Altenew, Congratulations, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Hero Arts, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Label Love, Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut, Stitched Circle Dies, Stitched Oval Dies, Sympathy, Water Colored Cards

Coloring Book to Card!

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I received Splash of Color, a painting/coloring book for Christmas and decided it was high time I used it!  I love that the images are printed on heavy watercolor paper!  I cut this particular page into five pieces and here’s the first one I finished!  I used Zig markers and a waterbrush; when the image was dry I spattered droplets of water, as I often do!  Oh, and black spatters of paint!!  
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After painting the image, I cut it down using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, then cut a slightly larger layer in lime green.  I ran my gray card base through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder to give it added dimension, then mounted the ovals onto that, lifted with another oval of fun foam.  
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Lastly, I stamped and cut the sentiment using Hero Arts Ribbon Messages; I used scraps of watercolor paper and adhered three banners together to form the thick one I attached to the card.  
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This is the second card I made using one of the pieces I cut down from a page in Splash Of Color painting/coloring book.  This time I used Gina Marie Designs Stitched Circle dies.  I embossed the vanilla base card with a large dots embossing folder to mimic the circles.  The sentiment is Label Love by Altenew.    I really enjoyed the simplicity of creating with pre-printed images!  
Blooming Garden, Floral Tapestry, Florals, Gentle Whisper, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Penny Black, Sizzix Embossing Folders, Stitched Oval Dies, Water Colored Cards

Penny Black Gentle Whisper & Blooming Garden

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I love it when I try something new and it works!  This die coordinates with a beautiful stamp called Gentle Whisper by Penny Black.  The problem is that the stamp is much larger than the die, so they don’t really coordinate at all!  I sold the stamp but hung onto the die in order to try this new-to-me technique of coloring on the die cut!  As always, I used Zig markers and a water brush.  After the image dried, I sprinkled droplets of water for that speckled effect.  
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Next I cut a black oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, then placed it into an embossing folder for added dimension.  Another oval of fuschia brings out the purples in the flower.  I stamped Stampin Up’s Dictionary in black onto a white card base; I like how the type is a cool contrast to the organic/nature feel of the rest of the card!  Lastly, I lifted the flower with bits of white foam tape, but in retrospect, I should have used black fun foam!  🙂  Nevertheless, I think this card is stunning and I’m glad I kept this die!  
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I just love this die which coordinates with the poppy in Penny Black’s Blooming Garden set!  I cut this from watercolor paper then colored with Zig markers, blending the colors with a water brush.  Again, I die-cut the oval in black then embossed it in a folder and added an orange layer beneath it for contrast.  
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I took photos of these cards in the early morning because the light is so great and casts wonderful shadows!  
Distress Oxides, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Mom Flowers, Mother's Day, Simon Says Stamp, Stitched Oval Dies, Tim Holtz, Water Colored Cards

Simon Says Stamp Mom Flowers!

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I can’t get enough of this lovely set, Mom Flowers by Simon Says Stamp!  For this card and the next one, I used pretty shades of gray and yellow Zig markers to color, after heat-embossing the blossoms in silver!  I stamped the background with Stampin Up’s Smoky Slate ink, then stamped MOM on a scrap of Bristol Smooth with Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink.  The sprigs are die-cut from silver foil card stock.
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Isn’t the sentiment over the MOM just so pretty and meaningful?!  I also love how the light reflects off the embossed flowers and the foil sprigs!
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The card didn’t seem complete until I added drops of yellow Nuvo Drops as accents.  These cards will be going to our local gift shop soon for Mother’s Day!
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I had this pretty patterned paper in my stash, and die-cut the ovals with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, then attached them to the base card of white upon which I’d randomly stamped the blossoms in Fossilized Amber distress ink.  After embossing MOM onto another scrap of Bristol Smooth card stock, I sponged Fossilized Amber distress oxide ink around the edges and mounted it using a strip of fun foam to lift it up.  I arranged the blossoms and silver sprig atop the MOM strip, and then added Nuvo Drops in silver to accent!

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I think someone’s Mom will love this card!  🙂
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So many beautiful papers just waiting to be used!!  Look at this one with pinks, yellow and brown!  I love the vintage look of it; it reminds me of old-fashioned wallpaper!  My new set isn’t looking so new anymore!  😀
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Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers make it so quick and easy to color beautifully!
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I had die-cut this ornate frame from brown patterned paper in order to glue it on top of the fun foam one, but the foam frame stretched out a little so the paper one didn’t fit.  Oh well!  It still works!  😀
Altenew, Congratulations, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Happy Stamp and Cut, Hero Arts, Kuretake, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Stitched Oval Dies, Water Colored Cards, Wild Hibiscus

Altenew Wild Hibiscus Take Two!

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I’m constantly inspired by other’s cards and Pinterest is my go-to source for cards to copy!  😀  Check out my Card Inspiration Gallery there!  I love the look of images stamped in black on a white background, so today I created this beautiful card!  Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus set is perfect for this style!  I began by stamping out one of the blossoms with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink onto a white card base, then set that aside. 
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 For my oval image, I heat-embossed some blossoms and the butterfly using white embossing powder on a piece of Bristol Smooth watercolor paper.  I decided to use my Gansai Tambi watercolors and filled in the background first with a wash of black, then dark blue over it.  I dried it with my heat tool, then filled the blossoms with water so that when I dropped in color, it spread and “bloomed”!  I wasn’t sure about the butterfly, but I do like the pop of green against the other colors! 
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When the whole panel was dry, I spattered on some white and black paint, then added little jewels as an accent.  Using my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies, I cut the watercolored panel, an oval of black fun foam and a larger oval for the frame.  I adhered the painted panel to the fun foam, then to the black frame oval.  
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Hero Arts Happy Stamp and Cut  was the perfect addition for my sentiment; I cut the word Happy from black fun foam and mounted it onto the panel then stamped the words “for you” below.  I’m so happy with this card!  I love how the colored portion really pops against the black and white!  
Alcohol Ink, Altenew, Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Label Love, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Stampin Up, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Tim Holtz

Alcohol Ink Happiness!

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It was about a month ago that I invested in some Ranger and Pinata Alcohol Inks , and began a fun, albeit sometimes frustrating journey!  The inks are so changeable, so fluid, so fascinating and they become something astonishing!  This is one of my earlier prints, made by blowing the ink and 91% alcohol with a straw to form the petals!  The yellow and purple are opposites on the color wheel so really POP together, don’t you think?  My card base is embossed with a folder by Stampin Up called Petal Burst and the sentiment is from their retired set called So In Love.  Pretty purple jewels accent the sentiment.  

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When I sit down to play with my alcohol inks, I’m ALWAYS surprised by what happens!  This print was a VERY happy surprise!  I think I created it by blowing the ink and alcohol with a straw; so many prints, so much time…one forgets!  😀  Anyway, I love the added Ranger Mixative Gold which just goes where it wants to!  I die-cut the print with my Gina Marie Designs Stitched Rectangle die, mounted the panel onto a piece of gold metallic paper then onto the black card base.  
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My sentiment is heat-embossed in black using Altenew’s Label Love stamp set.  I mounted it on a piece of double-stick foam tape for a little dimension.  
Florals, Gina Marie Designs, Hero Arts, Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water Color Paint, Magnificent Magnolias, Ribbon Messages Stamp & Cut, Stitched Oval Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Sympathy, The Ton, Water Colored Cards

The Ton Magnificent Magnolias

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What fun I had stamping out and coloring all these images from The Ton’s Magnificent Magnolia’s set!  I heat-embossed the magnolias in white onto Strathmore Watercolor paper, then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint the image.  I cut the circle with Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies,  and mounted it above a die-cut frame of soft yellow vellum.  The base card was embossed with Sizzix Floral Tapestry embossing folder.  Hero Arts Ribbon Messages sentiment and die-cut banner and a sprinkle of sequins completed this beautiful sympathy card.
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This sentiment is from the set as well~

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I had this black & gold embossed background in my stash; it was made with Stampendous Jumbo Dahlia which I believe is no longer available on their website.

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