Friday, April 29, 2016

New stencil...

Hi! I have always loved using stencils. When I was in college, we used to design and cut our own stencils and use them on fabrics. So I am very excited by all the gorgeous stencils available now. I especially love the designs offered by Stamplorations.

I made a card using one of my favourites, Leaf Prints.

I started with a piece of plain white card stock and applied distress inks through the stencil. I used two shades - Twisted Citroen and Squeezed Lemonade. I shifted the stencil a bit and traced the inside with a gold glitter pen.

I finished the card by wrapping some paper cord around the panel. I cut the circle with cross stitch detail and the ferns with dies from Gina Marie Designs. The sentiment is from the Birthday Circles set by Wild Rose Studio and I stamped it with some green pigment ink by Colorbox.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Stamplorations April CAS Challenge: Anything Goes

Stamplorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge
I used the Leaf Print Stencil by Artplorations.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Time Out Challenge #55

Addicted to Stamps & More Challenge #191: Anything Goes


Thursday, April 7, 2016

A Masculine Card...

Hi! I am a great fan of Tim Holtz. I love his distress inks. And I adore his stamp designs, especially the Blueprint series. Here is one of the cards I created with the Blueprint Assortment stamp set.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper. I stamped the image with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Wow Metallic Embossing powder. I used a flat brush and plenty of water to give a light wash of color using three shades of blue distress inks, Faded Jeans by Ranger and the other two by Artistry. I also splattered some ink and added some water droplets for added texture. Here is a close up of the image.

The tough part was adding the sentiment. I tried various combinations without success. Then I hit upon the idea of using repeat stamping. And thanks to the Stampaholic, I got the sentiment from Altenew's Persian Motifs set aligned and stamped perfectly. I used Ranger's clear powder for heat embossing and then covered the strip with Tsukineko's Copper Delicata ink to match the heat embossed party hat. Here is a closer look:

The little heart stamp is from Bo Bunny's Stitches stamp set. 

I hope you liked this card. I would love to hear from you.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

The Card Concept 52
The elements that really caught my eye were the hats and the rather monochromatic color scheme. So I concentrated only on them.

Mod Squad Challenge: Show Us Your Background

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Try to Resist
I used heat embossing and also used Ranger distress inks


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A Special Card...

Hi! I am back today with a card for my cousin who recently completed her PhD. I am so proud of her and happy that she achieved her dream despite many, many challenges. Here is the card I created for her.

I started with pale green handmade paper which I embossed with the WRMK Next Level Embossing Folder - Woven. I am totally in love these folders as they add such fabulous texture to any card. The cream circle die cut is from my stash and I mounted it with some foam tape. For the roses, I simply rubbed the tips of Memento Dew Drops ink pads in pink and orange on some white card stock. I then used the LJD Scribbled Roses Overlay by My Favorite Things to die cut the card stock and some gold foil paper. After popping back all the die cuts into the card stock, I laid the gold outline over and glued it down. Here is a closer look at the flowers.

The sentiment is die cut using the Sizzix Phrase: Congrats #2 from some glittery gold paper and slightly offset over some black card stock. The leaves are cut using another Sizzix die - Flower & Leaf #5, from scarps of green handmade paper.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS on Sunday Challenge #80 - Flowers

Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

Creative Card Crew #109 - CAS (Clean And Simple)

Simon Says: Anything Goes

Creative Friday #150 - Celebrate


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Rocking the Rainbow with the Stampaholic...

Hi! I am totally in love with the Stampaholic! It comes in so handy while stamping and there are so many things that I can do! I was actually working on another card, when a bright spark flashed. I dropped the project I was working on and started on the new card. And here is the card I created, that I can confidently claim was made possible only because of the Stampaholic!

I started with a piece of watercolor paper. The stamp is from Winnie & Walter's You've Got Love Mail set. The actual stamp is small, just two XOs. The Stampaholic made repeat stamping a breeze. I stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with different colors of EP in a rainbowish order. The orange was stamped with Memento Dewdrops ink and then heat embossed with clear EP. I drew lines with a gold glitter pen for some added interest. Here is a closer look at the stamping:

To finish, I embossed the kraft card base with the WRMK Next Level embossing folder - Woven. The sentiment die is the Hand Lettered Hello from Wplus9. I cut three layers of black and one layer of gold foil paper and mounted them slightly off set.

Entering the card in the following challenges:

Sunday Stamps - Rainbow Fun

Freshly Made Sketches #230

Addicted to CAS Challenge #84

CASEplorations April: Donna Mikasa

Winnie & Walter's Share the Love Week: Day 5
I was very inspired by Kate Capper's rainbow hued card.