#490 – A Colorful Hello

PE: Mentioned at the ‘A Blog Named Hero’ post!! πŸ™‚

In my last post, I mentioned being inspired by a wonderful card-maker. Here’ another card I made being in my ‘inspired’ state –

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Any guesses? Its the amazing Virginia Lu!! Ok, you can stop scratching your head, trying to understand how. I shall tell you – I love love love the way she uses colors in her cards – its really amazing! The more I see her use distress ink, the more I wonder how the hell she came up with the idea and actually turned it into a real card!!

Ok, so let me come back to reality….and my own card (cuz I am sure, anybody could praise her cards and never tire!) My main idea was to make the card as colorful as possible. I have used Hero Arts Night & Day flowers, both the solid and outline stamps in this card.

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I used a watercolor panel and my MISTI with the solid stamps, along with distress inks, to create the flower garden. Once I was done with all the stamping, I watercolored the background using more distress inks, trying to keep it a little messy. Once dry, I used white watercolor paint to add a few splatters – I tried creating splatters using water, since I had used distress inks, but that didn’t work – maybe I had already used too much water on the coloring? I don’t know, so anyway, the white paint worked just fine, so no complaints! πŸ™‚Β  Once dry, I die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles.

I then used a strip of vellum and using the MISTI again, keeping the colorful watercolor paper panel as the base, I stamped the outlines using Versamark watermark ink and heat embossed it in gold. I then trimmed the vellum a bit more and cut the bottom at an angle. I adhered the vellum using some gold striped washi tape.

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I finally foam mounted the panel on card and added some gold sequins as embellishment.

Submitting my card to Can You CASE It #124: Watercoloring, Virginia’s View Challenge #22 (Summer Challenge): All About Colors (see the irony here??? πŸ˜€ ) and A Blog Named Hero: Vellum

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#489 – Have a Beautiful Day

PE:Honorable Mention at Virginia’s View Challenge!!! Yay! And double yay, since I am also in the Top 10!!

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Winner at Can You CASE It?

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If you’ve read me before, you’ll know I like CASEing people I like following. Although not all the time, I make a few cards now and then, when I get really inspired by them. Their unique style gets me intrigued, and I end up ‘trying’ to make a card in my style, inspired by them.

And this time… wait, it’s a small surprise. I have been admiring this person’s cards for quite some time now. Of course, its not like you’d know, since I never talk about how inspiring is, but I’ll bet this person is as popular as one can get in the card making world. And this card is attempt number 1. I shall reveal the person’s name in my attempt number 2, which I shall be posting later. πŸ™‚

Of course, this looks like a simple card (meaning, there’s no way you’ll make out who inspired me!!), made using stamping and watercoloring. I also used embossing and emboss resist – the later being something I use very less.

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I used Technique Tuesday Wildflowers and my MISTI to stamp the flowers and the brown grass first. I inked them using distress inks, misted them with water and stamped, sometimes twice or thrice, till I was satisfied with the colors. Once I stamped them all, I used Ranger Emboss It and embossed the centers gold. I stamped on them again using Versamark watermark ink, and heat embossed them using clear embossing powder.

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I then colored the background using greens and blues distress inks. Once the panel was dry, I stamped the sentiment and the little insects using MFT Hybrid black ink. I embossed the dot on the sentiment in gold and then the whole sentiment with clear embossing.

I then trimmed the panel, and foam mounted it on the card base. At this point, I started feeling that something was lacking, and added a gold glitter stickles around the panel.

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And that finished my card! πŸ™‚

I am submitting this to Can You CASE It #124: Watercoloring, Virginia’s View Challenge #22 (Summer Challenge): All About Colors (Yay!!! Its back!! :D) and Essentials By Ellen: Mix It Up Challenge: Technique Tuesday (another one here. Here’s my first card) –

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#467 – STAMPlorations Guest Designer – Reminder

Hello!

This is the second post as STAMPlorations Guest Designer for the month of April (Sketch & Theme) (you can see my first one here). The challenge offers an option of using the sketch or the theme, or using both, if you are up for it! The theme for this month is Stamp & Splatters and here’s the sketch –

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And here’s my take on it – I used the sketch only this time, and I flipped it –

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This card uses digi stamps that I humbly received from the Shery. The stamp is called Sketched Rose Bouquet. And, like the last time, I had to use normal A4 paper, to get a printouts and use them on the card.

Wondering why you can’t see the print? No, I didn’t make the whole card digitally, nor is the print in a super light color – its just invisible! πŸ˜€

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When I had my initial idea, I thought of use splatters too – but I quickly abandoned this idea after multiple unsuccessful attempts. I then chose simple coloring, since the sketch was there anyway. I colored everything using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. After finishing, I was about to adhere the piece on to the card base, when I realized the color had seeped though the paper, and also that the back was looking better than the front! And that’s what I used – I used the back instead of the front – and that’s why you don’t see any prints! πŸ˜€ What an awesome accident!! πŸ˜€

Well, once I was done, I stamped the sentiment from JustRite Lace Vintage Labels #3 using My Favorite Things hybrid black ink. And that’s my simple one layer card!

Hope you find time to play in the challenge! For more inspiration, check out the Stamplorations post – the designers have given us plenty of impressive inspiration! πŸ™‚

I am submitting my card to CAS On Sunday Challenge #80: Flowers,Β Virginia’s View: Link-up Party, Paru’s Card Making Challenge: Anything Goes and Global Design Project

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#377 – Clustered Leaves & Thanks

PE: Colour Me Connoisseur!! Glad to have this honorable mention at their last challenge! πŸ™‚

Hello! I am driven by inspiration this time too! πŸ™‚ There are so many fabulous card makers out there, that it is impossible not to be! πŸ˜› My card this time is a CASE of this card by Debby Hughes for the Simon Says Stamp blog.

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I really loved the way she used the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves die, mixing it with vellum, and then used a bit of washi tape to finish the card. Such a beauty! I’ve used these concepts in my card as well. But instead of using distress ink and then water to create the splotchy effect, I used textured cardstock and then white and pearl white paint.Β  I used Paper Smooches Thanks die for the sentiment. And silver glitter on the leaves and silver sequins for embellishing.

It was a really quick card to make, once I got the placement! πŸ™‚

Submitting this card to Colour Me Challenge #100. I just had to play this time – can you believe its their last challenge?!?! So sad! But, I do wish them well with all my heart! They’ve provided us with so many fantastic color themes and I’ve loved participating in their challenges, even been lucky enough to win a few! πŸ™‚ The ‘Thanks’ suits my sentiments for the team, just fine! πŸ™‚

Also submitting this card to Shopping Our Stash #229: No Stamping

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And also to Virginia’s View Challenge #21: Glitter. Virginia, too has announced this to be on a break after this challenge. And I really hope that she will be able to reopen this challenge, some time; hopefully soon! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much Virginia, I believe you’ve put your heart and soul into this, and thank you for that! πŸ™‚

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#344 – Autumn/Fall

PE:Time Out Challenge Winner!!

Colour Me… Colour Connoisseur!

ColourQ Challenge Courtier

Hello!

High time I made some autumn cards –

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For my one-layer pumpkin card, I first drew the borders and the pumpkins in pencil, traced them using my Uniball Signo black gel pen and colored them using Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. Even the black splatters are actually dots placed by me using the Zig black pen! πŸ˜€ I then stamped the sentiment from Reverse Confetti All About You using Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I finished the card by applying a nice layer of Glossy Accents on the pumpkins.

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Submitting this card toΒ ColourQ Challenge #312, Time Out Challenge #42 and Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge #15Β  and AAA Card ChallengeΒ  (on Jill’s suggestion – thanks Jill!! She did mention its not strictly a Halloween card, and I agree and if this is a problem, I shall remove my submission!) –

Spray paint dollar store glass candle sticks black and add pumpkins for Halloween decoration

My second card has a fall theme –

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I first applied Wild Honey and Fossiled Amber distress inks on craft mat, misted it and swiped my watercolor panel several times, heating in between till I was satisfied with how it was looking. I then trimmed the piece and stamped the leaves from Altenew Peony Scrolls in Hero Arts Black. I then colored the leaves using Ripe Persimmon and Fired Brick distress inks. I then mounted this panel and the popped the sentiment from Altenew Label Love, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on the card base. I finally added a few gold sequins as embellishment.

Submitting this card to Colour Me Challenge #93, Virginia’s View Challenge #19: Color, Fusion Challenge: All Hallow’s Eve and Bastel Traum Challenge #34: Autumn/Fall

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