Monday, June 25, 2018

Make My Monday Challenges #74...

Hi! The new challenge is up at the Make My Monday challenge blog. This time around the theme is 'Ice Cream'. You can use actual images of ice creams or just use the colours. 

I recently bought the Ice Cream Dreams stamp set by Simon Says Stamp. This is a great set with cute ice cream images and great sentiments. I made a very simple card using this set as inspiration.


To make this card, I started with a piece of cream cardstock and die cut it with the stitched rectangle die. I masked the stamped image with Mudra masking paper and then started stamping the sentiment with distress oxide inks in rainbow order. This is very easy if you use your stamp positioner. This is a technique that Jennifer Mcguire calls sentiment backdrop. You can check out the original video here. I made a slight change by leaving a narrow margin around the image. Once the stamping was done, I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

I stamped the ice lolly with Onyx Black ink and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I fussy cut it and popped it up on the card with some foam tape. I adhered the ready panel on a dark teal card base.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the Make My Monday challenge blog for more inspiration and to link your creations. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

Entering the card in the following challenges:




Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Addiced To Stamps And More #297...

Hi! Another great challenge is here from the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog. This week it is


I decided to pull out an old, never-before-used stamp set by STAMPlorations. Here is the card I created.


I stamped the Framed Zinia on a piece of plain white cardstock with Versamark Onyx Black ink. I colored it with my Zigs, blending pink and yellow colors with a wet brush. These markers are so easy to work with! I am really glad I bought them! I added a little black and brown to the edges and the flower centres. Once the piece was dry I trimmed it, covered it with Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I did five layers of embossing for a nice glossy finish. 

Here is a closer look at the panel.


The pink matting is a scrap of paper from my stash. The black card base was stamped with the Linen Background stamp by My Favorite Things with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. 

I decided to forego a sentiment since I felt the card looks striking the way it is.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit us at Addicted To Stamps And More Challenges for more amazing inspiration and to link your creations. Looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.

Entering my card in the following challenges.

The Flower Challenge #21:
I based my card on two previous challenges:
#10 - Embossing Heat / Dry
#3 - Use An Older Stamp, Die or Stencil


Back To Basics & Beyond #5 - Heat Embossing:

STAMPlorations Never-ending Anything Goes Challenge:

CAS Mix Up Challenge:



Love,
Nandini

Monday, June 18, 2018

Make My Monday Challenges #73...

Hi! This week's Make My Monday challenge is hosted by yours truly. My choice is a favourite technique - Resist Embossing. There are many ways to do this wonderful technique and many different looks can be achieved based on the supplies you use.

Here is my inspiration card.


I stamped the Penny Black Blissful stamp set with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. But I took a pattern paper with a small print instead of plain paper. This gives a completely different look to the project. After heat embossing, I used Faded Jeans distress ink to colour the open areas.

Here is a closer look at the panel.


Rest of the card was super easy. I die cut the coloured panel with a stitched rectangle die and trimmed the bottom with the Stitched Basic Edges die by My Favorite Things. The sentiment is from the Floral Fantasy set by Mudra. This is one of my very favourite sets to work with! I stamped it with Memento dew drop ink. The finished panel is popped up on the white card base with some foam tape.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do visit the Make My Monday challenge blog for more fabulous inspiration and to link your cards. Looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.

Entering my card in the following challenges.

Paru's Card Making Challenges:


The Flower Challenge #21:
I based my card on:
#11 - Focus On Background Stamping


Love,
Nandini

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Addicted To Stamps And More #295...

Hi! The new challenge is up on the Addicted To Stamps and More blog. This week's challenge is a wonderful photo that you can use as inspiration.


I decided to concentrate on the pretty succulents for my card.


I dug out my Simply Succulents stamp set by Pinkfresh Studio. I was lucky enough to win the entire June 2017 release and this stamp set was part of it. The card is heavily inspired by May Sukyong Park's card with the same stamp set. You can check out the original card here

I took a piece of white cardstock and trimmed it to size. I inked up each image with 2 different shades of Memento dewdrop inks and stamped them randomly. The little 'buds' were stamped using the bitty stamps from the Wreath Turnabout stamp set by Concord And 9th. Here is a closer look at the stamped panel.


The sentiment is from the Birthday Greetings stamp set by Altenew. I stamped it with Versamark ink and heat embossed with white EP.

I hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do check out the ATSM blog for more inspiration from my talented teammates. You can link your creations here.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

ModSquad Challenge - Old Stamping Ground:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #116:


Love,
Nandini

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


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