#689 – Diwali cards

Hello! I did want to publish this post before, or at least on the day of Diwali, but I got too lazy to click so many photos… so I’ve kept postponing it till now! πŸ™‚ Finally the time for some glitter and shine! πŸ˜€ Here are the cards I made –

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Diwali Cards 2017 - 4 cards

Usually, when I make diwali/new year’s cards for my family, I go with a theme and make cards with different products, but carrying the same theme. This time I went with the theme of creating backgrounds using the layered heat embossing technique, which is so well explained by the genius called Jennifer McGuire (check here). I’ve used the same sentiment die cut, cut using Stamplorations Season’s Greetings die.

Card 1

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 1

I used Prima Flourish stencil on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used silver sparkle embossing powder for the base and Verdigris embossing powder on top. On the envelope, I used some Cracked Pistachio distress ink. For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Opal Magic Blue Gold acrylic paint.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 1 - Closeup

Card 2

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 2

I used a stamp from Inkadinkado Bold Damask on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used a mix on gold and copper embossing powders for the base, sprinkling the powders on top using my fingers. On top of this, I used black sparkle embossing powder on top. Finally I covered the whole lot using clear sparkle embossing powder.

On the envelope I used Antique Linen distress oxide ink.

For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Metallique Ancient Gold acrylic paint.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 2 - Closeup

Card 3

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 3

I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp Elilzabeth stamp on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used gold embossing powder for the base. For the top, I ended up using multiple embossing powders, only because I wasn’t satisfied with the first (silver), I wasn’t satisfied with the second (copper).. and by the time I used the third (black), its not the embossing powder, but the effect that pleased me, so I decided to stop and keep it. πŸ˜€ Finally I covered the whole lot using clear sparkle embossing powder.

On the envelope I used Fired Brick and Lucky Clover distress oxide ink.

For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Lucky Emerald.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 3 - Closeup

Card 4

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 4

I used a CrafTreat Flower Power stencil on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used black sparkle embossing powder for the base. For the top, I silver sparkle embossing powder. πŸ˜€ Finally I covered the whole lot using clear sparkle embossing powder.

On the envelope I used Pumice Stone distress ink.

For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Brushed Iron.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 4 - Closeup

It does seem like a lot of embossing powder was used, but really, its not that much. Also, a couple of things I found out while making these cards –

  • For the base layer, if the embossing is not even, you have the choice of adding a second layer of embossing or you can just move the heat gun across the card. When the powder melts a bit more, it spreads more, and you can get an even surface. Just be careful to not burn the paper or melt the embossing off completely, and keep moving the heat gun.
  • At times, when you don’t have embellishment of the right color, I’ve seen card makers use Copic markers on pearls and rhinestones to color them to what they want. Another option is to use alcohol inks. That’s what I did on the cards above. Since I do not own Copic markers, I used alcohol inks (which I have plenty of) to color them. Like Copics, choose an ink a shade darker than you what you want. And don’t worry, they don’t smell πŸ˜€

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#662 – Hello

This card has long been sent to a blogging friend of mine.. and I am publishing it, I think, months after. But even now, I still love the way it looks (in the photos, of course) as I did the day I created it! Right on top of the list of watercolor pieces I’ve created that have come out good! πŸ˜‰

Hello

When I made this card, I had just bought the Waffle Flower Enveloper Birthday stamp set, and was so excited to play with it. I wanted some no-line coloring on the card, so I stamped it with a light ink, then colored it using distress inks. The sentiment comes from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia stamp set.

Hello

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Addicted to CAS Challenge #118: Friends

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #257: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Clean and Simple on Friday Challenge #115: One Layer Wonder

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#632 – Thank You

Hello! Finally posting a card I’d made and sent to a dear blogging friend.. I somehow missed posting about this card then, so here it is now! πŸ™‚

Thank You

Frankly, when I made this card, I had no idea where I was going – not even what stamp sets I would use – I just built it as it came.

I used Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony stamp set – beautiful large flowers, just perfect for some watercoloring. I wanted to watercolor this using Gansai Tambi colors, so heat embossed it in black, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the pigment washing out the flower’s outline. Like I said, I watercolored them, then trimmed the flowers and leaves, arranging them over a longish watercolor paper panel.. the dimension is not something I measured. I just wanted a longish card, and just went with what pleased my eye. πŸ™‚

Thank You

Once I finished with this, I painted the background, then used Penny Black Trailing Vines stencil with to add some more details to the background. I then adhered the flowers and leaves on top, trimming the excess and adhered the whole thing on a dark grey cardstock.

Then came the sentiment, a combination of Simon Says Stamp You die cut and Reverse Confetti All About You stamp. I added a few drops of Nuvo Drops in Bright Gold and Ebony Black for embellishing.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson June Pin Sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

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The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make You Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

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#631 – Father’s Day Card

Hello! Father’s Day was last week, and I’d kept this one here ready for a month now! If you know me, you know that I still give flowery cards to my Papa – I’ve got no new or old definition for ‘masculine cards’; I just make and give my Papa what I know makes him and me happy. Flowers are always the thing for us! πŸ™‚ Here’s what I made –

Happy Father's Day

I used the Penny Black Flower Cluster stamp, stamped it on watercolor paper several times using MISTI, masking the image wherever needed. I used Antique Linen distress ink for stamping.

I then watercolored them using distress inks. I chose three inks for each color, waiting until one layer was dry before adding the next layer. Actually, I didn’t have to wait – coloring each of the flowers separately took sufficient time, so everything would dry by then!! πŸ˜€ Finally, I watercolored the background using Peacock Feathers distress ink.

Happy Father's Day

My initial idea was to trim the watercolor panel to a standard card size, but seeing that it came out better than I expected, I decided to keep the whole thing as is. πŸ˜€ I did however trim the sides a bit, then the bottom part, which was mostly white. I then added the sentiment, using Mama Elephant Calli Letters stamp sets.

Now, I usually add some kind of embellishment at this point, but I seriously had no idea what to add to this card. Pearls, rhinestones and glitter all seemed wrong. I was lost for a day, before it hit me – embossing! I used Emboss It pen to add embossing on select areas on the flowers and leaves, and clear embossed it. I also added the clear embossing on the letters.

[It was so hard to click this image – no matter what angle I shot from, the embossing wasn’t showing at all!! It was like it was totally shy of the camera, and didn’t want to show itself in the images!! But I was able to capture it finally!! :D]

Happy Father's Day

I chose a beautiful cobalt blue card base, then used the same stamp set on the card base also, clear embossing it, before foam mounting the watercolor paper panel on top.

The envelope too – used the same stamps with my MISTI, along with Memento Danube Blue ink.

Happy Father's Day

I am joining these challenges with my card –

The Flower Challenge #9: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #247: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: June Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes, with an optional twist of masking

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The Challenge #88: Keywords (I chose flowers, bright and watercolor)

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#620 – Happy Birthday Ma!

PE: Honorable Mention at Just Add Ink!!

Top at Lesia Zgharda!!

Lesia Zgharda - Top

Hello! This is the card I made for my dearest Ma.. which was just a week ago. If you’ve read this blog before, you’d know she loves flowers more than I do.. so its a no brainer when I need to make a card for her.. I just choose flowers.. every single time.. and she loves them! πŸ˜€

Here’s what I made for her this time –

Happy Birthday Ma

I stamped the flowers from Altenew Adore You stamp set (isn’t that perfect?! :)) using Antique Linen distress inks and colored them using Prima watercolor pencils…and watercolored them (these three words cover the effort of 3 days, by the way..).

Happy Birthday Ma

Once done, I trimmed the sides a little bit. I even added and colored leaves where I felt there was too much empty space. Until this point I had only thought of adding the sentiment directly on the panel. But now, I felt that the sentiment wouldn’t show up, amidst all the coloring. I didn’t want to cover those pretty flowers that I spent hours on with some die cut or a sentiment panel. So I went with the easiest solution – vellum.

Happy Birthday Ma

I used Spellbinders Persian Accent die to cut the top of a vellum strip, stamped the sentiment, then aligned and die cut the bottom bit, and finally trimmed the sides. This way, a corner die turned into a frame die! πŸ˜‰ I adhered this on the watercolor panel using Multi Medium Matte. Finally adhered the panel on the kraft cardstock. AndΒ  that’s my card!

I must mention, I am loving the Prima watercolor pencils. I was able to buy just two sets of these pencils.. and I love the colors in them…soft and muted colors which I find difficult to get from some other sets, which have bright and cheery colors.. But of course, you can always add more color and make these colors bright as well.. And also, I am only talking about the two sets that I brought, the other sets might carry brighter colors – I don’t know since I haven’t used them! (Disclaimer: I am not marketing them, I am just stating the fact that I like them)

I am submitting my card to the following challenges –

Just Add Ink Challenge #361: Just Choose Two: Flowers, Washi Tape or Watercolor (I chose Flowers and Watercolor)

Timeout Challenge #84: Flowers and Friends make life a garden

The Heart Desires Challenge #12 (Inspired by the colors and flowers)

Lesia Zgharda: Flowers

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#617 – With Thanks

Hello! Made this card some time ago while trying out the fresh stash of products that Danielle had sent me.. I just love the curvy lines in the Topography stamp.. and it is so versatile! I can think of so many things to do with this stamp. And the dies in Flower Medallion Builder too..so pretty! Here’s what I came up with –

With Thanks

I first heat embossed the Topology background using silver pearl embossing powder, then colored each section using Zig brush pens. My idea was to try out the card with only coloring, and if I felt that didn’t look good, I could always add water and spread the colors to make it prettier.. as long as the colors didn’t clash, it would look great! And that’s what happened – the colors weren’t looking great just sitting there, so I heavily misted them with some pearl water (water + perfect pearls). I kept this aside to air dry.

With Thanks

I then die cut some watercolor paper using the Flower Medallion Builder dies. I used watercolor paper, since the technique would require some thick paper, and the watercolor paper is the thickest and sturdiest I’ve got. After determining the arrangement, I decided which parts required the embossing, then heat embossed the pieces with copper embossing powder three times, making the pieces look metallic (learned this from Jennifer McGuire!). This, paired with the off-white color of the other diecuts looked really pretty! πŸ™‚

Finally, I trimmed the dried watercolored base, adhered it over the card base, then trimmed the excess from the sides. I then adhered the flowers and a pearl in between. As for the sentiment, I did the same 3-times copper embossing, and also foam mounted it on the card.

Although it is pretty hard to capture this on the image, the brilliant metallic shine of the copper embossing and the soft sheen of the pearl water in the background look pretty well matched.. I really liked this combination.. and the off-white die cuts provide a nice contrast against the two colorful and shiny surfaces.. all in all, I am happy with the results! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #242: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Happy Little Stampers: May Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Seven Hills Crafts: May Color Challenge (the set of colors in the last image)

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Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: A Bit of Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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#615 – Seize the Birthday – Creatures or Animals

Hello! And it time for yet another challenge at Seize the Birthday! The topping this time is to create useΒ Creatures or Animals in your birthday project.

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

You still do have the choice of joining us with just a Birthday themed creation..

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Here’ my inspiration card –

Happy Birthday

This is the card I actually made for my sister’s birthday last month.. It is a tri-fold, window, interactive Birthday card. I am actually pleased with the card, since it is the first time that I actually tried making any of those, and combining them all was really fun! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

I used die inks for stamping and then used Prima watercolor pencils for coloring the bunnies. Here’s the supply list –

Mama Elephant Honey Bunny
Mama Elephant Calli Letters
My Favorite Things Pretty Posies
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle dies
Reverse Confetti Edger’s Confetti Cuts (to create the tags)

Happy Birthday

I made the envelope using a pattern paper, stamping it using the same sentiment and critter stamps, and colored them again using Prisma watercolor pencils.

Happy Birthday

You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday blog, created by the fantastic DT and also our Surprise Party Guest Cathy! Hope you’ll join the challenge with your own birthday themed creation.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #241: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Bastel Traum Challenge #52: Mother’s Day, card/ project for women or girls (My card is for my sister’s birthday)

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday April Challenge: April showers bring May Flowers

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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