Make It Monday #189 (Impression Line Watercolouring), AAA Cards #28 (Thanks/Thanksgiving), SSS Wednesday 19/11 (Thanks/Thanksgiving)

I haven’t played along with PTI’s Make It Monday for ages … I’ve wanted and planned to … then suddenly the deadline’s passed.  Tonight, I’m squeezing in with this card …

MIM 189, AAA 28, SSSW 19-11Erin‘s video (here) explains the technique of impression line watercolouring … instead of using an impression plate (IP) to cut a shape/shapes out, it’s used to impress the image/images on the cardstock.  I’m the proud owner of just the one, very recently acquired, PTI IP, and tonight I used it for the first time.  I ran a piece of watercolour card and the IP through my Cuttlebug using the embossing plates, and used Distress Inks and a refilled Wink Of Stella brush to do the ombré colouring, using the impressed lines as my guide.  Once it was dry, I die cut a Studio Calico thanks out of the panel, cut another five out of spare cardstock, and stacked them together.  A piece of printer paper was adhered behind the negative space on the coloured panel, the stacked word was popped into place and I scattered a sequin or three over it.  The finished panel was popped up on foam dots on the card base.  Here’s a close up so you can see the shimmer (which is much more so IRL).

MIM 189, AAA 28, SSSW 19-11 Detail Those of you who know me will understand that I had a serious discussion with myself about whether to post this card … I like crisp lines and tidy edges … and this technique doesn’t fit too well at all with my neat freak tendencies!  The watercolouring’s not supposed to stay inside those lovely straight impressed lines … I know, I tried valiantly!  However, the card’s made, I used a new technique … and sometimes it’s A Good Thing to step outside that neat little box and be a smidge uncomfortable!

Here’s where I’m playing along …

Make It Monday – Impression Line Watercolouring

AAA Cards – Thanks/Thanksgiving

SSS Wednesday – Thanks/Thanksgiving

Thanks so much for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

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34 thoughts on “Make It Monday #189 (Impression Line Watercolouring), AAA Cards #28 (Thanks/Thanksgiving), SSS Wednesday 19/11 (Thanks/Thanksgiving)

  1. Geri G

    Oh… I admire your adventurous trip into coloring outside the lines! You’re a brave, brave woman! Awesome results – the somewhat smudged edges really do look cool & trendy! An awesome step outside of that comfort zone dear friend!

  2. djkardkreations

    Whoa, you didn’t just step outside your box, you JUMPED outside your box with this unbelievable creation, Anita! I’m so very proud of you and impressed with what a fantastic job you did with this technique! (I ran the other way!!) Good job, girlfriend!! Hugs, Darnell

  3. Barbara Roe

    It is a great card regardless that it made you feel uncomfortable. For me card challenges are like taking a class and I love learning even at my old age. There are times when I think my cards are unworthy but I submit them anyway. Often I think a card is great and I get few remarks but I keep plugging away. Personally I think your girl’s weekend was great for you and you stepped outside your “box” and all your cards since that eventful week are a little different but nevertheless beautiful Anita Creations. You inspire me Anita. Hugs, Barb

  4. loli

    Hola Anita, thank you for your kind comment, i´m glad to see you on my blog.
    OOooh anita this is a fantastic technique! i need to try, i like the bright and vibrant colours, great idea and beautiful card.
    A warm hug from Palma and have a nice week. I hope to see you soon.

  5. susannev2014

    Way to go, girl! Coloring outside the lines and getting all artsy even if it felt uncomfortable! It looks very cool!

  6. Brenda

    Wow Anita, this is amazing and very much different from what you usually do! I think it is colorful and I’m glad that you stepped outside of your comfort box for a minute or two. I rather like it because it is cheery looking to me. But I can understand you feeling a little uncomfortable for a while. lol Hugs, Brenda

  7. Bobby

    I didn’t enter this challenge because I didn’t think I had a die I could use. I have the one you used and a couple of others like it. I wish I had had enough creativity to use it like you did. It’s supposed to be a watercolor image so perfect lines are not what’s required. I know out of the box is difficult sometimes but I’m glad you took the leap, Anita. The result was worth it.

  8. kimheggins

    Anita…is there anything you can not do? This is one amazing card and so much work too. I am always so impressed at your card making abilities and this is another one that I keep staring at thinking, how did you come up with this wonderful design. I love it.

  9. Joyce M.

    Oh, I know what you mean about the messiness of water coloring. I struggle with that too. So glad you made and then posted this card. It’s absolutely gorgeous and an inspiration to those of us with the same OCD tendencies.

  10. Sandie

    I so understand how you feel about the watercolouring but after trying it a few times I started to love the ‘freeing’ of it…our neatness gets a holiday for a bit and we can feel like a rebel!! This still has a neat look to me and the happy is such so thin-I like this, must look up that die. Have a good week x

  11. Michele

    Comfort levels are meant to be pushed, right? No matter, Anita… you’ve pushed yours and the results are gorgeous. I am totally crushing on that die cut thanks!!

  12. maria f.

    You managed to squeak in under the wire… I didn’t even manage to see the video yet! Geez, where does the time go? This is so cool. Even with fuzzy lines. It’s watercolor dearie!!!! What a fabulous die cut too.

  13. Petra

    So glad you decided to post this card, Anita!!!! It’s stunning!!!! Your ‘untidy’ edges look great and the colours are just WOW!!!!! Love that delicate die, too!!! This is really beautiful, Anita!!! I’ll have to go and watch that video!!!!

    Have a great Tuesday!!!

  14. Jingle

    Love how you used that stencil! Great card! Thanks so much for joining us for the Thank You/Thanksgiving Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

  15. Shona Chambers

    Hope you enjoyed your little trip to ‘uncontrolled water-colour world’ because it certainly enjoyed having you. I think this looks fantastic, especially the colours. Great idea to use embossing to guide the painting and the inlaid die-cut looks fantastic. I don’t water colour much and its funny because the butterfly card I just posted is sitting beside me and I can’t stop looking at it and being frustrated because one side of the water colouring is darker than the other. I know its not supposed to be perfect but you know how hard it is to let go!!!!!

  16. Virginia Lu

    Striking colors, Anita! I love how you use the impression of the PTI die! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “Thanks/Thanksgiving” Challenge!

  17. Claire A

    Glad to hear you are as anally retentive as I am Anita! And I mean that in the nicest, possible way lol! I like that it’s not got perfect lines…just how watercoloring should be!

  18. BarbGhig

    You did a really amazing job with this technique, Anita! I love the pattern on your IP, and the gradation of colors that you chose for it! You were really brave to try this, and it worked out so well! Bravo!!!

  19. lollthompson

    Love the graphic design and bright combination of colours for this fantastic card Anita. Watercolouring is always outside the lines … and I’m with you, it took me a while to let go of my “everything lined up in a neat row” mentality 🙂 It’s very freeing to let go and let the water and ink take you where they want to go. Great job! Loll xx

  20. wienerhoneymooners

    Sorry for such a late visit, LOVE this gorgosu bright card, so CHEERY!!! Thanks for joining AAA Cards, hope you join in the new Blue Christmas Challenge too !! Sounds like fun!

    -Kimberly Wiener (Guest Designer)

  21. c

    Hello Anita! Catching up time! Your decision to do *A Good Thing* by stepping outside your comfort zone has resulted in an outstanding card! All the previous comments are testament to that, as is mine! Being ‘okay’ with letting the water ‘flow’ is so inspiring…perhaps an attitude I should adopt, should water-colouring ever enter my ‘try again’ radar! Gorgeous card, my friend!


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