#603 – Little Tangles April Challenge: Watercoloring

Hello! Time for the April challenge at Little Tangles. The theme this time is ‘Watercolor’.

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And here’s what I made for some DT inspiration –

Hello Friend

I chose to go with a card with different dimension. This one is 3 3/4″ by 7″. I wanted to try something with a long-ish card dimension for quite some time now, so I was pretty happy with this! 🙂

Hello Friend

Now to the card – I first stamped the sentiment. Following this, I started with stamping a few of the flower centers and then watercoloring them, stamping a few more flowers/leaf centers, watercoloring some more..and so on. I also added more color to the already dried ones, wherever I felt it was needed. I only stamped and watercolored them in steps, since I wasn’t getting a sense of how much space would be needed to watercolro each flower/leaf, else I could have stamped them all, and watercolored them all at one go. 🙂 Anyway, I used MFT Hybrid ink, which is waterproof, for stamping and Gansai Tambi watercolors for, of course, watercoloring.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: Spring has Sprung

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Stempelgarten Challenge #60: Colorful Spring

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #236: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair April Challenge: Anything Goes

Joy Clair Challenge

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#559 – Snowflakes – Stamps and Watercoloring

Hello! I am still stuck with snowflakes, but stamps this time. I really wanted to do some watercoloring so, I just went with heat embossing with watercoloring to create these two cards, both with non-traditional Christmas colors –

Happy Holidays

For the first one, I colored a watercolor panel using my Gansai Tambi set, then stamped and gold heat embossed the snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes – I just love the multitude and diverse snowflakes in this stamp set. Once done, I trimmed the panel and added the sentiment from BoBunny Sentiments stamp set using MISTI and Black Soot distress ink (I am trying stamping using this ink now-a-days, since I am not using it so much for anything else! ;))

Happy Holidays

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

The Paper Players #324: Snowflake

AAA Card Challenge #79: CAS Game: Christmas

Merry & Bright

For my second card, I first stamped the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha and heat embossed it using silver glitter embossing powder. I used the same snowflake and same embossing for some smaller snowflakes around the sentiment. I then added stripes of gold watercoloring using Gansai Tambi Starry Colors – loving the gold colors in this!! Now, once done, I noticed that the embossing wasn’t done properly, so I had to go and do it all over again! That’s the reason some of the snowflakes are not that clean and crisp…:( But I do love the look of this, so I can definitely try it with something else! 😀

Merry & Bright

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays #162: Glitter & Snowflakes

Little Tangles Challenge #75: Silver & Gold

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#555 – Thanks..with One Layer and Flowers

PE: Noticed by Neat & Tangled!!

Noticed by Neat and Tangled

So I finally got out of my black and gold cycle! I really love one layer cards, though I make very less of them…since I am not that good with them. But this one was easy to keep as a one layered, CAS card! Super easy! 🙂

Thank You

I used Neat and Tangled Paper Cut Flowers with Memento inks Grape Jelly, Danube Blue and Rhubarb Stalk. Since my inks were a bit dry, I used MISTI for stamping, otherwise, alignment is eye-balled. Once done, I added the dots using gel pens and sketch pens.

Thank You

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Little Tangles Challenge #74: CAS

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful

Stamplorations: November CAS Challenge: Purple

The Flower Challenge Challenge #2: A Special Occasion

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#511 – A (Almost) Flat Shaker Card

PE: Winner at Little Tangles!! Yay! Guess all that thinking paid off! 😛

Neat & Tangled - Winner (Top Tangle)

Hello! Coming back after another spell.. Been busy with things lately, and the couple of times I attempted card making didn’t bring out presentable results..and hence delayed my blog posts too.. I was finally able to create this pretty shaker card – after thinking and thinking about it for 3 days!

Sending Warm Wishes

I first made an ombre background using Victorian Velvet distress ink, PTI Melon Berry and PTI Sweet Blush. Once it dried, I stamped Neat & Tangled Tiny Triangles using Memento Brilliance Platinum Planet and die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.

The flowers, from Neat & Tangled Paper Cut Flowers and part of the sentiment, from SSS Sending Happy Thoughts are silver heat embossed; the other part of the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.

Sending Warm Wishes

I wanted to make a flat shaker – the kind Jennifer McGuire has made quite a few times – and I wanted to use vellum. Now, that didn’t work, for various reasons, and I ended up with a clear one, Jule Ebersole style (not the card, just the shaker! :P)

I ended up making a shaker with some clear plastic sheet, folded and adhered at the back, choosing sequins that were flat, instead of cupped. And the card panel is directly adhered to the white card base. As flat as I could make it (since the sentiment is mounted on foam tape..)

Submitting this card to –

Little Tangles Challenge #71: Shakers and Sequins

Happy Little Stampers August Mixed Media Challenge: Metal (I’ve used platinum ink for stamping, then silver embossing, then of course, the sequins themselves! More mixed media is the watercoloring in the background)

The Heart Desires #3 (I’ve used the pink color in the picture, and lots of metallics)

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#506 – Set Sail for Adventure

PE: Honorable Mention/Lovely Little Tangle at Little Tangles Challenge!! 😀

Neat & Tangled - Honorable Mention (Lovely Little Tangle)

Top 3 at Woodcraft Store!! 😀

Scrapulechki - Top 3

Hello! I am making a card out of a single stamp set after a long time – the stamp set is Neat & Tangled Sailmates. And here’s the card –

Set Sail for Adventure

I first blended Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Mermaid Lagoon distress inks, stamped the waves on a card panel, using the same inks, stamped off once, added some water splatters and stamped the waves once again. Once dry, I fussy cut it into two panels.

I then stamped the sail using Antique Linen distress ink and watercolored it using Fired Brick, Pine Needles and Black Soot distress inks. Once dry, I fussy cut it.

On the card base, I lightly drew a circle and water-colored in the sun using Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick.

I then added some shine to the sun, and the stamped regions of the waves using my Wink of Stella (finally spent, actually, I added some water..and it works brilliantly!) I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then adhered the first, bigger, wave panel directly on the card base, then the sail and the second panel of waves using foam tape.

Set Sail for Adventure

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Nautical

SSS - Monday Challenge

Little Tangles #70: Inspired by Pinterest (I got inspired by the colors, the water and the striped pattern on the umbrella)

Woodcraft Store: Clean and Simple: Summer

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#458 – A Few More Challenges

PE: Noticed at Neat & Tangled!! Yay! Yay! Yay!!

Noticed by Neat & Tangled

Hello!

Made a few cards to submit to various challenges.

My first card is using Ellen Hutson stamps and dies –

Miss You

I started with the background – I repeat stamped the flower from Ellen Hutson Bohemian Garden and heat embossed it gold. I then colored a few random flowers using Weathered Wood distress ink. I then die cut the flower and leaves from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden and colored them using Broken China + Weathered Wood and Pine Needles distress inks. The sentiment is from Altenew Painted Greetings. Submitting this to Essentials by Ellen March Pin Sights Challenge and CAS(E) This Sketch #165

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My second one using Neat & Tangled stamps –

One of a Kind

I started by randomly stamping all the images with outlines on watercolor paper and heat embossed them clear. I then watercolored them using distress inks – Seedless Preserves, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Salty Ocean, Festive Berries. For the sentiment, I die cut another watercolor panel using Sizzix Phrases, and stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and watercolored it using Peacock Feathers and Mustard Seed.

One of a Kind

After adhering the base watercolored piece on the card base at an angle, I added the sentiment panel too, along with some buttons for embellishment. Submitting this to Little Tangles Challenge #66: Ombre

My third using lots of pattern papers and Reverse Confetti stamps and dies –

Wild About You

I really wanted to start using some pattern papers from my stash. I recently purchased some more – and I couldn’t wait to use these beauties in my cards. Agreed, I am not the best in using them yet, but hoarding them will get me nowhere!! Ok, I really didn’t keep track of which paper pads they are from (:(), but I am just glad I used them! 😉 By the way, the lion and the sentiments are from Reverse Confetti Leaping Lions. I stamped them using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the lion using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. The stars are wood veneers from Studio Calico. Submitting this to Reverse Confetti March Sketch

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Colour Me Challenge #57

Hello!

I am back with another card – this time for the Colour Me Card Challenge –

Color Me Card Challenge #57The whole card involves distress inks techniques along with inlaid die cutting.

I first picked up 3 Distress Inks – Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire. For the front of the card panel, I picked up a smaller piece of watercolor paper, and after splotching down the inks on my craft mat, misting some water, I picked up ink on the paper, dried it, picked up some more ink and dried it (and so on) until the whole paper was covered and I was satisfied with the color’s intensity.

Color Me Card Challenge #57 (close up 1)I then die cut the piece using Memory Box Chloe Stem. I die cut another piece from plain white watercolor paper. Then, after adhering a scrap piece of paper with double sided tape, I stuck it behind the piece and placed, first the white die cut and then the little pieces in place. I then added a few drops of white using 3D cone outliner.

Now coming to the background – I first misted the whole watercolor paper with water, then inking the stamp from WPlus9 Backgrounds And Borders in the darkest ink, Chipped Sapphire, I started stamping from the bottom, repeat stamping right above it 4-5 times without re-inking. I then repeated the step in other inks, overlapping with the previous stamped areas. And since the color was too strong, I used some paper to suck the ink off when the piece was still wet. When dry, this created a sort-of zig-zag ombre background. Although this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, I loved that effect!! 😀

Color Me Card Challenge #57 (close up 2)Well, then, I finally foam mounted the earlier piece on the background. I didn’t add any sentiments to the front of the card, leaving the flower and the colors to do all the talking 😛

I am submitting this to a few challenges –

Colour Me Challenge #57

CAS-ual Fridays #136

Little Tangles #53

Thanks for looking! 🙂

PE: Color Connoisseur