Saturday, September 1, 2018

September Leading Lady Maryam Shalaby | Take One (Video)

It's the first Saturday (and also first day) of the month so that means a new Leading Lady!  This month I am delighted to introduce our September Leading Lady, Maryam Shalaby.  Maryam has been a long-time and dedicated participant in our challenges and over the years I have been blessed to see her skills flourish, develop and blossom into something truly incredible.  Maryam is also full of grace and kindness and I am so pleased to finally have her as a leading lady.

I am really excited to see what Maryam will be creating this month as she takes us on an adventure of her own design on Saturdays in September on the w&w blog.

Please give Maryam a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our September Leading Lady! 

Hello all, I was super excited when Shay invited me to be a leading lady for this September at Winnie and Walter blog. First of all, thanks Shay for all you act of kindness. Your tender heart and kindness were always showers Winnie and Walter blog . A little story about me and Winnie's store, About 3 years ago I used to pin Winnie and Walter amazing cards , and I had that dream to use there products to create like these amazing projects . I was lucky and I won randomly from one of there challenges, that encouraged me to have my first crafty order from USA, after I introduced to USA market, I learned passionately more in card making art.

I believe in this words - Be careful what you wish for you just might get it - back then I was dreaming to have some of W&W product, today I was honored to be a leading lady. I will posting on Winnie and Walter blog as a guest designer every Saturday on this September 2018 . It was a little tricky to choose what I am going to share with you in my first post, I wrote down the thing that I would like to share with you and couldn't resist to share with you one of my favorite techniques, which is watercolor . If you have some time it will be my pleasure to continue reading this post and watching my long video. I made two card they are almost the same , one was colored with no-line watercolor techniques and the other one with watercolor with black outline.


For my first card, I used no line watercoloring to create this card . I used W&W In Bloom: Addie's Garden stamp set for the main flower and some accessory flowers and leaves from W&W In Bloom: Elsa's Flora stamp and W&W In Bloom: Anna's Flora stamp . I stamped these images with sss barely beige ink pad , this ink is so friendly with no line watercoloring . For coloring I used mainly mission gold mijllio watercolor.


Here is some tips that I used in this cards. ** I started by applying light color first as base layer of the flowers then I went with full strength color over them . ** I paid attention to leave some white space for the lighting effect and it will give me more space for blending the colors. ***I added darker red color detail with 00 brush with dark brown color to highlight the shadows in the image. ****The key for good watercoloring is leaving your coloring to set and dry then applied your layer or blend them so will, *****don’t hesitate to use darker colors like black or dark brown to make your image shine in the middle of these many colors .... After I colored all my images I colored the background too with watercolor . I mounted them over a black card stock they i add a dimensional acetate over the images to give this frame look and add more dimensions with the sentiment that I embossed over black card stock with white embossing powder . I used W&W Sentimental: Birthday for this sentiment.

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My video:

For my second card I stamped the images after I did some masking using the same stamping set from Winnie and Walter products with watercolor resistant black ink (staz on). Then I started coloring as I did in the no line watercolor card .


*Coloring with black ink are much easier and its gives a better result . **I colored inside the image easily and I defined the shadow and light area easily too . ***After that I colored the background I was not worried so much of blending as the black ink in between will act as a barrier I can easily recognize the blending and I am not going to lose my outer lines .


I added a little red splatter at the end . And I stamped this sentiment from W&W Sketchy Thoughts stamp set. I mounted the card over a heavy black card stock. I didn't want yo add any more embellishment to this card so I left it like this . I love these both cards and i enjoyed coloring them so much . Evert one of them has its own magic’s .But Let me be honest with you, I love the outcome of 2nd card more it much bright although I enjoyed coloring the no line watercolor card more.


Thank you for joining me today on my first take as a Winnie & Walter Leading Lady , I hope I've inspired you to grab your watercolor and do some watercoloring .


Shay was so generously gifting a 30$ gift card to use it in Winnie and Walter store to give it to one of randomly selected winner from the comments on any of the 5 leading lady posts on my blog maryam's craft . Kindly leave your comment, and let me know what is your favorite coloring media and I will choose the winner on the 2nd of October.



  1. That’s a great start ! These two cards are absolutely gorgeous !

  2. Yay for Maryam! I've seen many of the wonderful creations that she has been creating for the challenges here at the blog. She truly has a unique style and so deserves to be this month's Leading Lady!
    Marianne x

  3. Maryam is a fabulous choice for Leading Lady! I, too, have admired her beautiful cards in the challenges. My goodness...these are just gorgeous today!! Looking forward to seeing more of what she has to share this month!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Beautiful cards ! I lpla ved the idea to add dimensional acetate and make the card look like a frame.

  5. Gorgeous coloring of these beautiful floral designs!

  6. This is Awesome Maryam... Beautiful cards .and congrats for leading lady spot... hugsxx

  7. Maryam's water colored cards are so beautiful! I'm excited to see what she shares this month as Leading Lady.

  8. Congratulations on being Leading Lady for the month. Your watercoloured card is beautiful! Looking forward to seeing what else you share! Enjoy!

  9. Beautiful watercolouring and cards! Congrats on being the leading lady! 👏

  10. Your cards are sooo beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Congrats on being the new September Leading Lady, Maryam!!!
    Wonderful cards!!!

  12. Your card is so beautiful. I am in awe of your water-coloring talent.

  13. Gorgeous watercolouring… These are real beauty...Love the video.

  14. Both cards are beautiful but I agree I like the 2nd one best. I don't really care so much for the no-line watercoloring in general, I just need those lines to distinguish images I guess LOL. My favorite medium to color with is a combination of alcohol inks and colored pencils, I think that always looks so cool. Thanks for sharing and the inspiration.


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