Friday, July 1, 2016

Using Markers for CAS Mix Up July Challenge

Time for a new challenge at


This month's challenge is....
Using Stamping, Inking with Markers, Dry Embossing, Die Cuts and Watercolor

One of my favorite techniques is to ink a stamp with markers.

I love that I can get different colors on one stamp and it has the watercolor look.

This time I lightly spritzed the stamp with water after using my Stampn' Up! markers
and stamped on Mixed Media paper.

I used an Aqua Painter to add bits of color and smooth where needed.

When the stamped image was dry, I wet the background and added bits of ink
for a washed background.

The background is embossed on some watercolor paper and the frame was die cut
with a MFT Stitched Frame Die from a piece of "wood" cardstock 
that I've beenhoarding for a few years now.
The design is popped up on foam for added dimension.

Our CAS Mix Up Design Team has some
astounding inspiration pieces to show you.

And our Guest Designer this month is Colleen (One Smile Lifts a Spirit).
Her card here was our Pick for the May Challenge.

I hope you'll check us out at 
I know we'll have another fantastic gallery of 
Clean and Simple Mixed Media cards.

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Sweetest Sound, Special Wishes (both PB)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper:  Mixed Media (Strathmore), Watercolor (Strathmore 140 lb. cold press), Wood (?)
Other:  Woodland EF (SU), Aqua Painter, Stitched Rectangle Frames Die-Namics (MFT)



26 comments:

MaryH said...

Yowsa! What could be prettier than bluebirds - and this fantastic woodland EF. Watercoloring is simply amazing. Love the way you've elevated this pretty picture frame effect too. TFS & Hugs

Loll said...

Your watercolouring is so soft and delicate Bonnie. Perfect for that gorgeous image. I bought this stamp because of YOU!! But haven't been able to get as nice an image ... I'll keep trying. :) LOVE the tree embossed background and your wood frame. Great combination, my friend. xx

Barb Ghig said...

Oh Bonnie, this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the effect of your stamping with markers on the birds, branch and leaves, and your embossed card base is just perfect! Loving your wood frame, too! You can definitely count me again for this month's challenge :)

Marcia HIll said...

Beautiful card Bonnie! I love using my SU! markers directly on stamps too...such lovely results! I have this stamp too, but I'm afraid mine has never come out quite this good looking though...I'll have to keep practicing! But anyway, lovely, lovely card!! :0)

Linda said...

Beautiful water colored card, Bonnie. So lovely. Haven't used that technique for quite a while.

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Oh, this is so pretty Bonnie! That embossed background is perfect for those two sweet little birds, as is the frame! Sorry I haven’t been around the blogs much since my return, but,on top of all the usual things to catch up on, and apart from the fact that my 90 year old mother's kitchen ceiling had come down and needed to get sorted out, we are on VERY limited broadband and no land-line, as, the water-board company cut through the telephone cable, when they had to repair a water pipe!! They now inform me it could be up to 7-10 days until we are back to 'normal'. Will definitely try to find time to enter again this month! Have a wonderful weekend! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

Colleen said...

Bonnie, this is a beautiful card, I love how you made it a watercolor card by adding the water to your stamped image! Thank you for the shout out and for asking me to be a July designer for you and Loll... it truly is an honor to even be on the same page with you two ladies who have so much talent and I learn so much from you both! Thank you for starting this fun challenge!! Have a great summer!!

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous marker watercolored birds image Bonnie. Love your watercolored wash background and LOVE your special woodgrain designer paper framining your beauty. You even got in a dry embossed layer. TFS and always inspiring all of us my friend. Hugs, nancy

Doris said...

Another beautiful card! This would make a wonderful anniversary card.

Daffodil Cards said...

Love your watercolour birds and branch, beautiful work. Perfect EF for the background too.
Faith
x

Sandy said...

Gorgeous Bonnie! This design could stand alone on a card or in a frame. Beautifully done!
sandy xx

Brenda said...

Wow Bonnie! Your bluebirds are beautiful sitting on that branch! I love how well you got the watercolored look with the markers, it just looks like a watercoloring painting you would see on canvas. Love it! And love the beautiful wood piece and the embossed trees. Just stunning Bonnie! Hugs, Brenda

Princess Judy Palmer said...

A friend once asked why keep water based markers now that she was a copic addict? The answer was to do this technique with! This is an awesome example of water coloring with markers. Love it! Now I wish mine weren't all dried up.

Jo Manna said...

Beautiful watercolour painting, great colours and well framed (smart). The dry embossing is so appropriate, perfect finish! xx

Susanne Vargas said...

That's my favorite technique with markers - I immediately thought of it when I read about the July challenge! Your birds came out beautifully! Like a real painting, especially in that frame!
Hope to be able to play along! It definitely helps to have a full month...

Donna said...

Love this soft watercolour effect you have going on, Bonnie. Beautiful against that crisp white backdrop.

Susan said...

Love your sweet bluebirds! Great watercolour look and perfect against the tree embossing folder!

scrappymo! said...

I love the look of this pretty card.
Great image and great technique!

Anke said...

Wonderful card, Bonnie. I love this stamp and your card. Great effect !

Karen D said...

I adore the delicate water colouring. It reminds me of Japanese art. Perfect!

Pat said...

This is one of those stamps that is definitely on my wish list and I can see it is a favourite of yours too Bonnie. I love the colours and the loose washy look you have given it and the embossed trees in the background go perfectly. x

Julia Aston said...

A beautiful stamping Bonnie - I used the same technique on my card with another PB stamp! lovely colors and pretty framing with the embossed panel behind! Julia xx

Sue said...

This is so beautiful and delicate, Bonnie! I love the embossed background and frame and I think it has an oriental "feel". Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment x

Greta said...

I love that technique, too & your result is wonderful! The wood paper is really neat--great card, Bonnie!

Fongyi Goh said...

I love that technique too but I wasn't as successful this time, as yours! Your water colouring is gorgeous.

Barb Ghig said...

Such beautiful results with this technique, Bonnie...your birds are gorgeous! I also love your wood frame and your embossed background is sheer perfection! Stunning card!