#472 – Wishing Some Happy


My second post for today…Β  and I have couple of cards with flowers – one using stamping and another using die-cutting. But they have a couple of things in common – I have used plain watercolored, brushstroke background for both, and the main focus of the cards, the flowers are also watercolored.

For my first card –

Happy Birthday

I first colored the background using PTI Tropical Teal and a few scrap pieces of watercolor paper with my watercolors with the desired colors. After they dried, I used Ellen Hutson Bold Blooms to die cut the flowers and leaves. I then stamped the sentiment, from Altenew Label Love, using Memento Tuxedo Black, on another piece of scrap cardstock – thank god for my MISTI, I had to stamp it twice to get good coverage, and I wouldn’t have gotten good results without it! πŸ™‚

Happy Birthday

I then trimmed the background panel and foam mounted it to the card base. After adhering the flowers, I added some gold string before mounting the sentiment. I also added a few transparent sequins for embellishing.

By the way, the rose on the top right is supposed to be pink – my photo editing software just wouldn’t get away from the red shade, no matter what I tried! 😦

Submitting this card to ColourQ Challenge #340, CAS-ual Fridays #147: Birthday Girl and Seize The Birthday: Coloring

For my second card, I used stamping as the focus –

Happy Anniversary

I first colored the background a light peach. Once this was relatively dry, I stamped the clustered flowers from WPlus9 Watercolored Anemonies using PTI Sweet Blush, after stamping it off once, on a watercolor panel. I then colored over this using PTI Hibiscus Burst, Spiced Marmalade and Tumbled Glass.

Happy Anniversary

Once done, I trimmed the edges and added the doilies. I stamped the sentiment from The Craft’s Meow Side By Side in Memento Tuxedo Black on a scrap piece of watercolor paper, trimmed it and mounted it with some gold string sandwiched between the sentiment and the panel. I used a mix of sequin + rhinestone to embellish.

Submitting this card to Color Throwdown #391 and Freshly Made Sketches #235

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#444 – Lucky!

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Hello! Made two cards with clovers in them – count them as lucky! πŸ™‚

Here’s the first card –

You are My Lucky

Very easy one. I chose Fabriano Elle Erre paper in Bianco and used Pine Needles, Crushed Olive and Old Paper to make the background. I don’t own any clover stamps; so I improvised. I used heart stamps! πŸ˜€

You Are My Lucky

I used the heart stamp from Neat & Tangled My Heart Sings, stamped them in Versamark and used Ranger Emboss It pen to draw the stems for the leaves and heat embossed them with Ranger gold embossing powder. I then used the same stamp and made another clover on spare card stock, filled it with the green watercolors, added someΒ Deco Art Glamour Dust Ultra Fine Glitter Paint in gold for some shimmmer and fussy cut it. I then stamped the sentiment, combining sentiments from Neat & Tangled My Heart Sings and Paper Smooches Alphadot, on vellum and trimmed it. I then stapled the vellum on the panel, adhered the clover on it, and after rounding three corners, foam mounted the panel on the card base to finish my card.

Submitting this to Sparkle and Shine #25,Β  Tic Tac Toe Challenge #5 (I chose Green, Gold and Photo Inspiration) and Freshly Made Sketches #226


For my second card –

So Lucky to Have You

For this card, I first smooched a variety of green toned distress inks on my waterproof panel (I actually use something I’ve made: a layer of chipboard, followed by white paper, followed by transparent plastic sheet, large enough to be taped behind the chipboard – I use it for all my watercoloring needs! :)) I then misted it just a little, so my stamp can pick up the colors. I then chose the hearts from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords and went ahead to stamping my clovers on plain white card stock. I used hearts of two sizes, the bigger one forming rows, and the smaller one filling up the space.

So Lucky to Have You

I then misted this surface so that the water flowed around a bit, heat dried it and then stamped the clovers again, where I had previously stamped them. It didn’t matter if the colors weren’t exactly the same, since I was going for a variegated look anyway. I also stamped the stems for the clover – I used the round bracket from Paper Smooches Alphadot stamp set! πŸ™‚

For the sentiment strip above, I first cut a stripe of plain white card stock, die cutting one side using Paper Smooches Borders 2. I then added a strip of silver glitter washi tape behind it. I then die cut a layer of fringe using My Favorite Things Fringe die and some paper (that I found between OHP sheets, that I use for making shaker cards…yup, I save everything for any use I can come up with for it later! :P) and adhered it behind the silver washi. Finally added some silver string behind. Before adhering this to the card base, I added the sentiment – the stamped sentiment is from Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold & You and The Big, The Bold & Party combined; the die cuts are from Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs, which I colored using Zig May Green brush pen.

Submitting this to Fusion Challenge: Lucky Days, The Card Concept #50: Shamrock, Patterns & Green and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge

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#435 – When Its Mostly Grey

Hello! I am not talking about the weather – cuz its pretty sunny here in Bengaluru. I am only talking about my card!

When I look at flowery stamps, I only think about them being bright, colorful and cheery – so this was quite a change for me – and I loved it! πŸ™‚

When its Mostly Grey

The flowers and sentiment are from Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden, which I heat embossed in white on a piece of vellum. I colored the flowers on the back of the vellum, using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I then die cut a piece of grey paper using Paper Smooches Borders 2 die, adhered it on a white card stock panel, as a base for the vellum piece. Before adhering this panel on the card base, I adhered a grey striped washi tape on the card base.

It was all ok, until I tried bending the vellum – it just wouldn’t bend. I’ll admit, my vellum just listen to me! I had a very hard time – I tried double sided tape. I tried Multi medium matte. No, the stubborn thing just wouldn’t stay down!! Finally, I tried that which I never felt like trying – staplers! Though I don’t really like how it looks, at least it stays down! πŸ˜€

Submitting this to Freshly Made Sketches #224, Color Throwdown #380 and 30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker blog –

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Background Mania

Hello! The cards I’ve made this time (I think) have a focus on different kinds of backgrounds. Some with pattern paper, some with stamping, inlaid and frames.

My first card is a CASE of this card by Alice Wertz. Made this card for my sis who is holidaying right now! πŸ™‚

Happy TravelsSupplies –

My Favorite Things Some Bunny stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black
Watercoloring using Tea Dye, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Gathered Twigs distress inks
Sentiment stamped in Paper Smooches Alphadot and Hero Arts Black ink
Fuzzy cut background using pattern paper from K & Company.

My second card is inspired by the black and gold color combination! Mmmm…ecstatic!! πŸ˜€

Altenew Persian Motifs CongratsSupplies –

Stamped and gold heat embossed Altenew Persian Motifs and fuzzy cut it.
Stamped and gold heat embossed Penny Black Sentimental
Stamped My Favorite Things Lace Background in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Brustro Iridescent gold metallic paper.

The paper is probably not the best suited for stamping – the ink absorption isn’t that good and it becomes blotchy in places. But I still went with it, since it was only the background, and only a small portion was visible at that. πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch #33

For my last card, I used the Ellen Hutson dies that I had been dying to use since they came in last week –

Roses & ThanksSupplies –

Ellen Hutson Bold Blossoms, die cut from card stock colored with Fired Brick distress ink. I just went direct to paper with the ink pad.
The background is stamped using Impression Obsession Circle Fusion 1 using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I swiped my (almost drying) Memento Teal Zeal ink on top…
.. and then die cut a panel using Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics.
The sentiment from Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler is stamped in Fired Brick distress ink.

Submitting this card to Ellen Hutson: Mix It Up challenge with Impression Obsession, Freshly Made Sketches #203 and Colour Me challenge #88

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Happy Day

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Hello! I am back with another assortment of cards! πŸ™‚

Happy Heavy!After using the leaves, I wanted to use the flowers from the Ellen Hutson dies I got recently (previous posts here and here). There are some fantastic inspirations that I found on Pinterest – the use of these dies are so varied! And this is what I came with. I used the colors from Bastel Traum challenge #32: Color Challenge. I stamped the background using WPlus9 Borders & Backgrounds and Memento Elderberry and Memento Lilac Posies and Pumice Stone distress inks. Then after die cutting the flowers and leaves, I colored them using Color Box Eggplant and Pamass Green pigment inks. The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden stamp set. I added a lot of pearls and silver dotted washi tape on the side to make the card.

For my second card, I used Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry distress inks to stamp the background using Hero Arts Pattern Stripes stamp. I then stamped the flower from Paper Smooches Twiggy Florets in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I then die cut and stamped the frame from Paper Smooches Fancy Frames stamp and die in Hero Arts Soft Pool and mounted it on the card. The sentiment from Paper Smooches Bold Buzzwords is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink too. The colors are inspired from the September Mood Board at Butterfly Reflections Inc.

Framed Flower

Submitting this card to CAS(E) This Sketch #139 and Paper Smooches: Anything Goes.

For my third card, I went with leaves (again! :D).

I used the leaf stamp from Hero Arts Leaves stamp set. A small twist in the coloring – I first applied Forest Moss distress ink on the craft mat, misted water on it and then stamped the leaf on top to get the color on it and then stamped on the paper. I love the way this gives a beautiful variation of colors. This also works wonderfully if you need to use multiple colors.

So, after stamping the leaves in a sort of circular fashion, I die cut the central vellum piece from Paper Trey Ink Cener Style: Feminine die and stamped the sentiments from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint using Forest Moss distress ink. The heart is also from the same set.Β  I then mounted the vellum on the card base.

LeafyThis card goes to Freshly Made Sketches #202 and Colour Me challenge #87: Monochromatic

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