Sunday, December 30, 2018

Altenew Academy Level 2 Final Project...

Hi! I am very happy to bring you my final project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 2 today. I was very hesitant when the program was announced as I was sure that the competition was going to be fierce. But I decided to give a shot anyway. Imagine my surprise and excitement when I received the acceptance email! I have completed my 20 classes required for the certification. And I can truly say it has been a wonderful experience. I have learnt new techniques, revisited some old favourites and really developed as a crafter and cardmaker. Since AECP allows you to proceed at your own pace, there is very little stress.

For the final project for Level 2, my brief was to create a home decor project incorporating at least 5 different techniques and giving a step-by-step tutorial. I decided to create a tray and coaster set. This is the first time I have attempted using my stamping supplies with wood. So I definitely experimented and learnt as I went. I also created a set of cards using the same supplies and techniques.

I started with a wood base covered with veneer and some MDF coasters. These are raw materials left over from the time when I used to paint home decor products for sale. I used acrylic paints for my work then and wasn't sure if my stamps and inks were going to work as well. I was pleasantly surprised by the end result.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial of my process.

I used the Versafine Onyx Black ink for all my outline stamping. I also used the tips for using masking from Masking Unleased by Svitlana Shayevich. This class is invaluable if you are intimidated by masking. I stamped two floral clusters at both ends using the stamps from the beautiful Peony Bouquet stamp set.

I was a bit worried about getting a good impression with stamp blocks as I couldn't use the stamp positioner. But there was no issue. Here is the completed base.

I repeated the masking process when I stamped the layers of the flowers. The All About Layering 1 & All About Layering 2 classes were a big help here. I had found it very difficult to line up the layers of the Peony Bouquet flowers before this. Nicole Picadura's tips have really helped me master this set. Here is the completed base.

I used the Red Cosmos, Rose Petal and Warm & Cozy mini ink cube sets for my stamping. I diluted the Mocha ink and used it to darken the corners a bit. Here is a close up of the stamping. I love the beautiful texture that shows through the dye inks.

I also added some green colour to leaves.

Here is my final panel.

The final tray.

For the coasters, I started with bases that were 4 x 4 inches squares.

I covered them with some gesso that I tinted with Mocha ink.

Once the gesso was dry, I added some more streaks of brown with a paintbrush and the Mocha ink.

I stamped the images from the Peony Bouquet set with Versafine Onyx Black ink. Once the ink was dry, I stamped the layers with the same inks I had used for the base. I had one coaster on which I stamped the leaves and berries from the set. I used the Altenew markers for colouring these images.

Once all the stamping and colouring was done, I felt the coasters looked a bit flat. So I decided to darken the colour a bit. I also wanted to do a bit of ink blending on one side. I first covered the stamped images with masking fluid and allowed it to dry completely.

I used distress oxide ink and an ink blending sponge to add some more colour. The idea was to make the coasters match a bit more with the tray base.

I continued adding layers till I was happy with the shade. I also added some more, darker ink on the sides. I learnt this from Marika Rahtu in her class Beautiful Details. I used Espresso ink for this.

I allowed the inks to dry for some time. Definitely didn't want any smearing after putting in all the work! To finish, I buffed the coasters with dry tissue paper and simply used an erasure to rub away the masking fluid.

The set of 6 coasters.

I also made a set of 5 cards. I kept them one layer to go with rest of the decor pieces and used the same techniques that I used for the coasters.

I hope you liked my home decor projects and will try some of the techniques. I would love to hear from you. And I would definitely encourage you to try some of the Altenew Academy classes. They are really great!


Friday, December 21, 2018

Special Card Set...

Hi! December is halfway through and we are almost at the end of the year! My DT obligations for the month are done. I have been playing with my supplies just for fun and really enjoying it. One of my friends requested a set of general cards. I decided to ink up some of my NBUS stamps. I pulled out the Everything Together by Simon Says Stamp and Happy Wishes by Wplus9 to create a set of 11 cards. I was actually aiming for 12 cards. But one got spoiled. 

Here are two more of my favourites.

I started by die cutting a bunch of white panels with a stitched rectangle die. I placed the sentiment from the Everything Together stamp set by Simon Says Stamp in my stamp positioner. I inked the stamp with three shades of the same colour. To make things easier, I used all the Altenew mini sets I have. Since these inks are arranged for layering, it is very easy to get ombre effects. Once all the sentiments were stamped, I arranged the stamps from the Happy Wishes set by Wplus9 at the top left corner and stamped. I just turned the card upside down to stamp on the other side. This set has lots of tiny stamps which make creating clusters very easy. Once all the stamping was done, I adhered the panels to matching card bases.

Here is another pair of cards.

And here are the rest of the cards.



I love the way these cards turned out. 

I used the Wplus9 Happy Wishes set which has been with me for a year or more.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

A Quick Card for the Season...

Hi! I am here today with a card that I made for a customer. This was a rush order and I had very little time. I think sometimes tight deadlines help you make better stuff because you don't have the time to agonize over every detail.

I started with a panel of white card stock that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I masked off the bottom portion of the card and blended some light blue distress ink. I splattered some white paint and allowed it to dry completely. The sentiment is from the A Tree For All Seasons set by Winnie & Walter. I cut the felt trees by hand and backed up each with scraps of thick card stock. I also cut strips out of some brown card stock and used them as the tree trunks. I arranged the trees on the card and then adhered them, popping up some with foam tape. To finish, I added some star sequins from my stash and adhered the completed panel to a light teal card base.

I hope you like this quick, CAS card. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Entering this card in the following challenges.

Use Your Stuff Challenge #341 - Christmas / Holidays:
I used the sentiment from the A Tree For All Seasons stamp set by Winnie & Walter which I won as part of  giveaway way back in 2014!

Dare2B Artzy December Challenge:

Stinkin' Inkers Challenge - Winter Wonderland:

Allsorts Challenge Week 498 - Christmas Trees:

The Sisterhood of Crafters - Create a Winter Scene:

CAS On Friday #148 - Make a Christmas Card #2:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Christmas:

HLS December Christmas Challenge:

STAMPlorations December CAS Challenge:

Paru's Cardmaking Challenges - December 2018:


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Addicted to Stamps & More #322...

Hi! I can't believe we are almost at the end of the year! I am here today with the last challenge of the year for Addicted to Stamps & More.

I make a simple, masculine birthday card with my Zigs.

I started with a piece of ivory cardstock that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die. The 'Birthday' sentiment is from the Birthday stamp set by Mudra Craft Stamps. This set is part of the new December release which is absolutely fantastic with loads of new stamps, Chipzeb and stencils. You can check out the entire release here. I mounted the stamp on my stamp positioner and inked it with my Zigs. I sprayed just once or twice and then stamped. Once the panel was dry I popped it up on some foam tape and mounted on a red card base.

Hope you like my card and are inspired to create something beautiful. Please do check out the fabulous inspiration by rest of the DT here. Looking forward to seeing you in our gallery.