Wishing you love

Cards, Crafters Companion, Happy Little Stampers

may 2020 WCHi all, its the first of May (Happy May Day!) and so another watercolour challenge starts over at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog and as usual its an “Anything Goes” challenge but with an optional theme of “Emboss”.Embossed watercolor roses prod wmI decided to do a card with the gorgeous 3d embossing folder “Peony Corner” by Crafters Companion, but first colouring the inside of the embossing folder using the Aqua markers from Spectrum Noir. I then sprayed it lightly with some water and ran the embossing folder, with my card in it, through my new electric Gemini machine. Embossed watercolor roses 3dThis embossing folder is truly gorgeous ad gives an amazing raised effect on the card. I splattered some paint some the card and then stamped the sentiment, from So Suzy stamps, using the black waterproof resistant ink from Spectrum Noir too.Embossed watercolor roses cu wmThis card didn’t take me more than 10 minutes to make, but yet gives a beautiful effect, don’t you think?

Well I hope you liked my card and that it has inspired you to join in our watercolour challenge. I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations in the link-up here. Please hop over to my fellow teammates’ blogs to give them some love too.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day, doing something you love!

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With Sympathy

Cards, Happy Little Stampers

march 2020 WCHi all, Its already the first of March (in Australia) so another challenge starts over at the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog and this month’s optional theme, Flowers, will be a favourite of many. I know it’s my favourite! You have until the end of the month to join in and I really look forward to seeing your amazing creations! Blossoming bouquet prod This month I made a very simple card using only one colour. Unfortunately its a sympathy card for the worst type of tragedy, the death of a child. I wanted to convey all my sadness in my image, even though I know it is nothing compared to what the mother must be feeling. Blossoming bouquet cuI made a video showing how I coloured this stamp which you can find below, but in summary, I first added the Spectrum Noir black water-reactive ink to the stamp, spritzed the stamp with water and stamped it onto my watercolour pad which also comes from Spectrum Noir. Then with my wet paintbrush, I just moved the ink around. When I needed to darken certain areas, I did it with my watercolour marker, also from Spectrum Noir.

As promised the video of how I painted this flower stamp. Hope you enjoy it and that it’ll inspire you to join our watercolour challenge over at Happy Little Stampers.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love.

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Happy Anniversary

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

November 2019 WCHi all! Its the first of the month and so a new challenge starts at Happy Little Stampers! This month, our watercolour theme is “Animals” so we look forward to seeing your creations with animals in them.Frogs productsI used some stamps from Clearly Besotted, who make the cutest animal stamps, and my Spectrum Noir watercolour markers called Aqua. These are really great to paint small objects, notably the stamps we use for cardmaking! Because of their brush tip and marker tip, they can be controlled so much easier than normal watercolour brushes and paints. Frogs productsI first stamped my frog stamps from Clearly Besotted using Spectrum Noir’s pebble waterproof ink from the Finesse range. This will ensure that the outlines will not run when I start water colouring. I used Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper which is extra white. I then started adding colour by first outlining the areas where I wanted the darker shades to be and then with a water brush, I blended the colour in by bringing the colour into the white areas.

Now with the fine marker tip of my Alpine Green Aqua marker, I added spots to the frog, in areas where I first put down the colour, to add depth. The fine tip of this marker really allows you to go into small areas and corners of your stamped images. Then with a white ink gel pen, I added more spots, but to areas which I wanted to stand out so the images would be more 3D.

I next started colouring the little cocktail drinks I wanted to add behind these two frogs as this card is going to a pair of close friends who love hopping around town together tasting great cocktails! I decide to colour in their 2 favourite cocktails, Aperol Spritz and a Long Mint, which is like a Long Island Iced Tea but with lemonade instead of coke, and mint.

I used the same method as with the frogs, going in with my first colour, in this case, Flame Red, to the bottom of my glass and then blending into the white areas. For this image though, I wanted a gradient from red at the bottom to yellow at the top, so I added a little of Sunshine close to the Flame Red and when I blended it in, it turned orange and then yellow.

Once that was done, I started colouring in the Long Mint which has a light greenish colour to it so I used Alpine Green again to line the bottom of the glass and added Lime next to it, so that when it blended, it would give a lighter green. Once I finished water colouring my little cocktails, and they were dry, I used my white gel pen again to add the highlights on the glass of my cocktails and the fruits.Frogs cuI then fussy cut the 4 images and arranged them on to my card. For the Autumn coloured border, I first wet the areas I wanted to colour,  and then used the above-mentioned markers to drop in colour by simply touching the brush end tips to the wet paper. To finish I splattered black and white acrylic ink onto the border and stamped the sentiment with Spectrum Noir waterproof ink Noir Black, also from the Finesse range.

Well I hope you liked my card and I look forward to seeing your cards in the link-up. Do pop over to my fellow teammates’ blogs to see the awesome cards they created for you just to inspire you to join int he fun.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day doing something you love!


Happy Little Stampers – Botanical

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

October 2019 WC.pngHi all! Its the 1st of the month so another watercolour stamping challenge has started over at Happy Little Stampers and our theme is as always “Anything Goes” with an option and this month’s option is “Botanicals”!October calendarI was so happy when I saw the theme for this month as I love botanicals, which by the way means anything plant-related so not just florals. It was also an excellent theme for October in my hand-made calendar. I used my watercolour markers from Spectrum Noir called Aqua on 300g watercolour paper. I started by first drawing a circle where I wanted to put my Autumn wreath and chose the colours I wanted to use. October calendar product.jpgThe stamps I watercoloured comes from Crafters Companions Crocus Collection and I just inked up parts of the stamps I wanted,  using Spectrum Noir water-reactive inks and stamped them around my circle before colouring them with my Aqua markers. To finish I added little spots of black in clusters using the black Aqua marker.October calendar midWell I hope you’ve been inspired to join in our watercolour challenge and I look forward to seeing your beautiful creation in the link-up!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

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Happy Little Stampers – Tropical

Cards, Happy Little Stampers, Watercolor

September 2019 WC.pngHi all! How are you doing this wonderful Sunday morning? I’m taking a much needed holiday break in London, after working like crazy all summer, following my 5 year “holiday”! Before I left though, I made a card for our new challenge over at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge blog where the theme is always Anything Goes. The optional theme this month is Tropical! Either because our challenge creator, Kylie, is from Australia so they’re coming out of Winter or we’re celebrating the last days of heat in the Northern HemisphereCC Wild & Free prodWhichever the case, I was really happy to break open my new stamp from Crafters Companion, called “Wild and Free”, and watercolour up this little parrot. I used watercolour markers from Spectrum Noir, which has a brush nib and a small marker tip nib on the other end, so I could add fine brush strokes to my ferns. This is really useful to add ink into the small corners on your flower stamps or creatures! Really handy for a beginner painter. The background was just done with Brushos watercolour powder and a spritz of water. All this on Spectrum Noir’s watercolour paper. CC Wild & Free cuThe sentiment also comes from the same stamp set and was stamped with Spectrum Noir’s waterproof ink pad, and luckily so, as I didn’t realise my background was still wet when I stamped it and the ink didn’t budge at all!! I fussy cut my water coloured parrot and adhered it to my Brushoed background.

Well I hope I’ve inspired you to join in and I really look forward to seeing your wonderful creations! Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time. Have a great Sunday and week doing what you love!


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