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The Clean & Simple Challenge on Splitcoast (CAS477), was to use Poppies in honor of Anzac Remembrance Day. It’s a day in Australia & New Zealand similar to our Memorial or Armistice Days. 

I love poppies & my card is made up of a lot of leftovers so it went pretty fast. The poppies were die cut out of leftover watercolor bg, the Smile & brick bg were die cut out of leftover strips. I think the only new piece was the white linen bg. I used a semi-circle die (Blueprints 21) to cut out the frame around the poppy & added a few stamped & die cut sequin images.

Here’s a look at the inside.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: My Favorite Things – Meant to Sparkle
Paper: Staples 110# white, black, watercolor
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black (Brilliance moonlight white also used on inside)
Accessories:  MFT  Diagonal Stitched Rectangles, Smile, Sequins, Blueprint 21, Brick wall cover plate dies, Memory Box Poppies die, Poppystamps Iceland Poppy die, water colors

 

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Welcome to the Mar #2 Blog Hop for Serendipity Stamps!

The Prize – One $20 gift code will go to one random commenter from the blogs. So be sure  to visit all the blogs because you don’t know which one the winner will be drawn from. You have through Sunday Mar 25 to leave comments on the blogs for a chance to win. Mary will announce a winner on Mar 26  on her Blog. The special this week is buy 3 stamps get the 4th (of equal or lesser value) FREE! Special good from 3/21 thru 3/24. On the first & third Wednesdays of every month, we’ll be celebrating with a Blog Hop! The Special this month is the Lilac stamp – 50% off!

For my typewriter card, I knew I wanted to watercolor this wonderful, vintage image, so I put it into my Misti & stamped it w/ Versafine onto watercolor paper. I added a water glaze on the areas I wanted to color then dropped in the different colors one at a time. The colors are a little different, but I like the way they blend into each other. When it dried, I went back & added more color in areas & added shadows. Then I over stamped it to sharpen up the details. I added a white linen frame & only used part of the greeting. 

Here’s the inside.

Please be sure to comment on all the blogs..it is much appreciated & also increases your chances of winning!

Mary’s Blog

Bonnie Klass

Beth Chui

Miriam Napier 

Julie Warner (you are here!)

Vickie Zimmer 

Marybeth Lopez

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps: TypewriterJust a Quick Note (inside: Rest Relax )
Paper:  Staples 110# white, watercolor, Neenah white linen, black
Ink:  Versafine onyx  (Distress ink used on inside)
Accessories: water colors, Misti, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B dies

 

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It’s my turn to host the Featured Stamper Challenge (FS559) on Splitcoast. So a big Congrats to Jeanette, the newest Featured Stamper. I spent oodles of time in her big, beautiful gallery & finally narrowed it down to THIS card. I kept the Christmas poinsettias & most of the layout, but I used different images, different colors & left off a few of the layers.

I also have a little mini tutorial to go along with this card. I knew immediately I wanted to water color it, but I wanted it to be loose, not necessarily contained by the lines. I love stamping on top of free flowing watercolor backgrounds so that was my plan for this. Instead of pan or tube watercolors, I used Brushos. I lightly wet part of the watercolor paper w/ a spritzer, then sprinkled on the reds, pink & orange colors, then spritzed it again. In areas where the color seemed too concentrated, I took a wet paintbrush & blended it out. I let this dry a little, then repeated it w/ the greens, trying not to go over the red areas.


I used a plastic sheet placed up against the corner inside my Misti & stamped the image. This allowed me to position the paper to stamp the image where I wanted. Since it was big enough, I stamped it twice to use on two different cards.

I decided to deepen the color just a bit inside the leaves/petals of the poinsettia & the easiest way to do this is w/ watercolor pencils.

Instead of using the pencil directly on the image, I used a waterbrush to pick up color from the pencil tip, then painted it onto the image.

Since this poinsettia image in on the large size, I trimmed away most of the background around the left side of the image in order to have more of the citron green show. A dk green layer was added behind the poinsettia & also behind the citron layer. The greeting was stamped off the to left to help balance the composition and keep the eye flowing across the card. The blank citron areas give the eye a place to rest & draw the eye to the bright reds of the image. I could have added just a few sequins & I may go back & do that, but I’m pretty satisfied w/ composition as it is w/ the odd number of items (2 flowers + 1 greeting). Odd numbers are just more pleasing to the eye. 


Here’s the inside:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supplies:

Stamps: Serendipity Stamps – Poinsettia Lg, Celebrate Each Day (inside: Magic of Christmas )
Paper:  atercolor, dk green, citron felt (The Paper Cut)
Ink:   Versafine onyx (Kaleidacolor fruitcake on inside)
Accessories:   MFT diagonal stitched rectangles, Spellbinders A2 matting basics B, Brushos watercolor crystals, paintbrush, waterbrush, Misti, white gel pen, craft knife, spritzer, watercolor pencils


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