Friday 23 December 2016

Holiday cards with GD Ujjwal

Hi everyone!

Sindhura here and I'm thrilled to introduce you to our lovely guest designer, Ujjwal Gupta. I totally love her style and her recent paintings are just jaw dropping!

Here is a bit about her... she answered a few questions for us to get to know her better.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.

Hello, My name is Ujjwal and I live in Pune, India with my husband and a 4 year old daughter. I have a Masters degree in Computer Application and have worked in a multinational company as a software engineer for a few years before calling it quits. Now I work full time as an artist, doing what I actually love.

2. How did you become interested in crafts and what inspired you to start blogging?

I have been into arts and crafts since I was a little kid. I volunteered to make charts and banners in school, would help my friends with their biology class diagrams and always made handmade cards for my family and friends. I discovered the world of blogging when I started working as a software engineer and I was hooked. It was one of my best friend's idea to start my own blog and I am so thankful to him for pushing me in that direction.

3. What are some of your "go-to" supplies for crafting?

Watercolors and stamps are my favorite go-to supplies at the moment.

4. What is your favorite crafting technique?

I love stamping. Stamps are so versatile and there's so much you can do with them. Stamping was what intrigued me the most when I discovered blogging and it still remains my favorite till date.  

5. How would you describe your crafting style?

I like clean and simple style with pops of color.

6. How long have you been crafting?

I have been crafting since I was a kid and officially blogging about it since past 8 years. 

7. My signature style

Clean, simple and full of colors. 

8. Who are some of your influences? Who has been your inspiration?

I have met so many wonderful people in this beautiful journey even if virtually. There are so many people who do beautiful work and are great in one thing or the other. It would be tough to name just one but I genuinely follow them all to stay inspired.

9. When not crafting , what keeps you busy?

A super active 4 year old is handful and takes up most of my time. Also, I love gardening, cooking and travelling. 

10. What are you currently working on?

Currently on my table is a commissioned order for a pregnancy journal. 

Now, let us see what she made for us to ooh-aaah over. :)


This is Ujjwal and I am so excited to be guest designing today at Lulupu today! Since holiday season is here, I wanted to share some ideas of creating holiday cards with non-holiday stamps that you might already have in your stash. My trick for using non-holiday stamps for holiday cards is to use the holiday colors and incorporate holiday elements. 

These are the two cards I created today and I have step by step instructions for you to follow and make your own cards for family and friends.

I will be using this Mudra stamp set for both the cards

Wreath Card 

Step 1: Cut kraft cardstock to 3.75" X 5.5" and draw a circle as a guideline for the wreath.
Step 2: Using black watercolor and paint brush, add a few splatters and let dry.
Step 3: White heat emboss the small leaf a few time along the circle guideline on the kraft cardstock.
Step 4: On white cardstock, white heat emboss the flowers and other 2 leaves a few times.
Step 5: Color the flowers and leaves using distress inks and a sponge dauber. For the flowers, I used Festive Berries Distress ink and for the leaves I used Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress ink.
Step 6: Fussy cut all the leaves and flowers.
Step 7: Arrange the flowers and leaves in a wreath following the circle guideline and adhere in place.
Step 8: Stamp the sentiment using black Archival Ink and nestle it in the center of the wreath.
Step 9: Mount the Kraft card panel on a green card base using foam adhesive.
Step 10: Add yellow accents on the flowers using Ranger Enamel Accents.

Ornament Card

Step 1: Cut kraft cardstock to 3.75" X 5.5"
Step 2: Sprinkle some water and add white embossing powder. The embossing powder will stick to the white areas. Heat set the embossing and set the panel aside.
Step 3: On white cardstock, white heat emboss the flowers a few times.
Step 4: Using 3 different sizes of circle punches, punch out 3 circles with the heat embossed pattern.
Step 5: Color the punched out circles using Festive Berries Distress ink and sponge applicator.
Step 6: Apply versamark embossing ink to the edges of the circles and white heat emboss them.
Step 7: Arrange the circles of the Kraft panel that was created in step 2 using foam adhesive.
Step 8: Add twine and twine bows to the circle to make them look like ornaments.
Step 9: Mount the Kraft card panel on a Kraft card base using foam adhesive.
Step 10: Add yellow accents on the flowers using Ranger Enamel Accents.

I hope you feel inspired to use the stamps in your stash and create some holiday cards this season!

I just love these cards! They are so bright and festive! Thanks so much, Ujjwal for accepting our invitation to be our GD. 

That is it for today dear friends. See you soon again! Have a very Merry Christmas everyone! See you!


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