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A Card Challenge

I've been by myself here in Florida for almost 2 weeks and love spending time in my craft space just doing what I love doing!  The other night I wasn't ready to binge watch The Crown (Netflix!) and decided to see how many cards I could make in 30 minutes or so.  I was totally immersed and probably stayed with it for at least an hour.

Chalks and Water

I decided to start with a stamped image on regular cardstock and using chalks and water as my coloring medium.  This technique is a favorite and the fact that I can watercolor on regular cardstock with great results is magical!

I purposely stamped off the edge of the card front.  After coloring, I grabbed a stencil and a makeup sponge that I folded in half and dipped in water and chalked through the openings for the background.
The next card is similar to the first card in that I stamped and chalked with water.  The stripes were also done using a stencil and a makeup sponge that was dipped in water.  So fun!!!

I Love Me a Good Smoosh!

I decided to go for another favorite technique - Smoosh using Distress Oxides and regular cardstock.  The first photo shows how I stamped a bunch of flowers and filled in the entire front panel.  I'll admit it was rather underwhelming.

Enter the Smoosh technique!  If you try this with Oxides and/or regular Distress Ink, just remember to spritz the ink pile before swiping the card front through the ink.
My first pass looked a little too muddy (not Florida at all!), so I individually smooshed each oxide ink.
Amazing difference, right?  I also wanted to add some pop and used a new Sakura Gelly Roll 10 Bright White pen.  So much better than the white Uniball that always seems to clog!  This photo was taken with my phone and the colors look different than the photo taken with my Canon.
Here is the finished card!  Happy with it!
I also had time to paint a painting this week, but I'll save it for next week.  I found another painting I started last fall and after adding a wash of Gouache over it the other day, it is now in the epic failure category at the moment!  Not to be discouraged, I'll see what miracles I can perform on it this week.  Progress photos will be part of the story!  Stay tuned...

Have a pleasant week!


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