Wednesday 19 August 2015

Pop Up Challenge - Card No. 2

I've been really into colouring of late and that's mainly due to Kathy's 'Pop Up Challenge' at her blog The Daily Marker. 

She organised a 4 day challenge based around the theme of 'Lines' and she has video's on her blog showing her colouring techniques. I've already posted my first card where I drew my own lines and used some pencils. For this card I decided to use the lines of a stamp and do some water colouring:

I was very lucky a few weeks ago to win this large faceted stamp from the latest Neat and Tangled new release. I thought it would be fun to colour in all those triangles, so I heat embossed the stamp in black on some water colour paper. This is the first time I've used black embossing powder and boy was it a disaster!! Even though I treated it like any other powder, it would blow around as soon as the heat gun got near it so I ended up with black dots everywhere. Maybe I need to try another brand.......

I water coloured using my Distress Inks and some water. I even tried to create a 'highlight' in each triangle by keeping it darker in one corner and moving the colour away from the other. Its not perfect but I like how it turned out! After stamping the sentiment in black ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder, I cut them out and popped up on foam tape. Gold sequins seemed to be the only colour that would go with this, so added three for a little more shine!

As I mentioned, the faceted stamp is from Neat and Tangled 'Faceted'. Its a brilliant set and comes with big font sentiments as well. The sentiment stamps are also Neat and Tangled 'Everyday Labels'. Even the sequins are N&T too!!

Once again I've linked this card on Instagram to the 'Pop Up Challenge', so no need to link to Kathy's blog. But I do have three other challenges I would like to enter:

Simply Create Too Challenge # 92 (Anything Goes)

Seize the Birthday Challenge (No Topping)

Little Tangles Challenge # 59 

Another rainy day today so that's three days without gardening. I'm starting to get withdrawal symptoms and need some dirt under my fingernails!! Although, it has helped me catch up with my emails and commenting. So even though most of my lawn in flooded with all the rain overnight, its so worth it!!

Take care


  1. Ooh, I love the visual dimension you created!

  2. Bright and cheery, just the way I like it!

  3. Your card looks so cool Shona - I love all those pretty colours:) xx

  4. This is gorgeous! Love that stamp and your coloring!

  5. Vibrant and vivid, Shona! Isn't that multi-faceted stamp a treat to work with? I've made a similar card (need to get organized with posts!), but nowhere near as show-stopping gorgeous as yours. So pretty!!

  6. Very cool, Shona ... so bright and vibrant! Hugs, Anita :)

  7. Oh woooooww
    cool and Vibrant color Shona
    wooooww this is not your style to coloring all the images from a stamp but I love this
    woooow woooww and wooowww Adorable and really did something out of you Shona yeaaah
    and that sentiment is perfect not too big not to small
    and I miss your visit again Shona
    see my last two post maybe its also not your style it is SHOE cards hehehe
    hugs and see you around sweety

  8. Absolutely perfect. Amazing color...another winner.

  9. What a wonderful the pretty, bright colors too! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  10. Great job watercoloring all those triangles! They look awesome!

  11. Oh my goodness...what a wonderful, colorful and festive card! I love your gorgeous coloring too, simply beautiful. And your wee bits of sequins, so perfect.

  12. Beautifully bright and vibrant, Shona!!! What a great stamp and great watercolouring!!! Love the sentiment in white on black and where you've placed it!!! The sequins give just the right amount of shine!!! Lovely!!!
    Have a great day!!!

  13. This look A-mazing Shona!
    Thanks for joining Seize the birthday!

  14. I steer well away from black embossing powder for that very reason - I just use black ink and clear powder. Great card - love how you varied the depth of colour. Thanks for playing along at Seize The Birthday :)

  15. I love all your entries with Little Tangles this week, but I do think this one is my favourite. I'm loving all the colour :)

  16. Stunning the graphic geometric design!!!

  17. That background is SUPER FANTASTIC!!!! WOW!

  18. Looks fantastic! I love how you colored it! So striking! And don't worry about the black embossing powder, another stamper once told me that it's from the devil. I use it very rarely these days. Generally I'll just stamp with Versafine and clear emboss, it's not as puffy, but much neater!