ATSM #144 Oh Happy Day or Not???

It’s a clean and simple challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More this week. ¬†Our sponsor is Sweet Pea Stamps and they are generously donating four digis from their store as the prize.
I took a sharp left turn somewhere and this wasn’t quite as CAS as I’d have liked ūüôā

Believe it or not, the floral and leaf images started out as a white pearl finish.  After using my various watercolors, it actually stained the embossing, but sometimes you just have to go with the flow right? I decided to embrace the oops!

So, here’s how it went. ¬†Embossed the leaves and florals in WHITE, heat set them and dropped in some Distress Inks and Kuretake Gansai watercolors. And here’s where it went awry…I tried to remove the watercolor from the embossing with a baby wipe, after gently blotting it with a rag. ¬†Then I splattered the background with a bit more watercolor and stamped the sentiment.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Ranger watercolor and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress Inks, Versamark and Ranger Jet Black Archival
Stamps:  Essential by Ellen
All the other stuff: Kuretake Gansai watercolors, white pearl embossing powder, heat tool, paintbrush, baby wipe, Lil’ Inker Designs stitched rectangles, Big Shot Pro

Check out the rest of the Design Team cards right here.

Back soon with more my sweet friends.

Hello Flowers

I’m playing along with a few challenges today…just having some fun! ¬†And yet, another layered design…hmmm…

The sketch from Cardabilities was my jumping off point for this design.  After die-cutting the rectangle from designer paper, I added the circular designs with a Copic Multiliner and a round die. Thought it would be fun to add three types of circles!  Next comes some stamped splotches in turquoise.  A die-cut vellum stem, some die cut leaves, some Prima flowers, followed by more die-cut designer paper for the stamped sentiment.  And finally, a smattering of sequins.

It’s always fun to step outside your comfort zone and just simply try different things.

Here’s what I used:
Paper:  Simon Says Stamp, vellum and Prima Madelaine (in my stash forever)
Ink:  MFT Black hybrid and Avery Elle Aquamarine
Stamps:  MFT Abstract Art and Paper Smooches Fancy Frames
All the other stuff: ¬†Big Shot Pro, Lil’ Inker Stitched Rectangles (yes, I do use those a LOT!), circle die, Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossoms die, MFT die-namics¬†Fishtail flags, Prima Archivist flowers, sequins, adhesives, Copic Multiliner

Challenges entered:
Cardabilities Sketch #122

TIME OUT Challenge #30:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  anything goes showcasing Prima products

Virginia’s View Challenge #14: ¬†layers and dimension