28 Aug 2018

Tulips, Tulips and more tulips!

Coloring just two tulips was not enough for me ;) I wanted to color them again, lots of them! I made this card for one of my crafty pals Ashwini, I am fan of her card making style and we enjoy crafty chats through our emails. I have been lucky to have her handmade cards in real !

 Coming to my card I started by stamping tulips from two different stamp sets on watercolor paper and set about coloring them using distress inks. I avoided doing mistakes I commited on my previous card and did new ones ;)..The leaves, need lot of practice. (I could definitely paint some more again to get them correct! It is addictive)

I kept the card front smaller than the inside to add some interest to the card design. Stamped a pattern using a small triangle stamp at the bottom and finished off the card.

Supplies used:
Stamps: In Bloom-Addie's garden, Scenery-Rectangled & Triangled (W&W), Spring Blessings, Doodle Flowers (Jane's Doodles)
Distress inks: Spun sugar, festive berries, fired bricks, wild honey, mustard seeds
Akashiya watercolor brush pens
Memento dye ink bamboo leaves, Archival Black ink.

Linking it to:
Happy Little Stampers August WaterColor Challenge

Coloring Contest – Intermediate Level

August color combo with Heather - Anything goes

24 Aug 2018

Brush pens to recue

Hooked to magnolias !!
I found this lightly textured cream colored cardstock in my local paper mart and (being in watercolor zone) I instantly thought of coloring flowers on it. I did not even  wait to check if it is good for water colors and started stamping magnolias on it.I was inspired by this card designed by Mayra.

I scribbled red gelato stick on acetate and stared to color…and I could neither blend nor move the color!! I was not letting it go soo soon, to make it work I started applying the color with flickering strokes hmm looks stripy but can work .Till I was done with all the flowers the color had faded!

Okay , lets add one more layer, which faded again! Then I used brush pens ..voila does not fade !! These brush pens are Awesome they bought the flowers to life! Can’t thank Sathya enough for gifting me these. I layered 4 colors for the flowers. Did the same with greens and browns and used acrylic paint for the highlights on some areas.Finished off the card by stamping the sentiment.

Supplies Used:
Stamp: Magnolias for her,Charmed (Altenew),Tim holtz(part of the sentiment)
Ink:spun sugar distress ink
Faber Castle gelato-red
Akashiya Sai Brush pens

The Flower Challenge : #23 One Layered Card

Penny black and More : August Challenge  I spy (B for blooms)

21 Aug 2018

Quick and Simple card

A break from no-line watercoloring !

I had this piece of cardstock with yellow & orange distress ink smooshed on it . Sketched a sunflower on it (taking reference from net) and colored it lightly,Just adding shadows. Cut it into 4 squares and foam mounted on a embossed panel( Gifted by Dr.Sonia). Finished off by adding a gold embossed sentiment ,which continues inside.

A matching envelope.

Supplies used :
Stamps: Wishing you with Eveline T Designs(W&W)
Distress Ink :Mustard seeds,wild honey

Linking it to:
Less is More: #378 Sketch

CAS Watercolour August Challenge :Sunflower

Time Out Challenges : #116 Bright

4 crafty chicks : #416 sunflowers

17 Aug 2018

Watercoloring fever continues

Newest installment in the water colored floral series! These magnolia flowers are best for no-line coloring due to their large size and lot of open spaces.

Started by stamping the flowers and leaves with light distress ink on watercolor paper then drew branches and a half open bud. Then colored them with distress inks, I went overboard with the veins on petals that they looked liked striped petals! I had to blend them with another layer of color. Highlights were all okay but the shadows are what bought the flowers to life! I used water color brush pens for it, they are so concentrated and the brush tip make it easy to apply it in nooks & crannies (Kathy’s term ;))

Backed the watercolored panel with a piece of fun foam and adhered it on card base and stamped the sentiment.

Supplies used:
Stamps: Magnolias for her, Charmed (Altenew)
Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Picked raspberry, festive berries
Akashiya Sai Brush pens
Versafine onyx black ink

Linking it to : 

10 Aug 2018

Sunny Daffodils !

I am still hooked with water-coloring flowers :) It was on my list to color a daffodil since long. I found it difficult to color, being such a bright color that is yellow how does one add highlights to it? And  shadows brown or grey ?

All the images I searched showed the petals to be very light almost translucent .I used distress inks for watercoloring .My first trial turned out very bad,I used grey for shadow and it didn’t look nice. For this card I went with brown. It is still very far from looking real but at least not very bad!

The flowers are small I think I should have stamped some more of them .what do you think ?
Supplies used :
Stamps : In Bloom -Addie's garden, Wishing you with Eveline T Designs(W & W)
Inks : Distress Inks Mustard seeds, wild honey, Archival jet black ink
Akashiya watercolor brush pens

Linking it to:
Winnie &Walter July Color Combo

Happy Little Stampers August WaterColor Challenge

Simon says Wednesday Challenge: Distress it (I have used distress inks as watercolors)
Addicted to Stamps and More: Challenge #304 CAS

Coloring Contest – Intermediate Level

1 Aug 2018

Guest Designing for The Twisted Challenges #3

Hello friends! Today I am sharing the card I made as Guest designer for The Twisted Challenge #3 Go bold+ Replace me.This month the team has challenged us to create a project with bold sentiment and the twist is to replace an alphabet with an image, Ian’ t that interesting ? I searched my stamps to see if any image fits to replace an alphabet and found not one but many and as usual went for flowers ;) (No surprise!)

Do the tulips look like Os? The words are handwritten taking reference from MS Word. I spent quite some time coloring the tulips and adding details, ended up losing the natural look:(

The white space was too much that the card looked incomplete so made up with few splatters and sequins. Used parquet stencil to create the pattern on card base.
I hope I have inspired you to join this challenge and play along you have entire month to do so ! Get your creative juices flowing :)

Supplies used:
Clear stamps: In Bloom: Addie’s garden (Winnie & Walter)
Stencil: Parquet (Neat & Tangled) 
Distress Inks:  Spun Sugar, festive berries, fired bricks, wild honey