Use A Shape/The Flower Challenge #61

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This month’s theme is ‘Use a Shape’ . For my project today instead of using a shape die or a shaped card I decided to arrange my flowers in a shape of heart. I was inspired by Jennifer McGuire’s video about using small dies creatively.

Here let me show you my card so you understand what I meant.

I used Bohemian cover plate by Simon Says Stamp to create the fun pierced background. But I still wanted my focus on my heart shape.


These small flowers are perfect for my arrangement. With different shades of purple card-stock I created the flowers using the Craft A Flower die from Altenew. This one is called Dendrobium Orchid Layering Die set. Smaller flowers looked better within the shape so I skipped the larger ones.


In order to complete the proper heart shape I added some enamel dots in colors that matched with my floral arrangement.

Finally to complete the card I added the die-cut hello and sending you a big hug sentiment strip underneath.

This completed my card . I just can’t stop staring at this card as I think it turned out so pretty. What do you think?

Hope this inspires you to participate in the flower challenge with us for a chance to win prizes.

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Die Cut Daffodil Card/ The Flower Challenge

Die cutting is one of the popular process in card-making. I have created a die cut daffodil card to showcase this fun technique.

Hello Everyone!

Today I am participating in The Flower Challenge #59 along with the talented design team to share inspirations for creating die cut cards. This month’s theme is “Use A Die” (Option of a slimline card). I have incorporated both in my project today.

The Focus

The main focus of this card is the die cut daffodil flower in the front. For my card today I have used this beautiful die set called Daffodil Layering Die Set from one of the Monthly Subscription that I have been ordering. These dies cut the different layers of the flowers so you can layer them to create a realistic looking flowers. The die package comes with the layering instructions so it’s easy to figure out the orientation of each piece.

I have used shades of yellows and oranges card-stocks from my stash for the flower and greens for the leaves and stem.

The Background

For the background I used the latest Spellbinders mini slimline die set that is also one of the monthly subscription. It is the large die of the month for the month of July. I had just received my order in the mail couple of days back. This month’s die is this pretty mini slimeline card layers along with some flower dies and an envelope die that is perfect for the mini slimline card. For those who don’t know what slimline is, it is a slimmer and more longer size of cards. Mini slimline usually measures 3 inches by 6 inches or 3 and a half by 6 and a half inches.

I die cut a lemon yellow stripe pattern-paper using one of the biggest dotted die and an yellow piece with the second dotted die. After that I also cut the yellow piece with the daffodil die in one side of it so that it will show the opening for the flower to sit on.

I adhered the yellow piece using foam tapes for dimension and the pattern 0paper piece directly on the card-base using liquid glue.

Then, I added the flower with foam tape so it is the same height at the yellow piece. The leaves are adhered directly with liquid glue.

The Sentiment

For the sentiment of this card I stamped and white embossed a sentiment on darker yellow card-stock. It read “A little soemthing for” and added the Birchpress Bold die that says YOU underneath to complete my sentiment. I cut off the you from this sentiment strip.

This finishes my card. Hope this inspires you and you will play along with us at the flower challenge. Don’t forget to checkout the other talented designer’s projects. Our Guest Designer this month is my favorite Therese Calvird from Lost In Paper. I have always admired her card-making style immensely.

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Jyoti

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Spots or Stripes/The Flower Challenge #58

Spots or Stripes are very fun to incorporate in a card design. This month’s theme for The Flower Challenge #58 is “Spots or Stripes”.

Hello Everyone!

Before you know it, it’s already July. The Flower Challenge design team have all come up with fabulous designs for this month’s challenge. My pick for the card I created for today’s post is “Stripes”. Stripes are fun. Even though black and white stripe is my all time favorite, today I am playing with bright colored stripes.

The Background

The background is where I wanted the stripes to be. I took a 4 and a quarter by 5 and a half inches panel of Bristol Smooth card stock and placed Altenew’s Classy Stripes stencil on top. Using Washi tape to secure it in place, I started ink blending. Ripe Persimmon and Wild Honey colors of Distressed Oxide inks blended so well.

The Focus

The flower challenge #58

For the focal image of this card I wanted to use the Altenew’s new Craft-A-Flower die I received in my subscription for this month. It is Peruvian Lily layering die set. Although I have never seen a Peruvian lily in gray colors, I didn’t want a bright floral image on top of my bright background. So, I colored the layers of the die cut in W3 W5 and W7 colors of Copic markers. In your world of creations you can create any color flower you fancy, right?

The layers of the leaves are colored in YG13 YG17 and YG76.

The Sentiment

I had this old Simon Says Stamp called Big Birthday stamp set. I really liked the words on one of the stamps. In my brain I was debating between the idea of placing the sentiment on a strip of white card stock or vellum. Then, I came up with this fun idea of making a framed vellum window where I could stamp the sentiment. I used two dies from the Waffle Flower A2 layers die set and cut out a frame from Neenah card stock. I stacked two of them to make it sturdy and added the vellum layer at the back. Then, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark Watermark ink and sprinkled white embossing powder and heat set it.

After that, I added this window panel on top of my striped panel with foam tape. I love how it softens the bright striped background.

I added the flower and the leaves on the vellum window using liquid glue. Also, I thought this card already had so much impact that it didn’t need any extra embellishment.

All I had left to do was to mount this on a A2 card base and pick a matching envelope, and my card was ready.

What do you think?

Now go ahead and check out all our talented designers’ project inspiration. And don’t forget to share your project with “Spots or Stripes” at The Flower Challenge!

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Jyoti

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Clean and Simple Card

Love creating Clean and Simple cards? Have you participated in the flower challenge yet? If not here’s a reminder. Feel free to create and share your projects at The Flower Challenge. This month’s theme is Clean and Simple.

Hello everyone!

Here is my project for the reminder post today.

Slowly but surely I am perfecting my CAS technique or let’s say CAS challenge. Clean and simple but with a pop of red on black and white is my project today.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card for The Flower Challenge

I used this beautiful layering stamp set from Ton Stamps. This one is a huge stamp set which has so many beautiful sentiments that covers most of the occasions. It is called Peony Memories.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card

On a panel of Neenah card-stock I stamped the layers of the flower with Altenew Inks. Diecut the flowers with the coordinating die set.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card

The black and white stripe across the middle is just a pattern paper strip. I popped up the layer of stitched rectangle cut in half showing the black and white stripe in the middle.

Clean and Simple sending hugs and kisses card

Then I popped up the flowers and leaves on one side of the opening. I stamped and embossed the sentiment on black strip of card-stock. The fonts of these sentiments are one of my favorite and I have used them so many times in my projects.

If this inspires you to create some CAS projects please go ahead and post at The Flower Challenge.

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Jyoti

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CLAEN AND SIMPLE CARD/THE FLOWER CHALLENGE

CAS stands for Clean And Simple. The Flower challenge this month is all about clean and simple.Here comes my post for The Flower Challenge #57.

Hello Everyone !

Welcome to my blog and thank you for stopping by.

When it comes to CAS I struggle the most. It really is a challenge for me as I can never settle with simple. So my clean and simple still consists of a little glitz and a little glam.

BACKGROUND

For my background I ripped a printer paper and layered on a panel of Neenah card-stock so that a little strip would show through. I taped it so it wouldn’t move. I started ink blending using Distressed Oxide inks in Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserve. When I removed the printer paper I got this cool look of ink blended strip.

FOCUS

I used Altenew Ditsy Print Stamp set. For the simplicity required by the challenge I only used the outline stamp in Ranger Archival Ink in black and instead of using colors on my floral image i used gold ink to stamp the layering stamp. The gold I used is Tsuneko Brilliance.

SENTIMENT

The sentiment I used says Stay Beautiful which is from the Altenew Beautiful Peony stamp set. I love the font and style of this sentiment stamp. I think it compliments my card design really well.

EMBELLISHMENT

Like I said before I can never settle with simple on my card project. I was still feeling like I needed a little something on my card. But I forced myself to not overdo it and just add a few black iridescent gems on the center of my flowers.

This completed my card for today. Hope this inspired you.

Let’s play along at The Flower Challenge and share your projects over there.

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Jyoti

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Reminder Post for The Flower Challenge #56

It’s halfway through the month and here we are reminding all the crafters to create and share on The Flower Challenge. This month’s theme is “Use Your Favorite Flower”

I have picked Tulips for my project.

These tulips are from Altenew one of their craft a flower series. I have loved this and used this die so many times in my projects.

The sentiment is from Altenew Sentiment Strip 2 stamp set.

This oval die is from Spellbinders. It is called Nestabilities Essential Ovals Etched Dies

I masked off a part of the oval die cut with washi tape and ink blended distressed oxide in on top of the Patchwork Kite Stencil from Altenew.

Come Join us and share your projects.

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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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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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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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