Monday, November 29, 2021

CAS Shaker Card...

Hi! I am here today with a quick CAS shaker card. The idea for this card came to me as I was making another card. Initially I wanted to make a one layer card. But the design developed into a shaker card.


I used a very old stamp by Fiskars called Petals From Scratch. The sentiment is from the Fancy Banner 2 set by Taylored Expressions. I colored the flower using my Zigs. Here is a close up of the shaker element.


And another look at the completed card.


Entering this card in the following challenges.





Thursday, November 11, 2021

Altenew Washi Tape Explorer Blog Hop + Giveaway


Hi! Hope you are enjoying this amazing hop! You must have arrived here from Nenette S. Madero's blog. I am always so inspired by her beautiful work!

Altenew has a huge range of washi tapes, in every color, style and width. I always admired them. But never really used any. Till I got the lovely Cherry Blossom washi tapes.

This was the first time I used the beautiful Altenew Slim Washi Tapes. It is also the fastest card I made! These beautiful tapes make it so simple!


I stamped the paisley motif from the Painted Rainbow stamp set on some white paper and colored it with Altenew Artist Markers. I used markers from Sets A, E, Red Sunset, and Summer Afternoon. After coloring the motif, I reinserted it into my stamp positioned and heat embossed the outline with black embossing powder. Once it was done, I cut it with the coordinating die.



For the card base, I used a pale pink one. I simply added the Cherry Blossom washi tapes towards the bottom of the card and flicked a little black ink for the splatters. 



The sentiment is from the Carpe Diem stamp set, also from this release.



To finish, I rounded the bottom corners with a corner rounder.

I hope you liked my quick card. You can continue the hop with Sande Woodson who has some amazing inspiration lined up for you. Before you go, do check out all the exciting offers that are up for you!

If you get lost or need to go back, I have included the whole blog hop list at the end of this post.



Giveaway Prizes

$200 in total prizes! To celebrate this occasion, Altenew is giving away a $100  gift certificate to 1 lucky winner and a $20 gift certificate to 5 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 11/17/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 6 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 11/19/2021.




Special offer

40% off on ALL Washi Tapes from 11/10/2021 at 12:01 AM EST until 11/16/2021 at 11:59 PM EST.https://altenew.com/collections/washi-tapes  Not valid on previous purchases. Free gift will be added to the cart automatically with all valid orders.


Blog Hop Order

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Jaycee Gaspar

Erum Tasneem

LauraJane

Bridget Casey

Rebecca Sogn 

Colleen Balija

Katrina Howe

Irina Fonina

Natasha Davies

Amy Hill

Nancy Souza

Rachael Shedeed

Annemarie Caister 

Neha Aggarwal

Karen Brown

Nenette S. Madero 

Nandini Karmarkar - That's me!

Sande Woodson 


Love,

Nandini

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Stamping on Silk...

Hi! A very happy Diwali to all! May this festival of lights bring you lots of joy and prosperity!

I have a very special project for you today. I have always loved working with textiles. When I started using the Altenew Mixed Media inks, I was beyond thrilled. These inks work on any surface, including fabrics. And once you heat set them by ironing on the reverse, they are permanent!

I decided to use them on a silk scarf to create a one-of-its kind accessory.


I used the Painted Flowers stamp set by Altenew and inks from the Red Cosmos, Green Fields, Glacier Caves and Summer Afternoon sets.



I stamped the outlines with the Jet Black ink and ironed the scarf to heat set the ink. The base layers were stamped using Coral Berry, Arctic, Caribbean Sky, Warm Sunshine and Forest Glades inks. 


For the second layer I used Ruby Red, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue, Caramel Toffee and Evergreen inks.


Here is a closer look at the stamping.


And a another look at the completed scarf.


Few things that I learnt while making this scarf:
  • Take your time with the stamping. As you have to use stamping blocks, precision is important. I took two days to complete this scarf.
  • Use stamp sets that are easy to line up and have a more artsy feel. That way even if you make a mistake, it won't show up.
  • Iron between layers. Pigment inks take longer to dry. So ironing after each layer prevents smudging and makes the inks permanent.
  • Put some old newspapers below your fabric when stamping. The inks always bleed through the fabric.
  • Use darker inks. Colors always appear lighter on fabrics as more ink is absorbed into the surface.

Entering this scarf in the following challenges:






Love,
Nandini


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Shaker Card...

Hi! I am here today with my entry for the October 2021 Inspiration Challenge by Altenew.


I created a see-through shaker card.


I used the products from the Garden Rose Craft Your Life kit to create this card. The background was made using distress oxide inks along with one of the stencils from the kit. 


The sentiment is from the Watercolor Extravaganza stamp set. The leaves were die-cut using the Craft-a-flower Buttercup Layering set.

Here is another look at the card.


Entering this card in the following challenges:

Altenew October 2021 Inspiration Challenge:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:

Love,

Nandini

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Addicted To Stamps And More #416 - Make Your Mark...

Hi! I am back with some inspiration for the Addicted To Stamps And More blog. The theme this time is:

I used the Seasonal Blooms stamp set and coloring stencils to create this card.


I hope you liked my card and will create something beautiful for this challenge. You can link your creations to the ATSM gallery. Please don't forget to visit the other DT who have some incredible inspiration for you. I look forward to visiting you in our gallery.


Love,

Nandini

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies Challenge - October 2021...

Hi! Welcome to another month of inspiration for the Happy Little Stampers Challenge

Diwali, the festival of lights is in the first week of November. It is one of the biggest festivals in India and celebrated with much fanfare across the country. I usually mass produce my Diwali cards. So I am always looking for quick designs. 


I used the Resplendent Rectangles die by Spellbinders and distress oxide inks in shades of red and pink to create this card. The sentiment is from a very old stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps. In fact it was released before Varshitha Nagarajan launched her brand! 


I used a cream and gold handmade paper for the base and the panels. Here is a close-up of the inked panels.


I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. You can visit the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog for more inspiration and link your creations to our gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Die-Cut Divas October Challenge:

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - WWC326:

Love,

Nandini

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Happy Little Stampers Stencil Challenge - October 2021...

Hi! I am here with the inspiration for the October challenge of the Happy Little Stampers Stencil challenge.


I decided to try a technique by Laura Bassen using a new CrafTreat stencil called Peony Blossom. Click here to go to the original post which also has a very informative video tutorial.




I used some white embossing powder for the sentiment. The stamp is a very old one that I found white reorganizing my stash recently.

I hope my card inspires you to create something beautiful. You can visit the Happy Little Stampers challenge blog for more inspiration and link your creations. I look forward to visiting you in our gallery. 

Love,

Nandini