#598 – Have A Beautiful Day

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

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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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#597 – A Beautiful Day

Hello! I made this card to send to my crafty friend Helen Gullet quite some time ago, and now that she has received it, I thought of publishing the details in my blog! πŸ™‚

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I wanted a sort of messy, sort of vague look for this card. Since the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set had a great combination of both solid and layer stamp (to give the suggestion of flowers), I used that. Of course, there are lots of other stamps like these, but this stamp set had the biggest flowers of them all in my stash. And I wanted to do lots of coloring too! πŸ™‚

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So, I started with stamping the flowers, first with distress ink, since I wanted a splotchy look, and then with Versamark Watermark ink and then heat embossed them clear. Same for leaves. I then watercolored them using Zig brush markers. Once dry, I added a few splatters using my Camel Drawing inks.

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The sentiments are from Avery Elle Laurels and Altenew Beautiful Day. I used the same stamp sets for my handmade envelope too.

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #232: Make Your Mark

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: For a Special Lady

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Happy Little Stampers: March Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes

Timeout Challenge: Love and/or Friendship

Timeout challenge is celebrating their third year of running! A BIG Congrats!! πŸ™‚

The Flower Challenge #6: Anything Goes

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#590 – Off The Page

PE: Featured as a favorite in Color Throwdown 431!

Hello! I am posting another card for theΒ Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations. My main source of inspiration is Keren’s Off the Page Challenge. I never made a card with anything hanging off, thinking I’d never be able to mail it anyway. But I decided to at least give it a try this time – I was sure I would love it…and I did!! πŸ™‚

Hello

To make this card, I used one of the flower images from the In Bloom: Addie’s Garden stamp set, which has always given me a hard time with ideas; but seemed just perfect this time. I stamped the images on a scrap cardstock panel using MISTI, then used ink smooshing technique with distress inks. I then fussy cut out the images.

Hello

For the sentiment, I used partial die-cutting using the Hello die. I then ink blended the background using distress inks and Scenery – Madison Creative Screenings stencil. I then adhered the flowers and then some small silver sequins for embellishing.

Submitting this card goes to the following challenges from the Winnie and Walter 3rd Birthday Celebrations – Ink Smooshing with Heather H, Sequins Challenge with Kate, Stencil Challenge with Kelly, Off the Page Challenge with Keren, Ink Blending Challenge with Vanessa

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Color Throwdown Challenge #431

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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#583 – XO

PE: Top at Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge!!

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Hello! The card this time is inspired by the season of love. I made a card with the pretty combination of pink and gold, with a little black to add contrast. I saw this combination in quite a few creations recently, and was very tempted to try it. And here’s what I created –

XO

Supplies used:
Honey Bee Stamps Brush Grunge Alpha
My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet
My Favorite Things Hip Clips

I am submitting this card to the following challenges –

Sovushka Slavia: Card Sketch Challenge #66

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Color of Love

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge: XOXO

Timeout Challenge #76: Inspired by words: “Friends are connected heart to heart, Distance and time can’t break them apart” –

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#573 – Coloring with Color Pencils

Hello! Its been some time.. I’ve been a bit busy with work and such.. and even coloring took such a long time – I’ve been coloring just these two cards for two weeks now!! But finally I had some time, and I was able to finish these –

Just Saying Hello

For this card, I stamped the flowers from Hero Arts Night & Day flowers using Memento Dandelion ink, then colored them using Faber Castell Polychromos color pencils. I also added lots of dots between the flowers, it was looking too plain otherwise.

The sentiment is die cut using Paper Smooches Thanks die, after which I just trimmed it along the sides and adhered it. I then stamped the rest of the sentiment, from Hero Arts All Occasion Messages using Potter’s Clay, trimmed and adhered it. I then mounted the whole thing on kraft card base. For embellishing, I used some pretty yellow and blue flower sequins.

By the way, both this card and the next one have a bit different dimension – the front panel is a bit less than 4″x 5.25″, the base being a bit more than 4″x 5.5″. So, the top panel overhangs just a bit from the base.

Just Saying Hello

I am submitting this card to The Flower Challenge #4: Blue and Yellow and A2Z Scrapbooking January Challenge: Anything Goes

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For my next card, I chose kraft card stock and white embossing for my pencil coloring –

Celebrate

I combined stamps from Happy Little Stampers Doodled Flowers and Simon Says Stamp Look for the Miracles – I just knew as soon as I saw them that these two stamps would work wonderfully together! So, I stamped them on a lighter kraft cardstock and then heat embossed them with Wow! white embossing powder, and then colored them.

The sentiment comes from Stamplorations Celebrate die cut, for which I used a darker cardstock. I used another piece of black foam to mount it on the panel, and then mounted the panel on the same dark kraft card base. I added a few dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops Bright Gold around the sentiment for embellishing.

Celebrate

I am submitting this card to Stamplorations: Anything Goes Challenge (not sure of using only the sentiment die cut counts for this challenge; if not, please delete the entry!), Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes Challenge and SSS Work It Wednesday: Something new with a new product (The SSS Stamp and the sentiment die are new in my stash!)

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Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes Badge

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#571 – New Year’s Cards

Hello! I usually post New Year’s cards I make for my family right on the first day of the new year..this time I am late since I was just plain lazy, carrying over the sloth to take photos of the cards to the new year.. please don’t mind me, I am pretty sure I’ll pick up in a few months! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›

Here’s the set of cards I made –

New Year Cards 2016-17

I had a very simple design concept in mind – I wanted to do stamping, no other special techniques, just simple stamping followed by die cutting and inlaid die cut pieces in silver (I painted them silver using acrylic paint) for the sentiment.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Now that I had decided this, I of course, went for my favorite stamps – flower stamps to make my cards! The flowers came from different stamp sets, as you see, and once done, I die cut the panel, added the sentiment using some scotch tape and then mounted it on my card base.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Event the envelopes are all the same. I wanted the sentiment font to be as similar as possible to the one on the card, so I chose Reverse Confetti Whole Lotta Happy stamp set. I stamped this in black ink first and then stamped it again using Memento Brilliant Galaxy Gold ink.

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Before I stamped the sentiment, I used Hero Arts Leaves and Flowers background stamp on the envelope, stamping using Versamark watermark ink and then wiped some Perfect Pearls, each corresponding to the color or the envelope. However I was a bit unlucky with this, as the ink somehow didn’t stick to the paper and the neither did too much of the Perfect Pearls; and since I hadn’t used MISTI, I couldn’t stamp it again, without messing it up big time. But I thought it was still ok.. since the cards were pretty! πŸ˜‰

New Year Card 1 (2016-17)

Here are the details –
My Favorite Things Emmitt Alphabet
Altenew Layered Lily
Altenew A Beautiful Day
Altenew Watercolor Wonders
Simon Says Stamp Sketch Ranunculus

Submitting my cards to the following challenges –

Card 1 –

CAS-ual Fridays: Celebrations

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Card 2 –

Happy Little Stampers: January Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes (I misted the stamps with water after applying distress inks, spreading the colors using a brush whenever required, so that’s a bit of watercoloring!) –

Card 3 –

Paru’s Card Challenge: Anything Goes (Congratulations on First Anniversary!!) –

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Just Us Girls Challenge #375: Word Week – New – (Altenew A Beautiful Day is a new stamp for me; plus, the card itself is for a new year!!)

Card 4 –

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp: Work it Wednesday: Something New with a New Product

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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#570 – Seize The Birthday – No Topping

PE: Winner at CAS-ual Fridays Challenge!! How’s that for the first win of the year!! πŸ˜€

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Hello! The very first Seize the Birthday challenge of the new year is here!! Yay! And double yay, since it is with no topping .. which means absolutely anything goes as long as it is birthday themed!! How’s that for a new year present!? πŸ˜‰

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes

Also joining us as our Surprise Party Guest is an amazing friend – Rahmat!! She’s an amazing creator and I bet you’ll be very inspired her creations!

For now, here’s my inspiration card for you –

Happy Birthday

Since it is the new year, I decided to try something new – a new technique! I used Altenew Hannah Elements, and followed this pretty technique, presented by the amazingly talented Laura Jane, to color my flowers. I just love the effects!!

I had tried this technique at an earlier time, without success. This time, I tried using a darker kraft ink, and that lead to beautiful flowers indeed! Of course, I need some more tries to perfect the look, but this technique is something I wanted to try for such a long time, so I am pretty happy!

Happy Birthday

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #164: Celebrations

Paru’s Challenge: Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Start Afresh

SSS - Monday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: New Something

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

I hope you are inspired by my card! For more inspiration pop over to the Seize the Birthday blog, and then, take some crafty time off the participate!

Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

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