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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Up the Happy


Boy, this week just flew by, didn't it? It's Sunday again and time for The Paper Players. This week, we are up to challenge number 283. Joanne is our hostess, and she has a Clean and Simple theme challenge for us. Look at that big, lovely bouquet of balloons.

I decided to use a brand new stamp set that I recently purchased and do some "no line" water coloring. It was fun and I really like the way it turned out.

I started with a panel of water color paper and stamped each balloon outline in a different color of Tim Holtz Distress ink. I masked each balloon after stamping so I could layer them across the top of the panel. The strings were stamped in the same color with the masks still in place. After all of the stamping was completed, I removed the masks and water colored each balloon with an aqua painter, using more ink and less water towards the bottom of each for shading. After the water coloring was dry, the sentiment was stamped with SU Craft black ink and heat embossed with clear EP. The butterfly is stamped in SU black and heat embossed as well, then water colored with various purple shades, and fussy cut. I stamped the butterfly on my panel in SU archival black ink, then placed the fussy cut one in place with dimensionals. I added a liberal amount of Wink of Stella clear glitter to the darker purple on the butterfly and a light swipe of it on the left side of the balloons. Finally, the panel was trimmed to the size, layered over the patterned paper and finished with some clear and white sequin.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Up the Happy set by Ellen Hutson (designed by Julie Ebersole)
Paper: SU Perfect Plum card stock, water color paper, Echo Park patterned paper
Ink: Tim Holtz/Ranger Distress mini ink pads: Spun Sugar, Shaded Lilac, Dried Marigold, Scattered Straw, Stormy Sky, Victorian Velvet, SU Craft black, SU Archival black
Other: SU clear EP, heat tool, aqua painter, sequin, Multi matte medium


  1. OK, I'm always impressed with your copic coloring and now I am in AWE of your watercoloring! Wow, fabulous shading and detail on these balloons. Lovely colors too...fabulous card, Colleen!

  2. So creative to have two ideas for the theme...balloons and the butterfly! Awesome card Colleen!

  3. So pretty Colleen - I am in awe of your no-line watercolouring skills! The balloons are just perfect - a great CAS card for this week's challenge!

  4. Colleen, I just love the watercoloring you incorporated on the balloons! The colors are so pretty and the butterfly is beautiful! Such a lovely card! Have a wonderful week, My Friend! XX

  5. Your watercolor balloons are fabulous! Love how they turned out! And the butterfly is so sweet - especially with the added sparkle!

  6. Colleen this is so soft and beautiful! I love your no-line watercoloring!

  7. Colleen this is so soft and beautiful! I love your no-line watercoloring!

  8. Colleen, fabulous job on the no line water coloring. I also love the softness of the spring colors. Wonderful card.


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