Thursday, January 7, 2016

COOL-est Card Series - Week #1


Hello there!  I am so excited, because today, and every Thursday in January, I am teaming up with my friend Jenn Shurkus to bring you the 2016 Coolest Card Series!  Each week, we will be focusing on a particular company and technique, but every card will be winter or snow themed!  Each week, we will be giving away prizes so be sure to play along with us (scroll down for a peek at this week's awesome prize)!  Here is how you can win:

1. Comment on this post
2. Comment on Jenn's post
3. Play along with us and link up using the inlinkz below

That gives you 3 chances to win per week, and we will be giving away one prize per week, so 4 prizes total.  The winners will be posted at 9am, February 4th.  When the winners are announced, you can find them here.

For week one, we will be using Paper Smooches products along with stencils to create our cards.  I started of by watercoloring a piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock using Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress inks.  When it was dry, I diecut it with a stitched rectangles die, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Splatters stencil to add a few splotches over top of the watercolor using the same colors of distress inks.  Then, using my Kuretake Gansai watercolors, I added some pearl and white paint splatters for more interest.  I diecut the Paper Smooches Lovely Snowflake from white cardstock and popped that up where I wanted it with foam tape, then added a sentiment from the Paper Smooches Good Gab stamp set.  Finally, I added a scattering of sparkling clear and iridescent sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

COOL-est Card Series 2016

I hope you are feeling inspired!  Be sure to check out what Jenn has to share with you today!  You can see her project by clicking here!  Play along with us for a chance to win!  Share your creations with us on instagram using the hashtag #COOLestcardseries.  We'd love to see how you are inspired by the challenges!

Want a chance to win this week's prize?


Remember, you can win one of three ways!  Leave a comment on this post, leave a comment on Jenn's post, or make a winter or snow themed card using a stencil, and add it to the inlinkz below!





Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

Supplies:
Stamps: Paper Smooches Good Gab
Dies: Paper Smooches Lovely Snowflake
Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor, PTI White
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Disress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet
Other: 4mm Sparkling Clear and 6mm Lavender Moon, Peacock Feathers and Peridot Mist sequins from Pretty Pink Posh, Foam Tape, Kuretake Gansai 36 watercolor palette

48 comments:

Ashwini Rao said...

Awesome background - love the snowflake on it!

Oreety said...

I love this, so pretty and has such an "artsy" feel to it!

vinita jain said...

Love the splattered stenciling on the beautiful BG and it really pops up the snowflake beauty!

Anya said...

Lovely card! I'm here from Jenn's blog. Your Coolest card series sounds fun!! It is inspiring to see two very different takes on this week's theme--both awesome!

deana benson said...

Beautiful colors! I love that your giving me a reason to use my snowflakes and snowmen. I love them too but because I have to deliver in all kinds of weather I'm not partial to snow.

deana benson said...

Beautiful colors! I love that your giving me a reason to use my snowflakes and snowmen. I love them too but because I have to deliver in all kinds of weather I'm not partial to snow.

Betsey Terry said...

long time follower of Jenn, but will have to add you to my blog feed. Love your take on the coolest card series..and actually gave me another idea! Thanks for sharing!

Heidi Brawley said...

Oh that is very Beautiful!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE that snowflake!!!! Fabulous background too!!!!

KimCreate said...

Hi, your card is fantastic! so dramatic, the colors! That's for offering a prize, hope I win!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous background and I love that pretty snowflake! Great card!

Scrapthat said...

Very pretty Audrey!! :D TFS
Dolly

Dana Kirby said...

Love your card! So pretty!! I can't wait to see what you create every week!

Janet Zeppa said...

I love your gorgeous background and this whole series idea!

cghundley said...

Your winter card
is lovely! Love
the blobs of color.
Carla from Utah

D.Ann C said...

Oh that snowflake is fabulous and that background is gorgeous!

Christy Q said...

What a fantastic card, Audrey!! I love that awesome watercolored background - something I still have to master since my attempts end up as a muddy mess. The sequins and snowflake are fabulous! Can't wait to play along this weekend!

crazymom said...

Oh wow! I love this!

Linda said...

Love those stencilled splatters in the same colours over the watercoloured areas - what a cool look!

Irene said...

The combination of colors is just stunning...great card!

Isabel Z said...

I love your water coloring effect--it's beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

Gina McClellan said...

Love the watercolor layering! So beautiful!

Mary-Anne V said...

wow what a pretty card using the distressed inks and the dies.

Christine Canfield said...

that background is gorgeous!

Arianna Barbara said...

Oh wow! This card is adorable! So cute!!!!

Jeanne Jordan said...

Hi Audrey, this is a stunning card. The colors I love and the snowflake pops off the card! Thanks for the chance to win. I commented on Jenn's blog, but I forgot to ask this question: If we post a card, do we choose one of your blogs or can we just go ahead and post it on both blogs? Leave it to me to ask a question! Jenn will tell you I am full of questions! LOL

Audrey said...

Thank you so much Jeanne! I am pretty sure that if you add to the inlinkz, it will show up on both of our blogs as we've added the same inlinkz code to both of our blog posts. So glad to hear you'd like to play along! Can't wait to see what you make! :)

Teresa Doyle said...

This is so pretty. I want to learn to water colour this year and this type of background looks like a good way to start. Its so bright and cheerful but somewhat random. Should be a good way for a beginner to start. TFS and for the chance to win!

Lizzie T a/k/a Wifelady said...

Gorgeous card! I love this series idea!

Kathy Camasso said...

Ooooooh, I bought myself some fun watercolor goods for Christmas; totally inspired by this to break them out! Love your card!

Larissa Heskett said...

SQUEAL!! SO FUN!! Looking forward to seeing ALL of the AMAMZING Inspiration!! =) LOVE LOVE LOVE your Card and I hope I'm able to Play along!!?? Have a FABULOUS WEEEKEND!! =)

Bad Kitty said...

wonderful card!

Bad Kitty's Craftroom
>^.^<

Ria Montefalcon said...

Oh wow. I love that blue burst of color. Love that snowflake also, just stands out from the beautiful background

D- said...

Your card is beautiful. Love your background. Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,
Dawn
DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

Carolee McCaslin said...

What a beautiful card!! Love it:)

BeverlyBL said...

I love your colors. So perfect with the snowflake.

jenn shurkus said...

beautiful card audrey :) so happy to have you as a guest for my COOLest Card Series!!! :)

Dawn said...

Snowflakes are fun! Love the background.

joy said...

Gorgeous card! Love that background and the snowflake is one of my favorites.

stempelwelt said...

That card is so very beautiful! Love the colors and the watercoloring looks awesome!!

Dawn said...

Love those splattered watercolors!

Katherine Barnes said...

Beautiful colors & background! I didn't know there was a splatters stencil...gonna have to add it to my wishlist now!

Maureen Reiss said...

Soooo pretty!!

Melanie Mallek said...

Your snowflake card is a beauty!

Tej said...

Love love love the background colorS! So bright and cheerful! Xx

Larissa Heskett said...

SUPER BEAUTIFUL!! =) I LOVE LOVE LOVE the FUN Watercolored Background!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

Karen B. said...

Awesome and fun card! My son just spearheaded a card for this project and I couldn't be more excited to show off our creation, thank you for giving me the opportunity!

KT Fit Kitty said...

I am loving this gorgeous card and beautiful background! Love these cool colours!

francesca said...

wowo that background is amazing!! :)

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