Saturday, August 5, 2017

August Leading Lady Ashwini Rao | Take One

Today is the first Saturday of August which means the debut of our August Leading Lady, Ashwini Rao!  

Ashwini has been entering our challenges for the some time now with truly remarkable offerings.  She has been crowned Gossip Queen with this outstanding card and in fact Taheerah (a former Leading Lady herself) told me I needed to have Ashwini as a Leading Lady which just affirmed something I was already considering.  Ashwini is a clever, surprising and unique artist and I am really excited to see what she will be creating this month as she takes us on an adventure of her own design on Saturdays on the w&w blog.

Please give Ashwini a big round of applause to welcome her as she steps onto the stage for her first performance as our August Leading Lady! 


Hello! I am Ashwini, and I am exhilarated to be Winnie & Walter Leading Lady for the month of August! I've been a fan of Winnie & Walter since a couple of years. It started with their World Card Making Day and Anniversary challenges - I loved all the challenges, and started pining for their stamps and dies... and I still do! For my first post, am using the In Bloom: Carolina's Florals with Angelica Suarez to make two cards, incorporating some kind of 'shine' into them, while trying to keep the making of the cards simple and easy -

  Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1 and Card 2

For my first card, I started with a watercolor panel. I drew a curved line using a pencil, stamped my images on the curve, heat embossed them white. I them colored them using Perfect Pearls. I then added a few splatters, after letting everything dry completely.

  Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1

Using Perfect Pearls is a very easy way of adding shine and style to your card. They are versatile, and the pigment forms a beautiful watercolored effect.. and the shine is simply gorgeous! They are perfect to color outline stamps, and In Bloom: Carolina's Florals with Angelica Suarez, which has beautiful outlined flowers is just perfect!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 1 Closeup 

Once I was done coloring, I die cut the panel using Essentials: Lana Cutaways, and foam mounted it on the card base. I then stamped the sentiment, from Party On with Evelin T Designs, fussy cut it, then foam mounted that too. For my second card, I chose Nuvo Mousse for adding shine -

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 2

For this card, I picked a white card stock panel, stamped all my images, from In Bloom: Carolina's Florals with Angelica Suarez using normal dye inks. I also used the solid stamps this time, using darker inks to stamp the outlines, and lighter inks for the solids. Once done, I applied Nuvo Mousse Lemon Sorbet on top. Just look at that shine!

 Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 1 - Card 2 Closeup

Now, my cardstock had a bit of texture to it, so the mousse wasn't evenly applied.. but I did love the effect! :) Also ,the small stamps in In Bloom: Carolina's Florals with Angelica Suarez are perfect to create a pattern paper to create the base for applying mousse. In fact, I loved it so much that I just didn't want to add anything on top of it!! But I had to, I was making a card, after all! :) So for the sentiment, I used Sentimental: Birthday and die cut it using one of the label dies from Essentials: Lana Cutaways, then applied some more of the mousse on the edges, lightly. I wanted to stack the labels, but since there is only one die in the set, I simply marked a scrap card stock to mark the same die's outer edge and fuzzy cut it. Before stacking the sentiment and the shiny panel, I added some scored lines on the edges of the panel, then foam mounted everything on the card stock. I then added a few Nuvo Drops as embellishment. Hope you liked these two shiny cards! Don't forget to comment on my blog post for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced on my blog, at the end of the month.

  Winnie & Walter $30 Gift Card

 Have a fantastic, creative week!



  1. Beautiful work! Gorgeous stamping!

  2. Thank you so much for this opportunity, Shay!! I was so happy, and had so much fun making these cards!!
    xx Ashwini

  3. I wondered when Ashwini would be the Leading Lady--wonderful first post!

  4. Happy to see Ashwini as Leading lady ,I love her cards and look forward to her creations :)

  5. Welcome to Ashwini! Lovely cards in today's post and I look forward to seeing more!

  6. Your simple and easy cards are beautiful!

  7. What a fantastic choice for Leading Lady!!! Her cards are totally gorgeous!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  8. Really lovely cards. The soft coloring is nice.

  9. Nicely done....beautiful floral cards.

  10. Nicely done....beautiful floral cards.

  11. Beautiful cards! The happy birthday card is so pretty and delicate looking. Love the color palette :)

  12. Such beautiful cards, I always love your work!

  13. Congrats Ashwini, on your Leading Lady appearance! Those beautiful stamped floral backgrounds are such a creative way to use the stamps!

  14. Absolutely beautiful cards. Love an all over stamped design like this and you did it so perfectly.

  15. so pretty! love the flowers and colors!

  16. That all-over stamped background is so pretty and I'll bet it's even more wonderful up close! I love seeing different ways to use a stamp set and often make my own patterned paper with stamps.

  17. Welcome to Ashwini!!!
    Adorable cards!!!

  18. Awesome cards Ashwini..Love both of them..

  19. Two wonderful floral cards! So happy to see Ashwini as Leading Lady... and this was just her debut, can't wait to see what comes next!

  20. Congratulations Ashwini. . I was waiting for you to be a leading lady. .I really looking forward to see more of your creative and unique creation.. love your cards and your design.. these cards are pretty as your usual love who you stamped them in these pattern. .


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