My First Stamping Enablers Challenge

As you may have spotted in the new “Badges” section in the right-hand navigation pane on my blog, I’m part of a new group on Facebook called Stamping Enablers. It’s a place where stamping and crafting friends can came together to share tips, ideas, techniques, etc. One of the admins is Kathleen (a.k.a. Kat) from Kat’s Scrappy, Bloggy Life. Not only does she have a great blog, but she has a great YouTube channel as well that’s chock full of paper crafting goodness.

One of the fun things we’ll be doing as a group from time to time is having card making challenges. To kind of get the ball rolling with the new group, the inaugural challenge was announced on Friday and is wrapping up tonight with a randomly selected winner. The theme for this challenge is Mother’s Day/Floral.

I’m also entering this card in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The theme this week for their challenge is Make Your Own Background, so this card fits perfectly with that as well!

Here’s my entry for both challenges.

Hello Floral | Mel's Card CornerI knew I wanted to go for a watercolor background on this card to keep things nice and soft. I used some Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock for the panel. I started by using my MISTI to stamp out images from the Peony Scrolls stamp set from Altenew using Versamark ink. I then added some Ranger white embossing powder which I set using my heat gun.

Distress InksNext came the fun part — painting! I used the assortment of Tim Holtz Distress Inks shown above and a medium Pentel Aquash water brush to complete all of the watercolor. I completed all of the flowers and leaves first, then filled in the background. Once it was dry, I adhered it to a card base made from Cotton Candy 100 pound card stock from Simon Says Stamp.

Altenew StampsThe photo above shows both of the stamp sets I used to create this card. For the sentiment, I decided to go with the Halftone Hello stamp set, also from Altenew. I stamped out the smallest of the three hello images using Pixie ink from the Whimsy Mini Pigment Pads Set from Close to My Heart.  (Note: these links are not affiliate links, but are for my BFF’s CTMH website because she is a consultant for them.)

Hello Floral Close-UpBefore it dried, I added some clear embossing powder which I set using my heat gun. Before the first layer of embossing was dry, I quickly added more of the embossing powder and set it a second time using my heart gun. This helped give some extra shine and really nice dimension to my hello sentiment. To give it even more dimension, I adhered it to my panel using some 3D Foam Squares from Scrapbook Adhesives.

This card was so much fun to make. I always love dabbling in the watercolor technique even though I’m not very good at it. It’s still fun, and that’s all that matters, right?!

Until next time …



  1. Caryn says:

    Don’t know if my last comment got published but I’ll leave another anyway, lol! Gorgeous card – the colours work so well together.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
    Caryn xxx

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