#972 – Happy Diwali

Hello and welcome! So close to the end of the year, and we also have a major Indian festival just around the corner – Diwali! But before that, its the start of the new Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge!

Happy Little Stampers - Watercolor Challenge - Anything Goes

And here’s what I made-

I made a simple diya giving off light aginst a colorful background. The watercolor paper is from CrafTangles and I used Gansai Tambi watercolors to color it. I did draw the diya myself too. Since I was using so many colors , I first added an underpainting in soft yellow, then painted the diya in layers of colors, finally adding the brown-black part of the diya itself. Once things were partially dry, I added gold splatters from Gansai Tambi Starry Nights. I also colored the flame of the diya and its reflection in the oil with a little of the same gold.

Once dry, I trimmed the piece and glued it on top of a beige colored cardstock. For the sentiment, I die cut gold glittered cardstock using Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Tiny Type Lower Thinlits Die Set and a few extras from spare black cardstock, stacked them together and adhered them on the card. For some extra glitter, I added some gold stickels on the flame and its reflection as well.

And that finished my card! It goes to a dear friend of mine. But before that, I am also submitting this card to a couple of challenges –

Inkspirational challenge #251: Word Prompt: Cheer (Spreading the Diwali cheer)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

CrafTangles challenge Monthly challenge: Glitter or Ethnic

CrafTangles Monthly Challenge November 2021 1

Checkout more inspiration from the rest of our team at the Happy Little Stampers Watercolor challenge blog.

Thank you for stopping by!

#897 – Another Diwali Card

Hello! I had made an extra Diwali card…in 2018….!! My sis had ended up seeing the one I had made for everyone (which I posted in my last post), while I was making it, so I made another one for her. πŸ™‚

I used perfect pearls along with the textured paper that I have also used in some other projects (here and here). I used Distress Oxide Ink on the embossing folder to emboss the pattern on the texture paper (Versamark watermark ink wasn’t sticking properly) and then smeared some gold perfect pearls on top, wiping off the excess. I trimmed this to add it on top of a white piece of cardstock, which I then adhered on top of a kraft card base.

For the sentiment, I gold heat embossed the greeting using Altenew Modern Deco stamp on top of vellum. I adhered this piece of vellum underneath a frame diecut using Paper Smooches Frame4 die, and then fussy cut off the excess. I then adhered this on the card. For embellishing I used some gold sequins

For the envelope I used Inkadinkado Organic Fabric Flourishes along with Altenew Modern Deco, just like in the card.

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#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?? πŸ˜€

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! πŸ˜€ And thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#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.


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.


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


For the next card, I used copper embossingΒ  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.


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


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! πŸ™‚


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. πŸ™‚

Thank you so much for stopping by! πŸ™‚

#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! πŸ™‚ Finally the time for some glitter and shine! πŸ˜€ Here are the cards I made –

[photo heavy post]


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


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.


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.


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. πŸ˜€ 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.


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. πŸ˜€ 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.


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 πŸ˜€

Thank you so much for stopping by!