A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Friday, 2 February 2018

Love You Just the Way You Are

It's February so what better theme for the CAS Watercolour challenge than "heart"?

I used a never-before-used older SU stamp and sentiment:

I put the stamps in my MISTI and used my Zigs, a mini-mister, and watercolour paper.  I coloured the stamps with my Pale Pink Zig first, misted it, and stamped.  I then repeated the process with Pink, but not covering the stamps completely.  And a third time with just a bit of Carmine Red just on the top of the heart and on the sentiment.  The misting each time gets the colours to blend nicely.  I wanted to darken up the sentiment a bit so scribbled some Carmine Red and Dark Grey on my palette and applied it to the sentiment with a small paintbrush.

I had a perfect scrap of coloured cs to border the panel and then popped it up with fun foam on a larger piece of the same watercolour paper.  It looked too bare (too CAS!!!) so I found a perfect little scrap of ribbon to add as a banner and a few tiny hearts die cut in white shimmer cs leftover from a larger die cut.

Here's a close-up showing the blending of the colours on the heart and the embellishments:

We hope you'll link up your cards inspired by the word "heart" at CAS Watercolour.  There's lots of inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and our Guest Designer, Sue (of Sue's Card Craft).  You have until February 24th.  Don't forget to keep your cards clean and simple!

Stamps - SU Sprinkled Expressions
Paper - watercolour paper, cream and dark burgundy cs
Size - A2
Accessories - Zig watercolour pens, scrap of ribbon, Nesties perfect layers rectangle dies, white shimmer cs hearts left from a previous die cut


  1. Such a beautiful heart stamp and love how you continued to ink it up until you got this gorgeous effect. Love how you did the sentiment too. Now that's not a statement you will here me say that often...too CAS, which made me smile! The most perfect CAS card Susan and so beautifully executed x

  2. Beautiful watercoloured hearts and sentiment, Susan. Love your added ribbon banner and white shimmery hearts for a bit of embellishment. TFS my friend. Hugs

  3. This is really nice, love the sketch!

  4. Love the way the hearts just float away. The colours are so petty and the ribbon is perfect.

  5. Lots of movement with this image Susan. Great mix of zigs to create a beautiful watercoloured heart. Great addition with the glittery accents. xx

  6. This is so beautifully designed, Susan. Love the effect of that technique, one that I love to do. Never thought to use different colors on a solid image before so thanks for describing your process. How great that ribbon banner looks and love the added arts to finish this off so perfectly.

  7. I love your watercolor heart and I'm amazed that you were able to darken the sentiment with a paintbrush! Good going! Love the bit of ribbon and the white hearts that add extra interest!

  8. A beautiful card and high time that heart stamp had an outing Susan. I love that piece of ribbon which goes beautifully, and also the scattering of pretty hearts. x

  9. very pretty card Susan...love all the extra little details you added for interest.
    xx Karen

  10. Your water spritzing technique always looks so crisp. Beautiful card.


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