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30 Days of Coloring Comes to an End, and some favorites

Now that the 30 day coloring challenge has come to an end, I thought I’d pop in to share a collage of the rest of my images from the second half of the challenge (you can see the first 16 images here), and a few of my favorites from the month.

Collage 2

I started this challenge (I think this is the third one that I have actively participated in) with the goal of coloring something on Every. Single. Day. of the challenge – something I wasn’t able to do in the last few challenges. I did it! And I have to pat myself on the back for keeping up!

#thedailymarker30day

There were several days when it seemed like life was too much in the way, but on those days I would do as little or as much as I could and tried not to get too hyper about it. Some days, when time allowed, I’d start one or two projects which would allow me to finish up the second one on another day when I felt like I had less time to color.

Day 6. #thedailymarker30day

This time around, I used copics, watercolors (my new favorites) and inks (oh, my!) and it felt good to practice a lot of different techniques. I even got myself back into some drawing of my own, which felt really good. It’s been a long time since I drew with intention – usually I’m just doodling.

#thedailymarker30day

I truly believe that having a creative outlet keeps me sane and calm – especially on days when I feel anything but.

Day 9. #thedailymarker30day

I also really enjoyed sharing my images on Instagram and receiving lots of nice feedback from other card makers. I feel like these coloring challenges do a lot to bring card makers together and allow us to share inspiration with each other.

Day 24. #thedailymarker30day

Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the next challenge!

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Have a great weekend!

kimberly

 

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More Doodle Buds

I feel a little strange about not having made a single Christmas card yet. I suppose it’s because I have a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit until after Thanksgiving, so I’m hoping once Friday hits I’ll be good to go and you’ll see some Holiday cards here on the blog (fingers crossed)! So, now that I’ve lamented that issue, how about a nice card that reminds me of spring? ha.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I think we can officially say that Wplus9’s Doodle Buds stamp set is one of my favorites (see here, and here!). For these two cards, I stamped out a few of the flowers, created masks with post-it notes, and continued building a scene with the stamps.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I made sure to stamp on some nice watercolor paper (I tend to use Canson brand)with Intense Black Ink (it’s waterproof so it’s perfect for this). I then painted everything with my Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I added a simple sentiment at the top right of each card. For the first card (4bar size with the blue background) I decided to give it a bit more interest by cutting a stitched rectangle out of the panel and popping the center part up onto some fun foam. When I mounted it onto a card base, I made sure the images that made up the frame and center panel lined up.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I used the same stamping and masking technique for the second card, but decided on a yellow background. I used a large stitched rectangle die (the largest in the Lawn Fawn set) to cut a boarder into the panel and then mounted it onto a A2-sized card base.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I think I like the larger, yellow card best, but both are fun.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? Or just hoping to get through Thanksgiving, like me? At any rate, I hope all of you who celebrate have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

kimberly

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Pine Cones and Watercolor

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

Well I’m still going strong with the November 30 day coloring challenge! I can’t believe we’re almost at the halfway mark. I’m having a lot of fun being able to try out different mediums and design ideas. This is my coloring for day 13 – a watercolor panel that turned into a nice, simple thank you card. You can see all of my other posts for the challenge on my Instagram feed.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies
I started by stamping several of the outline pine cone image from the Cozy Christmas stamp set by Concord & 9th. I made a mask for the pine cone  so that I was able to overlap some of the image to give the composition some depth. I did all this stamping on some Canson watercolor paper with SSS Intense Black Ink.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

I then added a watercolor wash all over the panel using a combination of some brown and green paints. After the panel dried, I went back and started painting more color and shading into the pine cones with some different brown shades. I used my Gansai Tambi watercolors for this.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

After everything was dry, I cropped my panel down to a 4.25″X5″ size using the largest Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. I then stamped the “for you” from part of a longer sentiment in the Lace Leaf stamp set and die cut the grateful sentiment (from the grateful leaf die set) out of some watercolor paper and fun foam.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

After getting the sentiment together, I thought the card still needed a little something, so I added some shimmer to all of the pine cones using a Wink of Stella shimmer pen. Unfortunately, the shimmer doesn’t show up well in the photographs,. :(  Lastly, I glued the panel to a card base and added a few gold and silver sequins.

Grateful for you - watercolor and Concord & 9th stamps and dies

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

kimberly

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Painted Happy Birthday

Birthday cardI’ve said it once (probably more than once, actually) and I’ll say it again: you can never have too many birthday cards layin’ around. This one features the Simon Says Stamp Painted Happy Birthday wafer die.

Birthday cardFirst, I stamped the Abstract Triangles background stamp in Versamark ink onto a watercolor panel and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I then added a watercolor wash in various shades of purple over the top. You should all know by now how much I love a good emboss-resist watercolor background!
Birthday card

Once the panel was dry, I was about ready to place the Happy Birthday die cuts on top but I felt like they were getting a little bit lost in the lines of the background stamp. To fix that problem I decided to add a square of vellum between the words and the background layer. I added a little heat embossing (in Liquid Platinum) around the edge of the vellum to give it a bit more separation, and adhered all my layers. A few clear sequins here and there finished it all off!

Happy Hump Day!

kimberly

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Another Fall Card with Concord & 9th

Concord & 9th Grateful
I’m haring another Autumn-themed card today, although I’m not sure where the season went! It was 31 degrees outside when I woke up this morning!

Concord & 9th GratefulTo start off this card, I loosely painted a watercolor panel with several colors from my gansai tambi watercolor pallet. I wasn’t sure what to do with this panel at first, because I didn’t immediately love how it turned out out, but I stuck with it. Using the leaf die from the Grateful Leaf die set, I cut the leaf shape from the panel and then stamped and heat embossed the Lace Leaf on the cut out using liquid platinum embossing powder and my heat tool. I really love how pretty and delicate the leaf image is.

Concord & 9th GratefulThe sentiment consists of the grateful word die from that same  Grateful Leaf die set and the “for you” (from part of a larger sentiment in the Cozy Christmas stamp set) is stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder on black card stock. I set the leaf cut out back into place on the panel, but made sure to pop it up on some fun foam to give it some separation and dimension. I also layered fun foam behind the grateful sentiment and added some behind the strip of black card stock, too. This card has lots of height, baby! Concord & 9th GratefulThe colors of this card remind me of all the beautiful leaves on the trees outside. I love this time of year! Minus the fact that it was 31 degrees outside this morning…And the fact that it may snow here tomorrow (!). I’m going to do my best to pretend there’s still a lot of Fall left to be had!

kimberly

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Multiple Images – No Masking

Wplus9 Doodle BudsWplus9’s doodle buds stamp set is one of my favorites (you may have noticed from this post or my instagram feed)! The images lend themselves so easily to cute, whimsical cards and they are perfect for creating floral scenes – without masking. If the stamped images intersect, it doesn’t really matter. In fact, the doodly (made that up) nature of the design means a little overlapping of the images is just fine.

Wplus9 Doodle BudsFor these cards, I just stamped and stamped several images in Intense Black ink onto watercolor paper until I was happy with the composition. I then used my Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint quick washes over each panel – one in this aqua/pool color (A2-sized) and the other in a burnt sienna or sepia tone (4-Bar sized).

Wplus9 Doodle BudsAfter the panels had a chance to dry, I added a bit more color here and there to give some more contrast. After that all dried, I then stamped a sentiment with the same black ink.

Wplus9 Doodle Buds

I used a stitched rectangle die to add some interest on the teal card and on the sepia card I used a paper distresser to rough up the edges a bit, then I adhered both to card bases. Super simple, but still really special!

Wplus9 Doodle BudsI hope everyone has a great weekend!

kimberly

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Sea Jellies

Back in July, I purchased a My Monthly Hero kit. It was the first thing I ever purchased from Hero Arts, and I couldn’t resist. I was in love with several of the images in the stamp set. The jellyfish image turned out to be my favorite. There’s something about how ethereal jellyfish are. I never like to run into them in the ocean, but I can certainly appreciate them from a safe distance, especially if they’re just on paper.

Hero Arts - Jellyfish

Several years ago I took a trip to the New England Aquarium in Boston and saw their Jellyfish exhibit. Many different kinds of jellyfish (or Sea Jellies) swim around in glass tanks in a darkened room while various colors of light illuminate the tanks. I fell in love with the exhibition – it was so peaceful and so calming to watch the jellies float around in the tanks. Making these panels definitely took me back to that experience.
Hero Arts - Jellyfish
With the aquarium exhibition floating around (ha!) in mind, I found that the image would be perfect for an emboss-resist technique on some watercolor paper.  I cut up some Canson watercolor paper into 4.25″X5″ pieces and used my versamark ink pad, clear embossing powder and my heat tool to heat emboss jellyfish onto several of the watercolor panels.

Hero Arts - Jellyfish

I painted with my Gansai Tambi watercolors, using various colors in various intensities on each panel, but sticking to a monochromatic look overall. And once I started, I couldn’t stop! I ended up with sea jellies painted in just about every color. I still haven’t turned many panels into cards yet, but I did decide that I’d like to frame one of the panels. So, a few jellyfish now hang on the wall in my living room in a frame I picked up at Target.
Hero Arts - Jellyfish
I never thought I could love jellyfish so much! :)

kimberly