#914 – Embossed Vellum

Hello and welcome! We have a new challenge up today over at Seize the Birthday. I’ve picked the topping this time to be “Transparency/Vellum‘. Of course, if don’t want to use that, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! 😀

And here’s what I made –

I started with stamping a card panel using Altenew Fabulous Floral and shades of red ink. I thought I wanted a few smaller flowers with the larger ones, so I stamped some florals from the Altenew Delicate Clusters, altering the inks just a little bit, but maintaining the same overall red and green shades.

I had this idea of partially covering the image with some textured vellum. I first figured out how I wanted my vellum piece to be placed on the card. I then trimmed it, leaving a bit of extra space to fold and tuck it behind. I then stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp Big Scripty Greetings using black pigment ink. Once that dried, I dry embossed the vellum using Spellbinders Flower Fun embossing folder.

Of course, embossing made the vellum curl up, so I sent it again through my embossing machine again, without the folder to flatten it up a bit. It did help a little, but open corner was still curling inside upon itself, so I decided to add some adhesive. Now, I don’t own any adhesive specifically designed for vellum, so I decided to add it. I added a strip of washi tape with foil in it. I added double sided tape behind it and used that to adhere the vellum to the card panel.

An added advantage is that it also provided a defined edge to the otherwise completely transparent vellum.

Finally, got the panel mounted on a card. To match the shine of the washi tape, I also added a few sparkles using a gel sparkle pen over the flowers and leaves. And that finished my card!

I’m joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #52 Embossing Heat or Dry

Inkspirational Challenge #230 – Mask

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Make Your Own Background

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Timeout challenge #179: You (Since I am sending big hugs to ‘you’ 😉 )

Step over to the Seize the Birthday challenge blog for some more sparkly inspiration from my wonderful team mates, and our Surprise Party Guest Julie Peddicord!

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂

#909 – Snow-scene with Joy

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge we have up at the Tic Tac Toe challenge! We have a new theme for December, being ‘Winter/Birthday/Thank You’, and this is the board –

I chose the mid row, with the elements of House, Snow and Tree. And this is what I made –

I started with the framed scene. On a suitable size of scrap cardstock, I used the Rustic Christmas stamp from Lil Inker Designs, stamped the images in MFT Hybrid Black ink and then used my Faber Castell Polychromos pencils to color the scene. Then I blended in the colors only in the sky using baby oil, to get a cleaner look.

I then die cut the frame using Paper Smooches Frame 2 die, backed it with another piece of die cut and adhered the scene behind it. I adhered this in almost the center of a white cardstock and then stamped ‘Joy’ using My Favorite Things’ Alphabets & Numbers from Birdie Brown.

And that’s it! That finished my card. And I’m joining the following challenges with it –

Global Design Project #271: Winter/Holday

Inkspirational Challenge #228: Snow

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Ice Cold

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Watercooler Wednesday challenge #302: Anything Goes

Step over to the Tic Tac Toe challenge to get more inspirational cards from the rest of the DT and don’t forget to join in your self!

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 –

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.

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.

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

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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 –

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! 😀

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!!

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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 –

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.

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

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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!