CAS-ual Friday Challenge 133

Hello!

I am back to submitting cards for challenge after quite some time now (yes, 2 weeks is a pretty long time! ;)) This time I am submitting a card to CAS-ual Friday Challenge 133

And this is my card:

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I used a lot of distress inks here! First made a multi-colored background, sprayed it with water and scored it at half-an-inch interval. Then I drew some circles on some vellum fuzzy cut them out (they aren’t perfect, but that’s the way I wanted) and drew some (imperfect) outlines on top. I drew some hearts on a scrap piece of card stock and also fuzzy cut them.

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For the hearts, I first inverted the ink pad directly on the hearts (without adding any pressure) Then I splotched the same ink on a craft sheet and added water to dilute the color. I then laid the hearts on top, left it for a few seconds for it to absorb some color and then picked it up and left it to dry. If I thought that there wasn’t enough ‘texture’ o any heart, I just added some more by again inverting the ink pad on top of it.

I finally adhered the vellum pieces, drew some white lines below then (on the scoring) and then directly adhered/adhered them using pop dots at different angles. I finally added some white rhinestones at the circles’ centers and one near the sentiment.

And my card is ready! Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

Thanks for looking!

Wishing Good Luck

Hello! So, my sister is finally back! 🙂 I thought I could make something for her to wish her luck for her future. And, what else – I made her a card.. IMG_1359   I picked a stencil with two different sizes of butterflies…and began! Lots of the bigger butterfly in lighter shades (well, mostly! :P) and just a few of the smaller one in darker shades. IMG_1361Draw some glitter as outlines for smaller butterflies, add some sequins to the top! Add some glittery wishes for the sentiment! And we are done! Love you sis! Wish you all the best! 🙂 Thanks for looking!

A countdown till a return

My dear sister returns today. Making a series of cards everyday for her, till today, has been pretty fun! I’ve mostly handwritten the sentiments on all of them, except for two. Although the whole thing was kinda unplanned, I hope she likes them all! 🙂

Card 1: 18th June

A simple one layer card – I just stamped a long flower stamp with two shades of blue, making a random criss-crossing lines pattern

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Card 2: 19th June

Water colors and abstract stamps! I made a stencil by cutting circles of various sizes – they are exactly round, but they didn’t have to be! Using this stencil, I painted some light shades of watercolor from the perimeter, using only water whilst coming to the center.

Also added some straight lines of different colors by stamping. Finally added the sentiments on a similar watercolor paper, added some dots of glitter on top and adhered them to the base.

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Card 3: 20th June

Made this card using the sketch provided at CAS(E) this Sketch challenge. But I didn’t submit this card to the challenge – never had the intention to! But of course, it is exclusively for me dear sis! 😉

I particularly like the background here since I made it repeatedly stamping (never done it before) using one of the stamps I didn’t know what to do with! Glad I found a use! 🙂

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And more watercolors! I used a stencil too!

I placed the stencil on my card base before I started with the water coloring. Then applied the water color with copious amount of water and left the stencil on it till it dried. The effect of adding lots of water can be clearly seen – the water seeped below the stencil and added a beautiful effect. 🙂

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Card 5: 22nd June

Embossing folder this time 🙂

I first applied distress ink on the embossing folder and placed the card base on it directly. After firmly pressing the card base to ensure that the color has moved on top of it properly, I removed it. Then I misted the cardbase 2-3 times with water for the distress inks to activate, but not spread too much.

Finally added some stripes of two different pattern paper and the die cut, stamped sentiment.

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Card 6: 23rd June

Pattern paper – used as flowers and half the background. The striped background behind the main layer? Guess what I used? Crayons! That’s right! I just drew stripes of three different colors to give me a splendid background! 🙂

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Card 7: 24th June

Distress ink + embossing folder. I first applied a few shades of distress inks on a piece of card stock, sprayed lightly with water, left it for a few seconds and picked up the water to get that splotchy look. After using an embossing folder to get all the pretty flowers. I carefully, lightly slided a gold pigment ink pad on the red parts and a copper one on the orange parts. The shine is not apprently visible in the photo, but it looks pretty.

Finally added a strip of pattern paper on top; and another piece of cardstock colored with copic marker between the top piece and the card base and topped them all with a die cut pattern piece.

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Well, that concludes my week-long card making series!

But, last but not the least, here’s card that started it all!

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I have used watercolors, applied without using much water, on top of stencils, directly on the card base. On top of this, I’ve pasted vellum, on which I stamped a pretty design using black ink. I also hand-wrote the sentiment and added some sequins to add to the look!

The watercolor is not readily visible here since I have not stuck the vellum piece to the card base. But here’s a second (and third) look:

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And here, I am holding the card so that the watercolor shows slightly.

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And how can a handmade card be complete without a handmade envelope! I’ve made this (as I normally do) without using any tools – just simple math and some basic engineering skills! ;P

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The post was definitely too big, but it had to be all there in one single post, so no other go! Well, thanks for looking! 🙂

A fresh start on My Art Book

I’ve been meaning to record my ideas somewhere – not by just turning them into cards. I wished to make mini layouts – kind of like scrapbooking, but without the photos. I wanted to be able to record my ideas without having the pressure of bringing it to a ‘finish’. Just trying to bring out something else I could enjoy!

And that’s how I thought of starting with an art journal. Somewhere to try out ideas I have, to try out techniques I learn from other superb people out there, just something to work on when I don’t really want to make a card out of it.

And this is my first entry – 13 July 2014.

I have been really interested in honing my watercoloring skills lately (yeah, honing, as if I am better than any novice! ;P )I have tried out the technique taught by Sanketi here.

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Although its still a far way away from what Sanketi did (should I even compare?!), it definitely is a significant small step for me. 🙂 And I am pretty happy with the (somewhat shabby) outcome. I do realize though, that the leaves have not come out properly – and that’s because I was too focused on the flowers, and didn’t really observe how Sanketi had made them. 😦 I’ll definitely o better next time! 🙂

Thanks for looking!

Father’s day card

And here’s the card I made for my dear Papa!

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Since its a masculine card, I wanted to avoid adding glitter or any rhinestones. So, buttons to the rescue!

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I also used some embossing paste for the first time by blending them with some distress inks. Although I am a novice to the technique (that’s the reason the layer isn’t all smooth) I felt that the uneven layering in itself was kinda eye-catching. So, instead of discarding it and making a new one, I decided to continue with the card. 🙂

I got the idea of the flower from this card from My Paper Secrets – she has some beautiful ideas and I am so happy to have chanced upon her blog! 🙂

Hoping to achieve better results using the embossing paste the next time.. 😀

Thanks for looking!

Vellum and Watercolors

This time is a card that’s been inspired by a card in CandlesInTheGarden blog

She has used distress inks on vellum – I tried using watercolor.

The color combination is to be in sync with  Fusion card challenge and the layout, CAS(E) this sketch #79.

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I cut some vellum pieces to equal length and colored them with watercolor. Then stamped them with some black ink – which didn’t come on that well, so I had to go over it all again with some black marker. I then added some more color to only the flower pieces. I finally added some gemstones to the center of the bigger pieces and some glitter gel ink to the smaller ones.

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I was wondering how to stick the vellum, and thought of how I often see scrapbookers using staplers to add them to their pages. I tried using the same, while also adding the staplers as a texture in the card. And guess what that ribbon is – it is from an old magnetic tape! Shiny and sleek – love it on this card! 🙂 Adding the sentiment to complete the card.

Hope you enjoyed it! Thanks for looking!