Friday, February 21, 2014

1,2,3... smile (STAMPlorations, ABNH)

So many roads lead to Rome... How do you like to achieve the oh-so-trendy watercolor look?  With good old-fashioned watercolors?  With stamps that look like brushstrokes? With patterned paper that looks watercolored? With mists? Dye inks used like watercolors?

I love the technique of applying Distress Ink to an acrylic block, misting it and then smooshing the block onto CS.  Like on my hello card in this post. There's always that one nice blob of water that leaves one nice blotch.  My artsy fartsy crafty heart just loves that.


So my heart, which also loves rainbows in any form, put down a few acrylic blocks of misted Distress Inks, stamped over them with a camera image from Amy Tangerine's Aspire stamp set and stitched on some teensy alpha stickers from KI Memories.

Stamping? check. Stitching? check. That's the theme of February's challenge at STAMPlorations:


Join us for the fun - you have all month.  While you're there, check out the bi-weekly sketch challenge too. Shery is so generous with her prizes.  Play along.

I'm playing at A Blog Named Hero too.  #38 is all about ROYGBIV.  Love that guy ;)

Keep your eyes peeled -  this card is in the Paper Crafts Stamp It! Techniques Vol. 2 ;)





Supplies for 123 smile:
Paper:  white CS Bringmann
Stamps: American Crafts
Ink : Distress inks
Tools: acrylic block, sewing machine
Other: alpha stickers KI Memories


37 comments:

Sian Ridley said...

This is gorgeous!! I love rainbows and watercolours so this is perfect ;) I must try this technique to get the watercolour effect...thank you so much for your kind words on my blog :)

JJ Bolton said...

Smooshing is one of my favorite techniques;) Love the card and love how you got there! Have a great weekend Maria!

Geri said...

Wow, Maria!!! This one should be published somewhere!!!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

An absolute stunner Maria!! Your inks blended perfectly for such a wonderful watercolour look. No wonder this baby was published!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Love love love!! Such a fantastic technique!

Sue McRae said...

Fabulous use of colour on this artsy card and congrats on your publication! Thanks for playing along with us at A Blog Named Hero.

Danielle Flanders said...

Ooh - so fun and colorful, I love it!
Danielle

Laura B. said...

I love, I love, I love this with all my heart!!!!

Laura B. said...

Oh and thanks for your sweet little shaker card I got in the mail yesterday:) What a fun surprise!!!

Cornelia W said...

Such a great card - LOVE it!

Susanne Vargas said...

I always love your artsy cards and this is no exception! I thought it looked familiar... I had seen it in the magazine!
Have a great weekend!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Congratulations on another publication, Maria!! I can see why! This is splotchy, blotchy acrylic water coloring rainbow magnificence!! Love it!! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs, Darnell

Vicki Dutcher said...

Congrats on the publish. Great card with s fabulous trendy look

Joni nina Andaya said...

Gorgeous card with FAB color effect Maria!!! Love this technique :)

Happy Dance said...

Big congrats on another publication! How cool is that?! And how cool is this card??!!! I'm horrid with paint, unless it comes in a can, and goes on walls...You however, have got it goin' on! This is just brilliant! Love it. Bev

shirley-bee said...

All and any of the techniques will do for me, love 'em all. And I love your acrylic-block-spattered rainbow background. I remember CASE-ing your hello card (your version is much nicer). And huge congrats on another publication!

Miriam Prantner said...

So artsy fartsy and so cool! LOVE this!!!

Nonni said...

Fabulous, artsy card, I really love the colors and the feel of this card. Congratulations for being published, wow! :)

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on being published again, Maria ... how brilliant! Fabulous watercolours ... love the effect of the smooshing! Anita :)

Anonymous said...

This is delightful. Hope you are as well!!! Thanks for tip re. inking-- I've distressed with many methods, but not using my acrylic block. xo

lostinpaper said...

Oh my...... have to pin this immediately!!!

Karen said...

I love this !!! So cool and well done!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

Congrats on the publication whay an honor...your creations are clean and simple and very clever. you deserve it congrats again
bibiana

alexandra s.m. said...

Hi Darnell!
I am totally in love with your card!!
TFS~

Julia Aston said...

Love those wonderful watery ink blotches! I must remember this technique!

Leslie Hanna said...

Oh, I do love the watercolor blotches! What a GREAT card, and congratulations on its publication! Thanks for playing along at A Blog Named Hero!

Cris G said...

Wow, Maria! Love your rainbow watercolor, the stamped cameras and the stitching! I guess that's all there is to love... :)

Kelly Griglione said...

I saw this on Pinterest last weekend ... AmAzing!! The splotches are indeed cool, but wow, what a great design on the rest of your card! The stitched sentiment is my fave, but also love the flow of your three cameras. What a great stamp. I have (hording) the camera paper. Need that stamp I guess. Just wonderful, maria f.

Cindy C. said...

It's wonderful!! Must CASE that technique!!

Lyndal said...

FABULOUS, FABULOUS, FABULOUS!!!

Anita in France said...

Congratulations on winning ABNH's Heroine Badge with this fabulous smooshed card, Maria ... I'm honoured to be sharing the same podium! Anita :)

Deepti said...

the color splashes on black n white image is a brilliant idea :) loved ur design !!

Virginia L. said...

I have seen this card being pinned all over Pinterest. I adore this SO much! You should definitely check out my blog on March 1st!

Jen W. said...

Seriously stunning! I have got to try this technique!

Marlou McAlees said...

stunning card!!

Zalak Amarendra Kumar said...
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Zalak Amarendra Kumar said...

fabulous Card ma'am. Would you please tell me which distress ink color used here? Please let me know at handmadecardsbyzalak@gmail.com
Thank you in advance.

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