Birdhouse Congrats Card/The Flower Challenge

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Can’t believe it’s March already. Time for another Flower Challenge post for The Flower Challenge #54.

The flower challenge #54

The theme for this month is Color Purple. And our sponsor for this month is Becky’s place. Thank you Becky for this beautiful image of the birdhouse.

The Focus

The main focus of this card is this beautifully drawn digital stamp by Becky’s place. I loved this birdhouse surrounded by these clusters of flowers. I’ve colored this image in copic markers in blue violet colors.

The Background

For the background of this card I used the Simon Says Stamp Bohemien Cover die on a black card-stock. This cover die leaves a delicate pierced design on the piece which is perfect for this big and beautiful focal image.

The Sentiment

The sentiment says congrats. I used a Ton Stamps sentiment die to cut this word with a black cardstock and the shadow layer with a purple cardstock.

I added the pierced background piece directly on an A2 size card base made out of Neenah Solar white 110 lb card stock. And the colored image along with the sentiment is added on the panel using foam tapes for dimension.

This completes my card for today. Hope this inspires you. Let’s play along ….

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Love Cards / Joy Clair Designs

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I am super excited for this awesome oppertunity to be guest designing for Joy Clair Design this month. Today I’m sharing two cards I created using these beautiful digital stamp sets by Joy care design.

The first card

For my first card I am featuring the stamp set called Full Heart. I chose one of the heart image that is a beautiful heart filled with the roses.

I have printed and colored the roses with prisma color pencils.

For the sentiment of this card I picked the XOXO image. The word XOXO is cut out with the silhouette cameo machine with gold mirror card stock on top of the vellum shadow layer.

For the background I used a scallop border die to cut two pieces of gold mirror card stock. On the center is a black piece of card stock is embossed With Simon says Stamp 3-D embossing folder Lumen.

I layered all of these elements on the side folding US A2 size card base made with Neenah Solar white cardstock.

This finishes my first card

The Second Card

For my second card today I picked this beautiful bunch of roses from Bunch of Love Digital stamp set.

I colored this with copic markers. Added on the gold foiled panel adhered with foam tapes for dimenstion.

The heart on the back is cut with a Spellbinders die so is the love you die cut word.

The I arranged all the elements on a side folding A2 size card base.

This finishes my second card.

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Alex Syberia Feb 2021 Release / Valentine’s Day Card

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We have a new release by Ales Syberia Designs. This release is full of cute love theme digital stamps that are perfect for Valentine’s Day Cards.

I have three cards to share with you today. I have used three different stamps from this release along with other sentiments and dies from different companies.

The First Card

Gnomes are so popular in greeting cards these days. I have created a bunch of Holiday Cards using gnome images. This image of a gnome couple is just so adorable. I decided to color them in pink shades of Copics.

Sometimes you feel like you never have enough copic marker to create the color combination of my liking. I thought I had too many reds and pinks but for this card I wanted to use soft pinks which I didn’t have. I decided on the hot pinks instead.

The background for this card is one of the Hero Arts Cover Die. I cut this with white 80lb card-stock and layered on top of an ink blended panel. I used this new color of the distressed oxide ink Speckled Eggs for the first time which was blended with Broken China and Evergreen Bough. I love how it looks like ocean.

The sentiment that says I Love You is from one of the Hero Arts Monthly Card kits from long time ago. I stamped and heat embossed with white on black and cut around it using a pair of scissors.

This finishes my first card.

The Second Card

Look how cute are these donuts. I admire Alex’s illustration talent so much. Her digital stamps are so beautifully drawn and fun to work with.

This one is called Cute Donuts. I’ve printed one of the readymade A2 card panel that Alex has designed. Coloring digital images in copics are my to go.

I colored these cute donuts in Earth tones of Copic markers. Cut the panel slightly smaller than an A2 card-base and added with foam tape for dimension.

When I saw this image I remebered that I had the sentiment from Hero arts stamp that goes with this image so well.

The sentiment I donut know what i’d do without you is stamped and embossed in white on black card-stock . I then added the sentiment of foam tape.

This finished my second card.

The Third Card

Last but not the least this card is my favorite of these three.

If these heart cookies were real I wouldn’t eat them but would just keep looking at them. They are so adorable. I used one of the readymade border of cookies for my card.

I colored this image with copics in reds and browns. I am still a beginner with copic coloring. I wanted to create a glaze on the cookies but didn’t turn out as good as I had thought.

I then cut it out using scissors and adhered using foam tapes.

I ink blended the background using Abandoned Coral, Barn door and Aged Mahogany Distressed Oxide inks which I think matched perfectly with my copic colors of the cookies.

The sentiment is again from another Hero Arts card kit. Embossed with white on the middle of the background panel. Looks like I have a Hero Arts and Alex Syberia collaboration going on. Plus Distressed oxide blends and Copic coloring.

This finishes my last card for today.

But I will be creating more cards with this release because as always all her stamps are irresistible.

Please do check out her Etsy Store and start coloring these cute and fun images.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/AlexSyberiaDesign?ref=shop_sugg

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Jyoti

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Iris Card/ The Flower Challenge 53

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This Iris Card is a part of the flower Challenge. I am very excited to be on the design team for the Flower Challenge. This card is created for the Feb 2021 Challenge.

The theme for this month is Use Your latest Stamps or dies.

Today I am sharing this card I created featuring this beautiful Iris stamp called Care and Hope Iris from Unity Stamps Company. This stamp is special for me as it was designed by my talented friend Sandhya Iyer.

The Focus

The main focus of this card is this beautiful iris stamp. I have colored this image using copic markers. As copic markers are alchohol based it is important that you stamp the image with compatible ink. I have used Memento Tuxedo Black ink for this image.

The colors I have used for the flowers are V28, V25 and V22. The leaves are colored with YG67, YG17 and YG13.

I have cut the image using a pair of scissors.

The Background

The background stamp is called Love Story which is also from Unity Stamps. I stamped this on a white card-stock with Versamark Ink and embossed using Wow Embossing white detail embossing powder. Then I ink smooshed Distressed Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Mowed Lawn.

Then, I added a rectangle frame cut using two rectangle dies from Waffle Flowers. The frame and the flower are added with foam tape for dimension.

The Sentiment

For the sentiment of the card, I stamped a sentiment from Simon Says Stamp and embossed with white on purple strip of card-stock that matches the color of the flower perfectly.

I hope this will inspire you to create something like this.

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Jyoti

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Embossing With Cover Die

Hello Everyone it’s been a while I updated my blog post. Today I have this fun technique to share with you which a lot of card-makers already know but maybe haven’t used in a while. But for someone new into card-making this can be a totally new technique. The technique of embossing with cover die. I am guest designing for The Flower Challenge #52 for the month of January and this month’s theme is Embossing.

And here is my card.

I got super excited when Simon Says Stamps released the Diecember Release this December. Yes I spelled it right it’s Diecember. So, Diecember is the release of all these beautiful dies from different companies. I picked a few fun ones. To create a fun background I used Chunky Hearts Cover die. this project to cis called

The Technique

The technique is using your metal cutting dies with the embossing sandwich in your die cutting machine. That is using the soft squishy mat instead of your regular cutting plates. With this technique the die does not cut through the card stock but just leaves an impression on it. I then cut the panel to be 3 and a quarter by 4 and a half inches.

I then added color on the raised hearts with the help of Distressed Oxide ink in Spun Sugar and blending brush from Taylored Expression.

The Focus

Even though the background was extra special, I still wanted the focus of this card to be my floral clusters.

I stamped the two flowers from the Maker Forte stamp set designed by talented Alex Syberia on watercolored cardstock using Versamark Clear watermark in and embossed with Wow White Embossing Powder. This beautidul flowers are watercolored using Karin marker in color Cherise.

Then I stamped the leaves on vellum using the same sticky ink and embossed using wow gold embossing powder. I then fussy cut the flowers and the leaves with the help of scissors.

Since I love dimension on my cards, I popped some flowers using foam tape and some directly on the panel with liquid glue. Same with the leaves.

The Sentiment

For the sentiment of this card, I stamped one of the sentiment that reads “You’re the best ” which is included in the stamp set on a matching color card stock strip and embossed with the same gold embossing powder.

For the final finishing touch I added some pale pink sequins from my stash in the card.

I added this panel on an A2 card base using strips of 3M foam tape at the back.

This finishes my card. Hope this inspires you to create projects using your cover dies.

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Jyoti

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Blog Hop/Giveaway Winner Announcement

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This post is a Winner Announcement for the Blog Hop and Giveaway from my previous post.

Winner Winner Winner!!!

I am so delighted to post my winner announcement for one lucky blog hop winner from among the comments on my post.

And the lucky winner is ….. Drumroll……

Mamaw Cindysays:EDIT

Your card is Gorgeous. Love how you printed the image in light beige. I love your water coloring. That flower image is so pretty.

Congratulations Mamaw Cindy for winning the entire release by VaradaSharmaDesigns. Thank you for the comment. Please email Varada Sharma at varada.sharma@gmail.com to claim your prize.

The winner was chosen randomly by picking one number out of all the comments. For those who did not win the prize, thank you for your comments and visit on my blog. I highly appreciate it.

And Thank you Varada Sharma for organizing and sponsoring for this hop.

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Jyoti

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Watercolor Floral Card And Blog Hop/Giveaway

Watercolor card using watercolor markers

Hello everyone. Hope you are all doing great. Today I am sharing a watercolor floral card I made using Karin Watercolor Markers. Ever since I bought these markers I have fallen in love with them.

Me along with some talented cardmakers are celebrating Varada Sharma’s August Release Wings and Petals. This beautiful floral image if from one of her digital stamp set Awesome Blossom.

Giveaway

We are giving away THE ENTIRE RELEASE to one lucky blog reader – selected at each stop in the hop. Giveaway closes on Sunday, August 16th, 11:59 pm CDT. in the blog hop post the following Tuesday.
To win simply comment below.
Want one extra point? Subscribe via email to https://VaradaSharma.com.
Want two extra points? Become a member of the FREE Silver Membership subscription at https://varadasharma.com/product/monthly-digital-stamps-silver-membership/

Don’t forget to comment on my post and hop along other designers blog post for a chance to win. The full list of artists with their blogs is listed below.

Watercolor card using watercolor markers

The Focus

Started by printing this stamp set in a floral arrangement on a mixed media paper.

I wanted to create a 5 by 7 card because I preferred to paint a bigger flower not tiny floral clusters.

watercolor floral card

I printed the image in light beige color so I could create a no line coloring effect.

Colors Used

Started water coloring the flower using Karin Watercolor Markers. Pale pink concentrating on the base of the petals and fading towards the tip, leaving a pale wash of color for highlights. After two layers of pink I added a little olive green to the base of some petals and added a light wash of gold on the highlighted areas for a warmth. Finally, I added warm grey wherever it is supposed to be shaded.

The leaves on the top are colored with olive green and the leaves on the bottom are colored with curry.

watercolor floral card using karin markers

I added some splatters of white acrylic paint and some gold watercolor paint.

gold embossed sentiment from wplus 9

Sentiment

And then, I used the sentiment from Wplus 9. It is a very old set of sentiment stamp. I stamped the sentiment directly on top of the colored image with Versamark ink and embossed using wow gold embossing powder.

For embellishment, I added a few gold sequins from my stash. I then layered this panel on a gold foiled cardstock and then adhered it to a 5 by 7 side folding cardbase made of heavyweight cardstock.

That finishes my card.

If you came here from


@anaa975 – https://stacksofcards.com/

Your next stop on the hop will be

@crafty_sistahs –  https://thecreativetwins.blogspot.com/

Here is a full list of talented desiners:

@anaa975 – https://stacksofcards.com/

@cardsncraftsnyc – https://www.cardsncraftsnyc.com/blog/ 
@crafty_sistahs –  https://thecreativetwins.blogspot.com/
@itsapreetiworld – https://www.itsapreetiworld.com/
@mugdhagujarathi – https://craftomania123.blogspot.com/ 
@tenianelson – http://jazzypaper.blogspot.com/
@terispracklin &  @varadasharma – we will share our creations together on my blog – https://varadasharma.com/

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Circle of Hope Rachel Vass Release

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Today I am sharing a card I created using Rachel Vass release called circle of hope.

For this card I had this idea with a Lot of layers and lot of dimension.

The Focus

For the Main focus of the card the floral image was one layer matted with a golden card-stock layered with slightly bigger than the floral image itself.

I colored the flower with Coppic markers in the warm grays. The darkest shade was double five then W2 and then blended with W00. I wanted the flower to be a neutral shade because there was a lot going on on this card design already.

The center of the flower was colored using the COPIC marker that matches the background and dotted the stamen with a gel pen and embossed with gold embossing powder.

The Sentiment

The sentiment on this card was another layer again baked with a layer of golden card stock. The sentiment that says life is tough but so are you is converted into white on back black.

I have a video explaining how I do that.

The Background

For the background of this card I decided do use a stencil with distressed oxide ink. The stencil I picked for this was from Altenew and the ink I used was tumbled glass. My stencil had a little yellow from the last time I used which I forgot to clean. That made the stenciling a little bit greenish shade. Then I sprinkled some embossing powder with the help of my fingers. The embossing powder I used was Seaglass from Wow embossing.

The background piece was again layered with a gold card stock.

I usually design my card layout silhouette studio. That makes it easier for me to size the image perfectly and create cutlines around the images and matting layers which are slightly bigger than the images.

I then adhered everything on a top folding landscape A2 card base.

This completed my card. Hope this inspires you.

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Jyoti

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Simple Copic Coloring and Rachel Vass Release

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Today I am sharing a trio of cards I created featuring the new release by Rachel Vass. This stamp set is a digital stamp called Glorious Geometry.

Coloring digital images are my favorite. I usually color them using Copic Markers. But to be able to use the digital images on your cards you don’t have to be perfect at using coloring mediums. Sometimes simple coloring can make beautiful cards.

First Card

My first card using the rachel vass Glorious geometry stamp set

For my first card I didn’t even use the image as it was supposed to be. The beauty of digital image is that you can modify the way you like. Almost like masking off the part of the physical stamp.

the simple copic coloring on digital stamp

On this card I only used the large cluster of floral image and quick colored them with Copics. With not much blending or shading it took me no time to color those.

digital stamp sentiments printed in white on black

I then foam mounted this image cut with the help of a pair of scissors on a black background I had created a couple of weeks ago. This background was created using the Nuvo Crackle Mousse in black on a black cardstock. The sentiment is from this same stamp set. Printed on white on black .

That finished my first card.

Second Card

second card using the glorious geometry stamo

Here this is how this image was supposed to be printed and used. So for my second card I kept it as is and colored with copics again. Simple coloring,nothing fancy.

rachel vass designs release June 20, 20

For this card, I printed the sentiment in white and filled the triangle with black before printing. That’s how I got the white on black sentiment in the middle.

A lot of people ask me how I change the digital sentiment from black in white to white on black. Here I am sharing a video explaining the technique .

You Tube Video explaining how to change the digital sentiment into white on black.
I admire your strength digital sentiment

I cut the printed and colored panel to slightly smaller than an A2 base, matted it with black cardstock and finally foam mounted on a card base. This finishes my second card.

The Third Card

card made using rachel vass release and alcohol ink background

My third card is even more simpler. As I just cut out some of the flowers in the design. Just gave it a hint of color.

sentiment strip on alcohol ink background

Then I foam mounted the flowers in an arrangement on an alcohol ink background I created a few weeks ago.

Again the sentiment is from this stamp set. Which I created in white on black, cut in a strip and added across the card.

Then the panel was added to an A2 base.

The versatility of digital stamp is endless. You don’t have to be an artist to color the images. Digital images can be resized and flipped. You can add images on top of each other or remove a part of the image.

Rachel Vass release her new stamps ever week. Her designs are one of a kind and beautifully drawn. I have been spending money on physical stamp less ever since I started using Digital Stamps.

Hopefully this will inspire you to create beautiful card like these with simple copic coloring and premade backgrounds.

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Jyoti

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Alex Syberia Release June 20

Hello everyone!

Today I have sharing some cards I created using the Alex Syberia Release for June 20. This release so fun with all beautiful images.

First Card

This card is created using the Alex Syberia Sunflower digital stamp. I colored this image using copic markers in the shades:

YR04, Y17, Y15, and Y08

And the stem and the leaves in

YG67, YG63 YG17 and YG13

This image of sunflower was just so pretty I didn’t want any distractions on the background. The cover cutting file from Silhoutte Design Store. It is called Pebbles Overlay by Lizzie Mayne. was a perfect backdrop for this beautiful image.

I glued the die cut on a white panel using liquid glue.

There are options to cut the digital images using a few softwares like Silhouette Machine, Cricut Machine or Brother scan and cut. For this particular project I decided to fussy cut it using scissors. Sometimes I find it hard to cut using scissors but most of the time when the image is large enough to cut around it I find it therapeutic.

The sentiment was from the Taylored Expressions stamp and die set. With which you can stamp and cut a bunch of different sentiments at once so it is always ready when you want to create a card.

Finally Embellished with some Nuvo Jewel Drops in clear color as I wanted the focus on the sunflower image.

Second Card

I used the Dogrose flower from this latest release by Alex Syberia. For my second card I wanted some ombre sky background. When I was getting the image ready for printing I added the ombre background and then printed it.

Now the background was already done, all I had to do was color the image.

I again picked Copic Markers for the coloring. For the flower I used:

RV55, RV42 and R00

For the berries:

R29,R27,R24

And for the leaves and stem believe it or not I only used one color

YG67

I colored all the leaves and after the marker was dry I went back and darkened the shadow area with the same color.

About the word Happy, I had downloaded this font from Silhouette Design store and simply typed the word and cut it with gold foil paper. The black offset layer is also cut with the silhouette machine. It is just an offset image of the word happy which I cut out of the black card-stock. I added the Birthday to you underneath to complete the sentiment which was already stamped, embossed and cut in a strip.

I also cut the thin frame border around the image out of the same gold foil card-stock with the help of the silhouette machine. I think that tied in all my elements together.

For the final finishing touch, I added some white gel pen on the highlighted areas on the berries. I added some gel pen on the stamen of the flowers and before the gel pen dried added some gold sparkle embossing powder and heat set it. This way I was able to achieve the metallic look on the center of the flowers.

This completed my second card.

Third Card

This sea shell border on the slimline format was my favorite in this release. This image was the first one I printed in light ink and started coloring. I was actually going for a almost realistic look while coloring I used watercolor for this one.

I am just a beginner in watercoloring and I am still learning a lot. My weakness is impatience with watercoloring. I cannot wait between layers. I tried my best to achieve the “realistic” look. At one point I was already getting frustrated with the painting which is so not like me. But I kept going and finished it.

The final result was worth the hours I spent on water-coloring this image.

I printed the sentiment in another piece and layered both the sentiment and the watercolored panel onto a teal green card-stock and then mounted it on a slimline base made out of a heavyweight card-stock.

Finally added some flat back green jewels to embellish this card and call it done.

This completed my third and last card for this release. In near future I may want to make a few more cards with this release.

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Jyoti

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