Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Congratulatory Card

Today I am posting a congratulatory card. I am making some in advance.

This is for celebrating success. I think it  can be used for success in exams, new job or new house, engagement, marriage. I will just add one more sentiment if needed for that particular occasion. Or else I will just add the appropriate message inside.

Now for making this- I started with baby pink textured card( I told you I have tons of them and need to use them at the earliest). I attached the blue chevron printed tape. Then I added the musical instrument stickers. I don't have musical note stickers or stamps. A few of them would have made it better. May be I will add it later, if I can find them. Then I stamped the sentiment "Celebrate" using a clear stamp mounted on acrylic base, on to a pink card stock strip. Then attached it to a blue card stock strip. Cut them into the shape you can see and attached them with dimensional tape.

The banner of glitter multi coloured tape was an after thought to pep it up a bit and give it some colour. I have used a multi coloured cotton thread. You can see here. I used it because it is thick. But it is not showing in the card. 

Any way, I have varieties of threads and yarns of different weights, colours and for different uses, ranging from embroidery, crochet, tatting, knitting etc. I experiment with them and use them in various crafts.

So that's it. the card is simple and easy to make. 

Materials used:

Textured baby pink card stock
textured blue and baby pink coloured card stock strips
Blue printed tape
Musical stickers
Multi coloured Glittered tape
Multi coloured cotton thread.
Sentiment (clear) stamp mounted on acrylic base
Black ink for stamping

So what do you say about this card. Do watch out for more.......

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Birthday Card

Here is one more birthday card. I am making these cards in advance and keeping them ready. Once the schools an colleges start, I will be busy with my students once again. I have to be prepared for many birthdays and other occasions now. 

Okay, now about this card- I used a cream coloured textured card stock as base.This is one layered simple fold card. I used blue glitter tape and cartoon sticker. I think they are Cinderella and Snow White. 

I made this card with a little girl in my mind. I think she may like the card with these characters. I also kept the card very simple. I don't think children may like too much fancy card. I will print out the message and attach it just before I give away the card. So I kept it blank inside.

Actually I made this card some time ago. I had very few sentiment stamps. Recently I bought some sentiment stamps. So I had to try them out.  

I stamped the "May all your dreams come true" in rainbow colours (I believe that dreams are always colourful) and Happy Birthday in blue colour. 

But since it was a textured card, the stamping was fuzzy in some places. I touched up with colour pens. Matching the right colour was a problem. But in the end I did my best.

Then I attached the crystals and pearls underneath the sentiments.

There it is. My card is ready. 

I have to make the envelopes- for many cards. I am putting it of as I am not able to find matching stationery to make them. May be I will have to settle for white in the end?

Any idea which paper to use for that? 

Materials used:

Textured cream coloured card stock
Cartoon Sticker
Blue glitter self adhesive tape
Multi coloured and Blue coloured Inks 
Self adhesive crystals/faux pearls
Sentiment Stamps

I am also making other cards and keeping them ready. I will be posting them in my future posts.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Good Luck Card

Hi there.
Here is one more card.

Its a Good Luck card. Many of my students have done excellently well this year in the board/final exams and some of them are leaving me. So for wishing them all the best, I have been making some cards. This is one of them.

This one is very easy to make. 10-15 minutes at the most. First I punched out butterflies from silver and black papers. 

I folded the card, attached the silver and black tape  (parallel ones) length wise. Then glued the  punched out butterflies. 

I stamped out the sentiment onto a rectangular piece of white card stock using black ink. I trimmed it to fit the space on the card and then punched out butterflies(half) on both sides using a medium sized punch. Then glued it to the card. 

Then I attached the black and silver tape on the top and bottom of the sentiment.

That's it. 

Materials used:

Dark pink (pearl) marble handmade Paper
Silver and Black glitter self adhesive Tape
Silver coloured hand made paper
Black hand made paper
White card stock
Good Luck sentiment stamp
Black ink for stamping
Butterfly punches(two sizes)

I will be happy to know your views, comments or suggestions if any......

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Stash-Tapes

Friends, we are having lot of power surges. So I am not daring to switch on my computer.

Here is a glimpse of my stash of tapes.

My stash of tapes is very small. I have some paper tapes-plain as well as printed. Some glitter tapes and cloth tapes, printed and lace type ones. My favorite are the plaid tapes and black and red wave design tape. I only buy them locally and when on sale. That way it is much cheaper than online. 

From cards to school projects-I use these tapes. So they come in handy when I have to help my niece in her school projects.

I will keep on adding to it.....and keep you updated.  

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Easy Peasy Card

I was away for long. Sorry for that. amidst the hot temperatures and water scarcity, we have had thunder storms in the past few days. Moderate rains did help my plants and the temperatures are down a bit. The power lines were down for some time. So we had no electricity for long hours during the past few days. When ever the storm is on they cut power for safety sake. If that happens during night time or early morning hours then it takes some time for power restoration. That is why I couldn't post.

Here is one more card. This one is a birthday card.

The base you see is a dark pink pearl-marble hand made paper. I think I got that correctly. It has a pearl sheen and also marble affect. It is hand made paper. 

The top fold is about one inch less than the bottom fold. I don't think it is clear from the picture. I don't know what this fold is known as. Does any one know?

I first stuck the black printed tape. Both on the top and the bottom folds. It looked so apt.

After that I did not know what to do. None of the papers or other material seemed to match the card. 

Ultimately I used a small rectangular piece of black hand made paper as a layer. Stuck to the base with glue. The picture stickers-I used foam tape to give them a little dimension. Added the four self adhesive white stickers to the four corners.Then I stuck the sentiments.

In all it took me just a few minutes to make this card. So what do you think?

Materials used:

Dark pink (pearl) marble handmade Paper
Black printed Tape
Black hand made paper
Sentiment and Picture Stickers
White self adhesive crystals
Foam tape

Your comments/suggestions and thoughts mean a lot to me......Please do take some time to comment on these post as I am still in learning stage and welcome your suggestions.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Birthday Card

Hi friends, I went shopping with my niece. It was so very hot- we had our tongues hanging out :) like my dog. But we had fun. I am posting all that separately. But because of that shopping in the hot summer afternoon, I was down with fatigue and low energy levels for last two days. 

For now, I am continuing my hand made cards series. Here is my fourth card.

I started with a of-white(cream coloured) textured card stock. I had bought a bunch of them as no other material was available in local markets. So I have to exhaust this stock. 

I had some printed tape. Which I used on the card. Then I used a few punched flowers and leaves, after shaping them. I stuck some crystals and faux pearls in the flowers.This is how it looked.

Then I added a fairy- a dimensional sticker. I have tons of them which I bought for a project with kids and have a lot left over. I could not take a pic at this stage. It looked good.

Then I added sentiments- clear stamps just bought the other day when I went shopping with my niece. I stamped directly on to the card using orange ink and green ink which I bought along with the stamps. 

I was apprehensive and doubtful for trying it out directly on to the card. I was thinking of stamping on a separate sheet and then add to the card. I din't do that and now I don't like the way it turned out. Especially the green one (Happy Birthday) I had to write on it with a green glitter pen as, because of the textured background, the stamping was not clean. 

Then I did the most foolish thing. I wanted to try out the distressing technique using my newly bought distress inks. 

I used one of the colours and distressed the edges of the card. I don't have much experience with this technique. So I din't like the result especially the bottom part of the card, which had some big blotches of ink, which was accidental . So I had to cover it up with tape. Now I don't like the look of the card. But I am satisfied with punch craft part as they turned out very beautifully.

I am not going to use this card. I will simply keep it in my stash for future reference. 

After this episode, I learned some lessons the hard way.  I realised I need to practise and perfect any technique before using it. I am new to stamping and distressing. I need to learn and practise a lot. 

Material used:

Textured Card Stock
Printed Tape
Punch papers
Crystals and faux pearls
Clear stamps
Pigment Ink and Distressed Ink
3D sticker of fairy

Keep an eye for more posts......

Do leave your comments, suggestions and thoughts and any tips and tricks that can help me to learn this craft....

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Cherry Blossoms and Butterflies

Here is my third card- the first of my greeting cards using punch craft.

I love Cherry Blossoms and of course Butterflies. So inspired by them here is my card.

Cherry Blossoms and Butterflies

I have used the textured light gray coloured card stock. Brown coloured paper twine was used for the tree branch. First I punched out of-white and light pink flowers and glued around the branches.It looked too drab. So I added the red coloured flowers here and there to brighten it up a bit. OK cherry blossoms are not red in colour-I agree with you.  

Then I added the leaves. Hmmm... I had only that green coloured punch craft paper with me. I tried to get any other shade of green but couldn't. So I didn't have any other choice. 

Then I bought the little butterfly punch. I had to try it. I ended up with blue butterflies as at that time my punch craft paper stash was very limited. Any way I was testing my skills and an artist has the liberty to create something new out of his/her imagination. 

My personal opinion is that the colours did not gel together. But I got the shape of the flowers and leaves well for an amateur. 

I did not add any sentiment as I can add it later on, if I want to give it away. 

So what do you say? Your comments and suggestions matter a lot. please do stop by and leave your comments/suggestions.....

Materials used:

Textured Card Stock
Paper twine brown colour
Punch papers
Punches-Flower, leaf and butterfly

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