Hydrangea watercolour resist card

Hydrangea watercolour resist card

I’ve found a new challenge blog today which inspired me to try a new technique. It is a challenge blog for watercolour cards and the challenge is watercolour resists (there are useful links to videos on the blog as well as examples). Since I have just started learning to watercolour this is perfect for me to try!!
I had decided to use a sketch for the card layout from the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge but to adapt it for a square card.

I used talc on my watercolourcard before embossing for a clean finish. For my main layer I tried using Sequin Waste as my mask, stamped through it in a slightly random fashion with my VersaMark Dazzle ink pad and then used Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and heat embossed it. I deliberately left the area that was going to be covered with a layer clear). I have all the Zig art and graphic twin ZIG Art and Graphic watercolour markers and decided to use various blues and purples to watercolour (the embossed areas resist the watercolour). I like to make craft area as beautiful as possible so I use this Marble Heart Chopping Board to mix and water down my watercolour pens! I use a Derwent Waterbrush to paint with.

This is my sequin waste layer.

On my next layer I used my Ranger Perfect Pen to make a swirl pattern and then heat embossed with clear powder. I used the same pens for my watercolour wash.

For my image I used the hydrangea stamp by inkylicious. I watercoloured with the same blues and purples plus greens.

As you can see I rounded all the corners with a Corner Punch and used Violet Metallic Marker on the edges. I did the same with the Lilac Pearlescent Card I layered them on. I used Brilliance Pearlescent Lavender ink for my sentiment and mounted it in the same way. I used a Round Watercolor Brush with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to add a hint of colour to the card scallop edges. I stuck it all together using foam pads (edges coloured with the metallic marker) for the image and sentiment layers to help them ‘pop’.

Here is a close up!

Inside the card I randomly washed the watercolours I had used for the front to help tie it all together.

I would like to enter my card for the following challenges
Allsorts challenge- masks and stencils
SweetPea Stamping- embossing wet or dry
Eclectic Paperie- embossing
CAS colour and sketch sketch challenge (see layout picture above)
101 Watercolour challenge- watercolour masks



I’ve been playing with my new cutter- a Cougar. It is my first cutter and is amazing. The service from Dawn at Thyme Graphics is amazing as is the support and help from people on the forum.
My brother got engaged and I figure that this card will be for a new section of their lives. I kept the colours simple and then used my Cougar to get lots of texture. I’m on a new stash ban for January so I had to make do with stash I had!! However. since the Cougar is new this is my first card with complicated cutting and embossing….lots of new!!

I inked the edges of the card with Versamark dazzle to give a subtle shimmer. The background layer is a scalloped lattice cut on the Cougar. The next layer is mirror card embossed with swirls on the cougar.

I threaded silver cord through the top of a lattice and added a heart attached to a short chain and clasp.

I stamped a Forever Friends bear with a heart in silver and coloured with Promarkers. The scalloped square layers were all cut on the Cougar- pearlescent paper for stamp, silver paper and silver mesh (left over from wedding!!). I used blue staples to attach the mesh- I didn’t want the card to be too girly! The bottom layer was placed on foam pads.

The sentiment also needed to be one I already had!  I attached it with foam pads.

The inside of the card has a pearlescent paper lattice layered on silver paper. I then added a scalloped rectangle cut on the Cougar (getting lots of use!!)

Finally I used my MS corner punch on pearlescent card to write our message on.

This has taken a lot of time and effort so I’m entering as many challenges as I can!!

Totally gorjuss- happy
Penny Black at Allsorts- love and hearts
The Squirrel and the Fox- something new
Sweet stampin’- new beginnings
Allsorts challenge- new beginnings
Addicted to stamps- something new
Sir stampalot challenge- monochromatic
Catch the bug- inspiration picture

Magical trifold

Magical trifold

Thanks to Top Tip Tuesday I was able to make this trifold card. It was for my brother and family. There will be a new addition to the family this year so I wanted  their card to represent each of them at this point.

 I designed the papers on craft artist. Each section has the appropriate name (blurred for privacy).

I used this LOTV die cut for my brother who enjoys mountain biking. I made the background using Versamark dazzle and Perfect pearls.

This second LOTV die cut was for his OH who loves baking and made our wedding cake last year- background as above.

The last image is for my nephew who loves Harry Potter.

I coloured with Promarkes and used Versamark dazzle and perfect perals to make the background.
I would like to enter the following challenges
Top tip Tuesday- anything goes
Deep ocean challenge- surprise us
Everybody art challenge- anything goes
Stamp-n-doodle- Christmas
The pixie cottage- for someone special

Tag it!

Tag it!

I made all my tags this year but didn’t have time to take photos of most of them. I got everything out of my scrap box apart from ribbons!! For many of them I reused sections of Christmas cards I had been given.
These are 2 of the tags I made and these were the only ones I stamped.

I used Me to you stamps which were free with a magazine. I stamped in silver ink and coloured with Promarkers (including metallics). 

The backgrounds were done using Versamark dazzle and a little perfect pearls.

I mounted all my tags on mirror card and embossed them. I used a ribbon punch and then used ribbons from stash.
I really enjoyed recycling and this is something I need to do much more of!!

I would like or Make my Monday- Seasonal tag