Less is More #348 Watercolour

Hello there.  I don’t know about you, but September seriously flew by!  Anyhow, it’s Saturday and it’s our lucky dip challenge at Less is More (LIM).  The theme for challenge #348 is Watercolours.  Our talented guest designer joining us this week is August winner, Jane from Purplejet Loves Crafts.  This month’s sponsor once again is Happy Little Stampers.











Watercolour smooshing was used to create the watercolour background.  Salty Ocean and Picked Raspberry distress inks were added to a craft sheet and spritz with water.  An acetate sheet was then used to pick up the colours and smooshed onto the bottom right corner of a stitched rectangle panel die cut from watercolor paper.  Using an acetate sheet gives a little more control.  The elf was stamped with black Memento ink on X-press It paper, coloured with Copics, die cut out with the matching die and popped up with foam adhesives.  The NBUS sentiment was black heat embossed with clear glitter embossing powder to finish.


Linking to the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps and More#261 Anything Goes
NBUS #12 Anything Goes with NBUS









I must confess watercolouring is not my strong suit. 😉  Thanks to Loll and some of her tips, I managed to watercolour this floral birthday card for my FIL’s wife whose birthday is today, but we’re celebrating tomorrow.  The floral bouquet was heat embossed with platinum embossing powder on mixed media paper and then watercoloured with Zigs.  Partial die cutting with NBUS circle die was then used to die cut the image out so that the upper left flower extended past the circle.  It was matted onto a black circle and trimmed on the right side with a paper trimmer.  The diagonal stripe strip is washi tape.  The NBUS sentiment was silver heat embossed on black. Clear shimmer and clear droplets finished the card..


Heading over to the following challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches#307 Sketch by Jen T. 
SSS Flickr – #81 Anything Goes
SSS WednesdayAnything Goes




Thank you for visiting.  My teamies made some fabulous cards to inspire you and you can check them out HERE.  Can’t wait to see what you create.  Just remember to keep it CAS and follow the challenge guidelines.  Enjoy your day!








24 thoughts on “Less is More #348 Watercolour

  1. Wonderful cards.
    I am never sure about how I want to add little images to my cards so I just LOVE the way you did the purple splashes as the backdrop for that cute little guy.
    Happy stamping and have a great wknd.
    xx Karen

  2. 2 gorgeous cards, great tip to use the acetate for smooshing, I must try this. Looks like you’ve mastered your zigs too, the flowers are so pretty, Cathy x

  3. This is certainly a double feature, Trina! Love, love, love that little elf and the smooshed background is perfect! And your flowers are beautiful! I think you have a perfect grasp of watercolor! Love how the narrow black mat makes the flowers stand out!

  4. You first card really made me smile, love the design and dimension. Also such a contrast to the elegance of your second card-a great showcase of how you can make so many different cards x

  5. Two stunning cards Trina ! Love your smooshing background to highlight this adorable elf ! A very beautiful design ! But my heart goes to this magnifique bouquet ! I totally agree with the teammies, you’re kidding when you say that your watercolouring is not your strong suit ! Your watercoloring is just perfect and the whole design so elegant ! I’m sure your FIL’s wife loved it ! Two perfect beauties again this week ! Have a fabulous week. xx

  6. Two beautiful cards Trina, love the cute little elf and that light watercolour smooching in the background and the watercoloured flowers just perfect. Wonderful shimmer.

  7. Well, watercolouring certainly looks like it comes naturally to you in my eyes. The colours of the smooshed background look so great with the dark green of your adorable elf. And those flowers are so pretty, the partial die-cutting looks lovely, I always forget about this technique but it just adds that something to make a card special. Great work this week, Trina xx

  8. Trina I think you are kidding us about your lack of watercolour skills as it is evident here that they are FANTASTIC. 2 beautiful example of water and colour combos. That cute little elf looks gorgeous against your smooshed purple background and love how you’ve kept it to a small portion of the card. Then your floral beauty has blown me away. A perfect blend of water colours, gorgeous shimmer and a swoon-worthy design. Gorgeous ideas and so much inspiration. Enjoy your week x

  9. Two stunning cards! I love you use of color in both of these -especially the first card with the traditionally colored elf and fun shades of purple in the background looks amazing! I could never tell you don’t feel comfortable with watercoloring -your flower card looks very beautiful. I love the partial die cutting and all the shimmer.

  10. Two lovely cards Trina, i especially like the flowers with the partial die cut. Thank you for visiting my blog and your comment…having looked at your blog I love your cards and you have obviously had a good year!

  11. Oh my gosh, that little elf is so adorable. Great watercolour smooshing in the background. Fantastic card Trina! LOVE your circle of pretty flowers. The black adds a lots of contrast. Amazing design. Your FIL’s wife is going to love her birthday card. xx

  12. Sorry I missed the crafty get together, I can see you had lots of fun. Your watercolouring is amazing, and I always love your copic colouring. I have this elf set and now I want to pull it out, your watercolouriing smooshing looks awesome CAS perfection.

  13. Trina, I love what you did with the flowers you coloured at Loll’s – they look fabulous partially die cut and edged with the black border! And your other card is great too – love the smooshed watercolour background and your Copic shading on the elf proves how good you are at using Copics!!

  14. Great “less is more” cards, Trina. The first is so adorable, the second so lovely. Don’t short change yourself on your watercoloring…the second card is great! tfs

  15. Crikey! Your water colouring is absolutely exquisite Trina! The free and arty background on the first card is fabulous and it’s the perfect ratio of smooshing to white space. A brilliant backdrop for that adorable elf. But, my jaw hit the floor when I saw that enchanting flower. The silver and shimmer give it such a sophisticated look – and I’ve got to say that’s a great job on your camera work too. Hope you have a wonderful week xx

  16. I think you can add watercolouring to your many talents, Trina as these are both gorgeous! I always struggle with ‘controlled’ smooshing and love the way you have managed to add the background to just part of the background on your first card. Those elves are so cute too. Your florals look beautiful and I love the touches of black which give added zing to the design 🙂

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