Happy Watercolour Meets Gorgeous Grunge

by Joanne James12. March 2014 10:11

I'm hoping for a super-efficient day today: the dinner is already prepared and in the slow cooker, I've managed a few admin tasks and I'm getting my blog post in nice and early before I crack on with more creating and ticking a few more things off my ever-growing 'to do' list - I love days like this! Today I'm sharing two versions of essentially the same card - you'll see why shortly!

I loved the colours over at CAS Colours and Sketches this week and had a specific card in mind that I thought would also work for the challenge over at Less is More, where the challenge is One Layer cards featuring Spring flowers. So here are the CAS colours this week:

These colours reminded my of iris, a spring flower that we are starting to see in bloom now; I decided to use the orchid stamp from the Happy Watercolour set for my card (an iris is a type of orchid, right?!) because I needed to be able to create something abstract without any green and the stamps in this set are perfect for this. So here is my one layer card:

Instead of using one of the watercolour pieces to colour the flowers, I decided the bold colours needed something different so used one of the Gorgeous Grunge 'splodge' stamps instead; I saw something similar at a recent training event by Laura Mackie and decided this stamp would work nicely with the bold colour scheme. The splodges look random, but are perfectly placed: with the aid of my Stamp-a-ma-jig, it was easy to get the correct placement that I wanted.  I then finished off with the 'happy' sentiment from the Happy Watercolour set - I love the font on this stamp. Having made this one layer card, I then decided to 'step it up' a little - here is my second card:

This time I layered on a base of Perfect Plum and finished the sentiment with some co-ordinating Candy Dots, rounding one corner of the white layer with my Envelope Punch Board. Some subtle additions, but they give the card quite a different look I think. I like both of these cards  - which one do you prefer?

The 'Happy Watercolour' stamp set will feature in my classes on 28th and 30th April - if you live in Northampton and would like to join me to make some beautiful cards using this set, please get in touch for more information and to book your place. You can find my full class schedule here.

Right, I'm off to get inky! Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Comments (8) -

karen h
karen hUnited States
3/13/2014 3:12:47 PM #

Awesome card - such a clever way to "color" the flowers!! Thanks for joining us at CAS Colours & Sketches!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
3/13/2014 8:45:36 PM #

Thanks Karen - I like the bolder look you get when you use this stamp as opposed to the watercolour one.

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mistys mum
mistys mumUnited Kingdom
3/13/2014 5:22:29 PM #

What a stunning way to colour the flowers.  I don't have a grunge stamp - but I guess it would be worth trying using a stencil style brush!

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Joanne James
Joanne James
3/13/2014 8:50:21 PM #

To be honest, I hardly ever use my grunge set, so this idea was as much about trying to find ways to incorporate it Smile A stencil brush would definitely offer a similar effect; or even something like a mister, applied quite closely to the cardstock. Good luck!

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Louise J van Vuren
Louise J van VurenUnited Kingdom
3/13/2014 8:49:55 PM #

Thank you for joining in with the colour challenge at CC&S this week, glad you liked the colours as much as me! This is stunning, I love how you've used Gorgeous Grunge to create a CAS masterpiece!

Louise xx

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Joanne James
Joanne James
3/14/2014 9:23:27 AM #

Thanks Louise for your kind words - this colour combination was just gorgeous!

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Anne
AnneUnited Kingdom
3/13/2014 9:04:48 PM #

This looks fabulous!  These grunge stamps are beginning to look like a must-have Smile
Thanks for taking part in the one layer challenge at LIM this week
Anne (Guest LIM commenter)

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Joanne James
Joanne James
3/14/2014 9:22:35 AM #

Thanks Anne - one layers are indeed a challenge, but I'm happy with this week's attempt!

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