine

Global Design Project #291: Birthday

AAA Birthday card challenge #25: Happy Birthday

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#934 – Sending Big Hugs

Hello and welcome! Its always fun to use new products in the stash, and challenges are sometimes the perfect opportunity to use them. We have a new challenge up at Tic Tac Toe, where we still have the theme of Mom/Feminine/Encouraging going on, but a new board, by myself for you to play with –

I chose the mid row of Embossing – Florals – Encouraging Sentiment and this is what I created –

I have this gorgeous new flower from Altenew in my stash now – Build a Flower: Peruvian Lily. I don’t think I could ever have enough of looking at it!! 😀

Well, for this card, I chose a mint blue to be my choice of color for the flower. Once I stamped it all and die cut it. For the background, I had already decided on a mix of stamping and embossing. I first stamped a panel using Hero Arts Leaf & Floral Background – a very old stamp, but it has the most gorgeous patterns! I stamped it using a light kraft color, then embossed using Elizabeth Crafts Mini mosaic embossing folder. I love the effect that produces – you tilt it to one side and see the stamping, tilt it to the other side and see the embossing. Its just fun!

So anyway, I trimmed this panel to the size I wanted, and then foam mounted it on a light blue textured cardstock. For the sentiment, I first die cut the letters from Neat & Tangled Journaling Alphas. I stacked the die cuts for dimension and then added Zig Two way glue on top. On this i placed some blue holographic foil, and pressed it using my fingers on to the die cut letters. Either the pressure or the glue wasn’t enough, but the foil didn’t cover the entire surface of the letters. But I kinda liked this look, so I let it be. The rest of the sentiment came from Altenew Adore You stamp set, which I have stamped partially, and trimmed. I adhered the die cuts on the card, whereas I used a few pieces of scrap cardstock adhered behind them to mount the stamped sentiments.

And that’s my card! And I’m joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #55: Pretty Pastels

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #403: Birthdays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Sending Hugs

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #314: All About Occasions

Checkout what the rest of the design team and our guest designer have prepared for you to get inspired in the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog. And thank you so much for stopping by!

#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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