Sunday, June 7, 2015

Chase Your Dreams - Grunge Look Graduation FWF 6-12

"The cat has been described as the most perfect animal, the acme of muscular perfection and the supreme example in the animal kingdom of the coordination of mind and muscle."
                                                                                   ------ Roseanne Ambrose Brown

Hi, Friends.....

There are so many fun events happening in the papercrafting blogosphere right now that it is tough to pick and choose which ones I have time to do!  But I scrambled around to get in on Pretty Pink Posh's Watercolor Blog Hop. You can, too!!  The link-up is open through Monday (June 8) evening.

Watercolor is such a fun and varied category that always gives such lovely results.  Who can resist playing with it??  A hop like this gives me a great excuse to try some new genres and styles.  So I made a masculine grunge-style graduation card for my first hop entry.

I dabbed Distress Ink pads in Black Soot, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed on my craft mat and misted with water then smooshed my mixed media paper down onto it.  After it was dry I splattered it with some drops of water.  I added some strips of washi tape and stamped a Unity sentiment with Onyx Black Tsukineko - Versafine Ink(This stamp was from a grab bag, but I tracked it down to be part of Unity's Aug 2014 KOM.)  I love this sentiment for a graduation card...don't you?

After getting that far, I realized how grunge this was looking so I decided to add some texture stamping.  I don't really have very many texture stamps so I grabbed a scrap from my DCWV Burlap Paper Stack leftover from a number of recent projects and dabbed Black Soot DI on it and pressed the scrap onto my paper.

The texture of the burlap added exactly the look I wanted!!  :)  What do you think????

By the way, everyone......I have a GIVEAWAY this week to celebrate this Watercolor Hop AND the summer Coffee Lovers Hop.  

You can win this stamp!!!!

Here's how to enter my GIVEAWAY:
1.  Comment on this or ANY of my Watercolor Hop or Coffee Lover Hop posts by 11:59 pm PDT Friday, June 12, 2015.
2.   Please leave your email address with your comment.  If I do not have a way to contact you, I will select a different winner.  I would be so sad for you to miss out!!
3.  I will announce the winner on Saturday, June 13th.  

Okay, that is all for this post.  Be watching for more of my watercolor entries today and tomorrow, and my coffee lovers entries during the week!  :)


Thank you for the honor of entering this card in the following hops and challenges:
1. Pretty Pink Posh Watercolor Blog Hop
2. The Male Room Challenge #11 - Use Washi Tape
3. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Make it Masculine
4. Words 2 Scrap By Challenge #18 - It's a Man's World
5. DL.Art Thankful Thursday Challenge #157 - Father's Day/For a Man  

6. The Paper Girls Challenge #81 - Father's Day/ Masculine
7. Unity Friends With Flair Link-Up


  1. What an awesome graduation cards or could be used when someone is about to embark on a new adventure!! Wonderful texture and excellent dimension!! So very fun!!
    I am Taunya Butler over at daisiesgirl at gmail dot com!!
    Hey I am hosting a giveaway too at my blog of 5 different SU! stamp sets - if you are interested I would love for you to come by!!

  2. GREAT graduation card, love the grungy look ;)

  3. Oh, you are so clever and creative Janis!! The lack of a texture stamp didn't even slow you down and that burlap background effect is wonderful! GREAT graduation sentiment and glorious colors! Did you add ink or texture to the washi tape as well or did it already come grungy?!! Either way, I love it!
    kladd94803 at aol dot com

  4. Yep you're right that sentiment is perfect for a graduation card. Loving your grunge look too. Thanks for playing at The Male Room.

  5. Janis, I never would have put graduation, watercolor, and grunge together. But, you have really pulled off this look. I especially love what you did with that burlap. Genius -- and definitely CASE-worthy! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Words 2 Scrap By. :)

  6. Awesome grungy masculine card--I like the texture of the burlap.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  7. the burlap background is wonderful! GREAT masculine card. TFS.

  8. I think your grungy graduation card is just fab. Love the colours on the background and the way the Washi has been used. Thanks so much for playing along with The Male Room this week!

  9. Wow, this looks amazing! Love your awesome background! Fabulous for a graduation card! Thank you for your giveaway - would love to win!

  10. hello Janis! what a fun card, awesome background! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  11. Genius idea to use the burlap for added it! This is a great guy card with great washi tape accents. Thanks for joining in W2SB's It's a Man's World Challenge!

  12. This is great I love the background!!
    Thank you for joining my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes June Linky Party. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.

  13. Hi Janis. Love this. Great idea with the burlap. Oopz, didn't leave my email on the last comment, but you can probably find me on my blogger link. But just in case.... craftynomad at gmail dot com Hugz

  14. Love the great color blend in your card! Wonderful!

  15. Awesome looking card, Janis. Love the colors of the background; turned out gorgeous! I've been trying watercolor backgrounds (with the only 3 colors I have! lol) and it's been fun. Haven't tried smooching yet, but I will ... hope I do half as good as you do. rebyah1@ gmaildotcom :-)

  16. I love the earthy feel of the background you created! I love the idea of stamping with burlap, and love the finished result! I agree- great grad card for sure!

  17. Fun card, great idea to use the burlap as a stamp!
    Shanna :)

  18. love your card.. the texture you added with burlap stamping is awesome!! rgaberina yahoo co in

  19. What an awesome way to add texture!

  20. A very pretty card!! AWESOME job!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Crafting With Creative M

  21. Janis, I love this card! I love how you added texture with a piece of burlap and some ink...very creative!

  22. I do like the texture of the canvas. It adds the perfect touch to your project.


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