#805 – Diwali Cards

Hello!! Writing a post after such a long time feels weird! A few of my previous posts were all DT posts, which were scheduled, so its actually been more than 2 months since I wrote a post!

Here are the Diwali cards I made for my family this year. Mostly white, with die cuts and embossing being the highlights.

Happy Diwali (a)

I used ivory cardstock for the base, but the entire thing is covered by a layer of textured paper. Over that comes a layer of embossed vellum. I used Spellbinders Paisley embossing folder for this. I also used my gold and silver gel pens to draw a border along the vellum piece.

The ‘Diya’ is a die from Rangajali, called Ornamental Diya. I stacked these and heat embossed them in two different colors. Next came the die cut sentiment, from Altenew Inline Alpha, for which I used the same colors for embossing. The ‘wishes’ is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and Party. Matching sequins and rhinestones/pearls are used for embellishing

For the envelope, I used Impression Obsession Paisley stamp, topped with the sentiment, which I die cut using the textured paper, and adhered it over another piece of die cut cardstock, for additional strength.

Happy Diwali (b)

For the first card, I used Verdigris embossing powder with copper embossing sprinkled here and there.

Happy Diwali (d)

For the next card, I used copper embossingย  with the addition of clear sparkle embossing powder on top. The one I have is not exactly clear, but on certain surfaces gives off a tinge of blue. That’s what happened here.

Happy Diwali (c)

Next, I used Rose Gold embosing powder, topped with the same clear sparkle embossing. (See how there’s no trace of blue here!)

Happy Diwali (e)

Here I used black sparkle embossing powder with silver pearl embossing powder on top. This gave off a translucent icy feeling.. quite different from what I was expecting, but still pretty cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Diwali (f)

I absolutely loved the elegance of that diya die. So very preety! And all the paisley gave off a nice traditional touch for me. And since I was creating these cards without any clear idea where I was going at all, I am pretty glad it turned out well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

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#689 – Diwali cards

Hello! I did want to publish this post before, or at least on the day of Diwali, but I got too lazy to click so many photos… so I’ve kept postponing it till now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Finally the time for some glitter and shine! ๐Ÿ˜€ Here are the cards I made –

[photo heavy post]

Diwali Cards 2017 - 4 cards

Usually, when I make diwali/new year’s cards for my family, I go with a theme and make cards with different products, but carrying the same theme. This time I went with the theme of creating backgrounds using the layered heat embossing technique, which is so well explained by the genius called Jennifer McGuire (check here). I’ve used the same sentiment die cut, cut using Stamplorations Season’s Greetings die.

Card 1

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 1

I used Prima Flourish stencil on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used silver sparkle embossing powder for the base and Verdigris embossing powder on top. On the envelope, I used some Cracked Pistachio distress ink. For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Opal Magic Blue Gold acrylic paint.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 1 - Closeup

Card 2

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 2

I used a stamp from Inkadinkado Bold Damask on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used a mix on gold and copper embossing powders for the base, sprinkling the powders on top using my fingers. On top of this, I used black sparkle embossing powder on top. Finally I covered the whole lot using clear sparkle embossing powder.

On the envelope I used Antique Linen distress oxide ink.

For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Metallique Ancient Gold acrylic paint.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 2 - Closeup

Card 3

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 3

I used a stamp from Simon Says Stamp Elilzabeth stamp on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used gold embossing powder for the base. For the top, I ended up using multiple embossing powders, only because I wasn’t satisfied with the first (silver), I wasn’t satisfied with the second (copper).. and by the time I used the third (black), its not the embossing powder, but the effect that pleased me, so I decided to stop and keep it. ๐Ÿ˜€ Finally I covered the whole lot using clear sparkle embossing powder.

On the envelope I used Fired Brick and Lucky Clover distress oxide ink.

For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance Lucky Emerald.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 3 - Closeup

Card 4

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 4

I used a CrafTreat Flower Power stencil on the card and the envelope. On the card, I used black sparkle embossing powder for the base. For the top, I silver sparkle embossing powder. ๐Ÿ˜€ Finally I covered the whole lot using clear sparkle embossing powder.

On the envelope I used Pumice Stone distress ink.

For the sentiment on the card and envelope, I used Prima Art Alchemy Metallique Brushed Iron.

Diwali Cards 2017 - Card 4 - Closeup

It does seem like a lot of embossing powder was used, but really, its not that much. Also, a couple of things I found out while making these cards –

  • For the base layer, if the embossing is not even, you have the choice of adding a second layer of embossing or you can just move the heat gun across the card. When the powder melts a bit more, it spreads more, and you can get an even surface. Just be careful to not burn the paper or melt the embossing off completely, and keep moving the heat gun.
  • At times, when you don’t have embellishment of the right color, I’ve seen card makers use Copic markers on pearls and rhinestones to color them to what they want. Another option is to use alcohol inks. That’s what I did on the cards above. Since I do not own Copic markers, I used alcohol inks (which I have plenty of) to color them. Like Copics, choose an ink a shade darker than you what you want. And don’t worry, they don’t smell ๐Ÿ˜€

Thank you so much for stopping by!

#572 – Diwali Cards

Hello! Posting all my new year cards reminded me that I had never published the Diwali cards!! And it has been months too!! Better late than never, so I am posting about these cards now –

Diwali 2016 Cards

As usual, I went with a “One Design Multiple Cards” approach. For these cards, I used a pattern paper base, with vellum on top, with heat embossed ‘diya’ and the sentiment on it.

Diwali 2016 Card 1

I first cut out the vellum pieces and drew out the ‘diya’ on each of them using a pencil. I then used Ranger Emboss It pen to draw on the sketch and then add gold emboss it. I also stamped the sentiment with the diya and gold heat embossed the same.

Diwali 2016 Card 2

The pattern papers are all from DCWV Serenity stack. I chose different patterns from this stack, trimmed each and after adhering them on the card bases, I cut out the vellum pieces to size, and used little bits really thin (yeah, very difficult to cut off!!) of double sided tape, then adhered them to the very edge of the vellum, and adhered it to my card. To cover up the tape, I used gold glitter stickles. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also added the glitter to the center of the flames, just for a bit of extra sparkle.

Diwali 2016 Card 3

For the envelopes, I used the same stamp sets, but stamped them with a kraft ink – my gold ink pad had dried and I couldn’t use it.. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But I did draw the diya using Unibal Signo gold pen, and added a strip of gold patterned washi tape on each envelope, since I really did want some gold on the envelope too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#356 – Diwali Cards for the Family

Hello! Presenting some more Diwali cards I made – this time for my family. ๐Ÿ™‚

I got the idea of using vellum for the card base from this video from the incredible Jennifer McGuire. When I saw this card made by her, I really loved the idea – the card was stunning, but I didn’t think then that I would ever use vellum for a card base! But I just couldn’t resist the idea when it came to making these Diwali cards for my family!

Diwali cards 01(a)Diwali cards 01(c)Another reason for making these cards is actually using these vellum. This set of vellum, which I recently ordered are quite different. They seem pretty plastic-y and anything I tried wouldn’t work – stamping spread the ink like it was blotted and die-cutting was a nightmare – nothing would cut this!! When I almost gave up, Jennifer’s idea came to my rescue and you see the results for yourself! ๐Ÿ™‚

Diwali cards 02(a)Diwali cards 02(c)I used three variations on these cards –

  1. I stamped using pigment inks (this wouldn’t blot, thank god!).
  2. I used heat embossing. Here I used Ranger silver embossing powder.
  3. I used stencil and embossing paste. I used Wendi Vecchi Gold embossing paste here.

The rest of the process I followed is the same as Jennifer has shown us. And now I have a very good use for this vellum! ๐Ÿ˜€

Diwali cards 03(a)Diwali cards 03(c)Of course, I used stamps for the sentiments and hand drew the diyas on the cards and the envelopes. I used Uniball gold gel pens, Flair Sparkle glitter gel pens and Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens for drawing and coloring the diyas.

Please do tell me how you liked the cards! And thank you for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

#347 – Diwali Cards

Hello! Its going to be my favorite time of the year soon! Diwali is near!! ๐Ÿ˜€

I’ve been pretty silent over the last week since I was busy with these diwali cards. I made 6 cards, choosing a base of glittery designer papers from DCWV and added a diya on top of each card, along with the sentiment. Of course, I did make my own envelops and decorated them too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s the entire set (there are 5 cards shown here since there are two of the brown theme ones)

Diwali 2015 01(a)Diwali 2015 02(a)

Diwali 2015 03(a)Diwali 2015 04(a)

Diwali 2015 05(a)Do tell me which one you liked the best! And thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Diwali!!

Ah, its again the time of my favourite festival! I love Diwali – I love setting up the ‘diya’s around the house, love setting up the ‘gudu dipa’, and of course love the fact that I can stay home because of the holidays! ๐Ÿ˜›

And so, I spent most of my holiday yesterday making diwali cards for my family (yes, I started making the cards after diwali started, shame on me! :P) I made three cards –

Diwali Card 1

For the first card, I produced a stencilled background using distress ink, sprayed it with perfect pearls mixed water to add a little pearly sheen to it and foam mounted it on the card base.

Diwali Card 1 (close up)

For the ‘diya’, I fuzzy cut some paisley shapes for the flame, and a lamp shape, added distress ink for the lamp and the flame. I then put onย some glue in a flame shape and sprinkled some red glitter on top. I left it it dry before brushing off the excess and adhering it on the top. I added some pearl spots using a pearl pen for the lamp. and also added some glitter using Wink Of Stella pen.

Diwali Card 2

For the second card, I dry embossed a background and swiped some dark yellow ink, coloring only the embossed area. ย Since the color was too bright, I was afraid it might overpower the center piece, the diya, and so I cut a piece of vellum of the same size and adhered it directly on top of it, before foam mounting it on the card base.

Diwali Card 2 (close up)

For the ‘diya’, again,ย I fuzzy cut some paisley shapes, added distress ink for the lamp and the flame. But this time, I cut two paisley shapes for the flame, colored them and glued the smaller one on top of the bigger one. I decorated the lamp usingย some gold glitter and and the flame using Wink Of Stella pen. I adhered these directly on the card top.

Diwali Card 3

For the third card, I cut a piece of pattern paper and applied dots from the pearl pen and smeared it across the paper.

Diwali Card 3 (close up)

I used a stencil to add some embossing paste directly on the pattern paper to create the lamp and the flame shapes. Once this was dry, I colored the lamp using some copper acrylic paint and the flame, some gold acrylic paint, which gave a beautiful shimmer. I thenย outlined the flame using the gold glitter. ย Finally,ย I foam mounted this on the card base.

I had a lot of fun making these cards! And my family loved them too! Hope you liked them…and of course, I wish you a very happy Diwali!! May the festival of lights bring joy and serenity to your lives. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for looking!