#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!

#896 – Diwali 2019 Cards

Hello! This post has been long overdue!! Like more than an year!! I know I had taken a long time just to click some photos of the cards I had made almost 3 months before I wrote this post… because this post was written then, and I wrote that I took 3 months!! But, better late than never?? 😀

So, anyway, here are the Diwali cards I had made for my family and friends the last year!

As is the case with my New Years cards, I follow a theme for my Diwali cards as well – as is glaringly obvious in this case! For these cards, I first chose a color of shimmer paints from Prima to paint a card panel. Depending on the color of the paint, I either chose a cream or a white card base. I trimmed the panel to size and die cut a circle window from the panel and a piece of scrap paper of the same size. I then used the scrap paper to die cut the circle window from the top of the card base too. I also heat embossed the painted panel in metallic colors using either Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp.

Love the shine on these cards!

I then die cut a set of circular frames using the same circle die I used earlier plus another die one size larger. These I painted either gold or silver, to go with the color of the painted panel. Finally, I adhered all these pieces together.

The diya itself, also painted in the same color as the panel, comes from a die from Ranganjali, called Ornamental Diya. I used the leftover circular pieces from earlier to cut them out. I actually made a pop up feature from inside, to adhere this diya on top of, following this tutorial from Jennifer McGuire, but that didn’t really ‘pop up’ pretty well in this card for me!

Anyway, coming to the sentiment, I used Neat & Tangled Jounaling Alphas for the dies and the ‘happy’ comes from Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.

Coming to the envelops – I used the same stamp as I used on the panel. Then choosing grey for the white card based cards and brown for the cream card based cards, I stamped the pattern as a gradient. I then used the combination of Altenew Beautiful Lady and My Favorite Things Birdie Brown Alphabets & Numbers stamp set to stamp the sentiment on top.

I’m joining the following challenges with my set of cards –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make it Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Retro Rubber challenge #145: Tic Tac Toe – I’ve chose the last column, Metallics-Masculine-Embossing, and the two stamps that I’ve used, being Simon Says Stamp Kaleidoscope Leaves stamp or Ornate Background stamp are both from September 2017 Stamp-tember release.

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Virginia’s Show and Share October challenge

Virginia's Show and Share

And that’s it from me! Glad I got around to finishing and publishing this post finally! 😀 And thanks for stopping by! 🙂

#885 – Stamping on White Ink

PE: Winner at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Winner Badge

Hello and welcome!! The card I made today was a big experiment. I tried to use this technique taught by Heather Nichols, where you first add a layer of white pigment ink, dry it completely and then stamp on it. I think this technique was also taught by Jennifer McGuire some time ago.. though I don’t have the link for that.

Anyway, this is the card I made, which was actually the card I made for Papa for his birthday.

It actually took a few attempts to perfect this. I found on the first few tries that the ink was either too light, or even a dark ink was vanishing. The trick that did it for me, was the completely dry the white pigment ink before stamping anything else, using only mid-dark toned inks, and also heat drying that ink immediately after stamping. That made most of the colors show.

Coming back to the actual card. I don’t have any oval masks, so I cut out one using an acetate sheet and die-cutting it with My Favorite Things Zig Zag Stitched Oval. I used this as the mask for the entire card.

The flowers come WPlus9 Watercolored Anemones and Fresh Cut Florals. I also added some splatters of the same ink on top. Once everything was dry, I felt the card to be too empty – lets face it, CAS cards are my weakness! So I used the other part of the acetate to mask my stamping, then used brushed some brown ink using a makeup brush, and also stamped the leafy image from Reverse Confetti Tall Blooms.

Before sticking this on the card, I dry embossed the card base using a die from Winnie & Walter Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered the created panel on top. The sentiment is from Lesia Zgharda called Happy Birthday. Finally, I added some dots over the flower centers and lines over the leaves using gold and silver Uniball gel pens.

I am joining the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Botanicals

SSS - Monday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

And that completed my card. Thank you so much for stopping by!

#882 – Rosy Birthday Wishes

Hello and welcome! Funny how I make cards, but then forget about posting about them! This is one card I made for my Ma’s birthday – which was in May – and I only just remembered about it now! He he! 😀 Well, since Ma loves flowers, especially roses, I can say she was happy with the card. 🙂

I dunno – do you think its a bit overly done.. so many flower pieces, stamping, then sequins.. I hadn’t thought so then, but somehow getting that feeling now, looking at it after a couple of months… Well, never mind now! 😉

So, this is a three-fold card. I die cut a window on the top panel, through which the sentiment peeks through, using My Favorite Things Elegant Rectangle die. The sentiment, from Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Greetings, I stamped with black ink on the second panel. I then stamped the leaves from Altenew Floral Shadow in two shades of grey, using my Misti to stamp them in the same place and color on the inner and outer panels.

Setting this aside, I worked on the flowers and leaves. I used Altenew Rose Flurries to die cut each piece using watercolor paper and adhere them. I then watercolored them, taking care to get variance in the shades for each layer. This was, I think easier for me, than to color each piece and then adhere them. I also die cut a frame using the same die and colored that too.

Finally, I adhered the frame, and all the pieces of flowers and leaves. For embellishing, I used a few pieces of sequins, and then also added some shimmer on the flowers and the frame using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush pen. And that finished the card.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

The Flower challenge #47: Add Sparkle

Virginia’s Show and Share challenge for August

Virginia's Show and Share

Shopping out Stash #427: Pile it On

Grab Our Badge!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#863 – Birthday Wishes!

PE: Designer’s choice at Tic-Tac-Toe challenge!

Tic Tac Toe - Winner

Hello and welcome! My sister’s birthday came around a month ago and I had made this card for her –


Since I usually make some florals, I thought of going for critters this time. And with a window too (since I wasn’t completely happy with my last attempt of having a window card with critters in it).

So the first thing I did was stamp all the critters and watercolor them.
I used stamps from:
My Favorite Things Friendly Foxes
My Favorite Things Sending Sweet Celebration Wishes
My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles
My Favorite Things Scene Builder
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Bits
I used watercolor paper from CrafTangles. After doing some no-line water-coloring using colors from Zig Brush markers, I added some accents to a few potions, like the cake and the party accessories and the balloons using sparkly colored gel pens or clear sparkle pen. Finally, I fussy cut all the images out.


Next to the card base. I first masked off a portion for the ground and then blended in the blue lightly and then used the Mudra Brick brick stencil on top to add more color. I used some makeup brushes, which I newly bought – and oh, wow, do I love them! I’ve never achieved such lovely blending! For the ground, I blended in the grey and then added some lines using a grey marker to indicate wooden flooring.

I used a single die from Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles to die cut the three windows.


The inside of the card is more water-coloring, for which I used a separate watercolor panel. This time, I used distress inks. Also, the wooden porch where the darling piggy is standing is brown shaded and another piece. Both the water-colored background and the porch are adhered directly on top of the inside of the card.

Finally, I heat embossed the sentiments, from Winnie & Walter Sentimental: Birthday, both inside and outside the card, using white ep. Finally, I adhered all he fussy cut critters on top, along with the cake and decorations.

And that’s my card for my sister!

I am joining the following challenges with this card –

Addicted to Stamps challenge #387: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #269: Anything Goes

Hndmd/CrafTangles May challenge: Anything Goes

craft monthly challenge

Happy Little Stampers May Watercolor challenge: Anything Goes + optional Emboss

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Tic-Tac-Toe challenge #62 (bottom row, clouds-animals-layers)

Thanks for stopping by! 🙂