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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!