WWC195 – Charlotte’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge

It’s a good thing that I’m happy with this card, because I’d almost forgotten that it’s my turn to host at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge. I always feel like I have to do something extra special when I host..! This week our challenge is anything feminine goes, and we’re looking forward to seeing all your feminine makes.

I wanted to make something very elegant for my card. I decided to use the large flower stamp and one of the sentiments from Simon Says Stamp’s Sketched Flowers and heat emboss them directly onto my black card base. I used Love From Lizi Golden Crown embossing powder to do so.

Then I worked on painting the images. The black card is not watercolour paper so I had to be careful not to oversaturate it. I used the Starry Colour set of Gansai Tambi paints and made use of each of the colours on my image.

I used the Red Gold for the large flower in the centre of the cluster. I applied the paint to the areas that would be most shaded and them used clean water to help it spread across the petals. I worked one petal at a time until I was happy with how it looked.

I used the same techniques for the other flowers, just changing up the colours. I used Yellow Gold for open, pointy petalled flower and Blue Gold for the more tightly closed round flowers. The more open round flowers were painted with Champagne Gold. For the leaves I used Light Gold and finally I used the White Gold for the berries or buds.

I knew from the start that I wanted to add a frame to the card using Matte Gold Love From Lizi peel-offs. Initially I was thinking I would do a partial frame, as I had on a previous card which you can see here. I ended up deciding to do a frame on all four sides instead, though.

Adding the frame took some time as I wanted the flowers to appear to be in front of it. I achieved this look by placing the peel-offs into place, then using my craft knife to cut away the peel-offs where they overlapped the flowers or leaves. I made sure to make the cuts as close as possible to the lines of the image. Some of the areas were a bit fiddly, but the result was worth it. I used my T-square ruler to make sure none of the pieces had shifted too much out of place, adjusting the position with my reverse tweezers if needed.

I’m really happy with this card. The final design is elegant and really stands out. I’m glad I decided to add the frame on all edges as I think it really helps finish the card. If I’d had them I probably would have added a few gold Nuvo Drops too just for an extra something, but it works well enough without them anyway.


Lady Joyful

Challenges included:

Addicted to Stamps and More – Make Your Mark (edit – where it was chosen as an honourable addict!)

Creatalicious Challenges – Anything Goes

Digi Choosday Craft Challenge – Anything Goes

HCP Challenge – Anything Goes

HLS Watercolour Challenge – Anything Goes

STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge – Anything CAS

The Flower Challenge – A Special Occasion

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – Anything Feminine Goes


Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)







42 thoughts on “WWC195 – Charlotte’s Feminine “Anything Goes” Challenge

  1. What an elegant card, Charlotte! I noticed that the watercolors you used are out of stock, but I want to try this technique myself, so will see how the colors I have on hand will do on one of my future cards.. Thank you for sharing, and for the inspiration! -Donna

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    1. Thanks Donna! That’s such a shame that they’re out of stock at the moment. Hopefully they’ll be available soon, and I really appreciate you clicking through on my affiliate link anyway 😊 I hope you have fun experimenting with the colours you have on hand. I’m so glad I could inspire you.


  2. Gorgeous Elegant mixed media card, Charlotte. I love your gold and silver elements with the black cardstock. Your heat embossed flowers are so pretty. TFS and joining us at STAMPlorations Anything CAS Challenge. Hugs..Nancy

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  3. Wow, Charlotte, I must say you’ve definitely created something special for your turn as host for the challenge this week. I love the elegance of this card. The lovely gold embossing is perfect against that black paper. I love the subtle metallic colours of your paints. They add substance to the pretty images and also add to the overall elegance. Well done!

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  4. What a stunning card, those gold flowers are gorgeous and such a contrast against the black card. Thank you for playing along with the STAMPlorations CAS Challenge. We hope to see you back again soon! Karola, DT, InvisiblePinkCards

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  5. All that gold is so stylish, especially on the dark card stock. I thought you had heat embossed the gold frame, have never seen peel-offs like this and well done getting it on so perfectly. Its a gorgeous card and I’m so glad you shared it with us at The Flower Challenge!!

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  6. Absolutely gorgeous card,love the black background against the gold,fantastic …thank you for joining us at ATSM challenge this week,hope to see you again
    Željka DT xx

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  7. Hi, Charlotte, this card is just outstanding! I never thought to paint on black card! It sure is beautiful with all the different golds you’ve used. Thank you for the inspiration to try this! With aloha, Rosy

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  8. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional embossing (wet or dry)” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Crafty Friends)
    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…

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