CAS Watercolour July Challenge - happy birthday

The CAS Watercolour July Challenge is Splash Watercolouring hosted by Nancy. This is the last month she's on the CAS Watercolour Challenge Design Team. Thanks so much for all your wonderful inspiration, Nancy!

I've never tried this technique, so first I watched Loll's tutorial video suggested on the challenge site. It was very helpful and immediately inspired me to try it!

And here's my card:

I had so much fun making Splash Watercolour backgrounds and I made several of them with Distress Oxide Inks.

I thought a silhouette image would be good for this background and I wanted to try a silhouette in a different color from my usual black. So I stamped the flowers in Champagne ink, but they didn't stand out at all. 😞 Then I could have gold heat-embossed over the stamped image, but I decided to go with Stickles for a change. The gold glitter might compete with the fine splashes behind, but it added an interesting texture to the background.

I used the black frame to ground the splash panel but the contrast was a little too stark, so I inserted a very thin matte in between, colored in Blueprint Sketch.
The sentiment was first stamped in Champagne ink to give a cohesive base to the glitter embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting me today!

Stamp: Too Kind, Butterfly Basics (Stampin' Up!)
Mixed Media Paper (140 lb. Strathmore), White Linen (Ellen Hutson), Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Distress Oxide Ink (Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet - Ranger), Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink (Champagne - Tsukineko), VersaMark (Tsukineko)
Die-namics Mod Rectangles STAX (My Favorite Things), Stickles (Gold - Ranger), Embossing Powder (Metallic Gold Sparkle - Wow!)


  1. Love that background Hideko ... I too love doing that technique. Great card.

  2. Beautiful, Hideko! Gorgeous splash background. Love the colour with the gold. The black is perfect for contrast. xx

  3. Wow..Hideko, You definately got the hang of creating a Splash Background!! Your DOX's are gorgeous and I love your thin Blueprint Sketch trim and then the wider black trim. The blue adds a bit of a shadow effect for more dimension. Your stickles on your silhouette flowers really adds gorgeous shimmer and shine to your image. Your matching gold heat embossed sentiment is the perfect final touch. Who ever gets your birthday card is going to be impressed, my friend. TFS and joining us at CAS Watercolour. Hugs..

  4. A beautiful splash background, Hideko! I'm glad you enjoyed the technique. You must have a very steady hand to add Stickles all over your stamped image - I'd have probably ended up with a blobby mess! Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Watercolour.

  5. I love your splash background, Hideko! The glittery flower is really pretty! The narrow blue layer may be thin, but it has a big impact! Great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

  6. Great splash background but that glittery flower is out of this world. It just jumps off the card:)

  7. You've used the technique in the most beautiful way Hideko! Love your card!

  8. Great work with the splashed background Hideko. The colours are so pretty together and you got lots of visual textures from all those splashes. The silhouette flower is so pretty ... the stickles give it lots of glittery goodness. Beautiful design! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour! xx

  9. Your teensy little blue mat almost hid from me, but you are so right about it making a difference, Hideko - you are so design-savvy! The Stickles are a wonderful textural touch... gorgeous, my friend!

  10. Beautiful splash background, Hideko and a lovely design.

  11. WOW...this is GORGEOUS Hideko!! Love the colors you used for your splash background and the blue and black mats are perfect to make all that color stand out!! And what a great idea to use the stickles for your flowers...that gold sparkle makes this card so special!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Watercolouring!! :0)

  12. Oh it's beautiful!! I love the effect you got with the splash and the stickle flower looks wonderful!

  13. Gorgeous card, Hideko! I love that you used the mod rectangle STAX for a contemporary look.

  14. very pretty card Hideko, the black border helps the flowers and bkg just pop.
    :) Karen

  15. I might need to bring out my stickles after seeing your card! This is beautiful with the splash watercolor background!


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