#571 – New Year’s Cards

Hello! I usually post New Year’s cards I make for my family right on the first day of the new year..this time I am late since I was just plain lazy, carrying over the sloth to take photos of the cards to the new year.. please don’t mind me, I am pretty sure I’ll pick up in a few months! 😉 😛

Here’s the set of cards I made –

New Year Cards 2016-17

I had a very simple design concept in mind – I wanted to do stamping, no other special techniques, just simple stamping followed by die cutting and inlaid die cut pieces in silver (I painted them silver using acrylic paint) for the sentiment.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Now that I had decided this, I of course, went for my favorite stamps – flower stamps to make my cards! The flowers came from different stamp sets, as you see, and once done, I die cut the panel, added the sentiment using some scotch tape and then mounted it on my card base.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Event the envelopes are all the same. I wanted the sentiment font to be as similar as possible to the one on the card, so I chose Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy stamp set. I stamped this in black ink first and then stamped it again using Memento Brilliant Galaxy Gold ink.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Before I stamped the sentiment, I used Hero Arts Leaves and Flowers background stamp on the envelope, stamping using Versamark watermark ink and then wiped some Perfect Pearls, each corresponding to the color or the envelope. However I was a bit unlucky with this, as the ink somehow didn’t stick to the paper and the neither did too much of the Perfect Pearls; and since I hadn’t used MISTI, I couldn’t stamp it again, without messing it up big time. But I thought it was still ok.. since the cards were pretty! 😉

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Here are the details –
My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet
Altenew Layered Lily
Altenew A Beautiful Day
Altenew Watercolor Wonders
Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus

Submitting my cards to the following challenges –

Card 1 –

CAS-ual Fridays: Celebrations

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Card 2 –

Happy Little Stampers: January Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes (I misted the stamps with water after applying distress inks, spreading the colors using a brush whenever required, so that’s a bit of watercoloring!) –

Card 3 –

Paru’s Card Challenge: Anything Goes (Congratulations on First Anniversary!!) –

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Just Us Girls Challenge #375: Word Week – New – (Altenew A Beautiful Day is a new stamp for me; plus, the card itself is for a new year!!)

Card 4 –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: Something New with a New Product

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#570 – Seize The Birthday – No Topping

PE: Winner at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!! How’s that for the first win of the year!! 😀

CAS-ual Fridays - Winner

Hello! The very first Seize the Birthday challenge of the new year is here!! Yay! And double yay, since it is with no topping .. which means absolutely anything goes as long as it is birthday themed!! How’s that for a new year present!? 😉

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Also joining us as our Surprise Party Guest is an amazing friend – Rahmat!! She’s an amazing creator and I bet you’ll be very inspired her creations!

For now, here’s my inspiration card for you –

Happy Birthday

Since it is the new year, I decided to try something new – a new technique! I used Altenew Hannah Elements, and followed this pretty technique, presented by the amazingly talented Laura Jane, to color my flowers. I just love the effects!!

I had tried this technique at an earlier time, without success. This time, I tried using a darker kraft ink, and that lead to beautiful flowers indeed! Of course, I need some more tries to perfect the look, but this technique is something I wanted to try for such a long time, so I am pretty happy!

Happy Birthday

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #164: Celebrations

Paru’s Challenge: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something

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I hope you are inspired by my card! For more inspiration pop over to the Seize the Birthday blog, and then, take some crafty time off the participate!

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#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! 😀

Merry & Bright

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays #162: Glitter & Snowflakes

Little Tangles Challenge #75: Silver & Gold

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#556 – Thanks..with Alcohol Inks

PE: Highlight at The Mixed Media Challenge!!!

The Mixed Media Challenge - Honorable Mention

I am still experimenting with alcohol inks. This time, I wanted to somehow get the effects that are so easily created using Yupo paper. I just love how it looks like colors have burst and go boom when you use that paper – just awesome! And since I don’t have any similar paper, I went with a piece of clear plastic instead. Its not exactly the same, but the results are pretty awesome!

Thanks

After adding drops of alcohol inks on the clear plastic piece, I blew it using a straw, added more blending solution, blew it, adding ink, blew it…and so on, till I got this look.

Thanks

I thought of directly adhering this on a card base, but since there was quite some space where I hadn’t added any ink, I thought of adding some texture there. I used American Crafts Shimelle Woodgrain embossing folder on a card panel, then adhered the clear (now not so clear) plastic using double sided tape. The tape isn’t exactly invisible, but since there is texture and ink covering it, it was no problem. 🙂

I then trimmed the panel. I used Ellen Hutson Wild Garden dies on a special paper I had – grey woodgrain paper, on which I swiped black ink – and adhered the flower and leaves using more double sided tape. Then finally came the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint dies – I used the negative of the die cut that I had saved – cut from acrylic silver painted paper.

And that finished my card! I had super fun making this – don’t think I’ve used so much of mixed media in quite a while!! 😀

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson November Pin-sights Challenge

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

November Pin-Sights Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful

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Mixed Media Challenge #29: Thanksgiving

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#555 – Thanks..with One Layer and Flowers

PE: Noticed by Neat & Tangled!!

Noticed by Neat and Tangled

So I finally got out of my black and gold cycle! I really love one layer cards, though I make very less of them…since I am not that good with them. But this one was easy to keep as a one layered, CAS card! Super easy! 🙂

Thank You

I used Neat and Tangled Paper Cut Flowers with Memento inks Grape Jelly, Danube Blue and Rhubarb Stalk. Since my inks were a bit dry, I used MISTI for stamping, otherwise, alignment is eye-balled. Once done, I added the dots using gel pens and sketch pens.

Thank You

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Little Tangles Challenge #74: CAS

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful

Stamplorations: November CAS Challenge: Purple

The Flower Challenge Challenge #2: A Special Occasion

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#554 – Thanks

PE: CAS-ual Fridays Favorite!! Can’t believe it!!

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I feel like my posts are just carrying black and gold now-a-days…but whatever! As long as it comes out good, right! 😉 😛

Thanks

I wanted to make an easy-to-make card. So, everything is easy. I stamped a panel with MFT Lacy background using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, then trimmed it into 5 equal strips. I foam mounted these on a white card base.

Thanks

I then used Marianne Design Daisy and Leaves die to die cut some leaves out of Brustro Iridescent gold metallic paper – this paper actually has a pretty satin-pearly sheen, but I couldn’t capture it in these images :(. Anyway, I also die cut the sentiment from Paper Smooches Thanks from black cardstock and foam, and adhered these on the card. I then added a few glittery drops of Nuvo Glitter Drops Honey Gold. And finished my card!

Submitting this card to Virginia’s View #25: Stripe and Plaid and CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #161: Be Thankful

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#526 – Fall Thanks

PE: Honorable Mention at Stampin’ Royalty!!

Hello! The card today is made using another panel I made from the embossing folder + distress ink + misting technique, using Spellbinders Flora embossing folder. The first one is in my previous post. I did say then that I couldn’t stop making panel using this technique, but unfortunately, not all of then are turned into cards.. I just didn’t get that many ideas..talk about a let down!

So, anyway, here’s card no. 2!

Thanks

This time, I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Worn Lipstick and Seedless Preserve distress inks, and went in a V-shape when coloring the embossing folder. I also splattered the dried panel using my Camel drawing inks…lots of little splatters! 😀 I also trimmed and distressed the sides using my Prima Comfort Craft Distressing tool.

Thanks

Before I added the sentiment, I added a strip of gold glitter washi tape, then topped it with a vellum piece I had leftover from this card. What I had done, was use my Zig two way glue stick to add some random lines on vellum and add some copper leafing once it dried and became tacky.

After I added the vellum strip, I added the sentiment, which I had die cut from white cardstock using Paper Smooches Thanks die. Finally I added some gold sequins for embellishing.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge #17 (I used Sequins, Thanks and Fall Theme) –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #211: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: Dimension & Bling

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Stampin’ Royalty Challenge #346: Fall Theme

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