Friday, September 24, 2010

Stamp Something - Fall Colour Somethings

I finally did it!! This gorgeous digi from Tickled Pink Stamps was printed on watercolour paper and then actually WATERCOLOURED with distress inks!! Yay!!! (doing not-so-funky-due-to-enormous-bum-dance around the table)

I had tried everything. And I mean every single tip there was to find to stop my printer ink running with water. Nothing worked. Until I found a tutorial by fabulous Rica (who, btw, is one of the coolest colourists EVAH!!!). She actually washes her digis. So did I. Yep. Just wash them, under running tap, rubbing gently. You will loose a little bit of crispness in lines but no more bleeding. And since you get the whole piece of paper wet evenly it will dry totally flat.

Word of warning though - it can only be done with watercolour paper - it's especially designed to withstand copious amounts of water. Any other paper will probably fall apart.

OK, now that I have calmed down - well, almost - couple of words about the card. The papers are from Cosmo Cricket Material Girl pad, all sponged with Vintage Photo. I made the flowers myself from gingham ribbons and punched the leaves with Xcut embossing punch from the same papers. Border punch is from EK Success (love it!!), lace and ribbon from my stash. All I added then was some buttons and a generous amount of flat back pearl. I don't really buy adhesive ones any more, find the non-adhesive ones easier to work with. Tombow glue is perfect for working with those - it has very precise application, never clogs and holds with a death grip.

Check out the gorgeous work of Stamp Something DT and don't forget to enter your project!

I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Charisma Cardz  - anything goes
Paper Romance - handmade flowers
ABC Challenge  - D is for Distressing
Creative Belli  - embellishments starting with B
Creative Card Crew (2 weeks) - autumn or fall
ColourQ - old olive, peach parfait, so saffron, poppy parade, white
Crafty Little Place - brown, green and orange
Everybody-Art-Challenge - autumn
Paper Playtime - autumn
Paper Sundaes - fall or halloween colors
Scrappy Frogs (3 weeks) - make your own flowers
Lil' Lolita Boutique - stitching (flowers are hand stitched, buttons are stitched to card and BG paper also has some stitching pattern)

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!


Anonymous said...

Wow Annie,
what color. Beautiful design and beautiful details.
Wish you a nice weekend
Hugs Karla

Renkata said...

wow dear Annika
I am sitting here and don't know what to write, to can explain how I really love your card.
The colouring amazing, the DP fantastic chooice, the ribbon flowers wow, the layout OMG!
Now you do have these cuties Lil Lolita, why not join us at the Lil Lolita Boutique challenge, I am sure you will love it.

Renkata said...

wow dear Annika
I am sitting here and don't know what to write, to can explain how I really love your card.
The colouring amazing, the DP fantastic chooice, the ribbon flowers wow, the layout OMG!
Now you do have these cuties Lil Lolita, why not join us at the Lil Lolita Boutique challenge, I am sure you will love it.

Maria said...

Oooooh Annika! This is fabulous and you wet the paper under running water too!! You GO GIRL! Love all the embellies and those flowers are delish. Hugs, Maria

Fiona said...

stunning card and fantastic colouring...didn't realise you can such a fab result from water colours. Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week.


Sylvia said...

What a wonderful card, Annika! Your flowers are gorgeous and I love your layout and how you used our colors! Thanks for the tip on the water color paper. and thanks for playing the ColourQ challege this week!

Anonymous said...

Wow Annika, this is gorgeous ! the flowers are just fab and as always your shading is just stunning.

Thanks for joining us at ABC Challenge. Sue C x

Jenny said...

This is another amazing card!! I love the watercoloring!! The layout is also very stunning! Great job on this one!

Janis Lewis said...

This is so sweet and looks so good! Thanks for playing in paper with us at Paper Playtime! :) Janis

Dorcas said...

Oh Annika........this is TOO fab for words. OMGoodness, really awesome.I love the drench the paper trick. I'm gona try thet when I get home. How cool is thta! I need to check out your frinds blog now. :-D

Julie said...

How absolutely perfectly stunning!!!!! My birthday's in 4 weeks! xxx

Faye said...

This card is COMPLETELY awesome, I can't stop looking at it! xxx

Viv said...

OMG She's done it!!!!! How cool is that!! Gonna have to wash some digis now..hehehe!
Beautiful card, I spose you hand sewed the flowers too! And that green velvet ribbon is yummy! Amazing effort Annika! Viv xx

Crystal said...

WOOOWEEE Annika you totally rocked the distress inks..your watercoloring looks AMAZING!! Totally gorgeous and fabulous creation!

Marlene said...

You are truly my hero. How the heck do you do it?!!!!

Leonie said...

OMG this is gorgeous! Lylah is stunning! your watercolouring is amazing!!! And thanks for the instructions on how to stop the ink running.

Did you know that there is a challenge blog for these gorgeous Lil Lolita girls. You can find it HERE i hope you can come join us.
Hugs Leonie

chris said...

Well Annika you just keep getting better and better in my eyes, such a STUNNING CARD.
love it, love it.
hugs chris xx

Lorraine A said...

oh wow !!! this is absolutely gorgeous ! I love this image and the papers and embellies are perfect , I love the ribbon flowers you made ,, lovely and the pearls and design are perfect :-)

Lols x x x

Alleena Burger said...

Ohhh Wow!!! The flowers are great, the layout is beautiful and the job you have done with colouring in Evie is stunning!!! Thank you for joining us this week at LLB.

Jane Wetzel said...

OMG ...just are blowing me away these days!

Renkata said...

ok that is mo second comment
I am so happy that you came to join us at Lil Lolita Boutique!!!!

Creatieve handgemaakte kaarten said...

wow that is a amanzing card Annika!

Hugs Ida

Amy Johnson said...

All I can say is 'wow' another truly stunning creation. You are such an artist. I love your work. Your water coloring is excellent, and I love how you used the papers and those flowers! And p.s. I know what you mean about the Cat Quote. I love Cats, but I understand what the author of that quote meant and found the humor in it, and thought it suited the image well.

stephanne said...

From Heather to Annika to Stephanne, me thinks I must try this digi wash, as I am at my wits end as of late!! Sooooo, this is fabulous, of course, I am beyond words, well, no, I am "tickled pink" to see you using a Lil Lolita, I've been lurking around your blog just HOPING you'd mosey over to TPS and give them a whirl, as your style soooo suits these quirky cuties and here we are, and you have gone and knocked my socks off!! Love the washes of warm, delightful colour and your flowers and papers are delightful!!
hugs, stephanne

Linda Carson said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! enough said!

Shannon Erskine aka e3stamper said...

OMG Annika!!!! Your coloring on this is just jawdropping!!! So gorgeous!!!!!!!

Nana said...

I think that's my favorite entry so far. Love the colors, the image is absolutely fabulous and your coloring spot on!
Thank you for playing with "Paper Sundaes" this week!
hugs Nana

Anonymous said...

Amazing coloring (as always) of this sweet image, Annika. Brilliant job! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper Romance this week! hugs, Angela

France Ringuette said...

Stunning as always.. The coloring leaves me speechless..
Thanks for joining our challenge this week at Paper Sundaes !

Gwen's Busy Little Hands said...

Wow! Wow! oh, WOW! I'm at a loss for words...if you knew you would know that hardly ever happens. I'm so blown over by this amazing card, Annika! You are becoming a favorite...


Anonymous said...

Damn Girl!! Another amazing card!

Kim said...

Oh my word...your work seriously is beyond gorgeous hun! Another STUNNING card! Gorgeous, beautiful, fantastic! Love it! I'd love to know how you've made those beautiful ribbon flowers...they are dynamite!!!
Hugs~ Kim

Sheri Gilson said...

WOW...Amazing card!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at A Crafty Little Place!!

Unknown said...

WOW Thanks for the great tip!! I'll have to try that one myself - they can be tricky huh? but I think there is a tutorial in the works on how to use Digi's and watercolour with Distress Inks YAY - keep your eyes on Tickled Pink Stamps Blog..... Your watercolouring is simply beautiful, thanks so much for sharing your fantastic card with us at LLB

Nicole said...

Just wonderful artwork! great layers and your coloring is lovely!!! Be sure to tune in tomorrow to see the new challenge at ACLP! Thanks for joining us!! Nicole-ACLP DT

jdmommy - Anne Harmon said...

Annika, your coloring is just amazing, and those flowers!! FABulous! Love the buttons you added to play in the Belli Challenge! Thanks for joining us!

Jackie Thomas said...

Oh Annika, this is simply stunning. What a truly beautiful effect. I adore your flowers too. Thanks for joining us in this weeks LLB challenge. Hugs Jackie

Debbie Schneider said...

Thanks for the great tip on the digi stamps and watercoloring! Those flowers are amazing - you are one of the most talented card makers I have come across and believe me I have seen many, many blogs!!! Great inspiration and ideas that you have!!!

Linda said...

Annika I love your card the colours and the layout are brilliant. Your colouring of the image is just perfect love Linda

Kylie said...

Oh Annika - you are amazing girl! You can colour with anything! I love your Lylah! Too gorgeous!

Bron said...

Wow the colouring looks fantastic. I think I will have to give this a go. Thanks for joing us at LLB this week hugs from Bron

Barbara Sproatmeyer (LM2) said...

Beautiful coloring and those flowers are so fun!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Awesome job on this card - love the yellow and green together. I'm nuts about handmade flowers and those are one I haven't tried yet - love 'em to death! Great tip on washing the imges before watercoloring the digis. I also hadn't been able to come up with a solution and this is good news!


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