#616 – Succulents & Watercoloring – Two Ways

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Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Sweet Seven!!

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Hello! You know all those pretty succulent stamps that have been released by so many companies.. I did want to get one, but I never knew which one to choose. I did decide on one thought – Waffle Flower Potted stamp set. Those neatly grouped succulents are perfect for my watercoloring needs! 🙂 And after such a long time after buying them, I finally put the image to good use.

I tried two watercolor techniques. Both involve heat embossing, give a messy look, and are fantastically fun to make.

With All My Heart

I prepared two watercolor panels – both with the succulent stamped and heat embossed in white. For the first card, I used my inky fingers to create art. Smooshing my chosen distress inks on an acetate, I misted them, picked the ink using my fingers and started adding dots to the paper. The dots aren’t exactly dots, and were rather messy, creating even more puddles and distortion due to the embossing. I let the panel dry in between a couple more layers of adding colors.. just to add to the splotchy look, and making the colors darker.

With All My Heart

Once this dried, I added splatters of the same colors and let it all dry. Finally, I trimmed the piece using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, added the sentiment strip, stamped on vellum.. and mounted it on an off-white cardstock – the only one in my stash.. I don’t even remember where I got it from! 😀

This card goes to the following challenges –

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #406

CAS Mix Up May Challenge: Stamp + Splatter..+ I chose heat embossing and watercoloring and vellum

Happy Little Stampers: May Mixed Media Challenge: Splats

And here’s the second card –

Hello There

For my second card, I went more traditional. I used distress inks again, but this time, just used water and a print brush for messy watercoloring. Love the soft tones in this one! 🙂

I die cut the panel using Winnie & Walter Essentials Lana Cutaways, the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts, then mounted the panel on kraft cardstock.

Hello There

This card goes to the following challenges –

Inspired by All The Little Things Challenge #55 (inspired by the picture… they sure do look like succulents to me!!)

Seven Hills Crafts: May Color Challenge (first set of colors)

Stamplorations: May CAS challenge: Feminine Colors

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#485 – A Few Cards Over the Weekend

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Made a few cards over the weekend – I am just presenting them one here and a few more in the coming posts..

Celebrate

My first card is made using my new stamp set from Happy Little Stampers, Doodled Flowers. I bought this using the gift certificate I won at their last CAS challenge, and was just waiting for a reason to use it, when I saw this fabulous card by my blogging friend Rahmat for their Muse challenge this month – need I a better reason?! 😀

I immediately set out. I also got inspired by this card by the amazing Virginia Lu. For my card, I stamped the flowers and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder, on a scrap card panel. I then colored them using distress inks Pumice Stone, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon + Memento Bahama Blue and then fuzzy cut them out. I then added a strip of patterned paper from K & Company and adhered the flowers on top. For the sentiment, I stacked die cuts from Die Versions Celebrate die, and adhered it on the card.

Celebrate

At this point, I started feeling that the background was a little empty, and, like my muse, I thought of adding something circular – leading to adding a few dots using Simon Says Stamp Seeing Spots stencil and Pumice Stone distress ink. Finally, for embellishment, I added a few clear rhinestones on the flowers.

Also submitting this card to ColourQ Challenge #344, Inspired by All the Little Things #18 , Addicted to CAS #89: Petals, CASual Fridays #149: Florals and Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes

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#455 – A Bunch – Three Ways

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Hello! Using another new stamp set from my stash – Waffle Flower A Bunch. The fact that the stamp has flowers with outlines with large space inside along with the solid stamps makes way for lots of possibilities.. and I explored a few –

Love You A Bunch

For my first card, I used both the outline and the solid stamps. I started stamping the outline flowers using Paper Trey Ink Fine Linen ink. I then stamped the stems and leaves, masking the flowers wherever necessary. I then stamped the solids of the flowers and leaves using Hero Arts Butter Cup, Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe, Paper Trey Ink Melon Berry and Memento Bamboo Leaves. I then added a grassy ground of sorts using the little patterns stamps in Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits and Memento Bamboo Leaves.

Love You A Bunch

I then cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and cut the window using Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles. I then stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, within the window using Memento Tuxedo Black. I then foam mounted the outside panel and then adhered the inside panel on the card base.

Submitting this to Timeout Challenge #52 where we are CASEing Marjan (I got inspired by the layout and the concept of flowers), The Challenge #65 (flowers + colors) and The Paper Players Challenge #287: Clean and Simple: Celebrate Spring

For my second card, I used the outline stamps only –

Thinking of You

I stamped the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black and a bit of masking. I also stamped two flowers on a separate panel. I then colored them all using Oil Pastels. I then fuzzy cut the whole bunch. My initial idea was to have a single panel, but I ended up smudging the paper where I didn’t want it, so I had to cut out the whole bunch out – and it worked will, since I cut right beside the outlines. I also colored the edge of the cut out using Zig brush pen in Black.

Thinking of You

Once done, I drew the bouquet (I felt the bouquet in the stamp set was a bit small for the big bunch of flowers) and colored it too. I then adhered the bigger panel of flowers directly on the panel, trimmed it, distressed the edges using Prima Comfort Craft Distressing tool, stamped the sentiment from Micia Butterflies in Spring using Memento Tuxedo Black and foam mounted the panel on the card base. I then adhered the two extra flowers using foam dots.

Submitting this to Inspired by the Little Things #7 and Muse Card Club Challenge #158

For my third card, I used only the solids, along with some other stamps –

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I wanted each element of the design to be intermingled and overlapping. I first made the zig-zags, using Heidi Swapp Chevron stencil and Tattered Rose and Mustard Seed distress inks. I then stamped the loopy lines, from Neat & Tangled Little Tangles using Hero Arts Soft Pool ink. I then stamped the sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I stamped the solid flowers and leaves around it using the same ink.

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I then trimmed the panel, and mounted it to a side of the card base. Love the graphic design in this card! 😀

Submitting this to CAS(E) This Sketch #164, Addicted to Stamps #186: Anything Goes and CAS On Sunday #79: Stencil it

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#436 – Splash of Summer

Hello!

I made another version of the Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden today – the way I like it – bright, colorful and cheery! 😀

Splash of Summer

I first stamped the flowers and leaves using Adirondack Ginger. Now, when I stamped I had no idea this ink actually reacts to water – I thought it doesn’t! But, since I actually liked the way the the card ended, I am perfectly happy! 🙂

Splash of Summer

Once I was done stamping, I used distress inks for doing a bit of fussy water coloring. I used Ripe Persimmon + Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilzed Amber, Cracked Pistachio + Peacock Feathers inks. Finally stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Flowers using the same Adirondack ink. That’s my simple card! 🙂

Submitting this to the following challenges-

Tic Tac Toe #4

Addicted to Stamps #181: Anything Goes

The Card Concept #49: Floral Radiance

Inspired by Little Things #3 (not a challenge, in the first place – but the inspiration is definitely there! :))

CAS On Sunday #77: One Layer Wonder

30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker

Kathy Racoosin - The Daily Marker - Color Challenge

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#411 -Friends Like You

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One Layer Simplicity Challenge Winner!! (double yay!)

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Hello!

Fine day for coloring! 🙂 I stamped this pretty flower from Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden in Hero Arts Black ink, repeatedly, and using masking. I wanted to do some water-coloring on it, hence the Hero Arts ink instead of my usual Momento Tuxedo. I used Fabriano Aquarelle watercolor paper – fantastic thing, even though I did really light coloring – I could feel it! 🙂

Friends

I used distress inks for coloring, choosing inks for a softer palette. I went with Tumbled Glass, Spun Sugar and Mustard Seed (very light coloring with this) for the flowers and Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn for the leaves (again, very light coloring). For the background of the flowers, I initially went with a light mixture of Pumice Stone and Brushed Corduroy, but thinking that there was no contrast at all, I re-colored it with black.

The sentiment is from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint 3, which I stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black (yes, I just had to use that ink! :P) Finally added a dashed line around the card using Uniball Signo black gel pen.

Submitting this to a variety of challenges –

One Layer Simplicity Challenge #24: Friends

One Layer Simplicity Challenge - Blog

The Challenge #59: Sketch Challenge

Inspired By All The Little Things #2: Flowers (not a challenge, but I really wanted to add)

The Daily Color Challenge (Day 3)

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#409 – The Daily Marker Coloring Challenge

Hello!

I think there will be no one in the card-making world who doesn’t know about Kathy Racoosin‘s 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Well, if you didn’t, now you know! 😉 The challenge starts again today and will run till the month ends.

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Frankly speaking, when I first heard of it, I thought it was crazy! 30 days of coloring? Seriously? Who has that time?!? Even if Kathy asks us to spend 5 minutes only, is it even possible? Personally, I don’t think I’ve colored anything in 5 minutes! 😀 But this time, I thought, ok, let me just try! I’ll just color on the days I can, forget about the days I can’t. That’s it! I even spent till late last night stamping, getting ready for the challenge (though, I must admit, I don’t know how many of them I am going to use! :P) At least, my coloring skills might get better! 😛

Ok, enough chit chat; proceeding to the actual card –

Thank You

I must admit, I am fairly impressed! 😀 To make this card, I first stamped the flowers and the flourishes from Altenew Lacy Scrolls using Hero Arts Soft Pool ink and then I colored them all using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. I trimmed down the panel, scored it on all four sides, and added a light shade of grey using Zig brush pen in Cool Grey. I then stamped the sentiment from Altenew Magnolias For Her in Memento Teal Zeal ink. Finally I mounted the panel on an off-white card base.

And here’s a close up of the pencil coloring –

Thank You

And since I was inspired by it, also submitting this card to Inspired By All The Little Things #1. This is a series started by amazingly talented Lesley Croghan. Its a not a challenge (and I am thankful for it!), so no pressure, just make something and add a link there, share some inspiration! 🙂

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