Monday, 12 January 2015

Some watercolour practice and a disaster!

Before Christmas I was lucky enough to get my grubby mitts on the 'Bloom With Hope' set (thanks Sylvia!). I made a card using one of the stamps but hadn't used any of the others, so yesterday with a couple of hours to spare I decided to make a one layer card and make the bright shiny stamps a bit inky!
The only thing with one layer cards is that if you make a mistake when stamping you're (to put it politely) knackered! And invariably the 'one layer' ends up becoming two.
Sadly I couldn't even do that with this one as I would have had to chop off too much - I stamped the bottom left of the card perfectly well, masking flowers as I went along.

Felt just a teeny smug as apart from one little smudge all appeared just fine. Turned my attention to the sentiment and placement - decided, stamped and again - just fine.

I left it alone for a while to give the ink chance to dry and then sat and spent a relaxing time using some new watercolours. Was happy!

The I decided (foolishly) that the top right looked a little bare - so I stamped again using just the smallest flower- fine. Masked over the stamp to add the tiniest bit of leaf and the damn mask slipped - hence what can only be described as the jumbly ink mass in the top tight trying to be disguised with watercolour. I was SO mad!

OH said it looks fine so have bitten the bullet and shared it. (Not before adding a couple of sequins and two of the tiniest gems!)
 Challenges -
Less Is More -  1 layer/New beginnings
Quirky Crafts - CAS
Virginia's View - Clean Slate
Simon Says Stamp - New
Happy Little Stampers - watercolouring (CAS)

We're still being battered by very strong winds here - the moor top certainly can whip up the worst winds I have ever experienced! But there's something about being all warm and cosy when the wind hail/sleet is battering against the windows isn't there! Thanks for calling by - stay warm and safe wherever you are. x


  1. This is really pretty Viv! Love that textured cardstock! Great stamping technique too! Hazel x

  2. Lovely card so well made !! Happy New Year too !

  3. This is beautiful and your coloring is fantastic! You covered your masking glitch admirably :)

  4. This is stunning Viv, the images are so beautiful. It all looks perfect to me!
    Sue xx

  5. Beautiful card with such gorgeous flower images Viv. I am sure I wouldn't have noticed your boo boo if you hadn't pointed it out! Susan x

  6. You are far too hard on yourself, the overall effect is so beautiful. I have done things like that myself, thinking I will just add a little bit, and ruining the whole thing, but yours has worked very well :o)
    Jackie xx

  7. Honestly Viv the mistake is not noticable at all. Your card is really pretty.
    Lynne xxx

  8. Beautiful images, beautiful colouring and sentiment and beautiful all round one layer card Viv.
    Thanks so much for pleasing along this week
    Less is more

  9. Totally delightful work Viv and a sentiment that is one of my favs.

    B x

  10. Now mrs, keep your knickers on, that flowers at the top are fine, you hear me, they're fine! Lol! Gorgeous card Viv, great stamping on the textured card. Xx

  11. I am in agreement with your OH . . . looks fine to me too. Stop being so harsh on yourself woman! It's a lovely card.

    Hugs, Darn Sarn xxx

  12. Very pretty Viv and I would never have noticed a problem if you hadn't said, in fact I still can't!!!
    Val x

  13. so gorgeous viv.your watercoloured flowers are beautiful and i love the added gems and sequins ;D

    xx coops xx

  14. This is a beautiful card Viv, super watercolouring and a case of if you hadn't mentioned the top corner then I wouldn't have noticed! ............but I feel your pain when you feel you have messed up. We are our worse critics. Is it a top fold card?.I was thinking if not you could have cut off the corner and made it fancy. I love it anyway Viv

  15. Viv,this is soooo Beautiful well done you,I have looked but I can't see anything wrong.We too have been battered but all ok so far.Take care,happy crafting.xx

  16. Very pretty Viv, a really lovely card
    hugs Jacee
    Simply Paper Card Design

  17. Lovely watercolouring Viv ... and such beautiful soft shades. I wouldn't have noticed your slip if you didn't point it out. Seriously, it looks wonderful and you are too hard on yourself. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers! Loll xx

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  19. Beautiful one layer card Viv. I think we are always critical with our own work, don't be this looks FAB.
    Yvonne x

  20. Hi Viv, you should not have told us, it looks fine, its a stunning card, I love the water colour flowers and the sentiment
    Kevin xx

  21. such a pretty card :) and I am living by that sentiment haha :) Thank you for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp!

  22. It's a beautiful one layered design that looks perfectly CAS!

  23. So beautiful! LOVE your watercolouring - just perfect. Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

  24. Love the colour combo's, stunning creation and what a beautiful image used.loved your version of CAS that you left on my did pretty good with this one though..x
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  25. Great job with the stamp set Viv - love your colouring skills. It all looks good to me!
    Sylvia xx

  26. This is SO pretty and a perfect subject for our challenge!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  27. Hi Viv
    I think it needed something top right to balance it - and it looks really springlike and fab!
    Thank you for taking part at Less is More this week


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