#1026 – Merry Christmas

Hello and welcome! As the days go by, we’re fast nearing Christmas. In fact, even though I don’t celebrate it, I can’t help getting a little excited! And as a card maker, what better way than to make more Christmas cards! Challenges are just a reason. So here’s one more – Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge!

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And here’s what I made –

For the base, I embossed a panel of white cardstock using Simon Says Stamp Vine Canopy. I then tore a panel from the pattern paper pad Christmas Bells from Dress My Craft, adhered it on top. Then I die cut another panel with Santa and the kids using a circle die and another circle frame using Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Circles from the same white cardstock. I then dabbed green distress ink on top of the frame and adhered it to the pattern paper die cut. For embellishing it, I die cut a bow from Paper Smooches Bows and dabbed red distress ink on top. I also added a drop of gold Nuvo drop on top of the bow and adhered it on the frame.

For the sentiment, I used Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis The Season’ stamp set, stamped in red over the white card panel and then trimmed it to size, before foam mounting both the Santi frame and the sentiment on the card. And that finished my card!

And that’s my card! Do checkout what the rest of the DT created in the Happy Little Stampers blog and join us with your projects as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1025 – Happy Winter Poinsettia

Hello and welcome! We’re actually in the last month of the year!! Wow!! That came really quickly!! But on schedule, we’ll continue having the Happy Little Stampers challenges this month as well. We’re starting with Watercolor challenge.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I made for your inspiration –

I used the poinsettia from Stamplorations Christmas Flower. To stamp this, I mounted this on my MISTI first, since I planned to stamp it multiple times. I first used brighter shades of yellow, red and green distress inks, misted it well with water and stamped it. Since I had misted a lot of water, it pooled on the watercolor paper, which I used to spread the color. Where the pooled color wasn’t enough, I used some extra ink + water to add the color.

Once dry, I stamped again using darker shades, this time with lesser misting of water. Before everything dried, I used a wet brush to spread the colors outside the flower, adding extra color wherever required. I also added brown, covering the rest of the white space. Once completely dry, I added quite a bit of splatters, and also stamped a bit on the panel using a script/font stamp from Tim Holtz’s Entomology stamp set.

Once everything was dry, I die cut a panel from the paper using My Favorite Things Stitched Wonky Rectangle. I then mounted it on a white card base. For the sentiment, I stamped the sentiment from Paper Smooches Winter Sampler and used a frame stamp from Paper Smooches Fancy Frames, and I used partial stamping to cover the whole sentiment. I then trimmed it and adhered it on the card. Finally, I added a few yellow gemstones to the poinsettia’s center to embellish.

And that’s my card! Do checkout what the rest of the DT created in the Happy Little Stampers blog and join us with your watercolor projects as well!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1022 – Die cutting Pre-Watercolored Panels

Hello and welcome! I’m starting with the Happy Little Stampers ‘Anything Goes with Die’ team starting this month! Kylie had asked me to join earlier but I couldn’t find time with the move happening. So, I’m happy to join this time! As the challenge theme suggests, anything goes as long as there is some die cutting in the project!

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

And here’s what I made –

Since I had my Brusho pigment powders out already when I made my Watercoloring project, I picked another couple of panels of watercolor paper and used the Brushos on them as well. I used considerably lighter than pigments on one than other, ensuring that there would be some contrast between the two once I die cut them.

Once dry, I cut out the panels using Altenew ‘Dog Rose’ dies. I also die cut them out of plan watercolor paper, which I adhered behind the watercolored ones, and then adhered them together. Together all 4 panels gave some dimension. I then embossed the card base using Spellbinders Regal embossing folder and adhered the die cut piece on top. For sentiment, I used a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script, which I fussy cut and foam mounted below the die cut.

And that’s my card! Checkout more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team at the Happy Little Stampers blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#1021 – Easy Watercoloring using Brusho

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers challenge and we’re first starting with the HLS Watercolor challenge. For this challenge anything goes as long as you have featured watercoloring on your project.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made this month –

Its been a long time since I played with the Brusho pigment powders. With the Brushos you get wonderful effects and rich colors, with almost no effort at all! And that’s exactly what I needed this time to make a quick card! 🙂

I started with the floral image from Simon Says Stamp called ‘Beautiful Flowers’. I stamped the image on a watercolor panel using VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink and then heat embossed it using clear ep. I then misted clear water over the panel and sprinkled some Brusho pigment powders on top. I waited for them to spread to determine whether I need pick up the extra color using a towel or drop some more pigment for a richer color. Once everything was done, I left it alone to dry.

Once it dried, I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script using the same ink. I then trimmed the piece a bit and and foam mounted it on top of the card base.

And that’s my card. Hop on to the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to get further inspiration from the design team. And don’t forget to join the challenge any time you make a project with watercoloring! 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#1018 -Wishes For a Great Day

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers and we are starting with the Watercolor challenge. Its always an ‘Anything goes’ challenge, so you can join us with any project you’ve made as long as you’ve used water in some form to color it.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

Here’s my inspiration for this month –

I wanted to make a distress ink smooshed background with some bright colors. I also wanted the ink to spread on the paper so instead of using watercolor paper, I used drawing paper, which is actually not for watercoloring. On this paper, the water, and hence the color, would get absorbed and spread. I thought this would also bring about better blending of colors. Happy to report that the paper did deliver to my hopes! 🙂

Once done and dried, I trimmed the piece and backed it with scrap cardstock to give it strength and mounted it on white card base. I then used My Favorite Things Pierced Fancy Flourish die and Pink & Main Wishes stamp and die for the embellishing and sentiment, backing each of the die cuts with die cuts using scrap cardstock to get a little bit of dimension. I used gold foil to cut from the wishes die and the same cardstock as the card base for the rest of the die cuts.

And that’s my card. Checkout more inspiration from the rest of the design team at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂