Monday, 13 October 2014

Hero Arts Flowers with watercolours!

Good Evening! 

During the weekend I wanted to do some water colouring and paint some flowers. I've had this flow of making scenery, holiday cards for Christmas and now I wanted to do something different. To get some inspiration I went through some really nice blogs and found some really nice challenges to which I wanted to participate. 

This first one was inspired by Fusion Card Challenge - Hardwood Florals! Perfect what I had in mind anyways! I took the sketch and the background and then I went through my stamps and found these Hero Arts Delicate Blossoms- stamp set. They are not near the flowers in the picture - but they'll have to do. I water coloured them with Distress Inks: Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire. I also found this Inkspirational #67- challenge which had a colour theme in this week's challenge: any shades of Purple and Silver! How pretty is that! I took the silver since I already had purple flowers and stamped this (just beautiful) woodgrain background stamp from Purple Onion Designs. I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed it with Superfine Silver Embossing Powder by Ranger. Love that stuff, gives really crisp and detailed embossing. I inked white card stock with Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire Distress ink to create a border for my background. I die cut those little branches behind the flowers with Tiny Pine Cones- die by Marianne Design. I applied Versamark and black embossing powder and heat set it. For the sentiment I used a sentiment from Technique Tuesday's set called One of a Kind. The challenges graphics and the sketch is shown below.  

And this is my final card! I am pretty pleased for the fact that I really followed the sketch this time almost fully - I just changed the sentiment! LOL! 

My entry to the Fusion Card Challenge - Hardwood Florals
and to the Inkspirational #67.
This card got Honorable Mention at Fusion 
and was one of the top picks at Inspirational.

My second card was inspired by this week's CAS(E) this Sketch #96. Ingredients are the same - just a little bit different design and colour theme. I water coloured the flowers with Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and Gathered Twigs. The little branches are die cut from craft card stock and sponged with Gathered Twigs to give some dimension. The background is stamped with Versafine Sepia ink. The sentiment is a bit old and bought in a local craft store. It says "To my Friend" in Finnish. The challege's graphics is shown below.

My entry to the CAS(E) this Sketch #96.
This card was CTS Favorite.

Here are the graphics for the challenges:



Thank you for stopping by today! I am always pleased to hear what you think. Happy crafting!

Marika

27 comments:

  1. I am truly amazed with this 2 beautiful cards you created Marika! The dimension on the flowers just make them pop of the page!
    My favorite is the warm Autumn colored one, but hey the purple hues looks fab too!
    2 winners... for sure!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words, Hannelie! I like the orange one more too. Afterwards I realized that the purple card would make a good sympathy card. I find those hard to make and once in a while they are in need.

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    2. Congratulations for being picked as a CTS favorite!!!

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  2. WoW!!! Too GORGEOUS for words! Extraordinary in fact, LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Thanks so much for sharing, FUSION in a fave challenge of mine, and I love seeing others so inspired to join in as well!!! -- Thanks for joining us -Kimberly Wiener (FUSION DT).

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  3. Both your cards look amazing - your flowers are stunning! xx

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  4. Wow, your watercolouring is stunning! Two very beautiful cards x

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  5. I agree with everyone else, your watercoloured flowers are stunning!

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  6. Oh, wow, these are stunning! Fabulous take on the sketch!

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  7. WOW - I am sure your card will win hands down! Amazing coloring of those stunning flowers!

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  8. These cards are absolutely amazing! The watercolored flowers are so beautiful and realistic!

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  9. Wow! These cards are GORGEOUS! The color on your flowers is amazing. Great clean designs and beautiful execution. I am so glad you joined us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

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  10. Wow Marika! what gorgeous watercoloring on your beautiful blooms! they look so dimensional - AND real!! Thank you so much for sharing these with the Fusion Challenge!

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  11. These are stunning! Love those flowers and how you coloured them.

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  12. Both look fabulous!! Love how you used the poppy stamp!

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  13. Wowza ... gorgeous watercoloring ... you really brought those blooms to life ... so glad you joined us at Fusion Card Challenge.

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  14. Beautiful card Marika. Love the gorgeous flower image and the coloring. Great take on the sketch.

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  15. Both these cards are stunning! I love the first one with the beautiful purple flowers! Love the texture with the raffia ribbon!

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  16. Oh my goodness! These cards are spectacular! Wow! I really love them! Thanks for joining us at Fusion and CAS(E) This Sketch!

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  17. Your cards are beautiful, Marika! The gorgeous watercolouring adds such shade and depth - just stunning :)

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  18. oh my, those blooms are gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining us at FUSION!

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  19. Truly stunning!!!!! Great coloring!!!

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  20. STUNNING watercolouring Marika! So glad you joined in the fun @ FUSION, hope to see you again soon!

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  21. Moi, olenko suomalaisessa korttiblogissa? Jos olen niin ihanaa, wow mitä kortteja! :) Olet ilmeisesti aika hiljattain alkanut bloggailla? Kerran vielä wow. :) Niin ja kiitos osallistumisestasi Inkspirational haasteeseen! Terkuin Nonni

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  22. Marika your watercolouring is absolutely amazing - I am in awe!

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  23. Your water coloring is truly amazing!

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  24. STUNNING! Congrats on your win at CTS!

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  25. WOW! These are just stunning, Marika! Amazing watercoloring and overall execution! Congrats on your well-deserved wins!

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