Wednesday, April 29, 2020

WWC269 - Anything Goes Challenge

Hello and welcome!  Since there are five weeks in April, this week's challenge is "Anything Goes" at Watercooler Wednesday.
 This is the birthday card I made for my photography loving sister-in-law.  I think this darling girl looks just like Debbie and I colored her complexion and hair color to further customize the card.
I ink blended the background, and then stamped, Copic colored and die cut the image.  The sentiment was heat embossed and die cut.  

Stamps and Dies:
Picket Fence Studios "Karen Girl"
Jillibean Sentiment

I am entering this card in:
Rainbow Card Challenge: Totally Tiffany

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen
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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

WWC268 - Dawn's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello and Welcome!  This week I've created an "occasion" card for The Watercooler Wednesday challenge where Dawn is this week's hostess.  The occasion I've chosen is Mother's Day.
Frantic Stamper Basketweave Cover die.
I really enjoyed making this card. I recently ordered this pretty bouquet stamp and thought it would be perfect for my mom.
 
I stamped, Copic colored and die cut the main image.  I wanted a white on white background so I die-cut this lovely basket weave panel. The sentiment is heat embossed but I thought it needed a little contrast around the edge so I gently put Versamark Ink around each edge, dipped in gold embossing powder and then heat set.  

Supplies used:
Technique Tuesday Bowl Bouquet stamp and die
Frantic Stamper Basket Weave Cover Die
Neenah cardstock
Paper Source Sentiment
Versamark Ink
Gold and Black embossing powder for the sentiment

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
The Card Concept #133: Hello Spring  I focused on the flowers in a container; the pink, blue and yellow color scheme and the muted white background.  I think my card might be best described as "Clean and Layered". 


The Flower Challenge: Spring/Autumn - I was making my Mother's Day card so I went with "Spring"


Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - I used the floral die and cover die on this card.


Allsorts - Floral or Showers

Addicted to Stamps #386 "Anything Goes"


Make My Monday "Spring Flowers" #120


I am so pleased you stopped by!

Karen

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

WWC267 - Karen's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist

Hello and welcome.  This week we are making "masculine" cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I am so pleased to be this week's hostess.  I needed a card for a friend having cancer surgery and I came up with this design.
Baby Giraffe by Impression Obsession is one of my all time favorite stamps and I thought the sincere look on the giraffe's face could convey my well wishes.

I started by making an A2 top folding card using cold press watercolor paper.  I then heat embossed the giraffe in brown.  I mixed my own water color browns by combining purple with yellow and orange and then went to work painting.  I think the monochromatic colors work well for a man (or woman).   I am pleased with the clean CAS look.

I used a Visible Image sentiment stamp inside "Life can be tough but darling so are you."

UPDATE:  I was so pleased to see that my card was chosen as the "winner" for the Addicted to CAS challenge.

Challenges:
As You Like It Challenge: Animals or People  I love to use animals in cards and giraffes are a favorite.  One of my favorite things to do is hand feed giraffes and I have done this at zoos all over the US.  

Always Fun Challenge - CAS  I am excited about this CAS theme!

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - E is for...  Embossing.  I used brown embossing powder for my watercolor giraffe.

I am so pleased you stopped by!
Karen
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

WWC266 - Heidi's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello and Welcome!  This week we are making occasion cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and our hostess is Heidi.  There are so many occasions to send cards, but I chose to make a birthday card.
I started by making a card base out of Arches Cold Press watercolor paper.  Next I grabbed several floral stamp sets and planned my layout using a mixture of stamps.  I painted the stamped images with my Kuretake watercolors.  This was a project I packed to work on at the beach.  I stamped a bunch of designs on watercolor paper and then worked on the batch during slow times on vacation.  It was nice because I didn't need to pack many supplies this way.  

I like the natural look of a one layer card on watercolor paper.

CAS Watercolour "Spring Flowers" Challenge


Allsorts "Something Old..." Challenge  I dug through and found some of my oldest floral stamps for this watercolor card.

Inkspirational - Spring Challenge




I am so pleased you stopped by!
Karen 
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

WWC265 - Marsha's Challenge: Anything Goes With a Feminine Twist

Hello and Welcome!  Today we are making feminine cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Marsha is our hostess.
Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Lines Background die and emboss resist technique.
I combined two ideas I had, making personalized initial notecards and using alcohol ink on watercolor paper (as opposed to Yupo paper).  

My Process:
  1. I started by stamping a background stamp onto watercolor paper.  I used Versamark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  
  2. I added three colors of alcohol ink (sunshine yellow, sunset orange and flamingo) plus blending solution.   I blended the colors with a felt blending tool.
  3. I added some pops of Gold with Jacquard Pinata Rich Gold.
  4. After my panel was dry, I glued craft foam on the back and die cut the K.  The great thing is that you wind up with two cards.  
  5. I made two A2 top folding cards and glued the K on the card base.  The K die cut looked a little small so I trimmed one card base down to 4" x 5 1/4".

I really like the cards and plan to make some batches for gifts.  I've ordered some additional initials and hope to post some variations in the future.

Supplies:
Altenew Mega Alphabet die
SSS Sketchy Lines Background stamp
watercolor paper
Ranger Alcohol Inks
Blending Solution
Ranger Alcohol Ink Mini Applicator Tool
Jacquard Pinata Rich Gold
Craft Foam

I am entering this card in:



I am so glad that you stopped by...stay safe and stay sane!
Karen
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WWC279 - Helen's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello and welcome. This week we are creating occasion cards at  The Watercooler Challenge  and we would love to see your card in the gallery...