#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.

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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!

#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.

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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.

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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! 🙂

#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.

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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,

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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!