#552 – Thanks..in Black and Gold

Hello!

I recently got a set of Gansai Tambi watercolors, and tried it out in my previous card…and loved it! I love how rich the colors are, and smooth. And the best part – I don’t have to worry about lines. I owned a set of Camel watercolors till now, and the one complaint I had was that they dry quickly, and once set, I was completely unable to set the colors in motion again. I would see the lines/borders of the previously dried color, and had no idea how to get rid of it. No amount of water would move it, adding more color would not work..I was completely lost. So, I had to try and finish coloring while the colors were still wet..not losing any time at all. But I don’t have this problem with Gansai Tambi. And there’s the bonus of having such a variety of colors, including gold and silver – simply wow!!

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Ok…moving on from praising the watercolors … and coming back to actual action.. I made this card using the darkest brown, the black and gold colors from the set. I first stamped the flower from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia using MFT Hybrid black ink using my MISTI (had to stamp twice, since the tooth of the paper wouldn’t let proper stamping the first time) and set about coloring. Once the panel dried, I stamped the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha, twice, once using Black Soot distress ink and then again using Memento Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink. I even added splatters of the gold from the watercolor. I then trimmed the edges and mounted it on white cardstock. That finished a quick and easy card – barely spent half an hour on it, even with the drying time. 😀

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Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up challenge (Honey Bee Stamps)

CAS(E) This Sketch #198

Woodcraft Store: Clean and Simple: Black & White

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#551 – In Purple

PE: Winner at Cupcake Inspirations!!

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Hello! I am back with another card. A simple to make, but packing a punch card. 😉

Believe in Miracles

I just picked a watercolor panel, colored it with two tones of purple and then a bit of black at the top. Once it was partially dry, I sprinkled a few drops of water, to get small gaps where I could add stars. Once the panel was dry, I stamped the trees (from an alcohol inks kit I brought recently) and the sentiment from JustRite Bokeh Time and embossed it in gold. I also added dots for the stars using embossing pen, which too, I embossed in gold. I then added a second set of trees, behind the gold embossed ones using Black Soot distress ink.

Believe in Miracles

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS(E) This Sketch #197

Addicted to Stamps #218: Holiday

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Cupcake Inspirations #383: Trees

One Layer Simplicity Challenge #33: Peace Be With You

Stamplorations: November CAS Challenge: Purple

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#520 – Close to CAS

PE: Honorable Mention at CAS(E) This Sketch (seriously can’t believe it!!!)

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Hello! So I made a couple more cards the day before..when I was full of energy for making cards! These two cards are not exactly CAS, but near to it. They have minimal elements to make them and minimal coloring too.

Here’s card 1 –

Love You

I’ve used the following supplies:
Reverse Confetti Weather it Together stamp set. I’ve used Hero Arts Butter Bar, Neon Sunshine and Charcoal inks and die cut them using the corresponding dies. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.
The pattern paper from Best of Heidi Swapp

Submitting this card to CAS(E) This Sketch #187

And here’s card 2 –

On My Mind

For this card I’ve used:
Hero Arts Graph stamped with Hero Arts Tide Pool for the background
Mama Elephant Oh Happy Birds stamped using MFT Hybrid Black ink. I had a few I had created for an earlier project. Those were colored with distress inks. I made a few more and colored them using Zig brush pens.
The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti All About You. stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Submitting this card to Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #58

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#503 – A Happy Hello

PE: Runner Up at A2ZScrapboooking Challenge!!!

..and a colorful one too! 😉

A Happy Hello

I made this one layer, watercolor card a couple of days ago, using distress inks for watercoloring. I first stamped the little images from Hero Arts Flower Garden using MFT Hybrid black ink, then added some loose watercoloring using Picked Raspberry, Aged Mahogany, Dusty Concord and Fossilzed Amber. I then added a few splatters using Camel black drawing ink. And when it all dried, I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black.

A Happy Hello

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Color Throwdown Challenge #401

CAS(E) This Sketch #181

A Blog Named Hero: Masculine

A2ZScrapbooking July Challenge: Anything Goes

The Paper Players #304: CAS + Watercolor

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#458 – A Few More Challenges

PE: Noticed at Neat & Tangled!! Yay! Yay! Yay!!

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Hello!

Made a few cards to submit to various challenges.

My first card is using Ellen Hutson stamps and dies –

Miss You

I started with the background – I repeat stamped the flower from Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden and heat embossed it gold. I then colored a few random flowers using Weathered Wood distress ink. I then die cut the flower and leaves from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden and colored them using Broken China + Weathered Wood and Pine Needles distress inks. The sentiment is from Altenew Painted Greetings. Submitting this to Essentials by Ellen March Pin Sights Challenge and CAS(E) This Sketch #165

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My second one using Neat & Tangled stamps –

One of a Kind

I started by randomly stamping all the images with outlines on watercolor paper and heat embossed them clear. I then watercolored them using distress inks – Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Festive Berries. For the sentiment, I die cut another watercolor panel using Sizzix Phrases, and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and watercolored it using Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed.

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After adhering the base watercolored piece on the card base at an angle, I added the sentiment panel too, along with some buttons for embellishment. Submitting this to Little Tangles Challenge #66: Ombre

My third using lots of pattern papers and Reverse Confetti stamps and dies –

Wild About You

I really wanted to start using some pattern papers from my stash. I recently purchased some more – and I couldn’t wait to use these beauties in my cards. Agreed, I am not the best in using them yet, but hoarding them will get me nowhere!! Ok, I really didn’t keep track of which paper pads they are from (:(), but I am just glad I used them! 😉 By the way, the lion and the sentiments are from Reverse Confetti Leaping Lions. I stamped them using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the lion using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. The stars are wood veneers from Studio Calico. Submitting this to Reverse Confetti March Sketch

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#455 – A Bunch – Three Ways

PE: CAS On Sunday Favorite (Top 3)!!

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Hello! Using another new stamp set from my stash – Waffle Flower A Bunch. The fact that the stamp has flowers with outlines with large space inside along with the solid stamps makes way for lots of possibilities.. and I explored a few –

Love You A Bunch

For my first card, I used both the outline and the solid stamps. I started stamping the outline flowers using Paper Trey Ink Fine Linen ink. I then stamped the stems and leaves, masking the flowers wherever necessary. I then stamped the solids of the flowers and leaves using Hero Arts Butter Cup, Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Paper Trey Ink Melon Berry and Memento Bamboo Leaves. I then added a grassy ground of sorts using the little patterns stamps in Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and Memento Bamboo Leaves.

Love You A Bunch

I then cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and cut the window using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. I then stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, within the window using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then foam mounted the outside panel and then adhered the inside panel on the card base.

Submitting this to Timeout Challenge #52 where we are CASEing Marjan (I got inspired by the layout and the concept of flowers), The Challenge #65 (flowers + colors) and The Paper Players Challenge #287: Clean and Simple: Celebrate Spring

For my second card, I used the outline stamps only –

Thinking of You

I stamped the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black and a bit of masking. I also stamped two flowers on a separate panel. I then colored them all using Oil Pastels. I then fuzzy cut the whole bunch. My initial idea was to have a single panel, but I ended up smudging the paper where I didn’t want it, so I had to cut out the whole bunch out – and it worked will, since I cut right beside the outlines. I also colored the edge of the cut out using Zig brush pen in Black.

Thinking of You

Once done, I drew the bouquet (I felt the bouquet in the stamp set was a bit small for the big bunch of flowers) and colored it too. I then adhered the bigger panel of flowers directly on the panel, trimmed it, distressed the edges using Prima Comfort Craft Distressing tool, stamped the sentiment from Micia Butterflies in Spring using Memento Tuxedo Black and foam mounted the panel on the card base. I then adhered the two extra flowers using foam dots.

Submitting this to Inspired by the Little Things #7 and Muse Card Club Challenge #158

For my third card, I used only the solids, along with some other stamps –

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I wanted each element of the design to be intermingled and overlapping. I first made the zig-zags, using Heidi Swapp Chevron stencil and Tattered Rose and Mustard Seed distress inks. I then stamped the loopy lines, from Neat & Tangled Little Tangles using Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the solid flowers and leaves around it using the same ink.

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I then trimmed the panel, and mounted it to a side of the card base. Love the graphic design in this card! 😀

Submitting this to CAS(E) This Sketch #164, Addicted to Stamps #186: Anything Goes and CAS On Sunday #79: Stencil it

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#446 – A Note of Thanks

Hello! I was actually (and still am) skeptical about publishing this card – it’s one of those cards that you are not sure about –

Just A Note

To make this card, I first picked Paper Trey Ink Tropical Teal, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet and Melon Berry, to add stripes of watercolor on a card panel. Once dry, I added a few splotches by dropping water on it, and dried the panel again. I then stamped the flowers from Waffle Flower In Every Way and heat embossed them in white. I then die cut one end of the panel using Spellbinders Label 24, and trimmed the panel to size.

Leaving this aside, I die cut a tag using WPlus9 Timeless Tags 2, stamped it with My Favorite Things Pinstripes using Paper Trey Ink Sweet Blush. I then stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Basic Banners in Memento Tuxedo Black and added this to the panel using some creamish twine.

I then mounted this over a white card base. I also added three wood veneers I coated using a black glitter pen for embellishment. And that’s my card.

Submitting this to CAS(E) This Sketch #162, Friday Mashup Challenge #244: Shimmer & Shine (very little shine on my project, just on the wood veneers!) and Waffle Flower March Challenge (I used the flowers and watercolor)

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