#598 – Have A Beautiful Day

PE: Top at Lesia Zgharda Texture Challenge!

Lesia Zgharda - Top

Hello! I am steadily getting into the mixed media vibe now-a-days. I’ve been looking at quite a few videos, and loving it. Although most of these involve scrapbooking, it is relatively easy to incorporate the same techniques into card making too (duh) and am thinking trying out a few techniques I learnt like that here and there in my cards.

The card I am featuring today, has a small amount of mixed media. Although, the main focus when I made the card was the pretty texture in the background, I am a little afraid it is lost in the sentiment and the frame and flowers.

Have A Beautiful Day

Actually, I had made the textured background quite some time ago, meaning to use it for another challenge, but never did. I used embossing paste, created a circled and swirly look. I added some watercolors on this. Then stamped it with the leaves from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony, then foam mounted the frames and flowers from Paper Smooches Scalloped Frames and Dainty Flowers. The sentiment from Ellen Hutson Mondo Peony is stamped on acetate, layered with some green tone washi tape strips, strung together with an eyelet and a string (bow), and foam mounted.

Have A Beautiful Day

I just love the swirly background, just wish I could have shown it off a bit more. But the card in itself looks fine, I guess. πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Paper Smooches March Challenge: Pantone 2017 Color

Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge: Paper Smooches

Ellen Hutson - Mix It Up Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Monday Challenge

Lesia Zgharda March Challenge: Texture

Simon Says Stamp: Work It Wednesday: Green

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#531 – Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge

Hello! I’ve been quite late in submitting for the Ellen Hutson Pin Sights Challenge this time, but finally, an idea clicked and I made this –


Here’s the awesome board from Ellen Hutson –

Ellen Hutson - Pin Sights Challenge

September 2016 Mood Board

I also wanted to include some Altenew goodies, as a part of the awesome The Ultimate Challenge Blog Hop with Altenew.

So I first stamped the background with an image from Altenew Dodecagram stamp set, using Hero Arts Soft Pool and Frayed Burlap distress inks. I then added a tag die cut from vellum using WPlus9 Timeless Tags 2.

I wanted a little bit of texture/pattern on the flower and leaves and I didn’t have anything corresponding to the colors. Instead, I picked this piece of stamp packing, drew some wood texture on it using half died sketch pens, and die cut the flower and leaves from Ellen Hutson Wild Garden on top.

Finally came the sentiment from Die Versions Celebrate, and then a few rhinestone embellishments. I mounted this panel with a slight offset on the card base, so it actually hangs off a bit.


Also submitting this card to Seize the Birthday: Soft and Simple, Lesia Zgharda: Geometry and Happy Little Stampers: September Challenge: Anything Goes with Dies

Seize The Birthday - The Toppings

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

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#523 – Love you a Bunch

PE: Topper at Lesia Zgharda!!

Hello! Made this card a couple of days ago for the current Waffle Flower challenge –

Love you a Bunch

I first die cut the circles using Paper Trey Ink Circles die, and colored a few of the circles using Faber Castell oil pastels. I then did dry embossing using the same die on another panel. This time, I first added ink on the die cutting plate using Memento Brilliance Galaxy Gold before doing the embossing. I then trimmed down the panel and foam mounted the colored circles in place.

Love you a Bunch

For the flowers, I stamped them on scrap cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black and stamped the solid parts using Hero Arts Neon Blue, Hero Arts Butter Bar and Memento Pear Tart and then fuzzy cut them. I was contemplating on how to arrange them on the card, but decided to keep it for later. Now, I had kept the whole thing stacked on my work table, and when I picked it up again the next day, a happy accident happened. I had arranged the flowers, as a bunch, right where I’ve placed the sentiment now, but when I picked it up, the flowers had scattered – exactly as you see it on the card now! I absolutely loved this scattered arrangement, and decided to go with it. And so, I just adhered the flowers as is, and then added the sentiment, from the same stamp set, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black, and adhered it on the card.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Waffle Flower September Challenge


The Paper Players Challenge #311: Circles

Just Add Ink Challenge #328: Just Add ‘P’ (I’ve used pastel colors) –

Clean And Sunday On Sunday Challenge #91: Pastel Colors

Lesia Zgharda: Geometry

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#491 – Leafy Greetings

I had the stamp set – Autumn Leaves from WPlus9 – from quite some time in my stamp, completely unused. And I got a great opportunity to use them.. πŸ™‚

I made two cards and I used distress inks and and the same die set for both the cards too!

Thinking of You

For my first card I used the stamps with both the solid and the outline stamps. I used a watercolor panel and started stamping the solid leaves on the top left side of the panel using Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Bundled Sage, Fossilized Amber and Crushed Olive distress inks, misting them with water. Once I stamped the solids, I stamped the outlines using Adirondack Ginger and Memento Tuxedo Black inks, stamping the same place twice.

Thinking of You

I then die cut the panel using SSS Stitched Rectangles and then die cut the ‘you’ using Lawn Fawn Cole’s ABCs. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Avery Elle Laurels using Memento Tuxedo Black and then foam mounted the panel on a kraft card base.

Once done, I found the stamping to be a little lacking (that’s becoming a habit now.. :P) And so, I blended in the lighter greens and yellows. I also stamped a few more leaves on the bottom right and finally added a few brown ink splatters on the card. That satisfied me! πŸ˜‰

Submitting this to Color Throwdown Challenge #397 and Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes With Dies Badge

For my second card, I went CAS.

I used only two colors, Shabby Shutters and Mustard Seed, and stamped them directly without misting them with water. Once done, I added big globules of water on the card, hoping to get the color off on most place – that, spectacularly, didn’t work as I had hoped – you can barely notice some of the color come off – a complete failure!! So, picking myself up, I added splatters of the two distress inks and some more black ink splatters only around where I wanted the sentiment.

You Make Me Smile

For the sentiment, I first stamped the sentiment from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages in Memento Tuxedo Black and then picked the left over die cuts from my previous card, and adhered it above the stamped sentiment.

You Make Me Smile

Once done, I added a few flat, white sequins as embellishment.

Submitting this to Lesia Zgharda Challenge: Leaves

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#460 – Color Challenges


The first is a sort of mixed media card – the first of its kind I’ve made πŸ™‚ –

With Love

I started with first stamping Penny Black Dazzler using Colobox Lime pigment ink, which I then clear heat embossed. I then smooshed Salty Ocean and Crushed Olive distress inks on the piece, added more ink with a brush wherever I thought I needed it. Once dry, I stamped some patterns on using the same ink and Cloud 9 Borders stamps. I then trimmed the piece, adhered it at an angle on a white card base and adhered the sentiment, from Spellbinders Sentiments 3 and the butterfly, from Tattered Lace Butterflies. And that finished my card.

Submitting this to Color Throwdown Challenge #386

My second card is using a typical layout – using a frame and a bunch of flowers surrounding the sentiment –

Have an Amazing Day

The background – I really don’t remember what I have used; I made it quite some time ago, using at least 4 inks (probably Paper Trey Ink Tropical Teal, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio distress inks and Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool inks – I know that makes it 5, but I did say ‘at least’! :P). So, I trimmed the piece using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die and also cut out a frame from it.

Have an Amazing Day

I then stamped the flowers, from Waffle Flower In Every Way, using Versamark Orange, Paper Trey Ink Melon Berry and the leaves from Paper Smooches Calico using Hero Arts Tide Pool and Faber Castell Green inks. I then fuzzy cut them. After arranging them, I also stamped and fuzzy cut the sentiment from the same Waffle Flower set – I used Versamark Orange, Paper Trey Ink Melon BerryΒ  and Memento Tuxedo Black inks. I also stamped a few more leaves on the background. I then adhered the background using double sided tape and the rest using foam tape and foam dots.

Submitting this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge #25: Anything Goes, Bastel Traum Challenge #39: Nature/ Garden/Rainbow, Lesia Zgharda: Use A Floral Stamp, ColourQ Challenge #334 and Pinterest Inspired Challenge: April

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge


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#459 – Stamplorations April Guest Designer!


Wonderful news! So excited to be a Guest Designer over at the Stamplorations April Theme and Sketch Challenge!! I had participated in the Stamplorations February Challenge – and, after being declared the winner, I got called for a Guest Designer feature for this month.

Stamplorations Guest Designer

The theme for the month of April is Stamp & Splatters and here’s the sketch –

Stamplorations Theme & Sketch April SketchStamplorations Theme & Sketch April Sketch

You have the option of choosing the theme or the technique or both! I would say, choose anything, but, since you have the option of playing month long, go ahead and play! Having fun is the most important part, after all! πŸ™‚

For my part, I decided to play with both the theme and the sketch. Shery was kind enough to send me digital images to use on my card. But what I’ve used here is another Stamploration digi that I won in another challenge. Its a gorgeous image of a rose – don’t you just love it – and I was too excited to use it and couldn’t wait till I got the print outs of the new images ! πŸ˜›

Stamplorations April Guest Designer

Unfortunately for me, I was not able to find a place where I could get the image printed on card stock, or even thin water color paper – just one of the irritating things about living in India 😦 I had to get them printed on normal paper and get innovative on using them. Again, using normal paper meant that I could not use too much water – watercoloring and adding splatters was my first idea, but I had to improvise. What I did was to change it slightly. I used the same product that I used for my winning entry – Camel drawing inks! Since these inks are absolutely loaded with color, I didn’t have to dilute them. And thankfully, even after a lot of splattering, the paper didn’t warp that much. So, I was saved! πŸ˜€

Stamplorations April Guest Designer

Coming to the actual steps – I first made some temporary masks for the flower and the leaves using scrap paper. Its not like I wanted the color to not fall on unwanted places (like red on leaves) more like I wanted to limit it only for highlighting – like where the flower stopped and the leaves started (if you don’t get this line, its ok – it doesn’t matter :P) I used an old toothbrush to spray the colors, methodically drying the paper by heating it (this was leading to color loss, so didn’t do it for the final layers) or air-drying it between layering colors to make it rich in color.

Once everything was dry, I smoothed out the paper by sending it through my Big Shot a few times. I then added tape behind the piece and adhered it on a card panel for more firmness. I then adhered this panel at an angle over a black cardbase. I then added the sentiment, from Paper Trey Ink Wet Paint stamp and die. I used the die to die cut from black foam and some green cardstock, which I adhered using Ranger Multi Medium Matte. The sentiment, I heat embossed in white on another piece of black card stock, trimmed it, cut out fish tails and adhered it on the card panel.

And that’s my card – this would have been so much easier if I could find a way to get a print on watercolor paper!! Well, things worked out anyway! πŸ™‚

I am submitting this card to Addicted to Stamps #187: Make Your Mark, Bastel Traum #39: Nature-Garden-Rainbow (my theme is nature/garden) and Lesia Gardia: April Challenge: Use a Floral Stamp

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Please pop over to the Stamplorations blog for more amazing inspiration – I’ll bet the design team will knock your socked off! πŸ™‚

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