No-Line Watercoloring + Alcohol Ink with Foiling for Mama Elephant | September Anniversary Stampede Day 3


Hello and welcome to Mama Elephant’s #celebrating6years Anniversary Release Stampede with our wonderful crafty friends and designers! I have two cards for you today: one is a no-line watercolor penguin scene inspired by nursery illustration styles and the other is a bold alcohol ink + foil holiday card.

The wait is finally over! The release is now live and available for purchase in the shop!


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I have a huge admiration for nursery illustrations and children’s book illustrations. But whenever I try to color critter scenes, I end up going bold or dark. For this card, I intentionally went light and tried my best to capture it in these photos. All images from Cool Penguins were stamped with a light gray ink, with some masking involved. I watercolored using Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors.

My second card is a bit bolder than my usual work. I used Joy Ornaments with coordinating dies for this. You’ll hardly see me use red in my work because it’s not a color I’m drawn to. If you want to learn more about alcohol inks (and especially foiling), I’d recommend checking out Jessica Frost-Ballas’s YouTube, she has several videos explaining it better than I could. I used various shades of red and gold inks on Yupo paper and added gold foil after it was dry (it sticks to any sticky areas, how cool is that?) I love alcohol inks, but I hardly have the time to use them.

Next on the hop is Noriko Fairchild.


To celebrate with you, we have this amazing sale and promotion and giveaway! Keep reading to the end!
From 9/15 – 9/17
10% off entire store! No code required!
From 9/15 – 9/30
Spend $100* – receive 1 free ‘Color Me Letters’ 4×6 stamp set.
Spend $150* – receive 1 free ‘Color Me Letters’ 4×6 stamp set and ‘Hilly THANKS’ dies.
Spend $200* – receive 1 free ‘Color Me Letters’ 4×6 stamp set, ‘Hilly THANKS’ dies, and ‘Hilly HELLO’ dies.
Please read all the fine print carefully! 🙂

*Subtotal amount must be met before any shipping fees/tax/customs.
Free item(s) valid only a single order/transaction.
Limit one of each free offer per order.
Orders cannot be combined. New orders only.
Limit one free offer per customer/order.
We reserve the right to cancel/modify orders.
Free offer valid 9/15-9/30 or while supplies last!
To celebrate this mega anniversary release, we are giving away of ten $25 ME gift certificates throughout the 3 day stampede! Winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the Stampede. Winners will be announced on the last day of Stamp Highlights. You have up to 4 chances to qualify to win!
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Joining us on this wild ride of a stampede are our favorite crafty designer friends! Please visit them to see what they did with the new goodies!


And that’s a wrap to the 3 day mega stampede! Make sure you checked out Day 1 and DAY 2! Thanks all for joining us! The celebration continues all month long!

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  1. Liz O

    September 29, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Fabulous cards Rubeena! Love the no line coloring and the bold background against the golden die cuts! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Marisela Delgado

    September 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Cute cards

  3. mandalj

    September 20, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Fabulous watercolouring on the first penguin card! Your JOY card is so like a Chinese New Year celebration in its colour scheme!

  4. Stacey Kowbel

    September 19, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Fabulous cards! Your watercolouring is gorgeous!

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    September 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

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    September 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

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    September 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm

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  8. Marjorie DUMONTIER

    September 19, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    These are two great cards !! I love how you dealed with the critters in the first one. And your light coloring gives a very soft and smooth feeling. The second card is more festive ! Thanks for sharing your work. Love, Marjorie

  9. Cacia

    September 19, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Oh, these penguins are absolutely adorable! The arrangement of them all in the scene is just perfect, and I love the colors you chose. The alcohol ink and foil card is striking!

  10. Mary-Anne V

    September 19, 2018 at 9:58 am

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    September 19, 2018 at 9:57 am

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  12. Mary-Anne V

    September 19, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I love the softness of your no line watercoloring and what a great scene ! The second Joy card is really bold and vibrant

  13. Kari VanNoy

    September 19, 2018 at 12:52 am

    You are super talented! I love your no-line watercoloring. It looks so dreamy and happy!! I really need to try this, and alcohol inks, too…all in good time! Until then, I am just going to admire your cards! 🙂 Those penguins, though!!

  14. kathleen dumpert

    September 19, 2018 at 12:31 am

    Super cute no line coloring!

  15. Karen @

    September 19, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Great cards, I especially love the penguin card!!!

  16. Cathy Lillie

    September 18, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Beautiful cards! You did a fabulous job watercoloring those penguins! I love the soft color palette you used.

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