Dearest Friend

869A1CFF-EAB2-4A85-AA99-82AAAE145FDA.jpegSoft and dreamy colours for my card today. Still managing to keep up with the 30 Day Coloring Challenge. Yay me!

The background was made by smooshing three colours of Distress Inks on my craft mat, spritzing it with water and dragging my cardstock through it till all the colour was soaked up.

Next I heat embossed these gorgeous florals from Altenew in white. Then I added more colour with my Distress Markers and a damp paintbrush.

A simple heat embossed sentiment from the same set and my usual smattering of sequins/confetti complete the card.

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Paper: Neenah Solar White, vellum and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Shaded Lilac and Tumbled Glass

Stamps:  Altenew Dearest Friend

Misc:  heat tool, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, embossing buddy, paintbrush, craft mat, Simon Says Stamp Gelato Confetti and adhesives

Behavioural Problems

93D89ACE-96DF-4C25-8468-6AC44FD7C7DC.jpegEver have one of those cards that behaves like a wicked child?  This one gave me lots of grief from the get go…but here it is.

I heat embossed the floral image from Studio Katia in white onto vellum. Then I coloured the back with some PITT big brushes.

Next I coloured some cardstock with the same turquoise colour and heat embossed the sentiment.

I’ve had excellent luck with the vellum adhesive I’ve been using…till today. Some weird stuff happened at the top when attaching the vellum. So I coloured another strip of cardstock and covered up the mess…sigh.

A smattering of sequins…oh those little beggars didn’t want to stick today,  but I persevered.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and vellum!!!

Ink:  Versamark

Stamps:  Studio Katia Blooming Bunch and Lovely Blooms

Misc: heat tool, embossing buddy, Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, Faber-Castell PITT artist pen big brushes, Studio Katia sequins and adhesives!!!

Subtle

FA1E387E-4BC8-49DD-9230-7E179C8B736EFor the 30 Day Coloring Challenge…the word today is subtle.

Decided to try a very light hand with colour today. I stamped the image repeatedly to fill the card front. Next I used two different Derwent Inktense pencils to add a wee bit of colour. If you aren’t familiar with them, they are a watercolour pencil.

I used a sentiment from the same set, stamped in black. Some washi and a smattering of sequins finish the card.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist and Nocturne

Stamps:  Hero Arts Hero Florals Rose Stem

Misc:  HAI washi tape, Simon Says Stamp assorted Moonshine sequins, paintbrush and adhesives

You Are So Loved

30CDD73E-35BE-4BCD-8F22-7CF8B17273E5Another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

This gorgeous stamp is from the Simon Says Stamp June Card Kit. So many options with this set including lots of great sentiments for many different occasions.

The image was stamped in grey and then watercoloured with three colours of Distress Inks. I added the flower centres with a white Sharpie paint pen and added highlights with a PITT Artist Big Brush.

Next came a little bit of sparkle. I adore that sweet little heart sequin!

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink: VersaFine Clair in Morning Mist and Distress Inks in Bundled Sage, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord for the flowers and Broken China for the background

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers

Misc: Sharpie white paint pen, PITT Artist Big Brush in white, paintbrush, Little Things from Lucy’s Cards in Robin’s Egg and adhesives

Imperfection

1D7F160F-DF43-40C5-8ECC-A35E411CF730As I’m working my way through the 30 Day Coloring Challenge, I’m trying new things. Stretching my creativity. Today was all about enjoying imperfection.

I think we all work so hard to colour inside the lines, to come up with the perfect design or the perfect card that we forget just to enjoy the process. So today I didn’t worry about things and just dabbed on colours a bit haphazardly and just had fun. There are white spaces without colour, and there is colour outside the lines…and that’s perfectly ok. Life isn’t perfect. Mother Nature isn’t perfect.

Today I played with the Nuvo Shimmer  Powders again. This time I just mixed them with water to use like a paint. Wish I could get a picture of the shimmer…but not today…

To add a bit of interest to the white space I used some thinned out Shimmer Powder on a just damp brush. That way it didn’t run under the stencil.  The final touch was a smattering of gems.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versafine Clair Morning Mist and Nocturne

Stamps:  Studio Katia Lovely Blooms and Blooming Bunch

Misc: Nuvo Glimmer Powders, paintbrush, Studio Katia Brush Stroke Waves stencil, Studio Katia Spring Gems and adhesives

In Sympathy

20118987-4DC7-4784-809F-EB608E04C284Another card for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

My “default” colouring medium is watercolours. It’s just what I gravitate toward. Today I’ve used Distress Inks.  No great detailed watercolouring today…just loosey goosey so to speak.

The background has been made with Altenew’s Dotted Scales Debossing Plate. Next I used one of their stencils to heat emboss a piece of white cardstock, and then die cut the frame.

The flowers, leaves and sentiment were all heat embossed in the same colour. Then I watercoloured the flowers and leaves with Distress Inks. Did you happen to see the cool sentiment design from Hero Arts?

For the final touch…a few gold seed beads to the centre of the flowers.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Distress Inks

Stamps: Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet and Hero Arts Florals Rose Stem (sentiment)

Misc: Altenew Rose Gold embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Altenew Layered Dahlia A stencil, Altenew Dotted Scales Debossing Plate, Altenew Fine Frames Rectangle die, gold seed beads and adhesives

Bold Love & Hugs

0997CCFA-5232-4747-9D17-4AA35E4318DDMy card for Day 6 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Today I experimented with a bolder palette. Sort of feel I need my sunglasses for this one. But it was fun playing outside my comfort zone.

I stamped and heat embossed this gorgeous floral background stamp from Simon Says. Then grabbed my Zig Clean Color brushes and a paintbrush.

Once dry it was die cut. A simple stamped sentiment and a smattering of sequins complete the card.

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Paper:  Neenah Solar White and Canson Bristol

Ink:  Versamark and Versafine Clair Morning Mist

Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Cosmos Background and Beautiful Flowers (sentiment)

Misc:  Brutus Monroe Alabaster embossing powder, heat tool, embossing buddy, Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, Simon Says Stamp Assorted Moonstone sequins, paintbrush and adhesives