House of Cards April Challenge ...

Good Morning and Happy April Fool's Day! It's the 1st of the month, so I have a new House of Cards challenge to share with you!

For the month of April we have a combo challenge for you!

~ Butterflies and/or Color Challenge ~
You get to choose.

I decided to try my hand at water coloring this month, and created a couple of Butterfly cards.

I pulled out my AMS Papillon Stamp Set and stamped with Staz'on Black Ink onto Strathmore Mixed Media Paper. Faber-Castell Art Grip Acquarelle Pencils were used to color the first card, and Gelatos were used to color the second card. To apply the water I used some water pens that I've had for a long time, and it was a LOT harder to use than say a paint brush. Once both designs were dry I added the sentiments from the AMS Wild Rose Stamp Set, and layered them on my card base.

I found that coloring with my Copic Markers is so much easier, and that creating these cards taught me that water coloring is hard work! I need a LOT more practice using this medium.

Make sure you hop on over to the House of Cards Challenge Blog for all of the details for entering our Monthly Challenges! I can't wait to see what inspires you this month!

Challenges entered ...
 - Lacy Sunshine Challenge #55 ~ Butterfly Kisses & Springtime Wishes
 - Try it on Tuesday Challenge ~ They who have Wings
 - The Pink Elephant Challenge #TPE292 ~ Anything Goes

I appreciate your stopping by and your comments.
Until next time ... Enjoy!

Products not listed above:
 - Paper: MFT Lemondrop Yellow & Cherry Blossom
 - Other: Platinum Pearl Liquid Pearls


Samra said…
WOW! Gorgeous cards! Love those stunning butterflies!
Nikki Acton said…
A really stunning pair of cards - thanks for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Nikki
Beautiful cards are this!
Thanks for sharing with us at Try it on Tuesday!
Tenia Nelson said…
Awesome cards, dearie!!
Margik said…
Lovely cards! Love the butterflies so beautifully coloured.Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
Mynn xx said…
These are OH SO pretty, Ruza! I LOVE the butterfly image you used, and your color choices are amazing! HUGS! :) Mynn xx
Unknown said…
Your cards are beautiful. The yellow in the background and those gorgeous butterflies are magnificent. Great job!! Thanks for sharing.
Donna Nuce said…
Hi Ruza! You did a fabulous job with these watercolored cards! Love both of them. Have a great day!
Toni said…
Ruza, your watercoloring is fab! I love the butterflies against the yellow. really emphasizes them!

HOC DT Teamie
Unknown said…
Beautiful cards Ruza. Love everything about them
Donna said…
These are both fabulous Ruza!! Like your waterproofing. Donna HOC DT
Dana Joy said…
Holy WOWZA Ruza. These cards are fabulous!!

Tammy said…
Gorgeous watercolored cards Ruza, I love the bright colors!
Tammy x
Monika Reeck said…
Wow Ruza...I love both
First one love that the purple in your lovely butterfly stamp added
I love purple and its my fav color could be this is my bday card hehehe
I love the second one too looks like the butterfly fly aways from your card
lovely DT card
Hugs from me
Monika (HOC Team mate)
Merethe A said…
Sweet sweet butterflies here.
Ma :) HOC DT
Lilian said…
You did a great job! =)
Love both cards!
Unknown said…
Lovely cards Ruza, fab colouring.
Lorry :o) xx
Two fabulous cards with such beautiful butterflies! So glad you joined us at Try it on Tuesday!
sue t. said…
So bright and beautiful! This cards just screams warm summery days to come! It makes me smile!
Two gorgeous cards, Ruza! Such fabulous coloring of those pretty butterflies!
Ruza, your coloring technique is absolutely beautiful! I love your cards! All very pretty!
Take care,
Michele, HOC teamie
Barbara Rankin said…
Both cards turned out beautifully. I agree about watercoloring, though. It is hard work. Hugs, Barbara HOC DT