Neat & Tangled/Cosmo Cricket Collaboration Week - Day 5

I can't believe it's the last day of our Cosmo Cricket collaboration week!

Each day this week, two of our designers will be showcasing projects made with Neat & Tangled stamps and Cosmo Cricket's new Just Add Watercolor line.  Be sure to head over to the Cosmo Cricket blog to check out Julie's post from Monday and leave a comment.  She'll draw a winner for a $25 gift certificate to Neat & Tangled.  Of course you'll also want to leave comments here.  One lucky winner will be drawn from all the comments received this week to receive a 12" Watercolor Paper Deck.  Get your comments in because we'll announce a winner over the weekend.


Mayuri and Rachel are finishing the week up for us.

Hey there, Mayuri here to share a couple of cards for the collaboration with Cosmo Cricket and their absolutely amazing Just Add Watercolor line of paper. I made two cards, each using a different watercolouring technique - here’s the first, using Distress Inks:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Distress Inks.


I trimmed down a piece of the watercolour paper to slightly smaller than my card front and used one of my favourite Distress Ink Techniques. I smushed down a few inks straight onto a craft mat, spritzed with water and laid the panel into the inky puddles. I heat set and repeated until I got the desired effect.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Distress Inks.


On a piece of vellum, I stamped My Favorite with Versamark Ink, sprinkled with WOW Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing power and heat embossed. This piece was adhered to the watercolour panel before foam mounting to a white card base. To finish, I added some sequins. For my second card, I used my Gansai Tambi Watercolour Paint set:

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Gansai Tambi Watercolours.


I used the A Lot To Say die to die-cut a panel out of the watercolour paper and spritzed with water. Then I picked up various colours from the paint set with a brush and started adding colour randomly, allowing the water to do most of the work.

©Candles in the Garden. Neat and Tangled collaboration with Cosmo Cricket. Gansai Tambi Watercolours.

I heat set the speech bubble die-cut and stamped a sentiment from All My Heart with black dye ink. Using Simon Says Stamp Fog ink, I stamped the Punchinella background at a slight angle onto a white card base - this is just the right shade of grey to offset against the colourful die-cut piece, which was foam mounted to the card front. Again, I finished with a few sequins.

Hey! It's Rachel, thanks so much for stopping by today to check out these Cosmo Cricket + Neat & Tangled projects. This week has been amazing, right? The Just Add Water line is amazing for all of us watercolor fanatics - it was so much fun to work with.

For my cards, I chose one of the floral designs and did some very basic watercoloring. The paper is so forgiving - I was using my 3 year old's watercolors and still got good results! I went with a pastel palette - not my typical choice, but fun to push your boundaries, right?



I started by watercoloring the entire sheet of paper and then die cut the chevron pattern, adhering the outline cut to a kraft card base.  I then cut a rectangle from vellum and head embossed the sentiment and hearts from Kindness Matters, before stitching it all in place.  I finished off the card with a sprinkling of sequins, but wanted to keep things really simple!

I had to come up with something for the scraps as well - so I did some simple circle punching for this next card. 


The sentiment is from Paper Cut Flowers - it is getting a lot of the ink in my craft room!  I finished this card off with some washi tape and gold enamel dots.  Again, nothing too complicated here - wanted to let that gorgeous paper take the spotlight!

Thanks for all the wonderful comments this week, we really enjoyed working with Cosmo Cricket and want to send them a huge thanks for the beautiful products that they shared with us!  We'll be closing comments this evening and announcing a winner over the weekend, so make sure you check out all the posts from this week.

34 comments

  1. Wow! So many wonderful projects today! All the colors are so lovely! I love the vellum and stitching and these fabulous sentiments, too! Thanks so much for sharing! It's really been a fabulous week!

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  2. I think these papers are a must have! Such wonderful inspiration all week long!

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  3. These are soooo pretty! Love!

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  4. Love all of the stamping on vellum. It really makes a great look
    thanks for sharing so many wonderful projects.
    The hop has been great this week and I've gotten lots of inspiration for future projects.

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  5. Gorgeous cards! This paper is fabulous! What a great idea they came up with....just love it!!! ♥

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  6. Stunning cards! Love the water-coloring techniques. Beautiful and inspiring! ~ Carol W. workmanscraps at gmail dot com

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  7. What a bunch of lovely
    creations! Love all the
    techniques used and
    have enjoyed seeing
    all them this week.
    Carla from Utah

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  8. Such beautiful cards! This really has me anxious to try out some of these watercolor techniques! It's been a great week of inspiration featuring Neat & Tangled along with Cosmo Cricket's Just Add Watercolor papers!

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  9. Totally loving the contrast of bright water colors and white!

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  10. Love these amazing projects, the watercoloring gives a lovely artsy look!!

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  11. Wooooow! Gorgeous! Honestly I love all of these cards! The pastel-ish cards are so soft and delicate! Looove all of the die cutting with the watercolor! And the bright and bold top two cards are stinning! Love that subtle detail behind the speech bubble!!

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  12. WOW! I just love the look you can achieve with the Just Add Water papers, paired with the fun fonts of your stamps! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. Wow, the DT team has done it again! Loving Mayuri and Rachel's cards!

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  14. Love how the vellum tones down the busier background. So pretty!

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  15. The examples this week with the two companies has been truly inspiring.

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  16. What fantastic cards ... love Mayuri's vibrant tones ... and Rachel's subtle colours are so delicate and soft! Just beautiful! Anita :)

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  17. So beautiful, love them all! Especially like Rachel's chevron patterned card, those light pastel colours on the kraft is amazing!

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  18. More beautiful projects today--I have enjoyed the whole week.

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  19. Wow, those are gorgeous! I like both the bright boldness of Mayuri's and the soft pastels of Rachel's cards. Way to go girls!

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  20. You guys have wow'd us all week with your beautiful cards. I love the awesome fonts on these cards and the beautiful watercoloring and vellum, three of my favorite things! :) Great job everyone!! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  21. So many great ideas and they all turned out so pretty!

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  22. So cool - love the soft and the bright watercolor looks!

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  23. What a super way to combine stamps and dies with this paper!

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  24. Wow ! absolutely fabulous cards ..Love them !!

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  25. I love all of your projects but I especially like Rachael's second one. Beautiful.

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  26. Love vibrant colors of the first card! Gorgeous, simply gorgeous

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