Alcohol Ink, Altenew, Charmed, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Ranger Alcohol Ink, Water Colored Cards

Altenew Charmed

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I absolutely love Charmed by Altenew!!  I love the squiggly lines that make up the image and I love to paint inside of them!  This card began with an alcohol print I’d made by pressing the back of a piece of Kirkland photo paper onto my ink-saturated surface!  I think it makes a beautiful background for this card; after stamping the image and a script stamp several times onto the paper with Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink, I set it aside to color my Scan N Cut image using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  
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After trimming the print down and adhering it to a layer of aqua card stock, I mounted the flowers with pieces of foam tape for lift.  I then die-cut the black leaf sprigs and tucked them beneath the blossoms.  
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The last step was to attach the card to a black card base and photograph!!  
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Hahaha!  I just noticed what appears to be finger prints in the lower left hand corner!!  How’s that for the “personal touch”??!!  😀  
Distress Markers, Impression Obsession, Tim Holtz, What's Brewing

Cup o’ Joe

coffee card
I love coffee.  I  love coffee cards, but don’t make them often enough!  This particular card was SO much fun!!  To begin, I stamped out the mug from What’s Brewing by Impression Obsession using Versafine Onyx Black permanent ink, colored them with Ranger Distress markers, fussy-cut them out and then coated each with a layer of Glossy Accents by Ranger.  Setting them aside, I stamped my coffee background stamp (company unknown) with Walnut distress ink onto a piece of Bristol Smooth paper, then the coffee rings (I don’t recall where I got them or who made them!) and then heat-embossed the coffee beans over all using brown embossing powder.  I sponged Walnut distress ink heavily around the edges and into the center, leaving some white space.  Each of the mugs are lifted with a bit of foam tape and the sentiment is from Stampin Up, stamped with Walnut onto a scrap of paper.  For some reason, I only took one photo of this card, but after posting it to a Facebook group, was requested to make several more for purchase!  This is one of my favorite cards ever!  
Distress Inks, Hardwood Background, Meadow Greens, Papertrey Ink, Stampin Up, Tim Holtz, Woodland Embossing Folder

Papertrey Ink Meadow Greens

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I don’t have a lot of sets that are “solid” images with coordinating dies, but Meadow Greens from Papertrey Ink is fabulous!  And so easy to use!  Here’s how I constructed my card: for the leaves and fern, I covered the stamp with a layer of Peeled Paint distress ink, then tapped a little Walnut around the edges, spritzed with water then stamped onto a piece of Canson watercolor paper.  For the blossom, I covered the stamp first with Fired Brick, then tapped a little Mahogany around the edges, spritzed and stamped it onto the watercolor paper.  I dried the images, then using the center piece of the flower, inked it up with Black Soot distress ink, and stamped it onto the flower.  
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When the images were dry, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out, and set them aside.  I used Stampin Up’s Woodland embossing folder on a piece of white card stock for the middle layer.  I then inked up Stampin Up’s Hardwood background stamp with Walnut, Gathered Twigs and Weathered Wood, spritzed with water and stamped it onto a scrap of watercolor paper. I stamped the leaves and fern over the Hardwood and then cut the oval using Gina Marie Designs Stitched Oval dies.  The base card is kraft card stock and I adhered the embossed white layer, then attached the oval and finally, layered the greenery and flower at different heights using double-stick foam tape!  The sentiment was stamped on a scrap and mounted to finish the card!  
Altenew, Beautiful Day, Florals, Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens, Stampin Up

Altenew Beautiful Day Take Two!

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I had the pleasure yesterday of coloring with my stamping friend in Virginia via FaceTime!  How fun is that?!  She wanted to learn how to color these beautiful blossoms from Altenew’s Beautiful Day set the way I have.  We stamped out our images on Bristol Vellum surface watercolor paper  (I masked and layered mine) and proceeded to lay in lots and lots of color!  What an enjoyable time we had!  We used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and for my background, I stamped lightly with a script-y sentiment stamp from Stampin Up’s retired Botanicals set.  I trimmed the panel down to fit onto a black card base, keeping it simple to showcase the flowers!  
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At the very end, I spattered a little watery black ink and then droplets of water; I love how it adds almost a patina!  The sentiment is from a retired Stampin Up set called Fabulous Florets.  
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Again, I give credit for this technique of coloring and color palette to the very talented “pearlyg8s2” who’s original card I copied fromFlickr~  
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I stamped out the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto a scrap of the watercolor paper, smudged a little Black Soot distress ink around the edges and lifted it with a strip of fun foam.  
Distress Oxides, Road Trip, Stampin Up, Tim Holtz

Stampin Up Born To Ride

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Did you know that I’m a motorcycle rider?!  I began riding in 2012 and shortly after created a line of biker cards under the name of Rubber Side Down!  A friend recently gifted me with this awesome retired set from Stampin Up and I immediately got busy!  I began with a piece of Strathmore watercolor paper and heat-embossed the motorcycle and other image in black.  I then created the background using Ranger Distress Oxide inks, Faded Jeans, Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Broken China and Fossilized Amber.  I typed out the sentiment on the computer; it seems fitting for the stormy look!   Road Trip is from Tim Holtz’ set called Road Trip!  🙂  

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Here’s another Rubber Side Down card; I used Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Faded Jeans, Iced Spruce and Black Soot distress oxide inks (I LOVE those inks!!!) and the Route 66 image from one of Tim Holtz’ sets called Road Trip .  
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I added the tire tracks from Tim Holtz’ Road Trip set and stamped a background of images from the Stampin Up set onto my card base.  
Bister watercolor powders, Everything Flowers background stamp, Hero Arts, Water Colored Cards

Hero Arts Everything Flowers

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Here’s another card using Brusho watercolor powders on Hero Arts Everything Flowers background!  I began by heat-embossing the image with clear embossing powder onto Strathmore watercolor paper and then “painted” a wash of water over it all.  Simply shaking or sprinkling the powders onto the wet card stock causes them to bloom and spread, some being contained within the embossed lines of the image.  I cut the panel down in order to adhere it to a panel of blue card stock and attached it to a white card base.  I purchased the sentiment stamp from AC Moore, and heat-embossed it using green embossing powder onto a panel of the watercolor paper, trimmed it down and attached it to another layer of the blue card stock.  A few colorful sequins finished the card!  

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This card was made using the same technique but I used Bister watercolor powders instead; they’re more muted in tone and are sold by I Brake For Stamps.  I cut down my panel to fit my card base and then heat-embossed a sentiment bought from AC Moore with red embossing powder onto a piece of vellum card stock.  I hope you enjoy these “color explosions” as much as I do!