Saturday, August 19, 2017

August Leading Lady Ashwini Rao | Take Three

Our August Leading Lady, Ashwini Rao is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance which is a joyous celebration of color and pattern CLICK HERE.   Ashwini's versatility is really on showcase today where she used the same basic design and stamp set to create a trio of lovely cards with different effects!

Without further ado, Ashwini....

Hello and welcome to the take 3 of my role as Winnie & Walter Leading Lady for August. Since I've been using the products from the latest release these past two weeks, I thought of using an older stamp set this time. So, I used Winnie and Walter In Bloom: Addie's Garden for the flower arrangement, die-cut the frame using Essentials: Lana Cutaways for all three cards. Also, I am focusing making my cards monochrome while using a single stamp set, and the same layout. Even the arrangement of flowers is the same. I've made three cards using these points as the leads -

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - All Cards

Lets go through the cards one by one. For my first card, I went with greys and silver. For the background, I used a light grey cardbase, and stamped the images just around the edges using masks and a dark grey ink.

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

For the panel in focus, I first heat embossed the images in clear embossing powder and then watercolored it using Gansai Tambi silver paint. A little paint was enough to get lots of shimmer and coverage, and the whole thing finished very quickly. Once it dried, I covered the image and added the splatters around the image using the same paint.

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

See that beautiful shimmer? So beautiful! I then foam mounted the panel and stamped the sentiment, from Sketchy Thoughts in black ink. For my second card, I went with color splash -

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - Card 3

For this card, I stamped each of the image separately, then fuzzy cut them. For the panel, I watercolored it a bright shade of green, then, once dry, die cut it, and finally I adhered the flower and leaf pieces on it. To give a liitttle bit of dimension, I curved the flowers' and leaves' edges.

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

For the card base, I picked a line stamp from the Scenery: Stripes stamp, and lying the stamp in a curvy fashion on my acrylic block, stamped it using black ink. After stamping this several times, I then changed to other curves and stamped it, covering the whole image thus. The sentiment comes from The Big, the Bold and You stamp set. For my final and most favorite card, I made a sketch of sorts -

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - Card 3 

I used a paper which is meant for sketches, but any paper will do for this method. I first stamped my arrangement using a light grey ink, then used a normal pencil to sketch. I don't claim to be an expert in sketching, but trust me, these flowers are just perfect - super easy to make a sketch out of!

Winnie & Walter Leading Lady - Aug Week 2 - Card 3 Closeup  

For the background, I used the Scenery: Madison Creative Screenings to emboss, then added some twine. I then mounted the sketched panel. The sentiment comes from The Big, The Bold and the Happy stamp set, which I stamped in a light grey ink, then wrote over it using the pencil (to make it look sketchy, of course! ;) ) and then die cut using the tag die from Essentials: Lana Cutaways. I then adhered this to the card too. Hope you liked these variations of the same design in these three cards! Leave a comment on my blog post for a chance to win the $30 gift certificate to the Winnie & Walter store. Winner will be announced at the end of this month.

Winnie & Walter #30 Gift Card

 Have a happy, crafting weekend! :)



  1. Triumphant performance for sure !

  2. I love the postage stamp look of these cards. Very pretty.

  3. Awesome cards!! Each one has a simplicity that I love with an added something that really makes it special. I esp love the sketched look on the third one!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  4. Pretty set of cards, each with such a different look! In Bloom: Addie's Garden is a favorite set of mine!

  5. Ashwini, I adore your cards... the grey tones are a favorite of mine, and you've shown how gorgeous they can be - simple, yet striking! and look at all the texture, too!
    All gorgeous, my friend!

  6. Great set of cards with this design. My fave is the last one.

  7. Amazing creativity today, Ashwini! I have that floral stamp set & you've made me want to get it out!

  8. Love the sketchy flower on the third card. Love monochromatic and simplicity.

  9. Oh, I really like the CAS designs with the blooms being left uncolored. Elegant and striking in every way!

  10. gorgeous cards :) love the monochromatic look, so elegant.

  11. Love the frames
    on these cards.
    Great designs.
    Carla from Utah

  12. Just awesomeness, love the unique style!

  13. This set of cards is really pretty and I love the black and white one with the sketchy look!

  14. Wow, Ashwini..they are extremely elegant.. the way you arrange thes flowers and leaves and the extremely elegant background that matched every card theme.. love the elegency of the first card, painting with silver on black looks so fabulous.. love the sketched line in the 2nd one.. and I fall in love with the 3rd card the sketched flower over the embossed background looks amazing. You make this frame die cut so elegent.. thank you for sharing these cards..

  15. This is a beautiful floral stamp. Thank you for the inspiration.

  16. i love this stamp set and the sketched card is just awesome! what a great idea.

  17. Love how different each one looks with different backgrounds!


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