Friday, October 14, 2016

You Are a Blessing

After looking over some challenge sites, I decided to make a card for submission. The artwork of this stamp set is often called henna art and is usually painted on one's body. It is a custom in India and other countries for brides to have these intricate designs applied to their arms and hands before the wedding.
A panel of white cardstock was stamped with a leaf design in two colors. The third color was achieved by second generation stamping with the taupe ink. A panel of blue cardstock was also stamped with a tiny leaf design in matching ink and applied to the card base. Another panel was adhered, offset toward the lower left and then the focal panel was adhered. In keeping with the sketch, three strips of banners were added, two with stamped designs on them. A blue leaf was stamped, heat embossed with a sentiment in silver powder, fussy cut and applied. It was intended to be applied over the center stamped leaf but due to a taupe thumbprint, it had to be used for cover up instead. A happy accident? I'm not so sure! Finally the three silver sequins were added. The inside of the card base was lined with white cardstock and decorated with stamps.

To enlarge the photos, click on them.
The card is being submitted to

1. Watercooler Wednesday Color Challenge #89

2. CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge #194

Techniques: Stamping, sponging, second generation stamping, heat embossing, fussy cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Stampin' Up! Materials
Inks: Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky
Cardstock: Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe, Soft Sky
Misc.: Dimensionals foam, embossing powder (silver)

Other Materials
Stamps: Lil' Inker Designs "Modern Mehndi"
Misc.: Sequins


  1. Ah, Melanie, what a perfect use for the intricate henna images. I love how you've used them with Penny's color challenge and combined the two challenges. I'd say the placement of your silver embossed leaf is a happy accident. Obviously you weren't meant to place it as orignally planned. I love it the way it is. Thanks for sharing and joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

  2. So pretty Melanie! I love the colors that you used and the placement of your sentiment is perfect (definitely a happy accident!). Great card! :)

  3. Melanie I love how you perfectly balanced the stamping on this card and your added embossed leaf. All beautiful and you did a great job of both the colour challenge and the sketch. Awesome, thanks for joining us at the Watercooler this week.

  4. Such a beautiful card - the colours are meant to be used together and the images are perfectly spaced to fit just right. The sentiment is in exactly the right place. Everything about this just "works". Gorgeous!

  5. Gorgeous card, love the colors. A friend of mine from India got married about four years ago and he sent me pictures of the art on his wife's arms...their whole weddings are full of colors and beautiful materials and jewelry.

  6. Beautiful card! I love Henna Art designs and this works perfectly with the challenge colours. And, I think is is a happy accident! The placement of the fussy cut element adds just the right amount of interest to the overall design. Thanks for playing along with the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

  7. Beautiful image stamp, and I love how you got your 3rd colour by stamping off the Tip Top Taupe. Lovely layout, as well. So glad you joined us for this week's Watercooler Wednesday Challenge. ~Deborah

  8. B E A U T I F U L . That's it. Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday!

  9. Beautiful card, Melanie! Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.