Monday, December 8, 2014

CASEing Genius: Deepti Malik

It's time! It's time! 

This week's Genius is the supremely talented 

I've known Dee for awhile now. She is such a talented crafter. I absolutely adore her style and while I love all of her cards I'm always stunned by her watercoloring. Legit, knockout. Even more fabulous than her talent is her sweet disposition. She is always out and about in blog land encouraging others with her genuine comments. Her blog is called Dee's Art Utopia and you won't be sorry you visited. 

Let's get to know a little bit ore about her 


1. Who are you and where do you live? 
I am someone who is happy and content with all that I have, except for crafty supplies (there always seems to be something missing in my stash, LOL). I love to spend time with my husband, watch movies... eat drink and be merry :) I moved from India to Cleveland, Ohio in 2011 after getting married. I am so glad that I have the opportunity to pursue my passion for arts and crafts which was left out because of work.
2. How would you describe your style?
 My style is Clean and Simple, although I love experimenting with different styles :) I enjoy making meaningful, unique and thoughtful cards.

3. Name one product you're completely crushing on right now? 
Distress inks!! No doubt about that... I am going crazy over them, they are always there on my cards in some way or the other

4. What is was your first crafty purchase? Would you still buy it now?
My first crafty purchase was patterned paper, that too from Big lots!! I was so very new to card making and my designs involved cutting patterned paper in stripes and making a design out of it. You should see my initial cards... they were such a mess. I hate to say but they were terrible. Now I can say that I have evolved a lot and kind of more satisfied with what I make. And I don't buy that stuff anymore. I still have to learn to work with Patterned papers :)

Fun Stuff:

5. What is your current favorite song? 
It's a sing from a Hindi Movie called Wake up Sid and song title is "Ektara" , I am sharing the link for you guys :)
It's all about how you feel when you are in love :)

6. Who would play you in a movie? 
Even though I watch a lot of movies, I haven't found anyone yet who could play me... It's hard to play me after all ;)

7. One random thing about you that people would never guess?
Hmmmm... I am an organization freak... I am highly organized in the way I keep stuff in my home and also equally organized and planned in the life and my blog :) 
I wish there was an IKEA and a Container store in Cleveland ;)

While I highly doubt she ever made anything hideous I'm sure we can all sympathize with those first crafty purchases. Please ignore me while I kick that old big lots paper under my desk . . .

and let's see her talent at work

Sweet and simple. I love how the bee is abstract. That sweet vellum heart as wings is complete genius!!

See what I mean about the watercolor?! I love the flow of the color in the background. I'm a big fan of black with bright colors. An emboss resist is perfect to add some interest. 

Ahhh. Seriously?! Serously serious?! Those flowers are incredible. White watercolor is no easy task and she nailed it!!


First of all . . .how dark does my photobox picture look next to her natural sunlight photos?! Yikes. 
Okay so I loved her white flowers. I wanted to recreate the flowing background from her second card. The soft vellum from the first card felt like a perfect way to carry the sentiment. I recently purchased my first Clearly Besotted stamps (their flowers. I die) and I thought the lily of the valley was just made for this card recipe. I stamped the flowers onto watercolor paper and heat set in white. I should note I only partially inked the stamped for the flowers in the middle. For the one on the far right I straightened the stamp on my block. I watercolored the image with distress inks including Black Soot, Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive, Peeled Paint, and Forest Moss. Once dry I did draw in a few random with flowers into the background. 

This really felt like a sympathy card to me. While I loved Dee's bold black sentiments I thought it would overpower my soft image. Instead I opted to heat emboss it on white and wrap it around my panel. 

Thanks for  visiting! I hope you'll go over and visit Dee's blog. She has so much more than just what I showed you here!!



  1. Incredible. Both your work and the work of Deepti. Your talents are amazing!

  2. I found Dee's blog quite recently and adore her work too! She is soooo talented! Love the cards she shared today and yours is gorgeous too, Kelly! ♥

  3. Wow!!! This is incredible! Love your take!

  4. So nice to get to know Dee through you, Kelly! I love her cards you've featured and your take on them is just beautiful! I will be checking out her blog now.

  5. So fun to get to know Deepti a little more and see some of her favourite cards! And your CASE is fabulous, Kelly! Beautiful card!

  6. Thank you so much Kelly for your kind words and for this feature. I was so excited to see what u will make and as always I am in awe by the beauty of ur card, u r such a master crafter :) Love it

  7. Wow! What a delightful post ! It was great knowing the talented Deepti more and seeing few of her gorgeous cards. And Kelly, your card is so, so beautiful.

  8. This is just absolutely STUNNING, Kelly! Just Stunning! Wow!

  9. Cards from Deepti I knew always stunning adorable and AMAZING
    but your card CASE ing her card wooowwwww amazing stunning and I in love with the colors..
    BOTH OF YOU ARE SUPER TALENTED lady I ever know..
    Are you okay Kelly...I have never seen you again on my blog hope all is ok with you and your little MONSTER (LOL) and hubby.
    Hugs, Monika

  10. Awesome card Kelly and a great post :)

  11. I also LOVE Deepti's work!
    You did a fabulous job with the CASE!

  12. I agree with you, Kelly - Deepti's work is absolutely stunning! Love your CASE card

  13. I enjoy studying Dee's artful work!
    Your lilies and sketchy lines in the background are perfect!

  14. Beautiful CASE of Deepti's style, Kelly! I'm a huge fan of CB too, and you have really made those flowers sing, girl!
    I was so happy to see that you chose my sweet friend for this weeks' feature! You are right about about her too...she is the sweetest and most incredibly talented paper crafter around! I love everything about her!

  15. Wonderful post. I so enjoyed learning more about Deepti--I think she is one of the most talented crafters out there, and also so kind and generous with her comments. And, your CASE of her is equally stunning. You really captured the 'Dee Look'

  16. Such a fun feature. Deepti is so incredibly talented.

  17. I am a huge fan of Deepti....but Kelly your CASE is incredible! You are just as talented as she is!! Honestly a huge fan too!

  18. I agree Deepti is just sooo amazing! love your beautiful card too ;) Viv xx