Monday, October 3, 2016

wcmd at winnie and walter - part 2 and a winner

Howdy friends! Before I get to my latest cards for the fun happening in honor of WCMD over at Winnie and Walter, I owe you a winner from my giveaway in honor of my 1000th post. The winner of the Essentials by Ellen Thankful stamp set is

Maria, you nailed several challenges plus reached your 1000 blog posts...all great accomplishments. Love the simplicity and loose arrangement of your card...just my style. So much to be thankful for but at the top of my list after good health are my family, friends and faith.

Congratulations Kathy Mc! Please send me your mailing address in an email.

Now for my cards. I sat down with one stamp set and two cardbases, wanting to play with Shay's Background Building challenge and determined to practice "economies of scale" (yeah, I studied Business) an idea presented wonderfully by this WW Leading Lady.

Same stamp set. Same layout. Two completely different looks. In one short sitting!!!

For my first card I was once again inspired by Heather H.'s Pinspiration challenge.

For my second card I was inspired by blue, green and aqua - Heather P.'s Color Combo challenge.

May I say I'm enamored with this stamp set - Renee's Leaves. It is so perfect. Not too cute. Not too artsy. Just perfect!

I actually made card #2 first, stamping the leaves using the reverse of the stamps, inked with Blueprint Sketch, Shabby Shutters and Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks and spritzed with water before stamping. When it was dry, I came back in with the stamps as they're intended to be used and stamped the outlines with Delicata gold pigment ink. I love this technique with stamps that are nearly symmetric. See the pretty gold on the blue and aqua leaves?

Keeping with the gold theme - I die cut Hello from white and gold and offset the two on my card.

While the colored leaves of card #2 were drying, I stamped the outlines in black for card #1. Then I did some sloppy watercoloring with Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress inks on the leaves with larger open spaces. Left the others white. Gave this card a black Thanks die cut offset on one cut from yellow craft foam and called it a night. Economies of scale, folks ;)

Thanks for looking. If you're not playing yet, you can check out all of the great challenges here.


Shelly said...

Congrats to Kathy!
BEAUTIFUL cards, Maria!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Stunning card! I love the colours on both cards!

papierelle said...

Da sieht man wieder mal, wozu so'n Studium alles gut ist .. *grins*
Zwei traumhaft schöne Karten, jede ganz speziell auf ihre Art und ich könnte nicht mal sagen, welche mir besser gefällt.

Kathy Mc said...

Yay for me, I'm SO excited to win. Thanks a million, Maria! The gold leaf veins look fabulous with the blue and aqua leaves. Own PTI's Leaf Prints so will try this myself. Off to email you now and sending cyber hugs!

shirley-bee said...

Fab multitasking, and great cards! Love the black/yellow/white combo.

cm said...

Whether water-coloured or sporting a lovely coat of yellow, your leaves are stellar! Again, the offset die-cut sentiments are eye-catching! Two pretties, indeed! Congrats to Kathy!!

Heather P. said...

Gorgeous cards! ♥ Thank you so much for playing along with my color challenge. :)

Loll said...

Two gorgeous cards. You'd never know they were the same stamps. Totally different looks just shows the versatility of stamping ... and your talents too, of course! Awesome X 2! xx

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