#793 – A Leafy Mandala

Hello and welcome! I got totally inspired by the recent ‘Wreath Builder’ ideas from Jennifer McGuire. There have been 3 videos in the series so far, and each one of them has been so inspiring! So, I got around to making my own stencil (using plain cardstock) for this purpose, and using a MISTI for my assistance, I made this card –

A Leafy Mandala

Its completely a CASE of Jennifer’s card! I used the little leaf stamps from Simon Says Stamp Nutty About You stamp set. All the colors are either brown, red or green. I just stamped without thinking much, just filling space however I felt. Initially my idea was to make the shape seem like a flower with 6 petals, but as I kept stamping, it turned out into a more of a Mandala. So, mandala it is!! 🙂

A Leafy Mandala

Once I finished the mandala, I trimmed the card panel, stamped a few dots in yellow, added dots of gold on them and lines in black on some of the leaves. I foam mounted this on a cardstock, on which I had blended some dark red ink. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf. I stamped it, then trimmed the small strip and added a frame around it by blending ink, then adding frames of gold and black by drawing lines using gold gel pen and a black fine marker pen. For embellishing, I used three colorful flower sequins – they shine red, gold and brown! So pretty!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp it On

SSS - Monday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps challenge #308: Holiday

Addicted to Stamps - Holiday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it for STAMPtember

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #117

As You See It challenge #184: Back to Basics

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#792 – Stamping on Alcohol Inked Background

Hello! I made a card from one of the sheets with alcohol ink applied – I had written a post on it some time ago. This is one of the backgrounds I had made then, but hadn’t used.

I adhered it to a piece of a light yellow card base, trimmed it and stamped the image from Ellen Hutson Mondo Sakura using Archival black ink. Actually, my initial idea had been to use the ink to remove the alcohol ink. But that resulted in the image being so invisible, that I decided to do the reverse and stamped it in black ink.

Hello Beautiful - Partial Alcohol Ink Background

Since I was using my MISTI, I stamped the image once again on a light yellow card base. I also stamped the sentiments, from the same stamp set. I then trimmed the card base and also foam mounted the alcohol ink panel on top. Finally proceeded to add some multi colored gemstones for embellishing.

Hello Beautiful - Partial Alcohol Ink Background (closeup)

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson August Essentials Challenge: Alcohol Inks

A2Z Scrapbooking challenge: September challenge: Clean and Simple

a2z scrapbooking challenge september 2018

Stamplorations Summer CAS challenge


Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #87

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#791 – Alcohol Ink Rainbow

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge on Seize the Birthday blog. The challenge is to make birthday projects, and you also have the option of using a ‘Topping’ that is given in every challenge. And the ‘Topping’ this time is ‘Rainbow’!

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

I usually love to make my birthday cards with the optional Topping – but ‘Rainbow’ is another thing that’s totally not in my alley. I thought of a great escape route, though! Alcohol Inks! I bought this great, cheap Yupo paper after reading a wonderful review by a wonderful crafter, Neha Bhatt, and while experimenting, I thought of creating a panel with rainbow colors in it. And I used a half of that in this birthday card below –

Its Your Birthday

I hope you are inspired by this card! Check out the Seize the Birthday blog for more inspiration from out fabulous DT and also from our talented Surprise Party Guest, Trina Pham! And don’t forget to join the party! 🙂

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#790 – You Are Amazing

Hello! I made this card to send to a dear crafting friend, Sandie and now that it has long since reached her, I am sharing it! Such a charming lady filled with drive – that’s what I felt after just a few mail exchanges. And I made this card to suite that feeling I had.

I tried to make it a bright card, so, tried making it with lots of flower/leaf layering.. and I am quite happy with how it has turned out! … and I hope she liked it too!! 🙂

You Are Amazing

I kept the images ready by stamping them with distress inks, misted with water. The flowers and leaves are all from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers. I had shared another card which used the leftovers from this project earlier here.

You Are Amazing (closeup 1)

Once I decided how to arrange the florals, I proceeded to the base… which took a long time.. a very long time. In the end, I die cut the pieces using Lil Inker Designs Pointelle die and used distress paints Antiqued Bronze and Tarnished Brass. I like how the texture and mix of color makes it look like wood, but still will carry some shine with it. Once dried, I adhered it directly over the card base, then adhered the flowers on it.

You Are Amazing (closeup 2)

For the sentiment, I used stacked up die cut pieces, which I die cut using Altenew Inline Alpha dies. The other part of the sentiment is from Avery Elle Laurels, which I heat embossed with two layers of copper embossing and one layer of clear sparkle embossing.

And extravagant card in the end..

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter Color Combo challenge with Heather H: Anything Goes (and this is the color palette I chose)

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Inspired By Challenge: Rustic Summer

Calling All Sisters challenge #16


Stamplorations Summer Theme & Sketch challenge


Addicted to Stamps and More challenge 307: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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#789 – A Visual Triangle

Hello and welcome!

One of the tricks for a visually appealing card design is arranging in odd numbers – for card making it is mostly 3, since that would be the ideal, without making things look overcrowded.

I didn’t start my design with this, but with a color palette, but this is the second thing I thought, once I had decided on the colors and supplies I would use.

Happy Wedding Day

The flowers and leaves are from Reverse Confetti Blooms ‘n Buds, the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy, the white panel s die cut using Reverse Confetti Edgar’s Confetti Cuts and the background is Concord & 9th Triangle Turnabout. I fussy cut the images, foam mounting everything before stamping the sentiment.

Happy Wedding Day (closeup

Once again, I took the help of a color palette –

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I should also mention that I have an entire Pinterest board worth of color palettes.. and lately I’ve been depending on them to decide on some good color combinations – yeah, I am bad at choosing something other than the normal combinations.. he he 😀 So, feel free to go choose some colors from there if you like!

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge #3

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #306: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch challenge


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#788 – Distress Oxide Inks on Kraft

Hello and welcome!

I have this set of dark kraft cardstock. The quality is good, but because it is so dark, I am unsure of how to put it to good use (other than as a cardbase). I thought of using some Distress Oxide Inks on them, since, having pigment property, they would show up better than other options.

DOX on Kraft + Turnabout Stencil

I wanted the background to be in focus, and I used one of my latest additions to my stash – Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout stencil. This is so much fun! I had tried it on a couple of other colors of cardstock, which I haven’t used on any cards yet, but the Distress Oxide Inks showed up very well on the dark kraft, using this stencil. For the centers, I used clear embossing and silver pearl embossing. Just look at that shine! 🙂

DOX on Kraft + Turnabout Stencil (Closeup)

Once done, I was again lost – what do I do with it?! In the end, I decided to just go with a simple card, with only the addition of a sentiment. I used Concord & 9th Cuddles & Hugs die cut, stacking the part with the kraft die cut, and adding glossy accents for the top most thinnest layer. I also added glossy accents to the hearts.

And the color palette that I used –


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With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge #24


CAS(E) This Sketch challenge #286

Happy Little Stampers August Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

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#787 – Wedding Wishes

Hello! Another small-stamp-stamped-background today. Well, they aren’t actually small stamps, more like stamps with small images. But, that works too, for me! 😉

Wedding Wishes

I have a few colored cardstocks in my stash now, and I thought of using one here. Its a light yellow or ivory colored cardstock. I first stamped the images from Reverse Confetti Banner in Bloom stamp set across the panel in a dark grey ink. I then cut off a part of one of the stamps, which carried teeny tiny flowers to stamp them in between the spaces left behind. Once everything was to my satisfaction, I used Zig brush pens to color the images. This, I foam mounted on a white card base.

Wedding Wishes (closeup)

I also stamped the same images a few times on white cardstock, and also used the same colors of Zig brush pens to color them. I then fussy cut them. I die cut a piece of oval using My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Oval. After stamping the sentiment from Reverse Confetti Simply Sentiments, I arranged the flowers on top and adhered foam tape to the back, which I then used to mount on the card. Embellishments are black gemstones and white pearls. I also used black gems on the centers of the three large flowers, but they aren’t exactly visible here.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Reverse Confetti Stock Your Stash challenge #3

Timeout Challenge #116: Bright

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #306: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Stamplorations Summer Theme and Sketch challenge


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