#805 – Diwali Cards

Hello!! Writing a post after such a long time feels weird! A few of my previous posts were all DT posts, which were scheduled, so its actually been more than 2 months since I wrote a post!

Here are the Diwali cards I made for my family this year. Mostly white, with die cuts and embossing being the highlights.

Happy Diwali (a)

I used ivory cardstock for the base, but the entire thing is covered by a layer of textured paper. Over that comes a layer of embossed vellum. I used Spellbinders Paisley embossing folder for this. I also used my gold and silver gel pens to draw a border along the vellum piece.

The ‘Diya’ is a die from Rangajali, called Ornamental Diya. I stacked these and heat embossed them in two different colors. Next came the die cut sentiment, from Altenew Inline Alpha, for which I used the same colors for embossing. The ‘wishes’ is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Party. Matching sequins and rhinestones/pearls are used for embellishing

For the envelope, I used Impression Obsession Paisley stamp, topped with the sentiment, which I die cut using the textured paper, and adhered it over another piece of die cut cardstock, for additional strength.

Happy Diwali (b)

For the first card, I used Verdigris embossing powder with copper embossing sprinkled here and there.

Happy Diwali (d)

For the next card, I used copper embossingΒ  with the addition of clear sparkle embossing powder on top. The one I have is not exactly clear, but on certain surfaces gives off a tinge of blue. That’s what happened here.

Happy Diwali (c)

Next, I used Rose Gold embosing powder, topped with the same clear sparkle embossing. (See how there’s no trace of blue here!)

Happy Diwali (e)

Here I used black sparkle embossing powder with silver pearl embossing powder on top. This gave off a translucent icy feeling.. quite different from what I was expecting, but still pretty cool! πŸ™‚

Happy Diwali (f)

I absolutely loved the elegance of that diya die. So very preety! And all the paisley gave off a nice traditional touch for me. And since I was creating these cards without any clear idea where I was going at all, I am pretty glad it turned out well. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#804 – Birthday Tags

Hello and welcome to yet another new challenge at Seize the Birthday! This time we have the optional topping of ‘Tags’, meaning you can join us with a birthday project carrying a coffee or tea theme, or, if it is not your thing, you are free to join us with any birthday project at all – your choice!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I was a bit lost on what to make for this challenge – a big tag itself, or a card with a tag on it. I decided to go with a card with a tag, but then, started wondering how to place it. Well, finally, I decided to go with the tag with the sentiments already in it – makes things easier! πŸ˜‰

Birthday Tags

I used Fabriano Elle Erre Brina cardstock. Love the visual texture on this cardstock! I used pretty images in Neat & Tangled Scandinavian Prints and stamped them on the cardbase in a diagonal. I added a few dots on the flower centers and also in some larger gaps using a black marker. I then die cut the sentiment using Neat & Tangled Birthday Tags using two pieces of cardstock – I used partial die cutting for the larger piece to get the pattern at the bottom, then cut the rest using my trimmer. I tied the two pieces together using a piece of jute cord, then foam mounted it on the cardstock. Finally used a few pieces of Lucy’s Cards Bridal Mix gemstones.

Birthday Tags (closeup)

I hope you are inspired by my project! Do stop over the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from our amazing DT and our very talented Surprise Party Guest, Marianne, and join us with your own birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#803 – Celebrate in CAS

Hello and welcome! Time for yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘CAS’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

My definition of CAS is quite loose. For me, CAS can still include texture and cover the card, as long as there isn’t too much of it, and it doesn’t draw too much of attention, and the assembly is quick. The card I’ve made follows this –

Celebrate in CAS

All die cuts! And I had to try really hard to not add any embellishments – whew! So hard!! I’ve used the following products – Neat & Tangled Star Cover Plate, Memory Box Honey Blossom Sprig and Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold & Party sentiment dies.

I hope you like this card! More more variations of CAS birthday cards, check out the Seize the Birthday blog where you can get a lot more inspiration from our fabulous DT and Marianne, our Surprise Party Guest! And don’t forget to join the party! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#801 – Embossing with Texture Paper

Hello and welcome! We are starting a new challenge this week at Seize the Birthday challenge, and the topping this time is ‘Foliage’. You can consider adding Trees or Leaves in your birthday project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I recently found this great texture sheet at a local store. Wasn’t exactly the whitest white – a bit grey, if I should say, but I totally loved the texture on it! I made this card using a bit of that sheet.

Birthday Hugs

I used the Spellbinders Flora embossing folder. I first colored the leaves on it using Altenew ink cubes in shades of green, misted it just a little and send it through the embossing machine. I then die cut it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I also added a few splatters of black and green inks. I then adhered this a little loosely over a dark grey card base.

Birthday Hugs (closeup)

For the sentiment, I die cut the ‘hugs’ alphabets from the Altenew Inline Alpha dies. I die cut one set from the texture paper and 3 others using white cardstock. I stacked them and adhered them on the card. The ‘happy’ is from Winnie & Walter The Big, the Bold and Happy, which I white heat embossed on the same dark grey cardstock as the card base and cut the edges off to a slant. To finish off, I added a large green and two smaller black sequins below the sentiment.

I hope it serves as an inspiration to you! To join the challenge party, you can either go with the topping ‘Foliage’ or even choose to go without it – just as long as you make a birthday project! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Marianne!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#802 – Thanks with Stripes and Gold

Hello and welcome!!

Experimenting with photo paper this time. I learnt that photo paper holds color as soon as it is put on – nothing to move it once it is done. While it maybe a bit scary, it really works well on some fronts. I wanted to try adding stripes with color variegation, and the photo paper turned out to be my best option to do that. And I combined this with one of the easiest way to add some glam into a project – gold heat embossing –

Thanks a Bunch

I used Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers, die cutting the two flowers 4 times from normal cardstock, then heat embossed them in gold embossing powder, with which I had mixed some fine gold glitter – extra bling! These two flowers along with a few gold sequins are the main focal point of the card.

For the background, I used photo paper, and stamped the stripes using My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes. I dabbed a few variations of pink distress inks, misted them and stamped them. Since the photo paper hold the colors steadfast immediately upon stamping, there wasn’t any blending after the stamping (even when I misted it with water) and I achieved the variegation that I wanted. Also, the glossy paper matches the gold embossing pretty well. πŸ™‚

Thanks a Bunch (closeup)

I die cut one side of the glossy paper using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches before foam mounting it on a white card base. I then adhered the flower die cuts directly on it. The sentiment comes from Altenew Label Love. The stamping didn’t end up perfect, so I retouched it with a white gel pen. Added a few gold sequins for embellishing and my card is done!

This card goes to –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #121: Inspired by Words

The Paper Players challenge #417: Theme challenge: Give Thanks

A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Give Thanks

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Hope you liked this card, and do stop by again!

#800 – Happy Birthday Papa!

Hello! Its time for another challenge at the Seize the Birthday, and this time, the cake comes without toppings again! That’s right, its time for an Anything Goes challenge!

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

This card is actually the first card I had made for my Papa’s birthday, 3 months ago.. but I ended up changing the card, and ended up giving another card to him. Since this was still pending publishing, I decided to post it now. πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday to You

I started with a watercolor panel of 9″x4.25″ and stamped the pretty images from Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1 stamp set. I used my MISTI and used the same stamping position to stamp two corners. I used Versafine black ink for stamping.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 1)

After this dried, I watercolored the panel using Zig Brush pens. I used the pens to scribble some ink on clear plastic panel and used a brush to pick up color and do some watercoloring. I think I added atleast 3 layers of color on all of the images, and even the background.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 2)

Once done, I heat embossed the sentiment, which are from Reverse Confetti All About You and Honey Bee Stamps Hand Lettered Alpha, using black glitter embossing powder. I embossed twice on the ‘YOU’ and also added Glossy Accents on it to get some extra dimension. I then adhered this to a white card base. I also added Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops on some flower centers and here and there on the card.

Happy Birthday to You (close up 3)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Favorite Stamping Technique with Celebration/Birthday theme

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Timeout challenge #120: Colorful

Happy Little Stampers October Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! And don’t forget to join the party! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#799 – Bunny’s Present

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘Travel’.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I do not have that many stamps which directly denote travel. So I’ve made something that might denote travelling. Can you imagine, please, that this bunny is travelling to its friend to deliver its present??

Bunny's Flower Present

I first stamped the images using Antique Linen distress ink, then watercolored it all using a bunch of Prima watercolor pencils. The florals in the background are from Pink Fresh Studio Fluer 1, the bunny and its cycle are from Lil Inker Designs Rustic Spring and the sentiment is from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms.

The bunny is still deciding on whether to bring the pretty big flower too, but it has already decided on the smaller ones in the cycle’s basket. Can you see them? No? Here’s a closeup –

Bunny's Flower Present (closeup)

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #311: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday challenge: Favorite Stamping Technique with Celebration/Birthday theme

SSS - Work It Wednesday

Happy Little Stampers September Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

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Timeout Challenge #119: Breast Cancer Awareness &/or Friendship with the option of one layer card

I hope you are inspired by this card! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Marianne! And don’t forget to join the party! πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚