Diwali Bloghop Day 1

Its Day 1 of our bloghop today!!! And its all about Diwali cards 🙂

Let me start with telling you a little about Diwali. Wikipedia says a lot about it but I want to talk about my personal experience with it. Its a big festival in India where I am from. A lot like the holiday season here! It has a lot of religious significance in the Hindu religion but I enjoy it for the festive spirit it brings.

We make lots of delicious sweets, light lamps to brighten our homes and gift each other gifts and cards. We also draw beautiful Rangoli patterns outside our houses and light a few (many!) fireworks.

Staying in US, away from our families, my husband and I miss celebrating Diwali the way we did at home. So this year I decided to send Diwali cards to all our friends here in US. Yes, physical, honest-to-goodness paper cards!

Here are few samples I made to decide on the pattern to mass produce:


Cardstock: PTI rustic cream for base, black cardstock for panel and cutout, PTI white for colored panel
Stamp: PTI Mehendi Medallion
Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey distress inks, white embossing powder, gold embossing powder
Tools: Silhouette Cameo for Happy Diwali cutout, Heat gun for embossing



Cardstock: PTI white for base, PTI kraft for panel, TE cardstock for sentiment strip, PTI white for medallion
Stamp: PTI Mehendi Medallion
Inks: Memento red ink, Tattered Rose distress ink for medallion
Tools: Silhouette Cameo for medallion cutout

I finally settled on the design below as best for making 50 cards! My Cameo was extremely useful to me in the process and I made several cutting files on my own for the cards! Here is the card that I sent to all our friends and family in US:


Cardstock: PTI kraft for base, Bazzil brown for lower panel, PTI kraft for sentiment, patterned paper and shiny paper from Joann, black paper for lamp
Tools: Silhouette Cameo for lamp, printer for sentiment
Inside of card
I made a lot of those!

I kept the card simple with no stamping. I designed the lamp and cut it out on my Cameo then ran the cutouts through my Xyron to stick them on the shiny square. I really do need a corner chomper to make rounding corners less painful next time 🙂 The sentiment uses Samarkan font which is very similar to Indian script.

Now for some giveaways! As I said before, I designed a lot of cutting files for Diwali since I couldn’t find any online. I am giving away 2 of them for free today and will have 2 more tomorrow. Here are today’s 2 files:

  • Happy Diwali cutting file [wpdm_file id=6]
  • Diya cutting file [wpdm_file id=5]

Now please continue on to Smriti’s blog for the bloghop! The full list of all of us doing the bloghop is below:

And if you would like to play along, please leave your name and blogpost link below! Do leave us a comment if you are enjoying the bloghop!


  1. Indira Tanwar

    Hi Chaitali. Got to know about the blog hop from Gayatri’s blog. It’s great idea. Loved all your cards. Thanks for sharing the freebie files. I really liked the diya silhouette.Cheers,Indira Tanwarhttp://arty-sorts.blogspot.in/


  2. Kavitha Vadhri

    Lovely cards chaitali, i liked the letters of the first card with the line,so bright and resembels hindi. first time here from gayatri’s blog. happy to participate and get to know many talented crafters. am your new follower.thankskavithawww.snapkavi.blogspot.com


  3. Kambhi

    You go Girl! Not finding any ideas didn’t stop you and your friends! Thank you for taking the initiative to create your own ideas and setting up the blog hop! It certainly helped inspire me and also introduced me to awesome crafters! Happy Diwali to you and yours!


  4. Winnie

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali. I enjoyed learning about your holiday. I had never heard of it before and am glad you taught me. I love all the cards you made. The ones with the medallions are lovely as well. I will check out the other blogs too. Enjoy each moment!


  5. Banu

    Beautiful cards and loved the Silhouette files. Thanks so much for them. I cannot pick a fav card. I was so inspired that I had to create a few cards of my own as well. Thanks.


  6. Marina

    Hi. I just found your blog when searching for resources to make a Diwali card for my Hindu friend. Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous cutting files. Your cards are beautiful.


  7. Rubeena

    Hi!!! I’m new to card making. My moms friends asked me to make Diwali cards but I don’t have a silhouette cameo. I just purchased a big shot recently. Maybe I’ll order a custom stamp with the sentiment. These are inspiring! I also need to make Eid Mubarak cards too :))


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