A Trio of Cards

Its been some time since my cards have had this much of color. And although making these cards took a hell lot of time, I had fun making them! 🙂

A Trio of Cards

I started with four card panels, and colored them with some base colors using distress inks – Dried Marigold, Squeezed Lemonade, Shaded Lilac and Broken China. I then stamped them all with the same stamp – Roman Surround from Penny Black, using Memento Tangelo, DI Mustard Seed, Memento Sweet Plum and Memento Bahama Blue.

I then die cut them using different sixes of Spellbinders’ Labels 24. I then added some more ink to the sides of each die cut panel. Now coming to the individual cards –

A Trio of Cards 2Starting with the one I had the toughest time with! 😉 It was relatively easy to align pieces such that the pattern between the different pieces was continuous. Rather, I found it difficult to bring the entire piece together, because this was my first time doing such a thing, and I made quite a few mistakes, which resulted in the panels becoming smaller than I intended. 😦

What I learnt – do not try to trim the pieces to size before adhering them all. And adhere first to a scrap piece of paper, NOT to the card base!!! Ask how I know! 😛

A Trio of Cards 2 (close up)While adhering the pieces together, I stuck the outer pointy tips to the inner panel directly, while adding a foam dot to the inner pointy tips. This gave the piece a simple dimensional look. So, after I (finally) adhered the pieces together, I adhered this in the center of the card base direclty, and foam mounted two strips of black, Copic colored card stock strips, leaving a small piece of the white card stock showing through. (Can you believe my hours of hard work got explained in 2 paragraphs!?! 😀 Irony of life!!)

For the sentiment, I cut out another piece from the same die cuts using blac kcard stock and stamped the sentiment from Bo Bunny Sentiments stamp set in Hero Arts white pigment ink. I then embellished the card with some pearls colored with black Copic marker.

A Trio of Cards 1Coming to the next card – this was relatively very very easy!! I first colored the back and sides of all the pieces with the color I used for the base. I then curved the dangling ends of each piece and foam mounted them, taking care to align them according to the pattern.

A Trio of Cards 1 (close up)I then cut out a small circle, lined the edge with Hero Arts Charcoal ink and stamped the same sentiment with it before foam mounting it in the center. I then adhered this to the card base directly, placing to the right, leaving a stripe of the white card base showing. I then embellished the card with some pearls.

A Trio of Cards 3The third card is made using the scrap pieces left back while I was trimming the first card! 😛 I just made a weave pattern out of the four stripes and adhered them to the card base. I then stamped the sentiment, from Bo Bunny Sentiments, using Hero Arts Charcoal ink.

A Trio of Cards 3 (close up)I thought of adding some pearls to this card too, but held myself back, thinking that I wanted to use something else – preferably making the card as flat as possible. I then suddenly remembered the twinkles (that’s what I am calling them!) from JustRite Bokeh Time stamp set. So, I stamped a few of them just above the sentiment using Memento Dandelion and Tangelo inks.

And that finished my stream of cards! I am submitting these to ColourMe Card Challenge #56 and the last card to CASology #131.

Thanks for looking!! 🙂

CASology #131

Since I missed submitting any card CASology last time, I thought of submitting something this time. The theme is very simple –

As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to use my Memory Script Birthday die, plus a technique so popular with word dies now (I think I see the technique in at least one card in every challenge I go to! :P)

CASology #131I first started stamping using a stamp from WPlus9 Country Charms stamp set in ColorBox Turquoise, Canary, Orchid and Eggplant colors. I then die cut the sentiment across it. I also die cut a few extra pieces, stacked them. Then laying some double sided adhesive behind it, and some scrap paper to support it, I adhered the sentiment down on the card.

CASology #131 (close up)

For the ‘Happy’, which came from Hero Arts It’s Your Day stamp set, I first partially stamped in Eggplant and then in Teal to get that ombre look – I felt it matched the checkered colors below and better suited the card than just black.

For embellishing that card, I took nail polish (yes, nail polish is quickly becoming a good alternative for enamel dots for me! :)) and dripped a few dots here and there on the card.

And that finished my card! Thanks for looking!!

Stencilled Vases

Hello!

I always love to create my own stuff to use for my card making – stencils, stamps…just that I usually don’t know what to create and how to create it! 😛 But today, I got a fantastic inspiration for a card and the corresponding stencil from Cornelia’s card here. That lady has got some fabulous talent! I am actually casing her card here!

Stencilled VasesI made my stencil before starting with anything else. I first adhered two pieces of thin, transparent plastic book wrapping sheets using double sided adhesive in between. This makes a thin, flexible, mostly see-through and easy to cut piece. I then folded a portion in half, drew one half of the vase, and cut it (still keeping the plastic folded). This stencil was easy to create since the pieces were solid, weren’t intricate and also symmetrical. The easiest ever! 😀 I should mention that I kept the cut pieces, since they can (very conveniently) be used as masks!!

Stencilled Vases (close up)I then started with the actual card. I chose three of the many vases I’d cut, and sponged in Pumice Stone distress ink through the left, top and the bottom, leaving the right side completely free of any color. I also dabbed a bit of Black Soot at the very edges using a sponge with bigger pores. I used the mask piece for the vase in the leftmost when I started coloring the vase in between – so happy that I kept those cutoff pieces too!

I then started stamping the flowers in the vase using Micia Friendship Forever stamp set and Memento inks Potter’s Clay, Rhubarb Stalk, Lilac Posies. I also added a bit of shading to the flowers using my sketch pens. I finally stamped the sentiment which came from the same stamp set in Tuxedo Black ink – in fact I had to stamp it twice to achieve the desired darkness. 🙂 That finished my simple, one layered card.

I am submitting this to ColourQ Card Challenge #277.

Thanks for looking!

Pinspiration #10

Since my interest in card-making, I have come to add quite a few related boards in Pinterest. One of them being inspirations of patterns and designs. Now, even after creating this board, I found that I rarely made many cards from them. Finding that one of the card makers I follow has an explicit series dedicated for cards made from Pinterest inspiraitons acted as a trigger and I thought that I should maybe try to make a few cards, at least now and then, picking inspirations from that exact same board I reserved for that purpose!

And so, I present one more card from the “Pinspiration” series! 🙂

Pinspiration #10This card is inspired by this pin

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I picked up a few flower stamps that had a striped design on them. Now, I didn’t have stamps which would substitute the solid flowers, so I made some using the same flowers I chose. I learnt making my own stamps from dies from this video from Yana Smakula. I applied the same technique, except this time the stamps are cut by hand. By the way, the stamps came from Blooms Of Mine and Full Blooms stamp sets from Micia; and one more stamp set, whose name I don’t remember 😦

Before I started stamping, I cut out a heart mask from scrap paper, and stuck it to one side of the card. I then started stamping using Memento inks Dandilion, London Fog, Grey Flannel and Tuxedo Black.

Pinspiration #10 (close up)Once I was done stamping, I added a couple of dashed outlines to the heart using sketch pens. I then adhered washi tapes to scrap cardstock and cut out stripes of it and cut out the ends to a fish tail and a diagonal. I then cut out another strip of of cardstock and cut a fishtail to an and, to add the sentiment – from Hero Arts All Occasions Messages. After first stamping it in Tuxedo Black, I stamped it two more times at an offset in Dandelion ink, making a shadow. I then adhered and foam mounted all the stripes on. Finally, I adhered this whole panel to the card base, on which I had already adhered some dark grey color paper.

And that finished my card! Hope you liked looking at it as much as I loved making it! 😀

Raised Windows

Today, I made an attempt to make a card using a classic layout – with aligned windows/raised panels with stamped images. It’s simple and easy to make too!

Raised WindowsI cut out 3 pieces of squares of 1.5 inch each and stamped the flowers from the Flower stamp set from Hot Off The Press using Hero Arts black ink. I then colored them using sketch pens. I didn’t add any shading – but that’s the way I wanted it! 😉

Raised Windows (close up)I then water-colored the card base lightly with a light peach color and stamped the sentiment from Lace Vintage Labels #3 from JustRite using Hero Arts Black ink. I then adhered the card panels on the card base.

And that finished my card! Thanks for looking! 🙂

Pinspiration #9

So, I came across this pin in Pinterest, and it caught my interest – I thought I might try watercoloring with distress inks stamping with this as inspiration. I actually came up with 3 cards!

I’ve used a few things as common – for the card base, I’ve used color paper on the card base, watercolor paper for making my inspired piece, the stamp set – Joyful Flutters by Micia, the distress inks – Fired Brick, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Pumice Stone, Black Soot.

Pinterest Inspired Card 2For the first card, to make the watercolored piece, I first applied a coat of water all over the watercolor paper, and directly stamped my distress inks on top. I misted with paper again with water whenever it got a little dry. This method provided distinct stamped image, and the water flowing around spreads the colors a bit. Hmm..not the right way to replicate my inspiration, but good enough! ;D

Pinterest Inspired Card 2 (close up)So, after I was done with the piece and everything was dry, I distressed the sides and also the front using Prima’s Comfort Craft Distressing Tool. This gave the paper a beautiful striped texture! Love it! I then directly adhered this on the card base, glued in a pink and a black feather.

For the sentiment, I first adhered some dark grey color paper on a strip of cardstock, trimmed it and cut out fishtails on both ends, finally stamped the sentiment, which BoBunny Captured stamp set in Hero Arts white pigment ink – I adhered this piece also directly on the card. I then added a few sequins with added pink rhinestones on top and some pearls as embellishment.

Pinterest Inspired Card 3For the second card, I changed the method of watercoloring. I misted the stamp with the distress ink before I stamped on the watercolor paper – I add no water on the paper itself. This achieved the effect I desired. 🙂 The images look like they are watercolored and they are not exactly perfectly stamped due to the texture of the paper, which I liked.

I cut this piece into two, and like with the first card, I distressed the sides before using them.

Pinterest Inspired Card 3 (close up)Now coming to the second card, I drew some (not so perfect) stripes on a spare cardstock using Pink Copic marker and cut a side to in a diagonal. I then cut another strip of cardstock and adhered black flowered washi tape on it. I then adhered these two on the pink (color paper adhered) card base. I then foam mounted the watercolor piece on top.

I cut out the ‘Hello’ from black cardstock using Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs and adhered it directly on the card base. The trick to lying them out straight, which I learnt from Jennifer McGuire, is to first align them and adhere a portion of the front of the dies to masking tape (or some temporary tape) – then we can easily add the adhesive and place them wherever we want on the card! Easy-peasy!

Well, then I proceeded to add the clear-rhinestone topped sequins randomly on the card.

Pinterest Inspired Card 1Now coming to the card – I cut up a couple of pieces of a doily, and on the bigger one, I added some silver acrylic paint here, inked it up using Hero Arts Cantaloupe Shadow ink, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries and sprayed water on it to let the inks spread and mix and finally sucked up the extra on some scrap paper. I then adhered these on the card base and trimmed the excess.

Pinterest Inspired Card 1 (close up)I then used Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics to cut out a frame and stamped it using MFT Pinstripes & Memento Rose Bud ink. After adding a black eyelet to the watercolor piece, I stapled the frame on top at an angle. I also added a butterfly to the side, which I cut from Tattered Lace Butterflies dies, after sponging in some Spun Sugar distress inks to the sides.

I finally added the sentiment which came from the Joyful Flutters stamp set from Micia using Hero Arts white pigment ink. I finished this with some pearls on the card base and one on the butterfly.

Whew!! That finished my looong array of cards, and even longer explanation!! Thanks for sticking up till now! 🙂

PTI January Blog Hop Inspired

Hello!

The card I’ve made this time is something that is inspired by the PTI January Blog Hop. Its pretty unfortunate for me that I don’t own any PTI stamps, and so cannot participate in the blog hop, but that doesn’t stop me from getting inspired, does it!? 😀

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This is a very simple card, inspired by the top left image – I started off by cutting out a mask from scrap paper – I outlined and fuzzy cut out a heart shape. I used this to stamp flowers from two stamp sets – WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals and Avery Elle Laurels. I stamped then Memento inks Rose Bud and Lady Bug.

PTI January Blog Hop InspiredI seem to be using my color papers a lot these days – they give an easy way of getting colors on the background, without the hard work of sponging ink or painting them in, which suits my lazy nature just fine! 😛 I used a yellow chrome colored color paper for background on this card – which I adhered using double sided tape and trimmed off the excess from the card base – gave me just the perfect background!

PTI January Blog Hop Inspired (close up)I then started my stamping. Starting with the bigger flowers to stamp on the boundaries of the mask, to get a clear outline of the shape, I stamped a few flowers inside also. I then used smaller and smaller stamps to fill in the empty areas and also to pronounce the heart. I then used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the sentiment which came from Avery Elle Laurels.

And that finished my simple card! Thanks for looking!