#932 – Purple Poppies

Hello and welcome! My sister had her birthday the last week and this is the card I made for her. I wanted her card to look like it was a frame out of a field of flowers. And here’s what I made –

The entire thing is free hand watercoloring. I wanted to make poppies, but didn’t want to use the well known red in it. So I chose purple instead. I drew the outline of the larger flowers in a light handed pencil, and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors. The paper is Canson XL.

Once everything was dry, I splattered a bit of green and brown, and once that too was dry, I trimmed the panel to size. Before mounting this on a black card base, that I had measured and cut out, I drew a frame using a Versamark pen and heat embossed it using clear embossing powder. I then adhered the watercolored panel using double sided tape.

For the sentiment, I die cut a few pieces of black cardstock using a die from Altenew Essential Sentiment Strips and adhered them together. I then clear embossed the top a couple of times to make it shiny. This, I adhered to the card. I also added a few sequins to embellish and finish my card.

I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Just Add Ink challenge #549: Choose Any Two – I chose Leaves and Petals

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Happy Birthday

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Inkspirational challenge #236: Grow

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#929 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Its the beginning of a new month, and hopefully spring is spreading/already spread all around! And we have a new challenge up at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. As always, this is an ‘Anything Goes’ challenge –

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And this is what I’ve made for your inspiration this month –

This card is supposed to go to a very dear friend of mine, who has her birthday today! Happy birthday, dear Pooja!! 🙂

One of the things that I’ve been attempting lately is to free hand watercolor…whatever I can! I have plenty of inspiration, just need to search for it! When I thought of making this card, I thought of spring flowers and birds…at least, one bird. I started with the bird, making it as colorful as I could! 😀 Then free handed the flowers and leaves, added lots of splatters. And after letting it all dry, I then spent some time fussy cutting them all out. I then added a bit of shine on the bird’s eye and a few dots on the flower centers using Sakura black glaze pen.

Next, I had to make a background for the entire scene. My first attempt had too just of texture, my second was a tad too dark, and this is my third background, I smooshed some distress inks on a sheet of clear plastic, misted lots of water on and smooshed my cut out panel of cardstock on top. Once dry, I die it using a die from My Favorite Things Blueprints 27. I adhered this on a white card base. Then, before adhering the flowers and birdie, I die cut a few pieces for the branch using Memory Box Woodland Branch..which is all but invisible on the final card!! Anyway, I assure you its there.. behind all the flowers and leaves, which I’ve adhered it on. I did add dimension behind the bird and the flowers and a few leaves, using some foam and using Connect glue to adhere them on the card.

Finally, for the sentiment.I absolutely loved this glossy black cardstock that Jennifer McGuire showcased in her My Favorite Crafty Things videos. Since I knew I wouldn’t be getting those myself (too much to pay in the custom tax), I thought of another way. I took some photo paper, then used a black marker pen to cover the whole surface in black. Same beautiful look – black and glossy! I love how different it looked from a black heat embossed die cut.

So anyway, I used My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die to die cut the photo paper, and then some scrap cardstock too. I adhered them together and then adhered it over my card. I didn’t add any extra embellishing to this one, thinking I wanted the bird to steal the show! 🙂 And that’s it.

I’m submitting this card to the following challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #235

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #312: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Easter/Spring

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Pooja, I hope you like this card (when it reaches you), and I wish you a wonderful birthday!

Hop over to the Happy Little Stampers blog to check what the rest of our talented DT have for you to get inspired! And don’t forget to join us!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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! 😀

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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 –

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.

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)

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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 –

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.

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.

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. 🙂

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

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! 🙂