Create and Inkspire July Kit – Take 1


I’ve had this kit for almost 2 weeks and because life gets in the way, I’m just now playing with it. And man, oh man…  I have 10 cards in my head that I can’t wait to get onto paper!!! I posted about this kit earlier with a full description of what comes in it, and you can find that post HERE. Today I’m using one of the stencils and both stamp sets. Just a reminder, in case you are not a kit kind of person, the stencils and stamps are sold separately too. Here’s a photo from my unboxing of all the goodies in the kit:


For those of you who have been here before, you know I love Tombow markers. What you may *not* know is that I have never used them to try no-line watercoloring… before now. For my first attempt, I am pretty dang pleased with the results. I am eager to try again with different inks to see which works best with the markers. Something *else* you may not know is that my first article for the Create and Inkspire magazine is all about watercoloring with Tombows and is a stepped out photo tutorial. You have to be a member to view the article, but for $3.99 a month, which also provides a discount on the monthly kit, you may want to go check it out and see if it is for you!!!


Ok, so let’s start with the image on today’s card… having never ventured into no-line coloring before, the only ink I had to work with is Barely Beige from Simon Says Stamp. I stamped the image twice with my MISTI so I could see it well, but honestly… with this ink, I think it would have turned out better with just one stamping.  I selected two markers adding the darker in the shadows and lighter on the tips of the petals. With a barely damp brush I liquefied the pigment and blended the colors. The pigments change the shade of the stamping to match the colors of the markers. I used another 2 shades for the stem and leaves. When dry, I die cut the image with a Spellbinders oval die. Using the die as a stencil, I used a makeup brush to apply Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink to the interior of the die cut around the image while leaving a white border. While there are many brands that carry shaped dies, Spellbinders is still the only ones I know of that have this feature.


The background was created with Wild Honey Distress Oxide ink and a makeup brush to obtain an ombre effect with the darker color to the left side of the panel, which matched the ink blending on the focal piece. Over that, I inked a single leaf from the foliage stencil of the July kit repeatedly down the left side with a combination of Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxides to get a shade that matched my watercoloring. All that was left was to stamp a sentiment and the set that comes with the kit is going to get so much use!!!  I love the sentiments… so good for friend cards… and the font is beautiful! I stamped the sentiment twice in Abandoned Coral and once in Spiced Marmalade to get the perfect match to the stenciling and watercoloring. I love mixing colors to get what you need! I trimmed the panel down to allow a small white border and I added a scattering of the Trinity Stamps gems that come with the July kit. It is tempting to make this card in a rainbow assortment of colors, but I have too many other ideas for the rest of the kit that I want to try first! If you end up trying this layout, I’d love to see it!

Thanks for dropping by today and stay tuned for more “inkspiration” from this kit!


I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

29 comments on “Create and Inkspire July Kit – Take 1

  1. Karen, your card is so fresh and bright. Love the colours you have used.Thank yo for joining us at the Happy Craft Challenge. Maureen Design Team


  2. Creative and gorgeous colours and stamping, lovely design and thanks for entering into our Sentiment-all challenge, hope to see you again and please don’t forget to follow if you haven’t already. ♥

    ARTSYSTAMPER DIGITALS. Good luck in the draw. . Love to see you next challenge.

    ~aNNie DT member


  3. Thank you for joining in at the Crafty Calendar Challenge, with your beautiful fresh card in gorgeous zesty colours, the perfect CAS card


  4. So very pretty and in such lovely colours. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.


  5. So beautifully done! Love your coloring!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Penny Black and More!
    Ellibelle’s Corner


  6. […] the stamps. (If you are visiting me for the first time, you can learn more about the kit HERE and HERE.) Today I chose a couple of the floral images in the big stamp set to work with and yet another […]


  7. Oh wow Karen, beautiful color combination! So bright and cheery.. Love it!! 💕


  8. Your card is stunning and I love the colors you’ve chosen. So glad you shared it with us for the Lavinia World Challenges #32 :-).


  9. What a sweet card. So glad you joined us for our “All About the Flowers” August challenge at Die Cut Divas https://die-cut-divas.blogspot.com/.


  10. For your first try coloring no line, the results are WOW! Thanks for playing along with us at Catch The Bug. Hope to see you again.


  11. Beautiful card!

    Thank you for sharing it with us at Lavinia World Challenge blog

    Ania DT


  12. What a lovely card.
    Thank you for entering our Challenge at
    AUD Sentiments
    this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in our next challenge.
    Crafty hugs
    Debbie Maddock – DT AUD Sentiments
    My blog


  13. What a beautiful kit! Love how you created your card, Karen! Thank you for sharing with us at Lavinia World Challenge!
    Lavinia World DT – Bonnie


  14. Wow lovely card!! Thanks for playing along our August challenge at Die Cut Divas.


  15. Karen your card looks absolutely beautiful! I love the delicate flower and the colors are wonderful! Thanks for sharing with us at Lavinia World Challenge #32!


  16. Oh Karen this is just beautiful! Excellent design and coloring! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog! Good Luck in the draw and hope to see you again next challenge!

    Please stop by for a visit.


  17. Wonderful card, you had me at flowers, I just love them all….awesome colors as well. Thanks for playing our stamp act week at Krafty Chicks.

    Leanne DT/KC


  18. Nice card, great colour combination and good colouring!
    Thank you for participating in our Artsystamper challenge using digital stamps!
    Scrap&Doodles, Inga Betenshi


  19. Stunning card I love the colours!
    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday! Jane S (DT) Paper, Pencils & Pretty Things xxx


  20. Beautiful background and great card.
    Thanks for joining the End of Summer challenge at Catch the Bug.
    xxx Margreet DT


  21. Ummm, this is GORGEOUS, my Squirrel Sister! But let me put on my professional hat here…Thanks for playing along in our End of Summer challenge at Catch the Bug! I hope to see you again! 🙂

    ~Marie B -DT
    Blog: http://www.anothercardmakingblog@blogspot.com
    IG: @anothercardmaker


  22. Beautiful card. I love the distressing work.

    Thank you for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday Challenges.

    Happy Crafting


  23. Beautiful card and very nicely done! Thank you for joining the Aud Sentiments Challenge blog, we hope you’ll be back next time!


  24. beautiful work, thank you for joining us and good luck, Colouring in Scrapland DT team


  25. Such a beautiful card, thanks for joining us at the Dragonfly Dreams.
    Hugs Ilonka DT x


  26. What a beautiful card! I love the bright sunny colors. Thank you so much for sharing and entering our August Challenge at SheepSki Designs. Good Luck!
    Cara, SheepSki Design Team
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}


  27. wonderful card and coloring. Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.

    Hugs and good luck
    DT bastel-traum challenge


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