#996 – Distress Oxide Ink Smooched Background

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. It’s always ‘Anything Goes‘ challenge!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made for this month –

The colorful splotchy background is my watercolor art work for this month! As I tend to do more floral watercolors, I thought of doing something different and went for backgrounds this time. This is, though, an old technique of using distress inks/distress oxide inks and ink smooching.

For making the background, I actually used normal cardstock. I then added layers of ink smooching, dipping the whole paper to grab the color the first time, and then selectively picking color on certain parts from then on. I used various shades of inks to make the background nice and colorful. In the end, I used Distress Micro Glaze to really bring out the colors and the layers. The Glaze really does make a difference!

Once done, I started die cutting for the front. I used My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle for the frame and Mesmerizing Mandala for the focal, die cutting several pieces of the mandala to get stabilize the intricate die cut. I then foam mounted both the pieces on the background.

For the sentiment, I die cut Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs from gold foil paper and a sentiment from Concord & 9th Lots to Say, which I stamped and trimmed. I added these two pieces on the card to complete the card.

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#989 – Spring Hello

Hello and welcome!! It’s time for a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers and as always we start with the Watercolor challenge.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

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

I thought of making a card with coloring using stamped images misted with water for the background. I used the Simon Says Stamp Folk Dance background stamp for this.

I used Hndmd watercolor paper and since I wanted to use plenty of colors, I colored each part of the stamp using mini distress ink pads – the small size helped me apply the color easily – then misted it with a bit of water and then stamped it on. If there was any color on any unwanted part of the stamp, I wiped it off using the corner of the small towel I keep for crafting (cleaning stamps etc) before stamping. It took a little longer then simply stamping the whole thing with one color. I also had to stamp each part twice, since I was using two shades of the inks for each part.

When I was done with all the parts, I left the piece aside to dry.

Once done, I felt that there wasn’t enough ‘watercolored’ look, so I misted some more water on the panel. This reactivated the inks and spread all over the cardstock. The red was the most active one and spread more than I wanted, so I used some kitchen towels to suck up the ink in areas I didn’t want it. I set this aside to dry. Once dry, I used My Favorite Things Stitched Wonky Rectangle to die cut the panel and mounted it on white cardstock.

For the sentiment I used Altenew Waterbrush Hello, cut it out from white cardstock and a few scraps, adhering them together before mounting it on the card. The stamped part of the sentiment comes from Bitty Hugs and Kisses, which I foam mounted on the card.

And that’s my card for this time. Checkout the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge blog to see what other wonderful inspiration the rest of the DT has for you, and don’t forget to join with your own watercolored card!

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#985 – Sending Big Hugs

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge, and this month, as every other month, it is Anything Goes!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

I stamped the flowers on watercolor paper, then lightly watercolored them using Distress Inks. I then stamped the leaved and gave them bright green watercoloring. I then fussy cut all the images, then used a marker – actually two – to cover the cut edges in black. I then arranged the pieces on a navy blue card base, and then foam mounted them. I then trimmed the overhanging bits, to fit everything within the card base.

For the sentiment, I chose Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings, stamped it on the watercolor paper and fussy cut it. I added it to the card using more foam tape. For embellishing, I used a mix of silver and blue sequins. And that finished my card!

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#979 – Hello to the New Year!

Hello and welcome!! A very happy new year to everyone!! May this year brings lots of happiness and keep you in good health.

With the start of the new year, we also have the challenges at Happy Little Stampers starting up. The very first one being Watercolor challenge, and as usual, Anything Goes!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made –

I used Concord & 9th Painted Rose stamp. I stamped the outline using VersaFine Onyx black ink. Then I used Altenew inks for the solid colors, misting the stamp before stamping, which helped cover the uneven paper well. I stamped the upper layers while the lower layered colors were still not completely dry, so that the inks mingled just the tiniest bit. I then watercolored the blue background using more Altenew inks. I then added splatters of the same blue on the flower, once it was relatively dry. To enhance the look, I added dots of black using a black fineliner pen from Uniball.

For the sentiment, I wanted to go with a die cut, if possible. Luckily I had the Altenew Bold Greetings dies with me. I die cut a piece from white photo paper (do they come in other colors??) to get that shine without embossing, and a few more pieces from scrap paper, and adhered them together for dimension. I had initially thought of using kraft cardstock for the background, but I added a strip of the photo paper on the side to tie in the sentiment. Of course, the base is still kraft cardstock. I added a few white flat sequins for embellishing.

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

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #331: Anything Goes

Timeout challenge #204: New

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#975 – Mixed Media card with Watercolored Poinsettia

Hello and welcome! First of the month and Watercolor challenge is up at the Happy Little Stampers challenge! As always, it is Anything Goes, so as long as you’ve used watercoloring on your project, you can join us!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

I started with the poinsettia. I first prepared two panels of watercolor papers, one using Distress Inks of shades of pink, the other with shades of green. I also used bits of Pumice Stone in both along with bits of silver and gold watercolors from Gansai Tambi Starry Colors. Once dry, I die them using Altenew 3D Poinsettia. I then adhered them together, with a couple of extra pieces to make the poinsettia a bit bigger. To the center, I did some heat embossing using chunky gold embossing powder, which gave it both the shine and some dimension.

For the background, I used Stamplorations Christmas Flower and heat embossed it on black cardstock using clear embossing powder. For the sentiment, I used the stamp and die set from Paper Trey Ink called ‘Grand Ampersand’. I didn’t have the right shade of red so, I used Candied Apply distress ink to color a white scrap cardstock, heat embossed the sentiment in white and die cut it. The ‘&’, I die cut 4 pieces, adhered them together for diemension, and then heat embossed using a mix of Ranger Mixed Media Powdered Bone and Stampendous chunky gold embossing powders. I then adhered the & directly and foam mounted the other two pieces below the poinsettia.

Finally, I used a piece of washi tape on the side, trimmed the black panel a bit and adhered it to a card base. And that finished my card! Lots of media used there! 🙂

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