#908 – A Merry and Bright Snowfall Scenery

PE: Winner at CrafTangles challenge!!!

Rocker at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome! Just a month till Christmas,

and I am finally posting a Christmas card! Its for the new challenge we have up a the Tic Tac Toe challenge. Following the November theme of ‘Seasonal/Holiday’ elements, we have a new board, created by Betty Keefe, for you to work with –


I chose the last row of Stars-Metallic-Snow. And here’s what I made –

Merry & Bright

I started with handmade watercolor paper from CrafTangles. This is the first time I am using this particular paper, so I had no idea how it would behave. Its particularly thick too.

So, anyway, without going too much into the performance of the paper… I first stamped all the images on the paper. The images are actually only two thought – the snowman from Purple Onion Designs called ‘Snow – Snowman with Broom’ and the fence + trees in the background, from Purple Onion Designs too, called Farm Horizon. I drew the stones and the frozen lake beside the snowman myself.

Merry & Bright (closeup 1)

I then watercolored the piece using Gansai Tambi watercolors. Once the watercoloring had dried, I splattered the ‘snow’ using white pigment ink. I also wanted a few stars on the scene. I stamped them from the stamp set Rustic Christmas from Lil Inker Designs, watercolored and cut them out, and adhered them on the scene.

Merry & Bright (closeup 2)

Next came the sentiment. I die cut a couple of pieces using Winnie & Walter In a Word: Merry die. I then adhered red foil on a scrap piece of cardstock and die cut that also using the same die. I then stacked the pieces together.

I also heat embossed the words ‘& Bright’ from Paper Trey Ink Grand Ampersand stamp set in silver embossing powder on a strip of vellum. This, I cut out, and adhered it along with the die cut piece on the card.

At this point, I felt that the rest of the stamping was lacking depth, so went over the whole thing again with my Uniball fine liner pen.

And that’s how the card came about! I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Virginia’s Show and Shave November challenge (“Christmas” and/or “Hand-stitching”)

Virginia's Show and Share

CrafTangles November challenge: Festive Projects

monthly challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #299: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum challenge #95: Winter

Checkout the Tic Tac Toe challenge blog for more wonderful inspiration from the rest of the Design Team!

And thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#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 –

Happy Diwali!!

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.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 1)

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.

Happy Diwali!! (closeup 2)

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!

#900 – Thanks with Pumpkins

Hello and welcome! Today is another day to be glad – I’ve been asked over to be the Guest Designer at the Retro Rubber challenge! This is a wonderful challenge where the main requirement is to use a stamp that is more than a year old in your creation – a great reason to get out those old stamps and put them to good use!

The theme for this challenge is a color theme – to use Black, Orange and White only, with the picture inspiration

And here’s what I made –

Thanks with Pumpkins

A fairly simple card to make! I first started with creating the pumpkins. I drew a rough outline and watercolored each of them. Once dry, I fussy cut them out. For the background, I used Concord & 9th Sketched Stripes stamp set and stamped it in Black Soot distress ink on a white card base. It didn’t stamp properly, but that ‘sketchy’ look was what I was going for, so that was perfect! 😀

Thanks with Pumpkins (closeup)

Next, the sentiment came from Ranger Letter It: Thank You stamp set. I stamped this also in Black Soot and then fussy cut it. I foam mounted all the pieces on the card base. And that’s it – that’s my finished card!

I’m joining the following challenges with my card –

Global Design Project #263: Season of Thanks

CrafTangles October challenge: Masculine Projects

monthly challenges

Inkspirational Challenge #224: Picture Inspiration (Fall Photo)

Stamplorations October challenge: Stamps + Autumn colors

Thank you to the Retro Rubber team for having me over! Step over to the Retro Rubber challenge blog for more inspiration from their awesome team!

Thank you so much for stopping by as well! 🙂

#888 – Beautiful Hibiscuses

Hello and welcome! Today I have something different!

Hibiscuses are flowers with so many variations in their colors – so it was really great when I got these digital drawings from my dear friend Rahmat Gouse – which are her own creations too!

Rahmat's Hibiscus

I wanted to make 2 cards out them. What is so convenient about digital images is that one can resize them to whatever size needed. In fact, for both of these images, I’ve used the same single hibiscus, in two sizes. Also, since the local printers here refuse to print on anything thicker than copy paper, I had to go with tracing instead of getting the actual print. But, well, it worked out ok in the end, 🙂

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 1

For my first card, I wanted to try a ‘digital illustration’ look. But that’s now how it looks at all! But i did like the strokes forming the flowers, so I decided to go ahead and turn it into a card.

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 1 (closeup)

Well, I traced the image on normal cardstock and used my Zig brush marker pens to color it up, then finally using black to give some outline to everything. I then trimmed the sides, and after adding a strip of washi tape, adhered it directly on top. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Budding Poppies.

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 2

For the second one, I went for a softer look. I wanted a very soft, no line watercolored look for the flowers. Well, they are not exactly as soft as I wanted, but they turned out way better than I imagined, so it actually turned out opposite to the earlier one, making me quite happy! 🙂

Rahmat's Hibiscus - Card 2 (closeup)

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd and Prisma watercolor pencils for watercoloring. Some of the pencil lines from tracing are still visible, but I left them as is. To finish, I trimmed the panel to size, and used Copic multiliner to draw a frame. The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Happy Mail stamp set.

Joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #48: Brown & Pink (the image looks green, but it is actually a greenish brown – I couldn’t get the image to show that properly!! 😦 )

CrafTangles September challenge: Feminine Projects

monthly craft challenge - September 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#884 – Friends Make…

PE: Winner at CrafTangles challenge!!

Top Pick at Inkspirational challenge!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Hello and welcome! I was so hungry to make something this week. Somehow the week went by too quickly, but I was able to find some time to create something. And since it had been some time since I did watercoloring for fun, that’s what I did! 🙂

Friends Make...

I used CrafTangles watercolor paper. The images are from My Favorite Things Piggy Pebbles and Purple Onion Designs Blooms. I stamped them in a light grey ink instead of black. This helps in two ways – one, gives it a softer look and two gives the image a sort of no-line-colored look, though not completely. Though this is the first time I tried grey ink, I totally loved it!

Friends Make... (closeup)

So anyway, I used distress inks for watercoloring once I had finished all the stamping. The sentiment, from Mama Elephant Ella & Friends, came in the last. I had thought of using this a bit differently, so I roughed up the edges for a distressed look, but then I ended up with this simple layout on the card instead. Finally, I added a bit of sparkle on the raindrops using Spectrum Noir clear sparkle brush pen.

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Hndmd/CrafTangles August challenge: Seasons

August monthly craft challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday challenge

Inkspirational challenge #220: Rain or Rainbows

Timeout challenge #169: Season

Timeout challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂