#1022 – Die cutting Pre-Watercolored Panels

Hello and welcome! I’m starting with the Happy Little Stampers ‘Anything Goes with Die’ team starting this month! Kylie had asked me to join earlier but I couldn’t find time with the move happening. So, I’m happy to join this time! As the challenge theme suggests, anything goes as long as there is some die cutting in the project!

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

And here’s what I made –

Since I had my Brusho pigment powders out already when I made my Watercoloring project, I picked another couple of panels of watercolor paper and used the Brushos on them as well. I used considerably lighter than pigments on one than other, ensuring that there would be some contrast between the two once I die cut them.

Once dry, I cut out the panels using Altenew ‘Dog Rose’ dies. I also die cut them out of plan watercolor paper, which I adhered behind the watercolored ones, and then adhered them together. Together all 4 panels gave some dimension. I then embossed the card base using Spellbinders Regal embossing folder and adhered the die cut piece on top. For sentiment, I used a sentiment from Clearly Besotted Scrumptious Script, which I fussy cut and foam mounted below the die cut.

And that’s my card! Checkout more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team at the Happy Little Stampers blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#1008 – Go Metallic with Gel Pens

Hello and welcome! It’s time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday and this time the optional Topping chosen by Cathy is ‘Metallic‘. Every Challenge is always Anything Goes and a special Topping is included for extra fun.Β It’s not required to include the topping on your birthday project.

And this is what I made –

I had a few techniques in mind, but in the end I chose to use these Uniball gold and silver gel pens, which have been in my stash from the longest time. And they perform so well too!

I started with stamping the flowers from Altenew Garden Treasure stamp set in black ink on a dark green paper – after all, metallics shine more on darker cardstock! I then traced the images in gold gel pen. The images have thin defined outlines which were not really standing out so I thickened the outlined a bit more and used a silver pen to fill up some spots and add a little definition as well. I also added a few dots using the silver pen.

Such a beautiful shine!!

Once done, I trimmed the image to center the drawing a little more and then added a frame using both the gel pens, using my ruler. I then adhered this panel to a kraft brown card base. For the sentiment, I used Altenew Bold Greetings die. I used a metallic dark gold cardstock I had at hand. This gives a subtle shine, so as to not take away the focus from the metallic, shiny florals, but has enough shine to compliment the image as well.

Sorry for the photos not being up to notch, the weather is pretty dull here, not much sunshine. 😦 And the color of the gold metallic pen is looking more greenish but it is a proper gold color irl. Not sure why that is – might be the background green is affecting it.

Anyway, that’s my card. And I’m joining the following challenges as well –

Addicted to Stamps and More #433: Birthdays

The Flower Challenge #70: CAS

Checkout more cards with more metallic elements in the Seize the Birthday blog where you can see what the DT and our Surprise Party Guest Karren J have created!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#1002 – Inspiration Station Challenge #18

PE: Color Throwdown Featured Stamper!! Yippie!!

Welcome to Inspiration Station Challenge #18! It was my sister’s chance to come up with the challenge this time.

She made this Tic Tac Toe board, which turned out to be a little difficult for me. Any line I chose, two were in favour, one, not so much. I then had a flash of inspiration and used the middle column to make my card.

And here’s what I made –

I started with making the mosaic background. Helping me were CrafTreat Arabic Pattern stencil and my trusty Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. After coloring a white card base using them, I set it aside to work on the frame.

The flowers are from Altenew Delicate Clusters and the sentiment is from Concord & 9th Painted Peony. I added gold leaf to a frame cut out using Paper Smooches Frame 4 die and adhered it to a few more pieces of die cuts to get some dimension.

I was going to just adhere the floral frame on the card and maybe add a twine with a bow, but then I had a flash of inspiration – something I had seen a few card makers do – I used the twine to make it look like the frame was hanging like a portrait on a mosaic wall. Loved it instantly! πŸ™‚

I’m joining these challenges as well –

Color Throwdown challenge #694:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #430: Stencils and/or Die cuts (I’ve used both)

And that’s my card! Checkout this gorgeous tag that my sis has created for this challenge! I love how she’s used washi tape to create that gorgeous background (I wanna copy that technique!!) and that glittery flower die is just muah!!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#999 – A Rose Bouquet

PE: Honorable Mention at The Card Concept!! πŸ™‚

The Card Concept - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Its the first of the month and we have a new challenge at Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge. Anything Goes as long as you’ve used some form of watercoloring in your project.

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I created –

I first die cut pieces from watercolor paper using the dies from Altenew Rose Flurries and Pink Fresh Studio Dainty Blossoms and watercolored them using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once they dried, I adhered the relevant pieces together and assembled them on the card.

This is one of the cards that took me extra long to complete, since I wasn’t sure what to use for the background. Initially, my idea was to watercolor a vase behind the flowers but that wasn’t looking as good as it did in my mind.

Finally, I settled on using watercolor paper, embossed it using the We R Memory Keepers Weave embossing folder, mounted it on kraft cardstock. I then adhered all the flowers and leaves on top of this.

For the sentiment, I used WPlus9 Basic Banners, which I fussy cut. I then adhered it at an angle on the card.

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

The Card Concept challenge #174: How Does Your Garden Grow : I made a clean and layered card using the flower filled garden as the focus.

Do stop by the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog to see what the rest of the DT has created and don’t forget to join the challenge with your own watercolored project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#997 – Spring Birthday

Hello and welcome! We start a new challenge at Seize the Birthday today, and Lindsey has given us the topping of ‘Signs of Spring‘. Anytime is ‘Anything Goes‘ as long as it’s a birthday theme, if you’re a not toppings kind of person.

And speaking of spring – it obviously has to be flowers for me!! And my Ma as well, cause this card goes to her on birthday near the end of this month. πŸ™‚

I used the latest addition to my stash – Concord & 9th Painted Peony and combined it with a few stamps from Altenew Bride to Be to make these gorgeous florals. I then used a black gel pen to draw some fussy lines on the images – they were looking a bit plain otherwise. I then fussy cut each of them, and spent another month doing nothing, before picking it up again! πŸ˜€

I was lost on what to use to use for the card base for the longest time, before I decided to use Fabriano Elle Erre Brina cardstock. It has a bit of texture and was the perfect base for these florals. I used foam sheets to get some dimension on the pieces, before adhering them on the card. I also cut off the excess and used the pieces on other areas of the card.

I then used a black gel pen to draw some fussy circles in the empty areas on the cardstock. I also used Sakura black glaze pen on certain areas of the card for some small shine. Finally I added the sentiment. I stamped the ‘Sending’ using alphabets from Lovely Letters stamp set from Concord & 9th, and heat embossed it in rose gold ep. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes using VersaFine Onyx black pigment ink. I fussy cut this and after adding a couple of layers of scrap cardstock behind it, I adhered it on the card.

And that finished my card! Checkout how my teammates have interpreted spring birthday cards and what our Surprise Party Guest, Deepti Aggarwal has created in the Seize the Birthday challenge blog and don’t forget to join the party with your birthday project!

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚