#1014 – A Housefront

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge starting at Happy Little Stampers and the first challenge is the Watercolor challenge. As always, it is ‘Anything Goes‘ challenge, so as long as you have used water on your creation, you can enter.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

Here’s what I made for this month’s inspiration –

I tried a bit of free hand water coloring after a long time. My inspiration came from this pin I found in Pinterest. Of course, there’s a lot to improve, and the first on my list is watercoloring the leaves – something that I am not very good at! 🙂

I used CrafTangles watercolor paper and Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint this piece.

Checkout more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1010 – Non-neutral Colored Outlined Stamping

Hello and welcome! As usual, the first of the month calls for a new Watercolor challenge at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog, and as usual,

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

I was inspired by some of the cards made by my friend Hilary made, where she would use green ink to outline her stencilled images. I loved how the green looked so different from the neutral colors I usually used for stamping, and I thought I would give it a try myself.

I chose to use Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp, a gorgeous array of flowers, buds and leaves, and stamped a part of the image on normal white cardstock. I used a teal colored ink to stamp the image, and thus, to color it, I had to use minimum amount of water, so as to not mix the colors and make it a muddy mess.

I used yellow and red to color the flowers and buds, and another shade of green to color the leaves, carefully dotting the colors on blank areas using my brush, and then adding a few more lighter fade-away strokes outside and on top. I then added a lot of splatters on the image. Once everything dried, I stamped the image once more using the same ink. I also added a few details using a black fineliner pen. Finally I added the sentiment from Honey Bee Stamps Pearfect Sentiments using black pigment ink.

And that finished my card! Checkout more wonderful inspirations from the rest of our DT at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1007 – Spring day Tulips

Hello and welcome! First of the month and its time for a new Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made –

I made a one layered card this time! I used Uniko Spring Botanicals: Tulip, masked my watercolor paper panel on all four sides and stamped it using Antique Linen distress ink. I also watercolored the tulips using more distress colors, layering colors on each dry layer of watercolor.

Once the whole thing was dry, I had to put it under something heavy to make sure the layer was flat. I then stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set using VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink.

And that’s my card. Step over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to checkout what my team mates have made for your inspiration.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#999 – A Rose Bouquet

PE: Honorable Mention at The Card Concept!! 🙂

The Card Concept - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its the first of the month and we have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. Anything Goes as long as you’ve used some form of watercoloring in your project.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

I first die cut pieces from watercolor paper using the dies from Altenew Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms and watercolored them using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once they dried, I adhered the relevant pieces together and assembled them on the card.

This is one of the cards that took me extra long to complete, since I wasn’t sure what to use for the background. Initially, my idea was to watercolor a vase behind the flowers but that wasn’t looking as good as it did in my mind.

Finally, I settled on using watercolor paper, embossed it using the We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder, mounted it on kraft cardstock. I then adhered all the flowers and leaves on top of this.

For the sentiment, I used WPlus9 Basic Banners, which I fussy cut. I then adhered it at an angle on the card.

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

The Card Concept challenge #174: How Does Your Garden Grow : I made a clean and layered card using the flower filled garden as the focus.

Do stop by the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and don’t forget to join the challenge with your own watercolored project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂