October 25, 2012

Diwali bloghop–Day 1

Welcome to the Diwali bloghop! I’m so excited to be a part of the two day diwali bloghop! We’re going to be sharing a ton of ideas for Diwali – from greeting cards to home décor, etc.! If you haven’t yet started your Diwali crafting, this is sure to get your creative juices flowing! Let me not hold you up with my chit-chat and get down to the real stuff! Note – if you’ve SCAL then you would be glad to know that I’m sharing all my cut files and you can use them for free!

Today, day one of the bloghop, we’ll be sharing greetings cards for Diwali. Diwali is my the most favorite festival and I love to make things for this festival close to my heart! So when I started to make a card for Diwali, I just couldn’t stop at one!

My first card is a more traditional take on Diwali. After all what is Diwali without Lord Ganesha and I find Lord Ganesha can be expressed in as many artistic forms as there are stars in the sky!

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For the card above, I cut the outline in red, the solid in yellow and the mat in green. Adhered the red outline to the yellow solid using a glue pen. I’ve found a glue pen to be most helpful in gluing such intricate designs. You can use a toothpick or a glue bottle with a thin nozzle for the same. Stamped the Kraft cardsock with WMS Text-it in Walnut Stain distress ink. Put a strip of 1/2” double sided tape on either side of the CS and sprinkled martha stewart green glitter on it. Then burnished the glitter with a bone folder. Finally sealed the glitter by rubbing some glossy accents all over it, so that the recipient doesn’t have glitter all over him/her when he/she opens the card! Smile Making this card was a breeze! So if you’re looking for mass producing diwali cards, then this is a great design and doesn’t it look b-u-tiful! If you don’t have an electronic cutter, you can print out any of the coloring pages from here and cut them out!

A stark departure from the previous card, here’s a more modern take on Diwali!

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I cut the string of lights using the Create-a-critter cartridge. Stamped “happy” from a bigger sentiment. Cut out “diwali” from a self-made patterned paper. Popped it up on dimensionals and to dot the “I” used the rhinestones. I’d created the patterned paper, quite sometime back and it was just perfect for this card; now I know that I should just create some PPs when I’ve time and stock them up. To make the PP, I stamped polka dot background in versamark on white CS, embossed in clear embossing powder and then sponged all over with Borken China, Barn door and peeled paint distress ink. Another simple and quick design!

My last card was inspired from this photo.

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I sponged white CS with Faded Jeans in a circular motion so that the center was lighter than the boundary. Cut the lantern base in yellow and purple; and the embellishments in pink and orange. Used white tissue paper to make the fringe. Popped the lanterns on dimensionals. Embellished them with liquid pearls. With white gel pen, doodled some fireworks and used stickles Crystal to make some stars. I used “happy” from a bigger sentiment and cut out “Diwali” using SCAL and cricut.

I hope the above designs have you inspired; but wait there’s more! Here are links to blogs of all the other lovely ladies who’ve created beautiful projects:

Links to SCAL Cut files:

Supplies:

  • Ganesha card: PTI Kraft and new leaf CS, 65# yellow and red CS, WMS Text-it, Distress ink – walnut stain, Martha stewart green glitter, double sided tape, dimensionals, SCAL, Cricut.
  • String of lights: PTI Soft stone and white CS, 65# black CS and other colors for the light bulbs, CHF Polka dot background stamp, versamark, clear embossing powder, Distress ink – Faded jeans, barn door, peeled paint; rhinestones, dimensionals, Create-a-critter cricut cartridge, Cricut.
  • Lanterns/Kandeel: PTI white CS, Distress ink faded jeans, stickles crystal, white tissue paper, 65# various color papes, Hero Arts Birthday, White gel pen, SCAL, Cricut.

20 comments:

Gayatri said...

Gorgeous card, Smriti! Love the Ganesha die cut. Thanks for the file as well. Happy Diwali!

Pooja Wagh said...

Beautiful cards! The modern one is awesome and I am all gaga over your self made patterned paper!

megha said...

beautiful card .lovely blog hop. cut files are not opening in my desk ...but i m enjoying hop.thanks
megha
http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

megha said...

hopped to all designers. all are awesome at their work .
megha
http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

Smriti said...

Megha, so glad that you enjoyed the bloghop!

Regarding the files, are you opening them in SCAL 2? They would only open in an SCAL version 2 or higher.

JJ Bolton said...

Super cards! Love how you mixed the cut files, distress inks, and stamping! TFS!

Crafterkhush said...

I love the second one, the modern take on diwali... It really pops and grabs your attention...!!

Maya Ariffin said...

Hello. Your cards are lovely!! I especially love the one with lantern :)

Happy Diwali! :)

Piali said...

Gorgeous cards!! 1st one is amazing...love it!!

Chaitali Narla said...

Love the patterns! The lanterns card is my fav I think but the Ganesha card is superb!

Hussena said...

These are simply Beautiful cards Smriti...loved each and everyone one of them!!!

Indira Tanwar said...

Hi. Got to know about the blog hop from Gayatri's blog. Good to know more Indian bloggers around the world. I liked all 3 of your cards. The lamp with papers is great idea!

Cheers,
Indira Tanwar
http://arty-sorts.blogspot.in/

Pooja said...

Wow All of the cards are fabulous .The one with modern take is my favorite soo colorful !

Kavitha Vadhri said...

Lovely cards smriti,first time here,happy to participate in the blog and see beautiful creations.am your new follower.

thanks
kavitha
www.snapkavi.blogspot.com

Isha said...

Lovely cards Smriti!!! All are so different and wonderful:)

Winnie said...

Just lovely cards. I hope you enjoy your holiday. I popped over from Chaitali's blog. I love how each of your cards is very different and relays different aspects of the celebration.

sanketi said...

Beautiful cards Smriti!..loved the Ganesha card the best!

Riti said...

WOW....AWESOME CARDS SMRITI.
LOVED THE LANTERN CUT SO MUCH.
I'D LIKE TO CASE IT, IF YOU DON'T MIND !

Banu said...

I just fell off the couch. Such stunning cards. Each one of them. OMG!!!!! Loved the tip for glitter. Beautiful.

Crafty Peoples said...

Beautiful Cards!