Cards for Mental Health Awareness

Altenew mini flower cluster

Hey friends! As you all know, May is the month of Mental Health Awareness. There’s a common misconception out there that mental health is something that only those with mental disorders have to be concerned about. But really, we could all use some more positivity, both in the way we treat others and ourselves. To share some of that positivity, I went and made a few cards with some messages that are sure to lift your spirits.

Some of our talented card-maker friends are joining along with me on this journey, and you are invited to follow along on our Mental Health Awareness Hop on Instagram. We hope that our creativity and talent will raise awareness about this critical issue and let people suffering mental health issues know that they are not alone.

There are also a bunch of prizes along this hop provided by our generous sponsors, as you can see below.

My friends Coleen Balija, Natasha Davies, Sandhya Iyer, Deborah Jack, Natasha Vacca and Myself and a lot of talented cardmakers have participated in this big event.

So let’s join our hands in epic event.

Without further ado, here are the cards.

First Card

This is the card I am sharing on the hop post.

Altenew mini flower cluster

Second Card

This one is also made with similar supplies but inked background.

The background on this one is ink blended a little bit.

The main supplies I used for this are:

Third card

This card is made using the ink blended panel to cut the layers of flowers instead of color card-stock.

This is one of my favorite as the colors turned out too pretty.

The main supplies I used to create this card are:

I think the Circular Element Die is so versatile. I will be using this die in a lot of my future projects.

Forth Card

The difference in this one is only the colors of the flowers and leaves and I used one of the large die from the Circular Element Die.

The Supplies used in this card are

  • Altenew Mini Flower Cluster Layering Die Set
  • Altenew Circular Element die set
  • Distressed Oxide inks for the flowers in Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar
  • Distrssed Oxide inks for the leaves and the background in Salty Ocean and Tumbled Glass
  • Sentiments from Pink Fresh Studio You can Change stamp set

Fifth Card

Here’s another one in the same color combination as the forth card but used two of the smaller dies instead.

Supplied used

There is a free digital stamp available to download and use for you all at Sanju’s Creations. Or click this link : https://sanjuscreations.com/mental-health-awareness-instagram-hop-free-lotus-printable/

You can listen to Colleen’s story here : https://youtu.be/tG6cIGgw8iw

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Jyoti

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The Flower Challenge #56/ Mother’s Day Card

Tulips being one of my favorite flowers, I decided to create a Tulip Mother’s Day Card for The Flower Challenge #56

Hello everyone!

Hope you’re all in good health. It’s May already and time for another monthly challenge at The Flower Challenge. This month’s theme is “Use your favorite flower”. Almost all the flowers are my favorite but I picked Tulips on my project today.

As Mother’s Day is around the corner and I am on a roll of making mother’s day card, here I am with my yet another slimline card.

The Focus

This beautiful Slimline Layering Tulip stamp and coordinating Layering Tulip stencils are from Unity Stamps. These stamp and stencils are designed my my talented friend Sandhya Iyer. When I saw this stamp I had to have it. Because tulips are one of my favorite flowers and this stamp set is irresistibly gorgeous.

The Technique

I stamped the image on a white Neenah panel with versamark ink and embossed using gold embossing powder. Then I went ahead coloring using the stencils with distressed oxide inks. For the flowers I used spun sugar and picked raspberry and for the leaves used crushed olive and forest moss.

I had bought these blending brushes from Amazon which are inexpensive and as good as the Taylored expressions blending brushes that I had been using. These brushes are a little bit smaller hence are better to use on smaller area.

Then I cut out the image with the help of a pair of scissors. I cut a scalloped edge slimline panel with the help of Gina Marie scallop slimline die.

Then layered the flower cut out image on the black panel using foam tape.

The Sentiment

For the sentiment of my card I used my old and well used stamp set for Mother’s Day. It’s a simple Happy Mother’s Day sentiment stamped on pale pink piece of card-stock with Picked Raspberry Distressed oxide ink and embossed using clear embossing powder.

I then wrapped the sentiment with gold thread and popped it on foam tape and added that to a 3 and a quarter by 8 and a half inch white card base.

Finally embellished my card with some gold sequins from my stash.

This finishes my card for today. Hope this inspires you to create a card with your favorite flower. Please share your projects at The Flower Challenge.

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Jyoti

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BRIGHT INK BLENDED FLOWERS

 Hello everyone!

I am  here today sharing my card I created using the Beautiful Birthday digital stamp. This is one of the April releases by Varada Sharma.  This stamp set is called “Beautiful Birthday”. Bright floral and white background is my today’s theme.

The Focus

For my card today, I had bright florals on a white background in my mind. So first I printed this image on a 80 pound Neenah solar white card stock and then tried ink blending it using distressed oxide inks in color Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, and Twisted Citron. My first try wasn’t successful as the print wasn’t dry. Hence, got smudged. So I decided to ink-blend the card-stock first before printing on it.This time it turned out perfect. With the help of a sharp pair of scissors I fussy cut the images. I really loved the bright colored image. 

The Background

For the background on my card I used the Simon says stamp Detail Ringlet cover plate die. 

Accents

I used Waffle Flowers A2 rectangles  to cut a thin border with a matte gold card stock that I purchased from Michaels. Considered adding the frame directly on the panel using liquid glue.

The Sentiment

Same matte gold card stock is used to cut out the word “sending” with the help of So Many Sentiments die from The Ton Stamps. I layered it with two other sentiments cut out with heavyweight white card stock. For the main sentiment of this card, I wanted it to be a Mother’s Day card but I didn’t have any sentiment stamp that I wanted that was perfect for this card so I printed out the sentiment that says “Mother’s Day Wishes” and then cut it out using my Tim  Holtz paper trimmer.

The flowers on the panel are arranged using foam tape I added the die cut border with the  help of liquid glue and the sentiment strip on a foam tape but adding a little glue on the sides that touched on the flowers.

I then paired it with a champagne shimmery envelope which I think matched perfectly with my project.

This finished my card for today and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Let me know what you think in the comment. I hope this inspires you to use this stamp in a similar way.

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Jyoti 

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Freesia Easter Card/ The Flower Challenge #55

Hello everyone!

It’s April already and it’s time for another flower challenge. The theme for The Flower Challenge this month is “Pretty Pastel”

Here is my take on this theme.

For my project, I decided to create the background with pastel colors along with the floral image.

This beautiful Freesia image is a digital stamp by Varada Sharma Designs. This is one of her march release. By the way Varada Sharma is our sponsor for this month.

I printed this image on a 80lb Neenah card stock and colored it using Copic markers. The flowers in V12 and BV00 and the stems using G99.

I then cut out the image using scissors.

For the background I used Gina Marie cover die. This is not a slimline die but I used a partial dye cutting method and extended this died to fit on the slimline panel. I used the shimmery white card stock for this.

Then I used the same die to cut up different pastel color card stocks in pink, yellow, blue and purple.

Then I used the die cut inlay method to create this colorful pastel background for my project.

I used another Gina Marie slimline rectangle die to cut the frame around the card with shimmery white card stock

The little white shimmery bow I have in the bottom of the card is made with a silhouette design.

For the sentiment of this card I printed out Easter wishes then I cut it out with waffle flowers additional circles die. I also double circle frameUsing two of the circle dies.

I hope my card inspires you to create something similar so let’s play along with us At the flower challenge and share your projects there.

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Jyoti

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Soft Floral/Alex Syberia March Release

Hello Everyone!

Hope you’re all having a great day.

Sometimes I spend hours trying to achieve realism with copic markers. I am not an expert by all means. I myself am learning as I practice with each project I create.

I’m sharing two projects in my post today to explain how I created these soft florals with a quick but effective coloring technique.

First Card

I pritned The Spring Tulip A2 panel on 80lb neenah card stock.

I started coloring these beautiful flowers with just two copic colors. Started with B01 from the darkest deep parts of the petals flicking softly then followed with B000 blending the darker shade completely fading into white. I made sure I left most of the petal area white where highlight is supposed to be.

It was already looking so much better but I wanted to add a little variations of color on these soft petals. I added some color with Prismacolor pencils. Holding the pencil towards the bottom and lightly running the side of the sharp pencil to achieve soft light layer of color. Added PC 989 Charteuse and PC 916 Canary Yellow on the highlighted parts of petals.  Added some deapth along the shaded areas with PC 904 Light Cerulean Blue.

Finally colored the stamens with PC 916 Canary Yelow and PC 929 Rose.

I then cut my panel with one of my frequently used die from Mama Elephant Peekaboo window set, that cuts the panel to a stictched edge in A2 size. I then blended the edge of the panel with Rumbled Glass Diestressed oxide Ink. Added it with liquid glue in an A2 size card panel.

The sentiment is from my new Simon Says Stamp card kit that was lying on my desk. Finally added some clear sequins to finish my card.

Second Card

With the same coloring technique like my first card I colored this Peony Background image that was printed on 80lb neenah cardstock.

Uded R00 for the flowers and YG13 for the leaves. For added highlights on petals added Prismacolor in PC914 Cream and on the deep areas PC929 Rose. On the leaves added PC 989 Chartuse for the highlights.

The remaining empty spaced on the panel I used Black copic color to give it a back background. I loved how these soft flowers pop against the black.

The sentiment I have used for this card is from The Ton Stamps. Added some black Nuvo Drops to compliment the soft flowers.

Thank You for visiting. Hope this inspires you to color your digital projects in this easy to color technique.

You can purchase these digital stamps at Alex Syberia’s Etsy Shop.

Third Card

Here is the card I created and posted for the hop on my Instagram.

This one definitely is not soft floral card. But I wanted to include it in this post because this one. is also one. of the image from the release.

I have colored this image using copic markers.

The colors I have used for the flowers are Y32 Y35 Y38 and BV01

Then I added shadows with Prismacolor pencils in Spinach Orange PC 1003 and Dark Borwn PC 946

For the leaves I used YG 13 YG17 and YG67.

The sentiment is from one of the latest Simon Says Stamp stamp that came in my march Kit of the month. I stamped and embossed that on a black piece of cardstock with gold embossing powder.

This finished my last but not the least card.

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Jyoti

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Birdhouse Congrats Card/The Flower Challenge

Hello Everyone!!

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

Hello everyone!

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

Hello Everyone!

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

Hello Everyone!

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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