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. Julie O'Neil

    September 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Oh I love love love this look you created with the no line water coloring! I def wanna try this!

  2. Janet D.

    September 18, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Your cards are amazing! WOW

  3. Sandra Bonagura

    September 18, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    my my … you have talent! WONDERFUL!

  4. Shelly

    September 18, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Those penguins are ADORABLE and your JOY card is awesome! Love them both!

  5. Larissa Heskett

    September 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    SQUEAL!! LOVING the NEW Release and your AMAZING Creations!! THANKS for sharing the Inspirations and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  6. Tami B

    September 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I LOVE the little penguins set and love what you did with it. Super cute!

  7. memalagene

    September 18, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Super CUTE projects! I especially love the red JOY card!

  8. DGolly

    September 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    What beautiful cards. I truly appreciate all the painting skills used. I can never get that result.

  9. mjmarmo

    September 18, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    BEautiful cards! Love the penguins!

  10. Heather Mills

    September 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

    That penguin card is soooooooo adorable!!! And your coloring is fabulous! And that JOY card is so bold and fun!

  11. laprincessasmommy

    September 18, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Wow, that is some beautiful coloring! Both cards are lovely, but I REALLY love that penguin card!

  12. Miriam Prantner

    September 18, 2018 at 8:00 am

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    September 18, 2018 at 7:59 am

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  14. Miriam Prantner

    September 18, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Love how different these are! Those penguins are my favorite – perfect, soft no-ling coloring!

  15. Jeanne

    September 18, 2018 at 7:56 am

    The no line watercoloring is fantastic! Wow!! Thanks so much for sharing! I like the bold colors of the second card, too. The gold foil makes it look extra rich and elegant. Wonderful work!

  16. Margery C

    September 18, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Those penguins are so cute. Love the no line coloring. So soft and sweet.

  17. Beverly Jordan

    September 18, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Am loving both your colorful cards but especially those adorable penguins! You do such gorgeous work!

  18. Anne Lee

    September 18, 2018 at 12:18 am

    I think this is going to be one of my favourite cards ever for a long long time! I love watercolour drawings and I love little critters, especially penguins! Your no line watercolouring is absolutely beautiful and I wish I could do the same! I would totally buy a large print of this and hang it 🙂

  19. Kirsty Vittetoe

    September 18, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Sweet cards! Love the beautiful colors you used!

  20. Cheriese H

    September 18, 2018 at 12:02 am

    So gorgeous!! It really does feel like an illustrated children’s book!! LOVE!

  21. Kristy P.

    September 17, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    WOW! The second card is so bold, but simple! Great cards and of course the penguins are just soo cute.

  22. Karthikha Uday

    September 17, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Wonderful creations!! The penguins are super adorable! 🙂

  23. Cindyellen Robinson

    September 17, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    different cards with different supplies. nice. the gold/red one is really striking.

  24. Denise Bryant

    September 17, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Awesome cards! I really love these adorable penguins…. fun sentiment and fabulous coloring on your delightful card!

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