Saturday, June 6, 2015

Coffee and Watercolors

 Hello Crafters! 

Happy weekend! We made it!
This week has been busy, busy, busy here on the ole' blog. I hope you found a ton of inspiration when you visited. While I was busy celebrating the new WPlus9 release (p.s. it's in the store ready to come find a new comfy home with you!)  two different blog hops kicked off that I really wanted to participate in. 

There are so many wonderful goodies up for winning including some from WPlus9. That Dawn's pretty awesome. Love her! 
I love that one of the requirements to win is that you leave at least 5 comments on the other participants projects. Gotta spread that love!

The second hop is the Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop
Somehow I missed the spring hop and I wasn't missing this one! I NEEd my coffee and have to celebrate it as often as possible! Again lots of goodies to be won! In fact the set I used to create my card is one of the things you can win. Christine at Create A Smile is so generous. Love her too!
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Alright, let's get to it!


Summer = Beach. 
That's just the way it is in my head. 
Every vacation we take we're heading to the beach. It only seemed fitting to combine my two loves. 

I stamped the large mug from Coffee First onto watercolor paper using WPlus9's Black Pure Color ink. It's archival and perfectly safe for watercoloring. The original image has stripes on the mug. I wanted something a bit more beachy so I just masked them off before stamping.

I wanted to give the illusion of a beach scene in the background. 
I added lots of water to the bottom left corner and then dropped in distress inks with my paint brush. I used mustard seed, vintage photo, walnut stain, peacock feathers, salty ocean, and chipped sapphire from bottom to top.

 Once that was dry I drew in a wave design onto my mug. I love zentangling, it's so fun AND it can completely change the look of images you already own. 



I colored the waves and mug with copics. Let me say the archival ink is not copic friendly. However, Dawn's ink bleeds considerably less than other archival inks I've tried and I was very careful not to bump the edges with my markers. I added bits of white gel pen to the waves for strong highlights. Don't forget to outline your image with a black pen, it really sets them off!

The sentiment is a combination of Coffee First and other Create A Smile sets. 
Who doesn't want sunshine and coffee?! 

I can't wait to hop around and see what everyone made! 
Thanks for visiting!

XoXo

75 comments:

  1. Great watercoloring, the background is so beautiful!!

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  2. Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous. And (ducking head) I am not a fan of coffee, but that mug is fantastic!!!

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  3. What a fantastic card! Fabulous coloring!!
    (from experimentswithcardmakingetc.wordpress.com)

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  4. Oh my!! The swirls in that cup are just amazing. The entire piece is beautiful - but those swirls are just awesome...

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  5. What a brilliant take on the Coffee hop. I would have never thought about zentangling on a coffee cup. Your card is completely amazing. You have captured a little piece of summer in a coffee cup perfectly!

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  6. Very cool looking card. Love it.

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  7. Gorgeous background and that swirly cup...I'd like a set of those, please! Fabulous card!
    ~c

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  8. awesome watercoloring.. this is so pretty..

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  9. thud.
    LOVE how you embellished that super fabulous mug!
    Thanks for linking up to the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop♡

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  10. AMAZING zen-tangle! The coloring is superb:)

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  11. Love the waves in the cup! Very beachy. Great watercolor.

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  12. Awesome card Kelly! Love the swirls in the cup!

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  13. I just love this card! Perfection!!

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  14. How cool are those swirly waves on the mug!

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  15. Very pretty. Love your water color background. TFS

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  16. Absolutely love those colours and the freehand zentangles - just makes it stand out so much more. Love it. Xx

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  17. Oh!! This is truly stunning. I am in awe of your watercolor background. I have tried to make something for this challenge the last few days and EVERYTHING I have created has gone in the garbage. You make it look so effortless!! I also LOVE that zentangle you created on your cup. Really makes it ROCK. I am going to have to try this on something. It looks so fun!! Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Nora, I feel your pain. I have thrown away my fair share of watercolor "fails" too. However, I'm just now realizing that you have to keep going. When I get too heavy-handed with colors and they turn to mud, I bokeh over them. Others I will black or white emboss large sentiments over them, so the mess recedes to the back. Watercolor paper is too expensive to keep throwing it out. And really, mom will always love the card no matter how ugly it is. I've got quite a stash dedicated just for her (along with beautiful ones too, of course). LOL

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  18. gorgeous! love what you did here to create this card!

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  19. I love everything about this card, but especially those waves! Perfect feeling for a lovely, lazy summer day at the beach.

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  20. Absolutely GORGEOUS, Kelly!

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  21. Very pretty card. Love the coffee cup.
    ♥ Monica
    Would love for you to join my blog celebration for a chance to win some blog candy.
    Taylormadecards4u – My personal Blog!

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  22. Oh my this is just gorgeous, I'm in love with this card, your technique for masking and coloring that cup is amazing! I'm happily following your blog now :)

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  23. AWESOME waves and watercolouring!

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  24. Beautiful card, Kelly, love the colors, your water color background and the superb design on your cup! Wonderful card for the hop! Happy hopping!

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  25. Oh my gosh!! I love your card! Those waves on the cup are perfect and the sentiment is awesome!! Love the background that you created too!

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  26. Great card! I love Zentangling, too! Those waves are just awesome!

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  27. LOVE your wave tangle!! FAB!

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  28. this is terrific , i'd love to have a coffee cup that pretty

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  29. Another amazing coffee card. Wonderful watercolor, color selection is amazing. About this cup I dream - pattern and color for me.
    hugs,
    Bozena

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  30. I cannot imagine that you've drawn these waves??!! OUtstanding, Kelly... brilliant and SO Summer-beachy!
    =] Michele

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  31. Those zentangled waves are incredible. Perfectly beachy coffee cup. Beautiful colors and incredible painting and coloring. Love this card. Bev

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  32. Oh my heavens!! This is so darn amazing!! That cup... WOW!!

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  33. Oh wow, this is AWESOME! I love your doodeling. I'm always impressed by zentangle patterns and wish I could do them myself.

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  34. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!! Just AWESOME!! LOVING the FUN Design and the Colors!! Makes you think Coffee!! =) THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUIS WEEKEND!! =)

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  35. This card is stunning and amazing.

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  36. This is absolutely beautiful!! It's one my favorite cards I've seen along this hop. So graphic and gorgeous!

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  37. Gorgeous as always Kelly im absolutely in awe at your colouring skills xx

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  38. what wonderful watercoloring

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  39. Fantastic! Love the cup and your Zentangle design.

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  40. What a fantastic card! I love that amazing mug!

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  41. Beautiful mug and lovely card, thanks for the tip on zen tangling.

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  42. LOVE this! Gorgeous coffee mug ♥

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  43. Wow!! I was already impressed when I thought the pattern on the cup was a stamp but now I'm just in awe! Gorgeous all the way!

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  44. I always love your colouring no matter whether it's watercolour or copics. Your work is always amazing! Love the pattern on the cup.

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  45. Love the way you've stacked your background colors, and that zentangle mug is pretty darn awesome! :)

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  46. I LOVE your card....especially the waves on the mug.

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  47. Love the mug! You have inspired me to add water colors yo my copics. Beautiful!

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  48. Love the mug! You have inspired me to add water colors yo my copics. Beautiful!

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  49. This a fabulous and unique creation for this amazing blog hop, totally love each and every element in it! Great effort!

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  50. OMG. that cup of coffee is just FABULOUS!!! LOVe it.

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  51. Wow! This is really gorgeous! I love it!

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  52. I love, love this card so much, I again needed this stamp set too!!

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  53. so pretty! LUV how you "re-designed" the cup!!!

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  54. Kelly - I really just need to add ditto from me on every single positive and glowing review you have gotten about this card - YOU ARE AMAZING - always have been and ALWAYS will be - This card completely and totally rocks and I love the zentangling on the mug - perfect way to make this into a summer-y coffee lovers card!! You so ROCK!!!

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  55. This is stunning and love how you added the details to the coffee cup...amazing coloring and design!

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  56. Wow. Just wow- so incredibly done!!!

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  57. WOW! Your card is GORGEOUS!!! Love the design and colors. :-D

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  58. GORGEOUS!! I love your watercoloring, and the swirly cup is just beautiful!!

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  59. I love those waves! Your watercolor background looks fabulous - beautiful work!

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  60. A work of art, Kelly. Clear to see the beach makes you happy!

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  61. Awesome, awesome Kelly such a great work of art, that background swoon!!!!!!!!

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  62. Beautiful watercoloring! Love it! Thanks for sharing! ~Annie

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  63. Stunning! Wow! This is one of my faves on the hop; simple and yet so striking!

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  64. I just love looking at this card - love the background and the waves on the cup!

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  65. awesome card, love the watercolor and cup

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  66. Oh your coffee cup with waves is so perfect for this hop, I love it!

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  67. OMGosh, you should have your coffee cup made into a stamp! It is so pretty! And, I love your watercolored background. Great card!

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  68. Hi Kelly, So great water-colouring background!!! TFS your beautiful card!!!

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