Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Addicted To Stamps And More #304...

Hi! I am here today with some inspiration for the current Addicted To Stamps And More challenge #304.



These cards are part of an order for 50 cards that I made for a friend. I was definitely looking for something quick and simple and I love the way these turned out.




I started with a piece of cream cardstock. I painted diagonal stripes in rainbow order with Camlin photo inks. I love these for their intense colours and quick drying. Once the inks were dry, I diluted some gold acrylic paint and splattered it over the sheets.


I used the Text Block Birthday die by Papertrey Ink to die cut the coloured panels. I adhered these to some cream and gold marbled handmade paper and popped them up with foam tape.

I used the Dotted Florals background stamp by Impression Obsession with the Sand Dunes ink by Altenew to stamp on the cream card bases. This gives a light texture without overwhelming or clashing with the rainbow sentiment panels. 

Here is a closer look at one of the cards.




I hope you liked my cards and are inspired to make something beautiful. You can link your cards to our gallery here. Also, remember to visit the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog for more fabulous inspiration by my talented teamies.


Entering my card in the following challenges:


Happy Little Stampers August CAS Challenge:




Addicted To CAS #142:




I used photo inks to colour the rainbow sentiment panel.

Love,

Nandini

Monday, August 6, 2018

Make My Monday #77...

Hi1 I am here today with some inspiration for the current challenge at the Make My Monday blog. The theme this time is very interesting - Oriental.

The first thing that came to my mind was the Japanese art of origami. I have always been a huge fan of this and decided to incorporate it into my cards.


I started with a piece of pattern paper from my stash. This is actually a gorgeous gift wrap with gold accents. I followed a wonderful tutorial for the Origami Crane Card I found on YouTube by Origami 4ik. You can find it here

I took a piece of paper that was 5 inches long and card bases that measured 4.25 x 5.5 inches. After folding I adhered the cranes to the card bases. The sentiments are both from Pinkfresh Studio stamps, first from Say It With Florals and second from Let's Celebrate. I stamped them with Versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

I hope you find my cards inspiring and create something beautiful. Please don't forget to visit our blog at Make My Monday for more fabulous inspiration and also to link your creations. I look forward to seeing your creations in our gallery.

Entering this card in the following challenge:

Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #332:
The pattern paper was left over after I made this card as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program.


Love,
Nandini


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Addicted To Stamps And More #302...

Hi! I am back with another inspiration card for the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog. 


Your entry MUST contain the use of anything that can make a mark - Stampin' Write, Copics, Promarkers, Painting, Chalks, Watercolours, Sponges, Stencils, Masks etc.

I decided to pull out my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and use them with stencils.


I taped the Floral Abstract stencil by Mudra Craft Stamps to a piece of watercolour paper. I applied two shades of each colour through the stencil and quickly blended it with a damp brush. Once the stencilling was done, I removed it and let the panel dry completely. Here is a closer look at the panel.


Rest of the card was super simple. I simply die cut the layers and then adhered them to a turquoise card base.

Hope you liked my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. You can link your creations to our gallery at the Addicted To Stamps And More challenge blog. You can also visit the blog for some amazing inspiration from my very talented teammates. Looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.

Entering my card in the following challenges:




Love,
Nandini

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Product Review for Itsy Bitsy...

Hi! I am here today to do another product review for Itsy Bitsy. You can find my previous reviews here and here. I am reviewing a total of four products today.



I had picked up the Mixed Media Paste and Embossing Texture Paste some time ago. I found both these work very well with the Sparkle Paste and Mica Powder. So I decided to review all four products.

My first two cards are like a twofer. I wanted to see the difference between using Sparkle Paste versus Mica PowderI started with two pieces of white cardstock. I blended distress oxide inks on both. I covered the panels with a stencil and applied Black Soot and Faded Jeans distress oxide inks through it. Without removing the stencil, I added Sparkle Paste to one with a palette knife. On the other panel, I brushed a the Mica Powder with an old make-up brush. I also added a light mist of water to fix the powder.

Here is the card with Sparkle Paste.



The effect is beautiful and sparkly. Perfect for a festive card. Here is another look at the card. I tilted it so that the sparkle is seen.


Entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Add A Little Sparkle:

Use Your Stuff Challenge #321 - Birthday:


The Mica Powder gives a more subtle effect.



There is a beautiful, satiny sheen which is gorgeous in real life.




For my next card, I decided to mix the Mica Powder with Mixed Media paste which is a great product to have in your stash since it combines the functions of both gesso and modelling paste.



I diluted the Mixed Media paste with a little water and then mixed some Mica Powder with it. I placed a stencil over a panel of kraft cardstock and applied the paste with a palette knife. Once the paste was dry, I added a little distress oxide ink with a sponge dauber.

Here is a closer look at the stencilling.



You can see the lovely sheen that the Mica Powder brings to the mix.

To complete the card, I die-cut a heart from some pink paper. I added some sheen to the die-cut with the Mica Powder. I simply took a glue stick and rubbed it all over the paper. I brushed the Mica Powder with a makeup brush and let it dry.



The sentiment was stamped with Versamark on a strip of black paper and heat embossed with metallic pink embossing powder.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Week 476/477 - Flowers All Over:

Paru's Card Making Challenges - July:



For my third card, I decided to test the products on some dark cardstock.



I coloured the mix of Mixed Media Paste and Mica Powder with black photo ink and applied it to a piece of black cardstock through a stencil. The result was a gorgeous metallic grey texture. Here is a closer look.



I trimmed the panel and adhered it to a grey card base. I die-cut the hibiscus flower and coloured it with my Zigs. The sentiment was die-cut from a piece of cardstock that I coloured with two shades of green dye inks. I just rubbed a little Sparkle Paste on the die-cut to give it some extra pop. Here is a closer look.



To finish, I mounted a piece of black cardstock on foam tape. The flower is also popped with foam tape. I applied a little Sparkle Paste to the stamen for added interest.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

CAS Mix Up July Challenge:
I coloured my hibiscus die cut with Zig Clean Color Markers and the sentiment with photo inks. I stamped part of the sentiment with Versamark and heat embossed with silver EP. For the mixed media component, I did stencilling with texture paste.


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Use a die and/or punch:

Fusion Challenge - Outdoor Room:
I used only the sketch which I flipped.
Watercooler Wednesday WWC179 - Masculine Anything Goes:



The final card is probably my favourite. I decided to mix the Mica Powder with the Embossing Texture Paste. I wasn't sure it would work. But it did. And I love the result!



The Embossing Texture Paste pops up when you apply heat. The amount of popping depends on the thickness of application and dryness of the layer. Since I wanted less popping and used an intricate stencil, I allowed it to dry completely. The result after applying heat is a soft nap, almost like a rug. The Mica Powder gives it a lovely shine. Here is a closer look.



To complete the card, I trimmed the panel and mounted it to a turquoise card base. I die-cut a heart from the same paper and popped it up on foam tape. I die-cut the sentiment thrice and adhered the layers together. I also applied some Sparkle Paste to it for added shine. Finally, I die-cut some small stars and adhered them to the heart.

Entering this card in the following challenges:

Sunday Stamps SSC183 - Tranquil Cottage Colors:
I used turquoise, kraft and cream


The Sisterhood of Crafters - What's YOUR Favorite Color?:
I love turquoise colour. Especially when combined with kraft. 


I have really loved using these products. Initially, I wasn't sure how much use I would get out of them since my style is very CAS and I mostly make cards. But they are wonderful products to keep on hand. The Sparkle Paste is great for adding some shimmer and shine to your projects. I have used it before for making a card set.



As you can see, Sparkle Paste is very easy to colour and use with stencils.

The Embossing Texture Paste adds great texture without adding weight. It is also very easy to colour with inks. It spreads very well. So a little goes a long way.

My biggest surprise was the Mica Powder. It can be used to add some shimmer to your projects very easily. I used the clear glue stick with great results. It also mixes well with water and can be used with a spray bottle. And of course, it gives great results when mixed with Mixed Media Paste and Embossing Texture Paste.

Sparkle Paste and Embossing Texture Paste are both available in beautiful colours too. I picked up neutral colours since I wanted to test them with photo inks. But you can buy the ready coloured pastes as well.

Here is a photo of all the cards with the products I used.



I hope you found my review useful and will give them a try. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Love,
Nandini

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