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Minimalist Birthday

18 Mar

bday-9That’s it! You can’t go more minimal than that! (Well, you can, but then it’s not really a card, right?)

In this case I just loved the purple paper I used for background – it has a warm, saturated hue and a beautiful pattern – so I didn’t want to cover it up too much and pull attention away from it. So, only two stickers (one of them with different background and elevated so the card gains some dimension) and… nothing more.

I think it went quite well, don’t you?

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Birthday in Purple

9 Mar

bday-6Some time ago I was making a birthday card and now it’s time to share it. This one seems quite simple (yes, the simplicity of Valentine’s Day project still seems to be stiking with me), but I really liked purple papers and the overall result. As you can notice, I tried to break  the symetry a bit in this one.

Of course, since I pulled out all the papers and stickers, I wouldn’t stop at just one card, so there’s more to come soon!

Valentines 2014 – part 2

13 Feb

Pink might get a bit boring at times and I’m all for using non-standard colours for the particular themes (like making a Christmas card in purple or blue), so I couldn’t resist creating green Valentine’s Day cards:

But then, I always in the end come back to more traditional looks with hearts.

They look simple, but actually took quite a lot of time to finish as I had to cut around the stickers with a crafts knife to ensure all the spaces are cut properly and egdes are neat.

As usual, you can click on on the pictures to enlarge them and view details.

Valentines 2014 – part 1

12 Feb

Recently I have been busy with another big card project: I challenged myself to make as many Valentines cards as possible (until I run out of materials or patience) and see if I can hit 100. I didn’t manage to make so many, but in the end I still nearly beat my record (last year I made around 45 Christmas cards, but in the end this was spread out across two or three months) and ended up creating 38 various Valentines cards!

Since there were so many of them, I generally went for simplicity, squeezing as much as I could from this “heartful” theme. Over the next days I will be posting all of them until I gather them up in a Valentines 2014 gallery that will be available in the Sample Cards section, probably around next weekend.

Today it’s time for the first batch – I tried to group the similar ones together although they weren’t made in such order. Please have a closer look at quite traditional, full of both hearts and pink cards (as usual, you can click on the picture to enlarge it and see all the details)!

Dream of India – Elephants

5 Oct

india20The first card I made for my friend before even starting the series had an elephant, so it seemed quite obvious that I’d come back to this motif. Though this time I made the elephant template a bit smaller, so that I had more space around to play with colours and layout.

To view all the cards please visit the Sample Cards section or simply click “Dream of India” to be moved to the galley instantly.

This is the last part of my biggest project so far and aside of making few single cards which I will be showing soon, I am thinking of starting a new project as this one brought me so much fun.

Dream of India – Rangoli

2 Oct

india14My friend once told me of a custom people of India had: making beautiful ornaments – rangoli out of coloured sand or flower petals. They were to bring luck, as far as I recall. My friend showed me pictures of rangoli she took during her travels to India and she got me mesmerised. It seemed obvious to me that I should reflect them somehow on the card.

Of course, paper, however more durable than sand, has its limitiations so I dared not to dream of reflecting the complexity of the real ones and just like Taj Mahal, rangoli were just an inspiration.

Sadly, I didn’t make many cards with this template, but it was due to the difficulty of cutting out pieces – each of this card took some hours to finish and very precise moves of a craft knife.

You can click on this card to enlarge it and view details or you can go and visit the “Dream of India” gallery to have a look at all of the rangoli-inspired cards.

The last part of the gallery will be published soon.

Dream of India – Taj Mahal

30 Sep

india08The first template I created for the “Dream of India” series was a silhouette of a buidling resembling Taj Mahal. Of course, I had no intention of depicting this beautiful monument, but merely wanted to bring an association of it.

I used various techniques, including 3D paint and smudging which you can view in the fresly updated gallery “Dream of India“.

Two other parts of the gallery coming soon.

Incoming “Dream of India” Gallery

29 Sep

india00So, my secret project, which took over a month of my time (mostly evenings and weekends, as you might guess) is finally done!

72 different paper patterns, 30 cards, 3 creative templates, hours of work, different techniques applied…

But “Dream of India” is finally ready!

Let me tell you about the idea behind this project. A two years ago, when I was visting United States, I came across an interesting cardstock in an art store. It was called “Taj Mahal” and featured 72 seets of patterned paper inspired by India. I have a friend who loves India and visits this country as often as possible, so having her in mind, I purchased the papers. A year or some ago I made a card with an elephant for her birthday, but other than that I never really used the paper.

With her birthday coming I thought of making another one, but then I came with another idea: a set of India-inspired cards for her to use.

I decided to go with three different templates and work around to make each of the cards unique yet similar enough to be considered a set. For the three next updates you will get to see three different types of cards I made, until I present all 29 of them (for some reason, I took picutres of only 29 of them, even though I’m convinced there were 30).

During the work I discovered different techniques and experimented a bit, developing new ideas as I went.

Today’s card is one-of-a-kind, as I just wanted to play with the patterned papers -so I thought it would be nice to present it first. Stay tuned to see the rest of the cards!

Meow-Bye

16 Aug

bye21Here is another card for a coworker who likes cats and Japan. I tried to reflect Japanese popculture and the writing in hiragana (Japanese characters) says “goodbye”.

Wedding Butterflies

13 Jun

I was asked by a soon-to-be-wife for “Thank you” cards she could give to bridesmaid and best man. The wedding’s theme was “lavender”, so I prepared two butterfly cards in purple. They are not in an exact lavender shade, but they do correspond with it. And the addition of white, with a bit of silver and pearls set up the wedding mood.

And since I don’t do two exactly the same card, you can see they slightly different, though still staying within the theme and design.

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