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December 12, 2019

Inspiration II

Hello Stamplings!

I'm like a well-oiled machine at this point with the finish line just ahead. I hope you feel the same way! Next is baking ~ yummo! 

I have a few more cards to share before I take a bit of a break until the new year and I'm going to zing them out to you over the next few days. I thought about putting them all in one post, but if you're like me, you start to get gorfetful if you look at a blog post with too many photos.

Without further a dew let's start with a coupla no-line watercolor cards.

Onefer
This NBUS "Flambeau" stamp from Penny Black was colored with Memento markers directly onto the stamp, spritzed with water, and stamped onto mixed media paper. I filled in a few spots with Ziggies where the color didn't stamp completely. (So, hmm, now that I think about it, it isn't technically no-line watercoloring, but rather, the direct-to-stamp technique gives the look of no-line watercoloring.) I added a border of black glossy paper to the left-hand side of the card to balance out the design. 

I wanted Hammy to glossify the berries, but he's already in the kitchen testing the rum for the fruit cake. I haven't used it since last year and he was afraid it might have gone bad. Uh huh. Actually, I'm a great one to talk. I waz obviously init earlier or I wunta fagott'n to ground my shimage.

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Twofer
This Stampendous stamp is called "Winter Birds" and I painted and stamped it using the same technique as my first card. After it was dry, I added the sediment and, again to balance the design, I added an embossed pine bough in the upper left corner. I added a plaid mat before attaching it to the card base.


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Threefer
I used the same stamp in a different design for this card. Here it is heat-embossed in white on gold glossy paper. I added a vellum sediment banner, also heat-embossed in gold. To add more interest, I added dots of snow using a white pen, scored three lines, and added some gold and white stars that Hammy glued together for me. Before he went to the kitchen.

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  • Alphabet Challenge: S is for snow.
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73 comments:

cuilliesocks said...

These cards are absolutely beautiful Darnell. Love them all, the candle is a wonderful image with lovely bright colours, and the birdie cards are just darling, especially the one on gold card. Enjoy your time baking and don't drink too much of the rum lol, Kate x x

Valerija said...

So gorgeous Darnell!
Valerija xx

Kathyk said...

Adorable makes and great colours Darnell, enjoy your well earned break and MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you, your family and your avid readers

Kathyk

Sue said...

Hi Darnell, Loving all the cards, but really like the colourful bird one.

Hope you enjoy your day. Sue

Sandra H said...

Wow Darnell love your cards and l have never thought to colour the stamp images as you have done here what a great finish and the 3rd card using the heated embossed is just as gorgeous...hope you don’t have a slightly drunken Hammy lol 😂 and there is plenty of rum for your Christmas cake merry Christmas 🎄 take care xx

papierelle said...

Your first card is really amazing and and with the bird motif I prefer the second card. The motif comes into its own better.

oldpunca said...

Three awesome designs, Darnell. I like your gold card with heat embossed birds, I like your colored birds, but most of all three I like the candle. It's really festive card with vintage motiv. My trials with coloring directly to the stamp wasen't even near to the perfection you've made.
By the way, how ended the testing of the rum? I hope without the hangover... :-)
Have a great day!
Hugs, Sonja

KandA said...

Three beauties Darnell, especially love the no line watercolouring. Enjoy the baking xx

Viv said...

Having to CASE the embossed one I'm afraid.... if I can find a suitable stamp 'cos you know I've not got many....
Great cards Darnie Daydreams - now time to go get floury
Oh and the Ice Pack for Hammy's head is on the top shelf of the freezer...........
xx

Marilyn said...

Pretty cards Darnell! I am loving your second card with the colorful birds!
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Carol L said...

what a delightful trio of cards you've made here! I love the watercolor look of the first and really enjoyed seeing both versions of the birds! The white on gold look is especially festive and fun! Nice work on all of them, and now......back to the bittle lottle of rum.........hic

BożenA said...

Such a beautiful card, I love this candlestick, and your coloring is beautiful, very modern. The second card is just as beautiful. I love coloring your birds. The third card is very festive, I love gold and white.
hugs,
BozenA

Sharyn Polesel said...

Beautiful cards, Darnell! I love the candle. I've not seen that stamp before and the birdies are darling. I'm off to buy cookie ingredients today and the baking starts tomorrow. Slowly getting things checked off the list. Wish I could move a little faster. lol Hugs, Sharyn

Bunny said...

Absolutely beautiful cards. Love the birds in the no line. Colorful and so lovely.

Tell Hammy, make sure that stuff isn't rock gut. If he needs to get some new just get it. No taking a nip on the way home though. [Bunny]

Brenda in IN said...

The candle is beautiful, even if it's not grounded. Alcohol will cause that and I hope you don't let Hammy drive after his kitchen visit. Love the birds, especially the last card. It is stunning.

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are all so pretty, Darnell xoxo

Lisa Babitz said...

The end result with this stamped water color technique is amazing, and you did a great job applying all the colors on these large stamps! The heat embossed design looks great too with a completely different result using the same stamp.

jimlynn said...

Love the no line coloring! So very pretty Darnell!
Lynn

I Card Everyone said...

D, your technique of coloring the stamp must have passed me by - how gorgeous is this?? LOVE, love, LOve those birds!!!
Happy baking, my friend! Call me when the bibby bobka is ready! xx
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designbydonna said...

All really beautiful cards. I love the adorable birds on a branch. I forget about the coloring on stamp. Love that no line watercolor look.

Pat said...

I adore the Threefers Darnell, beautifully done, and the candle is a super PB image and perfect for the direct to stamp technique, then your cutsie birds singing their hearts out, such fun and another wonderful watercolour masterpiece, and the green plaid in the background goes perfectly, then the same stamp given a totally different look white embossed on the gold and embellished with the vellum sentiment and layered stars which looks fantastic. Glad you are almost there and enjoy your baking. I'm afraid I am nowhere near as organised but will do my best to get everything done. We mostly spend Christmas on our own so luckily not too much to worry about on the baking front etc. x

Vikki H said...

It's a joy to wake up to one of your posts! Merry Christmas and happy baking time! Each of your cards has a distinct personality which reflects the warmth of its creator.

Jeanne H said...

Oh, I especially love the golden birdie card. Just wonderful. Hugs to you!

Glittered Paws said...

Absolutely beautiful - love the birds, both the colored ones as well as the embossed ones. Love Hammy in his Santa hat - hoping he didn't sample too much rum. Happy Baking.

Heather said...

Oh Darnell, the candle is GORGEOUS! Love the bright colors and the ink to stamp technique - so pretty... Thanks so much for playing at Sunday Stamps!

Verna Angerhofer said...

They are all so very gorgeous. I will look forward to seeing the others you will be showing later now for sure.

Cat Craig said...

Super set of cards Darnell. Looks like you are rolling along on getting things done. Just finished my sewing project, a few more cards to make and then on to the baking!

Maria said...

Wonderful set of cards, Darnell!! Your watercolor cards are super lovely!! It's a technique that I need more practice with. Love those darling bird images! It make me smile this morning when I saw four blue jays and one red-headed woodpecker out my kitchen window! Wonderful bird image embossed in white against the glossy paper, too! Take care and enjoy the holidays!!

scrAPpamondo said...

Your two no-line watercolor cards are adorable!! It's a technique that seems easy but I have always the problem of too much water, I don't know why. I need to try again, surely, thanks for the lovely inspirations!
Also you golden card is delightful, and love the vellum for the sentiment!
Hugs

conil said...

Don't care which technique you used, it looks like no-line coloring to me and I like it...a lot. Can't stop making cards myself...time is slipping away and I am NOT prepared. Hope that fruit cake comes out OK...does rum ever go bad?

Daffodil Cards said...

Your cards are so pretty, I love the no line effect and love the white on the gold. Fabulous cards. I thought I was up to date, then remembered I have no presents planned for hubby or son!!!! better get my act together! I'm sure it wasn't the rum!
Faith x

Sarah said...

Wow, the no lines watercolouring looks fabulous Darnell and I love the white on gold birdies too xx

Carole said...

Fabulous Darnell...love the white embossing on the gold xx

Susan said...

Two cards with a fabulous watercolour look, and then the adorable birds on gold - the white embossing and vellum sentiment look fabulous with the gold - it's my favourite of the three!

stampwithamyk said...

What beautiful cards! Your no line watercoloring is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Sunday Stamps, hope to see you again soon!

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell, enjoy your break.
Kath x

Claire said...

Hey Darnell, thanks for stopping by and taking time to leave a schparkly comment, its always nice when you visit. Loving that candle, its got such a traditional feel and I love that and aww those chubby birdies are just darling. I wish you and your family a wonderful safe Christmas full of smiles and memories x

Marcia Hill said...

Beautiful cards Darnell and now I'm left wondering why have I never thought of embossing with white on gold cardstock?!! Soooooo pretty and I think I need to try that out! Glad you're in the home stretch and that the baking can begin...I'd say I hope I can smell it from here, but afraid my sniffers out of commission at the moment. Dang it! Have fun! Hugs. :0)

Leslie Miller said...

You could knock me over with a feather off of one of those darling little birds on your Twofer! These are all fantastic, Darnell! Looks like they took some time, too. I'm doing better here. Decorated finally, and I need to make 8 more cards, but most are in the mail. Yay! Maybe I'll do some baking. Trouble is, that means I'll do some eating, too. Merry Christmas!

Lisa Elton said...

A trio of fabulousness Darnell! Those birds are extra festive I like the two different looks you've given them!

Robyn Oliver said...

A fabulous trio of cards Darnell.... wonderful colouring direct to the stamp, both cards look beautiful and the white embossing on shiny gold..wwoww - elegance, hugs and have a magical Christmas and all the very very best for 2020, Robyn

Cheryl W. said...

You nailed it with these three beauties. Even without Hammie's sparkleizing, they all look great. I think the third one with the white heat-embossed image on gold is my favorite. There's just something so elegant about white and gold together. I finally finished my 2019 Christmas cards today. Guess I may as well start on 2020 cards now. It would be nice to get some done ahead of time.

Karenladd said...

You may be like a well-oiled machine right now, but I'm more like a rusted, sputtering antique that's run out of gas...argh! Why, when we have the entire year to prepare, do I always find myself scrambling last minute??? Well, at least I have a nice stack of cards made and I may even send a few!
Those cheery little birds by Stampendous are adorable and I love how different they look just by changing your style and colors.

frommycraftroom said...

Lovely. Love the no line colouring��
Glad to hear hammy taking one for the team and testing the rum to make sure it’s OK.

OH Babs said...

So lovely and really like the wc candle sticks.

Barb

Bonnie said...

A beautiful candle, Dolly! It looks so warm and inviting! I love how you've used the birds! The first card is so beautifully colored and I love the elegance and simplicity of it simply stamped and embossed! I need to remember that. Enjoy your baking!

Donna said...

These are absolutely gorgeous Darnell!

Christine Alexander said...

Darnell you are on a roll, I'm on the make and mail train and it's a long way from the station :) your card might arrive before Christmas :)

TK said...

Quite stunning and oh so fabulous! I particularly love the second card, as no-line water coloring absolutely eludes me and boggles my every brain cell!

Dawn T said...

All of your cards are amazing Darnell. So happy that you have joined us at Watercooler Wednesday this week with your first card.

Kuni said...

Your card is wonderful.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.
Hugs
Kuni

Redanne said...

The watercolour effect cards are so beautiful and I love how the white embossing on the gold stands out - amazing how one stamp can look so different. Great ideas, beautifully executed, as always Darnell! Hugs, Annie xxx

Dawn Phillips said...

Your white snow on gold is very effective. Thanks for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Love Dawn x

Gerrina said...

What a great colorchoose on your first two! And great colouring too! The third is elegant and much more clasic, but beautiful aswel! Wnjoy the rest of your weekend!

Mrs A. said...

Thankyou so much for the lovely bear envelope that has arrived safely due to Hammies great idea to put that card in side to keep the envelope from creasing up in the post. He should patent that !! Have a lovely Christmas. Hugs Mrs A.

Tristan said...

Gorgeous cards Darnell. I love the hazy look of your candle stick card. Such lovely colours. Thanks for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week. Tristan DT.

Fikreta said...

Very nice cards!

Celeste Goff said...

I love your no-line water colored cards Darnell! I've not been brave enough to try that technique yet.

Jane said...

Awesome cards Darnell! Love the sweet birds and the direct to stamp water colouring is so effective. Thanks for playing at Uniko, hope to see you join in with future challenges too.

Helen said...

Your 3 cards are just beautiful, Darnell! Your candle stick card has a wonderful soft dreamy look, but I just love those little birds!!! Soo sweet! Both cards are lovely! Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Sue - said...

Fabulous cards as always Darnell! Thanks for joining us at Cardz for Galz.xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Wonderful cards Darnell - love those birds - I hope you were gentle with Hammy the morning after his investigation of the rum situatshun....
Blessing
Maxine

Pia S said...

Loving the traditional feel Nd look of the candle image. I’ve never tried this technique and I suspect this image sort of looks its best with it. Inspiring to see how different the birdies look used with different techniques, so sweet!

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Three wonderful cards. I so love those little birdies and they look great watercolored AND embossed on gold. Thanks so much for playing with us at Time Out, Darnell, and have a very merry Christmas!

Julie B said...

Fab trio of cards Darnell, the watercolour effect looks great.
Thanks for sharing in the gallery at Uniko. :)

Greta said...

These are all neat, but wow--that last one got me! So beautiful!

Heidi Weaver said...

Somehow you always manage to surpass yourself, Darnell. You've created a lovely CAS card with a beautiful pseudo no-line watercolour image. I love the way you've coloured directly onto the Penny Black stamp, spritzed it, and then stamped it. It sounds easy but I'm not sure I would succeed in having mine look like a piece of art. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Anita in France said...

Gosh, your direct-to-stamp-that-looks-like-no-line-watercolouring is just dreamy, Darnell ... both on the festive candle and on those sweet birds! Love the white embossing on the shimmery gold ... what a fantastic idea .. and so striking ... that chirpy pair look as though they're singing in celebration for all their worth! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! LYAMYMA ... LTCTOD! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)

Loll said...

Amazing works of art Dolly! Love the first two done with watercolour spritz (that's what I call it, but there are lots of different names for this fabulous technique). Both cards are STUNNING! And I love the winter birds heat embossed in white on gold. Very elegant, especially with the vellum banner. You are an inspiration to us getting all these wonderful cards in the mail! Love, Lolly

Cazro said...

A gorgeous collection. I am loving your white birds on gold card.Thanks for playing along with us at Alphabet Challenges. Merry Christmas. Caz. DT

Sybrina K said...

Hi, Darnell! Happy 2020!!! What a lovely Threefer! I'm so glad that you were able to join us for our last W2CB challenge, and I can't tell you how much we've appreciated ALL your support over the years. All the best to you, my friend, in the new year. :)

Angela said...

Really adorable creations.
Thanks a lot for joining us at our Anything Goes challenge by
Sweet Stampers Challenge
Hope to see you again.
Hugs and greetings Angela DT

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

All three creations are amazing & I love that you have used the same stamp, but shown two different techniques....love!!

Thank you for sharing with us over at 'A Place To Start!' this month.
Hugs Shell xx