#593 – Little Tangles March Challenge – Rainbow

Hello! Time for a new challenge at Little Tangles and the theme for this month is Rainbows.

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Frankly, I am really really bad at cards with rainbow colors. There are so many colors and I just absolutely don’t get any idea as to what to do with them!! I could have just added an actual rainbow as an element and probably used a critter – Neat & Tangled has plenty of cute critter stamps – but unfortunately I don’t own any of those! 😦 So, I tried making something else.

I’ve made two cards – one CAS (also displayed in the Little Tangles blog) and the other with mixed media (see below).

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CAS first.. I actually made this one last.. I chose a cardstock with a bit of texture on it, added the rainbow colors using Zig brush pens, and mingled the colors using water and a flat brush. Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from Neat & Tangled Scandinavian Prints and the images from Neat & Tangled Hand Stitched. I trimmed the panel and mounted it on a grey card base. Finally added a few drops of Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

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I saved my favorite for the second – mixed media. Distress inks, heat embossing, acetate, wood veneers, clip, washi tape and of course, stamping! πŸ™‚

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Once I made the background using ink smooshing technique with distress inks, I used Neat & Tangled Punchinella stamp with Ranger Sea Foam embossing powder for the embossing the acetate. I had actually bought this ep thinking it would be nice and white, back when I had just started cardmaking and didn’t know dye ink from pigment ink, and had regretted the purchase. But it is just perfect for embossing on acetate, and with a stamp set like Punchinella. Doesn’t cover the entire surface to give it a clean look, but covers enough to give a shape and show off the acetate. I love this look! πŸ™‚

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Anyway, I didn’t want to use any adhesive on this, so the clip works just fine. After adding a couple of washi tapes, I added the sentiment from Neat & Tangled Everyday Labels, and a couple of heart wood veneers, which I covered with Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops.

So, those are my two inspiration cards for the Rainbow challenge. Which one do you like better? I am submitting the first card to the following challenges –

AAA Cards Challenge #84: CAS : Watercolor

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #251: Anything Goes

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Just Add Ink #349: Inspiration

…and the second card to Happy Little Stampers March Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes, with smooshing as the optional technique –

Check out the Little Tangles blog for more fantastic inspiration from the rest of the DT. And also join the fun by making your own version of a rainbow. Don’t forget to use at least one product from Neat & Tangled.

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#574 – Handmade Marble Paper

Hello! This time, I a pretty much CAS card. I guess the card itself looks pretty bland, but I am still pretty happy with it – since I made that wonderful marble background myself! Yup, I did!! πŸ˜€

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I don’t have special papers for alcohol inks. Instead I used the paper that comes with stamp sets – so that’s another feather in the cap – recycled element! Of course, the paper is a bit shiny, not one that directly absorbs the ink, so I was able to work with it plenty well. πŸ™‚

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My reference for this pretty technique are these videos (here and here) which were about nail decoration – yes nails! But since they used alcohol inks themselves, with such absolutely amazing effects, I was compelled to do the same – and thankfully, they turned out just right!

Supplies used:
Adirondack Eggplant alcohol ink and Blending solution
Winnie & Walter In a Word Hello Cutaway
My Favorite Things Hip Clips

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Winnie & Walter: The Gossip Column with Taheerah Atchia – No.6 – Marble

Happy Little Stampers: January: Anything Goes With Dies

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AAA Card Challenge #81: Hello

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#559 – Snowflakes – Stamps and Watercoloring

Hello! I am still stuck with snowflakes, but stamps this time. I really wanted to do some watercoloring so, I just went with heat embossing with watercoloring to create these two cards, both with non-traditional Christmas colors –

Happy Holidays

For the first one, I colored a watercolor panel using my Gansai Tambi set, then stamped and gold heat embossed the snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp Lots of Snowflakes – I just love the multitude and diverse snowflakes in this stamp set. Once done, I trimmed the panel and added the sentiment from BoBunny Sentiments stamp set using MISTI and Black Soot distress ink (I am trying stamping using this ink now-a-days, since I am not using it so much for anything else! ;))

Happy Holidays

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

The Paper Players #324: Snowflake

AAA Card Challenge #79: CAS Game: Christmas

Merry & Bright

For my second card, I first stamped the sentiment using Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha and heat embossed it using silver glitter embossing powder. I used the same snowflake and same embossing for some smaller snowflakes around the sentiment. I then added stripes of gold watercoloring using Gansai Tambi Starry Colors – loving the gold colors in this!! Now, once done, I noticed that the embossing wasn’t done properly, so I had to go and do it all over again! That’s the reason some of the snowflakes are not that clean and crisp…:( But I do love the look of this, so I can definitely try it with something else! πŸ˜€

Merry & Bright

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays #162: Glitter & Snowflakes

Little Tangles Challenge #75: Silver & Gold

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

 

#535 – Winnie & Walter: WCMD 2016 (Take 3)

And I am back with my second CAS card for Winnie & Walter WCMD celebrations. The challenge that I am playing for is CAS With Kate. Another challenge I wanted to submit this to is the Sovushka Slavia CAS Marathon. Today isΒ  actually the last day for submissions to the second round, so I am cutting it quite close!!

Winnie & Walter - WCMD 2016

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Anyway, so here’s my card –

Happy Birthday Wishes

For this card, I chose more of a half wreath or a sort of ‘C’ shaped arrangement for my flowers. Once I stamped the images from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet in MFT Hybrid ink, I colored them using distress inks. Once dry, I darkened the stamping using a black gel pen, and then added a few dots around the images.

Happy Birthday Wishes

For the sentiment, I wanted something softer – so I chose to die cut a part of the sentiment using vellum – I chose Winnie & Walter Happy die for this – and then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold & Party set, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

On the card base, I added a couple of polka dotted washi tape at angles. I then trimmed the side of the panel a bit, and mounted it over the card base. So that’s my card!

Also submitting this card to –

AAA Card Challenge #74: Masking

Addicted to CAS Challenge #98: Watercolor

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#521 – Marbling with Nail Polish!

PE: Top 3 at Sovushka Slavia!! πŸ™‚

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Hello! So, I am trying something new today. I had tried marbling before, and with nail polish..and ended up with some terrible looking paper. I completely gave up the technique then. Its been more than a year, I think, and I am re-attempting it now. As such, it is still something new for me, having never successfully created any marbled paper..or indeed used it!

I used the same set of cheap nail polish I had bought (thank god they hadn’t dried yet!! ;)) and using a portion of the paper, I was able to create this card –

Spread Happiness

One more thing is the coloring. I had used a similar..should I say patter..before, where I color only one element in the card (in this card). I really love this technique in a card. And it seems balloons keep getting all the attention, seeing that I have colored only the balloons in both the cards.. πŸ˜›

Spread Happiness

Well, coming back to this card, I used We R Memory Keepers Quickutz Nesting Circles to die cut my marbled balloon, Mama Elephant Up & Away for the cute little foxie and the sentiment, which I stamped in MFT Hybrid Black ink. I also added a bit of Cracked Pistachio distress ink at the bottom of the panel and splattered some water, just for some additional color.

PE: A few things about marbling using nail polish –

  • The technique is exactly the same as using any other alcohol medium. Add a few drops in a tub with water and dip the card stock panel on top and remove it to get the marbled look..
  • …however, be careful when retrieving the panel. Nail polish isn’t at all like alcohol inks (if you are used to that). Once separated from water, it becomes extremely sticky. So be careful not to stick it to your hands
  • If the nail polish spreads outside your card panel, be careful when you pick it out. It forms strands, which are, of course, sticky. The first time I tried, a few strands stuck to the portion I had just marbled. <insert very very angry and very very frustrated emoticon here>
  • Last, but not the least, be careful how you dispose the leftover. Like I said (and I’ve not said it enough times) nail polish becomes sticky as soon as it looses contact with water. This means it can stick to the tub, your hands and even the sink if you are disposing it there. For cleaning up, you can, of course use a nail polish remover, or even any alcohol solution (I had paint thinner at home, so I used that)

I am submitting this card to the following challenges:

Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge #58 (well, I didn’t exactly like what I had last submitted ;P) –

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CAS Mix Up Challenge: September: Stamping, Marbling + Your Choice (I’ve added die-cutting and just a bit of inking with the distress inks)

Addicted to Stamps #209: CAS

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Stamplorations September CAS Challenge: Anything Goes

AAA Card Challenge #72: New to you Technique

Thank you for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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#466 – A Couple of CAS Cards

PE: Top 3 at Sovushka Slavia!!

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Winner at Happy Little Stampers!!!!

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Hello!

Today I am presenting a couple of CAS cards.

The first card is a one layer – and if there is a simpler card to make, I wouldn’t know! The only difficult part in this might be the fussy cutting involved while creating the mask! πŸ˜€

I Love Mew

I Love Mew

Submitting this card to Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #48, One Layer Simplicity Challenge #26: As You Wish, AAA Card Challenge #62: Anything Goes and Less Is More Challenge @271: One Layer Card with Geometric Shapes or Patterns

To make this one layered card, I first stamped the cat and the ball of yarn along with the sentiment from My Favorite Things I Knead You on my card base using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. I then made the masks for them and used the stencil The Crafer’s Workshop Mini Garden Gate to blend in some Pumice Stone distress ink. That’s it, we’re done! πŸ™‚

Celebrate Good Times

I Love Mew

For my second card, I used a technique called stencil mono-printing. I used Prima Magnolias and added some Paper Trey Ink inks on the stencil, misted it with water and pressed it on a card panel to get the the stencil’s mono-print. Once this was dry, I trimmed the sides and used the sentiment die from Paper Trey Ink Good Times to die cut and trimmed the excess from the sides. I added another piece of the same die cut from white card stock, adhered it using some cellophane tape and foam mounted it on the card base. I then stamped the sentiment from Paper Trey Ink Good Times using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I thought of adding a few sequins, but stopped it, since I did want to make it CAS! πŸ˜€

Submitting this to CAS On Sunday Challenge #80: Flowers, Addicted to CAS Challenge #85: Inlaid Die-cutting, Addicted to Stamps Challenge #189: Anything Goes and Happy Little Stampers: April CAS Challenge: Stencil Monoprint

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#452 – Easter Wishes

PE: Winner at Friday Mashup!

Hello! I just got a few new additions to my stash – this sweet little set from Mama Elephant named (so aptly) Oh Happy Birds, being one, my itchy hands couldn’t wait to make something out of them! πŸ™‚ I was also terribly wanting to make something like this absolutely adorable card from the Waffle Flower blog. This stamp had the perfect little tiny birds for me to try the layout! Double the happiness!! πŸ˜€

Easter Wishes

The video tutorial was so helpful – I followed the steps just as Nina has shown. I drew the pencil line grid, cut out a square mask, stamped the birds using Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the background using Mustard Seed, Shaded Lilac, Spun Sugar. I then cut out the panel using My Favorite Things Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner and then stamped the sentiment using Hero Arts Fanciful Swirl and Memento Tuxedo Black.

Easter Wishes

I then cut out another panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles and the decorative lines from Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders. For the card base, I applied Shaded Lilac distress ink and stamped the dots from Technique Tuesday Lots of Dots using the same ink. I then adhered all the panels together using foam tape. I love how beautiful the pastel colors suit the technique so well!

Submitting this to AAA Card Challenge #60: Easter, Just Us Girls #335: Color Challenge and Friday Mashup Challenge #245 where I’ve used the theme (Easter theme or Chicks & Bunnies) and the sketch. This is the last challenge over at Friday Mashup. I haven’t played a lot of their challenges, but its always sad to see a challenge wrap up. I wish them luch in whatever endeavour they choose to go on! πŸ™‚

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