Inking Stencils

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge and this time we have the topping ‘Use a Stencil‘ from Vicki! Since the topping is always optional, you can just stick with our usual ‘Anything Goes‘ Birthday! The choice is yours!

And here’s my card –

I was very inspired by this card from Virginia Lu – her cards always wow me!!

I started with the card base. I used a gel plate with CrafTangles Mandala Reloaded stencil and distress inks. I first applied a light layer the inks on the gel plate, using a brayer to even out and blend the inks on which I used the cardstock directly. I then adhered the stencil to a side of my white card panel, reinked the gel plate with darker colors and carefully laid the stencil+cardstock on the inked gel plate. I did repeat the top most part by reapplying the ink, so taping the stencil helped. I did use the brayer each time to press the inks on the cardstock.

Setting the panel aside, I used Simon Says Stamp Blooming Meadow stamp for the flowers, fussy cut them out. I foam mounted the stencil panel on white cardstock and then arranged the flowers on top, with the sentiment from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts stamp set. For embellishing I used tiny orange sequins.

And that’s my card. Checkout more stencil inspiration from all my talented teammates and our inspiring Party Guest Lorraine A in the Seize the Birthday blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#1000 – A Stitchy Sort of Birthday

Hello and welcome to my grand 1000th blog post!! Yay!! 😀 And I’m celebrating it with my post of a new challenge at Seize the Birthday challenge. This time, the topping is chosen by Shirley to be ‘Faux or Real Stitching‘. The topping is optional and as long as your project is birthday-related, you can join the challenge.

And here’s the card I made –

Frankly, I made this card in a hurry. In one night. Which is very, very rare for me. And this, after I proclaimed while commenting in Nancy’s post that I am taking months nowadays to make my cards. Yes, it just had to happen.

So anyway, after blanking out on what to create for a long time, I ended up making a card that I wasn’t only not satisfied with but also which just wouldn’t look good in its photo – how uncooperative. 😦

I made this one above in a hurry, since that card just wouldn’t do, and this came out quite well. I must however, admit that I was CASEing this gorgeous card in The Greetery blog.

I even used die cuts left over from previous projects (flowers from Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms and colored using Gansai Tambi watercolors and sentiment from Die-Versions Celebrate die), which made the process faster. I just had to stamp the faux stitched panels – both of which I did using dies from Mama Elephant So Sew – so aptly named – and then stamping on the top panel using CrafTangles Old Newspaper and Stampendous Blossom Spray stamps. I added a strip of black washi tape which had designs in matte gold for the smallest embellishing, and I was done!

I sure am glad this card worked, else I would have taken off for this challenge! 😉 But I think you’ll find my teammates did a much for trustworthy and wonderful works than mine – and of course, so did our wonderful Surprise Party Guest, Lorraine A! Check their creations out at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by and do come by again! 🙂

#999 – A Rose Bouquet

PE: Honorable Mention at The Card Concept!! 🙂

The Card Concept - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its the first of the month and we have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. Anything Goes as long as you’ve used some form of watercoloring in your project.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

I first die cut pieces from watercolor paper using the dies from Altenew Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms and watercolored them using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once they dried, I adhered the relevant pieces together and assembled them on the card.

This is one of the cards that took me extra long to complete, since I wasn’t sure what to use for the background. Initially, my idea was to watercolor a vase behind the flowers but that wasn’t looking as good as it did in my mind.

Finally, I settled on using watercolor paper, embossed it using the We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder, mounted it on kraft cardstock. I then adhered all the flowers and leaves on top of this.

For the sentiment, I used WPlus9 Basic Banners, which I fussy cut. I then adhered it at an angle on the card.

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

The Card Concept challenge #174: How Does Your Garden Grow : I made a clean and layered card using the flower filled garden as the focus.

Do stop by the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and don’t forget to join the challenge with your own watercolored project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#998 – Butterfly Birthday Card

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up at Seize the Birthday and the topping this time, chosen by our lovely leader Nancy, is ‘Butterflies or Hummingbirds‘. Of course, the topping is optional and you can always go without it and make any birthday project to join us instead.

And this is what I created –

I started with the background. I made a rainbow plaid using the CrafTreat 2 Step Plaid III stencil. I also used an embossing mat to emboss for both the stencils I used to create this plaid which added some little extra texture. I then die cut this piece using Winnie & Walter Essentials Lana Cutaways. I then foam mounted this on white cardstock.

For the butterflies, I die cut them using Tattered Lace butterflies dies. For the sentiment I used Taylored Expressions Handlettered Sentiments, stamped it and fussy cut it out. I used foam tape to mount both the sentiment and the butterflies.

And that’s my card! Checkout the Seize the Birthday blog for more wonderful inspiration from our Surprise Guest Deepti Aggarwal and the rest of the DT.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#997 – Spring Birthday

Hello and welcome! We start a new challenge at Seize the Birthday today, and Lindsey has given us the topping of ‘Signs of Spring‘. Anytime is ‘Anything Goes‘ as long as it’s a birthday theme, if you’re a not toppings kind of person.

And speaking of spring – it obviously has to be flowers for me!! And my Ma as well, cause this card goes to her on birthday near the end of this month. 🙂

I used the latest addition to my stash – Concord & 9th Painted Peony and combined it with a few stamps from Altenew Bride to Be to make these gorgeous florals. I then used a black gel pen to draw some fussy lines on the images – they were looking a bit plain otherwise. I then fussy cut each of them, and spent another month doing nothing, before picking it up again! 😀

I was lost on what to use to use for the card base for the longest time, before I decided to use Fabriano Elle Erre Brina cardstock. It has a bit of texture and was the perfect base for these florals. I used foam sheets to get some dimension on the pieces, before adhering them on the card. I also cut off the excess and used the pieces on other areas of the card.

I then used a black gel pen to draw some fussy circles in the empty areas on the cardstock. I also used Sakura black glaze pen on certain areas of the card for some small shine. Finally I added the sentiment. I stamped the ‘Sending’ using alphabets from Lovely Letters stamp set from Concord & 9th, and heat embossed it in rose gold ep. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes using VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink. I fussy cut this and after adding a couple of layers of scrap cardstock behind it, I adhered it on the card.

And that finished my card! Checkout how my teammates have interpreted spring birthday cards and what our Surprise Party Guest, Deepti Aggarwal has created in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog and don’t forget to join the party with your birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂