#772 – Heat Embossing and Coloring

Hello! So I finally got out of series of ‘quickie’ cards and spent a little more time on the card this time. I took the inspiration from the Ellen Hutson Color Trend challenge and thought of trying out all the colors from the palette, if possible. The idea was to use the lighter color (i.e., yellow) on the flowers and the rest of the them to create the background.

Sending Lots of Love

I chose the Mondo Sakura florals from Ellen Hutson – it is a latest addition to my stash and I couldn’t wait to try it out! 🙂 A search for a suitable background led me to this Stiched Circles stamp from JustRite – a background stamp I had bought ages ago. And it was kinda fun mixing this old stamp with the new one! 🙂

Sending Lots of Love

I stamped the flowers first, then masked the image and stamped the background image, and heat embossed the whole panel using gold embossing powder. I used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color the whole panel. And then I die cut the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. Looking back, I should have left it as is, and covered the whole front of the card with the panel – that was my initial idea, and I think it would have looked better too. Anyways, I added the gold heat embossed sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sending You stamp set. Then I added a bunch of gold sequins in the flower centers.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson June Color Trend Challenge: Verdure

Preview-full-Color Trend June Verdure

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #203: Heat Embossing

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Just us Girls challenge #449: Trend week: Watercolor Background

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#762 – You Make Me Happy

Hello! I am continuing making easy-to-make cards, trying to bait my lost mojo. This card here is inspired from the colors in the inspiration from the Ellen Hutson challenge –

You Make Me Happy

I stamped the big Mondo Magnolia flower from Ellen Hutson in MFT Hybrid ink, then drew some leaves and colored them both using Zig brush pens. I then fussy cut this and set it aside.

To create the background, I chose craft cardstock and randomly stamped a leaf image from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms, first in white pigment ink, then, once it dried, in a purple ink. I then foam mounted the magnolia image on top.

You Make Me Happy (closeup)

The sentiment comes from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolina’s Florals and Hero Arts All Occasion Messages. These too, I fussy cut and foam mounted. To embellish, I added some black glitter stickles on the flower and a pink pearl in its center.

I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #296: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Ellen Hutson May Color Trends Challenge: Floral Fantasies

Preview-full-Pin-Sights Color Trend Floral Fantasies May

The Flower Challenge #38: One from Previous challenge (I chose challenge #3, which is ‘To use an older stamp/die’)

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#751 – Birthday Wishes

Hello! This is the card I made for my sister’s birthday; and boy, did I have a hard time making it! I made quite a few designs, unsatisfied by each one and all before finally finalizing on this one, and completing it. And I am relieved that I did like it in the end.. 🙂 And I hope my sis liked it just as much! 😀

Happy Birthday - 1

I used stamps from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony and Altenew Beautiful Day, and stamped the images on watercolor paper in a light gray ink. I then watercolored them all using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I also added details using Zig Brush pens. Once everything dried, I trimmed one end and die cut the other end using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches.

Happy Birthday - 2

I wanted to create a heat embossed outline of the same images on the card base, before foam mounting the watercolored panel. So, using my MISTI, on a gray card base (which I know is looking blue in the pictures…), I re-arranged the images, stamped the using Versamark sticky ink and heat embossed them using Silver Pearl embossing powder. I then very lightly watercolored the insides of these using Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors.

Happy Birthday - 3

After foam-mounting the watercolored panel, next came the sentiment. I used die cuts from Memory Box Birthday Script, stacking two die cuts and adhered them in place on the card. I then colored it with Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors. I could have done this earlier, but I thought the white would look good – and I thought I could add a bit more after I adhered it.. so I had to watercolor it later.

So anyway, the ‘wishes’ part comes from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp, which I heat embossed in silver, twice, to get some additional dimension.

Happy Birthday - 4

For the envelope, I used some pattern paper… I think it is from K & Company.. I had bought it so long ago!! On this too, I used the same stamp and die cut for the sentiment. Except this time, I used silver foil adhered cardstock for die cutting, and used white gel pen on the stamped part of the sentiment.

And that’s the whole card. I hope my sis liked it!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #198: April Showers bring May Flowers

Ellen Hutson April Pin Sights challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

Pin-Sights Color Trend Drama Queen April

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge

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#726 – No Whites

Hello! I didn’t realize until I finished the card, but this card has no white cardstock in it – all colored cardstock! That’s definitely a first for me!! And I am so delighted!! 😀

You Make Me Smile

I did, however have to add some color to a couple of the card bases (the pink and blue), to get the exact color I wanted. My blue and pink cardstocks are a few shades lighter, and I used distress inks to get the color I actually wanted. Also, I felt that it was easier to get the color I wanted on these colored card bases, since they have the base color ready anyway – it was only a matter of darkening them. 🙂

You Make Me Smile

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp on the blue card base, and stamped the images in black. I then used Uniball UniPaint marker to color some areas of the petals. Next, I used Hero Arts Night & Day Flowers to stamp the flowers on the pink and yellow card stock scraps, then fussy cut them out. The sentiment comes from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages. I finally adhered the pieces together and added a few sequins to embellish.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge with Hero Arts

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

Global Design Project challenge #125

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Take Note

SSS - Monday Challenge

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#714 – Monochromatic CAS

Hello and welcome! I made this really simple and easy card, sort of in a hurry. I’ve been trying to come up with something for some time now, but wsan’t happy with most of the ideas, finally settled with this –

Have a beautiful day

I first stamped a panel with grey inks using the feathers from Hero Arts Feathers stamp set. I then die cut it using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, mounted it on a white card base. The leaves are from Concord 7 9th Layering Leaves and the sentiment is from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia.

I’m joining a few challenges with this card –

Ellen Hutson January Mix it up Challenge with Concord & 9th

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge #17: Use your first Concord & 9th set (I had  brought three – Hello Lovely, Lace Leaf and Layering Leaf)

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Sovushka Slavia Sketch Challenge #78

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#691 – Hello Beautiful!

PE: Winner at CAS(E) This Sketch! Yay!!!

CASE This Sketch - Challenge Winner

Hello! Back to some more messy watercoloring.. I do enjoy it so!! 😀

Hello Beautiful

I used My Favorite Things Buildable Bouquet, to first stamp the images using Antique Linen, then watercolored the image using distress inks. The sentiment comes from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia, which I stamped on another piece, then fuzzy cut and adhered it on the watercolored piece. I distressed the edges of the watercolored panel before adhering it to the card base.

Hello Beautiful

I am joining these challenges with my card –

Ellen Hutson Mix it Up Challenge: with My Favorite Things

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #246

Happy Little Stampers: November Watercolor challenge

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Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #266: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

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#686 – Oh Happy Day

Hello and welcome! Like I said in a previous post, I am swooning over distress oxide inks now-a-days. For making this card as well. Here, once again I used the property of the inks to layer colors without ending up with muddy mucky colors.

Oh Happy Day

I initially colored a watercolor panel with yellows and pinks, dried it, embossed on it the sentiment from Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms and the flowers from Mondo Magnolia, which I overlapped with each other, using copper embossing powder. Once done, I added another layer of blues on top.

For coloring the panel this time, I added colored the panel by adding the ink directly on the paper by swiping the ink pad on the paper. Of course, I don’t totally cover the paper, since the ink can color quite a large surface. Once I smoosh all the inks, I use a brush loaded with water to spread it around. If more color is needed, I used ink smooshed on a non-sticky surface.

Oh Happy Day

You might see a bit of yellow here and there, but that’s not the layering, but because I added too much water while sprinkling water to get a bit of texture…yeah, too much water can do that! 😀 Once everything was dry, I added another layer of clear sparkle embossing on top of the sentiment.

I must admit, I am totally loving layering these inks like this – Never known another medium (and I am talking about watercolor mediums or the like) which I could layer, so I am truly happy with this! 🙂

So, anyway.. I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson Pin Sights October challenge (inspired by the colors!)

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

Pin-Sights Color Trend October 2017

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

 

Happy Little Stampers: October Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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