We are so excited to announce our July cardmaking guest, Neha Bhatt! Neha is a lovely cardmaker, and we are so happy to have her creating with us this month! She has created beautiful cards using some of our stamp sets and Essentials dies. We know you are going to love them!
But first, how about we get to know Neha a little better?
Introduce yourself to our readers with a short bio:
I am Neha from India. I am thankful to Pinkfresh team for this exciting opportunity! I love stamping & card making. It quickly grew into more than just a hobby when I realized that people are always looking for meaningful ways to communicate. I have been designing greetings and wedding cards for over 15 years. I have recently started experimenting with alcohol ink paintings too.
I have been passionately contributing to various blogs & wonderful design teams, both Indian and international. This journey has taught me so much and enabled me to grow both as a crafter and as an individual.
What inspired you to start paper crafting?
I am from India but spent a few years in the US. I still remember my first trip to Michael’s, where beautiful, wood-mounted stamps were lined up on shelves. It all started with a few stamps and ink pads. Needless to say I was hooked to stamping and paper-crafting. From wood mounted to digital stamps, it has been a long journey. I made many friends along the way, and their love and support inspire me to do more.
What best describes your paper crafting style?
Clean & simple with some amount of layering.
What draws you to Pinkfresh Studio products?
Their out of the box designs. Each release has something ‘never seen before’ to offer. Secondly, their combination of images and sentiments in a set which make it very versatile to use.
Please list your top 5 current Pinkfresh Studio Products.
Folk hummingbird stamp
Classic Tags Die
Lost in the city stamp
Indigo Hills Paper pack 6x6
What is your very favorite color combo?
Blues and greens – aqua, teal , black & gold.
What is one tip you have for someone just getting started in paper crafting?
Less is more. This stands true in the context of card design as well as craft supply. If there are lots of elements on the card, it distracts your vision from focal point. In terms of craft supply, the less you have, the more creative ways you will find to use it.
Neha has created some really beautiful cards, so let's get right to them! Here is a little more about them in her own words.
I am so happy to be here as guest DT. I am here with few cards, tags and a tea light luminary!
First two cards focus on folk hummingbird stamp set.
I stamped the floral branch 3 times and embossed in silver. I colored them with copics and die cut them using co-ordinating die.
I used Fancy Floral2 die from my stash to cut a white panel which was mounted on a white card base. This adds texture and interest to the background. I cut up floral diecuts in few pieces for the ease of arranging them nicely.
The sentiment is cut from a glitter cardstock with Classic Words Die . Lots of white, dashes of color, little silver and golden glitter give lots of elegance to this cad. This will make a perfect wedding card, I think!
For second card, I emphasized on that beautiful hummingbird!
I stamped and colored images with copics. I die cut the bird with matching die and floral in a circle. I took a grey panel and added some die cut texture using one of the elements from Classic Tags Die Set. I mounted the panel on a white card base with liquid glue and used glue dots to adhere other elements. Few enamel dots and it is done.
Check out the colors on that humming bird!
For next two cards, I have used Lost in the City stamp and coordinating die.
I love this stamp set. I decided to do little surgery with the die cut to give it a different look. I stamped, water colored and diecut a panel. I carefully cut out few buildings with a paper cutter and a metal ruler. I used 3d foam dots to mount the die cut panel on a ink blended back ground panel to give a little dimension to the scene.
Just for fun, I even backed the windows with clear acetate and light beige card stock. Can you see it? It actually looks like window glass.
Second card has 2 layers of embossed cityscape. Check it out.
For first layer, I stamped the buildings on a beige panel with versamark and embossed in gold. I also added few touches of color with tombow markers.
Second layer was made by stamping, white embossing and die cutting a blue card stock. I selectively cut out few buildings and mounted the blue panel on beige with help of foam dots.
This die set is so versatile! You can use just tag dies, just fillable elements (the way I used it in second card), and combine both together for numerous possibilities.
I used tag dies to cut the pattern paper and grey and yellow card stock. I added diecut borders on both the tags with fillable elements so the under layer can peek through it.
The last one was a last minute thought and made just for fun! It is a tea light luminary.
I took a 12”x 4 inch cardstock, scored at 3,6 and 9 inches. Use the fillable element from the tag die set to cut all 4 sides. The die is very detailed but it is deeply etched so it cut every detail in one go without shim. It is truly impressive!
I blended blue print sketch distress oxide for double tone look. Line up the cut sides with vellum, join both the ends with a thin strip of cardstock from inside and your instant decoration is ready.
That is all for now! I hope you like the projects I made. Thank you, Pinkfresh and Lea for the opportunity to be here.
Thank you for all the amazing projects & inspiration today, Neha! We are so honored to have had you as a guest this month!
We asked Neha one final question that we think is a fun addition to our guest posts!
Do you have a past favorite project you've created with Pinkfresh Studio product that you'd like to share? Why is it your favorite?
- The design of stamp set itself.
- The layout of card, colors and use of sentiment.