#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

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

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! 🙂

#913 – Rosy Love

PE: Watercooler Rocker at Watercooler Wednesday challenge!

Watercolor Wednesday - Honorable Mention

Hello and welcome to yet another challenge we have up at the Tic Tac Toe challenge! We have a new theme for January – ‘Love/Wedding’ and the board this time is created by LeAnne –

I chose the mid row – Red/Dry Embossing/Designer Paper – and here’s what I made –

Over my card base, I first added a white card panel embossed with Altenew Flowers & Leaves embossing folder. I then added a layer of designer paper from Best of American Crafts paper pad. Wow! Its been so long since I used designer paper!! 😀

Then over, another piece of designer paper, from CrafTangles The Wanderer Collection, I stamped the rose from Concord & 9th Painted Rose and die cut it. I die cut an additional layer using scrap cardstock and adhered it below the die cut pattern paper for support. I then adhered it to my card.

The sentiment, from Altenew Label Love, I stamped in green and then trimmed it and matted it over a black card stock strip. I then adhered it over my card. I also added a couple of sequins for embellishing.

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

Shopping Our Stash challenge #436: What’s New with You

Watercooler Wednesday challenge #304: All About Occasions

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Layer It Up

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Paper Craft challenge #409: Romance

The Flower challenge #52: Embossing Heat/Dry

Stamplorations January CAS challenge: Anything Goes + optional Pink + Red + Orange

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! 🙂

#907 – STB: Sparkle and Shine

PE: Outstanding at Virginia’s Show and Share challenge!!

Virginia's Show and Share - Winner

Hello and welcome! We have a great new challenge starting today over at Seize the Birthday. Its the last challenge for this year, and the topping is something that is just perfect for a birthday. Suggested by our lovely team mate Cathy – “Sparkle & Shine‘. Of course, if that doesn’t suit your mood, go ahead and create a birthday project using anything you want – the “Anything Goes” option is always there! 😀

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So for my card, since it had been so long, I focused on simple stamping, without any special techniques but added some sparkle for the sentiment and then embellishing. Here’s what I made –

I used the stamps from Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds stamp set around the edges of a white card panel. Once done, I trimmed it on the wider edges, then adhered it over a light brown cardstock.

For the sentiment I wanted to add some sparkle, so I used some foil. Of course, I don’t have that many colors in my stash, I had to improvise. So I used Copic marker – a dark orange one on a silver foil. This isn’t end up with an even color, but that didn’t matter much, since I was die cut would have thin lettering. I die cut this using My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes die, and some more pieces, which I adhered together, and then adhered to the cardstock.

Finally, I added a few dots of glittery gold Nuvo drops here and there for some extra subtly shimmer.

And that completes my card! I’m joining the following challenges with it –

The Flower Challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

Retro Rubber challenge #148: They Said It’s Your Birthday (my old stamp is the Reverse Confetti Blooms n Buds, which is from the 2016 release)

RRCB 148

Virginia’s November Show & Share

Virginia's Show and Share

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! 🙂

#904 – Seize the Birthday: 1, 2, 3!!

Hello and welcome! Time for a new challenge at Seize the Birthday. And our fun teammate Glenda picked the topping this time, and it is ‘1, 2, 3’. Basically, you’ll need to use 1 die cut or punch, 2 colours (excluding neutrals), 3 embellishments (same or different) in your birthday project. But if you don’t want that, since the topping is optional, if your project is birthday-related, it’s worthy of entry.

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And here’s what I made –

I started with a white card panel. I added a soft blend of ink shades of pink and cloudy blue using makeup brushes. And then I used Altenew Halftone stencil and first laid it on one side of my panel and ink blended it with a darker shade. I then moved it to another side of the card panel, aligned it with the previously shaded dots, and added another darker shade – in fact, I switched to another shade of pink, since it wasn’t dark enough.

Then, I die cut the panel using one die from the Simon Says Stamp Crocus Flowers dies. I then ink blended the darkest shade I could on top. I also cut out a couple more die cuts from scrap cardstock. I then adhered the pieces together, while keeping one set of the negatives at hand.

Finally, I covered a piece of printing paper with double sided tape and adhered it underneath the stencilled panel. I then adhered by die cut on top, and then adhered my negative pieces, in place. I had to trim the panel a bit. I then foam mounted this panel on top of my white card base. I also added a ton of Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle brush pen for extra shimmer.

For the sentiment, I used the stamp from Winnie & Walter In Bloom: Carolinas Floral’s, stamped it on white cardstock, trimmed it to size. I then used some silver holographic foil washi tape – I recently bought a set of these, and oh wow, do I love them!! – which I adhered over some scrap cardstock, trimmed it and adhered my sentiment on top. This, I foam mounted on the card as well. Finally I used a couple of double colored sequins and a single white one to embellish the card.

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

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Thinking of You

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Watercooler Wednesday challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Bastel Traum challenge #94: Background

The Flower challenge #50: Use a Sentiment

You can find more inspiration at the Seize the Birthday challenge blog, where our DT and our new, seriously talented Surprise Party Guest, Julie Peddicord have tons of inspiration for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

#888 – Beautiful Hibiscuses

Hello and welcome! Today I have something different!

Hibiscuses are flowers with so many variations in their colors – so it was really great when I got these digital drawings from my dear friend Rahmat Gouse – which are her own creations too!

I wanted to make 2 cards out them. What is so convenient about digital images is that one can resize them to whatever size needed. In fact, for both of these images, I’ve used the same single hibiscus, in two sizes. Also, since the local printers here refuse to print on anything thicker than copy paper, I had to go with tracing instead of getting the actual print. But, well, it worked out ok in the end, 🙂

For my first card, I wanted to try a ‘digital illustration’ look. But that’s now how it looks at all! But i did like the strokes forming the flowers, so I decided to go ahead and turn it into a card.

Well, I traced the image on normal cardstock and used my Zig brush marker pens to color it up, then finally using black to give some outline to everything. I then trimmed the sides, and after adding a strip of washi tape, adhered it directly on top. The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday Budding Poppies.

For the second one, I went for a softer look. I wanted a very soft, no line watercolored look for the flowers. Well, they are not exactly as soft as I wanted, but they turned out way better than I imagined, so it actually turned out opposite to the earlier one, making me quite happy! 🙂

I used watercolor paper from Hndmd and Prisma watercolor pencils for watercoloring. Some of the pencil lines from tracing are still visible, but I left them as is. To finish, I trimmed the panel to size, and used Copic multiliner to draw a frame. The sentiment comes from WPlus9 Happy Mail stamp set.

Joining the following challenges –

The Flower Challenge #48: Brown & Pink (the image looks green, but it is actually a greenish brown – I couldn’t get the image to show that properly!! 😦 )

CrafTangles September challenge: Feminine Projects

monthly craft challenge - September 2020

Thank you so much for stopping by! 🙂