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Just Us Girls Challenge #523 - Color Week - Black, Gold, Cream - Guest Designer

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Watercolor Altenew Golden Garden

I could not resist making another card with the extra images I had stamped and embossed for my last card, from the Altenew Golden Garden stamp set! And for inspiration in design for today's card I used the February 2020 Altenew Inspiration Challenge and the Flower Challenge #41 "Add Leaves".
I am joining these challenges with today's card.
If you would like more on how I watercolor or arrange my florals, my last post was made with the same stamp set and the same general method.  I include a video on my watercoloring in my recent post. I used different colors and arranged the florals in a different pattern. You can find it here: Watercoloring Altenew's Golden Garden Stamp Set Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day! Betty If you enjoyed your visit please click on the "Follow by email" button on the right side of this post and follow me on my journey.

Just Us Girls Challenge #522 - Trend Week - Stripes - Guest Designer and Watercolor Altenew Golden Garden Stamp Set

I am super happy to be back again to be a guest designer at the Just Us Girls Challenge where the Trend Week theme is "stripes". I thought it was a good time to do a little watercoloring with some florals from Altenew's Golden Garden stamp set to add to my stripes. Oh wait, any time is a good time to watercolor florals!  I used Crafter's Companion Torn Panel background die for my stripes.

Tips on how I achieved this look in watercoloring: 1. My basic method usually is that I work in two layers. In the first layer I add color with some depth. In the second layer I add more color and depth, and texture. 2. Use the right amount of water in your little "well" made with the embossing. Make sure it is lightly pigmented.  Then you add darker pigment into the light. You know you are at least close to the right amount if, when you add the darker pigment it spreads fairly slowly and doesn't take over the whole area.  If the pigment doesn't move you do not have…

Just Us Girls Challenge #521 - Word Week - Bow - Guest Designer

I am super thrilled to be a guest designer at  the Just Us Girls Challenge #521 where the word week theme is "bow".  To avoid having to tie a bow I had to pull out an old Whipper Snapper Designs stamp called Birthday Angel to find a bow (or 2). In saying that I may be telling me age, lol, given how old that stamp is.
Please make sure to check out all the wonderful cards the JUGS team made: Carol,Sue, Angie,Vickie,Ina,Bobby,Nancy,Lisa,Maria, and C├ęcile. And please drop by the Just Us Girls Challenge #521 and enter your "bow" card! I look forward to being back at JUGS again next week!  As a teaser, my card will include watercoloring and an Altenew stamp set.  Thank you for stopping by! Betty If you enjoyed your visit please click on the "Follow by email" button on the right side of this post and follow me on my journey. 

Alcohol Ink Background with Altenew, Honey Bee Stamps, and Essentials by Ellen

Alcohol inks are addicting! I had so much fun with friends this past weekend, crafting and laughing! They wanted to try alcohol inks with no arguments from me.  I did a "twofer" out of the background and I can not choose a favorite.

1. I use my Copic marker refills and 91% Isopropyl alcohol.  Choose 3 or 4 colors that are similar color, with some being lighter, others darker.  I chose 3 cooler reds, RV02, R89 and RV99, and 1 warmer red, R46.  If you follow me you know I like to mix warm (bluer tone) colors and cool (yellower tone) colors.
2. Drop 3 or 4 drops of each color on Yupo paper cut to 5 by 8 inches (half of a sheet). I put the darker colors more toward the center and the lighter colors on the edges. I put is down in a gentle "S" shaped pattern at a diagonal.
3.  Blow it around with a straw or air compressor to spread the ink.  I have tried both and find I get similar results, but find the air compressor is easier because I don't have to blow.  But t…

Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival 2020 Sleigh Ride

The magic began even before we reached the ice sculptures at the 2020 Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival.  As we walked down the snow covered path beside Lake Louise two horse drawn sleighs passed us, each pulled by two black, beautiful horses.  The snow was gently falling (I did not photoshop the snow into the photos.).  It was truly magical!

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Gerda Steiner Go Wild and Party Animals Shadow Box Card

I can't tell you how much fun I am having pulling out stamp sets I have had for a while including Gerda Steiner's Go Wild and Party Animals stamps. Look at those adorable eyes on all those cute critters! I thought, "they need to all be loaded on one card for maximum cuteness impact" (it ended up to be most but not quite all of the images). Here is what I came up with.
I am joining a few challenges with this card including: Gerda Steiner Share Your Design Challenge, Inkspirational Challenges, Just Us Girls Challenge, and The Male Room Challenge.  In case you want to make a similar card here is what I did (instructions then photo to follow):
1. Cut 2 pieces of white 80 lb. cardstock 4 1/2 by 9 inches.
2. Score each at 1/2 and 4 inches on the 4 1/2 inch width.
3. Cut or die cut a 2 7/8 by 6 /12 inch window, 1 1/2 inches from the bottom of one panel. 
4. Fold at the scored lines.
5. Cut light blue cardstock 4 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. 6. Score at 1/2 and 4 inches on the 4 1/2 inch w…