CAS Watercolor - Spring Tulips

Good afternoon, and welcome. Today's card is another watercolor effort, so that I could join in with the Spring Celebration at the CAS Watercolor Challenge. Also Blog Candy #1 winner will be revealed later in the post!

- Stacy Stamp tulips inked Direct To Rubber with Tombow markers, spritzed and stamped the outline image. Then used a brush to pull the color out towards the center. This was the 3rd effort. Looked at it for a day or so, decided to try to use it, but alas, no background, no grounding...just 2 blooms dancing in the air. Cut a mask using effort #1 which was pretty rubbish, covered these stems, and inked up an old wooden script stamp with Memento Desert Sand very lightly. Thought for a second and decided Summer Sky (blue) might be better to suggest a sky background, so just inked the blue over the Desert Sand, and Voila. Because the mask was water color paper, of course there was a big space around the image, what to do? Got a finger dauber, used the blue ink, rubbing off the ink a bit on a scrap and tried to lightly smudge right next to the image, without getting it too heavy. What do you think?
Die cut with a set of Sizzix dies that came with some magnetic plates, don't know the name. Then used a piece of 'failed brusho' experiment to cut the skinny mat, with the next size of the same die set.
The Brusho piece was made at an earlier effort, just testing colors when trying to use the cling wrap. Started with sprinkling different colors of the crystals, nothing was working, and I had the brilliant idea to use a little black. Nah, not a great idea...looked awfully dark. So just stuck a piece of the cling wrap over it, left it (forgot it is more honest!). When making this card, I spotted that piece, pulled off the cling wrap. Yeah, it's still pretty black looking, but the Gotcha - was that you could see some color and sparkle where some gold spray hit the colors. It doesn't show in the photo, but IRL, there is quite a sparkle that just hints around the frame. So don't just toss the mistakes into the garbage...Look at a few days later.
- CTMH clear set inked with blue Versa Fine ink for the sentiment, tied the baker's twine and scored a top edge line. I hope this will be considered CAS enough to fit in with the CAS Watercolor Challenge which is open for a few more days!
NOW: for the winner of the Blog Candy #1 which ended March 19:

Winner 230: (which turned out to be Rita, who is also on my Christmas Card Club team! ). I really had to work to get a winner, as the names that kept coming up, either didn't have the blog candy pic posted on their blogs OR had previously said they didn't want to be considered for the give-away! So Rita, please contact me by Saturday(3-25), with your information, and I'll be sending the first set of blog candy on the way to you!!!

Don't forget there is another blog candy draw - so if you are interested, do place that picture on your sidebar! I don't want to have to work so hard next time!!! LOL

I'll be back later this evening with another post, and I will be sharing some Cards by Friends, AND have some Welcome Shoutouts to a couple of lovely new followers.

Thanks for joining me, and big hugs.


Kath said...

A beautiful card - lovely design and colours. Congratulations to Rita too!
Kath x

Sue said...

Loving the card Mary.

Hope you've had a good day. Sue

SARN said...

Congrats to your winner.

Love this pretty Spring card.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

jimlynn said...

I think it's beautiful! Love the look of the flowers and yes, I can see some of the other colors in the frame too. Love the placement on that twine. Gorgeous card Mary!

Stamp Smiles said...

Mary, your flower is so elegant and pretty looking! Such a perfect design for a welcome Spring card!! :) Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*

Lisa said...

So gorgeous, Mary!! The tulips look amazing!! I love how you colored them!! Congrats to the winner!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Valerija said...

Gorgeous card. Love the tulips.
Congratulations to the winner.
Valerija xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Loved reading of your efforts and how you used them for this lovely card! Never waste anything! :D
The 3rd stamp effort of these wonderful tulips looks just amazing, love the pink shades of your flowers! The blue script background looks so pretty and airy and the brushos mat made with all your efforts it's just perfect! Well done on all!!
Congrats to the winner!

Sarah said...

I love tulips Mary so this card really appeals!! The background looks great, like a spring day xx

Birgit said...

Love the tombow markers but always forget to use them this have inspired me! i think your card turned out great and the sky blue just brings the pink out more and love the script

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
congrats to Rita on her win and I'm sure she is going to love your candy items as I did when I won mine last time.

Your card is so beautiful and the work involved sounds awesome.
Love the tulips and your colouring of them is excellent.
Great designing as always.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

cotnob said...

A pretty card Mary, beautiful watercolour tulips and lovely CAS design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Daffodil Cards said...

Mary this is absolutely a work of art, so beautiful and Spring like, a wonderful "accident"

Barb said...

Congratulations to Rita.

I love your pretty tulip card and the background works really well Mary. Barbxx

Kathleen said...

Fabulous card Mary, great image and love the delicate background behind the flowers.

Kath x

pam said...

Such a very beautiful card Mary.
Congrats to the winner.
Pam x

Donna Hanley said...

Mary this came out lovely. The effect on the flowers is so lifelike and your background is just as pretty and soft as can be. Have a good night.

cuilliesocks said...

Oh I just love your gorgeous card Mary, beautifully coloured and designed, brilliant background too, how lovely for Rita to win your candy, Kate x

Bonnie said...

WOW! Mary, this is gorgeous! What pretty tulips and colored perfectly! Love the background and the frame! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Pat said...

These tulips are so pretty Mary, and the tombow markers straight to stamp have worked well with just the right amount of colour to make them nice and washy. I love the Brusho piece which you have used to frame the flowers which works with the darker colour, and the touch of blue script in the background is a lovely touch. Congratulations to Rita for winning the first set of candy. x

Loll said...

Such a pretty card Mary!! Love the spring tulips --- gorgeous watercolouring! And they look so pretty with the dark frame. Glad you kept your black piece ... looks so good and I can see just a bit of the gold through it. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

Megan J said...

Hi Mary, I love the tulips and the soft colour you made them. Have a wonderful week... Megan

Rita said...

Beautiful Spring card Mary. I feel so honoured to be chosen as the Winner of your Blog Candy. I just know I will enjoy it all in my cardmaking. Hugs from Scotland Rita xxxx

Karen D. said...

so ready for Spring to be here and tulips are always such a welcome sight...
Thanks so much for playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge.

Marilyn said...

Beautiful card!!

Donna Ellis said...

What a gorgeous image, Mary! Such delicateness and soft colors really are the perfect balance from your pretty background. Very intriguing and lovely sizzix die, too! hugs, de

Carol L said...

The tulips are so pretty with that nice background and the pretty little piece of twine. Sweet spring card! Congrats to Rita too - enjoy those new goodies!!

ShazInOzCardsCalligraphy said...

Congrats to Rita', thank you for gehrous candy notwo.
I've added it to my sidebar..I love this soft Floral so subtle and beautifully done Mary. Shaz.x

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card and beautiful tulips stamp and the background is perfect-congrats to Rita
carol x

Liz said...

Congratulations to Rita!

A lovely Spring card, Mary. I enjoyed reading your post and had a chuckle reading the process making it. :-) xx

Maxine D said...

What a stunning result from all your trials Mary - so glad you persisted as this is a beauty.

Tina Z. said...

Congratulations to Rita!
and wow, stunning tulips, I love them, great design!

MagsB said...

Another delightful card, Mary!

love Mags B x

Brenda said...

Oh my word, this is a stunning card Momma Mary! The tulips are colors so beautifully!!! I love the die cut layers and I love the background you made for these beautiful tulips! They don't look like they are floating in the air, waving maybe because they are nice and tall, but not floating! Just looks like a close up picture was taking of just the blooms with no ground showing, just sky and I am so loving it! Hugs, Brenda

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful card Mary, I love those tulips!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Pippa said...

Mary such a beautiful card. The watercolour works so well at making it soft and feminine and I love how you have framed it.

Marjeta said...

Gorgeous card you made. I have lots of tulips in front of my house. You colored tulips perfect.