Monday, September 28, 2015

Shaker cards - CAS.ology 165 Circles


Here I am with my second attempt in shaker cards. Took lot of trial and errors but finally did it after messing up with one card.

I used a two circle dies to cut the window for shaker card. I did partial cutting as I wanted to stamp the sentiment right at the centre of the circle.

All the cards are 5x7" top folding cards. I used WPlus9 sweetsn treats stamp to stamp the panel .
 I stamped same cup cakes on a water colour paper and coloured them with water colour pencils and cut them out. 
For first card I used sequins as shaker elements and for another two I used the coloured cup cakes as shaker elements. I stamped a cherry on all cards and to applied wink of stella and glossy accents for dimension n added shine.

Here are the cards

I am entering this card to CAS.ology week 165 Circle themed challenge.

Hope you liked it...

Suggestions are welcome

Thank you for stopping by

Swapna Patil

Thursday, September 24, 2015

One layer card



Today I am with one layer card. I struggle alot to make one layer card but i did it. I liked it.
The sketch is inspired by CAS(E) this sketch 141
I inked and stamped the sentiment repeatedly to get rainbow colours. Then masked the sentiment and to stamp circle dots. Then stamped few heart and added glossy accents.

Here is the card

Inspired by 

Entering this card to Addicted to CASE #73 Dream

Suggestions are welcome.

Thank you for stopping by

Swapna Patil

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Word die background card



I made this card few days back. Its a 5x7 " top folding card. I adhered word die cuts diagonally on a panel of grey card stock which measures 4x7". 
I cut few hearts from white fun foam and same sentiment die from red foam. Heat embossed the supporting sentiment on same card stock and adhered everything on front panel. 
Used border stamp and heat embossed on card base. To tie up everything i heat embossed another strip of card stock. 
Mounted the card front with foam tape.

I am entering this card to Simon wednesday challenge - Die crazy

Hope you liked the card. If so please leave comments below.

Thank you

Swapna Patil

Monday, September 21, 2015

One card 3 challenge ;)

Hi... Friends...

Of lately I realised that I work only when there is deadline. 
And to challenge myself little more I tried to make one card for 3 or more challenges. But as I can enter one card for max 3 challenges I am entering this card for 3.

Its a side folding 7x5" inch card. I used a paper smooches cloud die to cut the background and inked the edges to define the cloud line. 
Stamped the image, umbrella and sentiment from archival black ink. Then water coloured the umbrella. I adhered the cloud pieces flat on the card base and adhered the main image panel with foam tape.

Here is the card.

I am also entering this card to CASology 164

And last but not the least I am entering this card to A blog named hero - Die cutting

Hope you liked my card.

Thank you for stopping by

Swapna Patil

Water colouring AGAIN


Here I am with my another attempt in water colouring. SO I need your comments and suggestions so that I can improve in colouring.

I made this card for The Card Concept #39 weekly challenge and its on Daisies. I tried my level best to make them look like daisies.

I stamped the image on water colour paper and coloured the background with water colour pencils. I trimmed this paper 1/4 cm from both sides, sentiment is from Altenew and stamped it with black archival ink. Then I used same blue pencil to scribble on both edges of the base and blended the colour with water to match the blue colour in the background. Then adhered the water coloured main panel with foam tape. 

I used the Clean and simple card technique for my card.

Here is the card. Hope you liked it.

Here is the inspiration pic

Thank you for stopping by...

Swapna Patil

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

One layer card


I have been trying to make one layer card but couldn't do. Atlast I am here with one layer card.

Its top folding 7x5" card. I used PTI stripes stamp and SSS inks for the card. Sentiment is from Panny black. Hope you like it...

I am entering this card to CAS(E) this sketch 140

Thank you stopping by

Swapna Patil

Monday, September 14, 2015

No stamp - No ink card


I made another card today. I planned something and it turned out something totally different. But i loved making it.It is card with no stamp and as no stamp, I dint use any ink also.
 I used a Khaki card base. Dry embossed a white panel which is 0.5cm smaller than card card front, die cut heart from khaki card stock and sentiment from black card stock few times.
 I stacked these sentiment die cuts on each other for dimension.
Adhered the embossed panel with foam tape and assembled the card.

Here is the close look at faux stitching on heart die cut.

I am entering this card to Freshly made sketch 203

Thank you for stopping by

Swapna Patil

Sunday, September 13, 2015


Hi friends...

Firstly I want to apologise for such a long post. 
Today i have post on boring but very important topic. Every person need some sort of organisation. I was always concerned about organising as i cant work in messy place. 
I agree as we start working the area get messy. In my view ORGANISING means, easy to put back the things in their place and finding them easily when you need. If you have to search or break your head to remember were you kept then I am sure you wont use it again and forget about it.

Here is my small effort to share my ideas on organising things, hope you like it.

Organising is not an easy task to accomplish and maintain unless and untill you know what you have and how much place you have. First and formost i categorised what I have? What are my different hobbies so that I can keep the respective items together. 
My first concern was my embroidery books, clothe( Matti cloth for Kasuti-Karnataka Kasuti which is the traditional embroidery of Karnataka). 

Then came the paper crafting items, items to be organised are more so i categorised them on type like papers, stamps, dies, inks, embellishments. 

In this i kept all my embellishments like sequins, enamel dots in one box. 
All papers in their repective covers and i have plain 12x12 papers from Reena Gupta and for card base and other purpose I buy in local market (get them cut in printing press, score and fold them which saves lot of time and space).

Then came stamps and dies

Selection of pockets - Here the first thing i did was searching for poskets to store them.
I was not at all convinced by the typical stamp storage pockets which many use. They are costly because they are imported. go for imported if you wont get in local market.
I bought 1kg of plastic covers in local market in which i got nearly 150 covers. I sat and made flaps (sounds crazy but not as crazy as spending lots of money on imported stamp pockets) for them as they wont come with ready flaps. These are 9" long covers so you can adjust the height of the cover ;). For most of the dies i used CD covers.

Then came labelling 

Selection of label - I first thought of printing all label on A4 sheet cut them and stick with tixo tape. It didnt work for me. Then i thought of buying label maker but the cost of that and refill made me drop the idea. Then i saw a label sheet on ebay and bought the pack of 100 sheets for 350/- which is lot cheaper(in money wise) than labelling machine and refill. The label is Novajet self adhesive label .

In that i used 84L label. It has instructions inside to type and print labels. I printed labels for dies,stamps, embossing folders.

Ink pads

For ink pads i felt these are perfect labels. If you want you can trim a little bit but they worked fine for me. After attaching labels to ink pads I realised that I forgot to stamp on them with respective colour. So when you want to do this please stamp and them attach. I have not organised them in any particular order. All die, pigments are together exceptions being black n white inkpads.

I have distress mini so i store them in transparent box. along with 4 memento dew drops and few color box chalk inks..

Stamp storage

I was bit worried about storing stamps. Because IF I WONT SEE I WONT USE. So i took this idea from Jennifer McGuiere. I soon realised that the pockets can fit two stamp sets in them. So i placed two sets in one pocket which will help me in future(I already saved lots of space for upcoming stamp sets).  For few stamp sets i trimmed the plastic backing they come with so that they can fit in the cover. The few larger stamps i placed one in one pocket. These pockets are right for big sets like Altenew rose/flower sets too.

For sets which had matching dies i made a red dot on the label itself so that i can make out which set has matching die.

I kept smaller stamps like these in cd cover.

For background stamps i didnt do any packing. I just attached the label on their backing sheet.

Die storage

It was bit difficult to store dies for me. First i used to store them with magnetic sheets. As the collection increased it became difficult for me to look at them because of the weight. Then i switched to CD covers. But there were few sets which needed magnetic sheets for them i am using magnetic sheets.

These are the above stamp covers but i trimmed them to the size of  5x6" so that they can fit exactly to the set.

This is the original size of the cover without any further trimming. For dies like these i use magnetic sheets. But i have only two sets like this.

Embossing folders

For embossing folders i didnt do much as they are strong enough to hold themselves. I put the label and thats it.

That is it. This is my organisation. to sum up every thing. Dies and background stamps in one container.

Stamps and embossing folders in another. 

Hope you liked it. If you liked please comment bellow.

Thank you for being with me till the end.


Friday, September 4, 2015

Ink blending – Teacher’s card

Hi friends...

I made these 3 quick cards for teacher’s day. I had to rush a little bit as i was late to make and post them. 

These are 5x7 top folding cards. I selected 3 stencils and applied distress inks by overlapping the colours for smooth transition of colours. With the help of liquid adhesive attached the TEACHER die cut (attached two die cuts to give dimension) on upper portion of card. To make the stencilled work pop added thin strip of black card stock.

Thank you for stopping by

Swapna Patil