#866 – Watercolored Wreath

PE: TGIF challenge winner!!

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Winner at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

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Hello and welcome! If you’ve known me, you know that I absolutely love watercoloring. I mostly love coloring florals, but I’m also working on improving my critter coloring…and then some. But, until now, it was mostly stamp and color. Lately, I’ve been interested in some free hand watercoloring, and was pretty happy with my very first attempt at it, when I watercolored some eucalyptus leaves. Since then, I continued my experiments, mostly learning by watching YouTube videos by Shada Campbell, and this time I’ve tried my hand at free hand watercoloring florals – a simple wreath for now:

Watercolor Wreath

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors, along with watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles. I just drew a simple circle, watercolored. For watercoloring, I used primarily a shade of purple, and along with it, I mixed a couple more colors, mixing brown for the leaves and wine red for the roses. This keeps the monochrome look, while bringing in plenty of shades. Finally, I let everything dry and then trimmed the paper. I also added a few splatters.

Watercolor Wreath (closeup)

To bring the card together, I stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I foam mounted the watercolroed panel onto black card stock, tucking a strip of dotted washi tape in similar colors on the bottom of one side.

I am so very happy with my trials! I’ll keep working on more of these free hand watercolors from now on..

Linking my card with these challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #271: All About Occasions

TGIF Challenge #264: Technique challenge: Watercolor

The Flower Challenge #44: Monochrome

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

craft monthly challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#863 – Birthday Wishes!

PE: Designer’s choice at Tic-Tac-Toe challenge!

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Hello and welcome! My sister’s birthday came around a month ago and I had made this card for her –

Happy Birthday Sis!

Since I usually make some florals, I thought of going for critters this time. And with a window too (since I wasn’t completely happy with my last attempt of having a window card with critters in it).

So the first thing I did was stamp all the critters and watercolor them.
I used stamps from:
My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes
My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes
My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles
My Favorite Things Scene Builder
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits
I used watercolor paper from CrafTangles. After doing some no-line water-coloring using colors from Zig Brush markers, I added some accents to a few potions, like the cake and the party accessories and the balloons using sparkly colored gel pens or clear sparkle pen. Finally, I fussy cut all the images out.

Happy Birthday Sis! (closeup)

Next to the card base. I first masked off a portion for the ground and then blended in the blue lightly and then used the Mudra Brick brick stencil on top to add more color. I used some makeup brushes, which I newly bought – and oh, wow, do I love them! I’ve never achieved such lovely blending! For the ground, I blended in the grey and then added some lines using a grey marker to indicate wooden flooring.

I used a single die from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to die cut the three windows.

Happy Birthday Sis! (inside)

The inside of the card is more water-coloring, for which I used a separate watercolor panel. This time, I used distress inks. Also, the wooden porch where the darling piggy is standing is brown shaded and another piece. Both the water-colored background and the porch are adhered directly on top of the inside of the card.

Finally, I heat embossed the sentiments, from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, both inside and outside the card, using white ep. Finally, I adhered all he fussy cut critters on top, along with the cake and decorations.

And that’s my card for my sister!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #387: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #269: Anything Goes

Hndmd/CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #62 (bottom row, clouds-animals-layers)

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#856 – STB: Touch of Green

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Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Touch of Green’, which is given to us by Vicki. Of course, as usual, you are free to skip the topping and join us with any Birthday project, as long as it is new.

2020-03-12-TouchOfGreen

This year, I one of my goals was to improve my watercoloring. I’ve never tried free style coloring – I usually stamp and watercolor. So I am trying to learn it. This challenge was perfect to try painting leaves, so I gave it a go. And after I was satisfied (at least, for the time being) with my attempt, I made a card out of it.

Watercolored Green Leaves

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles, and Gansai Tambi watercolors. I basically was aiming for a shade like Pthalo Green, so its a bluish-green tinge (and not a photo mistake 😀 ). This is supposed to be a branch of eucalyptus leaves, but I am not really sure if it is looking as much! But I am sure I liked how the watercoloring itself turned out, so that’s ok, I guess! 😉

Watercolored Green Leaves (closeup)

Once everything dried, I added a few splatters and then once that too dried, I added the sentiment, trying to go for the same ink color as the painting. The stamp set I used is Winnie & Walter In a Word: The Big, the Bold and Party. I then trimmed the piece a bit on the sides, and mounted it on a black card base.

I hope you are inspired by my card!I am joining the following challenges too –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: A Bit of Green

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Use some Green

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers March CAS challenge: Use Your Favorite Technique (Mine is watercoloring)

Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (haven’t used the optional ‘Flowers’)

CrafTangles March challenge: Anything Goes (And I’ve used their watercolor paper)

Monthly Challenges 2020 March

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

#843 – Sending Christmas Greetings

Hello and welcome! This post features the second Christmas card I made to send out to a friend. 🙂

Holiday Greetings (Shaker Card)

This time I made it a shaker card. The background is another print from the CrafTangles Elements pack, Christmas Animals. I lightly watercolored it a bit using distress inks, since the white background was looking a bit too bright in white. I also added glitter on the elephant’s and rabbit’s caps’ white bits and the baubles and star on the Christmas tree. I also added glossy accents on the baubles and star on the Christmas tree. I let it dry completely before proceeding further with the card. I also adhered a few pieces of silver star sequins on the tree and here and there on the piece.

To make the shaker, I used Moss Green cardstock from CrafTangles to cut out a window frame. I used a white card base, adhered the cut out ‘Elements‘ picture, added a few shaker elements and then adhered the window frame, to which I had already stuck a clear plastic sheet.

Holiday Greetings (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die-cut a few pieces of Simon Says Stampers Sending die. For the top most piece, I first heat embossed in silver the scrap piece of cardstock that I was going to die cut. After heat embossing a couple of times to get a good coverage, I then die cut it, and adhered all the pieces together. The stamped piece of the sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Wishing You stamp set. I then adhered them both on the card using double sided red tape.

At this point, I felt that the white of the cardstock was too bright, compared to what I could see from the window. So I colored it the same colors as the shaker panel, lightly. And finally I was done. 🙂

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Interactive Christmas

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day

Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes

CrafTangles Monthly challenge #12: December challenge: Christmas

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#842 – Christmas Wishes

Hello! I’ve been thinking of sending Christmas cards to friends who celebrate, but wasn’t able to for the last few years. This year, I finally was able to plan properly and send them out on time – so they will hopefully receive them before the festival! But I hope they do forgive me for publishing it before they receive it!

So here’s card number one –

Warm Winter Wishes

{Pardon me for the grainy, blurry images, but I had to send all the cards and was in a hurry to take the photos, and the cloudy weather outside was not being my friend!}

To make a quick card, I made use of the pretty prints from the Elements pack from CrafTangles, called Christmas Animals. The animals are totally adorable, and the prints and paper are of a good quality too. I cut this particular deer in a bauble by hand, and foam mounted it on a grey toned cardstock on which I had splattered some Picket Fence distress paint.

Warm Winter Wishes (closeup)

I thought of adding a little green and red to the card by imitating the flowers on the little rabbit’s head. I used leaf dies from Pink Fresh Studio’s Dainty Blossoms and the flower dies from Paper Smooches’ Flowers to die cut water color paper, water colored them and then adhered them on the card. The sentiment, from Neat and Tangled Winter Wishes stamp, came in the end.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Christmas Card Day

Christmas Card Day

Timeout Challenge #150: Merry & Cheerful

Just us Girls challenge #516: Anything Goes

Stamplorations December CAS Challenge: Anything CAS goes with optional twist of Christmas Colors

CrafTangles Monthly challenge #12: December challenge: Christmas

Thank you so much for stopping by!! 🙂