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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

you bring me GREAT joy

Hi, everyone! Isn't a wonderful thing when your creative mojo returns?!

I'm back today with a one layer card -- inspired by the current for the Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge over at SAS4Kids. My card was also inspired by the SOS Create a One Layer Project Challenge.  :)

Strathnore watercolor paper
Paper Smooches Comforting Hugs images and Group Hugs sentiment
sentiment heat embossed with Distress Ink black soot with clear powder
paper inked with DI picked raspberry and peacock feathers
hearts and image stamped in StazOn jet black
image colored with Primacolor pencils
Creative Memories circle cutting system
masking done with Maco Multi-Purpose Labels (MS-6496)
There was a lot of masking involved in the making of this card.
  • The image was stamped on the watercolor paper and then stamped on my Maco label.
  • A Maco label with a cut-out circle was placed over the card base. Then a wash of DI peacock feathers was applied using a Ranger water brush.
  • The cut-out circle mask was replaced and the outside mask was removed.
  • Next, the PS sentiment was heat embossed in DI black soot with clear powder. However, the  result was a little grayer, and not quite as crisp, as I had hoped. So, I used this result to inform subsequent coloring and stamping decisions.
  • While the circle mask was still adhered, DI picked raspberry was applied using a Ranger blending tool.
  • Once I was happy with the raspberry pink inking, I removed the circle and image masks, touched up the peacock feathers wash, and colored the sweet PS image with Prismacolor pencils.
  • An assortment of a MACO label, a sticky note, and a scrap sheet of paper was used to mask and ink the grayish black border in DI black soot.
  • Finally, PS hearts were stamped in StazOn jet black. (By this point, I'd decided my black soot was more like chimney ash. But, actually, the muted black worked really well with the card's other colors.) So, I used gray, white, and black Prismacolors to mute and blend the hearts.
Looks like there's also an Anything Goes Challenge going on over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog. Think I'll link this little monkey up there, too.  :)

Finally, think I will link up this little guy up to the Paper Smooches March Guest Designer Search.

Parting Thoughts

There's a week left to play the current Words 2 Craft By Challenge. W2CB's My Heart Devotion Challenge is accepting entries until March 2. There are gift certificates -- and a Guest Designer spot -- up for grabs. Hope you'll stop by and play along.  :)

 Thanks for stopping and happy scrappin'!


  1. How cute is this, and some child will certainly be lucky (and happy) to get this.

  2. You do one layer so well, and what a fun card for the children who enjoy these cards! Well done!

  3. Very cute! The banana moon is clever!

  4. Awwwww how cute is that wee monkey??? Thanks for joining the crew at SHOPPING OUR STASH for our "One is a Lonely Number" challenge this week!

  5. Adorable card! Such a sweet image!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!