Saturday, May 18, 2019

Altenew Creative Watercolor Media

Hi Everyone,

Today I am here to show one more project for Altenew.  For this purpose I have selected another one of my favorite Class Creative watercolour Media. 

For this project I wanted to try and improve my coloring techniques by using the Altenew Watercolour Palette  and Altenew Water brush Pens.

 I have used the stamp sets Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria and for the sentiment I chose my "happy" word from the Script Words 2. " for you" is from the halftone happy stamp set.


Basic Techniques and Process for making this Card:
  • For making this card , I have used the basic technique of masking.
  • First I planned how many flowers I want on the top and then stamped them randomly on my strathmore Watercolor Paper Cold press using distress ink Antique Linen.

  • Once I have got my top flowers I masked them with the flowers which I got by stamping them on a paper separately and fussy cutting them out as I wanted no white background in the flowers.
  • I have done the same techniques for the leaves as well and masked few to see the over lapping ones coming underneath the flowers.
  • After I was happy with my stamped images I started my coloring process.
  • Foremost I did a brown water wash outside my outline images. So spreading the brown outline with more water.
  • Then slowly and patiently I started doing every alternate petal at a time so that they are not wet as when I do the petal in between the two I did before. 



  • For the middle of the flowers I did black dots with watercolor.
  • For a bit of enhancement I also splattered some white with my brush.
  • My sentiment "happy" was cut two times on white card stock and 1 pcs in gold glitter card stock to have a raised effect.
  • "for you" I stamped with the Altenew New Antique Gold Pigment Ink on a black card stock.

Its amazing when you are challenged with something out of your comfort zone and try something new. I really would like to Thank Virginia and Erum for their support and love.

I look forward to create more and present myself more under their beautiful guidance.   

Hope you all like it.
Regards
Neha



Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Altenew Zentangle for Cardmakers

Zentangle for cardmaker! what an amazing class it was. I have done few cards before with zentangle but never had a chance to finish them. Few tips and tricks learned with Amber Davis at the Altenew Academy was just on spot to full fill all needs.

Today I created a card with Zentangle. For this Card I have used the Geometric landscape which is a new release from Altenew. As soon as I saw this stamp I thought this would be perfect to do some zentangle. Along with this stamp I have also used Altenew Henna Element set. 

So here I am with my card.


Here is the process on how I have created this card.

First I took a stamp from the Henna element and stamped them in a diagonal pattern on Nina Solar white along with its leaves. On a masking sheet I stamped flowers and leaves to cover the stamped images which I stamped on Nina solar white.



Now comes a bit of tricky part. The stamp was 6x6 so I had to bit struggle and expanding my lines with geometric pattern, I made a boo-boo but with Zentangle everything was hidden. 
First I stamped the 6x6 Image pattern and then I moved my paper little on right side so that I can stamp the 1/4 of the stamp again .Below is my picture which will show you what exactly I did.


All the lines which went missing from my this image I did create them when I started with  my zentangle on it.

Once everything was finished I managed to die cut my sentiment happy cutout 4 times on a back cardstock to layer them on top of each other and used "Birthday" from Birthday builder stamp set.
To finish it I just added few bits of sequins to add sparkle to finish.



Hope you all like my card and would love to join Amber for her beautiful class for some more fun and learning.



Untill next time. happy Blogging 
regards
neha

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Altenew as Easy as ABC with Therese Calvird

An amazing month of April started with Altenew class in Melbourne with Tasnim and Therese. Finally I got to meet them in person.

Now coming to my second last lesson for AECP. For this lesson I took Therese Calvird class at the Academy called Easy as ABC. 

The Lesson was all about to make the best use of your Alphabet stamp and Dies. With the help of Therese Video here is what I have created.


For this card I have used Botanical You stamp set. And for making the best use of this stamp, I have used all the sentiments which were in this stamp set. Created my background with heat embossing. I have also used the layering word "you"  with heat embossing.



After finishing my heat embossing I have used Picket fence Blending brush to do my background . I have used the ink pads from Altenew which are lagoon, Volcano lake, and Mountain Mist.


After completing I die cut out my word 'You' from the base base cardstock as well as the leafy YOU with the help of the coordinating dies. I mounted the leafy YOU with the foam to give extra dimensions so that they look like popped out from the base.  


To finish my card I added a strip of sentiment heat embossed again on a black strip.

Hoping to finish my last lessons soon with my AECP.

Regards
neha





Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Watercolor Basics & Beyond using my watercolour Pan as Ink

Welcome back to my blog. 

Today, I am sharing another technique which I learned from Jennifer Rzasa. Absolutely amazing technique. In this one I have used my pan colours as my inks and spritzing with water before stamping. The results are really beautiful.

For this card , I used the stamp set called Dainty bouquet stamp. First taking the big stamp on my acrylic block  and using the teal colour along with the waterbrush pen I applied it on my stamps. TIP: make sure when you are lifting the colour it should not be watery otherwise it will get smudged when stamped therefore it should have lot of pigment in it.

Once I finished doing with my large one . I placed the big one in such a way that they look like one stem and did all the same step as the first one.

Once I applied the colour I sprayed a bit of water on it so that the dry colours are all reactivated.



Now with the layering of just the flowers I have used the second medium and darker teal from my ink pads to have their layers stamped on top of each other.


For my sentiments I have used it from Build-A- Flower camellia with a jet black ink. Also a bit of splatter with black was done to finish the card.

Hope you all like it. Don't forget to leave me some comments.
regards
neha



Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Creating background magic with Altenew Background stamps

I am once again back this month with my another step towards my AECP course Completion. 

Today I have created a card using the Altenew background Stamp Pinstripe. For this wonderful technique I would like to give credit to the awesome lady Laurel Beard for sharing her knowledge through her class about using background stamps in different forms. 

Here is my card.

For making this card I have used a piece of Vellum where I stamped with my Pinstrip Stamp using versafine and white embossing powered. Now here is a trick I rotated the same stamp 90 degree and stamped again using versamark and white embossing powder. ( Since it was already stamped and embossed once so i have few blank spaces in between which added extra features to it when I heat embossed it again.) 


Once the embossing is cooled down I used my Altenew Artist markers Mango Smootie and Ruby red on the embossed side of the vellum ( I know I have also used a blue but later on I did not like how blue turned so I cut that out from my final card view LOL ) . Once all colored I took rubbing alcohol in my spray bottle and sprayed onto the vellum which is why you can see in the picture it was bit curled. Then to get the final picture I trimmed out the blue and got this mat on a back cardstock to put them on a neenah solar white card base. 


For My sentiments I have cut out word happy ( Scripty word 2 ) on a foam and also on a white cardstock. And my birthday stamp is heat embossed with white from Birthday Builder Stamps.



Hope you all like the card. Please do not forget to leave me your beautiful comments.
Regards
neha

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Altenew Level 2 Cleared and Step one for final Challenge

Hooray! I have now cleared my level 2 educator Program for Altenew and now I am here with my first card for Level 3. Fingers cross everything goes well here too.


Today I am sharing a card where I learned a very cool technique of calling it One layer wonder from The Altenew Academy taught by wonderful Kelly Latevola. Wow the effects are so effective that it looks like I have put different layers on my card but infarct no layers on it and vola! you are done with your card. 

Here is what I created.


For my card base I have used neenah solar white. I have used my pattern play circle stamp and Pin strip stamps for my backgrounds. 
Once that is heat embossed then I masked both top and bottom again to stamp my Circle pattern for the middle using Altenew jet black Ink pad.

First, I used masking technique to mask my middle space and stamp with my versamark and pin strip stamps using Gold embossing powder. 

Once that is heat embossed then I masked both top and bottom again to stamp my Circle pattern for the middle using Altenew jet black Ink pad. I have also used the different circle shapes from circle pattern Stamp to fill my colours in the random circles (blue and pink).

Here is the trick now. For having a raised look ( between pin strip stamp and circle patterns) I have used Altenew Artist marker Morning frost and Evening Grey to create a shadow effect. So that it looks like there is a layer on top of the base.


Now coming on to the sentiments. Trust me I have not used any black paper on it . I have created a black background using my Jet black Artist markers and coloured it whole. Then I used one of the sentiments from Pin Strip Stamp and heat embossed white.

I have used few water drops to finish my card.

Hope you all like it and will try this wonderful technique somewhere on your cards.

Regards
neha



Friday, February 22, 2019

Altenew Level 2 Final Challenge.

Phew!! what a remarkable techniques I have learned from those 20 classes up till now. Just AMAZING! All teachers are very talented and very cleaver must say that.

Before you all start reading a big heads up as this is a long blog post I have ever written.

My final Challenge for level 2. 

For my final challenge it was very difficult for me to decide which project should I make as there were too many to choose from. So I went ahead and made a home decor or you can say a candle gift set with coordinating handmade box along with a tag by applying 5 of my best techniques which I have learnt from the clever instructors at the academy.




Here is my step by step process for making the Candles first:

For My candles I have used Build-A- Flower : Anemone Coronaria . I stamped the two flowers on Neenah Solar white 80lbs and fussy cut them out so that I can use them for masking.

                     
Tip: I have not used any dies to cut them out as I fussy cut them on to the lines so that when I stamp they are aligned with each other and does not leave any gap in between two flowers.


 I took a piece of tissue paper and stamped those two flowers by masking and layering them.

 In the pictures below, I have tried Masking unleashed technique taught by Svitlana Shayevich where I have stamped and masked my images with the help of the cut out piece of  the flower, I did in the beginning. 



With the help of those flowers I also stamped my leaves around the flowers along with the stem .
  


Tip: I have just used one stem from the stamp set. Stamped it first and then flipped and stamped again so I have both sides leaning with just one stamp.

Below is the final outcome of my stamping and Masking.


Now the big part for me was choosing my colours which was solved by the clever tutor Therese Calvird from her Class Colour my day : Inspired with Colours. My inspiration of colors was from a picture I really liked while surfing through my pinterest.


Another lovely technique which Altenew flowers are based on are taught by Sara  Naumann in her lesson Irresistible Inking technique with simple layered stamping giving a dimension and depth to flower image.Therefore when I went to see my markers I tried to choose the closest from my palette.I have used Altenew Artist Markers Forest Glades and Evergreen for my leaves and stem.


For coloring of my flowers I have used the layering stamp from the same stamp set along with the Altenew mini cube inks Purple wine and Puffy Heart. Ones I stamped and colored everything I tore my tissue paper as close as possible without ruining work . 


Then I put my image on the candle and warped it around with a baking paper and heat it with my heat gun as the images starts sticking to the candle, you with see your image will become more clearer after heating.

Tip: When coloring on the tissue paper do put a piece of paper so that the colour does not bleed on your surface.


 Tip: Do not use the heat gun too close to the candle otherwise it will start melting.
Have big enough baking paper so that you can wrap and hold from behind.



This is how I made my candles.

Now the fun part,making the box.
For my box which I bought from a local craft shop , I colored the box with white Acrylic paint.


Ones I finished with painting I left it to dry. With my tissues paper I used same steps which I explained above for my Stamping, Masking and Coloring. 

Tip: My tissue paper was a bit longer this time ( approx a size of the box).

But here I would like to add that I also went  one more step ahead with Coloring. I learned from Marika Rahtu a beautiful and very talented instructor with putting details on the image to give more life and depth to it. 







Before putting the tissue on the box I did colour with the Purple wine Altenew Artist makers and made some more details on the flower petals and they blended very nicely.




As soon as I finished my colouring I stuck my tissue paper on the box and sealed it with gloss gel.
For my lid I had some stripe wrapping paper which I just wrapped around it.

Once the candles and box finished the out come was beautiful.


For my last part making my tag to compliment with my candle and the Box.




Here for my tags I took one piece of black and one piece of (slightly smaller than black) a white cardstock. . On my white cardstock I took Altenew Cozy Flannel Cover die and did a partial die cutting which you can see from my picture below.


Tip: I have put my cardstock in such a way that my borders are not cutting and I am trying to cut just the design in a slant . So my die is slightly on an angle when i cut it.


After this I stamped my flowers again on the white cardstock with my versamark and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. ( my stamped flower image is looking like grey because I have so much of black ink on my flower stamp that I ended up with some on this one when i stamped with Versmark)


I stamped my sentiment from the stamp set Build-A- Flower camellia on a piece of vellum .
Before sticking my sentiment I also did two things. For colouring one of the flowers I used Aletnew Rose Quarty ink pad to layer my stamp and using Alcohol artist marker frosty pink to give extra definition to it. I also used Altenew sunkissed for the center along with Artist Marker Rocky Shore to do my flower center.
Second was using the Altenew Jet black ink pad dabbing some on my glass media mat with water and then took my brush to splatter some on my white cardstock.


Sorry for writing such a long post. Hope you all enjoyed it. And would love to see if I have inspired someone at all.


Thank you for stopping by.
Regards
Neha