#558 – Snowflake dies – Two Ways

PE: Christmas Card Challenge Top 3!!

Christmas Challenge - Honorable Mention

Wish I could have titled that “Snowflake dies – Three Ways”, but I didn’t have time to make on more. Maybe you can check a previously made card, using the same dies here? But, here’s the second of the two ways –

I made an embossing template out of the dies and used it on my card! That’s one great substitute for embossing folder, and I love the effects it can create!

Merry Christmas

For this card, I used the same set of dies as I used previously, Simon Says Stamp More Fun Flakes, to cut out several pieces. I then adhered two of each together, to get some dimension, then adhered them on a piece of acetate I saved from packaging. I then used this as an embossing template, to get the snowflakes impressed on a watercolor panel.

I then used distress ink smooshing to gather color on the watercolor panel, then misted some water in so that it spreads. I then left it to dry, and used this panel as the background for my card.

Merry Christmas

For the rest of the card, I used Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles to cut out the frame, sentiment from Paper Trey Ink ‘Tis the Season for the sentiment, and a few more snowflakes from the same die set, one colored using distress inks, one left plain. I also added Nuvo glitter drops for embellishing.

Merry Christmas

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Christmas to Die For

SSS - Wednesday Challenge

Bastel Traum Challenge #47: Christmas

Bastel Traum - Challenge Badge

Uniko Studio Challenge #38: Christmas

Christmas Card Challenge #50: Anything Goes

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#537 – Coloring One Layered Flowers

PE: Winner at One Layer Simplicity Challenge!!

Hello! I really wanted to try a one layer card, where coloring was the main focus. And here’s what I created –

Happiest Birthday Wishes

I love how this turned out!!! I colored everything using Zig Brush markers – never thought could be this easy!! Seriously! All I did was add color so very vaguely – just like i would add highlights on lines in text book, and then spread the color using a brush – that’s it!!

Happiest Birthday Wishes

Ok, coming back – I’ve mostly used Winnie & Walter products here. I first marked and masked out the center area. I then stamped the images from In Bloom: Lola’s Bouquet, then a borrowed leaf from In Bloom Addie’s Garden, using Antique Linen distress ink, masking the images wherever needed –  then colored all the images using Zig brush markers, spreading the color using a normal brush wet with water.

Once done, I added some extra details, adding the lines on the leaves and redefining flowers, using the same markers. I then added the frame using scale and sketch pens – one had even half dried up, but it gave a nice wooden look, so I used it. 🙂 Finally stamped the sentiment from The Big, The Bold and Party stamp set using Hero Arts Cup O’ Joe ink.

I even added a few gold dots on the flowers and leaves and the sentiment – it has left a little sheen, but I couldn’t capture it in the images 😦

I am also submitting this card to the following challenges –

Uniko Studio Challenge #36: Autumn

One Layer Simplicity Challenge #32: Red, Orange & Yellow: Red, Orange & Yellow (somehow, in the image, the orange has become red..those littlest roses are orange, while the bigger ones are red)

The Flower Challenge #1: Anything Goes

The Flower Challenge - Blog

CAS Watercolor Challenge: Autumn

Addicted to CAS #98: Watercolor

SSS Work it Wednesday: Red, Orange, Yellow and/or Brown

SSS - Work It Wednesday

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Watercolor on Stencil

Hello! Back with yet another card – I just finished making this, and couldn’t wait to post it! 😀

I followed this technique that I saw in one of the cards Wei Wei in this card. I absolutely loved the way the card looked, and I immediately proceeded to check my stash for a suitable stencil! 😀

Card Inspiration - Watercolor + Stencil Card Inspiration - Watercolor + Stencil (close up)

Here’s what the thin watercolor paper I used looked like after using the stencil + watercolor twice. Really warped, but the image looks nice and abstract with a vague shape of the flower defined. Trust me, I would never have been able to do something like this without the stencil! I am so in love with this technique, I am gonna try some more! And did I mention how quick and easy it was – I was finished with the card within the hour, taking into account the fact that I heat dried the image between different uses of the stencil.
Card Inspiration - Watercolor + Stencil - The Card

Enough praising! 😛 So, to keep the panel flat, I added lots of glue and adhered it directly to the card base. The stencil I used is Prima Daisies and the sentiment is from Penny Black Eloquence stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black. I used a Copic Multi-liner for outlining.

Submitting this card to the following challenges –

Time Out Challenge #33: Word inspiration “Happy is the Bride that the Sun Shines on”. I used sunflower for this card with a nice and bright colors! Makes me happy (atleast :P)!

Uniko Studio Challenge #22: Anything Goes

AAA Cards Challenge #42: Paste and/or Stencil

Less Is More Week 229: Stencilling

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Flowers + Gold Embossing

PE: The Paper Players A Cut Above

This is something I wanted to try – flowers with gold embossed outlines. I know I’ve made such cards before, but I think Altenew’s Painted Flowers stamp set is the best to do this. The stamp set just beautifully highlight both the colors and gold embossing. Love it! 🙂

Flowers + Gold EmbossingSo, I first stamped the flowers and then did the gold embossing. The colors I used are Hero Arts Soft Pool, Soft Cantaloupe, Bubble Gum, Memento Lilac Posies. For a couple of the leaves, for which the stamp set didn’t provide the solid stamps, I just made my own using a piece from foam sheet.

Flowers + Gold Embossing (close up)The sentiment comes from Big Bold You from Winnie & Walter, which I fuzzy cut and foam mounted on the card. Finally I added gold sequins as embellishment. That’s my card!

Submitting this to Curtain Call Challenge #15: Totally Tassel, Uniko Studio Challenge #21: Flowers and The Paper Players #245: CAS Girly Thanks

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Orikami and Watercoloring

PE: Honorable mention at Sovushka Slavia!!

Sovushka Slavia Top 5

Hello! Back with another card!

I wanted to make a card with watercoloring for some time now – with watercoloring used not as the focal point, but something to accentuate whatever was supposed to be on the card. And I wasn’t looking for the proper watercoloring techniques – something different. Then, I came across this card from Chupa. Isn’t it gorgeous! I kinda picked the part where she has added the splotchy watercoloring – but I didn’t flick any colors, I kinda dabbed a little of the darker colors in with the lighter colors, when the paper was still wet. And this is what I got –

Watercoloring with OrikamiI then stamped the sentiment from Sentiment Sampler from Paper Smooches in Hero Arts Black ink. The background piece was something I had made some time ago for another card. After mounting the trimmed watercolor panel on this, I added a few star wood veneers as embellishment.

Watercoloring with Orikami (close up)That’s it. Quick and easy 🙂

Submitting the card for following challenges –

Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge #24

Sovushka Slavia Card Sketch Challenge #24Uniko Studio Challenge #20 – Things With Wings

The Paper Players #241 – Clean And Simple : Watercolors

The Paper Players #241 - Clean And Simple : WatercolorsThanks for stopping by!

CAS(E) This Sketch #116

PE: CAS(E) This Sketch Favorite!! CAS(E) This Sketch #113 Favorite

Time Out Challenge Honorable Mention!! 😀Time Out Challenge Honorable Mention

Hello! Back with another card today – this time for CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #116. This card is inspired by this beautiful card by Birgit here. CAS(E) This Sketch #113I started by stamping using Luminous from Penny Black – on the card base, and on two seperate card stock panels. I used Hero Arts Black and Soft Granite inks. I then trimmed the card panels to the same size, ensuring that the image between the two also aligned. CAS(E) This Sketch #113 (close up 1)I then painted the flowers using Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Black Soot distress inks. I also painted the edges of the darker flower using Black Soot. I then cut out strips of the card panel with ligher colored flower and adhered it in place on the other card panel. CAS(E) This Sketch #113 (close up 2)For that extra shine (;)), I smeared some silver glitter in the flower’s center and I then foam mounted it on the card base. I also stamped the sentiment from You Are Special stamp set from Micia using Hero Arts Black ink. I then added some gold and silver sequins as embellishment. And that finished my card! 🙂 CAS(E) This Sketch #116 Also submitting the card to: Uniko Studio Challenge #19: Uniko Studio Challenge #19Time Out Challenge #27: Clean and simple; With the optional twist of one color Thanks for looking!

Lots Of Hearts

I bought this big bunch of thin rectangular wood veneers some time ago. They were meant to be used while building a house as tiles on its roof. But I use it for something else! 😀

Lots of Hearts

I started by die cutting little hearts from the wood veneers using Lawn Fawn Hearts die and also cutting off the veneers in to proper rectangles and squares. I then arranged them on the side of a card panel and picking the piece which is for the sentiment, I stamped the ‘you’ from Avery Elle Laurels stamp set using Hero Arts black ink. I also adhered a small piece of card stock colored with red Copic marker behind the heart.

Lots of Hearts (close up 1)

I then adhered the wood veneer pieces on the card stock in varying levels of height – I used foam dots and double sided tape to add them in place. I had tried using liquid adhesive, but they bent the wood veneer and also didn’t stick it properly. I had known about this from a video I had watched some time earlier, but I forgot! I had to carefully remove the pieces before adhering them again! But, no harm done to the wood veneers or the card stock, so no complaints! 😉 Well, I then colored the heart with red glitter gel pen and added Glossy Accents on top (again, I think that didn’t stick out because the wood veneer sucked out the moisture or something! :()

Lots of Hearts (close up 2)

Now, I felt that the card might end up a little too CAS (is there such a thing!?) I added some thread next to the wood veneer and tied a simple knot. I also trimmed the panel a bit. I picked up a piece of crushed brown packing paper and after adhering it to the card base, trimming it to size, I foam mounted the card panel on top.

That finished my card! I am submitting this to CAS(E) This Sketch #106, Fusion Card Challenge:Two Hearts and Uniko Studio Challenge #17 – Love & Friendship (my first submission to this challenge :))

Thanks for looking!