June 13, 2014

Be Inspired Challenge #53 - Take 2


Today i'm stopping by with another card The Alley Way Stamps Be Inspired Challenge #53! Check out the Be Inspired Blog for all the challenge details, you have another week to play for a free stamp!!!

Also i want to remind everyone about the special Alley Way Stamps Birthday Video Blog Hop going on!! You have until June 15th to get in on the prize!! Check out my post here, for details!!!

This is the photo inspiration:

When i sat down to make these i thought about some watercolor crayons i have and how i could use them with a stencil. I sat down with a piece of scrap watercolor paper and tried it out two ways! I loved both, so i decided to make two cards!!

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps

So for both cards i cut watercolor paper to match my card base. For both panels i placed the polk-a-dot stencil over each panel and used my watercolor crayons to color in the holes. I followed the ROYGBV colors, started with red and violet at the ends and working my way in with the other colors.

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps

The difference between each panel is in how i added water! For this first card (the Thanks a Million card) i left the stencil in place and then added the water, dragging the water around the stencil and the panel. Some water gets behind the stencil, but i liked how that made the polk-a-dots bigger and more messy looking!

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps

For the second card (the Sending A Little Hello) i removed the stencil then with a flat, wide paint brush added water from the top to the bottom, blending the watercolor crayons. They both started out the same, but both have a different look depending on the water application!

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps

After the panels were dry, i stamped the sentiments. For the big Hello and Thanks i stamped them in black then added clear embossing powder. I decided to keep the cards simple to show off the background more!! For the Hello card i stamped the tiny heart from Big Chatter and added black glitter glue to each hart. For the Thanks card i just adhered black sequins, cup down!

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps

Once everything was dry i added each panel to a card base!! I love how these turned out and using a very simple technique!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Stamps: The Alley Way Stamps - Big Chatter
Caran D'Ache Neo Color II - Watercolor Crayons: Orange, Scarlet, Yellow, Yellow Green, Light, Blue, Violet
Stencil: Heidi Swapp
Thanks Card - Neat & Tangle: Black Sequins
Hello Card - Ranger: Distress Stickles Black Soot


  1. Two very cool cards!!! Love the watercolor!

  2. These are fun, it's hard to pick a favorite, maybe the first one, I guess I like big polka dots.

  3. Fun cards Dana. I love the second one.

  4. Your polka-dots are toooo much fun, Dana - and again, you're showcasing that rockstar creativity of yours in fabulous ways! I think you should share these over at Darnell's NBUS challenge, because I'm sure something 'new' was used to create these! Such sweet gems deserve a BIG audience!! ~c