Thursday, 23 March 2017

Distress watercolour lifting and playing with colour

Hi Everyone,

Mirella here. I hope you are all well, and are enjoying our Mudra birthday celebrations! There is quite a lot happening, isn't it exciting? Additionally, I am totally loving the new release - what about you? 

I have 4 cards for you today, hope you enjoy these!

Card 1: Watercolours & a butterfly

1. I created the background panel on watercolour paper with Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers). I put 3 layers of ink on the cardstock, letting the panel air-dry between each layers. 
2. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment on the panel.
3. For some additional interest, I decided to die cut a frame in the panel, and I turned it 180 degrees before adhering all 3 pieces to a white card base.
4. I had a left over butterfly stamped on vellum from the projects I was working on previously, and I decided to add it in the bottom corner of the card - I think it fits there, doesn't it? 

Card 2: Distress watercolour lifting 

1. Watercolour lifting is a technique I learned from Jennifer McGuire - I encourage you to check her videos for more inspiration! Tip: this technique works fantastically well with Distress Inks, but other watercolours might give you similar effects, too - just give whatever you have at home a go! 
2. I created the background panel on watercolour paper with Distress Inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey). I put 3 layers of ink on the cardstock, letting the panel air-dry between each layers.
3. I stamped the hearts with Versamark ink & heat embossed them with a clear embossing powder. 
4. I then "lifted" the colour from the panel by going over it with a brush loaded with clean water and tapping the panel with a dry cloth/a sheet of kitchen towel - whatever colour is "trapped" under the embossing powder, remained vibrant. The remainder of the panel faded quite a bit. 
5. I stamped the sentiment and die cut the whole panel. 
6. Before mounting the panel on a card base, I added some silver twine for additional interest.
7. As a final touch, I adhered some clear sequins here and there - these are not Mudra sequins, as I don't have them yet (can't wait!), but I am sure the Mudra ones will look equally nice! :o)

Card 3: Another example of Distress watercolour lifting - using scraps 

1. I had a small left-over piece of watercolour paper, hence I decided to make use of it and make a smaller card - I think it's always good to use scraps! 
2. I pretty much repeated steps 2-4 from card number 2, using different Distress Ink colours (Candied Apple, Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade) and a different Mudra stampset.
3. I stamped the sentiment, mounted the watercolour panel on black cardstock, and then adhered it all to a red card base - the card ended up being roughly 5.25 inches tall and 2.5 inches wide.

Card 4: CAS (Clean and Simple)

1. I recently purchased the Gazebo pack of mini ink cubes from Lawn Fawn, and wanted to try out the colours - but instead of doing swatches, I decided to make a CAS card. :o)
2. I used 3 out of the 4 colours in the set for stamping - my MISTI helped me hugely with aligning the sentiment (but do note that you don't necessarily need a stamping tool to make a similar card!). Since the 4th colour of the ink pack is grey, I decided to mat my stamped panel with some grey patterned paper. 
3. I heat embossed "today" on a scrap of black cardstock, and adhered it to the card with foam tape.
4. As a final touch, I added some Ranger Enamel Accents here ant there. 

Which card is your favourite? 

Stamps used:


Don't forget to play along with our current challenge where the theme is Celebration

Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

Art and Craft Store - Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka 

Have a great day,


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Chicken, Leaves and Unicorn!

Hello my dear lovely friends! How are you all doing? This is Deepti here with three pretty and sweet cards made using the stamps from February release. 


I love making one of a kind funny cards. I don't know whether this chick is farting the beautiful colors or just spreading the colors by shaking it's feathers!! You decide! ;)

I simply water colored the background as shown above with Koi Water Colors. Then stamped the chicken from EGGstasy stamp set and water colored it as well. 

Stamped the sentiment from Geometric Nature in CP's Midnight Ink and adhered the little chick onto the card base with mini action wobble. Finally applied stardust stickles onto the water color area and adhered star confetti on the card front.


This card was pretty simple! I stamped the leaves from Geometric Nature stamp set in Versafine Sepia ink and messy water colored them with Koi water Colors.

Next stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set onto the card panel. Adhered the fussy cut leaves and added tiny droplets of black paint. I adhered the smaller panel onto the main card base along with gold glittery washi tape.


This is my favourite card for today! I love how this card turned out. I placed the Geo Angles Stencil at an angle on the card stock and ink blended a portion with Dusty Concord, Spun Sugar and sponge daubers. 

Then I stamped the images onto the card stock and water colored them with Faber-Castell Water Color Pencils. Stamped the sentiment and fussy cut and adhered everything together!


I've filmed a video for you from start to finish showing you on how I put this card together! I am so sorry about the bad lighting, the Sun kept playing hide and seek all the day!

In the video I have shared a simple water coloring technique with Faber-castell Water Colour pencils. Scribbling directly onto the paper while water coloring leaves harsh lines. The best solution is to pick up the color directly from the pencil with a paint brush. Here is a comparison picture for you! 

And that's the cards for today and I hope you liked them. Thank you so much for stopping by. Take care and I will see you soon!

And also don't forget to play along with our current challenge where the theme is Celebration

Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

Art and Craft Store - Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Beautiful different cards

Hi! Yulianna here!
Spring, flowers & beauty! - This is the motto of my new cards! I love simple solutions, simple cards and bright details.

First card:

Birthday wishes

  •  Stamped,Colored  and fussy cut flowers and leaves in a watercolor paper. Used "Hibiscus" stamp set, "Leafy" stamp set, "Botanical blooms" stamp set.
  •  Used  oval dies sets from MFT, cut oval frame & toned this  my Ranger tool, used Peacock feathers Distress ink.
  •  Stamped "Birthday wishes" settiment (used Floral fantasy stamps.

Second card

Sending hugs - Layered  stamping

  • Took white cardstock.
  • Then stamped beautiful flowers  and leaves  from Daisy blooms  set. I used Frosty pink, Grapevine from Altenew and Coral crush ink from MFT, Green colors - Forest glades, Evergreen from Altenew.
  • Stamped sentiment (Collaboration sentiments  from Playful Bunnies(Sending)  and  Doodled elements ( Hugs)
  • Cut the central window (used MFT die cut).
  • Glue all elements on a puffy double-sided scotch tape

Third card

Thank you card

Funny Bunny^-^)

  • I used "Play with linesstamp set and Altenew Warm sunshine, Mango smootie ink for creating the background
  • Cutting the central window (used MFT die cut).
  •  Create background by blending on some Distress Inks(Bundled sage, Peacock feathers),
  • Stamped Bunny and flowers (i used Playful Bunnies stamp set) , color this and fussy cut.
  • Glue Bunny, flowers, both sides of a double-sided tape
  • Stamped "Thank you" sentiment (Archival ink)

Glimpse of all cards

Stamps Used:


Here is Mudra's Challenge #7 for you. As we are celebrating Mudra’s Birthday, this Month theme is "Celebration". The project can be related to any celebration like Birthday, Anniversary or any other occasion.

Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

Art and Craft Store - Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka 
Paper Curves, UAE

Monday, 20 March 2017

Unicorn & Butterflies!!

Hi Crafty Friends!!

Sathya here from Paperie Expressions. How are you all...Hope you have been enjoying the series of Birthday Bash Events at our Blog.

Am here today with two simple cards using February releases.

Straight to the cards!

Card 1:

First up is the Butterfly card using this lovely butterfly stamp from Geometric nature

  • Took the butterfly stamp and stamped using London Fog memento ink all over the white cardstock leaving a central portion.
  • Then stamped butterfly centrally using versamark and Gold heat embossed it.
  • Masked it and sponged Mustard seed Distress ink around it.
  • Took off the mask to reveal the butterfly and started to color in an ombre fashion in each triangle using Chameleon pens.
  • Matted this panel to the vanilla cardbase, to which added a washitape for bit interest.
  • Sentiment is gold heat embossed on a black cs and added.
  • Few confetti stars were added for all those final touches.
Card :2

  • Stamped unicorn and rainbow from Stay Magical set onto white cardstock and colored using Chameleon pens.
  • Made a circular shaker element using the stamped elements, sponged cloud background and few confetti stars, mini sequins.
  • Mounted this shaker element onto a pp, which was matted onto a white cs.
  • Sentiment is gold heat embossed onto a black cs and added to the card panel.
Hope you like these simple cards.

Stamps Used:

There is still time to play along our Monthly Challenge #7 Celebration

Thanks for stopping by!

Stay Tuned for awesome creations by our DTs.

Happy Stamping!!

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Mudra stamps are now available at the following Retailers:

Art and Craft Store - Noida
The Craft Store, Srilanka