Monday, August 31, 2020

I Love Math Challenge #17


Hello Friends,

It is time for another Math challenge. Now on, all the challenges will run for 2 months so you all will have enough time to get inspired and play. This challenge is set by Ċ½eljka.

Math: Nine
Design: Card
Theme: Nature
Additional info:
Create a nature themed card using 9 elements (same or different) on your card. If you are using a sentiment, it’s counting as one element. Words are not counted separately.
Challenge starts: August 30th, 2020, 10:00 PM CEST (UTC +2)
Challenge ends: October 30th, 2020, 9:55 PM CEST (UTC +2)

Initially, I thought of creating a scene card but decided to do abstract in the end. When I was going through all the possible stamps I can use for it, the sentiment from an old SSS stamp jumped out at me. 

"Adopt the pace of nature : her secret is patience ."

It is a beautiful quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I decided to use various elements of nature  from different stamps . To accommodate all the elements, I went with slimline card. It is 3.5* 8.25 inches.  

9 elements are sea, earth,wind, fire, wood, snow, thunder, sun and sentiment.

Instead of plain background, 
I used similar dies to provide some texture and relevant backdrop. 

I hope you like my take on the challenge. 
One winner will get one stamp set of Jane's Doodles.
 Please visit Milka's blog HERE for more information on rules and details! 

Thank you for being here. Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Itsy Bitsy Guest post- Postal Special

Hi there,

How have you been? Honestly, I am bored and frustrated with all this covid thing and uncertainties caused by it. I am waiting to get everything normal again but then they say we have to redefine the 'normal' as things are not going to be the same ever. There is only one thing which is keeping me sane is my crafting. I am experimenting with all kinds of mediums and arts but card-making will be my forever love. And I am glad that it is not going to change . Ever!

Today, I am sharing two cards made from a single stamp set. They are perfect examples how you can use same stamps and achieve different looks. I have used Postal Special stamp set. 

Let's check the first card.

I have used same stamps to create background border on card, on envelope flap and to emboss on paper and used them as embellishments. 

I masked the bottom part of the card front and stamp different postal marks with Little Birdie Pigment Inks . I have use second generation stamping as I wanted faded look for background. Please check my previous post HERE to learn the technique and to know more about these inks. 

 I added little bit of shadint with walnut stain distress ink.

Check the deckled edge it created.

Next, I stamped same stamps with same  inks on colored card stock and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Sentiment is stamped using versamark ink and embossed with white powder.

Arrange them in a cluster and mount them with foam tape for dimension. 

I also stamped on envelop flap with tea dye distress ink and made an embossed seal using Handmade With Love stamp.

For the second card I combined the set with various die cuts to create an effective design.

I used one of the stamp from set with wings and embossed it twice on beige card stock. Fussy cut it to make wings beneath the heart. I used various postmark with a grey ink to stamp background on a light grey card base. I also used various dies from my stash to complete the look.

I used these wax beads and a heart stamp to create seal on the envelope. Yes, you can use little birdie stamps to make your customized seals. 

That is all for today! I hope you enjoyed the process. Thinking out side of the box is the key to unique creativity. Keep crafting and stay safe!
Have a great day! Hugs!