Yay, I did it!

I have had this stamp for many, many years, but it never feels right. The stamp has a very thick border to make it look like it was carved in wood. In my (very humble) opinion, it takes away from the beautiful flower. I decided to do no-line watercoloring. I am so happy with the result! (like giddy happy, LOL!!!)

I want to show you some of the middle steps in creating this card. I hope you enjoy them. This first one is the watercolor image right after I pulled it out of my taped coloring board.

This second set of images is a little trick I like to do with my cards when I am wondering what background to use. This top panel is temporarily glued to a piece of clear plastic than I use to move around and put against different backgrounds. I decided in this case that I like the simple but more contrasting look of the first card.

This last image is of a card I did about a week ago. As you can tell I tried white embossing but it was too distracting! At the bottom you can see the stamp and the thick lines that I mentioned at the beginning of this post.

Supplies: Rubber stamp (unknown), Sentiment stamp (unknown), Peerless watercolors, sequins, Sakura white gel pen.

Challenges: Color Throwdown #642, Colouring in Scrapland (todo vale o flores), A place to start #5, Double Trouble Challenge #84 (I did the Trouble Maker and the Twister Sister), Happy Little Stampers (Watercolor)

EEEEEEEK! Cuteness Overload….

Hi everyone! Mid post challenge for Two Old Bats Halloween Challenge! Remember you this challenge is anything you want HALLOWEEN related but of course the Two Old Bats have an amazing inspiration board every month to get you started…. and here it is….

Between the Jack-o-Lanterns and the animals in costume I knew I had to use some type of critter stamp. This is a pretty old stamp set, yes it is Stampin’ Up! Many years (and when I say many I mean… MANY) ago I used to go to stamping session taught by Roxi from Roxi4stamps, she is still a demonstrator so if you need one go see her, she is a sweetie! But let’s get to my card! I really like how it turned out! The pumpkins on the background are so shiny! I tried my best to showcase it in the pics. I did forget to do anti-static treatment on the card before doing it because I was going a different route. Even though it looks a bit splotchy I swear you can’t tell when you see the card.

Supplies: Stampin’ Up Retired Stamp set, PearlEx Antique Gold Mica Powder, Peerless Watercolors, Spellbinder die cut, Copics for the face, sequins and buttons from my stash..

Challenges: TWO OLD BATS HALLOWEEN CHALLENGE (OF COURSE), Dragonfly Dreams, We love to create

The Early Bird….

Hi everyone! I am here with two very similar cards. Other than color selection the main difference is that in one the image is colored with alcohol markers and the other one is watercolor. Can you tell which one is which? The blue one was done is alcohol markers and that leaves the pink to be colored in watercolors.

supplies: Peerless Watercolors, Spectrum Noir markers, Art Impressions Stamps, Unknown Stencil.

Challenges: Art Impression Personality Challenge, Crafting Happiness Challenge, PIP Challenge, Simon Says Challenge, POP Challenge, MMM Challenge

I have to add that this set was love at first sight. I bet you will be seeing ALL of the images from this set being used at some point or other in a very near future! I love her sassiness! LOL!!!! Some close ups on these two fun cards.

April’s Challenge for 2 Old Bats Halloween Challenge

We have an inspiration board every month and this time I decided to use it and have some fun. Here it is! I love the bright green and the cauldron so much I had to go with it!

Supplies: light green cardbase, cauldron image and plaid paper from a really really old paper pack, EEEK! stamp is a rubber stamp unknown too, spider stamp, gravestone punch by EK Success.

NOTE: Sorry about the vague supply list, I just can’t remember most any of the brands of these old products.

Sending Bright and Sunny Wishes

I got this set some time ago, I can’t remember when. Pre-pandemic. Is this something you all do too? Put a timeframe pre-pandemic and post pandemic? I love yellow and pink together. My original idea for this card was to have it be all different shades of pink, that was because I was using a different sentiment. As soon as I saw this sentiment I was “oh yellow my love, where are you?” I found the perfect shade of yellow that was bright enough to go w/ this sentiment and the 4 pinks I have already chosen.

I am getting it mailed tomorrow and I hope the recipient love it as much as a I do.

Challenges: Cardz TV, NBUS #24, Three Room Studio (ink blending), A place to start (circle), Make My Monday (C&S), Simon Says Recycle Challenge (emptied my recycling and found some chipboard and some pink cardstock tiny piece!), PIP Challenge

No-line coloring or Not? That’s the current question.

I see all these amazing people doing no-line coloring and I am 100% in love with it! … but do I like it better that the nice rich black line we are used to? Does it depend from project to project? Probably! I decided to do a bit of testing. I picked this super cute stamps from Concord and 9th to watercolor doing both no-line and line coloring. Using the same colors. What do you think? My hubby is all for the line coloring and so it’s my kid, I am still not convinced. What’s your vote?

My first images are of the line coloring with a nice crisp black line. My second set of images are the no-line coloring example and I used antique linen distress ink for my lines.

I have to say it’s harder to define the face on the no-line watercoloring and I also should have used a not so harsh marker for her eyes. Live and learn, test and play, right? I had to show you a close up of that little brown dog on the no-line coloring. He is my favorite thing ever! Both of these cards have been address and should be in the mail today!

Supplies: I forgot to mention that I used the Concord and 9th die cuts too.

Challenges: Gem Of A Challenge, All Sorts Challenge, Crafty Calendar Challenge, Inkspirational Challenges, My Time to Craft, Inspiration Station, Dragonfly Dream Challenge