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


Love,
Nandini

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


Love,
Nandini

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

Love,
Nandini

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.

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Note Cards with Stampaholic...

Hi! Recently my husband asked me to make a set of note cards for him. I thought this was a good opportunity to try my new Stampaholic by Die Cuts and More. I also put together a mini tut for anybody who is interested.

I started with a large piece of water color paper.


I cut the water color paper into 8 pieces, each approximately measuring 4 x 6 inches.


I placed two pieces on the Stampaholic and stamped two leaf images from the Hero Arts Stamp Your Own Plant set with Versamark. Since I was using the Stampaholic, I stamped the images twice. This ensured a clear impression even though the paper is slightly textured. I was also able to work very fast.


After the stamping was done I heat embossed the images with Ranger & Wow embossing powders in metallic gold, silver, platinum and copper.

I die cut the papers into smaller panels with a rectangular die. I also used a border die by Memory Box to add some stitched details around the edges.

To finish the cards, I simply embossed my card bases with three different embossing folder - two from The Next Level Embossing folders - Woven set and the Argyle folder by Darice.


The stamped and embossed panel was mounted on the card base with some foam tape. Here are all the eight cards together.


And the best part? Thanks to the Stampaholic I was able to finish all eight in one day, which considering both kids were home, is some sort of record for me!

Entering this card in the following challenges:


Stamplorations March Challenge - Stamps & Texture



Stamplorations March CAS Card Challenge


Hope you liked these simple note cards. Would love to hear from you.

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A new technique...

Hi! I love trying different techniques. Sometimes the technique doesn't work out exactly as it should. I tend to save these panels and recycle them later. Today's card is made from one such panel and a slightly modified version of the Watercolor Lifting Technique by Jennifer Mcguire




I started with a piece of watercolor paper on which I had smooshed different shades of Camlin Photo Colours.



I stamped my DIY leaves stamp with Versamark and heat embossed with clear EP. I used water to 'lift' the color from the background. My twist was mixing some bleach with the water. I was very happy with the result. Here is a closer look at the panel.



The card is a case of a beautiful card by Shari Carroll. You can check out her original card here. I used a pale green handmade paper as the card base. The stamped sentiment is part of the Petals from Scratch by Fiskars and the die cut sentiment is by Wplus9. I diecut three from black cardstock and one from metallic gold paper and stacked them, off setting the gold one slightly.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up March Challenge



I used stamping, watercoloring and heat embossing.

AAA Cards Game #59 - Embossing



CAS(E) this Sketch #162



Simon Monday Challenge - Make Your Own Background

Love,
Nandini

Monday, March 7, 2016

Another watercolor card...

Hi! I am back with another card that I made with the watercolor panel I showed in the previous post.


This time I went for a grey card base. I matted the floral panel with a glittery black paper. I wrapped a narrow satin ribbon twice around the panel and mounted my sentiment, die cut from a green glitter paper on top. The sentiment die is from Wplus9.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Less is More Colour Week - Citrus
I have used Twisted Citron for the little leaves.

Freshly Made Sketches #226


CAS Mix Up March Challenge


I have used stamping, water coloring with distress inks and a die cut for the sentiment.

NBUS Challenge #6: Anything Goes
The Studio G stamp set that I used was bought more than a year ago, since it was on sale. First time I used it.

Simon Says: Touchy Feely
The glitter papers and ribbon add a lovely texture to the card.

Love,
Nandini