Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Alphabet Challenge

   Welcome! I'm so glad you stopped by, After working away from the home for 6 of the last 7 week days, then on Sat. picking, snapping, and canning 21 quart of green beans. I was ready to do some stamping!!  Does my house need attention.....Well...... can I plead the 5th?!!  :0)
   Some of you may know that I am on the Design Team for Creative Card Crew.  Mari is the owner and I was checking out her blog today and ran across a couple challenge sites that caught my eye.  I'm entering a card in the Alphabet Challenge blog.  The letter and challenge this fortnight is K  for Kind Thoughts.  Every two weeks this changes (previous was J for jewels).
   I have been wanting to do something with this new Hostess Stamp set from Stampin'Up (I'm a demonstrator if you need anything I could help you with that :0). The sentiment is from another new set.
       Do you have a friend or relative that you enjoy being with but live far apart and don't see each other very often?  I do, a sister.  The sentiment on this card outside and inside says it all!!  (Wonder if Beth will be seeing this before she gets the card in the snail mail.)
   I took some pictures of the step by step when making this card so if you look below you'll see that. (Be sure to leave a comment if you want to see more tutorials)

                     K for Kind thoughts     (be sure to look at the inside of the card for the finished thought)

Picture and written tutorial:
I stamped with versa mark and embossed with Stampin' up detail black.  Colored inside the embossing with bleach that I put in a watercolor brush that was bought only for bleach. I used Soft sky card stock from Stampin' Up  it turned the card stock a pinkish color.  Different colors of card stock will bleach out to different tones so be sure to try a scrap before starting this technique.  When COMPLETELY dry!! color with medium of your choice.  On the previous posting I did this same technique on crumb Cake (Stampin' Up)  It was a yellow  tone.
I used stampin' up markers and a watercolor brush,  colored on a cool whip lid then picked up the color with the brush and applied, kept adding colors to get the look I wanted. Because this was embossed I didn't have to worry to much about the color getting out of the lines. (The previous posting was not embossed, it was a digi image  printed on the computer.)
when I finished coloring I had to let it dry.
Added a mask that I made using a full adhesive sticky note.  Then sponged white pigment ink to look like clouds.  Wish I would have taken another picture here.  I used a common item that we all have in our homes to make the clouds..... a paper towel!!!  ok I went and dug it out of the trash (picture below)- it is so simple to do. Just rip, lay on card stock and then sponge.  I sponged all the white then went back in and added just a touch of  smokey slate gray to the base of the clouds. Wanted just a touch of gray color so I colored on the lid first and picked up with sponge, sponged off to be sure it wasn't to dark. I felt this just added some depth.

water colored butterflies, cut and adhered to card.  (I colored 2 thinking I might need  then didn't oh well I have on for another project.)

Finish the card.  Added a pink ribbon (to cover a smudge) and some signo white to the stamens of the flowers,  put focal image on a piece of black then popped all up on card base of Soft Sky.  Well that's it wasn't hard maybe just a tad time consuming- I guess I could have used the heat tool to dry things quicker but I was doing laundry while I stamped. (maybe I didn't have to plead the 5th???  tee hee)

If this tutorial was helpful PLEASE leave me a comment - anyone doing this knows that it is time consuming and I really would like to use my time well.  So if you gained from this and would like to see more, let me know.
 I Love sharing my Visions!!!  Today I'm off to the corn patch (should already be there but wanted to finish this).   Have a great day!


  1. What a lovely design, Vicki - I'm sure your sister will love it. A great tutorial too. Thanx for sharing with us at the Alphabet Challenge.
    Hugz, Jan (DT) xx

  2. Gorgeous card Vicki! I love that image and your beautiful watercoloing, fab tutorial too! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog!
    Tammy x