CAS Watercolour February Challenge - love

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and I think the challenge Marcia is hosting at  CAS Watercolour is perfect for the season.

Here's my card:

[How I made the card]
1. Painted a freehand heart with dark pink watercolour.
2. Die-cut the watercolour paper with the cross-stitched frame die.
3. Painted a piece of watercolour paper in pearlescent red.  Punched out a small heart and die-cut the sentiment from the piece.
4. Punched out a small heart from silver glitter paper.
5. Glued the red & silver hearts and the sentiment onto the front panel.
6. Adhered the front panel to the card base. 

It sounds easy, right? But it actually took me a lot of trial and error to get to this point.

Here's the picture of the first 2 original heart ideas.

[Left] Shimmery red watercolour on black cardstock. The color turned out to be shimmery BROWN, not red...
[Right] Dark pink watercolour paint on regular watercolour paper. Hmmm...it looked flat, so I pasted glass beads over it. It looked great but now it kind of lost the watercolour look and looks more like a card/heart for CAS Mix Up Challenge...

On to another try and I even took a picture to link it up. 

Painted a dark pink wash on watercolour paper and spattered Perfect Pearl solution over it. Drew the outline with Silver Stickles to give definition.
I still didn't like the "overworked" feel with this card.

Being at my wit's end, I asked my handsome in-house critic and one of his suggestions was to draw a heart freehand. I did it and I liked the results much better!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Paper: Whisper White, Distress Watercolor Cardstock (Tim Holtz)
Ink: Gansai Tambi (Dark Pink - Kuretake), Pearlescent Colours (Red - Fine Tec
Dies (Hearts Collection, Expressions Thinlits - Stampin' Up!, Cross Stitched Rectangle - Cat Scrappiness), Itty Bitty Accent Punch Pack (Stampin' Up!), Ice Stickles (Silver Ice - Ranger), Perfect Pearl (Ranger), Thin 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives)


  1. You are a talented artist, Hideko! I love these freehand CASlicious designs of love!! Hugs, Darnell

  2. wonderful hand drawn hearts, my drawings are always a little crooked. gorgeous CAS cards :)

  3. Amazing freehand watercoloured hearts, Hideko! All are beautiful. You are a super talent. xx

  4. I admire your persistence in coming up with just the right card! It's fabulous. Love the free-hand heart with the two tiny hearts! Perfect for CAS Watercolour!

  5. Matt knows best! LOL! All your tries are fantastic (well maybe not the brown, but you could still use it for a chocolate heart). The hand drawn heart is really special though and absolutely perfect!

  6. Your hand painted heart is so artsy and beautiful, Hideko. I love how you only added a couple of die cut small hearts and a die cut Love. Perfectly balanced and a CAS beauty, my friend. Denny is my favorite critic too. We are so lucky to have in-house artsy husbands:-) I really liked your 2nd card too, but your 1st card was hard to beat. I thought your 1st 2 hearts were lovely. I thought the brown tones looked like a woodgrain heart. It would make a wonderful guy card. TFS all your steps and examples. Hugs..Nancy

  7. Hideko, I think your handsome housemate has it right [this time]! Just so absolutely loveable - thanks, Mr. Papercraft Boutique! Your hand-painted heart sets a gorgeous stage for this wonderful design, my friend!
    Aren't pink and red so easy to love together? You might not be surprised that I still have my Valentine's supplies out: I'll be playing along, for sure!
    Happy Valentine's hugs for you, and your in-house critic! xx

  8. I am so impressed by how perfect your hand painted heart turned out Hideko, so YAY to hubby for the suggestion!! And kudos for your persistence with this card!! Isn't it funny how sometimes some of our simplest cards turn out to take the longest to make?!! It's beautiful though and I just love the pink and red together...lovely, lovely card my friend!! :0)

  9. Both cards are so pretty, but I have to say I LOVE that freehand painted heart, Hideko! It's so sweet and goes perfectly with the red LOVE in block print ... ying and yang! :) xx

  10. Yay to your handsome in house critic ....He got it spot on. So glad you kept going x. Your card is unique and artsy and love the water coloured free-hand heart x.

  11. We seem to be unanimous with the freehand painted heart, Hideko--it's just wonderful and very artsy!


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