#969 – A Watercolored Floral Frame

PE: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge Winner!!

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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.

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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

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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!

#929 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Its the beginning of a new month, and hopefully spring is spreading/already spread all around! And we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, this is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

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

This card is supposed to go to a very dear friend of mine, who has her birthday today! Happy birthday, dear Pooja!! 🙂

One of the things that I’ve been attempting lately is to free hand watercolor…whatever I can! I have plenty of inspiration, just need to search for it! When I thought of making this card, I thought of spring flowers and birds…at least, one bird. I started with the bird, making it as colorful as I could! 😀 Then free handed the flowers and leaves, added lots of splatters. And after letting it all dry, I then spent some time fussy cutting them all out. I then added a bit of shine on the bird’s eye and a few dots on the flower centers using Sakura black glaze pen.

Next, I had to make a background for the entire scene. My first attempt had too just of texture, my second was a tad too dark, and this is my third background, I smooshed some distress inks on a sheet of clear plastic, misted lots of water on and smooshed my cut out panel of cardstock on top. Once dry, I die it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I adhered this on a white card base. Then, before adhering the flowers and birdie, I die cut a few pieces for the branch using Memory Box Woodland Branch..which is all but invisible on the final card!! Anyway, I assure you its there.. behind all the flowers and leaves, which I’ve adhered it on. I did add dimension behind the bird and the flowers and a few leaves, using some foam and using Connect glue to adhere them on the card.

Finally, for the sentiment.I absolutely loved this glossy black cardstock that Jennifer McGuire showcased in her My Favorite Crafty Things videos. Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting those myself (too much to pay in the custom tax), I thought of another way. I took some photo paper, then used a black marker pen to cover the whole surface in black. Same beautiful look – black and glossy! I love how different it looked from a black heat embossed die cut.

So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die to die cut the photo paper, and then some scrap cardstock too. I adhered them together and then adhered it over my card. I didn’t add any extra embellishing to this one, thinking I wanted the bird to steal the show! 🙂 And that’s it.

I’m submitting this card to the following challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #235

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #312: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Easter/Spring

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything goes

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Pooja, I hope you like this card (when it reaches you), and I wish you a wonderful birthday!

Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to check what the rest of our talented DT have for you to get inspired! And don’t forget to join us!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#872 – Inspiration Station #11

Hello and welcome! We have a new post of Inspiration Station challenge today! Can’t believe we’ve stuck around for more than 10 challenges.. and still loving it!! 😀

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The challenge this time was chosen by me. Its this awesome room decor I found in Pinterest

There are plenty of elements for inspiration, but what stuck me the most was that wallpaper in the background! I really loved the florals and foliage, colors in hues of magenta and blue. Although I initially thought of covering my card using that as the focus, I thought there are too many other things that I didn’t want to miss either. So I improvised to include a couple more things – the poppies and a bit of the wood from the wooden chair.

And this is what I finally created –

And, what’s more, I am happy that everything on this card, except for the sentiment is without using stamps! 😀

Coming to how I made the card. First I made the background. Like I mentioned, my focus then was on the wallpaper. I took a page from a drawing pad I had bought ages ago, and using my Zig brush marker pens, tried to draw some sunflower like florals. I didn’t cover the entire paper, instead left a bit of space on the right blank.

I then painted those poppies. And wow, I had such a hard time trying to get the red opacity, while still keeping a transparency/fading away effect.. guess it was impossible for me! So, I made do with what I could make! 😀 The leaves were easier, comparatively! Once they had all dried, I fussy cut all the pieces.

For lying these pieces on, I wanted a pillar…a strip of something. I initially made a strip of plaid, using light navy blue, like the carpet, but that was getting completely hidden behind the flowers, and I couldn’t even make out it was there, so I instead replaced it with this wood like piece. .

I cut out a strip of cardstock, inked it completely by running Paper Trey Ink Classic Kraft ink through it. Then, when it was still wet, I used a few darker shades of brown Zig brush marker pens to draw the layers of bark and let it dry completely. I even tried to add in the shine of the brass from the picture by embossing using We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder and adding a bit of metallic wax on the raised areas…which ended up not showing either!! Well, I made do with what could show! 😉

I then arranged all the pieces on the card base. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Tall Alpha in two shades of brown to get an ombre effect to stamp ‘Loved’. The ‘you are so’ is from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set. I trimmed the panel and foam mounted it on the card.

And that, finally, finished my card! I am so happy with this one, even after the repeated ‘not working’ factors! In fact, I feel that I am happy with every project I made for the Inspiration Station challenge! Probably because we take so much time, easing into what we want to make and take our time to make it. I end up happy with the end product too! Which is the purpose of this challenge, so that’s great!! 😀

Check out what my sister has made here. This time, she’s made an incredibly charming flower garden mixed media piece, which gets visited by friendly butterflies! I totally loved it!!

I am also joining the following challenges with this card –

Timeout challenge #163: Proust Quote

Virginia’s June’s Show and Share

CrafTangles June Challenge: Use Watercolors

Craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + optional Layers

Thank you so much for stopping by!