My post title is starting to sound like a title of a movie sequel! But yes, I’ve been playing with the Watercolor Wishes set again and I pulled out the Happy Patterns Decorative Masks also. I’m sad that these are retiring rather than having more of them coming out because I’m only just started playing with them.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes and Happy Patterns Decorative Masks

This is another notecard and I used the masks and sponge daubers to make the background. I used pear pizzazz, so saffron and wisteria wonder and just dabbed away pretty much randomly, ensuring that the colours merged in the change from one to another. I was going to just do a strip of the colour but it was too much fun and I decided to cover the whole card. And then, because I had the daubers and inks out, I did the flap of the envelope as well.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes and Happy Patterns Decorative Masks

Since I’d covered the entire card with pattern, I wanted to keep it very simple for the sentiment and just stamped it in wisteria wonder directly onto the card. I used the 2 way glue pen, also retiring :( to add the leftover heart. I really like the layers of colours in the wooden heart.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

The Watercolor Wishes kit is amazing. It’s $35 for a kit that includes the supplies to make 20 cards and includes a 12 piece stamp set. I bought 20 notecards for $6 and have been busy making cards with the remnants. Or mostly remnants. Today I made a watercolor-like background using a plastic envelope and a reinker in night of navy. You could use the mini ink pad that came in the kit if that’s all you have. I dropped some night of navy ink onto the plastic and then spritzed it with water a few times. I smeared that onto some scrap paper and then onto my notecard. It produced a lovely background of a paler periwinkle type blue and if you’re missing an area, just smear it where you like. After it was dry, I added the crushed curry banner that’s leftover after you’ve made the kit and a piece of the washi tape.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes

Then I stamped the sentiment in crushed curry that is in the Watercolor Wishes kit – it’s one of 12 sentiments and the typeface is great. I cut it out with one of the (retiring) oval framelits but the next largest made too big of a frame. So I cut out the same size in crushed curry and night of navy and offset them. It definitely works – I’ll have to remember that trick. I popped the sentiment ovals up with dimensionals. Then I decided it needed just a little something and I remembered that the enamel dots from the Occasions catalogue are in crushed curry. Perfect! The envelope is lined using the retiring medium envelope framelits using the regals DSP stack.

I really like the stencils for making watercolour backgrounds but they are on the retiring list ( $3 for the happy patterns decorative masks) so I decided to go for something that doesn’t need a mask. But I’d add those $3 masks to your shopping list if I were you.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

Grateful bunch is making an appearance again for my design card for CAS Colours & Sketches‘ current sketch challenge. It’s a super simple sketch that you can take in almost any direction – Louise just wants to see the curves in your design.

Stampin'; Up! Grateful Bunch and Watercolor Wishes

Here’s the banner which inspired my card

I coloured in parts of the leaf stamp from Grateful Bunch that were the most angled with my mossy meadow Stampin’ Write marker and used them as one of the curve elements. I used the flowers as the second curve element stamping them in blackberry bliss and hello honey but it’s hard to be sure now. I’d stamped these out 2 weeks ago when I was doing the previous sketch! The sentiment comes from the set included in the Watercolor Wishes kit – I find I am using this stamp set a great deal at the moment. Same goes for mossy meadow! I glued the very vanilla piece to a mossy meadow card base and decided that was my card.

The next morning, I decided that there was something missing and realised that the pearl embellishments would finish the card perfectly.

grateful bunch watercolor pearls

I don’t use a lot of embellishments since I do adore CAS cards, but when the stamping is so minimal, the embellishments work and the card still stays CAS. And I do like embellishments as the centres of flowers.

I hope you’ll pop over to the challenge site and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and then have a go yourself. I hope to see you in the gallery.

See you tomorrow,

Liz

 

I was rather happy with how my card turned out for the design team last week and since I cut the DSP at an angle for that card, I had another similar piece. I decided to colour this using the retiring in colors. I was going to colour just a few of the dots but in the end, colouring them all worked better. I did around an equal number of each colour but then coloured all the remainder in mossy meadow.

Stampin' Up! Wildflower Fields DSP

So after colouring the dots in mossy meadow, hello honey, blackberry bliss, lost lagoon and tangelo twist, I tried all of the card bases to see what would work. In the end, I decided on whisper white and mounted the DSP onto a card base of thick whisper white. Then I added a sentiment in mossy meadow (from my current favourite, Watercolor Wishes) mostly because I have enamel dots in mossy meadow and I’m trying to use up retiring embellishments. So I added the mossy meadow enamel dots in a couple of sizes.

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See you tomorrow – a little later since it’s a Thursday and it’s a new challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and I need to coordinate with their posting.

Liz

I was playing with extras from the Watercolor Wishes kit at the weekend and wanted to share another notecard that I’ve made.

Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wishes kit

To make this card, I did a light wash of watermelon wonder using an aquapainter straight onto the card (I practised first!)  and, once it was dry, I used the stamp set in the kit and my night of navy to stamp the sentiment and full strength watermelon wonder to stamp the hearts. I bet you’re wondering where the DSP strips came from? They are the borders that are left once you’ve taken one of the banners from the kit and used it on a card. I used my Stampin’ trimmer to cut down the side of the leftover strip and then snipped the length that I wanted. You only have to cut one side of course since the other is bordering the banner that you’ve already used. I then used fast fuse to firmly fix one of the leftover wooden hearts in place. Since my stamps were all inky, I also stamped on the envelope to coordinate.

watercolor wishes note

I also used the happy hearts embossing folder to add hearts to the envelope flap. Why not, right? So there you have it – another note card made with no extra product and just using the Watercolor Wishes kit. Have you bought yours  yet? I think it’s worth it just for the stamp set but you get a lot of value out of what’s in the kit.

See you tomorrow,

Liz