#616 – Succulents & Watercoloring – Two Ways

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Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Sweet Seven!!

Cupcake Inspirations - Sweet Six

Hello! You know all those pretty succulent stamps that have been released by so many companies.. I did want to get one, but I never knew which one to choose. I did decide on one thought – Waffle Flower Potted stamp set. Those neatly grouped succulents are perfect for my watercoloring needs! πŸ™‚ And after such a long time after buying them, I finally put the image to good use.

I tried two watercolor techniques. Both involve heat embossing, give a messy look, and are fantastically fun to make.

With All My Heart

I prepared two watercolor panels – both with the succulent stamped and heat embossed in white. For the first card, I used my inky fingers to create art. Smooshing my chosen distress inks on an acetate, I misted them, picked the ink using my fingers and started adding dots to the paper. The dots aren’t exactly dots, and were rather messy, creating even more puddles and distortion due to the embossing. I let the panel dry in between a couple more layers of adding colors.. just to add to the splotchy look, and making the colors darker.

With All My Heart

Once this dried, I added splatters of the same colors and let it all dry. Finally, I trimmed the piece using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, added the sentiment strip, stamped on vellum.. and mounted it on an off-white cardstock – the only one in my stash.. I don’t even remember where I got it from! πŸ˜€

This card goes to the following challenges –

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #406

CAS Mix Up May Challenge: Stamp + Splatter..+ I chose heat embossing and watercoloring and vellum

Happy Little Stampers: May Mixed Media Challenge: Splats

And here’s the second card –

Hello There

For my second card, I went more traditional. I used distress inks again, but this time, just used water and a print brush for messy watercoloring. Love the soft tones in this one! πŸ™‚

I die cut the panel using Winnie & Walter Essentials Lana Cutaways, the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts, then mounted the panel on kraft cardstock.

Hello There

This card goes to the following challenges –

Inspired by All The Little Things Challenge #55 (inspired by the picture… they sure do look like succulents to me!!)

Seven Hills Crafts: May Color Challenge (first set of colors)

Stamplorations: May CAS challenge: Feminine Colors

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#551 – In Purple

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Cupcake Inspirations - Sweet Six

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

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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#517 – Guest Designing at Lesia Zgharda!!

Hello! I was recently featured over at Lesia Zgharda as a Guest Designer. And today, I am presenting the same card here in my own blog. I am completely using their products here in this card, so check it out!!

Happy Birthday

I chose to use only watercolor card panel in this card, for the texture it provides, and also, since the ones I own are a bit off-white. For the inks, I chose distress inks, since they do not stamp perfectly and that was the look I was aiming for. I chose Victorian Velvet, Milled Lavender and Tattered Rose for the flowers, with Scattered Straw for the centers and Mowed Lawn (2nd & 3rd generation stamping) and Shabby Shutters for the leaves. I simply stamped them, without misting them with water, and I only used water for the centers, where I didn’t want the stamping to be obvious.

I then added a few splatters usingΒ Victorian Velvet and Milled Lavender.Β  Once I was happy, I fuzzy cut the top off, corresponding to the stamping.

Happy Birthday

Now for the background, I wanted something in gold. I painted some glitter from Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold, in a very messy way – I didn’t try for an even coat, or for even coverage. Once done, I left it aside to dry, and added the glitter to the center of the flowers, to make them sparkle!

Happy Birthday

Finally, once everything was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo black. I then adhered the glittery background on the card base, using double sided tape, and then added the flowery panel using foam. I embellished it a mix of pink and pearl-colored(?) pearls. And that’s my finished card!

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stampin Royalty #343 – Birthdays

Seize the Birthday (no toppings)

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #373 (inspired by the colors)

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#505 – Summer Lovin’

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Reverse Confetti - Fetti Fan

Hello!

Got these new stamps from Reverse Confetti just a couple of days back, and I just couldn’t wait to try them! πŸ™‚ Now, Reverse Confetti has sketch challenges every month – and for me, it is one of the most difficult ones. Not the sketch – but the fact that I usually want to use pattern papers – which I am bad at, and then I also fail miserably in layering. I tried using the same pattern papers this time too, but changes my tracks in between and tried some thing else instead! πŸ˜‰

Summer Lovin

For this card, I tried embossing with watercoloring – something I haven’t tried before. I first added embossing paste though Tim Holtz Bubble stencil, let it dry partially, then watercolored it using PTI Tropic Teal ink.

Leaving it to dry, I stamped the beautiful pineapples from Reverse Confetti Pineapples Aplenty using Memento Dandelion, Hero Arts Butter Bar and Hero Arts Neon Sunshine and then Memento Pear Tart and Memento Cottage Ivy inks. I then fussy cut them. I also die cut a strip of kraft card stock using Tim Holtz Decorative Strip – Washer Border, and trimmed a bit further to leave only a part of the die cut.

Summer Lovin

I then trimmed the watercolor panel and added the decorative strip, added washi and the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy using Memento Rich Cocoa and then added the pineapples using foam tape. I then added white Enamel Accents for some embellishing.

Submitting this to the following challenges –

Reverse Confetti June Sketch Challenge

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Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #367

Addicted to Stamps #203: Holiday

House of Cards Challenge: July Challenge: Fruit, Drink or Colors

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#499 – CASometry Challenge 2: Final

Its finally time for the last entry for the CASometry Challenge 2: Make 5! Its a little different for the last round – Anna has asked us to CASE any card from this Pinterest board, which carries a few selected cards from the earlier submissions to the CASometry Challenge #2. Also, did you see that Anna has actually CASEd this card of mine?! Its beyond belief!! I couldn’t be happier or more proud! πŸ˜€

Well, getting past that (or this post would never be posted!!).. I chose to CASE this card of Anna’s (no surprises there! :D). I love the pretty colorful, splattered background – and the bunny looks like she’s thinking about someone too!

CASometry Challenge 2. Make five. @akossakovskaya #cardmaking #mamaelephant:

And here’s my card –

You've Got Happy Mail

My first thought was to make this a one layer card, but that didn’t turn out very well, so I changed gears and it turned to this card. πŸ™‚ Well, the idea still remain the same – the bear has received a ‘Happy Mail’ and is wondering which one of his friends has sent him the mail… he’s got loads of friends! πŸ˜€

To make the card, I first blended the background using PTI Melon Berry, Spiced Marmalade and Scattered Straw distress inks. I then sprinkled water on it – love that splattered look! Once it dried, I stamped the cute bear and then positioned and die cut the windows for the little critters, using We R Memory Keepers Quickutz Nesting Circles.

You've Got Happy Mail

I then stamped the critters on scrap cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and colored them all using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils and fuzzy cut them all. I then positioned the panel on the card base, and adhered the positive pieces of the circles on the card base, and adhered the little critters using foam dots.

I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black, added the tiny circles, representing the thought bubbled, and mounted the panel on the card base. I then added the bear using more foam dots. And that finished my card! Love how this turned out! πŸ™‚

By the way, the cards I made for my previous submissions are here, here, here and here.

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I am also submitting this card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #365 (inspired by the colors, though they do not look as paste – and I used teal/mint on the envelopes instead of green, without realizing it..) –

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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#483 – Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Surprise Sweetie!!

PE: Showstopper at Curtain Call Challenge!!! (Can you believe it!?!)

Curtain Call - Honorable Mention

The Hear Desires Honorable Mention!!! Yippie!!! πŸ˜€

The Heart Desires - Honorable Mention

Hello!!

I had won the Cupcake Inspirations challenge in May with this card, winning the honor of being a Sweet Six. Imagine my surprise when Naki mailed me asking to be the Surprise Sweetie!! I re-read the mail a couple times – I thought she had mailed me by mistake or something! πŸ˜‰

So, there was no way I would say no – and then, when she sent me the theme for the Challenge 363 – “Under the Sea”

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 363

Ah.. I got a little tensed. See, I am no good when it comes to sea and fish. I right out avoid challenges with sea theme, beach theme, fish theme – you name it. I have nothing against them, mind you, in fact I love the sea and beach – I spent most of my childhood summer holidays near a beach and the smell of sea in the air is one of my favorites! But when it comes to making a card with the them …. errr… no, not my favorite! I didn’t want to miss the chance to be a part of CIC, but this was going to become a nightmare soon.. And that’s when Naki calmed me down.. she asked me to just have fun..and even gave me ideas – use the colors that remind you of the sea, or bubbles, waves, sea creatures, etc.. Yup, that got a couple of ideas in my head! πŸ™‚ And this is what I came up with –

Sea Life

I decided to put my acrylic paints to good use. I first gessoed a watercolor panel then added colors of the ocean, similar to the inspiration picture. Well, I would have stopped right there, if I could – the colors were looking really delicious! πŸ˜€ I then proceeded, albeit taking the risk of finally trashing it, to add a few plant life – I painted sea plants (or maybe leaves?) and some corals (do they even look like corals??) and left he panel aside to dry.

Sea Life

Next, I wanted to add a few fish too. The problem – I don’t own any stamps dedicated to sea theme – I could have hand drawn them, easy, but I thought of searching my stash first. I am glad I did – these fish are from My Favorite Things Cat-itude stamp set – you never would have guessed! :DI stamped the fish using MFT Hybrid black ink, and colored then using distress ink before fuzzy cutting them out.

Once the painted panel was dry, I trimmed it, layered it with a panel of pattern paper from K & Company – I felt that the colors were reminding of sand and beach – and adhered both the pieced to the card base double sided tape. I then added the fish, giving them a little dimension and the sentiment panel, where the sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp One With Nature, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Sea Life

Once done, I added quite a bit of glitter to the fish using Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, and some Ranger Glossy Accents. I also added the bubbles in white acrylic paint. And that’s my card! I am pretty happy with how it turned out, considering I had no idea what to do when I started! πŸ˜€

Submitting this to Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge – Sail On and The Heart Desires Challenge #1 (thank you Cris for reminding me of this challenge!) (and it makes me so happy to participate in the first challenge!! :D) –

A big thanks to Naki – for the chance to be the Surprise Sweetie and giving me the encouragement to make this card – I really had fun making it! πŸ™‚

Do stop over at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge – I’ll bet you will be totally inspired to make something “under the sea”! πŸ™‚

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#470 – Critter Calls 2

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Cupcake Inspirations - Sweet Six

Global Design Project Winner!!

Global Design Project - Winner

Hello! Back with more critter CAS cards! Think I am on a roll? I don’t think so – I just finished all the critter ideas I had, and I don’t think I’ll be getting any more in the near future! πŸ˜› In the meantime, I am also celebrating 2 years of blogging! I never even remembered until today! πŸ™‚

Well, setting that aside, here’s my first card –

You've got Happy Mail

I used only WPlus9 Happy Mail for this card. After stamping the critters in Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft, I watercolored them using Dried Marigold + Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone and Seedless Preserves distress inks. I then trimmed the panel, rounded the top corners, stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black and foam mounted the panel on the card base.

Submitting this to Global Design Project #34: Sketch Challenge, Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #358 and CASometry Challenge #2: Make 5

For my second card, I actually went back and forth three times before coming up with the final version –

Birthday Wishes

I realized the best way to make these cards involving critters in CAS is to confine the stamped space to a small area – spreading it all over the card just wasn’t working for me! Coming back to the card – I first cut out a panel using My Favorite Things Pinking Edge Rectangle, stamped the doggie from My Favorite Things Top Dog using Memento Tuxedo Black and die cut the kite, from Paper Smooches Kite. I also die cut the kite from some plaid pattern paper from DCWV Floral Stack. I then sponged in the sky and grass using Mowed Lawn and Cracked Pistachio distress inks and colored the heart and the little doggie’s scarf using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. After stamping the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black I also drew the kite’s string using Copic Multi-liner 0.3 pen. I then used a scrap piece of card stock to adhere the kite and the card panel and foam mounted the while thing on the card base using foam tape.

Submitting this to Less is more #274: Pattern Paper, Addicted to CAS #87: Plaid, Happy Little Stampers: May CAS Challenge: In-laid Die-cutting, Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #9 (I chose Birthday, Sponging, White Space) and Paru’s Card Making Challenge: May Challenge: Summer

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