#802 – Thanks with Stripes and Gold

Hello and welcome!!

Experimenting with photo paper this time. I learnt that photo paper holds color as soon as it is put on – nothing to move it once it is done. While it maybe a bit scary, it really works well on some fronts. I wanted to try adding stripes with color variegation, and the photo paper turned out to be my best option to do that. And I combined this with one of the easiest way to add some glam into a project – gold heat embossing –

Thanks a Bunch

I used Paper Smooches Dainty Flowers, die cutting the two flowers 4 times from normal cardstock, then heat embossed them in gold embossing powder, with which I had mixed some fine gold glitter – extra bling! These two flowers along with a few gold sequins are the main focal point of the card.

For the background, I used photo paper, and stamped the stripes using My Favorite Things Bold Diagonal Stripes. I dabbed a few variations of pink distress inks, misted them and stamped them. Since the photo paper hold the colors steadfast immediately upon stamping, there wasn’t any blending after the stamping (even when I misted it with water) and I achieved the variegation that I wanted. Also, the glossy paper matches the gold embossing pretty well. 🙂

Thanks a Bunch (closeup)

I die cut one side of the glossy paper using Simon Says Stamp Wavy Scallop Stitches before foam mounting it on a white card base. I then adhered the flower die cuts directly on it. The sentiment comes from Altenew Label Love. The stamping didn’t end up perfect, so I retouched it with a white gel pen. Added a few gold sequins for embellishing and my card is done!

This card goes to –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #121: Inspired by Words

The Paper Players challenge #417: Theme challenge: Give Thanks

A2Z Scrapbooking November challenge: Give Thanks

a2z scrapbooking november challenge

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#794 – Stamped Floral Background

PE: Special Mention at Paru’s Card Making challenge!!

Paru's Card Making Challenge - Special mention

Hello and welcome!

Simply stamped backgrounds have their own charm, don’t you think?

Stamped Floral Background

And then, there are times when stamps from two different companies work so well together, you’d not be able to tell it! I knew Altenew Bride to Be would be the perfect match with the Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Victoria’s Very Merry Flowers – one stamp set has many florals, while the other has foliage. Perfect match! Even more when I had the perfect image for inspiration!

I stamped on a whole piece of cardstock! While I was totally excited and happy about how it had turned out, I had no idea how to proceed. I had chosen a light yellow base, not white, and it turned out that it wasn’t looking that good with the usual neutral colors. I tried and tried, and finally after staring at it for two weeks without any good results, I finally thought of going with a dark cardstock, maybe choosing a color which I have already used in my stamping.

Stamped Floral Background (closeup 1)

I was a bit torn between a dark orange and a dark blue; I went with the blue. Since I didn’t have the right color, I chose a blue cardstock, then added distress oxide ink Faded Jeans, to get a darker shade around the perimeter.

Before adhering the panel, however, I added a few splatters in blue and yellow. I also added a few dots and dashes on the flowers using a clear sparkling pen, then also added glossy medium on the flower centers.

Stamped Floral Background (sparkly closeup)

Once it had all dried, I foam mounted it on the card base. I then added the sentiment using die cuts from Neat & Tangled Journling Alphas. Again, from the same cardstock with blended oxide ink. I stacked the dies before adhering them on the card. I also added some Nuvo glitter drops in White Blizzard on top for some sparkle.

Stamped Floral Background (closeup 2)

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it for STAMPtember

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #117: Inspired by Words

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The Flower Challenge #24: Anything Goes

Paru’s Card Making challenge: September challenge: Anything Goes

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#793 – A Leafy Mandala

Hello and welcome! I got totally inspired by the recent ‘Wreath Builder’ ideas from Jennifer McGuire. There have been 3 videos in the series so far, and each one of them has been so inspiring! So, I got around to making my own stencil (using plain cardstock) for this purpose, and using a MISTI for my assistance, I made this card –

A Leafy Mandala

Its completely a CASE of Jennifer’s card! I used the little leaf stamps from Simon Says Stamp Nutty About You stamp set. All the colors are either brown, red or green. I just stamped without thinking much, just filling space however I felt. Initially my idea was to make the shape seem like a flower with 6 petals, but as I kept stamping, it turned out into a more of a Mandala. So, mandala it is!! 🙂

A Leafy Mandala

Once I finished the mandala, I trimmed the card panel, stamped a few dots in yellow, added dots of gold on them and lines in black on some of the leaves. I foam mounted this on a cardstock, on which I had blended some dark red ink. The sentiment is from Neat & Tangled Oak Leaf. I stamped it, then trimmed the small strip and added a frame around it by blending ink, then adding frames of gold and black by drawing lines using gold gel pen and a black fine marker pen. For embellishing, I used three colorful flower sequins – they shine red, gold and brown! So pretty!

With this card, I am joining the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge: Stamp it On

SSS - Monday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps challenge #308: Holiday

Addicted to Stamps - Holiday

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Stamp it for STAMPtember

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Timeout Challenge #117

As You See It challenge #184: Back to Basics

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#782 – You Are Loved

Hello and welcome! I am back to my old watercoloring self! The next few posts are all going to be watercolors… I think!! 😉

Anyhow.. this time, the main source of inspiration is the Ellen Hutson Color Trend challenge. All pinks and purples.. dull colors. Not my type. But I still did want to try it.

You Are Loved

I used normal cardstock this time, but this one is a little better for watercoloring than some. I stamped the images from Ellen Hutson Mondo Magnolia using MFT Hybrid black ink and then watercolored them using Distress Inks.

You Are Loved (close up 1)

Once dry, I added a few splatters in dark green and black, I added the sentiment, which is from Ellent Hutson Totally Random Sayings Vol 1. Then came the embellishments – a mix of gemstones in white and silver sequins.

You Are Loved (close up 2)

With this card I am joining the following challenges –

Ellen Hutson July Color Trend Challenge: Quietude

Color Trend July Quietude

Fusion Challenge: Rustic Flowers

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Distress It

SSS - Wednesday Challenge
Create Something Catchy August challenge: Watercolor

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#780 – Alcohol Ink Background

PE: CAS-ual Fridays Contender!! Yay!!

CAS-ual Fridays - Contender

Hello and welcome! Tried something new after a long time, and that got me a bit excited. The alcohol fumes might have been another reason too….

Bright, Brilliant Birthday Wishes

This is something that I had been experimenting on. I wanted to have some other surface to use alcohol inks on – not yupo paper, not glossy paper, not those glossy acetate sheets. Here’s the experiment that I had mentioned in one of my previous posts…though I had only tried blues then, and this particular piece is something I made later, I have used the same base. (More on the base in another post!!)

Bright, Brilliant Birthday Wishes (closeup)

So anyway, I used red-orange-yellow colors on this one, then used Archival Inks to lift off the color by stamping. I used leaf images from Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers and Even More Spring Flowers. I used a similar alcohol ink panel to die cut the Wishes, which is from Pink & Main. I adhered this on a white panel and trimmed a shadow around the die cut. The rest of the stamped sentiment is from Winnie & Walter Sending You stamp set.

Finally added Nuvo Glitter Drops in Honey Gold – I dunno what happened here – did they suck the alcohol ink?? They look almost transparent! I do wish there was a little more golden shine to it, but too late now, since it has dried! (Maybe I need to experiment on that too??!!)

Well, what I used as the base is a small secret as of now – I’ll post a separate post on it shortly. Until then, any guesses?

Meantime, I shall join the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays challenge #205: Stamp a Pattern

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#779 – Black, Copper and White

Hello and welcome! I made this one layered black and white card with copper embossing last night ..

Look For the Miracles

..using Simon Says Stamp More Spring Flowers, Even More Spring Flowers and Look For the Miracles stamp sets.

Joining the following challenges –

Color Throwdown challenge #504

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Challenge: Watercolor

SSS - Work It Wednesday

The Flower Challenge #23: One Layer Card

Happy Little Stampers August Watercolor Challenge: Anything Goes + optional Flowers

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#776 – Greys and Blues

PE: Honorable Addict at Addicted to Stamps and More challenge!!

Addicted to Stamps - Honorable Mention
Hello! Been thinking of using stamps/dies that I haven’t used in a long time. In fact, the last few posts have things that I’ve not used for quite some time now.. tee hee!

XO - Sending Love and Hugs

I used florals and leaves from Altenew Adore You stamp set, stamped the images using Versafine black ink and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder. I water colored them using Zig brush pens and fussy cut them and arranged and adhered them on a grey card base. I then added a few splatters of black ink.

The sentiment is die cut from Altenew Bold Alphabet. I then masked it at an angle and heat embossed it a few times using clear embossing powder. I adhered this, along with the rest of the stamped sentiment, using foam tape. I also added a few black gemstones for embellishing.

I am joining the following challenges with my card –

Altenew July Inspiration challenge

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Addicted to Stamps and More challenge #302: Make Your Mark

Addicted to Stamps - Make Your Mark

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