Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Celebrate Your Day

08/14/2017 Update: Winner of the Diamond Award at the Color Dare Challenge #255!

Using dye inks, I decided to watercolor this fabulous image. The stamp set has been a favorite of mine since it was first released and I have not grown tired of it. I followed a sketch and used numerous colors as required by a color challenge. I really tried to keep it CAS in spite of the many colors.
The image was heat embossed with clear EP on Bristol paper, then watercolored using dye ink and an Aquapen. The card base was die cut to achieve the curve along the bottom edge. The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base. The blue frame was die cut and adhered. The painted flower was die cut and adhered using foam tape. The inside of the card was stamped with a sentiment and decorated with a coordinating floral stamp.

Note: The Slate color was difficult to substitute because it's a gray-brown. I used a very soft Dove Gray by WPlus9 for the card base.

The card is being submitted to:

1. Color My Heart: Color Dare #255
(Black, White Daisy, Willow, Sapphire, Slate, Ruby with the option of Silver)

2. (CAS)E This Sketch #233

3. Watercooler Wednesday #131

4. Happy Little Stampers August Challenge

Techniques: Stamping, die cutting, heat embossing, watercoloring, CAS
Size: A2

Stamps: Altenew "Persian Motifs" & miscellaneous birthday stamps
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; CTMH Ruby; Stampin' Up! Cucumber Crush (sub for Willow)
Cardstock: WPlus9 Dove Gray (sub for slate), Bristol (white), Stampin' Up! Nearly Navy (Sapphire)
Dies: Cheery Lynn "Celtic Frame"; Lawn Fawn "Landscape"; Altenew "Persian Morifs"
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Dimensionals (foam tape) & EP (clear)


  1. What a gorgeous image and the colouring on it is so lovely - thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week

  2. Absolutely stunning Melanie! Your clean design is fabulous, love that flower and the die cut rectangle behind it. Perfect!

  3. Lovely card, Melanie! Pretty stamp and die cut. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at the Color Dare challenge blog.
    :) Marie

  4. Beautiful card and combination of the watercolored flowers against the pretty sapphire die cut is striking. Thanks for joining us at Color Dare this week...hope you come back tomorrow for the next color challenge. The slate color is a little deceiving in the photo but your grey choice is good.

  5. Beautiful card! I love your flower on the sapphire die. Thank you for joining us this past week on Color My Heart.

  6. Lovely card, Melanie! Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing with us at the Watercooler Wednesday "Birthday" challenge this week Melanie. I love the embossed watercolour flower. Nicely done and the CAS look of the card is terrific.

  8. Ive just been using this flower for a different challenge. I have to say this is my most favourite flower stamp from Altenew, just love how you have used it and your card is wonderful.

  9. What a lovely CAS card! So elegant! Nicely done! Thanks so much for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday!

  10. very beautiful card
    Thanks for joining us at HLS
    Barb Housner (DT)