Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Pinterest Challenge

Happy Hump Day!! I hope you are all enjoying this Wednesday. Two more days until the weekend!!

Remember yesterday when I said that I went to book club on Monday night? We sat outside the whole time and apparently I was dinner for a lot of bugs. I did not realize it at the time but late last night, the itching began. This morning was even worse and huge welts appeared  up and down my legs. I made the mistake of taking a Benadryl and it has KNOCKED ME OUT pretty much all day. Don't you hate that? If I had taken it last night, though, it would kept me up. I wound up buying anti-itch medicine early this morning at CVS to use when the Benadryl wears off.

Today I am sharing my card that I created using my Zig Clean Markers. I was inspired by the new "Pinterest Inspired Challenge" blog. It was to use the pin below to create a project.

This is a new blog and I urge you to check it out. The design team made some stunning cards. Here is the card that I created:

I primarily chose the colors for my inspiration. I also attempted using this technique from the Simon Says Stamp Blog. Instead of using a Penny Black die, I used a My Favorite Things butterfly die to cut my "stencil."

I then used my Zig Clean Markers to paint in the butterfly. I chose to use greens and blues from the Pinterest image for the butterfly. I then accented it with Spiced Marmalade Distress ink that I watered down and painted onto the background.

I have to say that I had a difficult time using these watercolor markers. I am just not a natural at it. I tried to use light washes of color but somehow, it came out really dark. I do love how the watered down Distress Ink background came out, though.

After the image was dry, I die cut it using my brand new "Cross-Stitch Rectangle" dies from My Favorite Things. I adhered it on an angle to a Paper Trey Ink "Tropical Teal" A2 top folding card.

Next I cut a strip of black card stock, stamped and heat embossed a sentiment. I then adhered it to the front of the card using foam adhesive. My last step was to use a few sequins randomly around the card.

What I learned making this card:
  • I need to be more patient when I use the Zig markers. Patience is NOT my strong suit!
  • I also think that I would to better actually  "coloring in" an image then free handing it like I did with this stencil. 
  • Detail is hard with watercolors unless you use the right brushes. I have them but was trying to use my water brush rather then get out a million different sizes of paint brushes.
  • I tried two different kinds of paper to use with these markers. First was Bristol Board. No, it is not a watercolor paper so it did pill. However, I like the way the color layered on this better then the watercolor paper. 
  • I used Ranger watercolor paper on this card but I am not a huge fan of it. I think it has too much tooth to it. I TRIED to buy true white watercolor paper (more expensive then the TWO kinds I already own!) but need to go to an art supply store I think. The ones I have are just too off.
I thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog. Have a great night!!



~amy~ said...

Nora, hope that you're feeling better. Bugs always get me too.
Your card is gorgeous...I absolutely LOVE the contrast in color.

Betty Keefe said...

thank you for your lovely comment on my card, Nora. love how you did yours and the background for the butterfly "dripping" is wonderful - btw - catherine pooler did a really nice video comparing papers that work best with the zig clean color brushes. it was only a few weeks ago so you should be able to find it. and debby hughes did a good video last sunday on coloring with the zigs - it's linked in my blog.

Susanne Vargas said...

This is such a stunning card! Love those gorgeous colors!

Taunya Butler said...

First of all - THIS IS STUNNING AND GORGEOUS AND SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Love it and I think you are an artist and I so appreciated you sharing your insights with us!! I have found that I like a lighter weight watercolor paper instead of the Ranger one!! So beautiful, this card, and so well done - not just the coloring and outlining but the card deign itself is just so awesome and showcases your amazing image!!! Love it and I am so sorry you were dinner for the bugs!! Hope that the itching clears up fast!! Cannot wait to see what else you make!! I was going to play along with this new challenge too!! Take care!!!

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So pretty - love those vibrant colors!

Hannelie said...

A fabulous use of the inspiration photo!

I Card Everyone said...

I Hate Bugs! They go right for my vein-y ankles, Nora! I LOve your card, though - you are a brave girl free-handing this beauty! I haven't even tried TH watercolor paper, but am in the market for a whiter one ... let me know if you find one you love!
=] Michele

Kim Heggins said...

Nora...oh my, so sorry to hear that the bugs think you are quite tasty. Your card is simply amazing, what a gift for color and design you have. So beautiful and I hope you are feeling much better now.

Miriam Prantner said...

This is just gorgeous! Bold and beautiful and a little edgy, love it!

Happy Dance said...

I'm really liking how this turned out, Nora. Your watercoloring is beautiful. I pretty much suck at it, and am in awe of your talent here. Love your take on the inspiration photo; it's amazing how we all have 'seen' different things in it and create accordingly. This butterfly, and the background are amazing. This is one gorgeous card. Have a great weekend. Bev

Kara said...

Ooooo. Beautiful!!

Kelly Latevola said...

Gorgeous! I love the bold colors. I bought my Canson watercolor paper for 50 sheets for $9.99 at Michaels. Love it :)

Leigh Penner said...


Barb Ghig said...

Really stunning card, Nora! I love your butterfly and your color palette is spot on with the Pinterest image! Loving your new cross-stitch rectangles, too! I am also having a difficult time with the watercolor markers, but it looks like you've been very successful :) Really gorgeous work!

Karen D. said...

how the richness of the colours!