Wednesday, May 28, 2014

New techniques...

Hi! Sometime ago I won a spot in the Online Card Classes: Clean & Simple One Layer Cards 3. Unfortunately, I was not able to do much more than drool over the awesome techniques demonstrated due to some previous commitments. Now that I am fairly free, I decided to try my hand at some of them. I ended up making a card for somebody who has just passed her board exams with fantastic marks.

I combined the Faux Letterpress technique demonstrated by Shari Carroll with the die cut inlay technique.

Supplies used are white watercolour paper, quilling strips, glycerine and white pigment ink from Itsy Bitsy. I created the circles stamp by die cutting craft foam and attaching to an acrylic block with thin tissue tape.

The sentiment was created digitally and printed out on some translucent white paper. I rounded the corners and mounted the panel on some double sided tape to complete the card.

After I finished making the envelope, I decided to use up the white circles that were left over as extra decoration.

Overall, I am quite happy with this card, though my stamping needs lot more practice!

Entering this card in the following challenges:

House of Cards:
May Challenge #2
I was inspired by the colours

CAS(E) this Sketch:
Sketch #77
Absolutely loved the sketch.

Less is More:
Week 173
I used die cuts for both stamping and inlaying

Time Out Challenges:
Challenge #6
I was inspired by the striped rug and the colours of the pillows.


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A masculine card...

Hi! I am here today with a masculine card. The card is based on the inspiration pic at the Create Something Catchy Challenges: CSCC #3.

I was very inspired by the colour palette and also the layers of garments. But what really caught my eye was the design of the shirt fabric. So here is my take on this pic.

I tried to create the look of the shirt fabric using the dip dyeing technique with a thin mulberry paper in cream.

The cream card stock has a subtle texture, which is unfortunately not visible in the pics. I gave it a curve to mimic the look of the jacket.

The sentiment is stamped using a Micia stamp set and purple ink from Faber Castell. The small buttons  from my stash which I saved from old shirts were the final touch.

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Create Something Catchy Challenges

Stampavie and More
Challenge #211 - Boys

Casual Fridays
CFC131 - Three Thirds
I used 3 buttons

A rather quick and simple card which is perfect for a guy. Would love to hear what you think of it.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

My first layout...

Hi! The latest challenge at Beyond Grey Challenges: BGC #51 is a wonderful sketch for a layout.

I was very happy when this challenge was announced as I have been wanting to get into scrap booking seriously for a long time. I have, of course, done several digital layouts, but physical layouts are a different ball game altogether!

So here is my take on this fun sketch.

I found this lovely pic of my husband and the kids playing and decided to use it. I wanted to use bright colours in the layout to convey a sense of joy and fun.

I converted the pic to gray scale to make it stand out. The little tab is to note the year this pic was taken.

The paper pieced band is made up of little squares of paper scraps that I die cut, pasted and then stitched over. The floral DP is actually a tissue paper that I stuck to a piece of card stock using cling film.

The car

the plane and 

the boat are all from the Shapeabilities Play Time Cut/Emboss & Stencil Die set which I bought from Itsy Bitsy ages ago. 

The glitter alphas are also from Itsy Bitsy. I changed the position of the title since I did not want to take away any thing from the band which actually reminds me of a warm and cosy quilt. The final touch were the dashed lines which add some movement to the design.

I am entering this layout in the following challenges:

Beyond Grey

Sentimental Sundays

CAS-ual Fridays
I have used 3 DPs, 3 toy die cuts and there are three people in the pic.

Virginia's View Challenge

Hope you liked my first attempt at a layout. Would love to hear what you think of it!