Friday, 23 May 2014

OCC watercolor for card makers

Hi everyone, I'm back with several cards to show. I have finally found some time to craft again now that my husband is recovering from the heart operation he had to undergo about 4 weeks ago.

I have been enrolled in yet another Online Card Class, and I think it's the best one yet. As usual, there was so much inspiration and so little time, so I've decided to showcase the 4 cards I made so far in a single post.

Day 2: creating a soft wash using watercolour pencils. The fishes were heat-embossed with clear embossing powder onto vellum and then coloured with regular watercolour paint. I'm linking this card up for LCI (Anything goes), Papertake Weekly (Ohhh so cute), Sweet Stamps (170 Anything goes) and

Seize the Birthday (Anything goes/optional: tags).

Day 11 - Play day: monoprint using a stencil and distress inks, as shown by Tim Holtz. The sentiment was heat-embossed using liquid platinum embossing powder. I'm also linking this card up for Aud Sentiments (107 Bingo - die cuts, embossing, 2 word sentiment)

Day 11 - Play day: another monoprint, using Hero Arts daubers instead of distress ink. Love the soft colours. The sentiment was heat-embossed onto vellum using black embossing powder with multi-coloured glitter. I used a Versamark pen to trace the inside of the die so that I could heat-emboss it for some added contrast. I'm linking this card up for Cute Card Thursday (322 Text only)

Bonus day: dipping into distress inks after debossing, as shown by Laura Sterckx (except I used an embossing folder instead of scoring lines by hand). Afterwards, I stamped and heat-embossed the bird image with the same black/glitter embossing powder as in the previous card. The glitter does not really show in the picture, though, but I love how it looks as if the bird is in a cage. Because of all the glitter, I didn't feel the card needed any further embellishments. I'm linking this card up for the following challenges: Dream Valley Challenges (82 Things with wings) and Cards in Envy (Winged things - flat A2 cards)


  1. So good to have you back... and assuming your husband's doing fine! Love the fish card and also your Day 11 adventures, though I have to say I prefer the stronger colors of the distress ink one.

  2. Marianne, all of your cards are fabulous. I can tell you are enjoying your class. Great work with the paints, embossing folders, vellum, distress inks, etc. Don't you just love stencils.
    Sorry your hubby needed surgery but I hope he is progressing really well toward a full recovery.

  3. Wow, Marianne, what wonderful cards! I especially love the one with the bird silhouette, it looks so chic!

    I hope your husband is recovering well, what a difficult time it must be for you.

    Thanks for joining in at Dream Valley!

    love Mags B x

  4. All your cards are fabulous! The bird card for our challenge is so pretty! Thank you for sharing with us at Cards in Envy!

  5. Thanks so much for joining in with our 'Things with Wings' Challenge over at Dream Valley. Your bird card is perfect for this. Look forward to seeing your gorgeous work again soon. Hugs, Wends x Dream Valley DT

  6. Wow...all of these are wonderful! Wasn't this class fun? I learned so much!
    Thank you for joining us at Seize The Birthday. :)

  7. All of the cards are wonderful! I wish I had taken that class. Love the little fishes! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

  8. Fab collection of watercolour cards! That class was so inspirational. Thanks for joining us at Seize The Birthday with your fun birthday fishes card!

  9. Lots of fabulous cards love the colour combos.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Aud Sentiments.