#460 – Color Challenges


The first is a sort of mixed media card – the first of its kind I’ve made πŸ™‚ –

With Love

I started with first stamping Penny Black Dazzler using Colobox Lime pigment ink, which I then clear heat embossed. I then smooshed Salty Ocean and Crushed Olive distress inks on the piece, added more ink with a brush wherever I thought I needed it. Once dry, I stamped some patterns on using the same ink and Cloud 9 Borders stamps. I then trimmed the piece, adhered it at an angle on a white card base and adhered the sentiment, from Spellbinders Sentiments 3 and the butterfly, from Tattered Lace Butterflies. And that finished my card.

Submitting this to Color Throwdown Challenge #386

My second card is using a typical layout – using a frame and a bunch of flowers surrounding the sentiment –

Have an Amazing Day

The background – I really don’t remember what I have used; I made it quite some time ago, using at least 4 inks (probably Paper Trey Ink Tropical Teal, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio distress inks and Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool inks – I know that makes it 5, but I did say ‘at least’! :P). So, I trimmed the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and also cut out a frame from it.

Have an Amazing Day

I then stamped the flowers, from Waffle Flower In Every Way, using Versamark Orange, Paper Trey Ink Melon Berry and the leaves from Paper Smooches Calico using Hero Arts Tide Pool and Faber Castell Green inks. I then fuzzy cut them. After arranging them, I also stamped and fuzzy cut the sentiment from the same Waffle Flower set – I used Versamark Orange, Paper Trey Ink Melon BerryΒ  and Memento Tuxedo Black inks. I also stamped a few more leaves on the background. I then adhered the background using double sided tape and the rest using foam tape and foam dots.

Submitting this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #25: Anything Goes, Bastel Traum Challenge #39: Nature/ Garden/Rainbow, Lesia Zgharda: Use A Floral Stamp, ColourQ Challenge #334 and Pinterest Inspired Challenge: April

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#457 – Just Waving


Back with a second post. This time, I made use of a NBUS (never been used before) stamp -Neat & Tangled Sail Mates. I really like the sail theme stamps in this set, but I’ve not used any for some reason… Time’s finally come to use them! πŸ˜‰

Just Waving

I started with heat embossing the boat on both plain and kraft card stock and fuzzy cutting them. I then colored the sails using Ripe Persimmon + Festive Berries, Picked Raspberry distress inks. On another white card panel, I stamped and heat embossed in white the waves and colored them using Peacock Feathers + Cracked Pistachio. Once dry, I stamped the boat where I wanted it to be. I also fuzzy cut the curved kraft panel and stamped the sentiment – a combination of Neat & Tangled Sail Mates and WPlus9 Basic Banners stamps – using Hero Arts Unicorn white ink and then heat embossed it in white. I also blended in some Ripe Persimmon around the boat and foam mounted the sail.

Just Waving

I then trimmed the panel a bit and foam mounted it over a kraft card base. I also adhered the boat using foam dots and the sentiment panel using foam tape. I then added the heart from Mama Elephant Confetti die and added copious amounts of clear Wink of Stella glitter.

Submitting this to ColourQ Challenge #334 and Seize the Birthday: Water

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#451 – Bunnies in a Row!

PE: One Layer Simplicity Challenge Winner!!

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ColourQ Courtier!!

ColourQ - Honorable Mention

Hello! After quite some time, I am back to critter coloring! So much fun! πŸ˜€

Both my cards featured today carry the totally adorable bunnies from My Favorite Things Some Bunny stamp set. And here’s the first –

Hoppy Easter

I can’t believe myself that I’ve made such a CAS card!! πŸ˜€ I first stamped the bunnies using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored them using Peeled Paint + Pine Needles, Bundled Sage + Mowed Lawn, Crushed Olive distress inks and PaperΒ Trey Ink Simply Chartreuse ink. I then drew some squiggly lines below the bunnies and stamped the sentiment, form Mama Elephant Honey Bunny in both Memento Tuxedo Black and Paper Trey Ink Simply Chartreuse inks.

Submitting this to ColourQ Challenge #333, One Layer Simplicity Challenge #25: Let Green ‘March’ In, Just Add Ink #30: Just Add ‘E’, Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge #46, Scrapulechki Challenge CAS Challenge: Green and CASology #189: Doodle

My second card is actually what I had made weeks ago! I gave this to my sister, and totally forgot about publishing it, until I made another card using the same stamp set! πŸ˜›

Bunny Chain

For this card, I first stamped the bunnies using Hero Arts Black ink, then colored the bunnies using Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar and their dresses using Cracked Pistachio, Blue Lagoon, Crushed Olive inks. I stamped the background using starts and hearts from Mama Elephant Bear Hugs using the same inks, and, after fuzzy cutting the bunnies, I adhered them using foam dots.

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#449 – Shakers


Made a couple of similar shaker cards –

One of a Kind

I used Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden stamp set for these cards (the second one has a leaf from Neat & Tangled Paper Cut Flowers extra). Very similar in design – but with a couple of obvious differences πŸ™‚ The layout itself inspired is inspired by this card by the amazing Yoonsun Hur.

You Are So Special to Me

I used watercolor panels from Brustro for the stamping with distress inks Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachi0 and Crushed Olive. I then die cut the watercolor panel and a window within using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and Stitched Squares die sets. For the window, I colored another watercolor panel with Abandoned Coral distress ink. Before added the acetate, I added layers of torn vellum in between, for additional texture. The sentiments are from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages, one stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black and another stamped using Hero Arts Unicorn White and heat embossed white with Wow embossing powder.

I am giving the second one to my dear sis and submitting the first card to ColourQ Challenge #332 and Just Us Girls Challenge #334: Shakers

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#441 -Watercoloring with Flowers – Two Techniques

PE: Winner at ColourQ!!! πŸ˜€ Yay!!

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Hello! Back after a long break – half of which I spent not feeling well. Well, I felt better today, and what better way to spend half a day then making some cards! πŸ˜€

I used flowers from Altenew stamps for both my cards. And the techniques are old and well known too. But what’s new for me is that I’ve used products I’ve not used before (at least for the technique) or its a technique I’ve not tried at all! πŸ™‚

Well, here’s presenting card 1 and technique 1 –

Happy Birthday

I used Altenew Magnolias For Her, heat embossed the images using Ranger Black Sparkle embossing powder. I then used wet on wet technique for coloring using Camel Drawing Ink Scarlet ink (remember these inks, I had trouble with using them..). As the colors are lovely and bright, I had no problems at all with the inks. And the embossing helped to keep the colors localized in each petal. The best flower images for the technique too! πŸ™‚ After they dried, I fuzzy cut the pieces.

Happy Birthday

I used Camel Drawing Ink Dark Green (yes, the label says Dark Green, but the ink looks like dark teal!!) to color the background. Coloring this was just like using distress inks – I was able to create a water-like background very easily! Loved it! I dried the paper by using my heat gun in between washes, repeating the process until I got the desired effect. I then added a few splotches of white acrylic paint.

Once everything was dry, I die cut the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts Its Your Day using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I also adhered the flowers directlyΒ  I then some texture to the card base using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders and foam mounted the piece on top. I also added Wink of Stella clear glitter to all the flower petals, doubling the glitter on a few of the main petals to increase the shine a bit too. That finished my first card.

Submitting this to Color Throwdown Challenge #382, Seize the Birthday: Anything Goes andΒ  Bastel Traum Challenge #38: Birthday

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

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Card 2 and technique 2 –

You Make Me Happy

This too is a ‘kind’ of wet-on-wet, except I chose the first layer of wet as a color, instead of plain water. Another technique I applied is to spray the flowers using my mister, once I was done painting, to spread the colors and create a vague background. Misting/sparying like this was one of the techniques taught by Jennifer McGuire here.

I chose Altenew Painted Poppies and Cracked Pistachio (2nd generation) and Pumice Stone to stamp the flowers then colord them using Cracked Pistachio, Broken China, Mermaid Lagoon and Pumice Stone along with Memento Teal Zeal to color them. After I sprayed the flowers and dried the panel, I again added a bit of the colors, wherever I felt they had faded off too much. The sentiment, from the same stamp set, is stamped using Hero Arts Soft Granite. To finish the card, I added a strip of grey-striped washi tape of the card base and foam mounted my watercolor panel on top. No embellishments, as I wanted the focus on the flowers and the sentiment, preferring to keep it simple. πŸ™‚

Submitting this to ColourQ Card Challenge #331.

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#440 – Stamped flowers

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Back with a couple more colorful cards! πŸ™‚

My first card is inspired by this card by the amazing Mayuri.

So Very Blessed

A very simple card, using only simple stamping technique – but, very colorful! πŸ˜€ I used WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers and co-ordinating dies along with Memento Pear Tart, Memento Dandelion, Hero Arts Neon Blue, Ripe Persimmon distress ink (I didn’t have another brighter red ink in my stash) along with Memento Tuxedo Black. The sentiment comes from Neat & Tangled Gardenia Blooms.

Submitting this to ColourQ Challenge #330 and Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday: Floral


For my second card –

Happy Birthday

The flowers from Altenew Vintage Flowers are stamped using Paper Trey Ink Sweet Blush, Paper Trey Ink Hibiscus Burst, Memento Tangelo, Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Memento Dandelion, Fossilized Amber distress ink, Memento Pear Tart and Memento Bamboo Leaves. I stamped a few flowers on another card panel and fussy cut them out.

Happy Birthday

Before adhering it to the card base, I added a few scored lines on the stamped panel. I then added the flowers and the sentiment, from Altenew Label Love stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. Finally, I added a mix of pink rhinestones with sequins as embellishment. And that finished my card.

Submitting this to Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #45

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#434 – A Wash of Color

PE: Stamplorations February Theme & Sketch Challenge Winner!!!

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Like a few of the products I have bought, I had difficulty to determine what to do with Camel Drawing inks – I had initially bought them thinking I could do some watercoloring with them. But I wasn’t able to do so very well. One reason might be that I am but a novice in watercoloring – I felt the inks dry too quickly, and I wasn’t able to give them a proper spread, even while using a wet-on-wet technique. On the other hand I just love the vibrancy of these inks. They might have fit calligraphy perfectly, only if I was actually going for it! Since I am not, I found, for the time being, one use of these inks.


I first applied a coat of gesso on normal card stock and then applied these inks like I was watercoloring. After it dried (I had to heat it a bit too, the inks were coming off a bit) it gave a beautiful marbled look. Loved it! Wish I had taken a photo too, but I went with the die cutting before I realized it.. 😦

So anyway, I used Paper Trey Ink Triangles cover plate to get these tiny triangles. I chose Paper Trey Ink Soft Stone card stock and arranged them and adhered each using foam dots. The sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint is stacked, with the die cut from black cardstock forming a shadow effect with the die cut from a white cardstock. I then added white Ranger Enamel Accents. Although the technique is very simple, it took a lot of time to finish this card. And even though the triangles are not exactly arranged very neatly, I still love the card! πŸ™‚

Submitting this to Pinterest Inspired Challenge (February) and 30 Day Coloring Challenge

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My second card too uses the same technique. Except, I only added the color to a corner of my gesso-ed cardstock.

Thank You

Once the colors were dry, I stamped the flowers and leaves from Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden and Bold Blooms using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Of course, they didn’t stamp well (and I don’t own archival ink) so I traced over them again with my Uniball Signo black gel pen. And when even this wasn’t sticking, I heated the whole thing with my heat gun – and it finally stuck! πŸ˜€ I also stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Flower Sparks in the same way.

I then die cut the panel using Spellbinders Grate Effect. I then adhered the pieces together, on the card base, selectively not adhering a few pieces. There’s so much going on in this card, I decided not to add any embellishments. And that’s my card..

The You

Submitting this to Stamplorations February Challenge: Stamps & Triplets (3 of anything), ColourQ Challenge #329 and Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge #44

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