#866 – Watercolored Wreath

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Hello and welcome! If you’ve known me, you know that I absolutely love watercoloring. I mostly love coloring florals, but I’m also working on improving my critter coloring…and then some. But, until now, it was mostly stamp and color. Lately, I’ve been interested in some free hand watercoloring, and was pretty happy with my very first attempt at it, when I watercolored some eucalyptus leaves. Since then, I continued my experiments, mostly learning by watching YouTube videos by Shada Campbell, and this time I’ve tried my hand at free hand watercoloring florals – a simple wreath for now:

Watercolor Wreath

I used Gansai Tambi watercolors, along with watercolor paper from Hndmd/CrafTangles. I just drew a simple circle, watercolored. For watercoloring, I used primarily a shade of purple, and along with it, I mixed a couple more colors, mixing brown for the leaves and wine red for the roses. This keeps the monochrome look, while bringing in plenty of shades. Finally, I let everything dry and then trimmed the paper. I also added a few splatters.

Watercolor Wreath (closeup)

To bring the card together, I stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals using VersaFine Onyx Black ink. I foam mounted the watercolroed panel onto black card stock, tucking a strip of dotted washi tape in similar colors on the bottom of one side.

I am so very happy with my trials! I’ll keep working on more of these free hand watercolors from now on..

Linking my card with these challenges –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #271: All About Occasions

TGIF Challenge #264: Technique challenge: Watercolor

The Flower Challenge #44: Monochrome

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

CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

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#735 – Embossing and Zig Brush Pens Coloring

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Hello! I just decided to make this card since it has been a while I combined embossing with coloring, and since I used my Zig brush pens.

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The flowers are from Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus, which I white heat embossed on a watercolor base. I didn’t use much water here on this card. I mostly used the lighter colors to blend in my darker ones; but I had to use water on the Ranunculus themselves – after applying color, I used a brush to quickly move/blend the colors all around, then immediately removed the excess water using a tissue.

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Its basically a one layered card, except the sentiment. The stamped portion comes from the same stamp set, and the die cuts come from Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs dies.

I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: In My Garden

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

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Just Add Ink challenge #397: Just Add “H”

TGIF Challenge #148: Masking

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #36 (I used Embossing – Green – WildFlower)

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#707 – Happy New Year!

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Hello and a very happy new year to everyone! I now I am a day late.. I was out yesterday and didn’t have time to click the snaps and post it yesterday. Well, a day late is still ok, isn’t it? 😛

I am presenting here four cards that I made for my family this year. Its kinda become a tradition for me to make four cards during New Year and Diwali for the family, following a single theme of design/technique/both. (Check out the cards I made for 2017 and 2016 New Year’s)

And here are this year’s cards –

Happy New Year

After making a couple of vintage looking cards, I kinda started liking the look of them, and decided to make that the theme this year. Also, a big reason to make this true were the Prima watercolor pencils I got sometime last month. I had already owned a couple of sets of these pencils and absolutely loved them, and I ordered all the sets I could when they went on sale. I love the soft colors that these pencils give, which is just perfect for making vintage looking cards.

I chose a common design for making all the cards and the envelopes. I used outlined flower and leaf images from various companies, watercolored them using the Prima watercolor pencils. I used Canson watercolor paper. The sentiment on all of them is from the Mama Elephant Calli Letters and Calli Uppercase Letters stamped using Versamark Onyx Black ink. The envelopes are self made.

After trimming the watercolor panels and adhering them on grey cardstock, I added a couple of lines using silver Unibal Signo gel pen, to give the panel a sort of a frame. Since I wasn’t going for any additional embellishment, this would provide my cards a sort of ‘finished’ look.

Now lets go to the details of each card –

Happy New Year

I used Altenew Peony Bouquet and Altenew Beautiful Day stamp sets.

Submitting this card to –

Happy Little Stampers January Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Happy New Year

On this one, I used Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp set.

Submitting this card to –

Global Design Project challenge #119: Home for the Holidays

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Paru’s Card Making Challenge: January challenge: New

Happy New Year

On this one, I used Summer Garden, Sketch Ranunculus and Look for the Miracles stamp sets, all from Simon Says Stamp.

Submitting this card to –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Something New

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Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: New Stamp set or Tool

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Happy New Year

On the last card, I used Altenew Adore You, with Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus, both from Simon Says Stamp.

And with this card, I am joining –

A2Z Scrapbooking January challenge: New to Me

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Wishing everyone a grand new year! Here’s to all the old crafting friends, lots of new crafting friends and all the wonderful crating times!! 🙂

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Many cards!

Hello! Another (and last) installment of my cards –

Painted FlowersFor this card, I started with stamping the flowers from Altenew Painted Flowers in Black Soot distress ink. For coloring the flowers, I used Hero Arts Neon inks Blue, Pink and Purple and MFT Abstract Art stamp set. After adding a few more leaves and buds, I also added a few black and grey dots around the flowers. I then added a few debossed lines. The sentiment is from Just Rite Vintage Labels #3. I used MFT Pinstripes and Black Soot distress ink for the background.

Submitting this card to CAS(E) This Sketch #131

8b6aa-cts_131My second card –

HelloI used the same Altenew Painted Flowers stamp set and Black Soot distress ink, but used Hero Arts Neon Blue, Memento Lulu Lavender and Olive Green distress ink for coloring. I also colored the buds with a q-tip and Memento Grape Jelly. I created the background using Memento Grape Jelly and MFT Pinstripes. I cut the sentiment using WPlus9 Hand Lettered Hello, colored it black. After adhering all the pieces, I added Glossy Accents on the sentiment and the flower centers and some sequins to finish the card.

Submitting this card to ColourQ challenge #298

ColourQ Challenge #298Third card –

Layering Attempts #3Mostly listing out the supplies here :). I stamped the background using Hero Arts Leaf & Floral Background and Memento New Sprout ink. I then colored a card stock with Hero Arts Tide Pool ink and used Spellbinders Delicate Doilies to die cut a doily. I then cut out three butterflies using Tattered Lace Butterflies; colored the first one using Victorian Velvet, Fired Brick, left the second one white and the third one using Fired Brick distress inks. I fussy cut out a pocket from K & Company pattern paper. the sentiment comes from The Craft’s Meow stamp set stamped in Black Soot distress ink.

Submitting this card to TGIF Challenge #11

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One Layer + Stamping + Watercoloring

Hello! This is another stamp – which I’ve used – but not, probably, in the way it was intended to. Avery Elle Laurels – I’ve never made a laurel using this stamp set!!! High time I did, right? 😛

Avery Elle LaurelsI used only distress inks for stamping – Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar. Once I stamped, I quickly painted on them using some water. Once all the stamping and watercoloring was done, I spritzed some more water on the whole thing – I wanted a small quantity of color seeped out of the ‘proper’ images – not that visible, but still there. I felt this would give out a more ‘watercolor’y feeling…

Avery Elle LaurelsOnce the entire thing was dry, I stamped the sentiment from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then added little dots silver glitter in the flowers’ center. And that finished my simple card. 🙂

Submitting this to the following challenges –

Colour Me Challenge #77

Colour Me Challenge #76Clean And Simple on Sunday Challenge #61: One Layer

TGIF Challenge #9: I used watercoloring and a ‘Together Forever’ theme, by going for a wedding theme.

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