Friday, April 5, 2019

STAMPlorations April Theme & Sketch Challenge!

Hello and welcome crafty friends!
It's a new month and so time for the next

I think you'll agree that Shery picked a spot on, trendy
theme this month:

There's many ways you can get a watercolor effect.
(I used powder inks on my projects, as you'll see below!)
But there is always the option of using just the sketch on your project:

Or, you can go all wild and choose to use both theme and sketch, as I've done:

 I started by placing one of the reindeer masks from the
ARTplorations Christmas Reindeer on mixed media paper,
sprinkling a couple colors of powder dyes on and around it, then
spritzing with water. Being careful, I removed the mask, flipped it over
and pressed it onto another panel. (I couldn't let all that
extra powder ink go to waste!) Setting those aside to dry,
I die cut all three CUTplorations Bloomdala Bliss - Festive dies,
glued a portion of them onto my card base then trimmed.
I used the off cuts for my other card.
Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from the Holiday Expressions - Yuletide Cheer
stamp set over the reindeer, plus another one on the inside to finish my cards.

Here's what the second card looks like:

...and how both cards are finished on the inside:

So now it's your turn! Come join the STAMPgirls this month by playing
along at the STAMPlorations Theme & Sketch Challenge! Who knows,
you may be one of the lucky winners! For more inspiration, do yourself a
favor and check out what my lovely teammates created to inspire you.

If your feeling the uncontrollable desire to go shopping at the
STAMPlorations store,  feel free to use my personal
discount code:


for 20% off your order!

Thanks for visiting. I hope you have a wonderful day!

Stamps: STAMPlorations - Holiday Expressions - Yuletide Cheer
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
CS: Strathmore mixed media paper; TE; Darice; Neenah
Accessories: ARTplorations - Christmas Reindeer stencil/mask; CUTplorations - Bloomdala Bliss-Festive dies; Magenta - Nuance powder dyes: Cerulean Blue , Raspberry; water mister; GC; MISTI
Adhesives: SA by 3L - tape runner, thin 3D foam squares; Ranger - multi medium matte


  1. Wonderful Christmas card TFS

  2. Love! Love! Love! them Chris. Gorgeous result here and the Bloomdala die adds so much to this great Christmas card.

  3. Wow! You've managed to do this technique without any seepage under the stencil, or when flipping over! I love the colours too, beautiful card Chris!

  4. Fabulous cards! I love the ethereal effect of the watercolor effect.


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