#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

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#613 – MFT Sketch and Color Challenges

Hello! I was rearranging some MFT related Pinterest boards the other day and got super inspired by all the cards I had pinned there.. I mean, their DT has always created the most adorable, beautiful and charming cards – how could one not get inspired. More reason to make them – the MFT Sketch and Color Challenges!

I usually make a single card for both the challenges. But this time, I thought of separating the two.. more cards to make, right?! 😀 Here’s what my inspired self created –

You Are Amazing

For my first card, the inspiration comes from three sources, actually – thee sketch from Stamplorations, the colors from MFT Color Challenge and the layout from The Flower Challenge. I chose distress inks to stamp and color the flowers from MFT Modern Blooms stamp set, using a brush to lightly spread the colors to show off the texture of the paper also. I used normal inks for the leaves, and distress inks again for the stencilled background.

Here’s the supply list –

My Favorite Things Modern Blooms stamps
My Favorite Things Flashy Florals stamps
My Favorite Things Wonky Chevrons stencil
My Favorite Things Geometric Greenery stamp (partial sentiment)
Stamplorations Amazing die
clear rhinestones

You Are Amazing

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

MFT Color Challenge #68

Stamplorations May Challenge (I used the sketch and stamping)

The Flower Challenge #8: CASE The DT Member – I chose Karren’s card. I love the stencil background.. partially done, and then the flowers stamped on top. Such a simple beauty!

And here’s my second card –

Friend, Sending you Hugs

For my second card, I used a bit of no line watercoloring. I must say, the image for this card came pretty immediately as soon as I saw the sketch. I’ve completely used distress inks on this card, including the background stamping and the sentiment.

Supply list –

My Favorite Things Some Bunny stamps
My Favorite Things Fresh Cut Grass die
My Favorite Things Friend die
My Favorite Things Scattered Surface background stamp

distress inks

Friend, Sending you Hugs

Submitting my card to the following challenges –

MFT Sketch Challenge #331

Sketch Challenge 331 #mftstamps

CAS-aul Fridays #173: Birtday Card + 6 of the same item (I used 6 of the small flowers…he he.. )

Stempel Garten Challenge #61: Wildlife

Happy Little Stampers: May Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

#610 – Addicted to CAS – Guest Designer

Hello! I am really happy to day to be Guest Designing at the Addicted to CAS Challenge blog! Thank you so much for having me over! 🙂

ATCAS - GUEST DESIGNER

The theme this time is “Grunge”.

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Now, I am not someone who makes grunge cards, and the theme was pretty difficult for me.. but that’s what challenges are for – guest designing or not!! 😉 After pondering on it for a while, I came up with this card –

Miss You

The stamp set Adore You from Altenew is just perfect for a variety of techniques – starting from just outlining in beautiful colors, or coloring.. so why not make some grunge?…I thought.. So I mixed it with My Favorite Things Abstract Art stamp set to make this card. Of course, I used MISTI for great and perfect stamping, since the flowers are cut outs, foam mounted on the base, mounted to give dimension.

Finally, the sentiment, black base with heat embossed sentiment, came from Mama Elephant In My Heart stamp set.

Miss You

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stamplorations April CAS challenge: Any Pastel color

The Heart Desires Challenge #11 : I went with the colors and the flowers

Addicted to Stamps challenge #239: Clean and Simple

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Hop over to the Addicted to CAS blog for more amazing (and proper) Grunge cards, and join the challenge! Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#576 – Seize The Birthday – Dashes or Doodle

Hello! Its time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday! And this time the Topping is Dashes or Doodle. Of course, you are also free to choose to go without the topping, as long as you make a birthday themed card.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Rejoining us is our Surprise Party Guest, Rahmat!

I, of course, have used the topping to make my card!

Happy Birthday

I chose Inkadinkado Thoughts for the Day stamp set to make the background. These flowers look very hand drawn and doodle-y 😛 I just stamped the flowers using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then colored it using Zig brush markers. Once done, I trimmed the panel a bit, and added texture using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders dies. So, there’s a bit of dashes too! 😉

Happy Birthday

The sentiment comes from Reverse Confetti Happy Pretty Panel die plus the Whole Lotta Happy stamp set. I punched a hole in it and used it as a tag here. I then foam mounted the whole thing on a white card base. A few pearls for embellishing finishes my card.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Stamplorations January Sketch Challenge (I’ve flipped it) –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #225 (flowers are the inspiration) –

Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog and see lots more amazing inspiration from Rahmat the rest of the DT! And don’t forget to play along!

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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#573 – Coloring with Color Pencils

Hello! Its been some time.. I’ve been a bit busy with work and such.. and even coloring took such a long time – I’ve been coloring just these two cards for two weeks now!! But finally I had some time, and I was able to finish these –

Just Saying Hello

For this card, I stamped the flowers from Hero Arts Night & Day flowers using Memento Dandelion ink, then colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. I also added lots of dots between the flowers, it was looking too plain otherwise.

The sentiment is die cut using Paper Smooches Thanks die, after which I just trimmed it along the sides and adhered it. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages using Potter’s Clay, trimmed and adhered it. I then mounted the whole thing on kraft card base. For embellishing, I used some pretty yellow and blue flower sequins.

By the way, both this card and the next one have a bit different dimension – the front panel is a bit less than 4″x 5.25″, the base being a bit more than 4″x 5.5″. So, the top panel overhangs just a bit from the base.

Just Saying Hello

I am submitting this card to The Flower Challenge #4: Blue and Yellow and A2Z Scrapbooking January Challenge: Anything Goes

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For my next card, I chose kraft card stock and white embossing for my pencil coloring –

Celebrate

I combined stamps from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers and Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles – I just knew as soon as I saw them that these two stamps would work wonderfully together! So, I stamped them on a lighter kraft cardstock and then heat embossed them with Wow! white embossing powder, and then colored them.

The sentiment comes from Stamplorations Celebrate die cut, for which I used a darker cardstock. I used another piece of black foam to mount it on the panel, and then mounted the panel on the same dark kraft card base. I added a few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops Bright Gold around the sentiment for embellishing.

Celebrate

I am submitting this card to Stamplorations: Anything Goes Challenge (not sure of using only the sentiment die cut counts for this challenge; if not, please delete the entry!), Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes Challenge and SSS Work It Wednesday: Something new with a new product (The SSS Stamp and the sentiment die are new in my stash!)

Stamplorations - Anything Goes

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SSS - Work It Wednesday

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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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

Thanks you for stopping by! 🙂

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#551 – In Purple

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Cupcake Inspirations - Sweet Six

Hello! I am back with another card. A simple to make, but packing a punch card. 😉

Believe in Miracles

I just picked a watercolor panel, colored it with two tones of purple and then a bit of black at the top. Once it was partially dry, I sprinkled a few drops of water, to get small gaps where I could add stars. Once the panel was dry, I stamped the trees (from an alcohol inks kit I brought recently) and the sentiment from JustRite Bokeh Time and embossed it in gold. I also added dots for the stars using embossing pen, which too, I embossed in gold. I then added a second set of trees, behind the gold embossed ones using Black Soot distress ink.

Believe in Miracles

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS(E) This Sketch #197

Addicted to Stamps #218: Holiday

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Cupcake Inspirations #383: Trees

One Layer Simplicity Challenge #33: Peace Be With You

Stamplorations: November CAS Challenge: Purple

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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