#751 – Birthday Wishes

Hello! This is the card I made for my sister’s birthday; and boy, did I have a hard time making it! I made quite a few designs, unsatisfied by each one and all before finally finalizing on this one, and completing it. And I am relieved that I did like it in the end.. 🙂 And I hope my sis liked it just as much! 😀

Happy Birthday - 1

I used stamps from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony and Altenew Beautiful Day, and stamped the images on watercolor paper in a light gray ink. I then watercolored them all using Gansai Tambi watercolors. I also added details using Zig Brush pens. Once everything dried, I trimmed one end and die cut the other end using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches.

Happy Birthday - 2

I wanted to create a heat embossed outline of the same images on the card base, before foam mounting the watercolored panel. So, using my MISTI, on a gray card base (which I know is looking blue in the pictures…), I re-arranged the images, stamped the using Versamark sticky ink and heat embossed them using Silver Pearl embossing powder. I then very lightly watercolored the insides of these using Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors.

Happy Birthday - 3

After foam-mounting the watercolored panel, next came the sentiment. I used die cuts from Memory Box Birthday Script, stacking two die cuts and adhered them in place on the card. I then colored it with Gansai Tambi Starry watercolors. I could have done this earlier, but I thought the white would look good – and I thought I could add a bit more after I adhered it.. so I had to watercolor it later.

So anyway, the ‘wishes’ part comes from Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs stamp, which I heat embossed in silver, twice, to get some additional dimension.

Happy Birthday - 4

For the envelope, I used some pattern paper… I think it is from K & Company.. I had bought it so long ago!! On this too, I used the same stamp and die cut for the sentiment. Except this time, I used silver foil adhered cardstock for die cutting, and used white gel pen on the stamped part of the sentiment.

And that’s the whole card. I hope my sis liked it!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #198: April Showers bring May Flowers

Ellen Hutson April Pin Sights challenge

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Pin-Sights Color Trend Drama Queen April

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge

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#750 – Birthday Roses

PE: Honorable Mention at The Paper Players challenge!!

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Hello! Welcome to another flower filled birthday card post!! 😀

Happy Birthday (with Envelope)

This card was made for my sister for her birthday, given to her by my parents. I love making cards for my family, and it was making two cards for her.. 😀

I used a combination of Altenew Build a Flower: Rose and Vintage Flowers stamps. Both the stamp sets contain roses, and they went well together wonderfully. I also used the small flowers from Beautiful Day. The sentiment is from Lesia Zgharda called Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday (closeup)

I stamped all the images on white cardstock and fuzzy cut them all. After arranging them, I adhered a few pieces using foam tape, and few directly on the cardbase, to give the flora and foliagee different dimensions (which is not so apparent in these images). The sentiment is stamped twice – in black and a teal color, which gives it a shadow of sorts…

Happy Birthday

I also added a few dots, like splatters, of gold glimmer using Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint. I also used it lightly on the flowers, gold on the roses and silver on the little flowers and the leaves.

I used pattern paper to make the envelope instead of the usual white paper. I also stamped the same sentiment as the card, using teal only this time.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Paper Players #391: Tic Tac Toe Challenge (I’ve used Flowers – Birthday – Yellow)

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #198: April Showers bring May Flowers

Cupcake Inspirations challenge #445

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#747 – Happy Anniversary

PE: Winner at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!!

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Hello and welcome! Today I am presenting the card I made for my parents’ anniversary –

Happy Anniversary

I was totally inspired by this card by Kelly Latevola, which she had made using Neat & Tangled stamps. I absolutely loved the look of the card, though I didn’t follow her technique. And, though also lacking the same stamps, I made this one using stamps from Simon Says Stamp – Summer Garden and Sketch Ranunculus.

I stamped the images in a light grey ink. I did this, since I wasn’t going for a complete no-line coloring – I wanted the lines to be a little visible, but also blend enough, so that it wouldn’t overlap or overwhelm other colors. Grey seemed like a good choice, but I guess brown would also work.

Happy Anniversary

Anyway, I used distress inks for watercoloring. I used two layers of watercoloring, air drying the paper in between – I think this is what Nina Marie Trapini calls under-painting technique. Lighter colored first layer under the vibrant top layer. Definitely looks pretty! 🙂

I then added a few splatters in yellow and dark brown. Once the panel dried, I added those X stitches using Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders die. After I mounted the watercolor panel on a dark brown cardstock came the sentiments. They are from a very old stamp set from The Craft’s Meow called Side by Side. I heat embossed it in white, fuzzy cut it. For mounting it on the watercolored panel, I added a couple of cardstock stripes underneath – I wanted dimension, but not too much.

Happy Anniversary

On the envelope, I used the same flowers and stamped them for a tone and tone look, and heat embossed the same sentiment, before adhering the sides. I die cut those stitched Xs using Lawn Fawn Stitched borders die, then rounded the corners.

My parents’ anniversary is due end of this month.. so I hope they like this card! 🙂

With this special card, I am joining the following challenges –

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring (there’s an optional one layer, but mine is not strictly one layered, so I am not choosing the optional element)

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Happy Little Stampers April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes (not choosing the optional ‘Rainbow’)

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Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Flower Power

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#746 – Birdie Hello

Hello! I had made this card some time ago to send it to another one of my card making friend. She has long since received it, but I hadn’t written about it yet; so here it is –

Hello

I used stamps from Waffle Flower Enveloper Little Birdie, and stamped the images in a light color on a watercolor paper panel. I then watercolored the scene using distress inks, trimmed the panel and stamped the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Whimsical Friends. Finally, I mounted this on a grey card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Inspired by the Little Things #83

Timeout Challenge #107: Spring

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes with the optional choice of Rainbow (this card has all colors of the rainbow!!)

Thank you very much for stopping by! 🙂

#744 – Happy Birthday!

PE: A2Z Scrapbooking Challenge Top 3!!

A2ZScrapbooking - Honorable Mention

Winner at Paru’s Card Making challenge!!! Yay!!

Paru's Card Making Challenge - Winner

Hello! I am posting here a card, I sent to my dear blogging friend, Pooja – it was her birthday earlier this month.. and I didn’t send the card on time!!! I somehow messed up the dates in my mind, and ended up sending it later than I wanted, ending in the card reaching her after her birthday. 😦 Sorry about that, my friend!!

But well, now that it has already reached her, and I know she liked it, in spite of me being pretty late.. guess I can publish it! 🙂

Happy Birthday

I used the gorgeous flower dies, Peony Dreams from Altenew. I watercolored the die cuts, using Gansai Tambi watercolors for the base colors, then using Gansai Tambi Starry Nights for some shine. I then adhered the pieces together and left them to dry while I prepared the card base.

Happy Birthday

I used Waffle Flower Layering Marble to create some beautiful marble patterns on the entire one side of the grey card base. Once done, I scored the paper, and adhered the die cut flowers and leaves, leaving enough space for the sentiment. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Label Love, around which I drew an outline using a black pen. I trimmed this, and adhered it with several other pieces of cardstock, to achieve some dimension. For some sparkle and shine, I used Art Alchemy Opal Magic Vintage Silk on it. This, I adhered on the card base.

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Simon Says Stamp: Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps challenge #286: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making challenge: April Challenge: Flowers

Happy Little Stampers: April Anything Goes with Dies challenge

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A2Z Scrapbooking April challenge: Flower Power

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#743 – A Vintage Hello

Hello! Here’s a card I made to say hello to a dear blogging friend, Pooja. I had already sent it to her.. like six months ago… and totally forgot to post about it..

Vintage Hello

I hadn’t started with any particular idea, just though of doing some no line watercoloring with flowers. I chose a combination of images from a couple of Honey Bee Stamps – Zen Bouquet and Zem Floral. After stamping out the basic design in a light color, I watercolored them using distress inks. The colors inadvertently turned out to be a vintage style.

Once done, I trimmed the panel. It was pretty big, and I didn’t want to trim too much, so I ended up with a piece totally different from the standard size. I also distressed the sides a bit, to enhance the vintage feel.

Vintage Hello

Anyway, I adhered this over an off-white cardstock. The sentiment comes from Memory Box Hello Script die, which I stacked a few times before adhering it on the watercolor panel. I also added a couple of lines in gold using my Uniball gold gel pen, both on the watercolor panel and just outside it, as a sort of a frame and added accent.

I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: April Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes

A2Z Scrapbooking April challenge: Flower Power

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#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! 🙂 Finally the time for some glitter and shine! 😀 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. 😀 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. 😀 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 😀

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