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Weekend Blues-Backgrounds

Happy weekend! This weekend I’m going to continue to prep the downstairs bathroom to be painted. I swear, I think someone kept a dog locked up in it. The trim is chewed up and pulling from the wall. I also have a bunch of holes to fill up.

Never fear, I have crafty plans too. I am going to break out the new Hero Arts kit, and I also have the items I purchased from the new Concord and 9th release. Oh, I forgot the best item, the new Altenew watercolors! I’m planning a card for the August Inspiration challenge using them!

Hopefully the new items will help me break this crafty slump I’ve been in. As I mentioned on Wednesday, I spent this past weekend making random backgrounds, with no clear plans for them. I did use one for the Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday challenge that I previously shared. I also managed to turn a couple into quick cards.

Let’s start with the Hero Arts inspired cards:

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I had been meaning to use this die from the My Monthly Hero July kit since I first got it. I haven’t made anything with this kit yet, as I’m really stumped coming up with an original design…  This weekend was no different. I ended up getting out the March 2018 kit, with all those great sentiments.

I ran the large die through my Gemini with an Alcohol ink panel, and again with a white pane. Once I inlaid the positive pieces to the opposite negatives, I ran both panels through the Gemini again, to get the pieces to stick. I forgot to use a protective piece of printer paper, so there are some marks embossed from the cutting plates.

For the first card, I heat embossed the sentiments with white powder, added some Pretty Pink Posh Sea Glass gems, and adhered the panel to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam.

Here is the other panel:

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For this card, I stamped the sentiment with Altenew’s Aqualicious ink, then with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Wow Hologram Sparkle powder. I added my favorite Concord and 9th tiny hearts cut from Simon Say Stamp’s Aqua glitter cardstock. This card was also added to a Neenah Classic Crest Solar White card base with fun foam.

Next up, I played around with Nuvo Glitter Paste.

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I mixed Pink Opal and Moonstone Nuvo glitter paste, to get a lighter pink color. Then I smeared the paste across watercolor cardstock. I created this panel, and also completely covered a second panel. This panel was my favorite!

I decided a large sentiment was in order, and die cut MFT’s Celebrate three times and layered them together with liquid adhesive. Then I attached them to the pasted panel with more liquid adhesive.

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The lighting isn’t great, but you can see the texture from the paste. I added the panel to a MFT Tickled Pink card base.  This is the last card, the rest are random, unused backgrounds.

Here is the panel a completely covered with my homemade color.

As you can see, I haven’t used the other panel yet, but I was thinking about die cutting a sentiment from it.

I also got the idea to make a snowbank stencil, using MFT’s Snowdrift dies and some scraps of plastic folders. I wanted this specific shape because I wanted to make snowdrifts with Moonstone glitter paste.

This is pretty much the extent of my plan… I’ll probably make a cute scene with some Christmas images, but not sure yet. Maybe Lawn Fawns Frosty Fairies or Mama Elephants little lamb set.

Last up, I washed a panel of watercolor cardstock with Mica watercolor. Look at all that yummy shimmer!

As you can see, I did die cut a heart from the panel. Again, I really don’t know why… I have no plan for either piece. Man, I was all over the place.

Even though I went a bit rogue last weekend, all that work won’t go to waste. These unused backgrounds will come in handy when I am short on time, or may spark a project for new products I don’t have yet. And, I did have fun making them. Sometimes you have to mix it up!

Next week I’ll have some cards for you. There was so much happy mail this week, I’m actually feeling inspired! I hope you don’t get sick of watercolored projects!

Thanks for stopping by!

Nicole

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