CAS Mix Up & CAS Watercolour September Challenge - happy birthday

Time has been short lately so I'm so happy that I got to make another card for the CAS Mix Up Challenge and the CAS Watercolour Challenge.


Here's my card:

Using stamps inked with Zig brush markers, regular stamping, and die-cutting

Thanks to Misti, I was able to stamp the tree many times in the same position, changing the marker colors. After the ink coloring is done, I damped paper towel, moist the stamps with it, and stamped the images again to give them a watercolor effect. (I sprayed water on the stamps at first, but I was not able to control the amount of water well, and the images got too blurry after the water stamping. 😢)
The sentiment, "happy", was die-cut and coated with Shimmer Pen and Glossy Accents. The other sentiment, "birthday", was stamped with dark brown ink.

I liked the stamped tree results and the sentiment design, but the card looked unfinished, so I stamped the burlap background on the card base and added some color and texture. 
OK, it looked better, but something was still missing. A "Why is the tree there?" kind of feeling...  So I die-cut tiny birds, colored them with Zig markers, brushed Shimmer Pen over them, and perched them on the swoosh. Now it looks like a scene, and I'm happy with it. (I should have taken pictures of this process!)

Both challenges are open until September 24th.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamp: Sheltering Tree, Thoughtful Banners (Stampin' Up!), Burlap BG (My Favorite Things)
Bristol Paper (100 lb. - Strathmore), Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Zig Real Brush Markers (Yellow, May Green, Emerald Green, Turquoise Green, Cool Gray 1, Green Gray, Mid Brown), Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip (Stampin' Up!)
Sentimental Die (Every Elle), Die-namics Centerpieces Framed Love Birds (My Favorite Things), Nuvo Aqua Shimmer (Glitter Gloss), Glossy Accents (Ranger)


  1. This is a perfect scene, my friend! I love the leaf colors and the swooshing die cut sentiment! The little birds make this extra special! Love the burlap background too! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  2. Yes it's not easy controlling the amount of water and I struggled too. Great idea to use a damp paper towel, just to moisten the stamp with. I will be trying that....Thank you Hideko for the tip. Your tree looks fabulous and loving the colours you've used. The framing with the burlap stamp, the cute birds and the movement of the die cut sentiment finish off your wonderful card beautifully. Thanks for finding the time to make your unique and gorgeous card and to play along at The CAS Mix Up Challenge x

  3. great watercolouring withe the stamp, I love the two little birds standing on the sentiment :)

  4. Such a lovely tree, and such a great image of the little birds sitting on the sentiment - what a good idea!

  5. Beautiful multiple marker watercolored and stamped tree leaves, Hideko. TFS your wet paper towel tip. There are times you do not want that real wet watercolor look. I am always learning little tips from you, my friend. I love how you added your birds to the sentiment to pull your landscape scene together. Adding more color and texture to your background frame was such a nice touch too. A CAS design with so many creative touches. TFS Love and Hugs...Nancy

    1. P.S. So pleased you joined us at CAS Mix Up. too...Hugs..

  6. This is a beautiful and well thought-out design, Hideko. The tree is so pretty with the three colours of leaves. Adding the ink stamping and then adding a little water is a great way to control the flow of the ink. I love the visual texture from the burlap stamping on the background, and adding those sweet birds to the swoosh really is the perfect finishing detail. Love your card! xx

  7. Sweet card Hideko. It has a fresh, happy feel to it.
    Thanks so much for playing along with the CAS Watercolour Challenge.
    xx Karen

  8. Good for you finding a 'water' technique that works for you Hideko! Sometimes I too end up with a big puddle of watery color! What a colorful tree with your fun sentiment with the tail - the perfect perch for the two sweet birds! xx

  9. Beautiful, Hideko! Love the cheery, fresh colours. Your inking and stamping is perfect. The birds is a cute touch to complete this sweet scene . xx

  10. Oooooh I love the colours for this beautiful scene. They just FIT together. The framing give a serene richness to this card, and those 2 birdies are happy on that word die. Love your style! xx

  11. Hideko, one of these guys might have been the one to deliver a darling, sweet, and generous package in my mailbox? Thank you so very much! I'll be reporting in soon as I get the change to try it!
    Now, as far as taking pictures of the process, I think your description says it ALL! You knew just when to say when, and this swooping happy made such a darling perch for those sweet birds! Darling card... xx

  12. Wonderful card and great design, and I love the little birds.

  13. Oh, Hideko, I am in love with your card! That beautiful tree, the swooping sentiment, the sweet birds sitting on it, and the burlap background all come together so perfectly! It was fun to read about your progress!


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