#704 – Merry Christmas (1)

Hello! I had this stamp that I especially bought for the Christmas season – Christmas Flower from Stamplorations. Need I say more? This large poinsettia is just perfect for quite a few techniques. I made a couple of cards using this pretty stamp (showing another one tomorrow).

For my first card, I chose embossing with watercoloring. And since I hadn’t used my Zig brush pens for quite some time now, I thought this was a very good reason to do so! 🙂

Merry Christmas

I used a watercolor panel and heat embossed the poinsettia in gold. I then did some quick watercoloring using my Zig brush pens. I love them for the depth and the richness of the colors they provide. Of course, I did use another brush and plain water for spreading the color, I did want some lighter shades in the image too!

Merry Christmas

Anyway, once done, I trimmed the panel to size, and also fussy cut out one side of the poinsettia. I then added the sentiment from Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis the Season stamp set, and foam mounted the panel on a brown card base.

I’m also joining the following challenges with my card –

CAS Mix Up Challenge: December challenge: Stamping (with two other choices – I have heat embossing and watercoloring)

CAS Watercolor Challenge: December challenge: Anything Goes

CAS On Friday challenge #123: Christmas

Stamplorations CAS Challenge: December challenge: Anything Goes + Gold

Stamplorations Anything Goes Challenge

Stamplorations - Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

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#703 – Warmest Wishes

Hello! I decided to make another card for the Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop. Since my last card was something I had made an year ago, I felt I had to make something fresh and join again. Moreover, I haven’t really made that many Christmas cards either, so here goes –

Warmest Wishes

I stamped the plaid on a kraft card panel using pigment ink, die cut the wreath and mounted it on a white card base. The coffee cup is colored using distress oxide inks, with a little bit of splattered water. I combined products from a lot of companies here, and that makes me happy! 🙂 Here’s the list –

Cool Cup from My Favorite Things
Lots of Snowflakes from Simon Says Stamp
In Bloom: Paulina’s Greenery from Winnie & Walter
Scenery: Stripes from Winnie & Walter
Merry Kisses from Neat & Tangled (for the sentiment)
Pigment inks from ColorBox
And last but, definitely, not the least, a clear rhinestone!

I am joining the following challenges –

Winter Coffee Lovers’ Blog Hop

Coffee Loving Cardmakers - 2017 Winter Blog Hop

Color Throwdown

Happy Little Stampers: December Anything Goes with Dies challenge

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

Simon Says Stamp: Monday Challenge: Christmas/Winter Holidays

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Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#700 – Pencil Coloring

PE: Honorable Mention at Addicted to Stamps and More challenge!!

Addicted to Stamps - Honorable Mention
Hello! Finally December! Just a few days until Christmas. And even if we don’t celebrate it, seeing all the excitement among my card making friends gets me excited too! 😀 Finally, getting out of my ‘lacking mojo’ state (I’ve gotten into this state too many times this year!!), I made a critter Christmas card.

I used color pencil on drawing paper. Since I usually blend/soften the coloring, I left it as is this time. The texture of the paper and the streaks of the pencil coloring really show through a lot!

Deck the Halls

I used the images from Winnie & Walter Sweet Holiday stamp set, stamped it in my lightest grey color, then proceeded to do some no line coloring. The sentiment is also from the same stamp set. I also added some small touches of snow by adding small dots of white acrylic paint.

Deck the Halls

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #188: Winter Blues


Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #271: Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes

Bastel Traum challenge: Christmas/Winter/Stardust

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#698 – Sending Joy

Hello! And here’s the last of the trio of cards I had made (first one here and the second one here)..

Sending Joy

On this card too, I tried making the background using pretty, shiny acrylic paints. But instead of using foil, I used embossing powder. In fact, I thought that the embossing powder might also stick to the paper like the foil did, but no suck luck.. guess the stickiness is not as much! 😛 So, I had to use Versamark ink, as per usual.

Sending Joy

Anyway, on this card, I used Art Alchemy Metallique Mermaid Teal. This didn’t spread/apply as clearly as the Rusty Red paint, so I could see stripes of dark and light (I brushed the paint on using vertical brush strokes), but this is mostly covered by the embossing and further by the vellum. Of course, it did look pretty even otherwise, and went well with the variegated look of the Verdigris embossing powder.

Anyway, I used Neat and Tangled Rice paddies stencil along with Neat and Tangled stamps Winter Wishes and Art Deco for the scene and sentiments, with Neat and Tangled Scalloped die for diecutting the vellum panel.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Bastel Traum challenge: Christmas/ Winter/ Stardust

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A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Winter

Merry Monday challenge #267: Color Combo: Green, Blue, White/Silver/Vellum

Global Design Project challenge #115: Theme Challenge: Christmas Joy

Hope you liked my card! Do stop by again! 🙂

#697 – Sending Warm Winter Wishes

PE: Noticed by Neat & Tangled!!

Noticed by Neat and Tangled

Hello and welcome! Here’s another Christmas card I made (along with the one I had mentioned here) –

Sending Warm Winter Wishes

I wanted the background to be a big part of the card. My thoughts were to use some kind of shine/glitter along with a diecut, but I ended up using a stencil. I do, however absolutely love how the foil ended up partially adhering, giving it an almost distressed(?) sort of look.

Well, here’s how I made it – I first covered a panel with Art Alchemy Metallique Rustic Red paint. Once it dried, I placed the stencil, then the foil on top, then dry embossed it, passing it through my Big Shot. And the foil stuck to the paint!

Acrylic paints do have a sticky nature, even when they are dry (some are stickier than others), even if we don’t really feel the stickiness through our hands. And the Art Alchemy paints had just enough stickiness for the foil to adhere to, without covering the entire surface. Of course it goes without saying that it wouldn’t stick to the stencil! 🙂

Sending Warm Winter Wishes

Well, since I had the spectacular background for the card ready, I chose the rest of elements, so that I could expose it as much as possible. I could have just gone with a big and bold sentiment die cut, but I don’t have one. Instead, I chose part heat embossed sentiment and images on vellum, and alphabet die cuts – I used Neat and Tangled Winter Wishes and Journaling Alphas die set.

Sending Warm Winter Wishes

For embellishing, I used some clear white rhinestones, adhering them in almost the same places as the stars in the Winter Wishes stamp set (I had fussy cut off that part since it was blocking too much of that pretty background! :P)

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Stempel Garten chellenge #67: Christmas is Coming

Bastel Traum challenge: Christmas/ Winter/ Stardust

A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Winter

Hope you liked my card! Do stop by again! 🙂

#695 – Sending Joy

Hello! I made a Christmas card.. in fact I made a couple more.. will be posting them one by one.. Here’s the first one in the set –

Sending Joy

I totally love how this one looks so pretty, and it is so simple to make, wasy to mass produce, if I wanted! 🙂

I used Neat and Tangled stamps and dies – Winter Wishes for the houses, trees and stars and Art Deco for the sentiment, along with the Scalloped die. I used Verdigris embossing powder on vellum, which I have adhered on Fabriano Elle Erre Brina (I think) cardstock. Adhered a couple of yellow rhinestones on the trees for embellishing.

Sending Joy

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

CAS Mix Up Challenge: November challenge: Stamping + Glitter (I’ve used heat embossing, vellum)

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #269: Clean and Simple

Addicted to Stamps - CAS

Happy Little Stampers November CAS Challenge: Christmas

Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#569 – Snowman Sweeties

Hello! I am re-featuring here the cards I made for Paper Smooches for the last Guest Designer post I had there. I had total fun playing with all the products that Kim sent me (thank you so much Kim!) And here, I am writing a bit more about the cards I made –

I used Melted Snowman die set and Winter Sampler stamp set on both cards. I even kept a neon blue + black theme for both the cards.

Paper Smooches GD - You Melt My Heart

For my first card, I simply die cut pieces using Snow Drifts die set, adhered them over a piece of neon blue cardstock I die cut using SSS Stitched Rectangles die. This could act as snowdrift or some wind – whatever you think it is! 🙂  I white heat embossed the sentiment. I then assembled the snowman, colored it using Zig brush markers, covered it with clear Wink of Stella – it really is a shame it is not showing in the images, it looks fabulous! – and finally adhered this on the blue base.

Paper Smooches GD - You Melt My Heart

For the card base, I stamped the snowflakes from Paper Smooches Cool Dudes stamp set using Black Soot distress ink. And then I mounted the blue panel on it using foam tape. Finally, I added some silver glitter dots around the blue panel for embellishing.

And for my second card –

Paper Smooches GD - Christmas Wishes

I stamped the sentiments and images from Sentiment Sampler and Cool Dudes stamp sets and then die cut the frame using Paper Smooches Frame 2 die. I actually wanted to create a shaker with sparkly beads in it, but didn’t, since the vellum was dulling the beads. So instead, I added the glitter on the vellum itself! 😀

Paper Smooches GD - Christmas Wishes

So, once I created the window and adhered everything on the card base, I added the snowman. Again, I colored it using Zig brush markers and covered it with clear Wink of Stella. I finally added Nuvo Crystal drops in Aquatic Mist for embellishing.

Thank you for stopping by! 🙂