Thursday, June 4, 2015

Watercolor Blog Hop--Hosted by Pretty Pink Posh




Want to get inky with watercolors and win prizes from some of your favorite sponsors?
Pretty Pink Posh is hosting a blog hop tomorrow, so you can share your projects,
and score some great prizes, too. Check out these sponsors:



I'm thrilled to be guesting today--thank you, Paulina!--to share a card and hopefully,
inspire you to join the hop!

 
I recently purchased Zig Kuretake Clean Color brush markers, after watching
Jennifer McGuire use them on her video here. I didn't use them for coloring, but
"smooshed" the ink on acetate like Laura Bassen did here with Distress inks.

I chose colors in rainbow order and created a background for the butterfly
and sentiment from My Favorite Things. I finished off the card with Pretty Pink Posh
Sparkling Clear sequins--my absolute favorite!

 
Watercoloring is fun and forgiving, and the results make you feel like an artist!
There are so many mediums to try, and no two cards will ever turn out the same
so each one is original. Gotta love that!

Here are the deets for the hop:
  • The fun begins tomorrow, June 5th at 6am PST and ends on June 8th at 11:55pm PST.
  • Link up your project(s) at the Pretty Pink Posh blog. Enter as many times as you wish!
  • If we reach 100 entries, Paulina will donate a $20 Ellen Hutson OR Simon Says Stamp gift certificate to the list of prizes. 200 entries? Another $20 gift certificate will be up for grabs.
    Paulina will continue to add a gift certificate for every 100 entries, up to 500.
 So break out your inks, markers, and watercolors and link up your projects
starting tomorrow, June 5th, at the Pretty Pink Posh blog. Hope to see you there!





177 comments:

  1. Smooshing with the Zigs, I can do that! Your card is gorgeous, I love that background. The Zigs didn't make me an expert watercolorer immediately, unfortunately, but I'm not gonna give up.

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  2. Love how the white butterfly stands out on the colourful background xx

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  3. Absolutely beautiful!! Need I say more :)
    Kate xx

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  4. Those colors are absolutely stunning! Wow!

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  5. Repeat after me............must buy sparkling clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh!

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  6. The background!!! Oh I'm swooning..this is super pretty. The sequins are just a perfect finishing touch. LOVE <3

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  7. That swash of darker blue... brilliant, girl!

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  8. I love that smooshing technique! Beautiful background!

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  9. Love the smooshed watercoloring. Great job!

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  10. Gorgeous card! Love the stark white butterfly.

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  11. Your card is beautiful? I like your water coloring?hank you,

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  12. I hadn't even thought about those markers being smoosh-able! What a fantastic idea (and card)!

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  13. Sweet card! I love that sentiment.

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  14. Donna - this is beautiful - as always!

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  15. Your card is gorgeous! Love that awesome background! :)

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  16. I just love this splash watercolour look! It is one of my favourite watercolour techniques for cards. beautiful!

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  17. Wow, great to know that you used the new Clean Color markers and just did the smooshing technique. I just ordered my markers and they haven't arrived yet, but I'm so excited for them to come and hoping they'll make watercoloring a little easier for me.

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  18. That's some great smooshing Donna, your background looks fabulous!

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  19. Beautiful card...I also like the fact that watercolour is forgiving!

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  20. Amazing card! Love that background. I will have to try this! :)

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  21. This is beautiful, Donna! Love it!

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  22. well if that isn't the prettiest watercolor "splat" i have ever seen! I love how the white butterfly really pops against all that color :)

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  23. Gorgeous card! Love the colors and how bold of a statement with your white butterfly- so pretty!

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  24. OMGeeee fabulous card - love those splotches

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  25. Your card is very artsy! I love the random look of watercoloring you demonstrated.

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  26. I just love how you've blended thee colors together! So pretty! The white butterfly is the finishing touch!

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  27. Cute card! Love the background colors and fun butterfly. ♥

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  28. That MFT sentiment is so fun. Love the bold background, too!

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  29. Love this background. Want to try those pens too, but for now I'll stick with what I have.

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  30. I really love seeing all the possibilities for watercolor!! Beautiful card

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  31. Love your watercoloring Donna! The water droplets always add such awesome detail, I love doing that too! :)

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  32. What a pretty card! Love the colors!

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  33. Beautiful! You're right, each watercolor is a unique piece of art!

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  34. I just took out a piece of acetate to try the smoosh technique. I love how you achieved this with markers.

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  35. Oh my this is gorgeous!! I love your background and the butterfly is the perfect touch!

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  36. so pretty! I love seeing the different ways people are using the clean color real brush pens!

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  37. Love your work Donna. Always beautiful colors!

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  38. You just inspired me to purchase the Zig pens ... I was still thinking about it , as soon as I saw the gorgeous card you created I knew my answer ! Such a beautiful card !
    Hugs,
    Mayra

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  39. I love the simplicity yet elegance of your card. Its lovely.

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  40. Sweet and simple perfection! Absolutely nailed it - LOVE this!

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    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  41. so pretty Donna. I really love the smooshed look. Must try it out.

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  42. Absolutely amazing, beautiful colors and white butterfly white some black look great

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  43. i like the smoothing technique, the butterfly is sweet too.

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  44. This card is beautiful. I love the colors you chose. They work so well together.

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  45. Fabulous 'smooshing' with your new markers, Donna! I love the rainbow of colors and the sentiment is so cool! Gorgeous butterfly, too!

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  46. this is awesome!! love it!! the butterfly is so beautiful..

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  47. I love your ink smoothing and the butterfly is lovely. I have not tried that yet with the zig pens.

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  48. Your background looks amazing! Love this card!

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  49. Your smooshing turned out beautifully and the pop of the butterfly against it is great.

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  50. Just gorgeous. I love the background. The colors you used are just beautiful.

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  51. Love that smooshed background ..Your card is just stunning !!!

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  52. Beautiful card and such a beautiful butterfly!!!

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  53. WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!! Just BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVE it!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

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  54. Love this card! The watercolor and the position of the butterfly give this card such great movement - great job! Thanks for sharing.

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  55. I love this! I didn't realize you could use the markers for backgrounds until this hop! I love it! I love the butterfly!

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  56. What a beautiful watercolor background!! Never thought of using those markers for the "smooshing" technique! Thanks for sharing!!

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  57. You know I'm totally in love with this BRILLIANT design, Donna! I'm in awe!! Hugs, Darnell

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  58. Very pretty indeed Donna! TFS
    Dolly

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  59. love that smooshing technique, can't wait to try it myself. I actually saw Kristina Werner do it.

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  60. Love your "smooshed" background. I don't think I ever would have thought to do that with anything but Distress inks. This opens up new possibilities! Great colors, and I love the simplicity of the white butterfly and black greeting on top. Tfs! ~ Andrea

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  61. This is a rainbow watercolored masterpiece!! GORGEOUS use of watercolor technique!

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  62. Your card is just beautiful! Love the soft watercoloring!

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  63. So beautiful! The colors are awesome

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  64. Such a pretty card! Love the colors!

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  65. such a pretty card and beautiful colours in the swooshing!

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  66. Great color choices! I love the white butterfly die cut. Thank you for sharing!

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  67. Love the colors you chose and the white accent butterfly on top!

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  68. Very cool technique and lovely result.

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  69. i am in love with this background!!

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  70. Simple and elegant! Nothing else to say!

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  71. Love this new smooshing technique. It gives such a beautiful effect. The white butterfly contrasts beautifully on the watercolour.

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  72. Stunning card!!! The watercoloring is beautiful!!!

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  73. Gorgeous watercoloring! Love the soft rainbow colors!

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  74. Absolutely stunning! I love that you've showed another creative way to use these new markers. I have been thinking about adding them to my watercolouring arsenal!

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  75. I love the beautiful and colorful background!!

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  76. Very pretty and colorful background for this butterfly.

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  77. I love this card! I'm going to have to try the smooshing technique now. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  78. Gorgeous! Love the smooshing technique.

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  79. Sigh, this is ever so delightful. I wish it would rub off on me so I could do this, too!!! It's soo soooo soft!!!!! ♥

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  80. This looks like fun to try, and the result is pretty and cheerful.

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  81. Isn't it amazing how well butterflies look on watercolor cards!! Lovely!

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  82. such a pretty background Donna. Your pure white butterfly really pops

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  83. Lovely card! I love how the colors pop against the white of the butterfly and the card base! Sparkling clear sequins are perfectly wonderful and a wonderful way to finish off your card!

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  84. So SO pretty. Heading into my craft area to try this right NOW,

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  85. Simply divine Donna. Love the colour choice and smooched and coloured brilliantly.
    Super elegant.

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  86. I love that you kept it simple - I love the colors and the design!

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  87. Beautiful card...the colors are delicious!

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  88. Love the rainbow colors in the background!

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  89. Donna I always love your coloring and this watercolor card so awesome Donna
    love the color combo and that sentiment so romantic Donna
    Love love love your card
    always stunning card you made dear Donna
    hugs, Monika

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  90. Smooshing is a good thing. This card is gorgeous. Love the way you created the beautiful water color look.

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  91. So stunning! Love the colors, and that butterfly is so pretty :)

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  92. I have my eye on those Zigs! Love how your smooshing turned out! I'm temped to try it too! Lovely card.

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  93. I have my eye on those Zigs! Love how your smooshing turned out! I'm temped to try it too! Lovely card.

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  94. Beautiful card! I just got my Zig brush pens. I hope to try them out tonight!

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  95. Fabulous smooshing, love your catd.

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  96. I love the smoothing. The colors on your card are beautiful. I need to try this technique!

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  97. Lovely card, love the watercolors. The clear sequins are a perfect finish. Thanks for sharing.

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  98. I adore the colours used in this, lovely details to finish the card

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  99. Just gorgeous. Love your background.

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  100. You've smooshed these colours beautifully, perfect backdrop for your crisp white butterfly.

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  101. Donna, your butterfly card is just beautiful and I adore that stamped sentiment.

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  102. I LOVE your smooshed technique of the water coloring , the look of it is stunning! Gorgeous card!

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  103. You definitely do watercolors well, Donna. This is beautiful!

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  104. Fun, fun card with those lovely bursts of color!!!

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  105. Love the rainbow effect behind the butterfly. Now I want the pens too! Thank you for sharing.

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  106. Beautiful CAS, love that butterfly die cut. Thanks for sharing! ~Annie

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  107. Thanks for sharing your beautiful card.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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  108. The die cut butterfly is so pretty against the lovely background. Thanks.

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  109. Beautiful card. Your colors are always so bold, yet pretty. Love the idea of using the markers on acetate! Thanks!

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  110. Beautiful card. Your colors are always so bold, yet pretty. Love the idea of using the markers on acetate! Thanks!

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  111. Beautiful card. Your colors are always so bold, yet pretty. Love the idea of using the markers on acetate! Thanks!

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  112. Love the colours in your background. Very pretty.

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  113. Wonderful card. Love the smooshing technique. Thanks.

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  114. Gorgeous card Donna! Love this fun technique, gotta try it! TFS!
    Have a great day!

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  115. Wonderful. I wish my backgrounds looked like that! Love it.
    <3 J

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    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  116. This is so beautiful, love the bright color background.

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  117. I just love the smooching technique great colour combo!

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  118. Oh I love your smooshing and the colors!

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  119. Love the colors you used for the background! Sweet simple card! Love it!

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  120. This looks beautiful! I love the CAS design with that gorgeous background!

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  121. Beautiful and easy background--the white die cut butterfly is super!

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  122. luv the background you achieved!!!

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  123. Love the mix of colours for your background. These Zig markers are on my must have list!

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  124. It is amazing to me how something so simple can be so gorgeous! I adore your very loose watercolor. I struggle to do that as I want everything perfect. Makes it hard to just 'let it go'! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  125. How clever! I would never have thought to use the swooshing with the markers. Gorgeous result, and a beautiful card.

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  126. Beautiful card! I love the simplicity of it!

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  127. Pretty card! Love the colors and butterfly!

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  128. Love this card and can't get enough of "smooching"!

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  129. So sweet! This is a lovely card!

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  130. What fabulous clean & crisp color! I love how the smooshing using the markers turned out! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  131. Loving that smooshed background and that you got some really deep shades in there.

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