Lil’ Inker Designs November 2013 Release – Day 3!

By Taheerah | 20th November 2013 | 34 Comments

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday – and welcome to the final day of the Lil’ Inker Designs November Release!!

Please read through to the end as I have an announcement to make.

It sounds like you have all been *loving* what you’ve seen so far!! Thank you all for all your sweet comments! I hope you’re ready for more today!!

You should have made your way over here from the totally talented Suzanne’s blog. If not then feel free to head back to the Lil’ Inker Designs blog and start again!

As mentioned yesterday, this month we are showcasing the products in any order we choose! I think this is super fun as you’ll see a bit of everything from everyone each day – definitely worth hopping to every single DT member’s blog for this!! AND we have an *amazing* Guest Designer this month – check out the Lil’ Inker Designs blog for more info!!

And just to reiterate – it is well worth hopping and commenting as there’s a chance to win prizes! This month there are 3 $15 store credits up for grabs that will be selected at random from one of our blogs!!

For my final posts I’ve saved my best creations for last, featuring some truly awesome products!! Today I’m showing you the oh-so-fabulous Modern Mehndi stamp set, and the crazy-clever On The Diagonal die!!

So, Modern Mehndi first. I absolutely *love* the intricate, beautiful images here, and they are so versatile too!! Truly a great great set!! This set comes with amazing coordinating dies too – a must-have!!

I’m sure you probably know, but Mehndi is often used on the hands of brides in Hindu/Indian weddings. I drew on this as my main inspiration, and came up with this:

Isn’t that an absolute stunner?!?!

I started with a Shimmer Cream card base. Wondering about the hand shape I used? I drew around my own hand on scratch paper and trimmed it out, leaving behind a mask I could use on my card. Yes, I have small hands. ๐Ÿ™‚

I then built up a pattern across the whole hand using most of the images, stamping them with a mix of Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and SU! ink in Pumpkin Pie.

I was careful to leave the centre of the palm empty to accommodate the sentiment. Perfect, isn’t it?!

When all my stamping was complete I used the same inks to blend a light wash of colour over the whole hand, before removing the mask for the big reveal!! 

For my final project, I turned to the On The Diagonal die. Not only does this die cut a great stitched-edge parallelogram, but it also leaves stitching on the negative of the die cut – instantly doubling its use! Genius!!

I used the positive of the die repeatedly to create this very modern, very bold Christmas card:

I just love this so so much!!!

I started by die cutting several of the shapes from Stamper’s Select White cardstock. I then swiped half of them over my SU! Real Red inkpad to colour them before spritzing with Heidi Swap Colour Shine Mist in Sweet Cherry, and Glimmer Mist in Oriental Poppy. When those were dry I spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold for a rich, slightly vintage red!

The white stripes weren’t neglected and were given the glitzy treatment too – they were sprayed with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist in White!

I assembled the stripes onto my card base, then prepared for the letters. These were die cut using the Memory Box Parker Deluxe Upper Case Alphabet dies, then inked with Versamark and heat embossed with WOW! Metallic Silver Sparkle embossing powder. I repeated this step a further two times, before smothering them in Glossy Accents and coating them in Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter. Holy glitz, Batman!

I adhered the letters to the card using Pinflair Glue Gel then I was all done!

So, now you’ve seen these awesome goodies officially introduced – maybe you ought to head over to the Lil’ Inker Designs site and take a look around! Tell ’em Taheerah sent ya, for one last time!

And now, for some words that I really didn’t want to write.

I’m very sad to say that today is my last day posting as a member of the Lil’ Inker Designs Design Team. Wow, I really didn’t want to write that.

They say that all good things must come to an end. Well, I guess that really is true in this case. I have truly loved every minute of being a part of this outstanding team. You would not find a more supportive and caring dynamic, not to mention the talent on tap too. I’ve learned so much and feel I’ve grown as a designer during my time here, and I really must thank Laura with all my heart for the amazing opportunity she placed at my feet. Laura, I hope I’ve done your wonderful products justice, and that I’ve contributed to the success of the company in my own small way. I know that Lil’ Inker Designs will continue to go from strength to strength, and I have been honoured to be a part of that. All my best for the future – I can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeves and I am almost certain I will still be seeing some of those amazing goodies come to live with me in future as a customer.

Also, thank you to all of you who have visited my blog during release times, commented and said wonderful things about my work. I do hope you will continue to pay me visits and maybe even follow me too. I’ll be embracing some new opportunities as and when they arise, and I would love you to continue to be a part of my creative journey with me.

I’ll be back a bit later today with another post. In the meantime I would love it if you left some love before you went on your way. Thanks so much for stopping by today – I’ve truly appreciated all of you throughout this amazing term I’ve had.


Mehndi Hand:


34 thoughts on “Lil’ Inker Designs November 2013 Release – Day 3!”

  1. WOW! I can't get over how realistic the hand with all the gorgeous henna on it looks!! That is truly one incredible card!!!
    And your second card is equally awesome! You did save the best for the last! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Such AWESOME Cards for today!! LOVING your ideas and the way you created the FUN Designs!! THANKS SO MUCH for sharing!! CONGRATS on making the PS SPARKS DT TEAM I have LOVED Being a part of it and I know you will LOVE it too!! Looking forward to more inspiration and have a Fabulous Week!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. You have definitely done their products justice. Today's cards are proof of that! Your mehndi hand is so incredible….I really can't even think of words good enough to describe it…let's just say I'm in awe. And I love the big beautiful strips you created with the on the diagonal die. Brilliant! I will miss your creativity with these products. Best of luck on your new DT!

  4. First off your Lil Inker creations will be missed…
    I just LOVE this hand. Beautifully done. TFS.
    Crafty hugs,

  5. I can truly say both of these cards are awesome! Love the idea of your hand art. That is a perfect use of the Mehndi art. Your red and white card is great. I have loved this hop and meeting some new people along the way. Great job to all the design team.

  6. Wow, you really created a stunner for your going out party! Both cards are fabulous but that hand is SO amazing!! They are really going to miss your wonderful work on the LI team.

  7. Holy cow you hand is an absolute stunner Taheerah! The way you created the design on it is incredible. Love you joy card too, the red and white is fantastic. Thank you for letter me play along this month, you will be missed here. ~hugs

  8. I am speechless by your mehndi card. How clever and artistically done. It is really a show stopping card. I hope Cath sees it. The JOY card is right up my alley. I will definitely remake the card with my own supplies. So bold and festive.

  9. Your cards here are absolutely brilliant and stunning! What a wonderful finale to your time as a member of the DT! And on that note: your closing words brought tears to my eyes! You've clearly showcased your passion for crafting, your appreciation for the LID opportunities, and your growth as a designer! Whatever you do, you'll be a success!! And yes, I intend to pop in often to see what dazzling gems you'll be sharing with us as doors open for you, and the muses come a-calling!

  10. hugs, Taheerah! But you are going out with a bang – that mehndi card is so fantastic and clever! I had my hands all done up like that for my wedding – love it!

  11. I totally thought the hand was an inspiration photograph!!!!!!! INCREDIBLE….AWESOME….SPECTACULAR!!! I bet you could hardly wait to reveal that one. A masterpiece, for sure! Congratulations for achieving something that even experts in this art seldom attain. Wow.
    <3 J

  12. Love that one layer card with Mehndi! Beautiful use of the muted tone–so realistic! You sure have created some awesome projects with Lil Inker, Taheerah! YOU will be missed on that team! You rock!

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