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  • Creating dimension using 'You are a Dream' stamp set {Video Tutorial}

    Hello everyone! Bonnie here from Bonnie Carollee Makes Cards! I have another card from Varada Sharma Design’s You Are Beautiful release featuring You Are A Dream stamp set (shop here | shop on Etsy). This digital stamp set includes a gorgeous floral and many supporting sentiments. I almost always include dimension in my cards and decided I would make this a focal point for this card. I began by printing the image on Neenah Classic Crest 80lb cardstock. The floral was COPIC coloured: Flower - R59, 56, 81 Leaves - G40, 43, 46 Flower centre - W5, 7 The clean lines of this image make it easy to colour. I find some colour families in Copics easier to blend than others. The reds required two applications but the green blended beautifully with just a little bit of ˜scrubbing˜ between the tones. The flower was fussy cut. A black gel pen was used to further define the stamens and the flower centre. As I considered the design with a focus on dimension, I decided to build up a leafy base. The image was printed three more times in slightly different sizes so I could "harvest" the leaves. Because the green tones blended so easily, the additional colouring did not take a lot of time. The additional leaves were tacked together to form two clusters; one on either side of the base. The floral image was arranged in the middle. A combination of black sheet foam and black foam squares were used to adhere the elements creating dimension. The three leafy sprays on top of the flower were adhered directly on the card base. The sentiment was coloured with the same greens used on the leaves creating an ombre effect. It was mounted on foam and adhered to the card. To finish up the card, Ebony Black Nuvo Drops detail the top of the stamens. Green sequins topped with Morning Dew Crystal Drops highlight the flower. Studio Katia's Clear Crystal Drops give the illusion of dew drops on the leaves and petals. Thank so much for dropping by! Do give it a try and let me know how you like it :-) ~Bonnie

  • ‘Beautiful You’ June 2021 Release Instagram hop and prizes to be won!

    Hi everyone! Hope you are having a happy Sunday. And, we are here to make it more happier - with Instagram hop and prizes to be won celebrating our latest release ‘Beautiful You’ for June 2021 :-) If you don’t follow me on Instagram, please do so here. I would love to welcome you in our little tribe. We do share lots more inspiration (and entertainment) over there, than we do here on the blog alone. It’s a fun place to be and yes, every month we have giveaways too :) I created a mini slimline card - 3x6 for this hop: Key Ingredients: Doodled Flowers (on VaradaSharma.com | on Etsy.com) Gnome Love Copic markers - Y08 and Y15 Spectrum Noir markers - CR2, CR5, CG3 Memory Box Wrapped Stitched Slim Rectangles dies Steps: Use MS PowerPoint to arrange a design that can be sized within 3x6 inches. Print with a laser printer on Canson mix media paper. Die cut with a slimline die twice, so that the height of the panel becomes less than 6 inches. Color with Copics and Spectrum Noir markers. Use MISTI to stamp the sentiment. Mount on a textured yellow 3x6 cardbase with foam tape and embellish with confetting + stars. Done :) Supplies List For your convenience, I am sharing links to the supplies I’ve used for these cards – click on the picture or link to go directly to the product. Wherever available, I have used affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you) which I use to run this blog. I truly appreciate your support! Hugs! ~Varada

  • Ink Blending Meets Copic Colouring in Varada Sharma's Tweet Birthday

    Hello everyone! Bonnie from bonniecarollee.com here! I am excited to be a Guest Designer for Varada Sharma's June release, Beautiful You, featuring the gorgeous digital stamp set, Tweet Birthday. This slimline birthday card is an example of how we can incorporate an ink blended background with copic colouring. So let's get started! I began by printing the bird on a branch image on both Bristol Smooth cardstock and masking paper. When ink blending, I like to work on Bristol Smooth to achieve a well blended background. The panel was die cut with a slimline stitched rectangle die and the images coloured with Copic markers: • Flowers RV63, 66, 69 • Flower Centres Y02, 06 • Leaves BG90. 93, 96, 99 • Branch E44, 47, 49 • Bird E41, 43, 44, 47, 49 • Colourless Blender on paper towel was used to apply a subtle texture to the bird's body. Small white dot detail added to the bird's face and eye with a gel pen. I chose to colour the images first to guide my choices of complimentary colours for the Distress Oxide ink blended background. The image was fussy cut from the masking paper and the mask adhered to the coloured image. Starting at the bottom, I applied Rustic Wilderness and Forest Moss just above the line of the branch with an ink blender. I introduced Scattered Straw and Tumbled Glass to complete the background. I worked back and forth extending on colour in the next several times until the blend was smooth. Distress Stain Tarnished Brass spatter was applied with a small watercolour brush. The sentiment from the Tweet Birthday digital stamp set was also printed on Bristol Smooth and ink blended with Scattered Straw and a touch of Forest Moss. The panel was mounted on matte gold card stock measuring 3 3/4" by 8 3/4" before being adhered to a card base of the same size. The card was embellished with gold confetti and topped with Nuvo Crystal Drops Morning Dew.

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  • Home (Old) | Varada Sharma

    Hello and Namastey! Glad you are here. I enjoy experimenting with paper and food and home decor and other creative things. ​ You too? That's great! Let's be friends then, shall we? :-) Subscribe Two cards using Spellbinders Sweet Cardlets II collection Read More 1 stamp set – 2 cards by Sathya Read More More coloring fun with Colleen Read More Welcome – bird house card with Shannon Edwards Read More 1 stamp set – 2 looks with Sathya Read More Easy Copic Coloring with Colleen Read More ‘Hope & Dream’ May 2021 Release Instagram hop and prizes to be won! Read More Love Spellbinders Cardmaker Stamp Collection Read More Hope & Dream – May 2021 Digital Stamps Release Reveal Read More Mental Health Awareness Hop – May 2021 Read More Birthday card using Spellbinders Stained Glass Bouquet Read More 2-for-1 cards by Sandhya using Peony Love stamp set Read More DIY Category 2 Category 3 Category 4 Category 5 More

  • About Me | Varada Sharma

    My life is full of random things. Setbacks and struggles. Happiness and successes. I like to share it here sometimes. When you do take time to reply back, it makes me feel connected. Kinda like we’re friends, although we’ve not seen each other in person. ​ I also like to experiment with everyday things, try to make them pretty :) I will share here my experiments with papers, beads, cloth, vegetables etc. just like I would share them with my friends over at my home. ​ Mainly what you will see here is handmade cards – after dabbing into jewelry, home decor items and other crafty things, I finally found my calling with card making. I love to make handmade cards and share them with people I love, adore, look up to. This is my way of spreading kindness in this world. ​ I sell my handmade cards on this blog at https://varadasharma.com/store. All profits from this store go towards sponsoring education for children in India. I feel blessed to be able to do this. ​ From time to time you’ll also find free printable artworks, inexpensive DIY project ideas and so on. Please feel free to reuse whatever you like. Goes without saying that yes, I’d love credits and backlinks! It’s a good thing to give credit where credit is due. ​ So? Read on! Make yourself comfortable. Have a sip of coffee / chai / lemonade. Relax. I hope you enjoy your stay and visit often… Cheers! My name is Varada Sharma. Like every woman I wear several hats during my day. I am a software industry worker from 9 to 5 on weekdays, an avid crafter on weekends, a completely-in-love wife + a doting mother to two princesses 24/7, and of course, a blogger. I live in USA and this is my corner of the internet where I share things that I create / admire. I simply adore my Kanhaji – unconditionally, simply and with all my heart. From time to time do expect to hear his stories, teachings, etc on this blog. {If you’ve met me personally, you know this by now… 😃 }

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