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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Love Life...Live Life

Hi all,

Another of the Sunday blog challenges that I like to play along with is The Paper Players challenges. This week, for PP235, Anne Marie's color challenge is for us to use Crisp Cantaloupe, Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Crumb Cake. After dinner on Sunday, I decided to try something a little new to me. I've been seeing all the watercoloring projects on blogs lately and I've been wanting to give it a try. Here is my attempt. It was fun!

I started with the Freshly Made sketch 176. As you can see I rotated the layout for my stamp. The image is stamped on SU watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed with SU white EP. I used my distress markers in colors to match the challenge by coloring on an acrylic block and using a water color brush to paint the images. For the yellow background, I first wet the paper with only water, a lot of it, and then picked up the color and let it absorb into the paper. I used my heat tool to dry the watercolor paper when I deemed I had enough yellow in the background. Using the marker direct to the paper, I darkened some of the poppies, then added a little more water over the top.

Finally, I added the scalloped borders, wooden button, and twine and adhered it to the Crumb Cake card. I cut the small tag from Crumb Cake card stock and stamped the sentiment with Wild Wasabi ink. For some shimmer, I used a very small amount of Stickles on the poppies and some randomly placed white sequins.

Stamps: Pleasant Poppies and You're A Gem sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU watercolor paper and Crumb Cake card stock, Crisp Cantaloupe DSP
Ink: Versamark, Tim Holtz Distress markers in Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, and Peeled Paint, and SU Wild Wasabi
Other: SU white EP, heat tool, TE small tag and large scalloped border dies, TE wooden button (notice the lady bug), SU linen thread, TE white sequins, the Big Shot, hot glue gun and Ranger Multi Medium Matte to glue the sequins.

We are going to see the 2Cellos guys in concert tonight. It should be very entertaining.



  1. Beautiful Card! One of my favorite stamp sets. Well done.

  2. This is so pretty! I love your coloring on the flowers and background. Thank you for explaining how you did it. I have some distress markers and need to learn how to use them.

  3. What wonderful watercolouring Colleen - I particularly like the variagated background, it sets off your poppies beautifully. I love the twine, button and sentiment tag too! Thanks for joining us for our colour challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

  4. Colleen, I just love all of the details you added to this beautiful card! Your watercoloring is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us this week at The Paper Players!


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