Saturday, September 17, 2016

card set with altenew watercolor wonders

16:04. 6:39. 4:52. 5:44.

The time it took me to make cards one, two, three and four. Cuz I was in Watercolor Wonders mode. And I needed to make a set of cards for a girlfriend. And wanted to participate in the Pretty Pink Posh 10 Minute Craft Dash which is part of the Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop over at Altenew.

(I'm taking the two birthday cards over to Seize the Birthday too. Did you see the lovely cards the DT  created for the Ultimate hop?)

Ask my kids and they'll tell you one of my favorite Mom phrases is "Practice makes perfect."
CUZ IT'S TRUE!!! Don't believe me? Take a gander at those times again...

Meet card one. 16:04. The splatters were even added afterwards to fill the empty space up top!

DI - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch
On this card, Tasnim stamped  and then used a paintbrush to apply water before stamping the next layer. So I did that too. Obviously time consuming cuz meet card two...

DI - Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon
OK, so here I had my sentiment on an acrylic block ready to go beforehand which saved time, but I switched my modus operandi. Only used the large layer stamp. Inked it pink, spritzed it with water and stamped. Partially inked it orange, spritzed and stamped. Then pink and stamped. Then the leaves. 6:39!

Feeling cocky, I decided to try two blooms. Meet card three.

DI - Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmelade, Festive Berries
And then card four.

DI - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet; Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries
For three and four I inked up a layer, spritzed it, stamped and left it laying while I inked up the next layer and spritzed it. Pulled up the previous one and stamped the next. Yes, like a robot. But I even got some extra layers onto the leaves. I'm happy. And much friendlier with Watercolor Wonders now ;)

So friendly, that I made four more cards. For my stash! Finally following Jennifer McGuire's suggestion to make multiples while your supplies are out!  Have a great weekend.


  1. Beautiful cards ! I loved the watercolored artsy look a lot and lovely colors !

  2. Wow! All your cards are so beautiful, Maria. I love the soft watercolor look! Gorgeous design & colors too :)

  3. Totally impressed with your gorgeous cards, Maria! I've not tried using distress inks yet (we all know why...sighhh), but seeing yours has sparked "thinking about it". Your times are great! It takes me 20 minutes to figure out the layers (improving...slowly....). Love these!

  4. Amazing cards Maria. And such a beautiful set to give your friend as a gift. I have been trying to make multiples of cards too ... it does save time and bumps up the ol' stash. Always a good thing. :) xx

  5. Wow, Maria! These are all so beautiful! Awesome work. :-)

  6. Karten mit der Stoppuhr, geniales Ergebnis!!

  7. These cards look so artsy and beautiful! I should try this technique sometime :) Thanks for the inspiration Maria! :)

  8. Practice certainly does make perfect. But my favourite is No. 2. There's just something about Pickled Raspberry...

  9. These are all beautiful - 8! Nice!

  10. WOW! You've been rocking this stamp set... fabulous cards, Maria! I've been wishing to buy Watercolor Wonders for a long time, but haven't done it yet, I may be more inspired now... :).

  11. Wowie, Maria! These cards are exceptional - I would never have imagined they were quick to make! Excellent work!

  12. Oh Maria! these are truly stunning!! I love the softness you achieved while still getting nice vibrant color! The black sentiments just pop against your cards without taking away from the soft feel!! woo hoo Bravo!

    Thank you so much for sharing your little works of art with us at Seize The birthday!!


  13. Oh wow these are all absolutely gorgeous creations!! I just love the pretty watercolor look of the images!! Thanks for sharing! :)

  14. A quadruple WOWZA, Maria!! These are all sensational!! Hammy is always telling me to make at least duplicates of every card, so I applaud that you made FOUR! Oh, WHY is it so hard to actually DO that when you have everything out anyway??!! Hugs, Darnell

  15. GASPINGLY gorgeous, Maria ... what more can I say ... I'm still gasping! Hugs, Anita :)

  16. These are all absolutely stunning Maria! The bold & beautiful colours are perfect on these CAS cards. Thanks so much for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

  17. WOW, Maria!! What a beautiful watercolor cards! Thank you very much for the wonderful inspiration.


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