Let the Words do the Talking

Frilly and Funkie Challenge: Let the Words do the Talking Watercolor Thank You Card

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another fabby challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  This time around, the ever creative Sue is our host and the theme is Let the Words do the Talking.  Here’s what she has to say about this challenge:

Challenge Theme:Let the words do the talking – I love to include meaningful sayings on my projects, sayings that speak to me and inspire me to do the things I do. What I would love to see on your projects for this challenge are the words and sayings that mean alot to you and inspire you.

I gave this challenge some thought, and decided that one of the words that is the most important to me is “Thank You.” Keeping a thankful heart keeps me in a sunny mood, makes me feel like I’m rich as a queen, and besides, it’s just good manners. Saying thank you to others is so important, and a short little thank you note can really lift their spirits as well.  With that in mind, I  decided to create a set of thank you cards, because I never have one on hand when I need one.

Let the Words do the Talking ChallengeTammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 01I dug my Brave Boots out of the Closet of Shame, and went to work stamping and watercoloring this gorgeous Tammy Tutterow stamp.  I do not consider myself a stamper.  Or a colorer.  And definitely NOT a watercolorer.  I love to see stamping/coloring from others, but it has been a skill that I’ve had to work hard at, and often I have been disappointed with the results.  But sometimes….you get lucky!  And I feel like I really did get lucky this go round, because I love these cards!  (Isn’t that shameful to say out loud?  But I dooooo…I really do!)

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 02I created a master board on Ranger water color.  The first step was to stamp a script stamp in Tea Dye distress ink.  Then I embossed with clear embossing powder so that the ink would not run.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 03Next I applied Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks with a sponge applicator.  Then I spritzed with water and spattered with Tattered Angels Creme de Rouge Glimmer Mist.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 04When I was happy with the background, I stamped the image with Jet Black Archival In.  Then i got out my Tattered Rose, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Re-Inkers and a water brush to add the water color layer to my background.  And….I had fun!

For some reason, I seem to have the best success at coloring when I work with a water brush and re-inkers.  I’ve tried all kinds of distress mediums for water color, but I’m never happy with the result.  I shaded the left hand side of the heart, colored in the flowers, ribbons and flowers and added some splotches of water color over the master board background.  Then I used  a white Sharpie Paint Pen to add white highlights to the colored image.

Tammy Tutterow Thank You Card designed by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Let the Words do the Talking Challenge 05Finally, the edges were inked with Tea Dye, and each panel was machine stitched onto patterned paper from Graphic 45’s A Ladies’ Diary.  I custom dyed seam binding with Tattered Rose re-inker and added the bow and pearl button before gluing onto a pearl card base.

This is a different look for me…much simpler, and all the layering is in the ink instead of in the paper.  The finished product was so soft and feminine that it made my heart very happy. No two cards in the batch are exactly the same, which is really really fun.

I hope you’ll play along in this challenge.  Just create a vintage or shabby chic project where you Let the Words Do the Talking and link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM on June 14th.  The F&F design team will pay you a visit on your blog, say lovely things and choose a winner.  The winner will earn the chance of a Guest DT spot at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team.

I can’t wait to see what you make!  And thanks…from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to stop by today!



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24 thoughts on “Let the Words do the Talking

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Awwww! Thank you, Tammy! I had such fun working with this stamp, that I had to go order more! I’m so honored to have you stop by! You made my day!!!! Hugs!

  1. Sara Emily

    Sigh! Beautiful, Kathy! You really did amazing things with this stamp and now it is on my wish list! The colors are so dreamy and the bow and bling are the perfect finishing touches. Of course, your sewing machine fully cooperated and every stitch is perfect, and what really adds so much to these lovely thank you notes! Big hugs!

  2. sherrie

    Oh my goodness, this is SO pretty! I love the fantastic colors~they blend so well together! I also love the stamped image~super cute project!
    Sherrie K

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Sherrie! I found this stamp was a joy to work with, and the Ranger watercolor paper was a great medium for this project! I really appreciate your kind and encouraging comment! Have a lovely day!

    1. kathycNC Post author

      Thank you so much, Beulah! I have fast fallen in love with the new line from Tammy Tutterow! They are a dream to work with!

  3. stampersuzz

    stunning. I am seriously thinking I need some of these stamps now. I adore how you mixed the colors in the background and kept the focus on the beautiful stamped image!

  4. Nancy Dynes

    Your thank you cards are perfection!! I’m in the same boat as you with coloring–haven’t much experience–but you handled it like the true pro that you are, like you’ve been doing it your whole life!! You’ve given them a kind of magical quality with the beautiful background and color palette! You could give a class on these cards. I like the water brush as well, but never thought of using the re-inkers, which makes total sense now that you say it. You’re brilliant, and once again have inspired me to step outside my comfort zone and try something new!

  5. Samra

    Gorgeous card set Kathy!!! Your creation inspired me so much that I went ahead and bought that stamp and will be making some thank you cards to enter into challenge, all thanks to your stunning work!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. soozyb2013

    So Kathy, don’t be afraid of stamping and colouring, you are a natural at it! Those cards are truly lovely! Great job for being leery of doing it in the first place! Keep those creative juices flowing.

  7. Judy B

    These cards are so lovely Kathy. You did a great job on the water coloring and of course your designs are always wonderful. Thanks for sharing with us.

  8. Candy Colwell

    Kathy, these thank you cards are gorgeous. You’ve done Tammy proud with these! What a lovely stamp and an even Lockyer way of finishing it off with your soft colors and sweet little shabby bow. I love how you have matted the card front, too. The machine stitching adds that special little touch! Beautiful!!

  9. Cec

    These are stunning. Your colouring is gorgeous and the colour palette is so pretty. Anyone receiving one of these would be thrilled and consider it a keepsake.

  10. Pamellia

    Wow Kathy, what an amazing collection!! I love the colours you used for your backgrounds and the gorgeous water colour effect you achieved! Beautiful ribbon and love the bling! Of course, the focal stamp is brilliant…LOVE THEM!! hugs 🙂

  11. Susan Smit

    Hi….You have these stamps! My eyes are turning green….love what you did with them! The photos are look’n good too…don’t you just love it when a investment pays off…lol and hugs

  12. Jenny Marples

    These are so special Kathy! Love that you used watercolouring with this amazing stamp to really make the words shine through and the bows are the perfect finishing touch xx

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