Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I also went shopping last week, I had gone to a toy store to get some toys for my nephew and guess what I found there chipboard alphabets!!!! I had never seen them in Bangalore before, so obviously I’m soooooooo excited!!!I also bought some 3-D flower stickers.Now finally to this week’s Card Patterns sketch. Here is my take on it.A good friend of mine, Krishnan, is a very tough critic of my cards. According to him I almost always make floral cards and that I should try out different types of cards, though I never accept it I know its kinda true . So this time I made a non-floral card.......Do check out the Card Patterns blog for some great takes on this week’s sketch by the DT.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I also got a cutting mat.........up till now I had been doing all my craft cutting over old newspapers as I was under the impression that cutting mats are not available in India, I just happened to spot it while walking out of the local craft store.........I’m very excited about last week’s shopping......I still have get these organized...........and these too......any suggestions about how to store ribbon rolls?
Now to some cards I made last week. This one is for Daring Cardmakers........the dare this week is to use something related to music. I have used a tiny musical note punch for the notes........the image of the girl is from Arthur’s Free Clipart. I got this link from Carol’s blog. I have colored the image with oil pastels.
I made this one for LSC220 Life's a beach (SPLITCOASTSTAMPERS). I stuck real sea shells which I had handpicked from the beaches of Goa; Aridaman made the background paper by placing wet teabags on watercolor paper, isn’t it neat? I love how this has turned out but cannot think of a good sentiment to go with it...plzzzzzzz do leave a comment on this post if you can think of some nice sentiment to go with this card......I’ll appreciate it.
Finally this one is for card patterns........I have again used an image from Arthur’s Free Clipart......I just couldn’t resist using this adorable little girl on my card.........
Monday, May 18, 2009
Smita and I discovered each other last month; since then we have been regular visitors to each others blogs. Smita is one of the very few card making enthusiasts from India that I am aware of, I have learnt a lot from her experiences.
Do drop by Smita’s Blog to see her lovely creations.
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Now to some work I did last week but couldn’t find time to post. The Card Patterns DT is looking for a new design team members. They had provided a sketch based on which you had to make yours. This is what I made. I wanted to make a card with ethnic Indian prints.....at the same time I didn’t want it to look like a traditional Indian wedding invitation....and I guess I did a pretty good job too ;) ........the top strip in the background is recycled handmade gift wrapping paper, the second one is handmade paper from Pondicherry, the third is recycled from an old wedding invitation and the last one is stamped using a wooden block stamp (mehndi stamp). The tassel is also from an old wedding invitation (Indian wedding invitation cards are a great source of all kinds of lovely handmade paper and misc adornments; I have become an ardent collector.......). The bling is also ethnic Indian; it is usually used in traditional attire.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I made this card for SplitCoastStampers (SCS) CAS14 challenge. We had to made cards using a technique known as Rock and Roll. The technique involves inking a rubber stamp with one ink and then rolling the edges of the inked stamp on an ink pad with another coordinating color. You can find the entire tutorial about the Rock & Roll technique here.
I stamped the smaller flowers using the Rock & Roll technique; cut them out and stuck one flower one top of the other. Here is a closer look at the flowers.The bigger red flower is made by placing 4 punched hearts with their pointed ends together and placing a punched flower on top and small punched sun on top.
Monday, May 11, 2009
The sun has been stamped using a traditional Indian stamp carved out of wood. Such stamps are traditionally used in India to stamp images on cotton/silk fabric woven on hand looms using vegetable dyes. The technique is known as block printing.
They are also used to put henna or mehndi (in Hindi) patterns on palms and feet. Mehndi is a ceremonial art form used on special occasions like weddings and festivals.
The sentiment is handwritten.
The sun has been stamped using a traditional Indian stamp carved out of wood. Such stamps are traditionally used in India to stamp images on cotton/silk fabric woven on handlooms using vegetable dyes. The technique is known as block printing.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
I made this card for SplitCoastStampers CAS13 - It's A Sketch Challenge. This was one of the easiet and quickest cards I have made. Took me less than half an hour to make it!!! And the best part is there are so many things that can be put instead of the punched four leafed clover!!
I can't wait to try out other variations of this sketch.