July 8, 2017

Winnie & Walter July Leading Lady: Background Building

Hello there! My name is Jessica and I am so honored to be Winnie & Walter's July Leading Lady. I've been in love with Winnie & Walter's designs since I discovered them last year. So I can't wait to share with you what I created with these amazing products. I made two cards for today's post, and they both focus on background building. Here's my first card:

EDIT: Winner at Happy Little Stampers

I decided to use Kindness with Evelin T. Designs to create a forest background for my first project. I started off by cutting three masks for the trees (left photo), then I stamped one of the smaller trees with VersaFine Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Next I masked the smaller tree and stamped the two larger tree images (right photo). I then covered these images with the other two masks and continued stamping until I have covered the entire card front. 

After watercoloring all of the tree images with ZIG clean color real brush pens, I stamped the bunny image from the new Party On with Evelin T. Designs, die cut it with the coordinating dies and watercolored it as well. 

I decided to keep the sentiment pretty simple. I stamped and heat embossed "thinking of you" from Sketchy Thoughts on a piece of vellum and that completes the card! 

For my second card I decided to stretch my dies and use them creatively to create a small town scene. I used the two smaller dies from Essentials: Lana Cutaways (shown below, right photo) to make the houses. This die set is my favorite product from the January/February 2017 release, and I love the postage stamp design. But I wasn't sure how I'm going to use the smaller ticket dies until I have thought about making this project. I think dies are really so versatile and I really enjoy challenging myself to use them in different ways. 

I wanted to create an organic watercolor look for my houses, so I used the ink smooshing technique. The Distress inks I used are listed below:  
(left: lightest shade. right: darkest shade)
Blues: Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch, Faded Jeans
Greens: Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needle 
Yellows: Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey
Oranges: Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin
Reds: Abandoned Coral, Candid Apple, Fired Brick

Then I die cut them out and drew some doors and windows with 0.35 Copic Multiliner. I also stamped and heat embossed the adorable bears from the Big Hugs from Evelin T. Design set. After watercoloring the image with ZIG clean color real brush pens, I die cut it with the coordinating Big Hugs with Evelin T. Design Cutaways

I mounted some of the houses with foam tape to create some dimension to the scene. It really does make a big difference!

For the sentiment, I chose the "welcome little one" stamp from Sketchy Thoughts and heat embossed the image with silver embossing powder. I also added some pierced dots details to the sentiment banner by using the small border die from Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then embellished the card with some rhinestones and turquoise sequins and that finishes off the card. 

Shay has generously provided me with a $30 gift certificate that I can giveaway. If you enjoyed these cards, please comment on both W&W and my blog for a chance to win! I will be posting for the remaining Saturdays of this month, so if you comment on each post you will have 4 chances to win this wonderful prize. That is all from me today. I hope you will join me next Saturday but until then, have a wonderful week!

Challenges Entered: 
Seven Hills Crafts: Sketch (I did a loose interpretation of the sketch for my second bear baby card. The houses are the background, the vellum banner and sequin string are the two strips, and the bear image is the circular object.) / 7Kids: ATG (I used Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and Distress Ink Kit 1 / Kit 2) / Word Art Wednesday: ATG

Winnie & Walter: Rerun No. 21 / Happy Little Stampers: Watercolor

Happy Little Stampers: ATG with Dies /  Joy Clair: ATG


  1. Beautiful cards :) i love how creatively you made the houses!! So cool.

  2. Congrats on your win & on being July's Leading Lady--well-deserved! Love the creativity of both these cards & how you used the colors--wonderful work!

  3. Congrats on your Leading Lady spot this month! Looking forward to seeing more!
    I love these beautiful cards! The colors are amazing!

  4. I would not have thought to combine the bunny and bears with those stamps. It really works though. Very creative and beautiful.

  5. Love how colorful both cards are. The designs are lovely. And
    all the little details really matter. Love the pierced holes on
    the vellum sentiment; the popped up houses; the sequins.

  6. I really like your design style and use of color!

  7. Oh my!!! I'm totally in love for your gorgeous cards!!! Really adorable!!!
    Congrats on your win & on being July's Leading Lady!!!

  8. congrats on leading lady! your creations are so colorful and cute. can't wait to see what else you have in store for us!

  9. OMG what wonderful creations - the layering and ideas are so cleverly done:)
    I can see why you are a leading lady - CONGRATULATIONS:)

  10. Your watercoloring is simply beautiful! Lovely cards. Thanks for sharing :) Congratulations on being leading lady!

  11. Love the cute and colorful backgrounds you created.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  12. FABULOUS, Jessica!!! Congratulations on being the Leading Lady for July. I adore your bright colorful style.

    Your tree card is so pretty with all the images from that set so beautifully watercolored. I absolutely adore your town scene with the wonderful smooshing for the houses. I live in rural Idaho where the nearest town is 30 minutes away and has 1300 people. The nearest "big" city is 2-1/2 hrs away and has only 33,000 people. lol... Nonetheless I have an uncharacteristic fascination with town and cityscapes and love seeing them on cards!! :) Thank you for sharing these beautiful cards with us. Can't wait for next Saturday's installment!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  13. I love the bright bold colors on your cards! Stunning!

  14. Congrats on your win!
    How beautifully you designed both of ur cards, so attractive with fab watercoloring!

  15. I love the variety of trees on your first card. Zig CCRBM's are a favorite coloring medium for me, so I am always happy to see them being used.

  16. I love the variety of trees on your first card. Zig CCRBM's are a favorite coloring medium for me, so I am always happy to see them being used.

  17. Beautiful vibrant cards - I love your colouring, and I especially like the way you made and doodled the houses on your second card!

  18. What BEAUTIFUL cards! Love them!

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog. (shelly-sweetgreetings.blogspot.com)
    I couldn't find an email to reply to your question about which stamp set I used for my pizza card...though it's from Clearly Besotted Stamps. They have some super cute stamps! ;)

  19. So beautiful card. lots of colors and layers.

    thank you for playing at 7kids challenge blog. hope to see you again soon.

  20. Your cards are SO pretty, and I always enjoy my visits to your blog. I hope you're having a fabulous week. Thanks so much for stopping by to share your talents with us. I love it when you play along in our challenges. God bless you, and please join us again soon.
    Karen L
    Word Art Wednesday

  21. I really like your bright color choices and the trees are so unique! Beautiful projects!

  22. Beautiful cards! The houses are so creative, and I love your hand-drawn details!

  23. Jessica these cards are spectacular!!! First the trees are just so beautiful, and I love that you embossed them in black! And your second card I'm just totally in love with!! The dimension you were able to build looks just amazing. I can't believe you hand drew in the details on the buildings ❤️ Thank you so much for inspiring me!

  24. Very unique coloring on the houses, very interesting !

  25. Gorgeous coloring on
    the cards. I love the
    second one with the
    colorful houses.
    Carla from Utah

  26. I thought I had left a comment but since I don't see it, I'll leave another! I saw your card on the W&W blog and was blown away with your colorful and creative style. The watercoloring on your trees and houses are so fun, and your use of the tag die to make houses is genius!! Love love love your beautiful cards!

  27. Wow, both cards are awesome! Love the bright colours!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at Seven Hills Crafts!

  28. Stunning layers and interest created on these very cool cards.

  29. OMG!!Gorgeous cards Jessica...Love the bright colors...simply awesome..Love the way you have used w&w dies to make houses..So inspiring..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers - Anything goes with dies challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

  30. What a beautiful and creative pair of cards. I love the whimsical feel to them.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers and I hope you will join us again soon.
    Carol x

  31. Beautiful and super cute! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  32. Stunning and lovely cards,
    Thank you for Joining us at Happy Little stampers and waiting to see next time.

    Meena HLS WC DT

  33. Jessica, both cards are AMAZING!!! Your watercolorin on each of them give the special effect. Love the bear and baby one a lot :) Thank you for playing along with Joy Clair July Challenge. Hope you will play again with us in August!


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