Monday, June 19, 2017

Technique of the Month - Textured colored backgrounds



Hello Everyone! Welcome to my blog!
I am back with "Technique of the Month" for June 2017.  I missed a couple of months but I am back on track now. This month's technique is "Textured colored backgrounds".

I am a huge fan of adding any kind of texture to my cards. It could either be on the background using embossing folders, embossing paste or it could be using embellishments. I can never make just plain and simple one layered cards. 

So before we dive into the technique, let's have a look at today's card first, shall we...







Close-up of the texture


Technique: The technique is really very simple. I have created a short video to explain the process. I hope that helps.





So here is a small description how I created this card:
  • Die-cut 2 circles from the background panel created using We R Memory Keepers - Nesting circle dies
  • On an A2 car base, adhered the smaller circle die-cut using glue.
  • Then adhered the larger circle die-cut to the card base using foam tape
  • Stamped the happy birthday sentiment from the Concord & 9th Happy Day set using Versamark ink and heat embossed using Ranger embossing powder.
  • Cut out an additional 1/4" strip from the background panel and attached it to one side of the card base using glue.
  • Attached a few embellishments around the sentiment to finish the card. 
  • I also stamped a few coordinating sentiments inside the card (can be seen in video).
  • Finally sponged the envelope flap to match the colors on the card using Memento dye inks.

I am submitting this card to :


 I hope you all liked it. I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 
 


Supplies Used:  
Recollections A2 card base - white  
Strathmore - Bristol Smooth paper  
Golden - Modeling paste / Ranger Texture paste

Dylusions Dyan Reaveley stencil 5 x 8 Squares Small
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolors 
Concord & 9th stamp set - Happy Day
We R Memory Keepers - Nesting Circle dies
Versamark inkpad
Distress Sprayer 
Ranger embossing powder - silver
Memento dye inks
Recollections sequins 
Ranger Ink - Palette Knife 
Tombow Mono glue 
Foam Tape - Scotch / SSS
 
 

 

Friday, June 16, 2017

For You..

Hello Everyone!!!
As you all know due to personal reasons my crafting mojo was MIA for past couple of months. So I was going through the various challenge blog to get it back and that's when I came across Simon Says Stamp's - Monday Challenge - it said "Touchy Feely". I got right up, went to the craft desk and got working.

So today I am here with a bright and colorful summer themed card for all of you. Lets have a look at the card first.






I always like working with embossing/modeling paste and stencils. This was the absolute correct moment to use them. So here is a small description how I created this card:
I really loved how all the colors mixed on the card panel so I am submitting this card to :
I hope you all liked it. I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 
 


Supplies Used:
Recollections A2 card base - white
Strathmore - Bristol Smooth paper
Ranger Ink Texture paste - white
Hero arts stencil - tilework
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolors
Concord & 9th die- Blossom
Spellbinders die-  Phrase Set Two
Recolletions sequins
Ranger Ink - Palette Knife
Tombow Mono glue
Foam Tape - Scotch / SSS
 

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Life and Death

Hello Everyone!!!
I am really very sorry for such a prolonged absence without any notice. There is no better way to say it, because the news I am going to share isn't a happy one. 

On 21st March 2017 my Father (Mr. Subhash Parab) passed away due to sudden heart attack. It was very shocking and heart breaking. I had to immediately leave for India to be with my mom and brother. I got the news at 11:30 p.m. and in the span of 8 hours I booked my tickets, packed suitcases, and was at the airport- to fly halfway across the world. 

Once I reached India, things got so hot and hectic!!! So many people to meet, so much to do. People said so many nice things about him. Many rituals were performed. It was very weird to be there and not have his presence around… I was there for 2 months or so. All that time, we all were running around putting things in order after him. 

I had been debating about coming out with this news on my blog, but my dad was a regular follower of my blog, he always emailed me his feedback about my art and so he has a special place here. This has been a very emotional and sad trip for me. My Father, wasn't so old, he was 59 years of age, and I knew he wouldn’t be around for ever, but it wasn't his chance to say a final goodbye to us yet… He was a great man. 

Love You Baba!!!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Simon Says Stamp - Feb 2017 Card Kit

Hello Everyone!!!

I am back with my 5 unique cards which I created using Simon Says Stamp - February 2017 card kit. The contents of the card kit are so cute, "lovey-dove" & beverage related that they are perfect to create love and tea-coffee themed cards.
Here are all the cards I have created using this kit. All the supplies used apart from the kit are mentioned separately below.


 Card 1
Card 2

Card 3
 
Card 4
Card 5

I am submitting these cards cards to:
 
http://casmixup.blogspot.com/2017/03/cas-mix-up-march-challenge.html
I hope you all liked it. I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 
 


Supplies used:
Simon Says Stamp - Feb 2017 card kit     (this card kit is now sold out but its contents which can be purchased separately. They are linked below)

Below mentioned are supplies used in all cards:

Card 1:
Card 2:
  • Recollections A2 size card base - white
  • AtrC tag die
  • Recollections rhinestones - black
Card 3:
  • Recollections A2 size card base - blue
  • Darice heart die
Card 4:
  • Recollections A2 size card base - brown
Card 5:
  • Recollections A2 size card base - white

 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Happy Little Stampers - March Anything Goes with Die Challenge

Hello Everyone!!!

From this month I will also be a part of Happy Little Stamper's - Anything Goes with Dies Challenge. As  the name suggests, you are welcome to submit any card with some kind of die usage in it.


http://www.happylittlestampers.com/search/label/Anything%20Goes%20with%20Dies

The challenge is sponsored by :

https://shop.happylittlestampers.com/

 Let's take a look at my card now.





As you all know, I have been on an "Ink Smooshing" frenzy recently, I have used the same technique for this card too. See my previous cards here and here showing the same technique.


Instructions:
  • So I started it with watercolor card panel & Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolors
  • Using acetate sheet, Distress water sprayer, I created ink puddles and then placed them on the watercolor panel only on the left bottom corner.
  • Taking the acetate sheet to the paper give you a bit of control as to where you want to place your color. I did not want to color the whole panel.
  • After I had the ink pattern created to my satisfaction, I die cut the Poppy from white card-stock and adhered it to the panel on the colored background.
  • Finally I stamped the sentiment and embellished using some Dew drops.
I am submitting this card to :

 
http://casmixup.blogspot.com/2017/03/cas-mix-up-march-challenge.html


http://casethissketch.blogspot.in/2017/03/case-this-sketch-211.html

I hope you all liked it. I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 

 


Supplies used:   Recollection card-white
Canson watercolor paper -140 lbs
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus watercolors - 2H, 3H. 5H

Memory Box - Perky Poppy Craft die

Stampendous -Happy Messages stamp set
Versafine inkpad - Onyx Black

Misti stamping tool (Also available in small size, large size)
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue 

Pretty Pink Posh - Clear droplets 
3M  Scotch Double stick Foam tape 
Distress water sprayer
Acetate sheet 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Technique of the Month - Ink Smooshing

Hello Everyone!!! 
In 2017 while setting my Crafting goals, I decided to challenge myself and so I settled on the thought that each month I will come up with a card using a technique. I will try to demonstrate the technique and create a card using the technique.So today marks my 1st installment for the same. 

From my previous blog post and my Instagram posts you must have realized that I have become a great fan of "Ink Smooshing tehcnique", I guess which is introduced to all of us by Laura Bassen. There are a lot of tutorials available on Youtube and various forums about this technique.  It can be recreated using any kind of watercolors available at your disposal. I tend to get best results using either Tim Holtz Distress inks, Dyan Reavley's Dylusions ink sprays, Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens or Dr. Ph Martin's liquid watercolors.

I have created a card using the same technique . Let's look at the card first .


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Technique: The technique is really very simple. You need to remember to select colors that blend in well with one another so that you don't create a muddy mess. I had posted a short video on my Instagram feed showing the technique. You can view it here:



Doing a little ink smooshing today #zigcleancolorrealbrushpens #inksmooshing by @parabn17

Card: For this card I started off by stamping the image first in black ink on watercolor card stock.  The I have used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pen to create the background. Once the background dried up, I added a few silver splatters  on the background using Fintec Mica palette. Then  I stamped the sentiment and adhered the card panel to purple card base using glue. Finally added a squins and finished the card.

I am submitting this card to :
http://seizethebirthday.blogspot.com/2017/03/anything-goes-and-our-new-surprise.html
 
http://casmixup.blogspot.com/2017/03/cas-mix-up-march-challenge.html
http://casethissketch.blogspot.in/2017/03/case-this-sketch-211.html


I hope you all liked it. I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 
 


Supplies used:
 
Recollection card base - purple
Canson watercolor paper -140 lbs
Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens 
Finetec MICA watercolor palette
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp set
Stampendous - Birthday wishes set
Versafine inkpad - Onyx Black
Recollections sequins 
Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue 




Saturday, March 4, 2017

Happy Little Stampers - March Challenge

Hello Everyone!

I'm back with this month's Christmas card for the Happy Little Stampers - Christmas challenge. This month's theme is "Star".




The challenge is sponsored by :


 


I was inspired to create 2 cards using this month's theme. Lets see the cards







I created 2 cards this month. I used Laura Bassen's famous "Ink Smooshing" technique to create the card backgrounds. For the 1st card I used the Distress inks in various shades of blues to create the background and for the 2nd card I have used Dr. Ph Matrins Hydrus inks in blue, pink & voilet. Then heat embossed stars on the background and stamped the sentiment as well. Finally embellished the cards using stars & sequins. Adhered the card panels on cards bases and I was done. Simple!

I am submitting these cards to following challenges:
I hope you all liked my card. I would love to hear back from you all. Thank you very much for taking your time to notice it. Hope to hear again from all of  u soon. Till then take care. :)

PS: If my posts inspire you to create something on similar lines, I feel highly flattered. But please, do respect the effort I take in conceptualizing and executing, please give a direct link to my work when you are inspired by mine. Thanks for understanding :-) 


Supplies used:
Recollection cardstock - white (card base)
Canson watercolor paper (140 lbs)
Distress inks - Broken china, Mermaid lagoon, Chipped Sapphire, Black soot, Faded jeans
Dr. Ph Martins Hydrus watercolors -  5H, 7H, 9H
Happy Little Stampers stamp set- Christmas Joy 
Simon Says Stamp stamp set   - Seeing Stars 
Recollections embossing powder - Snow
Recollections -Metallic Iridescent Sequin shapes
Simon Says Stamp sequins - Frozen Fractals
Misti Stamping tool
Distress water sprayer 
Tombow mono glue   



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