#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! 🙂

#895 – STB: Use Your Scraps

PE: Top Pick at the Inkspirational Challenge!!

Inkspirational - Winner

Hello and welcome! Another three months left in the year…the months seem to pass both quickly and slowly..as always! And as always, we have a new challenge up at the Seize the Birthday challenge! This time, it was the turn of our wonderful teammate Lindsey to pick the topping and she chose ‘Use Your Scraps’.

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And here’s what I created –

Using up Scraps

The scrap – or something that I made and just didn’t use – is the top panel. I don’t even remember when I had created that panel, but I remember being ridiculously frustrated about it.

When I made it, I used the perfectly wrong cardstock. It just refused to listen to anything! I couldn’t stamp, couldn’t emboss, the ink just would evaporate as if it wasn’t paper at all! Somehow I struggled and got some embossing on it – I used verdigris ep. And then I watercolored it using some distress inks. Thankfully, that didn’t evaporate! 😉 But it still wasn’t looking that good, so I misted it with some water mixed with Perfect Pearls hoping it would save the piece.

Now, I wasn’t really impressed with the end result then, so I ended up just pushing it my ‘dunno what I should do with this‘ stash. But this time, I thought I could make some thing from it.

Using up Scraps (closeup)

I first cut the panel diagonally, and traced it over my white ard base. I then die cut a piece of white cardstock using Paper Trey Ink Triangles die, and adhered it directly on the card base by aligning it with the line I drew earlier. I also trimmed the excess. Following that, I foam mounted the panel.

For the sentiment, I used Honey Bee Stamps Hooray Day die. For the shadow die cut, I experimented some more with Brustro Iridescent gold metallic paper. I cut out a piece and colored it with Zig brush marker pens. I colored in layers, wiping the color in between – the paper acted somewhat like vellum, partially retaining the color so that the rest could be wiped away. I then die cut this sheet and also some white cardstock for the sentiment, adhering the pieces together, which I then adhered to the card. I embellished the card using a few sequins.

That is my card! Glad I could finally put that troublesome piece to good use! 😀

I’m joining the following challenges with this card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #292: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Inkspirational Challenge #223: Angle It

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make it Sparkle

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

For more inspiration, checkout the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest Angie Cimbalo and our wonderful design team!

Thank you 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! 🙂

#861 – STB: Spring Fling

PE: Watercooler Rocker at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Just Add Ink Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to another edition of Seize the Birthday challenge! We always have ‘Anything Goes’ as an option and you can join in as long as it’s a project with a birthday theme, but, if you want little challenge, you can choose to go with the Topping.  And the topping this time, chosen by Lindsey, is ‘Spring Fling’.

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Checkout what I made –

Happy Birthday to You (1)

I started with watercolor paper from CrafTangles. On this I stamped the large flower cluster image from Simon Says Stamp Beautiful Flowers stamp set in Adirondack Earthtones Ginger ink. This is a watercolor reactive ink, and I’ve used it before with watercoloring (see this card). I loved the effects then and decided to use it again. For watercoloring I used Gansai Tambi watercolors.

Once dried, I used Uniball Posca white pen to add dots to the flower center, then added black dots using a black fine liner on top of them. I also used the same fine liner to draw lines to the dots, completing the stamens. I also added a few strokes of clear glitter gel pen on the flowers and leaves. This is the only embellishing I did on the card (other than the gold foil, of course!)

Happy Birthday to You (2)

Once done, I trimmed the watercolor panel, fussy cutting it on one edge completely, and partially on the other edges, to give it a partial rectangle shape.

For the card base, I chose a light brown cardstock. I trimmed the front panel of the card base a bit shorter, so that it is mostly hidden behind the watercolor flowers. Before adhering the flowers, I trimmed a strip of gold foil cardstock and adhered it on the card base. Once I had adhered the watercolor panel, I folded the card and also adhered another strip of gold foil cardstock on the inside panel of the card.

Happy Birthday to You (3)

For the sentiment, I stamped ‘happy birthday to’ from Reverse Confetti All About You stamp set in Versafine Onyx black ink. The ‘you’ is die cut using Altenew Simple Alpha. I die cut a few pieces of the same brown cardstock and a single set of gold foil cardstock. I then stacked them adhered it on the card.

And that finished my card!

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #266: All About Occasions

Just Add Ink challenge #500: Just Add a Die-cut Word

Inkspirational challenge #210: Spring

The Flower Challenge #43: Spring/Autumn

Check out the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for more amazing inspiration from our talented team and our talented Surprise Party Guest, Stef Perry!

Thank you so much for stopping by!