#956 – Striped Background

Hello and welcome! I had made this card for our Inspiration Station challenge that us sisters have. But I hadn’t followed the theme right, so I thought I would make something else for the challenge, and post this card separately.

I started this card with making the striped background. With my sister’s help, I had collected these stripes from some time now. In fact there are even more left in the stash, to make more cards. Luckily, I was able to quickly find stripes that looked good together. I adhered these on a piece of copy paper, then trimmed the overhanding stripes.

And this became a fine time to get lost on how to continue. The background was so pretty, I didn’t want to add much on top which would cover it up. And some of the die cuts I originally had in mind, I dropped since they weren’t looking good on this. Thankfully, I had these pair of ‘Crocus Flowers’ dies from Simon Says Stamp. I die cut a few pieces from white cardstock and adhered them together, I then adhered vellum below it, and cut it out as cleanly as I could. I think I did a pretty good job! 🙂

I figured I would adhere them on an incline, just so they would match the stripes. Finally, I stamped the sentiment, from Paper Smooches Simply Said stamp set, fussy cut it, and adhered it using foam tape on top of the card. I adhered a few white rhinstones for embellishing.

And that’s my card. I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

The Flower Challenge #58: Add Spots or Stripes

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #320: All About Occasions

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #410: Die Cuts and/or Stencils

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#944 – Hanging on a Balloon

Hello and welcome! A non-DT project this time. I got this My Favorite Things Sky-high Friends some time ago and really wanted to color it, and the time has finally arrived!

I stamped one of the ballon images on Fabriano Accademia Disegno Drawing paper with a light, almost dried out grey ink that I have. I then colored them with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, along with using mineral oil to blend and color the colors and fussy cut them. I didn’t have any cloud stencils with me, so I used some photo paper, drew cloud shapes on all four edges ensuring continuity, and cut it out to use it for stencilling the background. I used distress ink and a makeup brush to get light colors and good blending.

I then picked a scrap piece of white pardstock, drew a cloud shape on it and cut that out and foam taped it on the cloud patterened card base.

For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp Painted Hugs from black cardstock along with a few extra pieces and then adhered them together. The smaller stamped sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words which also I adhered using foam tape. I then adhered the colored images on top.

And that finished my card. I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

My Favorite Things Color challenge #166

My Favorite Things Sketch challenge #543

Inkspirational challenge #40: Photo challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #406: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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#938 – Happy Birthday

Hello and welcome! Today I have a card which I had made in hurry for my sister’s birthday. My parents, who usually bought a birthday card for her couldn’t get one this time – and I had to make one for her in a hurry… sigh…if only I had the forethought of making one sooner. Now, it isn’t that the card doesn’t look nice, but that it does fall short of what I would have liked to make if I had enough time. So, sorry sis.. you’ll get a better one next time! 😀

So, anyway, coming to the card –

Sorry for the lack in quality of the photo, its not the best weather for clicking photos today..

So, I started with stamping the flowers and leaves, two sets of Simon Says Stamp stamps, More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers, on the cardstock. I wasn’t going for very detailed coloring, so I stamped them in VersaFine Onyx black ink, and colored them in Zig brush markers. I then fussy cut them all out.

For the background, I used Altenew Beautiful Bergenia embossing folder on cream cardstock, and then swiped Altenew Antique Gold ink on top. I then adhered this on a white card base. Arranging the floral and leafy images on top in layers, I thought it might be better to choose the sentiment too, since I wanted it to cover a little bit of the card so I could tuck my florals underneath.

I chose a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script and heat embossed it twice in gold, to achieve some dimension, and then cut out the sentiment. I also added a bit of gold embossing dots to the centers of the main flowers, since I wasn’t going to add any more extra sparkle on them. 😀

I then adhered all the pieces together, using a couple of scrap cardstock strips to add dimension to the sentiment piece. Finally, I also added a few off white half-pearls to add some embellishing.

And that finished my card. I’m also joining these challenges –

Just us Girls challenge #583: Trend Week: Layers

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #315: All Things Feminine

Global Design Project #291: Birthday

AAA Birthday card challenge #25: Happy Birthday

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#916 – A Tweet Hello

PE: Winner at Inspired By challenge!! Yay!!

Inspired By - Challenge Winnter

Hello and welcome! I was craving to make something yesterday, and as usual, card challenges are an excellent source for my inspirations!

To make this card, I started with the tweet birdie. I drew and watercolored it using Gansai Tambi watercolors, and then after it dried, fussy cut it out. Setting it aside, I die cut the flowers and leaves using Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers dies and Simon Says Stamp Eucalyptus Leaves using the same watercolor paper I used for the birdie. I then watercolored them too.

I then started working on the background. I stamped the wood design using Concord & 9th Barnwood Background and a light gray ink. I also wanted to use a strip of grey cardstock. I die cut them both using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die. I then assembled my card using the same grey cardstock for my cardbase. The sentiment, from Winnie & Walter Sketchy Thoughts, I stamped on scrap white cardstock, drew a bubble around it, and fussy cut that. I then foam mounted it on my card.

And that’s my card! Checkout these challenges that I got inspired by and I am joining with this card –

CASE This Sketch #405 The last challenge (boo hoo!!) I just couldn’t not join!!

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #306: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Inspired By Tweet Messages

Color Throwdown challenge #627

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#888 – Beautiful Hibiscuses

Hello and welcome! Today I have something different!

Hibiscuses are flowers with so many variations in their colors – so it was really great when I got these digital drawings from my dear friend Rahmat Gouse – which are her own creations too!

I wanted to make 2 cards out them. What is so convenient about digital images is that one can resize them to whatever size needed. In fact, for both of these images, I’ve used the same single hibiscus, in two sizes. Also, since the local printers here refuse to print on anything thicker than copy paper, I had to go with tracing instead of getting the actual print. But, well, it worked out ok in the end, 🙂

For my first card, I wanted to try a ‘digital illustration’ look. But that’s now how it looks at all! But i did like the strokes forming the flowers, so I decided to go ahead and turn it into a card.

Well, I traced the image on normal cardstock and used my Zig brush marker pens to color it up, then finally using black to give some outline to everything. I then trimmed the sides, and after adding a strip of washi tape, adhered it directly on top. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Budding Poppies.

For the second one, I went for a softer look. I wanted a very soft, no line watercolored look for the flowers. Well, they are not exactly as soft as I wanted, but they turned out way better than I imagined, so it actually turned out opposite to the earlier one, making me quite happy! 🙂

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd and Prisma watercolor pencils for watercoloring. Some of the pencil lines from tracing are still visible, but I left them as is. To finish, I trimmed the panel to size, and used Copic multiliner to draw a frame. The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Happy Mail stamp set.

Joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #48: Brown & Pink (the image looks green, but it is actually a greenish brown – I couldn’t get the image to show that properly!! 😦 )

CrafTangles September challenge: Feminine Projects

monthly craft challenge - September 2020

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