Feb 21, 2014

Happy (to Use What I Have)





I've see a lot of large sentiment stamps and I love them all.  And I've seen watercolored backgrounds and I love those too.

So I set about trying to get a large sentiment with a watercolored background without buying any new supplies.  Hmm...a Versamark pen, clear embossing powder, Distress Inks, and watercolor paper. Done!

Since this is a birthday card, I decided to watercolor a little cupcake, cut it out (look, no die) and pop up.


Adhered it all to a navy card to set it off.

Would I have preferred a new stamp set?  Absolutely.  In fact, an image of happy would look better. But this works and my handwriting is free.  Love free!  I'll practice a more because I think I can get an even better look if I write faster and looser.  Should be fun.

MOOD WHEN DONE = Happy

Supplies:

Stamps: Newton's Nook Designs Love A La Carte
Ink:  Ranger Archival Black, Ranger Distress Inks, Stampin Up Markers, Versamarker Pen
Cardstock:  Watercolor and A Muse Studio Navy
Other:  Stickles, Clear Embossing Powder, embossing buddy, heat gun, dimensionals, glue, paper trimmer, water, paint brush, Ranger Craft sheet, my handwriting

11 comments:

  1. Really fun card. Your handwriting looks great. My handwriting has always been poor and I've always been envious of people like Dawn McVey on PTI.

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  2. Way to use what you have. I think we should all do that first before we buy more. I love how this turned out. Hope you share any other cards you make using this technique.

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  3. Love your happy cupcake card. And so awesome that you are using what you have. :)

    Mary

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  4. I keep looking at word dies and telling myself that I would never use them enough times to justify the cost....
    Thanks for a fun alternative idea!

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  5. Very sweet! Or should that be icing on the cake! Absolutely adorable. I used to do beautiful calligraphy but like everything if you don't practice you lose the abilty, now I dislike my writing. I love how your card turned out. It makes me happy too!

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  6. Fooled me! I could have sworn it was a stamp. Looks great, Joan!

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  7. Clever girl!! I'm soooo trying to use up my stash of stuff versus buying new!! I will have to practice my handwriting skills (HATE my handwriting) so that I can avoid purchasing those large die cuts that I want!!

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  8. Oh, Joan you are so smart. Love this card--the look, design, color. And, the story how you used what you had--priceless (and smart, too.)

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  9. love the look of this fabulous card! I never had any luck with my versamarker - I think it was dried up when I bought it. but your card really turned out so well! cute little cupcake, too. :)

    have a great week!

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  10. I love this! Love the colours that came out as the watercolour dried!

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  11. I really like your watercolour background, Joan.
    Funny how things come around - I have a set of embossing pens that I used to write and emboss greetings inside cards from way, way back. But unlike you I wouldn't be brave enough to make a feature of it on the front of a card.
    ITA with not needing dies for everything - some things are fine to fussy cut if you don't need twenty of them!!!

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