Playing with the Crafty Meraki Watercolor Kit

Hello and welcome back! Today I am featuring the new Crafty Meraki Special Edition Watercolor Kit for my card project. I had a lot of fun with no line coloring, ink smooshing and fussy cutting with this project. So let’s get started.

First, I stamped the flower, and a couple of leaves form the included Waffle flower stamp set on Arches cold pressed watercolor paper with the InkOn3 fade out ink, also included in the kit. I did very simple no line watercoloring using the Mermaid lagoon Distress ink for the flower and a mix of the blue and Mustard Seed ink to make my green. I mixed a tiny drop of Picked raspberry ink with the mustard seed for the orange color for the centre of the flower. I fussy cut these colored images and set them aside.

Next I spritzed a little water on my glass mat with the remnants of pink, yellow and green and strategically smooshed down my card panel on each area drying with a a heat gun between colors so they don’t mix into a brown. Then I added some darker splatters for added interest. Once my panel was completely dry, I stamped some foliage from the stamp set with black ink. Then I popped up the fussy cut flower and leaves with foam squares over the stamped foliage.

I trimmed the panel to be a bit smaller than an A2 card front and adhered it to a kraft card base. I added thin slivers of gold cardstock along 2 edges. I grabbed the Sending Love sentiment that came with the kit and matted with white cardstock and added it to the card. Finally, I added a little doodle with a fine liner for the center of the flower and accented it with some gold puffy paint.

This completes my card today! I hope you liked it. I and the design team have shared several such fun ideas and tutorials on the Crafty Meraki Club on Facebook and you get exclusive access to those when you buy the kit. Check out the kit today and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Have a wonderful day.

Hugs,

Sandhya

Spotlight Cards + IG Hop + Giveaway

Hello friends! Today I am participating in an Instagram hop with my crafty friends to raise awareness about brain injuries and support the Ontario Brain Injury Association. Of all types of injuries around the world, injuries to the brain are among the most likely to result in death or permanent disability. And several of the impacts are often not understood by people around the ones suffering. So if you see someone being irritable, or lethargic or anything abnormal, please show grace.

For this hop, I made two cards with a mix of colored and black and white versions of the same stamped image to depict the chaos in in the brain post injury or surgery. I used the Majestic Peonies by Gina K Designs as the focal image and the hello die from Altenew as a sentiment for one card. For the second card, I printed off a sentiment from Alex Syberia Design’s digi kit.

I used my new Misti to stamp the gorgeous florals on some watercolor cardstock and did the exact same on black cardstock , but heat embosses this in white. I made sure that both the watercolor cardstock and black cardstock are trimmed to the same 4.25″ X 5.5″ dimension so the images are exactly aligned on both pieces. Then I watercolored with my brand new Altenew watercolor brush pens.
Then comes the tough part. I taped the 2 pieces together and used my paper trimmer to cut them up into 3 pieces. Then I put them together like puzzle pieces held together with post-it tape and die cut them. I did a simple rectangle for one and a stitched rectangle for the other. I stacked a the hello die cut 3 times and added the 4th that I die cut from an ink smooshed piece of watercolor cardstock. I added the die cut to one card and the printed digi sentiment to the second card.

I hope you enjoyed my cards today! For a chance to win, head to my Instagram and enter!

Thanks for stopping by. Hugs.

Sandhya

Making a Statement With Altenew Statement Flowers

Hello friends! Welcome back to a new post. Today I am sharing a card I made with one for my favorite stamps from Altenew. I chased after the Statement Flowers set for a while and it was always sold out, until I recently got it from the Crafty Meraki store and had to color it right away! If you have been eyeing this set like me, you should snag it right now, as my readers get a 20% discount on all the stamps I am featuring in August. Shop here and the discount will reflect during checkout – Sandhya’s Crafty Collection.

For my card today, I started with a piece of Arches cold presses watercolor paper that was a smidge smaller than my A2 card panel. I stamped and heat embossed the Statement flowers with Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. I would recommend the Raven Sparkle for a more sparkly finish. I watercolored this with Karin markers. For Arches paper, I prefer to start with the colors scratched out on my glass mat and paint like traditional watercoloring. Then, I go back in and added intense color directly with the marker in the nooks and crannies and the fine tip makes that super easy.

I used Nuvo drops and some Perfect Pearls to add dimension to the center of the flower. I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the Altenew mini hello set with Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder.
Then, I added some gold and pink splatters and matted the panel with navy blue cardstock. I adhered the completed panel to a white A2 card base to complete my card. I hope you got inspired today and have some fun coloring time with your floral stamps. Don’t forget to check out the special 20% discount on my chosen products throughout August – Sandhya’s Crafty Collection.

AAA Birthday Challenge – Tic Tac Toe

Hello and welcome back! Today We have a brand new challenge on the AAA Challenge Blog and we are playing Tic Tac Toe. I am very excited for this month’s challenge as my husband, my son and I celebrate out birthdays in August! So today I am sharing a card I made for my darling husband. As for the Tic Tac Toe, I always manage to strike through 2 rows of the game so I did the same for today’s challenge. I did the bright-embossing-masculine and masculine-die cuts-pattern paper combos together. If you like to combine cardmaking techniques and elements, I would love to see you play along!

For my card, I first stamped the Forrest Guy from Unity Stamp Company on hot pressed watercolor paper with Versafine Onyx Black and heat embossed over it with clear embossing powder. I watercolored it in bright colors using Peerless watercolors and a Black Velvet round size 6 brush. Red and blue are my husband’s favorite colors and he can never buy clothes without including at least one red or blue shirt in the mix. Ha ha.

I picked some royal blue pattern paper form the July Whit’s Kit and die cut it using Gina Marie die. I used another of GM dies to cut the guy out. I tilted the pattern paper a bit and popped it on a white A2 card base. I added my guy over that with more foam tape. I love the dimension and didn’t have to worry about mailing this card to layered them on happily. For more of the embossing element, I made my sentiment with my Dymo Label maker that embosses the letters beautifully.

This competes my card for today. Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you on the AAA Challenge Blog!

Cheers!

Sandhya

Playing with Altenew Calming Reverie

Hello friends! Happy new month and welcome to another post from me! I also have a a special discount for you if you to shop at Crafty Meraki store. Click this link to get 20% off the Altenew Calming Reverie stamp and stencils set as well as a few specially selected goodies that I will be featuring on the blog this month. I had originally planned to share how I watercolored the Altenew Calming Reverie stamp, but as I was playing with the set, I ended up stamping it multiple times with different inks and even had a little accident that led to 2 more cards. Ha ha, so let me start with my watercoloring card and keep reading to see the rest.

To get started, you would need the following along with cardstock and other basic cardmaking supplies:

For the first card, I stamped the dotted detailed image from the set on Bristol Smooth cardstock with Squeezed Lemonade. Then I stamped the center with Mustard seed.

Next, I watercolored the flower using Mustard seed Reinker. I followed a similar technique to no line watercoloring, only this was much easier. Once I finished coloring the petals and it was completely dry, I stamped the detailed image for the center with Ground expresso. I then used the marking stencil to cover the flower and stamped the leaves with Mowed Lawn and colored with the same reinker.

I went back with more concentrated distress reinkers to darken the nooks and crannies. I love the soft look of this gorgeous flower in yellow. I scribbled a partial frame and stamped my sentiment in black.

I adhered my panel to an A2 card base and added few enamel dots in green and yellow to finish off.

Next, I am sharing two cards I made using different red and green inks form my stash and the masking stencil in the traditional layering style of Altenew stamps. I used the Hello form the same set for the first card and happy birthday from the Altenew Bergenia Builder stamp set for on of the card.

Then, I wanted to try the same with yellow inks to compare with my watercolor card. However, I failed to clean my stamp properly and it thought it was just stained by the red. Then, I used my Altenew Buttercup cube and stamped. I was horrified by the pinkish tone it stamped. I thought my ink pad was a goner. But I kept stamping with it till the pinkish tone got lighter and it went back to being buttercup finally. Phew. So here are the two cards from that effort.

Thank you for joining me today and I will see you again next week with more inspiration!

The Hedgehog Hollow – July Subscription box – Guest Design Post

A big hello my dear friends! While I am still contemplating the purpose and use of my blog, I am here to quickly share that I am guest designing for the July 2020 Hedgehog Hollow Subscription Box. They sent me this box full of cute foods with Kawaii personalities and I had so much fun playing with them. I started by stamping out all the sushi guys and the Mr. Soy for The Daily Marker 30 Day coloring challenge hosted by Kathy Racoosin and then made two cards that I am sharing on The Hedgehog Hollow blog today! Here are some pictures of the cards and you can click on the link to visit and read my post! Thanks for stopping by!

Butterflies Box Card – AAA Birthday Challenge

Happy Monday! It’s time for a new challenge at AAA Birthday Challenge Blog and this month’s prompt is 3D and that’s truly a challenge for me. I am more of a coloring person, and occasionally try a shadowbox at the most. But, today I decided to step it up and go all out with a box card.

I recently got the cut files for the butterfly box card from SVG Cuts and really wanted to try it out. I was so intimidated by all the lovely butterflies, but then when I watched the tutorial and started out it wasn’t hard at all! And now I know how to make my own box cards without cut files too. But this one I made is using the cut files.

So this is how it works. I downloaded the cut files and used my Brother scan and cut machine to cut out all the individual elements. I used metallic copper Cricut cardstock for the box part and Bristol Smooth cardstock for the butterflies and regular 60lb black cardctock from Michaels for the 2nd layer on the butterflies. I ink blended Distress Oxides to color the butterflies and added details with a Sharpie Fineliner.

For the inserts on top and bottom I stamped the flowers and leaves form the Simon Says Stamp Sketched Flowers set and heat embossed with WOW Embossing powder – Perissa. I distressed these pieces with Antique Linen Distress Oxides to blend with the look of the card.

I put it all together with strong Scor tape, and yesss, it folds flat and can be inserted into an envelope!! I enjoyed the process and now have this grand creation for my friend’s birthday. Win win! I hope you are inspired to try something 3D this month and play along the AAA Birthday Challenge! Have a great day!

Circle of Hope – Rachel Vass Designs

Hello and welcome back to my blog!!! It has been 1 month since I posted to my blog and I just felt like saying hi to anyone kind enough to stop by. And of course to share links for the latest release by Rachel Vass Designs. Today’s release is called Circle of Hope. Click the image below to shop!

I printed the digi with a laser printer on hot pressed watercolor paper and cur it out using my Brother scan and cut. I colored this beautiful stamp using Tombow markers and mounted it on a panel with form tape with some copper thread in between. The panel was created by blending distress oxides and dry embossing with the Altenew Patchwork Kite stencil. Here are few pictures of my card for today.

I hope you liked my card! Have a wonderful day.

EDS/HSD Awareness Month – Instagram Hop + GIVEAWAY!

Hello friends! Today I am very proud to be a part of the amazing crafting community that has come together to help spread awareness about a crazy disorder – Ehlers Dalnose Syndrome. EDS/HSD are a group of connective tissue disorders that often go undiagnosed and unvalidated. I have a lot of information and resources lined up below that you benefit from or share with anyone you think might benefit from it. And to take this further, 43 card makers are posting their beautiful creations on Instagram and welcome you to hop along for some inspiration and load of prizes to be won. To read more about the story of how this hop started and the wonderful sponsors that have come forward with prizes to make it more fun please head to my friend, Natasha Davies’s blog. She is a brave girl fighting this disorder and the reason this wonderful hop is happening today. To hop along, just tap the image below –

For this hop we decided to have a theme – happiness! Flowers make me happy, and watercoloring flowers all the more so. I combined that with my newfound love for slimline cards and made my card for today’s hop.

This card features a slimline cut file from Jill Cameron Creations and the gorgeous Lily botanicuts from The Greetery. I watercolored the lilies with Peerless Watercolors and and come Copic markers and used Prisma pencils to add little details. I used a sentiment form Unity Stamp company that I felt best describes my lovely friend Natasha Davies, and several others like her that are kind and spirited despite the curveballs life throws at them.

Ok, so finally, I will leave you with a few links that you can check out for great information about EDS/HSD, and how you can benefit from it/contribute towards it.

  1. EDS Blog post by Natasha Davies
  2. Ehlers-Dalnos Society Website
  3. Just Giving link – Contribute funds directly to EDS.org

Last but not the least, I must mention that that the logo/watermark I used on today’s project was made using a beautiful ribbon with henna pattern designed by my friend Jyoti Adhikari – CardsNCraftsNYC. I think she did an amazing job with the ribbon to meet the zebra image which is the mascot for EDS.