Friday, 31 July 2015

Christmas Fishes!

The current challenge at So Suzy Stamps is Christmas by the Sea, which is really interesting...

When I saw the topic, I immediately knew that I had to pick "little fish" stamp and do something, but what?

Little fish is actually very true to its name, it is tiny and therefore a superb background builder... so I thought, why not try and make a Christmas Tree! ^__^

It is unlike any card design I have ever tried, lol... my sibling called me mad to have done this (I do show my work to her from time to time to get her opinion) but I was darn stubborn that this was what I wanted to do, so here it is...

A very, VERY unconventional Christmas card!

Here's how I made this :
1. Stamped the "little fish" stamp by So Suzy (A lot of times!) in black archival.
2. Stamped sentiment using alphabet set by Lawn Fawn.
3. Drew a couple of black lines using my uniball fine liner.
4. Created background using distress inks with metallic purple gelato... it has that subtle Wink of Stella-like shimmer, apologies, I tried, but it is one of those cards that is very hard to photograph.
5. Adhered sequins and pearls.
6. Took some blue stickles and just smooshed it across with finger to add a tad more sparkle.
7. Lastly, distressed the edges and matted it onto light pink cardstock.

I did a pastel color themed card after quite some time which was indeed a refreshing change! I hope you liked it!

Have a happy day! :)

Linking this to :
So Suzy Challenge - Christmas by the Sea


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Delighted to announce and share with you that I am now a part of design team for Papericious!

I humbly thank Aastha Jain (Owner : Papericious) for giving me this opportunity and I am looking forward to working with my lovely team members!

If you would like to read a little about me and my team, click here.

*Big panda hugs*
Thank you for stopping by!

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

July ATCs!

These are the 2 ATCs that I made for July 2015 swap.
Now that both the ATCs have reached the intended receivers, here are the pictures for everybody to see! ^__^

Also included steps as to how I made them!
Have a happy day folks!

This is ATC #1

Oh, I forgot to mention, the ATC theme of the month was Monsoons!

How did I make this?
1. Created background with distress inks, sakura pens and archival ink.
2. Stamped clouds using a Lawn Fawn set, Stamped sentiment + little swirly design from a set by Wplus9 and lastly, the script stamp which is by by Tim Holtz.
3. Colored clouds using Black Soot distress ink.
4. Used the stencils : Texturized by TCW and Tim Holtz stencil - Tracks (my latest addition to stencils and I absolutely loved using this!)
5. Added fine white glitter to clouds and chunky orange glitter sprinkled over the grassy flower patch.
6. Created the look of water droplets (See the close up picture) using glossy accents.
7. Lastly added hand-torn pieces of pattern paper to the ATC.

Tip : If you don't have glossy accents but still would like to create a water droplet look, use fevicol / pva glue.  (Glossy accent effect is a little more 3D, shiny and super quick drying which is why I preferred it over fevicol.)

Here's ATC #2.

This is how I made it
1. This time my background was created with distress inks and metallic gelatos.
I like gelatos, they yield a nice vibrancy to papercraft projects.
2. After that I stamped clouds onto a different piece of cardstock, colored and covered them in fine glitter, fussy cut them and stuck them onto the ATC.
3. I also used the Tim Holtz script stamp to add to texture alongwith the Wplus9 stamp set to add sentiment.
4. After this, I used the gorgeous Tim Holtz stencil Tracks (did I tell you I absolutely LOVE it!) with distress inks and Hero Arts Charcoal ink onto my ATC.
Note that on this ATC, I have used the stencil Vertically as compared to my previous ATC where I used it horizontally.
Horizontal or Vertical, this is one stencil that looks fab both ways.
The horizontal kinda depicts the rain falling from the clouds, no? ^__^
5. After this, I added hand-torn pieces of blue chevron washi tape to the ATC.
6. To jazz up the ATC a little, I also added tiny clear rhinestones to show the flow of rainfall.

Tip : If you don't have a color coordinating washi tape, fret not. You can use some lovely pattern paper too. :) Just like how I did in my ATC #1.

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

A little thanks..

Hello! ^__^

More often than not we tend to take people for granted when a simple thanks is all that is needed.

Remember, no act of kindness however small, ever goes wasted.

So, here are a couple of mini cards or notelettes that I made to thank some really amazing people in my life.

The lovely "Thank You" stamp that you see is a So Suzy Stamp.
It is my go-to stamp for making thank you cards, I love the stamp size and the beautiful font, it makes the cards I make look oh-so-graceful!

In the card #1 (the one with the mulberry flowers) that background swirly stamp is Peppermint Zone by Wplus9 that I stamped in chalk ink.
The paper punch border on the same is from a Martha Stewart punch.

I used a corner rounder to round one side on card #2 and the black twine is by doodlebug. Die-cut is from Marianne Creatables Die (Garden Branch).

Hope this has inspired you to make atleast one thank you card to thank someone who has been nice to you. :) Better late than never!

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Thursday, 16 July 2015

You're the Bomb!! ^__^

I love fine glitter! ^__^  Can you tell?

I also love customizing plain white die-cuts into jazzy funky ones....

Here is one such card that I made for a friend. That die-cut there does look like a cool bomb, right? :D Hence the title!

I inked up that beauty in Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean distress inks, that gorgeous shade of purple you see is a result of the blending of the two colors.

After that I glittered it up and matted it onto a white cardstock.
Used the same inks with my mini cubist stencil and added some ribbon and sequins!

Oh that squiggly swirl behind the die-cut is done with my simple brush and diluted Picked Raspberry ink.

Have a beautiful day! *Hugs*

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Monday, 13 July 2015

ATC Part 3, A fusion

The third ATC for June! ^__^

Yes you heard me right, for June. Posting it in July cos well I recently made it...

What actually happened is that a member got banned from our ATC Club for not adhering to rules... (temporary ban, and yes, the group is kinda strict that way but rules are enforced only if a member commits participation). Voluntary registrations every month, no auto-renewal.

It was unfair to the person who didn't get an ATC because she had sent out one in good faith, so I took up the responsibility to send her one instead. (Oh yeah, I don't let go of any opportunity to make that one extra card, I love crafting!)

So here it is... I know I know... it's not exactly Vintage which was our June theme but I did start it out that way.... later on it became a fusion of sorts and I liked it... after adding a bit of glitter I thought that I absolutely must send this one... so off it went! ^__^

Here's how I made it :
1. Brush strokes randomly on white cardstock using diluted distress inks.
2. After that dried, I used the same distress inks to stamp that GORGEOUS Tulip Stem stamp by So Suzy Stamps.
3. Used Tim Holtz stencil Gothic and script stamp to add a little detail.
4. Also used TCW stencil,Texturized.
5. Lastly, added a couple of sequins, a die-cut sentiment from Pink Paislee and covered the entire Tulip Stem in fine glitter. (You can see that cool glitter effect in the close up pic!)

Thank you for stopping by! Have a happy day!

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Birthday Blueprint

So, last night I had a sibling pestering me to make a card for a friend..

Here's what I came up with... a quick, fun, one layer card. ^__^

Here's how I made this :
1. Used birthday blueprint stamps by Tim Holtz + sentiment by Simon Says Stamp and stamped it in black archival.
2. Used diluted purple and blue inks from Distress Ink Kit #2 and did the background.
3. After it dried, used Mini Cubist stencil by TCW using the same blue and purple inks from Kit #2
4. Added blue and purple rhinestones along with some clear sequins.
5. Finally added a bit of blue chevron washi tape to the top RHS and the card was complete!

Thanks for stopping by! *Big Panda Hugs*

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

ATC for June, Part 2

Hello hello!!

I was super happy when I came across another opportunity to make an ATC on behalf of a member who was unable to send one to her partner for June 2015 swap.

So here it is... I made it at night so the pictures have a little color difference but the last picture is the one with true colors, packed in plastic and ready to be put in an envelope and shipped. ^__^

Here's how I made this :
1. Background is created using Tim Holtz script stamp, Inkadinkado mindscapes stamp, Winnie Walter big bold happy stamp set and Tim Holtz gothic stencil.
2. Added bits of vintage washi tape, mixed clear + white sequins and pearls from my stash.
3. Bottom RHS corner, I have added a kraft cardstock on which I used gothic stencil with a bit of pink modeling paste. After adding the corner, I rounded it using my corner rounder.

That is it!
P.S. Inks used are Picked Raspberry and Vintage Photo.

Thank you for stopping by, have an awesome day!

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