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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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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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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Circle of Hope Rachel Vass Release

Hello everyone!

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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Romantic Ruffle Card and Rachel Vass Release

Card made using Rachel Vass release called Romantic Ruffle

Hello Everyone!

Today I have a beautiful floral card to share with you. I created this card featuring Rachel Vass latest release called Romantic Ruffle. This digital stamp consists of a beautiful loose peony flower and a few sentiments.

Here’s my card for today:

Card made using Rachel Vass release called Romantic Ruffle

For the main focus of this card I layered the flower one on top of another slightly in an angle so it looks like two flowers facing away from each other.

I printed it on a mixed media paper. Because I wanted to watercolor these flowers using distressed inks. Unfortunately my printer doesn’t feed heavyweight watercolor card-stock so I have to compromise and use mixed media paper which is a 95lb weight.

I taped the panel on a hard board using some washi tapes on all sides and started coloring it using Tim Holtz’s Distressed Inks in color Worn Lipstick and Peacock Feathers.

For the center of the flower I used some gold metallic watercolor for extra interest.

Once my watercolor painting was dry, I cut the panel using a stitched rectangle die from Mama Elephant. This die is exactly the size of an A2 card front. I use this die a lot.

Then I adhered this panel on a top folding landscape A2 card base made of Recollection Heavy weight card base in white.

I hope you get inspired by this and will create something similar.

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Hello Friend Card And Rachel Vass Release

Hello everyone!

Today I have a card to share with you which features this beautiful digital stamp release by Rachel Vass Designs. It’s called Dancing Delights. These flower images are just too adorable.

The Focus

The main focal image for this card is a cluster of these lovely flowers and buds. I colored the flowers using Copic colors in Y17 YR12 and YR15. The leaves and the stems are colored using G99 and G07. Nothing fancy coloring, but still these flowers look so pretty.

Arranged the flowers in a bunch and added with foam tape on a strip of metallic paint splattered black cardstock.

The Background

I ink blended the background using the new stencil by Fun Stampers Journey called Starburst Lines. I used distressed oxide inks in colors Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and, Blueprint Sketch. With the help of the blending brushes by Taylored Expression, I was able to achieve a crisp stencil image.

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts stamp. This is stamped on a black piece of cardstock with sticky embossing ink and embossed with detail white embossing powder and heat set.

Finally embellished the card with the Nuvo Drops in Yellow and some shimmering pen over the flowers.

I hope you get inspired by this project.

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Jyoti

Here’s another card I created using Rachel’s stamp

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Thinking of You Card And Rachel Vass Release

Hello Everyone.

Today I have two cards to share with you. I created these cards using the latest release by Rachel Vass Designs called Doodle Flowers. It’s a beautiful stamp for someone who likes to color.

First Card

The Focus

For my first card, I colored these flowers in Copics. I decided on the purple and green combination for the flowers I started coloring the center with dark purple and shaded with a lighter shade on the outside. Blending the purple with the green was a little tough but I managed to create a smooth blend. The outside of the petals I wanted it darker green shade.

This is almost a one layer card. But I wanted something fun and not so simple. So I traced the center of the flower with my sparkly silver gel pen. Added some gold pearls to finish off this card.

The Second Card

The Focus

For the focal image of this card I just wanted a simple ink blended look. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time coloring these images. Not because it isn’t fun to color these beautiful images, but because I wanted this one to be a quick card.

I started ink blending the image with distressed oxide inks in colors Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Broken China in almost rainbow colors. Then I used a metallic watercolor in color gold carefully painted the stamens with it to give it a sparkly look.

I actually intended to make a fun fold card with these images were a little too big for that design I adhered with some foam tape one nest to another on a slimline card base again blended with distressed oxide ink in color Wild Honey.

Finally, I finished off the card with some gold sequins adhered with the help of art glitter glue.

I hope you liked these cards and get inspired to create something like this. Tag me on social media if you create something similar. I would like to see what you come up with.

Let me know in the comment how you like it.

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Jyoti

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Thank You Card And Rachel Vass Release

rachel vass thank you card

Hello everyone!

Today I have two cards to share with you featuring The New Release Digital stamp Called Spring Background by Rachel Vass Designs.

Here are my cards for today:

The First Card

thank you card

The Focus

For this card, I had this fun color combination in my mind. Yellow and blue. But I wanted something unique so I went with blue for the center of the flowers and yellow for the petals.

I started coloring centers of the flowers using Copic colors in blue shades, B02, B04, and B06.

For the petals, I picked Y12, Y15, and Y17. For a little bit of depth in the center, I used E11.

I then matted that square piece with black card stock.

Spring background

The Background

For the background of this card, I stretched the otherwise square stamp into a rectangle of 4 inches by 5 and a quarter inches which is slightly smaller than a regular A2 size card.

I colored the background panel using cool gray shades of Copic Markers. C3, C5, and Colorless Blender to blend Them all. I used Prismacolor pencils in 50% cool gray for extra depth in those black and white looking flowers.

Then I matted that panel with black card stock and mounted it on a top folding A2 card base. I added glossy accent to the center of the flower.

The Sentiment

The sentiment for this card came from the same digital stamp set. I loved the sentiment which is in white on black. They are all Thank You sentiments.

The Second Card

rachel vass thank you card

The Focus

For this second card, I wanted to color it in ombre. Since I owned a few different shades of Copic markers in reds, I picked all of them.

The center of the card is light and as it goes towards the edge of the card it becomes darker and darker. Vignette is the exact term.

For the darkest red shade which is the background behind the flowers I used G17 first and used R39 on top of it to make it even darker.

I then matted the panel with black card stock.

Here’s a list of copics I used on this red card.

R00, RV42, R32, R05, R24, R35, R27, R29, R37, R39 and, G07

The Sentiment

The sentiment again came from the same stamp set. For this card, I picked just a simple Thank You.

I then mounted this card on an A2 size card base. and embellished it with some Nuvo Drops In black.

I hope you like these cards and get inspired to create something like these in the future.

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Jyoti

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Kindness For Florals Instagram/Blog Hop and Giveaway

Hello everyone!

Thank you for visiting my blog.

I hope you’re all staying home and healthy in the middle of this COVID 19 crisis.

I along with some of my kind cardmaker friends on Instagram are sharing kindness through cardmaking as an IG/Blog hop. As we all share the common love for flowers our theme is Floral.

Each of us has special prizes for two lucky winners. Just visit my Instagram post to see more details.

Theme

The theme for this IG hop is a floral focus card with ink blending and the use of stencil is optional.

Here’s my card:

Background

For the background of this card, I used distressed oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin, and Barndoor and Taylored Expressions Blending brushes for the smooth blend.

Then I used Tim Holtz’s stencil to apply Texture paste to create the swirly texture on the panel.

The Focal Point

The focus of this card had to be a floral image. I used one of the digital images from Power Poppy. I printed the image and started coloring it in Copics. Some of the details were added later with Prismacolor pencils.

I picked this azalea flower because it brings so many memories of my dad who passed away 17 years ago. Azalea was his favorite flower. As this is my first IG/ blog hop ever and I wanted to pay tribute to my father with this card.

The oval frame is cut using Spellbinders Die. I cut 4 frames and adhered them on top of each other to create a chipboard look.

The floral image and the sentiment are then adhered using foam tapes at the back for dimension. Then the whole panel is matted with a little bit bigger panel of black cardstock.

I really loved how this card turned out. I hope this gave you some inspiration

Please check out these wonderful cardmakers who are a part of this hop on their Instagrams:

@handmadebytasha13

@amandacardsandgalore

@cardsncraftsnyc (me)

@irishrosecreations

@rightbrainart

@sanjuscreations_craft

@natashavacca02

Visit their blogs for more pictures and details about their posts.

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Jyoti

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Card Featuring My Monthly Hero Card Kit September 2018

Today I am showcasing the card I made using the My Monthly Hero Card Kit for September 2018. This Kit has a fall theme with images of Chinese Lantern Plants and pots and some very nice sentiments.

Here’s my card for today

Hero Arts card kit

Inspiration:

Fall colors obviously were my inspiration for this card. I wanted something warm but still colorful. The color combination certainly matches with the sentiment in this card I think.

Background:

I have been trying to work with some ink blended backgrounds lately. I thought this was a perfect opportunity for this project because my card needed some warm background to complement the image. I used Tim Holtz Distressed Oxide inks in colors Abandoned Coral and Wild Honey. I loved how these colors look like a sunset scene.

My Monthly Hero September 2018

The Focal Point:

Images of the Chinese lantern plants from the My Monthly Hero Card Kit were my main focus for this card. I stamped one of the images from the stamp set with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Watercolor Paper. And colored the images using the Daniel Smith Watercolors that came in the Kit. I adhered one of the images on the color blended background panel with liquid glue. Another branch was added with foam tape for dimension.

The Sentiment:

The stamp set includes a few very nice sentiments. I took one of the sentiments that said: ” You bring color to my world” which was stamped directly on the background with Ranger Archival Ink in Jet black.

Finally, the panel was mounted on a card base that is made with 110 lb cardstock measuring 5 and a half inches tall and 4 and a quarter inches wide.

Here’s my final project. I am really happy with the outcome. What do you guys think? I am definitely going to make more cards using this card kit. There are so many ideas for this card kit in my head but due to a busy work schedule, I haven’t been able to create more cards.

These Kits are limited while supplies last so if you want to get these kits, subscribe here for Hero Arts Card Kits

I participated int he Through the purple haze challenge and SumMore Fun Challenge 

Products I used for this project:

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