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Challenge #281 – A Recipe for Watercolour Brightness

The recipe at As You See It is to use the elements shown in the photo above. My first attempt (done yesterday) is below. I was just about ready to post it when I realized that I had forgotten the watercolour element in the recipe so this morning I started again.

For this one I began with a scrap of Mixed Media CS and some distress crayons. I scribbled the crayon colours across the paper and smoothed with my finger to blend out. It wasn’t quite what I was looking for so I spritzed it with water and blended it once more using my finger. This looked better to my eyes. This gave me the watercoloured element of the recipe. After drying it I used a Penny Black stamp and stamped the rose over the colours. I did go over the leaves with a water brush and some additional colour as I wanted them more green. I die cut the layer with an unbranded stitched rectangle set and I also used the same set for the sentiment. I found a scrap of PP in my stash which is from StampinUp and added this to the card front after which I added the floral layer. There is a touch of sparkle on the roses that isn’t evident in the photo. As you can see prior to adding the floral layer I added gold twine at the bottom of the piece and the sentiment underneath it. The gem was added to hold the twine in place as it kept moving. The butterfly was coloured and fussy cut and the additional rose was added last minute as the space there looked unbalanced and the butterfly needed grounding. I believe that this time around I managed the recipe. Below is my first attempt that missed on ingredient.

My PP frame is from GKD (old) and I die cut it with a Paper Roses frame die. Popped it up on the bright pink CS. I also used DSP from StampinUP for the flowers which are a die from Memory box. I thought the striped paper would make the brights really bright. The leaf is also from Memory box. The sentiment was fussy cut and is from a new set by Hampton Art. I got these in one of those mystery box purchases. Kind of fun to receive as you have no idea what is inside. Mine included a couple of metal stencils and a lot of stickers as well as the stamp sets. Not a bad deal although I don’t use a lot of stickers.

Forgot one element of the recipe

Thanks for spending time with me today. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks Lisa – I wasn’t sure at first but as is often the case I like it better the day after I post. As you See It seem to have less participants at the moment and I wanted to support the site.


  1. Lovely, Johanna – I’m a huge fan of the purple wash, lol. Such a pretty combo, love the gems and that butterfly! Thanks so much for playing at As You See It!

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  2. I like both cards, too, Johanna. The added butterfly to your watercolor flower is lovely. I like the added patterned paper piece. This was quite a menu to follow. I looked at it but didn’t accept the challenge.

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  3. Lovely background Johanna! Both cards are very pretty! I’m partial to the purples, but the striped flowers are awesome too! You did a good job of including all the elements in the first card! Thanks for cooking up our recipe at As You See It Challenges.

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    1. Thanks a lot. I had fun playing although I was a bit frustrated when I realized I had missed an ingredient in my first try.


  4. Thanks Lisa. It was fun to play along and I used the distress crayons because I keep forgetting them and they work well for a colour wash like the one I did here.


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