Hot Mess ~ Success #4 ~ Warm Memories!

Hi friends!

Let's talk about warm messes memories!

 Today's card is my 4th installment for the Hot Mess = Success card group
and it was all things messy indeed!
This card group was started by Barb when a couple of us
were chatting about making messy backgrounds using messy products
to make a pretty messy card after I posted one to Instagram.

Which got a nod from the man ... 
 the myth .... 
the legend ...
Tim Holtz!

Yes ... I squealed!!
Thank you, Mr. Holtz!!

Terry is the hostess this month and asked us, in addition to messy,
create a card with a theme of thankfulness/gratitude.
I used a technique called the tissue paper watercolor technique
as found here on splitcoaststampers by Loll.
Her card is GOR-GEOUS!!!

*TIP!  It's a crazy technique - very wet, very messy,
takes 24 hours to dry and has gorgeous texture when it's finished!
Since I made this panel about a month ago,
I thought about and wanted to make autumn/fall colors.
Sadly, it ended up turning more brown that I thought
and this card looks more like faux leather or saddle hide!

I used the adorable Fall Friends from MFT stamps
and colored/cut the images.
I had more colored but the card started to look crowded and cluttered
so those will go on another card in the future.

 Here's the products ~ instead of watercolor, I used different shades/types
of inks in neutrals and brown.
Although it calls for watercolors, this blended up quite nicely ~
just dried WAY darker than it started!

  After it was dried, assembled,
 I added a small panel to the inside of my card,
as I often do.
(I send most of my cards out so I try not to show the insides now!)

 So, Hot Mess card #4 - although it was a success,
this wasn't my style of cardmaking.
 I think if I tried this again, I'd definitely use more pastel-y colors
or different color combinations to break up the monotone.

Thanks, Terry, for your wonderful theme!
You can see her card here, Barb's card here, and Jeanette's card here.

Next month - it's me!
I will have to go look to see what my own challenge was, LOL,
and get to thinking about next month's mess!

Thanks for stopping by!
Big hugs, bigger blessings ♥


  1. Oh, messy it's very interesting!! :D Your background is a delight, as well the super cute card! And it's great that the TeacHer follow your group! :D
    Big hugs and sorry for the delay of my comments, I'm SUPER Busy!!

  2. Lovey your messy background and you made a lovely card.
    Wow, a like from the master himself. Cherish it...lol.
    xxx Margreet

  3. Your background is wonderful Kelly, and such a sweet image, it's a lovely card, Kate x

  4. Fabulous card and colouring kelly...Loz

  5. Cute card Kelly looks like a fun technique to try.

  6. Very pretty card. My mess usually winds up on me. Wonderful job with the watercoloring.

  7. Great 'messy' card- so loving the background you created! Awesome card!

  8. Love, love, love that background Kelly - I will go look at the tutorial ad have a go myself! Nothing quite like a good mess while crafting :)
    Love how you have finished the card too - that wee scene is so sweet, and the inside so pretty

  9. Kelly, your card is gorgeous and that messy technique sounds like a labor of love. Thanks for sharing the details of how you did it You certainly made a success of this months Hot Mess!

  10. This is adorable and that background is super cool! It does look like leather - I love it! Your little scene is perfect in the Fall colors.

  11. Fun and fabulous technique, messy and wonderful and what a super cute card x.

  12. I love this beautiful card!! Such an awesome background for these sweet, sweet images!!