Spring Showers

Hey there.  It’s been a pretty wet Spring here and today is no different.  But where there’s showers, a rainbow is to follow, right? 😉  At least that is what my Spring Showers card is based upon. 😂  Love incorporating rainbow colours in my Spring theme cards.

A Wonky Stitched Rectangle was die cut from smooth Bristol paper.  Alice was stamped with Archival black ink.  She was masked, then the raindrops were stamped next.  DIstress inks were used to colour the ground in rainbow colour.

Alice and the umbrella were watercoloured with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolour brush.  I think this may be the first time I used the black Zig marker.

The sentiment was black heat embossed.  The panel was adhered to a top folding white card base.  Clear shimner was added to the umbrella and raindrops to give them a glistening look.  To finish, a few Clear Rain Drops were added.

Thank you for dropping by.

 

 

 

I am entering in the following challenges:
Inspired by All the Little Things – #52 featuring Renee Matarese
SSS Monday – Splash It On
Addicted to CAS – #109 RaInbow
MarkerPop – #118 Watercolor People or Animals
Paper Smooches – April 2017 Showers (sentiment from Sentiment Sampler)
Penny Black and More – April 2017 Spring
Happy Little Stampers – April 2017 Anything Goes Watercolour with optional twist Rainbow

 

Spring Hydrangea

Click here if you are looking for my YNS March Feature Day post.

Hi again.  I am back again tonight with a CAS watercolor Spring card to share.  There are so many images I associate with Spring.  One being flowers.  I’m not very good with watercolouring, but flowers look so pretty when watercoloured.

The hydrangea was white heat embossed on Bristol smooth paper and watercoloured with Zig markers and a watercolor brush.  The leaves and stem were stamped with distress inks, then watercoloured with a watercolor brush too.  Once complete, they were all die cut out with the matching dies.

For dimension, the sentiment was die cut twice from scraps of watercolor paper, stacked and Ombré coloured with Zigs.  A Stitched Rectangle was then die cut from Bristol paper.  Blended Tumbled Glass distress ink and added splatters for the background.

The stitched panel was adhered to a white top folding card base before the die cut pieces were assembled.  Added glossy accents to the sentiment and a few clear droplets to finish.

 

 

SSS Flickr – 67 Spring
CAS Watercolour – March Spring
STAMPlorations CUTplorations – March Garden Party

 

 

 

Enjoy Summer

Hello everyone.  It’s raining and cold out here in Vancouver.  I don’t know what happened to our beautiful summer weather lately, but it just means more time to play  in My Crafting Closet.  I made this card thinking about how great it would be to lounge on a hammock and watch the sunset.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I started with a 4″x5-1/4″ stitched rectangle die cut from hot press watercolor paper.  I stamped the image in black Archival ink 3 times using my MISTI to get a crisp impression.  Then I die cut a circle from the image where I want the sun to be. Next I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolor brush, and watercolored the circle with the orange and bright yellow markers to create the sun.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I inlaid the circle back into the stitched rectangle panel.  The image is not completely solid, so I used the Zig black marker to fill in as needed.  For the sentiment, I first watercolored a scrap piece of hot press watercolor paper to match the sun.  Once dry, I die cut the sentiment from it.  For dimension, I mounted it onto black fun foam.

Summer card for challenges Mod Squad Lazy Days of Summer, Time Out #61 Inspired by words), CAS Mix Up July 2016, HLS Case the Designer July 2016.

I adhered the stitched panel onto a white card base with foam adhesive and finished off with some enamel dots.

 

 

I am playing in the following challenges:

Mod Squad Challenge – Lazy Days of Summer
Time Out Challenge – Challenge #61 Inspired by Words
CAS Mix Up July Challenge – Stamping + Markers + Your Choice (stamping, Zig markers, die cutting, watercoloring)
HLS July Challenge – CASE the Designer Carol Steedman (CASE’d layout and design)
STAMPlorations Challenge – CAS Challenge with optional color orange

Mother’s Day Water Lilly Card

With Mother’s Day fast approaching this Sunday, the Mother’s Day Challenge 94 from MarkerPop was perfect for getting my other Mother’s Day card completed.  And with wanting to keep my card simple, I combined that challenge with the May Heat Embossing Challenge for CAS Mix Up.

Mother's Day MarkerPop Challenge 94 and May CAS Mix Up Heat Embossing

For a little bit of interest, I die cut a stitched rectangle panel from hot press watercolor paper. I stamped the water Lilly with VersaMark and then heat embossed it with white embossing powder.  My choice for the CAS Mix Up challenge is watercoloring. To watercolor the image, I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers. I find these markers work better on the smooth surface of hot press watercolor paper instead of the rough texture of cold press watercolor paper.

Mother's Day MarkerPop Challenge 94 and May CAS Mix Up Challenge

To color, I layed a bit of color to areas that would be darker, then used my water brush to pull the color and blend it out.  The raised embossed lines makes it easier to watercolor and prevents the colors from bleeding into each other.

Mother's Day MarkerPop Challenge 94 and May CAS Mix Up Challenge

Once again, I used my MISTI to stamp my sentiment.  Even though hot press watercolor paper is smooth, I still needed to stamp it twice to get a good impression.  To finish the card, I added some clear Wink of Stella to all the petals.

Mother's Day MarkerPop Challenge 94 and May CAS Mix Up Challenge.

 

Sparkle & Shine Card

My back is feeling better and I am finally able to play in my crafting closet. And since the main reason I started this blog was to have a place to post my challenge cards, this will be my first challenge post.

I combined Challenge 67-Die Cutting from Neat and Tangled and the April Challenge – Ladies’ Night from Great Impressions.

die cutting, watercolor background, distress ink, challenge, Neat and Tangled

First, I created a watercolor background on watercolor paper with distress inks.  After I dried it with the heat tool, I used the MISTI to stamp the Sparkle & Shine sentiment in black.  I then die cut the Hexastar Cover Plate from white cardstock.  I adhered that piece to the watercolor layer before putting it back into the MISTI to stamp over the cover piece.  Perfect alignment with the MISTI.

Neat and Tangled, Challenge 67, die cutting, Hexastar Cover Plate, Sparkle ad Shine, watercolor, distress ink, Great Impressions, April Challenge Ladies' Night

To create the diamond, I made 2 partial die cuts one from white cardstock and one from white glitter paper.  I then cut out the diamond shape from these and stacked the outline pieces together to give it dimension.  I inlaid the die cut triangle glitter pieces and added some Wink of Stella clear glitter to the sentiment to finish.

Neat and Tangled, Challenge 67, die cutting, Hexastar Cover Plate, Sparkle ad Shine, watercolor, distress ink, Great Impressions, April Challenge Ladies' Night

It may be non-traditional, but I’m thinking of giving this as a Mother’s Day card.