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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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It’s the first Mojo Monday of the new Catalog!  So today I thought I’d use a few stamp sets that are brand new.  You’ve seen a few sneak peeks from me with Simply Sketched before, but and I thought I’d have some fun with the new color Crisp Cantaloupe.  I decided to pair it with Midnight Muse – primarily because I chose one of the color combinations in the catalog layout – I love how they label the colors for our ease.  And I needed it, as my Color Coach is en route to me in my very first order – I can’t wait to get it to play with all the cool new stuff!

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Creative Tips –

  • I decided to keep the sizes of the circles simple.  This would have been much easier with my brand new Circle Framelits (there are 10 sizes!), but they are somewhere crossing the US from Utah to Florida as we speak.  So I used my 2 1/2” Circle punch as my main size. 
  • I stamped my flower in Versamark and Midnight Muse before embossing it with Clear Embossing Powder.  Of course I used my Embossing Buddy first!
  • I chose to water color my image using Aqua Painters in various shades of Crisp Cantaloupe.  To get the darker highlights, I just went over my original coloring two to three times.  The stems I did in Pear Pizzazz – a new fav! Simply Sketched 003 CU
  • I added a little texture by embossing my back Crisp Cantaloupe circle with the Chevron TIEF folder.
  • I originally had my Pear Pizzazz piece of card stock plain, but the card needed a little something.  Enter the best background stamp in the world – Travel Journal Builder Wheel.  I have three stacked here, which was the perfect dimension.  You can also unmount your wheels and use them as regular stamps, did you know that?! I wheeled my Jumbo wheel with the three builder wheels on it on a Pear Pizzazz Ink Pad since I’m still waiting on my ink refills to make a cartridge.  Simply Sketched 003 Side
  • Once everything was layered just as I wanted it, I paper Pierced my corners first.  I chose to add five punches to the top and three to the bottom.  You don’t have to always do the same.  I used my Paper Piercing Tool, Stampin’ Pierce Mat and Essentials Paper Piercing Pack.
    • I used the stamp For You from probably one of the coolest new stamp sets – Chalk Talk which has the best framelits in the catalog.  It’s a very cool new tag set that has endless options!  You can even get it as a bundle and save 15%.  I punched it out using our 1 3/8” Circle Punch and popped it up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.Simply Sketched 003 Height
  • For a finishing touch I added three large Pearl Basic Jewels, and one medium to the greeting.  I love the end result and think the colors work well together.

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Stamp Sets – Simply Sketched (129672c, 129669w), Chalk Talk (130634c, 130631w) Chalk Talk Bundle (132730c, 132731w), Travel Journal Builder Wheel (3) (126937)  Ink – Crisp Cantaloupe (131176), Pear Pizazz (131180), Midnight Muse (126860), Versamark (102283) Paper – Whisper White (100730), Crumb Cake (120953), Midnight Muse (126843), Crisp Cantaloupe (131298), Pear Pizzazz (131201) Cool Tools – Aqua Painters (103954), 2 1/2” Circle Punch (120906), 1 3/8” Circle Punch (119860), 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)

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