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.


  1. Beautiful projects!! Love the colors!

  2. Such a stunning set Neha!! Absolutely amazeballs! The sohesive look of this set makes me SO happy. You rock! I cant wait to see what you do in Level 3.
    I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

  3. what a spec-TAG-cular post, Neha! Love your matching candles box set with a matching tag! The entire designs are simply awesome! I love the masking that you did with the flowers and the color combo look so beautiful and cohesive! Your write-up and photos are thoughtful and detailed. Congratulations on passing this Level 2 Final challenge! I am so happy for you to reach this milestone! WAY TO GO!


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