WCC26 – Watercooler Challenge

Hello again my stamping friends!  I hope you’re enjoying a good start to the weekend 🙂  Thanks so much for taking the time to have a look at our Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop –  I hope  you’ve enjoyed it, and been inspired by all the amazing projects that were made by all the design team members.  We always have fun putting these hops together, and are thankful for Heidi Weaver, who is our fearless leader & keeps us all on track and scheduled!

Today I’m here with another card for the Watercooler Challenge; some of the same people are on that design team as are on the blog hops, hence the name similarity!

My good friend Jean came up with this challenge; it’s a colour challenge, based on this picture:

WCC26 Jean's colour challenge

I don’t know about you, but my first thought after seeing this challenge picture was “I want a piece of lemon meringue pie!”  LOL  (I still haven’t had one, by the way).

I’ve been wanting to try the technique of scribbling on our clear blocks with the Stampin’ Write Markers, then spraying with water using our Spritzer, then stamping, so I decided that this colour combination was a good one for trying it!

WCC26 watercolouringI used the largest clear block (Block F, #118483), and scribbled on it with Daffodil Delight at the top, Marina Mist in the middle, and Crumb Cake at the bottom.  I then lightly sprayed it with water using one of our Stampin’ Spritzers, then stamped down onto a piece of Watercolour Paper.

I gotta say; I wasn’t that impressed with how it looked; the colours were really light – too light for what I wanted.  So I repeated the process with the Markers & Spritzer, and stamped again.  Hmmm….what was I doing wrong?  Or was it just the colours?  The Marina Mist looked okay, as did the Crumb Cake – perhaps my Daffodil Delight marker is running out of ink.  So, I grabbed my Aqua Painter and Daffodil Delight ink refill, and with a lot of water, added some more colour into the top of the cardstock.  After that, I decided I’d better leave well enough alone; what do you think?  Do the colours look okay now?  Perhaps I should’ve wetted down the Watercolour cardstock before stamping…I guess I’ll be playing around some more!

Anyway – if my idea is coming across correctly, you’ll have guessed that I was trying to create a ‘water’ scene, so I used the Wetlands stamp set and stamped the grasses in the front using Crumb Cake ink.  I then stamped the wonderful dragonfly from the Amazingly Artistic stamp set; I used the Stampin’ Write markers to colour the body in Crumb Cake ink, and the wings in Marina Mist ink.  I like how the Marina Mist on top of the Daffodil Delight gave a bit of a greenish tinge to the wings.  Happy accident! 🙂

I layered the stamped image onto panels of Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight cardstock, then wrapped some retired hemp twine around one corner and under the panels.  Before attaching all the layers to the Crumb Cake cardstock card base, I stamped it with the splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set – that is such an amazing, versatile set for all kinds of uses!  I left off any sentiment, as I wanted the image to be the focal point.

I hope you’ll head over to the Watercooler Challenge page & check out the great projects the design team put together for inspiration.  Remember you can join in the challenge too!

If you haven’t already checked out our blog hop, just scroll down, and hop on through.  You’ll be happy that you did!

Then remember to come back tomorrow, for another blog hop with the Creation Station design team; more new product showcasing!

Until tomorrow – happy stamping!

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  1. Susan Horr says:

    I love this card, Deborah. Very Nice!

  2. buffycooper says:

    Very pretty, Deborah! I love the watercoloured background. (See what I did there? I’m becoming Canadian.)

    • Deborah Smart says:

      You can come join us this side of the border any time, Buffy! I’ll dub you an honourary Canadian myself 🙂 (and yes, my computer just sputtered at the ‘u’ I used in honourary!)

  3. Awesome job with this scribbling technique Deb, your card is really soft and has that seaside on a bright sunny day feel. Absolutely love the dragonfly.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thanks for your nice comment, Penny! I really did have more trouble than I expected with this technique (maybe you can give me some pointers!)

  4. Marsha Reed says:

    Lovely card, Deb!

  5. Heidi Weaver says:

    Great card, Deb. The scribble technique, despite the fact that the yellow gave you trouble, worked out beautifully. It gives an effect of a hot day at the lake with the colours sort of “rising” into each other from the waves of heat. The dragonfly and reeds are a nice touch. Thanks so much for joining us for the Watercooler Challenge.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’ve been playing with this technique, Heidi, and I’m finding that some colours just ‘blend’ better with the water. Is it me? Probably! LOL I do enjoy it, so I’ll keep playing 🙂 Thanks for your comment

  6. Jackie says:

    Deb, Lovely card. I like the layers of color and of course the dragonfly with the wetlands set.

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Thank you, Jackie! It was a great challenge – so naturally I went to 2 great stamp sets 🙂

  7. jlfstudio says:

    Happy accidents are a fun thing aren’t they? And yes…it helps if you wet down the paper first…that said…that Daffodil Delight does like to create problems sometimes…probably why I tend to think of it as Dandelion Delight at times. Fun to look at but problems waiting to reach out and give you a headache. You overcame the problem wonderfully and created this really wonderful card. Thanks for enabling me right into that Amazingly Artistic stamp set by the way. Another one I tend to rename as Awesomely Artistic. Thanks too for the tip to pair it with Wetlands. Super idea. Nice too to know that the coloring on the block technique works with the larger sized blocks as well. I’ve often wondered but hadn’t tried it yet.
    Hugs and blessings and thanks for entering the challenge yet again!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      I’m so glad that you ‘get’ my problems, Jean! 😉 I’m playing with the technique some more; maybe eventually I’ll get it figured out (or not!) Thanks so much for visiting & leaving a comment!

  8. Bev says:

    The magic of watercoloring is it never looks the same as in your head. I love how you added the extra daffodil. Thanks for sharing the process. Wonderful!

    • Deborah Smart says:

      Sometimes it seems magic, Bev; other times – not so much! LOL This was one of the good times, though 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a comment – I really appreciate it

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