Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Watered Down

Oh my gosh! Another challenging challenge from the ladies at Just Us Girls! This was a tough one! Not sure I'm in love with my results. I did look at all the other challenge participants - mine pales by comparison - and don't even get me started on the design team's work! YIKES! Their cards are awesomely awesome!

The directions were all over the place...lots of different ways to approach the watercolor technique. I put two techniques to the test. The first one - I doused the watercolor paper and then stamped on the wet watercolor paper. After the watercolor paper was dry I stamped over the flowers with the same flower stamp using the same color as the under-layer flower. I probably should have used my Stampin' Up Watercolor paper. Instead I used hard-core artist's 140 pound watercolor paper. The second try - I stamped heavy card stock the spritzed water on the stamped images. Then I stamped over the punched image with a different flower. I totally failed at the spritz the stamp after covering it in ink method.

I'm just lukewarm about these. I had fun trying the various methods for this technique. Always good to try something new! Right?

Watercolor Florals
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Hibiscus Burst
~Layer of black card stock
~Water color paper stamped with SU Fabulous Florets and Hampton Art Watercolor Daisy, paper-pieced flowers, corners punched using Fiskars punch (one of the first punches I purchased)
~Centers of flowers dotted with Smooch - pink and gold
Challenges and Inspirations
Just Us Girls - technique
Shopping Our Stash - oldest punch

Trio of Flowers
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Autumn Rose
~Layer of Basic Grey Two Scoops (paper from my stash...forgot I had it)
~Two Spellbinders Shapeabilities Floral Flourishes die cut - topped with Stickles Diamond - not sure I've ever used these until today...
~Flowers stamped and punch using SU Mixed Bunch

Challenges and Inspirations
Just Us Girls - technique
Pink Elephant - photo inspiration
Clear it Out - anything + stash

Here's to trying new techniques, using up stash and long forgotten crafties!
Thanks for clicking by,
Nancy in Iowa


  1. Honestly this a technique that I need more practice on. I ruined several pieces of card stock before I got one that I could show. lol I think yours looks great.....wonderful color on both cards. Thanks for joining us at Just Us Girls!

  2. I actually like both of them! The flowers on the second one are absolutely stunning!!! Great techniques!

  3. I think both cards turned out beautifully! I love the soft colors overstamped with the outlines and the blended colors on those flowers on the second one. I am so glad you played in our technique challenge at JUGS this week!

  4. Both cards are fabulous! I do like that first though - great bg and depth~Thanks for joining in at JUGS!

  5. Lovely cards Nancy! They are both so pretty! Thanks for playing along with us at Shopping Our Stash for the "Oldest Punch / Die" challenge!

  6. Love the watercolors!! Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out Challenge, best of luck!!

  7. Thanks for joining in the oldest punch challenge at shopping our stash! These cards are fabulous. Loving the colours.


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