Color Throwdown #409

Hi everyone! Today I have a card for the Color Throwdown challenge.

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Here is my card:

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I used the Wildflower stamp set from Concord & 9th. I get a lot of mileage out of this set. Love it. I stamped the flowers in Versamark onto black cardstock and embossed them with white fine detail powder. Then I painted them with light blue and yellow gouache paint. Since this is regular 110# cardstock, the gouache works well because it’s highly pigmented and doesn’t need much water at all. Then I die cut “you’ve got this” (also from Concord & 9th) in white cardstock and craft foam and assembled it on the painted cardstock.

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And there you have it. Until next time…

Inspired by…#22

I’m so happy that the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge is back; it has become one of my favorite challenges in the short time that I’ve been making cards. This week the inspiration photo is a beautiful painting of sunflowers:

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I was inspired by the colors and the paint strokes. Here is my take:

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I used the By Your Side Bird die from Concord and 9th to cut out a template to transfer to watercolor paper. Then I painted the scene with goauche paints, since they go on a bit more opaquely than watercolors. I tried to mimic the brush strokes, which is tricky with goauche, it turns out! Then I stamped the Thanks sentiment from Give Thanks set, also from C9.

Then, as I was trying to take photos, Miss Monkey decided to photobomb the set. She does love birdies.

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(She’s not actually eating the card, just claiming it with face rubs)

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Thanks for stopping by!

Flourish / Friend Like You

Hi everyone! I have two cards to share with you today, using the Flourishย stamp set and Friend Like You die, both from Concord & 9th.

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For the first card, I stamped the various elements of the Flourish set in light colors onto watercolor paper and then painted over them with gouache paints, building layers to add dimension. Then I die cut into the panel using the Friend Like You die. I mounted the panel on black cardstock and then to my card base. I like the look of adding the negative pieces of the “R”s, “O”s, and “D”s rather than letting the black show through.

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I really, really love the letterpress look of this layout. Every variation that I’ve seen so far is just awesome and makes me want to make a million more of these.

For the second card, I used the die again on a solid cardstock panel. Then I took all the letters and frame leftover from the first card and placed them inside the die-cut space. Then I lightly blended some white pigment ink over the panel. I trimmed the panel and mounted it on a piece of coordinating scalloped cardstock, and then onto the card base.

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That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

RC Seeing Stars

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Hi everyone, hope you’re having a good weekend. Yesterday I got to play with some of the things I ordered from Reverse Confetti’s latest release, including these Seeing Stars Confetti Cuts. I totally “borrowed” (read: shamelessly copied) the layout from this card I saw on RC’s Ingstagram, ย and added a gouache rainbow (using this bright set from Holbein).

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The stars were die cut from scrap watercolor paper. I don’t have gold paper (or if I do, I have no idea where it is), so I used aย VersaMark marker to coat a few stars and heat embossed them with gold powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment (from the MFT Totally Happy set) onto black cardstock.

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A totally fun and happy card to brighten up someone’s day! Thanks for stopping by!

Inspired by…challenge #15

Hi everyone! Today I have a card for the Inspired by All the Little Things #15 challenge. I took inspiration from the colors, the bold geometric patterns, and the little girl and her watercolors.

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I used gouache paints to cover a piece of watercolor paper in an orange to yellow ombre and then ran it through my die-cut machine with the Center Stage cover plate from Papertrey Ink. At first I thought I would use the negative as a background, but then I decided to arrange the positives on some whipped cream cardstock. Tip: I used the negative as my placement guide and then lifted it away. Magic!

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Then I die-cut the So Happy sentiment from PTI’s Make It Market Mini: Color Pop Butterflies set. The butterflies actually came from Concord & 9th’s Floral and Flutter die set. I adhered this panel to a piece of black cardstock and then to my cardbase.

Inspiration photo below:

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Thanks for stopping by!