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