Thursday, 3 March 2016

New Challenge at TIME OUT!

Hi friends!

TIME OUT Challenges is turning 2 years today! Congratulations to us! :) We are celebrating with a theme challenge

Easter and/or Spring with the optional technique twist of masking.

Our sponsors for this challenge are STAMPlorations

The winner of our challenge will get a $20 gift voucher. Plus we will do a random draw for those who twist with us by using masking on their project. The winner of this draw will get  2 standard sized ARTploration stencils.

Our guest designer in our birthday challenge is TaeEun. She is a TIME OUT regular and her blog is so inspiring -do visit her blog and leave her some love!

My card was a quick make. I stamped a large Stampendous lily stamp on watercolor paper with black Versafine ink and water colored it with ZIG Clean Color Brush Pens. Those of you who know me are now like "Whaaaaaat?!? Nonni uses water coloring?!?" But that's the truth... ACTUAL WATER has been used in making of this card. ;) I'm usually terrified of using water (I'm too much of a control freak...) but these pens have completely changed my opinion on water coloring. I used only 20 minutes in coloring this image and although it's not perfect, I think it looks rather nice. I looooove these pens. I think I own some stamps that will work a lot better with these pens than with my Copics. And I usually love my Copics... But these pens are so easy to use and they blend like a dream and leave no streaks to the paper... I need more colors, I only have 12! :) I had to take the pic in unnatural light -in nature the blending looks a lot smoother. The sentiment is "Happy Easter" in Finnish and I also used a brick wall stencil for inking the background. I don't actually love the retroish color palette of this card but well, as I said... It was a quickie! Quick decisions were made! :) 

Please join us in our birthday challenge. Happy crafting! 

I'd like to enter a car mix up challenge in brand new challenge blog. The theme is water coloring. Check it out here!


  1. wow Nonni, 20 mins! When I saw this I was thinking...when did she get the time to make this! The colouring is perfect. Must have a play with these pens in a few weeks, too scared to buy them without trying first as I have so much watercolour paint and pencils!

  2. This is beautiful Nonni. And wow, only 20 minutes to watercolour the image --- you are good! It would have taken me a lot longer. I'm with you on the Zigs - LOVE them! They are so easy to work with on watercolour paper and, if you have a chance, try them out on mixed media paper --- they work like a dream. :) Gorgeous design for your card with the sponged brick backdrop. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Mix Up!! xx

  3. Beautiful lilies, Nonni! And the subtle stenciling is a perfect background for them! Those Zigs are wonderful and I found that 12 was nowhere near enough! ;-) Thanks for sharing this with us at CAS Mix Up!

  4. Wow, Nonni ... whether you use Copics or Zigs, your colouring is always awesome! Such gorgeous blooms ... fabulous against the subtle sponged background! Hugs, Anita :)

  5. Beautiful coloring--I love my Zigs too, but I can't get them to look this good. The stencilled background is such a great extra touch.

  6. For a first try out of those pen you did so great!! Love the flowercolour! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous Nonni - your Zig colouring is beautiful - amazing blending! I really love the background you created as well - that soft brick wall is the perfect complement for your flowers! Jill

  8. Your coloring and blending are perfect! The stenciled background and dark green base go very harmoniously with the flowers and the spring theme!


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