Sunday, July 4, 2021

613 Avenue Create - July Challenge #7 - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Watercolor

 Hello, Crafty Makers!
This month at 613 Avenue Create, we are challenging our players to get messy with watercolors!  As long as you mix ink with water and put it onto paper, your project meets the twist criteria!  
We Are All Mad Here!
"Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder what was going to happen next." ~ Alice In Wonderland
I began the background for this project using three Distress Oxide inks, Salvaged Patina, Squeezed Lemonade, and Worn Lipstick.  Since I knew my "Chicken Dance" images would be in a primary color, I figured using pastels in the background was a pretty "Mad" thing to do.  I used a water brush to make swipes and squiggles across the card panel. I used my heating tool to speed up the drying time.
It was my intent to create an impressionistic interpretation of all that Alice saw as she fell.  I thought about adding book and teacup stamps but decided that was too pedestrian.   I chose instead to use a stencil that would look like a distorted wall.
Next, I added Bundled Sage and Picked Raspberry Distress Inks to an acrylic block and spritzed it with water. I smooshed it down onto the panel in two spots. I layered four different stencil images onto the watercolored background using Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.
It would be impossible to create this card and not include the mad hatter's hat!  I found a free image on Google.  The hat was colored using Derwent® Inktense™ Pencils.
I thought these little chicken stamps from ALL&Create just screamed, "We are all mad here!"  They were colored using Inktense™ pencils.  I am still learning how to use these pencils.  The color is more intense than what you get with watercolor pencils, but there is a bit of a learning curve.
In this picture, you can see the impression made by the acrylic block.  Also shown is the black border edge that I created using a ruler and my black Inktense™ pencil.

I look forward to seeing your project in our challenge at

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Chana Malkah

Stuff I Used

Mad Hatter Hat - Click to download


  1. Fantastic background and the composition. LOVE the sentiment and images. LOL. Vesna

  2. Awesome & inspiring work here sis! I am in awe! Jackie teamie xxxx

  3. Super cute card. Love the background. Hugs, Teresa

  4. WOW...amazing detailed background, fabulous card, hugs, Lori m

  5. I love how you've played with the idea of Alice falling, that background is great and those chickens are super cute. Hugs, María.

  6. Love this card, great background and such fun images. Hugs Anesha

  7. oh I love your card! very pretty and cheerful!

  8. Fabulous water colour background and perfect for the brilliant chicken stamps
    Carol x

  9. \fantastic Chane love this !

  10. Fabulous water coloured background Chana and those chickens gave me real giggle this morning, fabulous the added hat too..

    luv CHRISSYxx

  11. Stunning Chana. Beautiful background. Have a creative week. Judy

  12. Only you could make messy look amazing! What a fun card, and the sentiment made me giggle! Great creativity, my friend!


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