Flamingo and sketch

Hello there. As I am working tomorrow, and England has another football game tomorrow evening, I don’t think I’ll have time to craft – you never know. Here is a card I made to enter two challenges:

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I took my Distress Oxides and ink smooshed and water-coloured a piece of water-colour card. I wanted to have colours which wouldn’t over-power the flamingo pink, nor the vibrant green of the palm trees.

I took the sketch inspiration from CAS(E) This Sketch and die cut the banner/tag using a Catherine Pooler die, took the flamingo and trees from W Plus 9 ‘Flock Yeah‘, water-coloured them with my zigs, and arranged as you see.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.

Here is another version:

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I have mentioned before that I struggle with clean and simple cards, but I really think I’m growing in that department. I think the key is to take inspiration from other card makers and challenges – I still like to make a card that is ‘full-on’ – but am actually enjoying my clean and simple journey.

I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS(E) This Sketchsketch

CAS On Sunday CAS water-colour

 

Flock Yeah!

Hello yet again. This week is getting to be a habit with the postings. Hubby is away for a couple of nights – yes, golfing – so here I am with time to play, and craft, and, well, whatever, really. Not that he has a problem with me doing crafting anyway……

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I received this stamp and die set recently, and of course it was sat on my desk with all my other stuff, and then I saw the colours from the current challenge at CAS Simple Colours and Sketches, and the theme of ‘animals’ from The Paper Players, and hey presto, light bulb moment.

I put the green ink on my Tim Holtz mat, added water, and yet again smooshed some water-colour card into it for an uneven green background. After letting that dry, I die cut it with a circular Spellbinders die, then embossed it with a Tattered Lace embossing folder. Without the embossing, the green looked too plain for me.

This embossing folder also comes with embossing corners, and embossing strips, so I took one of the strips and embossed as you can see. I was struggling to come up with what lines to put on the card to follow the current sketch from Freshly Made Sketches, and I like how this turned out.

I stamped the flamingos in Catherine Pooler ‘Midnight’ ink – copic, alcohol and water-colour friendly. Fabulous ink…… then used the Melon Mambo and water-coloured the images, and usedย Pumpkin Pie for the legs and beaks.

The sentiment is from the same stamp set.#A close-up of the card:

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I shall be entering the following challenges:

CAS Colours and SketchesMelon Mambo, Garden Green (I used an Altenew green), Pumpkin Pie

Freshly Made Sketchessketch

The Paper Players animals

Simon Says Stampย Monday ChallengeAll things bright and beautiful