Bear hugs

Hello everyone! 

I have a fun set of cards to share with you today. I used the free Heffy Doodles digi on all of them to make 5 different cards. I had loads of fun to say the least. 🙂

Here they are..

I decided to make a simple scene on the first one…  sponged some dye inks and added a die cut to frame the scene.

For the second, I followed Bibi Cameron’s video on how to make snowy backgrounds. It was a fantastic tutorial. She explains it so well.

I gave the bear a sweet sweater and a Santa’s cap. The snowflakes on the sweater were stamped using a stamp from Lawn Fawn.

The next card is a pretty simple one. I layered a couple of journaling note cards from Simple Stories that have been in my stash for ages and finished the card with a sentiment from Pretty Pink Posh. I also die cut the hearts edge on one of the cards.

This card was so much fun to make. Text backgrounds are my favorite. I stamped the background using a single word stamp with Distress Oxide inks. I also stamped a few stars and hearts in light grey ink to fill up the spaces. I layered a piece of torn vellum and adhered the images and heat embossed the sentiment.

The last card is an interactive slider card. I used MFT dies to make the slider channels. I also gave the bear a sweater. Isn’t that fun?! 🙂

I hope you like the cards…

Have a great weekend, friends…

Sindhu.

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A picture book…

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a cute picture book I had made on order for a little girl for her birthday a couple of months ago. Yes, I’m sharing it NOW. I already had shared on Instagram.

I had used a ton of stamp sets from different companies and patterned papers.

Here is how the book looks….

The cover of the book… 🙂

I hope you like it… 🙂

See you soon..

One stencil- four ways 

Hello everyone!

Today I have a post that shows four ways to use a stencil. The ‘Rice paddies’ stencil is my current favorite and I made lots of cards using it already. Today, I will be sharing four

Here is the first card…

This is how I made this card. (I’m only going to concentrate on how I made the background)…

1. Take a piece of watercolour paper and sponge some ‘broken china’ distress ink. (I wanted the effect to be very subtle. So, I tried not to useva heavy hand while sponging ink.)

2. Place the stencil on the sponged background and spritz water on it and wait for a few seconds for the water to react with ink. (Make sure that your stencil is in place all the time)

3. Take a dry tissue and dab it on the stencil till all the water is absorbed.

Tip: If you want this effect to be more visible, sponge the background with a darker ink. Then the contrast would be more obvious. 

Here is a close up…

Here is the second card…

This is how I made this card..

1. On a piece of watercolour cardstock, sponge inks of same colour in different shades to get an ombre look.

2. Then, randomly sponge ink through the stencil. The pattern will not be continuous.

3. Change the orientation of the stencil and dry emboss it.

Here is a close up…

Third card…

1. Sponge ink through stencil.

2. Without moving it, dry emboss using a die cutting machine. You are done. 

Here is a close up….

Now for the final card…

1. On a piece of white cardstock, sponge the dye ink lightly with the help of an ink blending tool.

2. Place the stencil on the inked panel and tape it down with a washi tape or any temporary adhesive to hold the stencil in place. 

3. Sponge the same dye ink that was used to ink the panel, through the stencil. The areas inked through the stencil will look darker because of layering of the ink.

4. Without moving the stencil, dry emboss by running it through a die cutting machine. (Sandwich from the bottom to top- Base plate, B plate, embossing mat, inked panel with stencil facing up, B plate).

5. Remove the stencil and coat the panel with anti-static powder.

6. Replace the stencil in such a way that the raised parts of the stencil are exposed for heat embossing.

7. Take a versamark ink cube (clear sticky ink pad) and press it down on the stencil making sure that all the exposed areas are inked with it.

8. Remove the stencil and pour the sparkle clear embossing powder on the background. The embossing powder will stick to the areas that has Versamark ink.

9. Heat set the powder. 

The result would be a pink background with darker pink stencilled, raised, clear sparkle embossed pattern.

Here is a close up…

That is all for today.

Hope you give these techniques a try. 

Supplies used-

Neat and Tangled Rice Paddies stencil

Neat and Tangled Beach DayFlamingo floatie, MermazingSay yes to donuts.

Party animal

Hi everyone!

There are a few challenges that I try hard not to miss and Little Tangles is one of them. 

Here is my card for the challenge. I decided to keep my card long and in landscape format to accomodate all the cute critters.

I created cute scene where it looks like all the animals are going to a party. The inside of the card shows the star of the party- a pink fox! Why not? 😀

The card measures 8.25″x4.25″. 

Here is the inside of the card…

I hope you like it.

Supplies used-

Neat and Tangled stamp sets- SchoolhouseWild onesHoliday Baking and Say yes to donuts(for sentiment)

Zig Clean color real brush pens to colour the images

Versafine onyx black ink and various dye inks to stamp the confetti. 

Mamma giraffe, baby giraffe…

Hi everyone! 

It is me again! Sorry for spaming your emails and feeds today! I have only a few more hours left to enter the MFT Card Design Superstar contest  and wanted to do separate posts for all three cards. 

This card that I’m gonna show is for the ‘Innovation Master’ category. It doesn’t have any fancy folds or interactive elements though. 

Here is my card…

I am planning to give this card to my mom. I always look up to her and she never stops caring about me no matter how old I grow. The baby giraffe is eating stuff hand picked (read mouth picked! :D) by its mom. The mommy giraffe also dropped a pile of leaves for the baby to eat. 🙂

This cute scene of these two giraffes was a very spontaneous idea. I intended to have one giraffe eating leaves. But I instinctively stamped, coloured and fussy cut the baby giraffe too! And I knew exactly what I wanted to have on the card…

What is special about this card?

I wanted to create a scene where the mamma giraffe looks like it is plucking leaves from the tree tops and dropping them on the ground so that the baby could feed! 

But the mamma giraffe’s head wasn’t looking up in the stamp set. So, i stamped the body of the big giraffe till the neck and then stamped the head of the little giraffe. I managed to achieve what i wanted!

But have you looked at the tree with enormous trunk? And the tree tops? Do you spy some clouds in there? 🙂 I didn’t have a tree die which I needed badly. So, I made my own tree. 

I cut out free hand the trunk from Neenah Solar white 110lb cardstock and sponged dye inks on it. (I messed it up and had to flip it and colour it again!) Then, I die cut out puffy clouds and inked them in green and added to the tree.

Do you also see the clouds in the background?  I made a template using the puffy cloud dies. And sponged some blue ink to make them look like leaf clusters on the trees.

Here are couple more close up shots ..

I hope you like the card… 🙂

Supplies used-

Neenah solar white 110lb cardstock 

MFT giraffing me crazy stamp set

MFT blueprints 29 (stitched rectangle) 

MFT puffy clouds dies

Dye inks.

Hugs… (adding pencil details to solid stamped images)

Hello everyone!

I wanted to share a card I made for MFT ‘Card Design Superstar contest for the ‘Coloring Virtuoso’ category. To be honest, I’m by no means a coloring virtuoso but I couldn’t let the opportunity to try something different pass by. 

Since the day they had announced the contest, I had been playing around the idea of adding details to a floral stamp set I had in my stash. I hadn’t used it much which was another reason why I wanted to put it to use. So, I tried. 

Here is my card…

I also took pictures along the way while I coloured it.  Excuse the bad lighting. It is very cloudy here and I had to take some of the pictures indoors. 

I used the ‘Flashy florals’ stamp set for this card. Here is a look at the stamp set…

As you can see, I had used the biggest flower and a medium sized flower and a couple of leaf images to make this card.
First, I created masks for both the flowers and stamped them on white cardstock with ‘insulation pink’ dye ink from MFT. Then, I masked the flowers and stamped the leaves in Memento Pear Tart dye ink. I let everything dry well.

Once the images were dry, I started adding layers with my Prisma colored pencils. You can see the steps in the below picture.

I used 3 shades of pink and 3 shades of green.

Once the coloring was done, I fussy cut the whole arrangement out and assembled the card. 

I die cut a stitched rectangle using a die from MFT blueprints 29. I stamped on it with ‘bold diagonals’ background cling stamp with ‘grout grey’ ink. I love how subtle it looks in the background while still adding a great pattern to the card. I added a die cut from stitched basic edges dies at the bottom as I needed some white. I die cut the word ‘hugs’ several times and layered them. On the top, I added the die cut in grey. Instead of diecutting from a grey cardstock, I smooshed the same grey ink that I had used for the background on a piece of Neenah solar white cardstock and die cut the word from it and it matches the colour of the backgrond pattern perfectly!

Here are a couple more pictures…

I also wanted to add why I thought this card deserved to be linked to the awesome challenge… As soon as I saw what others had made, I felt like giving up. I had no chance. The entries were AMAZING to say the least. So much talent… 

But I didn’t want to give up. So, I sat and tried. After throwing at least 10 different colored versions, this happened. I was pleased. It took me over 3 hours to make masks, add details and fussy cut it out. And another one hour to finish the entire card. Also, this was the first time I had done something so elaborate. Now, when I see the first image ( in the collage) and the card in front of me, I feel it was totally worth the time and effort. Irrespective of whether I win or not, I’m going to cherish this card. Bonus?  My hubby who usually is hard to please, looked pleased when he saw the card, said it was very good. What more could I ask for? 🙂 Here goes my card in the ‘Coloring Virtuoso’ category.

List of supplies used

Neenah solar white 110lb 

MFT Flashy florals stamp set

Prisma colored pencils

MFT stitched basic edges dies

MFT BluePrints 29

MFT bold diagonals background stamp

MFT inks ‘insulation pink’ and ‘grout grey’.

Memento ‘pear tart’ ink

Pretty Pink Posh clear droplets (4mm and 6mm).

Winners!!!!

Hello everyone!

Thank you so much everyone who took their time to comment.

I used Random number generator App to pick the winners. 

Here they are… Congratulations!!

Please mail me at sindhura.papermintATgmailDOTcom with ‘Blog anniversary celebration winner’ in the subject. If you don’t respond within 48 hrs, I will pick another winner. 

Celebration post # 1 with Piyu.

Deepti Aggarwal – $20 GC to Neat and Tangled.

Celebration post #2 with Priya Sondhi

Blissfully Scrappy (Andrea)- Clearly Bessotted stamp set.

Celebration post # 3 with Jasleen

Sindhu- Animation stamp set sponsored by Meetu.

Celebration post #4 with Hussena

Sabiha- Prize sponsored by Letz Craft (Jovi)

Celebration post #5 with Shona

MargeSSW- A $10 worth digis to Craftin Desert Divas

Celebration post #6 with Erum

Karthikha- $10 worth digis to Just ME digital stamps sponsored by Elena.

Celebration post #7 with Therese

Anila Dikay- $15 GC to Gerda Steiner Designs

Celebration post #8 with Juhi

Kavita- Rs. 1000/- worth goodies from Crafters Corner sponsored by Shalini.

Celebration post #9 with Anang and Pooja

Suman Pandit- Papericious prize package

Vijaylaxmi- Altenew Stamp set.

Fly away friends card set…

Hello! 

I can’t wait for the weekend to be here already! How about you? I had made maby cards pver the last couple of weeks but had not been getting much time to write a post for them.

Here is the card set I made using Pretty Pink Posh products. I absolutely love the stamps Paulina designs as they are absolutely cute and they go well with my style of card making. 

Usually when I make cards, I don’t plan them in advance. I just start making them and go by the way I feel once I start. But the card sets I made recently are different. I planned them in advance. I coloured all the images, coloured them using zig and fussy cut all of them. I created a mask using a Mama Elephant cloud die from a sheet of acetate so that I could use it over and over again. 

I inked up the sky using Altenew dye inks. 

After sponging the clouds, I die cut out the panel using one of the Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies. I adhered everything down and stamped the sentiment. Adhered the panel onto a card base.

This id an interactive slider card… I used a knofe to cut out the slider slot. See below how this works…. 🙂

The last card is almost a one layer card.  I masked the whole card base but circle and sponged inks using the cloud template I had created.

I stamped the sentiment and a few heart clusters and traced out a circle with a black pen. I adhered the image using a foam take for some dimension.

That’s it for today from my side. 🙂

Supplies-

Neenah Solar white 110lb cardstock 

Pretty Pink Posh Fly away friends stamp set

Pretty Pink Posh ‘thoughtful greetings’ stamp set

Simon Says Stamp Stitched rectangle dies

Altenew dye inks

Zig clean color real brush pens

Strathmore Bristol Smooth 140lb cardstock.

Celebration post #9 with Anang and Pooja

Hello everyone!

How are you all doing? I’m back with the last celebration post with two amazing people guest designing for the blog today. They both are pretty close to my heart. 

Let me introduce you all to Anang and Pooja.

Anang is a sweetheart! I’m blessed to call her my friend. She is one of the kindest persons I have ever known and she knows how to make someone’s day. She has a heart of gold and I love her! 

She has a BEAUTIFUL floral card for us today. 

I’m so super excited to have my guest post featured on Sindu’s blog! Omg!! 

I love her style and find it amazing how she manages to churn out such pretty and creative cards with a small toddler. Hats of too you! 

I love florals in any form, this is a very, very simple card that I’ve done with very limited supplies. Hope you’ll like it! 

Thank you for featuring me. 🙂

Isn’t her coloring fantastic?! I love every bit of it! 

Thank you so much for helping me cebrate, Anang! Love you, girl!

Next is Pooja. I am absolutely lucky to have known her for almost 5 years. She is talented, kind, inspiring and down to earth…a combination that would make an amazing person! She is beyond amazing! She has supported me all through my journey and it means so much to me…. 

Today is a floral kind of day… she made a floral card too… check it out…

Hello Friends, I am So glad to join Sindhu for Blog-Anniversary Celebrations ! I was very pleased that she thought of me,Thanks a lot Sindhu for giving me chance to share my card on your beautiful Blog ! I have been a die-heart fan of your work since early blogging days(As if you didn’t know 😉) ! You have an amazing style and have constantly inspired me & many like me to try creating CAS cards 🙂 Wishing you many more such celebrations:)

I have a simple card to share with you all..almost One-layered card !

See how cool she is?! She even made a tutorial… 🙂

I LOVE your card, Pooja! Thanks so much for doing this for me! Hugs..

Now for the giveaways…. yes, giveaways! I have 2 today. 

The first one is sponsored by Aastha, the owner of Papericious.

She generously offered a prize package worth rs.500/- 

The next giveaway is by a very generous soul who didn’t want to be mentioned here. She had said “No one needs to know who was sponsoring!”. 😀

This is what one of you is going to get… this beautiful Altenew 6×8 stamp set …

Rules to be eligible for the giveaways-

1. Follow my blog

2. Follow Anang’s Instagram account.

3. Follow Pooja’s blog.

4. Leave a comment.

**** All the celebration giveaways end tomorrow.