Sunday, May 27, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #11...

Hi! The month of May has been a very busy one for me. With the summer holidays on, the time for crafting and blogging is almost non-existent! Though I will miss having the kids at home, I am also looking forward to the start of the school year in June.

I have started taking the classes necessary for Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. The class that excited me most is Magical Marker Techniques by Sara Naumann. I was lucky to buy the Artist Markers Set A in Destash. This is a completely new medium for me. So I was a bit apprehensive about investing the money. But I loved the class and enjoyed my first few attempts at using the Artist's Markers.

Here is the card that I came up with:


I started with a plain piece of white cardstock. I used different shades of pink and blue to create a plaid background. The idea was to have a less than perfect, artsy feel. So I just hand drew the lines. I die cut the background with the Banner die by Itsy Bitsy. I also cut a larger banner from the white cardstock.

Here is a closer look at the banners.


I used the outline image of the flower from the Peony Bouquet stamp set to add some texture to the background by stamping with a slightly darker ink.

The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set by Altenew. I stamped it with some Memento ink. This is where the thin nib really came in handy. I used it to fill some dark pink color into the outlined 'Happy'.

To finish, I stamped some of the leaf and berry images from the Peony Bouquet stamp set and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I colored them quickly with the markers and they were ready to go.

Here is a closer look at the sentiment panel.


I popped up the sentiment panel on some foam tape and added the die cuts. To finish I added some sequins from my stash.

I love the way this card turned out. And I loved working with the Artist Markers. I have ordered a few more already and look forward to playing with them.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use More Than One Stamp:

I used several stamps from the Peony Bouquet and the Birthday Greetings stamp sets by Altenew.

HLS May Anything Goes With Dies Challenge:


CAS On Friday Challenge #133 - Birthday Card:

Sunday Stamps Challenge SSC179 - Sweet Visions:


Love,
Nandini

Monday, May 14, 2018

Make My Monday Challenge #71...

Hi! The new challenge at the Make My Monday is up. The theme this time is 'Hint of Summer to Come'. A bit funny since here we are in the middle of summer with scorching hot days! I am looking forward to the monsoons which will start next month.

I made a few floral cards as inspiration.


I used the Perennial Beauty stamp set by Altenew to stamp the large flower with Altenew inks. I love this stamp since the flower is so large and it is very easy to align the layers. The leaves are from the Peony Bouquet set. The sentiments are from the Painted Greetings set and stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink. I love this ink since it stamps very crisp and dark in one shot. 

I used a grey card base and some black matting to finish the cards. I love the way these cards turned out. I hope you like them too and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please visit the Make My Monday blog for more inspiration and to link your creations.

Here are close-ups of the individual cards.

I used a mix of pinks from the Altenew inks. I love that they work so well with each other. 


Entering this card in the following challenges:

Inspired By All The Little Things #85:


All Sorts Challenge Week 467 - In The Pink:

The Card Concept #92 - Bold Bloom:



I used the Sea Shore set of Altenew mini ink pads for this flower.


Entering this card in the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches #336:


Time Out Challenge #109:


AAA CAS Game #115:


Love,
Nandini

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Ombre with Sparkle Paste...

Hi! The current challenge at Mudra Craft Stamps blog is an all-time favourite theme - Anything Goes. I made some card sets as inspiration. You can check out the details here.
I have always loved using stencils. And Mudra has a very nice, exclusive collection of designs. I combined the stencils with some Sparkle Paste that I recently purchased from Itsy Bitsy.


I mixed the paste with a drop of Camlin Photo Ink to create the colours. The inks mix beautifully with the paste. I also got a gorgeous teal colour by mixing equal parts blue and green. The 'Thanks' die is by Mudra Cut3. Here are the other cards I made.


Dark Blue



Light Blue



Foliage Green



Violet

I loved the Sparkle Paste. It is very easy to use and gives a gorgeous, smooth, sparkly finish. It also dries quite fast and is easy to clean. I love that it mixes well with inks. It is slightly on the higher side price wise. But I made total six cards with full coverage and there is still a little left, enough for two more cards I think. I hope Itsy Bitsy is planning a larger jar size.

Here is a look at all the cards together.



I am entering these cards in the following challenge:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Ombre:

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Addicted To Stamps And More #291...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This week is the easiest theme of all.


I created a set of cards for this challenge.


This is a great design for creating multiples, especially if you use a stamp positioner. I used the Striped Florals set by Altenew to stamp the images in Versafine Onyx Black ink on a white card base. I love this ink since it gives a crisp image every time. I used the base stamps from the Circle Scribble Flowers set by MFT to stamp different colors of distress inks over the black images. The sentiment is from Sentiments 1 stamp set by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I stamped it with Versamark on black paper and heat embossed with white EP. I mounted it with some foam tape on the card base.

I hope you like my cards and are inspired to create something beautiful. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery. Please do visit the ATSM blog to link your creations and also to get inspired by rest of the design team. 

Love,
Nandini

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Altenew Academy Level 1 Final Project...

Hi! I am here today with a very special card. I made this based on the things I learnt from the classes that I took at the Altenew Academy. It has been a lot of fun and loads of learning during these 10 classes. I really think I am a better crafter now than I was when I started. 


For my final project I was asked to combine any 3 components from the Level 1 classes. I have based my card on the following classes:




I started with some orange paper that I adhered to a white card base as it was a bit thin. I have found using a glue stick works best for this as it gives a very smooth finish and good coverage.

The very first class that I took was the All About Layering 2 by Nicole Picadura. Altenew has some of the best floral layering stamps. Peony Bouquet is probably my favorite. But it is a difficult set to layer. After taking this class though I have no problems. I also used a technique by May Sukyong Park for stamping on colored card stock. You can find the post here along with a detailed video. 

I mounted the stamp on my stamp positioner, stamped with white pigment ink and then simply rotated the panel 180° and stamped again. I used the Sea Shore mini ink cubes set to stamp the layers. After stamping I masked off the flowers and stamped only the outline images. For the buds I also stamped one detail layer. Here is a closer look at the stamped panel.



I kept rest of the card simple since I didn't want to take the focus away from the stamping. I used some textured handmade paper as the card base instead of a regular card stock. I created an inlaid sentiment panel using the techniques I learnt from the Easy Die Cutting Techniques by Yana Smakula. I used some orange glitter paper for the sentiment to add some extra oomph to my card. I also added a few sequins around the sentiment panel for extra emphasis. Carissa Wiley talks about adding glitter and sequins in her class Let It Shine. This class teaches you how to add touches of sparkle and shine to your card and make them look classy. 

Here is a closer look at the sentiment panel.



I hope you like my card. I would love to hear from you. And I would highly encourage you to check out the classes at the Altenew Academy.

I am looking forward now to doing my Level 2 classes. See you again soon.

Love,
Nandini

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mudra Challenge #19 Take Two...

Hi! I am on the Mudra blog today with some more inspiration cards for the Mudra Challenge #19.


Here are the sneak peeks of my cards.


Please visit the Mudra Craft Stamps blog to know more.

Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Addicted To Stamps And More #285...

Hi! The current challenge is up at the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. This week is a photo challenge.


There are many inspiring elements here. I took the gorgeous shades of blue and the contrast with white into consideration.


I started with a scrap of blue handmade paper. I adhered it to a scrap of card stock since it was thin. I have found it easiest to use a glue stick to do this. I die cut it into a rectangle. The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set by Altenew. This is fast becoming my go-to set for birthday cards! I stamped it with Memento ink and also flicked some on the white card base. While the card base was drying, I adhered the sentiment to the blue panel. I also die cut the Isabella Butterfly from Memory Box and adhered it to the panel. I popped up the panel on some foam tape and attached it to the card base.

To finish I added some half pearls from my stash. Here is a close up of the card.


This card is super simple and I put it together in half an hour. Which is a record of sorts for me! Usually I stress over every little decision. I think it is a great design for mass production and busting my stash of handmade papers.

I hope you liked my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog for more inspiration and to link your creations.

Looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.

Entering the card in the following challenges:

Fab Friday #133:



AAA Cards:



Love,
Nandini