#932 – Purple Poppies

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Winner at Just Add Ink! Yippie!!

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Hello and welcome! My sister had her birthday the last week and this is the card I made for her. I wanted her card to look like it was a frame out of a field of flowers. And here’s what I made –

The entire thing is free hand watercoloring. I wanted to make poppies, but didn’t want to use the well known red in it. So I chose purple instead. I drew the outline of the larger flowers in a light handed pencil, and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors. The paper is Canson XL.

Once everything was dry, I splattered a bit of green and brown, and once that too was dry, I trimmed the panel to size. Before mounting this on a black card base, that I had measured and cut out, I drew a frame using a Versamark pen and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then adhered the watercolored panel using double sided tape.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of black cardstock using a die from Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips and adhered them together. I then clear embossed the top a couple of times to make it shiny. This, I adhered to the card. I also added a few sequins to embellish and finish my card.

I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Just Add Ink challenge #549: Choose Any Two – I chose Leaves and Petals

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Happy Birthday

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Inkspirational challenge #236: Grow

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#924 – STB: Three Shades of Green

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time, the Topping chosen by Vicki is ‘Three Shades of Green‘. Of course, you are free to choose to not go with this topping, since our Anything Goes challenge is always there, you can just join with any fresh birthday project you create!

And this is what I made –

I started with stamping the leaves from Altenew Build A Flower: Rose and Fabulous Floral stamps in three different shades of green inks. I stamped it on a linen textured cardstock for some additional texture. I then die cut and fussy cut the leaves.

For the sentiment I chose Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms. I debated between adding them by stacking the die cuts or adhering them directly with a single layer of die cuts, but finally decided on adhering them directly. After stamping it on a white cardstock using black ink, I arranged the leaves around it, then adhered them so that the leaf ends are free so I can curve it a bit.

I then trimmed the cardstock and splattered some green and black splatters on top. Once that dried, I adhered the panel over a dark green cardbase. I hope that doesn’t count for an extra shade of green! 😉

Just Add Ink challenge #544: Just Add ‘L’

Timeout Challenge #182: Birthday/Celebrate

Fusion Challenge: Green

Hop over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog to see more shades of greens from our talented DT and our Surprise Party Guest Carol Mayne! And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#893 – Tic Tac Toe Challenge!!

Hello!! I’ve got exciting news to share!! I’ve been generously asked by Felicita to join the Tic-Tac-Toe design team and I’ve humbly accepted!! Today’s my first day being a part of the challenge as a part of the DT!! Looking forward to an exciting journey with this wonderful team!

Well, coming to latest challenge! Here’s the Thank You/ Fall board created by Joanne:

I chose the first row – Plaid, Pumpkin and Thankful. And here’s what I made –

I created the plaid in the background by using CrafTrat 2 Step Plaid stencil. This is really a stencil that I’m super happy with!! Since I also wanted to add a touch of black, I took my black gel pen and added criss-crossing lines over the plaid.

For the pumpkins themselves, I used CrafTangles watercolor paper, stamped the set of pumpkins from Verve’s Bountiful Harvest stamp set in Antique Linen and watercolored it further using Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Once dried, I trimmed the panel, I stamped it with the sentiment from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and You stamp set. I then matted it with black cardstock and foam mounted it on the plaid card base.

I must say, the watercoloring this time turned out better than I expected! So happy with it! 🙂

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Retro Rubber Challenge #144: Anything Goes (I’ve used Verve Stamp Bountiful Harvest which was release in 2010)

RRCB 144

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #291: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Just Add Ink challenge #525: Thank You

Do step over to the Tic-Tac-Toe challenge blog for more inspiration from the rest of the team! And don’t forget to join!! And thank you so much for stopping by!

#869 – Garden Gnome

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Hello and welcome! Its been a bit busier than other weeks! Last night I did some more watercoloring. Since I’ve been using my Gansai Tambi watercolors for so long, I thought of changing my medium to distress inks instead.

And I made this piece of no line watercoloring of a Garden Gnome. I used the MFT You Gnome Me stamp set, stamped the images with a light grey ink (frankly, it had almost dried up, so I had to stamp some places twice or thrice to even be able to see the image!). I used the colors from the latest MFT Color challenge. For paper, I used Hndmd watercolor paper. I also used my color pencils to add a little bit of extra shading.

Once done, I trimmed the piece to size. For the matting, I stamped the Concord & 9th Barnwood Background in Pumice Stone distress ink after misting it lightly with water. I then laid it at an angle on watercolor paper card base. The sentiment, which I stamped in black ink, is also from the MFT You Gnome Me stamp set.

And that’s it. I kept the rest of the card clean, since I wanted to keep the focus on the watercolored piece.

Joining the following challenges with this card –

Just Add Ink challenge #506

MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge #490

MFT Color challenge #141

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

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#861 – STB: Spring Fling

PE: Watercooler Rocker at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by Lindsey, is ‘Spring Fling’.

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Checkout what I made –

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I started with watercolor paper from CrafTangles. On this I stamped the large flower cluster image from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set in Adirondack Earthtones Ginger ink. This is a watercolor reactive ink, and I’ve used it before with watercoloring (see this card). I loved the effects then and decided to use it again. For watercoloring I used Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Once dried, I used Uniball Posca white pen to add dots to the flower center, then added black dots using a black fine liner on top of them. I also used the same fine liner to draw lines to the dots, completing the stamens. I also added a few strokes of clear glitter gel pen on the flowers and leaves. This is the only embellishing I did on the card (other than the gold foil, of course!)

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Once done, I trimmed the watercolor panel, fussy cutting it on one edge completely, and partially on the other edges, to give it a partial rectangle shape.

For the card base, I chose a light brown cardstock. I trimmed the front panel of the card base a bit shorter, so that it is mostly hidden behind the watercolor flowers. Before adhering the flowers, I trimmed a strip of gold foil cardstock and adhered it on the card base. Once I had adhered the watercolor panel, I folded the card and also adhered another strip of gold foil cardstock on the inside panel of the card.

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For the sentiment, I stamped ‘happy birthday to’ from Reverse Confetti All About You stamp set in Versafine Onyx black ink. The ‘you’ is die cut using Altenew Simple Alpha. I die cut a few pieces of the same brown cardstock and a single set of gold foil cardstock. I then stacked them adhered it on the card.

And that finished my card!

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #266: All About Occasions

Just Add Ink challenge #500: Just Add a Die-cut Word

Inkspirational challenge #210: Spring

The Flower Challenge #43: Spring/Autumn

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry!

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