#969 – A Watercolored Floral Frame

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Hello and welcome! The start of a new month means the start of Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge! As always, this is an Anything Goes challenge, and you can join us with any kind of project as long as watercoloring is used on your project.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made –

I used flowers from Altenew Garden Treasure and leaves from Beautiful Day and Peony Bouquet. Using masks and MISTI, I stamped them using VersaMark Black Onyx pigment ink on watercolor paper, and watercolored them using distress inks. Originally, I wanted to color them in 3 shades, but I was able to do so only on the yellow flower. To balance things out, once the panel dried, I used my fineliner marker pen to draw some additional shading on the images. Finally, I fussy cut the inside of the flowery frame. I also added little dots scattered all around the frame for something extra.

For the sentiment, I initially thought of stamping some sentiment, but after searching through my stash, I thought of using these die cuts instead. I used Penny Black Many Thanks die, cutting a few pieces from kraft cardstock and stacking them for dimension. I then foam mounted the flowery frame, then adhered the sentiment within.

And that’s my card! I’ll be joining the following challenges –

Color Throwdown challenge #662

Timeout challenge #197: Inspired by Words

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Checkout more inspiration at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge, and don’t forget to join us with your own watercolored projects!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#965 – Magical Mermaid

Hello and welcome! The first of the month, and we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers. Its the Watercolor challenge, with the usual theme of ‘Anything Goes‘!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for your inspiration this month –

After making some Friendly Unicorns last month, I was inclined to get to some Friendly Magical Mermaids as well! For this scene, I used the images from the cute Waffle Flower Mermaid Mail stamp set. After stamping them in a light grey ink on CrafTangles watercolor paper, I watercolored them using Distress inks. To fill in the scene, I also drew some mountain-like boulders and the sandy base and fussy cut all the images out. For the background, I used a light touch of blue and green, then added lots of splatters.

Once everything was dry and ready to be put together, I thought I wanted to add a bit of dimension to a few of the images, instead of laying them down flat. I also didn’t want to add too much dimension by using foam tape or foam sheets. Instead I used 1-2 layers of scrap cardstock. This kept everything as flat as possible plus, made the tiny pieces a bit stronger, harder to bend. I used normal glue to adhere the layers together, and also to adhere them on the card.

For the sentiment, I used Ellen Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1, which I stamped in a dark brown ink, instead of black, to fit the rest of the scene.

My favorite thing in this card, that I absolutely had to mention, is that cute little sea horse, with its tail twisted around the sea weed, trying to keep itself anchored. I especially cut it out so that I could make its tail wrap around the sea weed, and I totally love it! 😀

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Double D challenge: Anything with a Tail

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #413: Birthdays

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hope you are inspired by this card. If not, or even if yes, you can still stop by the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the DT!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#958 – Unicorn Friends

Hello and welcome! Starting of a new month, and the first thing up is Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, it is an Anything Goes challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for this month’s inspiration –

I was, in fact making this card for somthing else, and in between I thought this would make a fine card for the Watercolor challenge instead. 😀

I started with the background. I used CrafTangles Handmade watercolor paper. When I bought this paper for just trying it out, I found it to be pretty and I wasn’t able to do any fine watercoloring on it. On the other hand, coloring for outdoor scenes was relatively easy, so I decided to use it here. I used my cheap watercolor cakes to color this. I had to color it thrice, since the colors weren’t bright or deep enough. And that much pigment on the paper started sticking everywhere on my fingers, making marks elsewhere on the card, so I added some fixative on top to seal the color off.

Next, the unicorns – I chose a couple of them from My Favorite Things Friendly Unicorns, stamped them using VersaFine black Onyx ink on Fabriano Accademia Disegno Drawing paper and colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos pencil, finally using paper stumps dipped in baby oil to blend the colors. Once done, I fussy cut them.

I then adhered the dried watercolor piece on a white card base. On top I die cut a few pieces of My Favorite Things Stitched Rolling Clouds Edges, a couple of each kind. After adhering the top pieces of the clouds, I stamped the sentiments on both bottom pieces of the of the clouds and then adhered them on the card. The sentiments came from The Stamp Market Scripty Sentiments and Concord and 9th Lots to Say stamp sets. Finally, I adhered the stars of the card – the Unicorns, by using a couple of pieces underneath to get some additional dimension.

And that finished my card! I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Timeout challenge #193: Inspired by Words

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anythings Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Step over to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to checkout more watercolored inspiration from the rest of our DT! And don’t forget to join the fun – you have a month long!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#936 – Watercoloing Scenes

Hello and welcome! With the start of a new month, we have the start of a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, the theme is Anything Goes, so as long as your creation has some sort of coloring using water in it, you can join.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

For this month, instead of my usual cards, I have these experiments in watercoloring. I had tried making some ‘scene’s, some inspired by Sandy Allnock‘s creations, and some by images from Pinterest. These were actually created by me late last year, but I only got around to editing the images now, and thought it an ideal time to post them. 🙂

I’ve used Gansai Tambi watercolors and watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles. On this first piece, I used a critter from Mama Elephant Three Amigos. I tried a snow forest scene, with the lights coming out of the woods in rainbow colors, but somehow the rest of the colors got lost and the majority became reddish with a tint of yellow behind the critter.. which in turn looks like the sun’s glow, making the shadow all wrong. 😦 But this scene was fun to make, and a good practice as well!

This is, I think, a most commonly used scene. A bunch of trees on a lake or river bank. I used made the scene monochromatic and CAS. Painting the reflection on the water could use some more work. However, I did have fun creating the trees. 🙂

For this last one, I first drew the bridge and banks, and then used a kitty from Pink & Main’s Catitude stamp set, then drew the balloons. Now that I look at it, the kitty has no shadow, though I’ve painted the shadow for the bridge’s railings!! Silly me! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed the scenes that I painted-experimented on. I haven’t been to much painting so far this year, but I’m sure to get some more soon. 🙂 Do hop by the Happy Little Stampers blog to look at what the rest of the design team has created.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#874 – Just a Note

Hello! Its again been some time since I created a non-DT card. Being totally out of it is slowly becoming a norm and I wanted to break it desperately. Thankfully, this idea that appeared in my mind clicked!

I started with making watercolor panels of blue and brown using Brusho powders. I first used water mixed with perfect pearls and then used plain water to mist the panels, and dried them using my heat gun. With this I had 2 panels of brown, one a shade darker and 1 of blue. I then die cut the lighter of the brown panels and the blue panel using Altenew Doodled Lace die. I also cut out the flower and leaf pieces from the die cuts.

To make the background framed panel, I die cut the darker brown piece with my Memory Box Rectangle Basics, creating two pieces – the frame and the panel inside. I cut a few more pieces to adhere them only behind the frame, to raise it a little. I then positioned this on my card base, stamped the sentiment, from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set in Versamark ink and heat embossed it in copper.

I then adhered the frame-panel over the cream, rustic card base. I also adhered the flower and leaf pieces that I had cut out earlier – some raised with foam tape and some directly adhered. Finally, for embellishing, I used a few brown colored clear gemstones. To add a bit more sparkle, I went through the flowers and the frame with a glitter brush pen.

With this card, I am also joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #45: Navy + One Other

Happy Little Stampers June Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Altenew June Inspiration challenge

Altenew June 2020 Inspiration Photo

Thank you so much for stopping by!