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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Exploring cardmaking

After a lot of watercolour cards, i finally made a paper patterned and background stamp embossed greeting card (still a few flaws), but i like the result. Here are the details of my venture:

After i chose the pattern paper i used a #Justrite background stamp which you can see with colours of the pattern paper below.  I used Hero arts white embossing powder. Then struggled with the layout i planned and finally found the white butterfly diecut and coloured it with #Zig real brush markers. Cut the flower from another pattern and edged it with the butterfly's zig pink later.

Then. stuck jute twine from Simon says over the button hole. I let the let's party layer be loose like the butterfly in flight. Dunno if it's breaking some rules(sic!). I added the zig colours of  light yellow and dark pink.

Finally added lots of Wink of Stella over the butterfly, the flower and the background etched out flowers and the sentiment - 'let's party'..

I think it will take me a little more time to be totally in the groove, and try more ambitious greeting cards.

I store my zigs in brush boxes that my art store give me free (all the stuff i buy counts for something!) And my Wendy Vecchi bag hold my for the moments stuff generally used)

. I used #Mono multi glue. Most of my stuff i get from online sotores here or from #AMZ, #Ellen Hutson, #Simon says --stamps, pretty posh sequins, . i got some of my copics and pattern paper and glitter cardstock, sequins,)

Small squares of double sided tape from #Mango(Viviana Mall, Thane) So also my Winsor Newton professional, Koi, Copics,  and a lot of card making stuff - paper, watercolour paper, Canson Arches and favourite for its whiteness and quality ( i like it a lot) #Strathamore 300 gsm or lesser.

But when i get a chance i get my supplies from Amazon;, though once my sister got me Arches Large  - cold pressed 300gsm  for 50% less at a sale along with other stuff from #Michael's. I was over the moon.

For Card making it's best to use plain white or glossy white, Iris which is available here. But the special stock got by the big brands cuts a hole in the pocket.

Zig in a box (48 of them)

Pattern Paper #My Favourite Things currently it has the best stamps of critters- cats BB I knead you). Penguins frolicking in the sun(!), dinosaurs ones are out of stock!

Winki of Stella

Wndy Vecchi bag

Glue drops

 My muse - Watercolours

Brands wise i would prefer Schmnchke or Holbein and W&N, Daniel Smith, Generals for certain colours, but i decided go witht he colourful palette of Gansai Tampi.

I'm really shopping online nowadays. Bur only for craft products. Daniel Smith, M. Graham (singles) from AMZ Others like DS - Coral etc. from #Ellen Hutson( i love the way she adds a personal touch with a ribbon, EH card and a nice note! I think like greetings these are so rare to see in India.

#Simon says also adds a note, but i like EH and #AMZ is practical and down-to-earth -everything taken care of. I trust them coz they know hte rules and help you in following them like the import KYC (know your customer). Recently i've found #diecutsnadmore has been able to showcase good dies and products you want to grab and i do if i can! And it's if you don't get it here, you try elsewhere that's how you stumble on a new store. But i need professional attitude and a strong website. But sometime they get swept away by the storm, too!

If you're looking for online stores you could also try, #crafterscorner #khushiartsand crafts. So things are looking up for Indian crafters. You see their talent being recognized abroad.

But, the day i would rejoice is when the Indians start buying cards for the simple reason - 'just a note to say/\...'

Well i'm trying new cards, but right now my right hand has a slight ligament tear and i'm waiting to get back to my copics and paint with my right hand. Being ambidexterous is for now -my watercolor will try to complete #occ now, and later find another route to specialize. Slowly but surely.

It's really  my dream to create all kinds of cards and join blog hops, if only to be challenged.
 while graduating in commerce!

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