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


Friday, March 23, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #10...

Hi! I am back with my final card for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 1. I am very excited to complete the first level. And looking forward to doing the Level 2 classes.

My card is based on the Let It Shine class by Carissa Wiley. There are lots of tips and tricks for adding some bling and shine to your cards. I went with my all time favorite technique - heat embossing.


I took scraps of white card stock and die cut them into banners. I colored each with photo inks since I wanted intense colors. I stamped a sentiment from the Painted Greetings stamp set on each with Versamark and heat embossed with metallic copper, silver and gold EP. I splattered some Jet Black ink on a white panel and also stamped the sentiment from Birthday Greetings stamp set. The banners were popped up with foam tape. I adhered the panel to a black card base.

To finish I added half pearls on the banners. Here is a closer look.


I like how simple and bright this card is. Hope you like it too.

Love,
Nandini

Altenew Academy Project #9...

Hi! Today's card is based on the things I learnt from the Seasonal Scene Building class by Nicole Magouirk. 


I started with two cream panels. I diecut both with stitched dies. I also cut a window in the smaller one and traced it out lightly with a pencil on the larger panel. I used the balloon stamp from the Birthday Greetings stamp set and inked just the edges with some Altenew ink. After stamping, I used a damp brush to pull the color in. This gives a lovely transparent effect to the color. I have tried it before with distress inks, you can check out the card here. To my delight it worked as well with Altenew inks. The trick is to dry the ink completely before starting with the next color. That gives you the overlap effect. Otherwise the two colors mix and create a muddy mess. 

I outlined the balloons with a black pen. I also added some more details with metallic inks. Here is a closer look at the balloons.


I stamped the sentiment with Jet Black ink below the window and popped up the panel on the larger panel. I mounted the whole thing on a kraft card base.

I hope you liked my card. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Love,
Nandini

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #8...

Hi! I have now finished all my cards for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 1. So expect some quick post over the next couple of days!

Today's card is inspired by the For The Guys class by Jennifer Rzasa. This is a great class especially for people like me who find masculine cards challenging. Jennifer has given several ideas for cards appropriate for boys as well as men. I focused on the Pop Art technique for today's card.

Pop Art as a style has always fascinated me. My husband is an architect and as such both of us are very interested in different styles and genres of design. I love the bright colors and bold graphics that are typical of this vibrant style.


I don't have many non-floral stamps by Altenew. So I chose to go with the Birthday Greetings stamp set. I first stamped the balloon with distress oxide inks on white card paper. I masked the balloons and colored the background with Faber Castell brush pens. I love their vivid colors. To give the balloons a bit more definition I outlined each with a black pen. 

I decided to go with a black cardbase since I wanted my card to be really bold. I die cut the balloon panels and mounted them on a larger panel. I also stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set and heat embossed it with gold EP. The black panel was then mounted on the card base with foam tape. Here is a closer look at my panel.


Entering this card in the following challenge:

AAA Cards: CAS Game #111:


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #7...

Hi! I am almost done with my cards for the first level of Altenew Educator program. I have had a blast doing my classes and learnt a lot. This is the latest card I made and I can see so many little tips and tricks that I picked up.

This card is based on the Easy Ink Blending Techniques by Amy Lee. I think it my favorite till date. It actually came together very fast and I absolutely love it!


I started with a white card base. I blended some Peach Perfect ink in a circular motion. I also added a touch of Mango Smoothie to brighten the color. I then added splatters with gold acrylic paint and Jet Black ink. While the base was drying, I stamped and die cut the little buds image from the Striped Florals set. My original idea was to use only one or two images. But when I started arranging the die cuts I realized they made a gorgeous wreath. The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set. This set is fast becoming my go-to set for birthday cards! I heat embossed the sentiment with some gold EP. I also pressed the buds on the Versamark pad and heat embossed them with the Enchanted Gold EP . 

I arranged the die cuts over the blended area and then glued them down taking care to bend the paper slightly to give it more dimension. The sentiment strip was popped up on foam tape and mounted over the wreath. Here is a closer look at the card.


And a tilted view to show off the lovely sparkle.


Entering it in the following challenges.

Color Throwdown #485:


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Floral Frenzy:

Allsorts Challenge Week #459 - Bring On The Bling:
I used metallic gold and glitter EP.

Love,
Nandini


Friday, March 16, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #6...

Hi! My second post for the day as part of my cards made for the Altenew Academy. I made a card based on the Irresistible Inking Techniques class by Sarah Naumann.

Here is my card.


I started with a large acrylic block which I inked with the Warm Gray mini ink cubes. I spritzed it with water and then stamped on watercolor paper. For some reason, the color changed when the paper was dry. This is still a big mystery. But I liked the result. I stamped the images from the Mini Blossoms stamp set and stamped with Jet Black ink. Once it was dry, I used Rose Petal and Sea Shore mini ink cube sets to color the images.

I used the Filled Alpha stamp set to stamp the sentiment in Jet Black ink. To finish I added a few sequins from my stash and mounted the panel on a black card base. Here is a close up.


This is one of my favorite cards. I love the technique and also the watercoloring. The black ink did bleed a bit. So I will be careful in the future.

Entering this card in the following Challenge:

CAS Watercolour March Challenge:


Love,
Nandini

Altenew Academy Project #5...

Hi! I am really enjoying my classes at the Altenew Academy. I love the fact that these classes not only teach new techniques, but also give a fresh insight into familiar ones!

Today's card is based on the Celebration Stencil Techniques class by Laurel Beard. My love affair with stencils started when I was in college. I studied Textile Design and we used to make stencils manually with sheets of acetate and a simple cutter. This was before ready to use stencils were available. I have also designed a few stencils for Mudra Craft Stamps based on Arabic designs.


You can find examples of my cards with these stencils here and here.

Unfortunately I don't have any Altenew stencils. But that is not an issue since you can stretch your dies by using them as stencils. Any dies work for this and intricate dies work particularly well.

I used the Dodecagram die to create my card.


I first inked a piece of watercolor paper with some distress ink. I cut the die out of a sturdy piece of paper and placed it on the inked panel. Since the die cuts a thin outline, I placed the negative piece of paper as well and taped it down. I then applied green distress ink through my 'stencil'. 

Initially I planned to add some flowers over the stenciling. But the panel looked so good, I decided to keep it as is. The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set by Altenew. I stamped it with Jet Black ink. To finish I added some gold sequins from my stash.

Here is a closer look.



I love this simple card and would love to make it in different color combinations.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

AAA Cards CAS Game #110 - Ombre:


Muse Challenge #257:
I was inspired by the 3 blooms forming a rough triangle in one corner and the sentiment stamped in bold black in the opposite corner.


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #4...

Hi! I have been busy trying to finish my work for the Altenew Educator Certification. The courses are really great. And it is fun to put the concepts to work.

Today's card is based on the Clean & Simple Boutique Cards conducted by Jennifer Rzasa. It is a great course with loads of tips for adding that extra special touch to your cards.

Here is my card using a few of ideas from this course.


The starting point of this card was the beautiful pattern paper that I discovered in my local paper shop. I love the ornate design and the gold accents, which unfortunately didn't photograph well.

Since the paper is rather thin, I glued it to a piece of scrap paper. I used the Banner die by Itsy Bitsy to cut the banners. I also used circle dies to cut a gold frame for the window. The sentiment is from the Painted Greetings set by Altenew. I stamped it with Versamark and heat embossed with glittery red EP by Wow! 

I couldn't resist adding the shaker element which makes the card extra festive. The sequins are from my stash.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS On Sundays Challenge #128 - Celebration with sequins:

HLS March Anything Goes with Dies:



TIME OUT Challenge #104:
I used red which is probably the strongest and boldest color in the color wheel! And combined it with gold.


Love,
Nandini

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mudra Challenge #19...

Hi! I am on the Mudra blog today with some 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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Make My Monday Challenge #66...

Hi! The Make My Monday Challenge #66 is up. The theme this time is very simply. You need to add some gold or silver to your card.


I started with a panel from my stash that I had made ages ago. The stamp is Blissful by Penny Black. I stamped the background stamp with gold acrylic paint. After it dried I did some coloring with distress inks. Here is a closer look at the panel.


I trimmed the panel to size and also colored a piece of scrap paper with direct to paper technique. I cut this piece with a circle die. The sentiment is from the Painted Greetings set by Altenew. I stamped and heat embossed it with gold embossing powder.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Remember to visit the Make My Monday blog for some amazing inspiration by the DT and also to link your creations.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches #326:
I really loved this week's sketch.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes:

CAS Watercolour March Challenge:
Used distress inks to colour my panel.


The Flower Challenge #18 - Anything Goes:


Allsorts Challenge #457 - Ladies Only:

Love,
Nandini






Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Altenew Academy Project #3...

Hi! I am back after a long break with my next project for Altenew Academy. This time it is based on the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class by the uber talented Yana Smakula. I have been a huge fan of her's for a long time. She makes really beautiful cards and her videos are simply fantastic! 

My card today is based on one of my favorite die cutting techniques - Inlaid Die Cutting.



I started with a panel smooshed with blue and green inks. This has been in my stash for ages and I finally got to ink it. I trimmed it to fit over the postage stamp die cut. I also added some texture with the script stamp by Mudra Craft Stamps and Hero Arts White Unicorn ink. The die is from the Striped Florals set. I die cut the inked panel and replaced it with another die cut stamped with Memento dye ink. Here is a closer look at the panel.



I thought the card base looked too plain. So I took the outline image from the Peony Bouquet stamp set and did second generation stamping in the background. The sentiment is from the Persian Motifs stamp set.

I am very happy with the way this card turned out. I have also saved the inked die cut which I hope to use on another card.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - In My Garden:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes:

CASology: Week 289:
The magic of the inlaid die cutting technique is that the pieces always fit together perfectly!



Cut It Up Challenge #142 - Anything Goes:

Allsorts Challenge #456 - Something starting with 'B':
I used a lot of blue in my card.

Love,
Nandini

Addicted To Stamps And More #281...

Hi! The easiest challenge is on this week at the Addicted To Stamps And More Challenge blog.


You can make absolutely anything creative for this challenge. I made a very quick card as inspiration.


This card came together in just minutes! It started with discovering the Heart of Roses diecut painted with strips of photo ink by Simon Says Stamp in my stash. I also found a green card base that matched the diecut. I used the Upcycled Woodgrain background stamp by Justrite Papercrafts to add some darker texture to the base. The white panel was cut using the Xcut rectangle die by Gina Marie Designs. The sentiment is from the Wonderful Words stamp set by CAS-ual Fridays. I stamped it with memento ink.

Here is a close up.


I hope you are inspired to create something beautiful and link it to our challenge here. Please also visit the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog for more inspiration by my very talented DT friends.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Happy Little Stampers February CAS Challenge:


Happy Little Stampers February Watercolor Challenge:


Happy Little Stampers February Anything Goes With Dies Challenge:


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Addicted To Stamps And More Challenge #279...

Hi! The theme this week at the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog is

You can make anything like cards, scrapbook layouts, tags etc as long as it is Clean and Simple. This means that clean and crisp lines, minimal or no embellishments and lots of 'white' space.


This is my favorite style of card making and here is my inspiration.


I used the faux ceramic tile technique on the panel. I recently made another card with the same technique. You can check it out here. I referred to an excellent tutorial on the Faux Ceramic Tile technique at the Ellen Hutson blog by Julie Ebersol.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog for more inspiration by my very talented team mates and also to link your creations to our gallery.

Love,
Nandini