Coffee with Winged Things

Another card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, using the colors from the latest Color Throwdown Challenge.

Just got some new STAMPlorations and ARTplorations goodies, so of course, I had to make another card immediately ūüôā ¬†I made the background paper by first creating a stencil monoprint with my shiny new stencil. ¬†Then I randomly added some watered down gesso to the paper. ¬†Next, ¬†I heat embossed all the winged things and watercolored them with Distress Inks. ¬†And since one can never have too much gold…added some dots of gold watercolor paint to their wings. ¬†The little butterfly on the coffee cup was stamped with Distress Ink, watercolored with gold watercolor paint and heat embossed in gold to give the appearance of being in flight.
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  SU! and watercolor paper
Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks
Stamps:  STAMPlorations All You Need is Coffee and Winged Things
All the rest of the stuff:  ARTplorations Square Links stencil, gold embossing powder, gesso, sequins, foam tape, gold watercolor paint
Challenges entered:
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In the Pink

Having a play day today! ¬†Wanted something bright and cheery as we are about to get upwards of 5 cm. of snow. ¬†Mother Nature’s way of reminding us that while the calendar says spring…it’s just not quite here yet ūüôā

Another card for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, as well as a couple of other challenges…

My background was made by adding Versamark through my stencil and then heat embossing in white.  Then I added three colors of Distress Ink to my craft mat, spritzed them with water and dragged my watercolor paper through it.  Once it was dry, I added some gold mica paste through a different stencil.
More heat embossing for the sweet little coffee cup and sentiment…this time in gold. ¬†Yes, I know, I’m still on that gold kick! ¬†A bit of gold cording and a smattering of sequins and done!
Here’s what I used:
Paper:  watercolor, vellum and Neenah Solar White
Ink:  Distress and Versamark
Stamps:  Verve Coffee Helps
All the other stuff:  Verve Cup for All Seasons die set, TCW stencils, white embossing powder, gold embossing powder, gold cording, gold mica paste, sequins, adhesives
Challenges entered:
The Card Concept #51 Рthis could fall into the classy & elegant category or the mixed media category
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STAMPlorations Mini Release and Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Well, it’s double the fun today! ¬†We are celebrating a mini-release of two new STAMPlorations stamp sets and it’s also time for the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! ¬†Thanks to the amazing Amy Tsuruta¬†and the rest of the team for this fabulous quarterly hop!

Shery Russ and Becca Cruger have designed two new STAMPlorations coffee/tea related stamp sets just in time for the hop:

                                                            Always Tea Time

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Bunnies ‘n Beans

I’m a tea girl when I’m not just drinking water (my preferred beverage) so I couldn’t wait to make a spring card with the Always Tea Time Set.

The background has been heavily sponged with some Distress Inks. ¬†Then I misted my Shower of Flutters stencil with water and placed it on the card. ¬†This technique, called ghosting, does a lovely job of lifting some of the ink. ¬†Next the sentiment and lovely tea cup were stamped in Archival Ink and heat set. ¬†Then, I placed my Flutters and Splatters LARGE stencil on my card and added some gold mica paste. ¬†And just because I seem to be on a “gold” kick these days I added some splatters of gold Color Shine. ¬†A smattering of sequins completes the card.

Check out all the lovely inspiration on the STAMPlorations blog¬†and don’t forget to comment on all our posts for a chance to win. ¬†Comments close on March 25 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. ¬†As an added bonus ¬†Shery has a 15% off coupon code for everything in the store including these new stamps. ¬†The coupon code is good up until March 25…SPRINGCLBH

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