Sunday, March 18, 2018

Just Because

I just had to use the Color Throwdown color challenge so here is my resulting card. 
 My go to images are some flowers, what a better way to use these colors.  I used a new-to-me Altenew set, Adore You.  I just repeatedly stamped a few of the flower images and some leaves.  In order to get a layered look for the flowers and leaves I used some masking.  Once I had everything in place, I added color with Zig Clean Color markers on watercolor paper. 
 The colors are nice and intense and do work so nicely with the watercolor paper and a water brush.  I added a more intense color to the middle of each flower with Seedless Preserves Distress Stain, another ink that works so well for a watercolor look.  After I stamped the sentiment I added a light gray marker around the edges of all of the images.  
 All of this was finished off with some flicks of a white Distress Stain and white Nuvo Crystal Drops. 
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Shades of Pink

I let the color challenge at The Paper Players guide the card I want to share.
 I picked up a stencil by DecoArt so of course I had to use it, mixing it with a variety of pink inks from Distress Stamp Pads on watercolor paper.  After the inks were applied with a blending sponge, I gave them a spritz of water so the inks would slightly run.  
 I gave my stenciled image some extra accents with dots using Liquid Pearls.  To have my card match the CAS(e) this Sketch I added the die cut word from Mama Elephant, "hello" cut from silver glitter paper and other layers of pink cardstock.  
 Here is The Paper Players color challenge.

And here is the CAS(e) this sketch.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Using Copics

Yes, a few more online challenges used, did I say I love them!!!!
 I really like the Freshly Made sketch for this week and had to sit for a minute to decide how to use it.  I decided to cut my main piece of watercolor paper and then work with both parts.   
I also used the CAS on Friday challenge to use Sequins and the Addicted to Stamps challenge to Make Your Mark, all using Altenew Stamps.

 I don't usually use Copic markers on Watercolor paper, the watercolor paper does not allow you to really blend the Copics but in this case it did work out just fine.  I stamped the leaves with black ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder and then colored all of them. The background was also colored with a black pen.  
Here is the Freshly Made sketch.
Here is the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge.

Here is the CAS on Friday challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

All about Green

The Addicted to CAS challenge is LUCK or LUCKY and I really had to think about that until I remembered a set of sentiment stamps from Stampers Anonymous that fit.  
 To start off I created a background using a stencil and some Distress Inks.  
 The flower is from a stamp set from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous and by coloring it in greens I was able to also make this card fit the Sundays Stamp color challenge. The top part of the flower is coated with Glossy Accents for some added interest.  
 This is a close up of the result of the inks with the stencil.  
 Here is the Addicted to CAS challenge.
Here is the Sunday Stamps challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Bold - that is the challenge

I so love anything red but I don't always create in what I would call BOLD colors.
 But since the current Time Out challenge is BOLD, I knew I had to give it a try.  The background is a messy inky style with lots of Distress Stain.  
 The further my attempt at BOLD I cut out the leaf die from Memory Box and colored it with more Distress Ink in blues and used a blue card base.  To further the BOLD look on the card I colored the stamped sentiment piece with a strong yellow.  
 The butterfly stamp from Clearly Besotted finishes off my look and I added white dots to that.  
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Yellow is such a Happy color

I wanted to use the CAS(e) this sketch for this week and since I picked this "happy" die from PaperTrey Inc, I just had to pick yellow for my main color. 
 I learned today that "smooching" is evidently a crafting term and that is what I did to create my simple background.  I tapped a few shades of Distress Stain directly to an acrylic block, spritzed that with water and then "smooched" the block onto my watercolor paper.  I love that it is really such a random way to add color and that so works especially with these inks and watercolor paper. 
 The flower is a multi step flower from Altenew stamps.  Again, another stamp that I really love and you can create your flower from any number of color combinations.  
 See the little specks of gold because one of the Distress Stains that I used is tarnished brass, a metallic ink.  
Here is the CAS(e) this sketch that I used.
It also fits the Addicted to Stamps and More Anything Goes challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Purple Butterfly

I found a fun bunch of online challenges and created a card. 

The colors are a result of the Color Throwdown and I used a layout for the card to match the Freshly Made Sketch. For the side element, I used a hole die from My Favorite Things and accented it with browns using Distress Inks.  

I placed my sentiment slightly different from the sketch but I thought this fit my card better.  The sentiment stamp is from Stampers Anonymous.  

I used a set of butterfly dies from My Favorite Things.  In order to use the colors in the challenge, I cut the top layer from watercolor paper and colored that butterfly from a variety of Distress Inks.  I like the resulting distressed look.  

 Here is the Color Throwdown challenge

And even though my butterfly is purple and not pink I thought my card fit in with the Addicted to Stamps and More challenge.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)