Simply Sketched Watercolor

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Today is my 52nd Mojo Monday challenge!  Wow – that’s enough to fill up a WHOLE year!  Now, it is over the course of not quite two, but still…quite a few.  To say I love this challenge is an understatement.

For today’s challenge, I pulled out my watercolor pencils, aqua painter and was a little creative with my background.  There are so many techniques in this one card, that I had to just film a video for our VIP Community.  Below are the steps in a nutshell.  Enjoy!

Today’s Mojo sketch and my interpretation:

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Creative Steps –

  • I watercolored this image from Simply Sketched.  I pulled color from some Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils with my Aqua Painter in a unique way, rather than color directly on my paper.  We have a watercolor class on this and many other techniques here if you’re interested in watercolor.

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  • I wanted to keep the watercolor as the star, so I lightly sponged every background piece. 
  • To keep the card light, fun and neutral, I chose Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Old Olive and Primrose Petals by Stampin’ Up!.
  • The flower was cut using the spring garden framelits, then sponged and bent up at the edges. 

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  • The greeting was placed on a banner, made with a hexagon punch (see this video for tips on how) and is from the set Lots of Thanks
  • I wanted a subtle background, so I stamped argyle using the Argle Embossing Folder and some Crumb Cake ink.
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I love how it turned out.  There’s just the right amount of pop with color to compliment the watercolored piece.

Here’s to another 52 Mojo Mondays! Smile


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Regarding Dahlias Mojo

Good Morning!  It’s that time of the week again – Mojo Monday and today I broke out my new Regarding Dahlias stamp set.  I have been dying to use this one.  This image is on the same level as the Blooming with Kindness flower.  Having these stamp sets in your arsenal makes you a superstar because they completely rock! I also decided to use my Eastern Elegance Designer Series Paper for the first time.  If you saw my post yesterday about the Beautifully Baroque Bundle – you’ll love this set of DSP.  It fits perfectly with the Baroque image. 

Here’s the Mojo Monday sketch and my interpretation, I sure hope you like it – leave me a comment if you do!

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Creative Tips –

  • I struggled with the dimensions on this card because I knew I wanted to use the flower as a focal point, so I just stretched the size of the card to 4 1/2” x 5 1/2”. 
  • After I chose to use the stamp set, I decided on which paper to use.  I liked the simple elegance of the Crushed Curry patterns in the Eastern Elegance DSP collection, so I checked my new Color Coach for combinations with Crushed Curry.  I quickly settled on the second one with Island Indigo and Real Red.  I have to admit, I question a lot of these combinations – as you know, I’m color challenged!  But low and behold, it’s an awesome combination!
  • I added the Island Indigo Matte with the top and bottom punched using our Scallop Edge Border Punch.
  • I stamped the Dahlia in Real Red and cut it out using my Paper Snips.
  • Regarding Dahlias has an awesome amount of sayings and I really wanted to use the “hi” that comes with this set, but I needed a saying a bit larger – tall and skinny to be precise to fill the square portion of the sketch.  So I took out my new Really Good Greetings set and chose this one.  I think it works perfectly.
  • At first I cropped the Whisper White and Basic Black matte to just the right size, but I knew I wanted to paper pierce and to add the banner I needed to stretch the matte.  I don’t know why I don’t automatically go to do that, but I have to admit, Julee Tilman, who designed the sketch and is the owner of Verve Stamps, really did a great job.  I wasn’t convinced my card would come out so awesome, and I love it!
  • The colors are just right and to continue my paper piercing motif, I added a little to the corners and around the greeting.  Like I always say, paper piercing is the cheapest embellishment in your arsenal!
  • For the banner, I originally had just a plain piece of Crushed Curry card stock there, but then replaced it with one that was stamped tone on tone with the Dahlia stamp.  I like the subtle addition.  It’s better than having too many plain pieces of card stock.  What do you think?
  • Finally, for a tiny bit of drama to the card I popped up the dahlia.  After all, it is the focal point for me!  I do think all the remaining components balance out the design and card.  Now it’s your turn!

Let me know what you think in the comment section, I’d love to hear from you!


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Stamp Sets – Regarding Dahlias (130327c, 130324w), Really Good Greetings (130333c, 130330w)  Ink – Island Indigo (126986), Crushed Curry (131173), Real Red (126949) Paper – Whisper White (100730), Island Indigo (122923), Crushed Curry (131199), Basic Black (121045), Eastern Elegance DSP (130131) Cool Tools – 1” Square Punch (124094), Scallop Edge Border Punch (119882), Paper Piercing Tool (126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199), Essentials Paper Piercing Pack (126187), Chevron TIEF (127749) Finishing Touch – Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Pearl Basic Jewels (119247)

Regarding Dahlias    Really Good Greetings

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