Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Congrats card...

Hi! I am back today with a card that I made for a friend's daughter who is going away for higher studies.

This card gave me a chance to play around with some new techniques and also stretch my creative energies in finding alternatives to expensive craft products.

The base is white handmade paper. I created the coloured panel by using a stencil from Itsy Bitsy and some texture paste. Only I made the texture paste from scratch by mixing together some talcum powder, Fevicol, white acrylic paint and water. Very easy and much cheaper than anything available in the market! I coloured it using pigment inks.

The sentiment is a Sizzix die, which I cut four times and layered. I used the Faux Metal technique demonstrated by the very, very talented Jennifer Mcguire. You can check it out here. I loved the way she combined gold and silver embossing powders in the video. Since I have only gold powder in my stash, I decided to experiment with the stuff I already have. Some time back Jennifer had done a video in which she created her own glitter embossing powder by mixing some fine glitter and clear embossing powder. So I tried it with some copper and silver powders that I had on hand. And it worked beautifully!

I also decorated the inside of the card.

Entering this in the following challenges:

CAS(E) this Sketch #86

I used the sketch. Only I turned it around a bit.

The Card Concept Challenge #15 - Colour Challenge
I used the colour palette and was also inspired by the lacy votives. I guess my style would be Clean and Layered.

So that is all for now. I made two more cards using my 'texture paste' which I will post later.

Looking forward to hearing what you think of my DIY efforts!


P.S. Also posting in the following challenges:
Less is More Week 182 - Anything Goes
The card is definitely CAS - my usual style!

Addicted to CAS Challenge #43 - Celebrate


  1. Beautiful card Nan! LVOE the background.

  2. LOVE that you made your own texture paste! Great card.

  3. Fab and colourful card !! I have become your latest blog follower !!

    1. Thanks Sid. And welcome to my little space. Hope you enjoy the ride!

  4. Gorgeous card, the background is so pretty, Cathy x

  5. Gorgeous background!
    Thanks so much for joining LIM this week
    Less is More Designer

  6. I loved the colored panel ans faux metal look ! WOnderful card Nandini !

  7. Amazing background! Those colours are so vibrant! Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS xx

  8. I'm sorry this comment is so late, but I was on holiday in Spain last week and wifi was a little limited and slow!
    This is a super simple design and even though there is little white space, it is really striking!
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

    1. Thanks Chrissie! And hope you had a great holiday!

  9. Gorgeous! This is truly a creative process, as you made almost all of your supplies! Lots of dedication here! The results are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Card Concept!