#373 – Dodecagram

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Its been some time since I used the Altenew Dodecagram stamp set. Altenew is one of my favorite stamp companies – I would buy every stamp they have, if I had the money! But, I’ll do with the ones I have first! πŸ™‚

Dodecagram

I must have tried a hundred color combinations before deciding on this set. I even debated between making it a solid color or a gradient. For this card especially, I think the ‘preparation’ took a hell of a time than the actual card!

So, coming to the card- I stamped the images in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored them using myΒ Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I then trimmed the piece, going around the images stamped on the right. I then wrapper a thin gold embroidery thread around this piece and stamped the sentiment from the same set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. For the card base, I used Simon Says Stamp Seeing Spots stencil with Fossilzed Amber distress ink. I then mounted the panel on top.

Now, for the embellishment – I wanted to use enamel dots, but I don’t have any. I have never bought any. I feel that they are not a good investment for me, since they cost a lot (when calculated in Rupees) and I don’t get many in one set. So, I usually try to come up with an alternative. I’ve used nail polish and acrylic paint, with some success. This time, I used acrylic paint on some pearls. What do you think?

Submitting this to Retro Sketches #192 and AAA Card Challenge #53: Anything Goes

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#372 – Glitter and Sparkle

PE: Headliner (Winner) of The Paper Players challenge!!!

Fusion Challenge Honorable Mention

Bastel-Traum Silver Award Winner!!

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You’ll know why I named this post so when you look at my card. Its shiny glittery overload. What’s more, I even thought of adding a few clear rhinestones to add some more sparkle on! Did I stop myself in time? What do you think?

Sparkle and Shine!

If you are thinking ‘What glitter’, then here’s a close with the glitter well shown –

Sparkle and Shine (Sparkly close up!)

I first picked a watercolor panel and watercolored the base in dark blue, light blue and teal. I then embossed the snowflakes using stamps from Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes and heat embossed it using Clear Sparkle embossing powder from Wow. I then added some more watercolor – I thought the snowflakes weren’t showing properly. What I should have done is heat embossing first and watercoloring later – I wasn’t thinking right. 😦

Anyway, since there was a lot of glitter showing anyway, I didn’t replace the piece. I then heat embossed the birds from Neat and Tangled My Heart Sings on some vellum, fussy cut them, added glitter using Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen, adhered them to my card. I then added the die-cut sentiment, from Die-Versions Celebrate and added some glitter on that too.

Submitting this card to The Paper Players Chalenge #273: Tic Tac Toe (I played the middle horizontal – Blue, Sparkle/Shine, Embossing), Fusion Card Challenge: Blue Christmas (I tried a fusion again this time – used the snowflake and can you make out the v shape of the watercolor in the background? Please tell me you can! :D) and Bastel Traum Challenge #35: Glitter

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#371 – Roses

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Its been some time since I used these Roses die from Elizabeth Crafts. When I first bought them, I used them so much, I actually made a decision to stop using them for atleast the next few cards. Unfortunately, after that I bought some new stuff and….you know the rest. So, now, after using the awesome dies after so long, I am quite happy with this creation –

Roses

I chose some distress inks to color in the roses – I used Victorian Velvet, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire, Picked Raspberry. I used watercolor paper for the bottom, whole die-cut pieces and for the outline, I used normal white card stock. While coloring, I concentrated color in the flower center, reducing the color at the borders. After the watercolor dried, I adhered the pieces together.

I took another card panel, I used a fusion of Weathered Wood and Pumice Stone to create a random watercolored base and adhered the flowers and leaves on top. I stamped the sentiment from Penny Black Sentimental in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Finally adhered this panel to the card base. And that finished my card!

Submitting this to Colour Me Challenge #99

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#370 – In-laid Die-cutting

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I tried inlaid die cutting quite some time ago, got tired of it immediately, and concluded that people who try it must be either geniuses or gone bonkers! No wonder, since I picked a particularly difficult die to try it! πŸ˜€ But, I tried it again in this card –

In laid Die-cutting

For this card, I first die cut the flowery branches using Memory Box Honey Blossom die. I then colored each piece separately, and adhered them back together. There – that simple!!

Or not! This is actually my second try – since I messed up the coloring in the first card. Also my first card was horizontal, and I saw too much of the tail of the sprig, which I didn’t like. So, I changed a few things – the major one being waiting till each piece was dry and also changing my adhesive (from double sided tape to fevi-stick), so that I could move the pieces to fit perfectly, without the underlying pieces showing.

In laid Die-cutting - glitter close up

Continuing, to finish my card, I added glitter on the flowers using Wink of Stella clear glitter pen and some clear rhinestones as embellishment.

Submitting this card to Seize the Birthday (No topping) and Color Throwdown #370

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#369 – Ellen Hutson November Pin-sights Challenge

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Since I saw the board for the November Pin-sights challenge over at Ellen Hutson, I have really wanted to participate.

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The board dictated wonderful shades of blue, grey and brown, even going as far as a beautiful copper. But since I thought of doing something else than blue flowers with brown leaves (which is what I would normally and immediately resort to), I took quite some time to come up something. πŸ™‚

Ellen Hutson Nov Pin-sights Challenge

I decided to use a flower from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden dies – I embossed it in copper after die cutting it from card stock. I then picked another piece of card stock, trimmed it and swiped pigment inks of shades of blue and brown on. I’ve seen Julie Ebersole use this technique in this card and I’ve used it once before on this card. This became the bottom-most panel for my board where I would stick my flower

To pair up with the bottom layer, I chose a washi tape for the mid-layer and a textured brown paper I had with me for the top. I then adhered all the pieces on another scrap CS and mounted it on the card base. I stamped the sentiment from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then adhered the flower on. I added a few copper sequins as embellishment.

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#368 – Of Owls and Bears

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I am not that good when it comes to using those cute critter and animal stamps in my cards – though I love them so much! I always feel something is lacking. But, practice makes one perfect, so here are a couple of cards using some cute owls and bears!

For my first card, I tried Mama Elephant Bear Hugs.

Thank You Mama Bear!

I first die cut the panels using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles. I then stamped the bears, the honey pot, the bees and the moon using Hero Arts Black ink and colored them using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I then prepped the card base, by using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders, stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black and adhered the panels on top.

Submitting this to ColourQ Challenge #318.

For my second card, I used the cute owls from Clearly Besotted Woodland Kisses. There are bunch of cute critters in this set, but I’ve only used the owls so far, can’t waitΒ  to use the rest!! πŸ™‚

Owls

For this card, I first embossed a card panel usingAmerican Crafts Shimelle Woodgrain embossing folder. I then stamped the owls using Hero Arts Black ink and colored them using Derwent Inktense pencils. I then die-cut the branch from some brown texture paper using Memory Box Woodland Branch and the hearts using Mama Elephant Confetti die. I then heat embossed the sentiment in white on some scrap black card stock. I then assembled the pieces together.

Submitting this to CASology Challenge Week 174: Owl and AAA Card Challenge #53: Anything Goes

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#367 – Timeout Challenge Guest Designer!

Am I a lucky one or what! I got a chance to be Guest Designer for Timeout Challenge! I was so happy when Sandie asked me – and when I saw the theme, I was absolutely delighted!!

‘Snowflakes are Winter’s Butterflies’

Think of the possibilities! You can think of a million ways to make a card just with butterflies or snowflakes alone – added to that a winter them! I had a hard time this time, not to come up with an idea, but to actually decide which idea to actualize! πŸ˜€

And I finally chose snowflakes – Christmas card in some traditional colors!

Timout Challenge GDI used pattern paper from DCWV Christmas & Winter stack – just the perfect stack for this theme! I adhered my chosen paper – with red and green snowflakes – on some card stock and die cut it using Neat & Tangled Graduated Stripes. I debated a bit on whether I should adhere the pieces directly on the card base or foam mount them – that is until I saw the thickness of the last stripe – I just went for adhering directly then! πŸ˜› I then stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages using Hero Arts Pale Tomato.

Timout Challenge GDFor the snowflakes I used Spellbinders Snowflake Pendant dies. I used Tarnished Brass, gave two rounds of coating to a card stock and die cut the snowflakes (looks metallic, doesn’t it! :)) and also cut out a couple from vellum. I adhered these and added red rhinestones in the center.

Somehow I felt that the pattern paper wasn’t standing out much – so I gave it a coating of Wink of Stella clear glitter. Hmm…wonderful! πŸ˜€ What’s a card without some glitter, I say! πŸ˜›

Well, I stopped here, before I added glitter everywhere! πŸ˜› Please do check out the cards by the Timeout Challenge DT – they are inspirational in every way! And don’t forget to participate too!

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