#907 – STB: Sparkle and Shine

PE: Outstanding at Virginia’s Show and Share challenge!!

Virginia's Show and Share - Winner

Hello and welcome! We have a great new challenge starting today over at Seize the Birthday. Its the last challenge for this year, and the topping is something that is just perfect for a birthday. Suggested by our lovely team mate Cathy – “Sparkle & Shine‘. Of course, if that doesn’t suit your mood, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! 😀


So for my card, since it had been so long, I focused on simple stamping, without any special techniques but added some sparkle for the sentiment and then embellishing. Here’s what I made –

Birthday Wishes with Colored Foil

I used the stamps from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds stamp set around the edges of a white card panel. Once done, I trimmed it on the wider edges, then adhered it over a light brown cardstock.

Birthday Wishes with Colored Foil (closeup)

For the sentiment I wanted to add some sparkle, so I used some foil. Of course, I don’t have that many colors in my stash, I had to improvise. So I used Copic marker – a dark orange one on a silver foil. This isn’t end up with an even color, but that didn’t matter much, since I was die cut would have thin lettering. I die cut this using My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die, and some more pieces, which I adhered together, and then adhered to the cardstock.

Finally, I added a few dots of glittery gold Nuvo drops here and there for some extra subtly shimmer.

And that completes my card! I’m joining the following challenges with it –

The Flower Challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

Retro Rubber challenge #148: They Said It’s Your Birthday (my old stamp is the Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds, which is from the 2016 release)

RRCB 148

Virginia’s November Show & Share

Virginia's Show and Share

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more sparkly inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#906 – Diwali Cards!!

Hello and welcome! My yearly series of Diwali cards has continued for the seventh year now! I was actually majorly delayed in posting my last year’s Diwali cards… like 1 year late! But this year, I am posting on the day of Diwali itself! I’ve improved!! 😀

And here are the cards –

Happy Diwali!!

I have actually veered from my traditional sparkly shiny cards which I usually make for Diwali. This time I kept them simple. Yeah.. one of those few times when I don’t even add any sentiment on the card! I think the conveyed blessings and well wishes are apparent by the focal of the card – God Ganesha!

I was very lucky to find these beautiful laser cut chipboards from one of my favorite shops – The Craft Shop, just in time for the occasion – especially since I make my cards really early! So, I used them in combination with some cover dies.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 1)

The center top has background made using Pink Fresh Studio Fancy Floral dies. The bottom left has two layers of Lil Inker Designs Pointelle die cuts, behind which I used a layer of gold metallic paint from Prima. The same paint is used for the card on the bottom right, but the die cut, I changed to Lil Inker Designs Diamond Lace die, though two layers again. For the top-most layer, I used three layers of Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, to get some dimension to even out the height of the chipboard. I used the die itself to trace an outline of the frame, using metallic gel pens in gold and silver from Uniball.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 2)

On these two cards, I used dies from Spellbinders called Grate Effect (left) and Fancy Lattice. I used two pieces of die cuts, offset them before adhering them on the card base. The frame die cut on top uses Spellbinders Hemstitch Rectangles, below which I used the same gold metallic paint. Again, I added two layers of scrap cardstock below the frame to even out the height of the chipboard.

I am joining the following challenges with my cards –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #297: All About Occasions

Timeout Challenge #174: Festivals

CrafTangles Monthly challenge, November Challenge: Festive Projects

monthly challenge

Inkspirational Challenge #226: Frame It

I am so happy with these cards – I hope the recipients feel the same too! Wish you all a very happy Diwali, everyone!! May the lights of this sparkling season bring joy and peace to every heart and every family! And thank you for stopping by!

#897 – Another Diwali Card

Hello! I had made an extra Diwali card…in 2018….!! My sis had ended up seeing the one I had made for everyone (which I posted in my last post), while I was making it, so I made another one for her. 🙂

Happy Diwali

I used perfect pearls along with the textured paper that I have also used in some other projects (here and here). I used Distress Oxide Ink on the embossing folder to emboss the pattern on the texture paper (Versamark watermark ink wasn’t sticking properly) and then smeared some gold perfect pearls on top, wiping off the excess. I trimmed this to add it on top of a white piece of cardstock, which I then adhered on top of a kraft card base.

For the sentiment, I gold heat embossed the greeting using Altenew Modern Deco stamp on top of vellum. I adhered this piece of vellum underneath a frame diecut using Paper Smooches Frame4 die, and then fussy cut off the excess. I then adhered this on the card. For embellishing I used some gold sequins

Happy Diwali (with envelope)

For the envelope I used Inkadinkado Organic Fabric Flourishes along with Altenew Modern Deco, just like in the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#896 – Diwali 2019 Cards

Hello! This post has been long overdue!! Like more than an year!! I know I had taken a long time just to click some photos of the cards I had made almost 3 months before I wrote this post… because this post was written then, and I wrote that I took 3 months!! But, better late than never?? 😀

So, anyway, here are the Diwali cards I had made for my family and friends the last year!

Diwali 2019 Cards (1)

As is the case with my New Years cards, I follow a theme for my Diwali cards as well – as is glaringly obvious in this case! For these cards, I first chose a color of shimmer paints from Prima to paint a card panel. Depending on the color of the paint, I either chose a cream or a white card base. I trimmed the panel to size and die cut a circle window from the panel and a piece of scrap paper of the same size. I then used the scrap paper to die cut the circle window from the top of the card base too. I also heat embossed the painted panel in metallic colors using either Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp.

Diwali 2019 Cards (2)

Love the shine on these cards!  

I then die cut a set of circular frames using the same circle die I used earlier plus another die one size larger. These I painted either gold or silver, to go with the color of the painted panel. Finally, I adhered all these pieces together.

The diya itself, also painted in the same color as the panel, comes from a die from Ranganjali, called Ornamental Diya. I used the leftover circular pieces from earlier to cut them out. I actually made a pop up feature from inside, to adhere this diya on top of, following this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire, but that didn’t really ‘pop up’ pretty well in this card for me!

Anyway, coming to the sentiment, I used Neat & Tangled Jounaling Alphas for the dies and the ‘happy’ comes from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

Diwali 2019 Cards (3)

Coming to the envelops – I used the same stamp as I used on the panel. Then choosing grey for the white card based cards and brown for the cream card based cards, I stamped the pattern as a gradient. I then used the combination of Altenew Beautiful Lady and My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Alphabets & Numbers stamp set to stamp the sentiment on top.

I’m joining the following challenges with my set of cards –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make it Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #145: Tic Tac Toe – I’ve chose the last column, Metallics-Masculine-Embossing, and the two stamps that I’ve used, being Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp are both from September 2017 Stamp-tember release.

RRCB 145

Virginia’s Show and Share October challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

And that’s it from me! Glad I got around to finishing and publishing this post finally! 😀 And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#885 – Stamping on White Ink

PE: Winner at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Winner Badge

Hello and welcome!! The card I made today was a big experiment. I tried to use this technique taught by Heather Nichols, where you first add a layer of white pigment ink, dry it completely and then stamp on it. I think this technique was also taught by Jennifer McGuire some time ago.. though I don’t have the link for that.

Anyway, this is the card I made, which was actually the card I made for Papa for his birthday.

Stamping on White Ink

It actually took a few attempts to perfect this. I found on the first few tries that the ink was either too light, or even a dark ink was vanishing. The trick that did it for me, was the completely dry the white pigment ink before stamping anything else, using only mid-dark toned inks, and also heat drying that ink immediately after stamping. That made most of the colors show.

Coming back to the actual card. I don’t have any oval masks, so I cut out one using an acetate sheet and die-cutting it with My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Oval. I used this as the mask for the entire card.

Stamping on White Ink (closeup)

The flowers come WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones and Fresh Cut Florals. I also added some splatters of the same ink on top. Once everything was dry, I felt the card to be too empty – lets face it, CAS cards are my weakness! So I used the other part of the acetate to mask my stamping, then used brushed some brown ink using a makeup brush, and also stamped the leafy image from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms.

Before sticking this on the card, I dry embossed the card base using a die from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered the created panel on top. The sentiment is from Lesia Zgharda called Happy Birthday. Finally, I added some dots over the flower centers and lines over the leaves using gold and silver Uniball gel pens.

I am joining the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Botanicals

SSS - Monday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

And that completed my card. Thank you so much for stopping by!