#986 – Sparkle and Shine

Hello and welcome! Time for a new Seize the Birthday challenge and this time, the topping chosen by Cathy this time is ‘Sparkle and Shine‘. Every challenge is also always ‘Anything Goes‘ and the Topping is included for extra fun.Β It’s not an absolute need to include the topping on your birthday card.

And here’s what I made –

There are multiple ways of adding sparkle and shine to a card, including sparkling embossing powder, perfect pearls, or some watercoloring with mica pigments. But this time I went for something that I really love, but have so less of a chance to use – shiny acrylic paints. These paints are from Prima, and I absolutely love the sparkle and shine in them. They even blend really well, which makes using multiple colors a real child’s play.

For this particular card, I started with 3 shades of paint – two shades of pink and a champagne. I brushed the colors, firstly going horizontally and then vertically towards the end to create a well blended panel. Leaving it to dry, I die cut the rest of the pieces I needed for the card – Pink Fresh Studio Floral Squares and a sentiment from My Favorite Things Captions. I cut these from white cardstock and then a few more from scrap cardstock. I adhered these together for dimension.

The paint was dry by then, and I thought embossing would make it look particularly good, since that would also add the factor of light and shadow. I used one of the We R Memory Keepers Geometric embossing folders to emboss the panel – and wow!! I love that look (I had created a card with similar effect here) I trimmed the panel a bit so that the white of the card base below would also show up. I then adhered the die cuts and the stamped sentiment stripes – the sentiments are from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words – using glue and a few strips of cardstock under the sentiment strips.

Once assembled, I felt that there was too much of white – so I used foil adhered over cardstock to die cut additional pieces of the flower and the ‘#’ and adhered them on top. And that finished my card! πŸ™‚

I’m joining these challenges with this card –

The Paper Players challenge #576: Tic Tac Toe (I chose mid row CAS-Flower-Birthday)

Timeout challenge #206: Friend Quote

Just Add Ink challenge #589: Just Add ‘Minimalist’

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Use an Embossing Folder

SSS - Monday Challenge

Checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more lovely shades of blues and greys from our wonderful DT and our lovely Surprise Party Guest, Vicky Hayes!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#932 – Purple Poppies

PE: Inkspirational challenge Top Pick!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Winner at Just Add Ink! Yippie!!

Just Add Ink - Winner

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

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Inkspirational challenge #236: Grow

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#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! πŸ˜‰

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! πŸ™‚

#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! πŸ™‚

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

PE: Winner at Just Add Ink challenge!! Yippie!!

Just Add Ink - Winner

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

Thank you so much for stopping by!