Category: Standard Cards

Altenew: With A Twist

Hi, my dear crafty friends, and welcome to my blog. I made today’s card for the With a twist Course by Altenew Academy. I’m someone who is in love with interactive card. We all love a bit of acetate on our cards and there are so many wonderful ways that we can use this fabulous product to create some WOW. Shaker card is just one among it. I truly loved making this card. If you are someone like me who is passionate about various new methods to use on your card, then don’t hesitate . This course is definitely for you. Therese Calvird has really done a great job by explaining us the things in detail. Here she is taking us one step further and shaking it right through to the inside of the card.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (layer 1) and a pink cardstock (layer 2)
  • Place the mega alphabet die over both the cards and die-cut it
  • Hold the die in place with washi tape and die cut it.
  • Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” top folding card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (layer 3)
  • Trace out the previous die cut image into this card stock.
  • Place the die on this panel and die cut the shape.
  • Open the card right up and place it on the die cutting machine so that it only cuts the front side.
  • Slightly trim down the front panel of the white cardstock (layer 1) from 2 adjacent sides
  • Place and stick the pink cardstock paper below the front panel of the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (layer 1)
  • Position the White cardstock towards the right corner over the pink .
  • Stamp watercolor flowers and leaves on another Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and die cut them out.
  • Using double sided tape stick them on the corner of the alphabet.
  • The inside part of the Main card (layer 3) can be used for our custom design or background.
  • Place Spring Garden Stencil over card base and mask outlines with masking tape.
  • Take some embossing paste on the watercolor palette and add few drops of Cotton candy Alcohol Ink and blend it well
  • Apply the paste on the cardstock over the stencil.
  • Wait until the paste dries
  • Now Reverse the front card (layer 1) facing the pink card up.
  • Take a clear acetate sheet and stick it over the pink cardstock.
  • Trim the excess.
  • Stick the double sided tape around the border of the mega die cut ,leaving the center space empty.
  • Create a well using the double sided foam tape to pour in your shaker elements.
  • Make sure that there is no open edges.
  • Pour in your fun shaker elements that you have on hand, sequins or even small die cut shapes look fabulous. I have used pink stars here.
  • Tape down the acetate sheet over the foam tape.
  • Stick this over the Main cardstock.
  • Position it according to the die cut.
  • Thus the inner background can be visible from the front

TIPS

  • Trimming and positioning the front panel card pops up the color panel card . This highlights the alphabet die.
  • Tack the stencil down with masking tape on either sides, so that it would keep the stencil intact.
  • Before stamping, use an Anti-Static Pouch tool to remove static from your paper so the powder doesn’t stick where you don’t want it.
  • The inside part of the card can be used for our custom design or background.
  • Stick the flowers in various heights using double sided tape to create a better dimension
  • Make sure that there is no open edges. If not sealed properly the pop up elements might go out.
  • If you are in a hurry you may use, design paper on the inside of the card to make it easier and faster to create.
  • Use any fun shaker elements that you have on hand, sequins or even small die cut shapes look fabulous.

SUPPLIES

  • Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink
  • Parrot Crisp Dye Ink
  • Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink
  • Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink
  • Cotton candy Alcohol Ink (Artistic marker refill)
  • Y mega alphabet dies
  • Watercolor stamp

Beyond Basic Background

Today I would like to share a card I made for the Beyond Basic Backgrounds by Altenew Academy. I loved the gorgeous cards and the amazing tips that Lydia Evans shared in this course.  I found the Beyond Basics Background class really interesting.  There are so many interesting ways to create backgrounds on cards that you just don’t think of! This is something which I have never tried doing it before. And I loved how it came out. I have dedicated this cards to all the strong and inspiring women on women’s day on my IG page.
Once again.. Here I am…Sending out lot of love and hugs to all the wonderful women out there 💖

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a “5 x 6 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Place the die over the card and die-cut it 
  3. Cut numerous pieces and create a DIY stencil.
  4. Create a “4  x 5 1⁄4 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  5. Place the DIY stencil over the blank card stock and stick the sides with masking tape.
  6. Blend the Die ink over each flowers
  7. The ink should be lighter towards the center thus giving an Ombre look to the flowers
  8. Then ink the large background stamp with the darker ink and stamp it over the stencil.
  9. Then remove the DIY stencil 
  10. Then die cut the sentiment various times to create a thinker dimension
  11. Stamp  the other sentiment on a thin strip of cardstock 
  12. Stick both the die cut sentiment and the sentence sentiment towards the bottom right corner of the card.
  13. Trim a pink cardstock into 4 1/4 * 5 1/2 and place it behind the cardstock.
  14. Place the main card towards the top left of the pink card.

TIPS

  • Cutting the piece for your stencil larger than your card blank will help you cover the whole area you want covering
  • Tack the stencil down with masking tape on either sides, so that it would keep the stencil intact.
  • Choose the same shade of color, start blending with the darkest color on the edges, blend this out and then blend the lighter color over the middle
  • Try creating an Ombre effect it makes the flowers stands out as it is the slow melting effect of a lighter shade gradually getting darker towards the ends .
  • Die cut the sentiment various times to create a thinker dimension

SUPPLIES

  • Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
  • Cherry Blossom Crisp Dye Ink Set
  • Hello and Hugs Dies Set
  • Flowering Cistus Stamp Set
  • Shine Like a Diamond Stamp Set

Hope you liked my card. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Magic Marker Techniques

The next AECP class I tackled was “Magical Marker Techniques”, by Sara Naumann. I enjoyed the fact that Sara uses her markers for more than just coloring in stamped images, in fact, I liked that a lot. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking for ideas on how to stretch their supplies . I used my artistic markers just for coloring, but through this class, I did explored a new way of using it.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a “4 1⁄4 x 5 1⁄2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Place linear Stencil over card base and position it to the center of the card.
  3. Tack it down with masking tape.
  4. Remove the stencil and retrace the diamonds so they’re heavily outlined, then color in the diamond shapes
  5. Draw the outline using darker shade of artistic marker and fill them with lighter shades.
  6. Slightly rotate the stencil and move over to the second layer.
  7. Fill in the smaller parts according to your creativity and color choice
  8. Add small dots using the fine tip of the artistic marker
  9. You’ll have a cool dimensional effect by darkening the outline of the small parts of the stencil.
  10. Stamp a sentiment from the Holiday Tag sentiment.
  11. Fill in the sentiment with artistic marker

TIPS

  • Tack the stencil down with masking tape on either sides, so that it would keep the stencil flat.
  • Choose a color theme to bring up a mandala effect.
  • Draw the outline using fine tip of the marker
  • Slightly rotate the stencil and move over to the next layers.
  • Take advantage of the fine tip of the marker to add dots  and dimensions to the card

SUPPLIES

  • Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
  • Morning Frost Artistic Marker
  • Evening Gray Artistic Marker
  • Industrial Diamond Artistic Marker
  • Linear Stencil
  • Holiday Tag Sentiments

For my card, I followed the techniques from lesson 6 of this course – using Markers with Stencils. I really encourage you taking this class taught by Sara Naumann, it will help you a lot more to understand color and color usage on projects. Hope you liked my card.

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

In The Mood For Color

Hi, Thanks for stopping by… It’s so great to see you here!   I was very excited to have graduated from Level 1 of the AECP program!  That last project was HUGE and took me forever to get completed. After a long gap, I’m now onto my next level of the program.  The first class I choose in level 2 is “In The Mood For Color” . In this class Stephnie Klauck shares the impact of colors on ones mood. Here I have focused on the color Yellow . It is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color. It’s the color of happiness, and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a 4 ” x 5 1⁄4 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Place Spring Garden Stencil over card base and mask outlines with masking tape.
  3. Take some embossing paste on the watercolor palette and add few drops of Buttercream Alcohol Ink and blend it well
  4. Apply the paste on the cardstock over the stencil.
  5. Wait until the paste dries
  6. Stamp the biggest stamp from Sweet Flowers Stamp Set using Obsidian Pigment Ink on a Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock
  7. Then, stamp in the layers of the flowers with Fresh Lemon and Maple Yellow.
  8. Then, stamp the floral stem details using Bamboo and Parrot
  9. Finally, die cut and adhere the florals onto your card base using double sided foam tape.
  10. Stamp a sentiment from Friends Forever Stamp Set onto a white cardstock strip using Obsidian Pigment Ink
  11. Stick it near to the floral die cut
  12. Add your favorite embellishment to enhance the look of the card.
  13. Finally, add this panel to your yellow card base

TIPS

  • Choose the right colors , it allows you to let the sentiment say what you’re feeling, and help the person you’re giving the card to, feel what your feeling.
  • Use a stamping tool to stamp your florals. It makes stamping large solid images so much easier since you can double and triple stamp. the included bar magnet can be used to quickly and easily position your cardstock, and the included grid paper makes it easy for you to lay out and align your card’s design.
  • Before stamping, use an Anti-Static Pouch tool to remove static from your paper so the powder doesn’t stick where you don’t want it.
  • When doing stamp layering, start with the lightest ink color first and then build up to the darkest.
  • Add your favorite embellishment to enhance the look of the card.

SUPPLIES

  • Obsidian Pigment Ink
  • Fresh Lemon Crisp Dye Ink
  • Maple Yellow Crisp Dye Ink
  • Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink
  • Parrot Crisp Dye Ink
  • Friends Forever Stamp Set
  • Sweet Flowers Stamp & Die Bundle
  • Spring Garden Stencil
  • Embossing Paste
  • Buttercream Alcohol Ink (Artistic marker refill)
  • Watercolor palette

I really encourage you taking this class taught by Therese, it will help you a lot more to understand color and color usage on projects. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

AECP Level 1 – Final Challenge

I cannot believe I am finally here, writing a post for Altenew Academy – AECP Level 1 – Final Challenge and am so excited to share my projects I have created for this challenge!

My challenge contained in

  • Some components learned from the classes in Level 1,AECP
  • Sets of Feminine cards and Masculine cards . (which is not easy for someone like me who loves flowers and try to incorporate them into most of my cards)
  • Cards with similar and cohesive theme as the rest of the set
  • a minimum of 4 to 12 cards per set
  • Everything packed in a very nice way that can be give to your loved one
  • Inserted a recycled thing in the project

As a part of basic planning, i decided to set a theme for my masculine and feminine card sets. For that i choose two color pallets from the internet.

The male color palette includes colors such as black,light grey,dark grey,dark brown,light brown,dark turquoise etc.

While the feminine color pallet includes colors like mulberry,dark pink, light pink, off white,red ,green etc.

Then i categorized the cards into different themes and occasions, each pair of cards were made with the same stamp set reciprocal to their color theme. Here, i am planning to introduce the cards according to their theme. and they are as follows:

1. Inspiration Card

Telling someone that they have been an inspiration for you is like making them feel happy of their existence in your life This inspiration card is something like that.

a) Masculine Card

Products used-
Ink:
Limestone crisp die ink from Altenew
silverlake crisp die ink from Altenew
Tsukineko Versa Mark Dazzle Pigment Ink
Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Statement flower stamp set from Altenew
Halftone Circles stamp set from Altenew
Other:
Neenah classic crest white card stock
black card stock paper
Water color palette from altenew
watercolor brush from altenew
Misti stamping tool
Methods used-
Irresistible inking techniques( Painting with Ink pads )
Clean and simple boutique cards(simple styling /metallic details)
For The Guys

Sometimes all you need to create an amazing card is plain white cardstock, a stamp and some ink. So I trimmed a white card stock into 4*5 1/4 and stamped a flower from statement flower stamp set with Dazzle pigment ink. Then I stamped the crisp die inks on my watercolor pallet and blended them with my watercolor brush . i blended the outline of the flower with it from darker to lighter shade .Once done,I stamped a sentiment from the halftone circles stamp set ”you are my inspiration” on a black card stock paper and trimmed it into a sentiment strip and glued it to the middle of the flower. finally i stuck this card to a 4 1/4 *5 1/2 black card stock paper. If you focus on the card,you can find that the shadings are done in a particular direction. Its acombination of various horizontal lines. It helps us to get the gradient look on the card ,as well as the geometrical feature gets fullfilled. One of the best things about these cards are that they are the easiest to create, and perfect for beginners.

b) Feminine Card

Products used-
Ink:

Midnight violet Dye Ink from Altenew
lavender fields Dye Ink from Altenew
Deep iris Dye Ink from Altenew
Hunter Green Crisp Dye Ink from Altenew
Sweet leaf Crisp Dye Ink from Altenew
Just green CrispDye Ink from Altenew
Scattered straw distress ink
Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Statement flower stamp set from Altenew
Halftone Circles stamp set from Altenew
Other:
Neenah classic crest white card stock
Misti stamping tool
Watercolor palette from altenew
Watercolor brush from altenew
Black card stock paper
Green card stock paper
Methods used-
Irresistible inking techniques( Painting with Ink pads )
Easy die cutting ( Stamps and Matching Dies )
Clean and simple boutique cards(simple styling)

I stamped a flower from statement flower stamp set with distress ink on a white card stock paper. After stamping my crisp die inks on my watercolor pallet I painted my flower with it. Then die cut it with its coordinating dies. And stuck it on a trimmed white card stock of 4*5 1/4. Once done,I stamped a sentiment from the halftone circles stamp set ”you color my world” with white pigment ink on a black card stock paper and trimmed it into a sentiment strip and glued it to the middle of the flower. finally i stuck this card to a 4 1/4 *5 1/2 green card stock paper.

Behind the scenes (Inspiration cards)

2. Appreciation Card

A special way to tell your spouse how much you love and appreciate them.

a) Masculine Card

Products used-
Ink:

Sand Dunes Crisp Dye Ink
Rocky Shore Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Trophy Life Stamp set
Other:
Neenah classic crest white card stock
Embossing Ink from Altenew
Tinsel gold, Ranger Embossing powder
Round circle stencil
Sizzix bigshot die cutting machine
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Foam tape
Heat gun
Misti stamping tool
HeroArts Embossing heat gun
Methods used :
Clean and simple boutique cards(simple styling /metallic details)
Ink blending techniques (Ink Blend a cardstock)
Easy die cutting ( Stamps and Matching Dies )
All About Layering (1&2)
Let It Shine Lesson (Embossing Powder)
For The Guys(Geometrics)


I trimmed a white card stock into 4*5 1/4 and placed the circle round stencil on the card stock. I ink blended Sand Dunes Crisp Dye Ink and Rocky Shore Crisp Dye Ink over the card stock. I also blended a thin strip on the top and bottom of the card stock . These circles add to the geometrical element to the card.Then I took a white cardstock paper and dusted it with some sort of antistatic powder .This fine layer of powder will prevent embossing powder from sticking to areas where you don’t want it to stick.Then I stamped the trophy with clear embossing ink and then embossed it with Tinsel gold Embossing powder from Ranger. Before heat setting my embossing powder, I used a dry brush to sweep away any stray pieces of embossing powder. These little specs will expand as they heat and turn in to blobs. Quickly brushing away strays will give us great results every time. Then I heatset it with my heat gun. The base of the trophy was stamped with jet black. I choose a sentiment from the same set and stamped it on a white card stock paper i trimmed it down and stuck it to a black card stock paper.and later on trimmed that too, leaving a small black border. I stuck it on the base card using foam tape.

b) Feminine Card

Products used- Ink:
Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink
Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink
Rubellite Crisp DyeInk
Stamps and Dies:
Trophy Life Stamp set
Other:
Neenah classic crest white card stock
Embossing Ink from Altenew
clear Embossing powder from Altenew
Round circle stencil
sizzix bigshot diecutting machine
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Foam Tape
Misti stamping tool
HeroArts Embossing heat gun
Methods used-
Ink blending techniques (basic ink Blended background/emboss resist)
Easy die cutting ( Stamps and Matching Dies )
Irresistible inking techniques( Painting with Ink pads )
All About Layering (1&2)Let It Shine Lesson ( Embossing Powder)

I trimmed a white card stock into 4*5 1/4 and placed the stencil on the card stock. I ink blended it with Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink and Rubellite Crisp Dye ink. I also blended a thin strip on the top and bottom of the card stock . Then on a white card stock paper I stamped the trophy with the same crisp dye inks and then stamped clear embossing ink on it. It was a must to prep my surface with some sort of antistatic powder tool before clear embossing it. This fine layer of powder will prevent embossing powder from sticking to areas where you don’t want it to stick.
Then I embossed it with clear Embossing powder from Ranger. While heat setting it, I made sure to Heat it to the max. I made my heat tool to heat up to its hottest point before taking it to the paper. This will minimize the amount of time it takes for the powder to melt and will minimize warping. The base of the trophy was stamped with jet black. For the middle portion of the trophy ,I stamped my crisp die inks on my watercolor pallet and I painted that part with it. I choose a sentiment from the same set and stamped it on a white card stock paper i trimmed it down and stuck it to a black card stock paper.and later on trimmed that too, leaving a small black border. I stuck it on the base card using foam tape.

Behind the scenes (Appreciation cards)

3. Eid Card

Eid has reached the corner, what else more do you want to celebrate.

a) Masculine Card

Products used-
Ink:
Evening Gray Crisp Dye Ink
Galactic Stream Crisp Dye Ink
Tsukineko Stazon  Jet black Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Eid Greetings Stamp Set
Eid al Adha Stamp Set
Other:
Sizzix big shot die cutting machine
Misti stamping tool
Neenah classic crest white card stock
Black card stock paper
Sizzix Embossing folder
recycled envelope
sticking pearls(white)
Methods used
Used Recycled product
Easy Ink blending techniques ( ink Blend a cardstock)
Let It Shine Lesson (Embellishments)
For The Guys (Geometrics)


Initially I trimmed a white card stock paper into 4*5 1/4 and ink blended it with my Evening Gray Crisp Dye Ink and Galactic Stream Crisp Dye Inks. Then i kept it between an embossing folder from sizzix and ran it through my big shot die cutting machine. Then I trimmed the recycled paper(i trimmed it out from an envelope, found in my mom’s room) into 2 pieces. The smaller strip was stuck below the bigger one leaving few inches gap. Another reason for me to choose this envelope was due to the geometrical structure on that paper. It has got various number of triangles in diffrent grey shades.This enriches the masculine beauty of the card as a whole. I stamped the haram(mosque with kaaba) picture sentiment on the top piece and the sentiment of eid greetings on the paper below it. Then i stuck some pearls on the embossed areas.

b) Feminine Card

Products used-
Ink:
Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink
Coral Berry Crisp Dye Ink
Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Eid Greetings Stamp Set
Eid al Adha Stamp Set
Other:
Sizzix bigshot die cutting machine
Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Misti stamping tool
Embossing folder for aliexpress
recycled paper
sticking pearls (pink)
Methods used
Used Recycled product
Easy Ink blending techniques ( ink Blend a cardstock)
Let It Shine Lesson (Embellishments)

Initially I trimmed a white card stock paper into 4*5 1/4 and ink blended it with my Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink and Coral Berry Crisp Dye Inks from altenew. Then i kept it between an floral embossing folder and ran it through my sizzix big shot. Then I trimmed the recycled paper(pink craft paper from a wedding invitation) into a size which fits the width of the card. Here my paper was smaller than the width of the actual card, so i stuck it on a black card stock strip.The pattern paper was an inch more in length than the black strip. Then i stamped the mosque stamp on the bottom part and the sentiment on the the top on the pattern paper with jet black ink. then i struck it on a black card stock paper of size 4 1/4*5 1/2. Then i stuck some pearls on the embossed areas.

Behind the scenes (Eid Cards)

4. Love you Card

Saying I love you with a greeting card is something which you can forever treasure in your life.

a) Masculine Card

Products used-
Ink:

Dew Drops Crisp Dye Ink
Aqualicious Crisp Dye Ink
Teal Cave Crisp Dye Ink
Galactic Stream Crisp Dye Ink
Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Build-A-Flower: Triumph Tulip Layering Stamp & Die Set
Build-A-Flower: Columbine Layering Stamp & Die Set
Apothecary Labels Stamp & Die Bundle
I love you calyptus from lawn fawn
Other:
Sizzix bigshot
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Foam tape
Misti stamping tool
Methods used-
Easy Die Cutting Techniques ( Stamps and Matching Dies )
All About Layering (1&2)
For The Guys

I trimmed a black card stock into 4*5 1/4 and kept it aside. Then stamped triumph tulip flowers on a white card stock paper with Dew Drops Crisp Dye Ink, Aqualicious Crisp Dye Ink, Teal Cave Crisp Dye Ink and Galactic Stream Crisp Dye Ink from Altenew. I stamped the leaves with the lightest shade. And then die cut it with the coordinating die set. Then I stamped a darker shade on my watercolor pallet and then colored the leafs by shading over it using a water color brush. The stem was from an another build a flower set(Columbine layering stamp set) The die cut pieces were stuck on the black cardstock paper which was kept aside in the beginning. Then I stamped an Apothecary Label using the same shade on a white card stock paper and die cut it with a coordinating die. That label add on to the beauty of the card. This can also be considered as the masculine geometcrical ellement of the card, apart from the color theme. Then I stamped a “I love you” sentiment with jet black ink on it using a stamp set from lawn fawn. I didn’t have a darker card stock paper matching to the theme. So I inkblended a white card stock with the same crisp die ink. I trimmed it out into 4 1/4* 5 1/2 and placed it behind the black cardstock paper.

b) Feminine Card

Products used-
Ink:
Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink
Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink
Pink diamond Crisp Dye Ink
Razzleberry Crisp Dye Ink
Firefly Crisp Dye Ink
Grass field Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Build-A-Flower: Triumph Tulip Layering Stamp & Die Set
Mega brush Alpha stamp set
I love you calyptus from lawn fawn
Other:
Sizzix bigshot die cutting machine
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Foam tape
Misti stamping tool
Methods used
Easy die cutting ( Stamps and Matching Dies )
All About Layering (1&2)
Irresistible inking techniques( Painting with Ink pads )

I trimmed a Neenah classic crest white card stock paper into 4*5 1/4. Then I stamped my triumph tulips with Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink, Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink, Pink diamond Crisp Dye Ink and Razzleberry Crisp Dye Ink. And then I die cut it with its coordinating dies. The leaves were stamped in firefly Crisp Dye Ink on the white cardstock paper. Then I stamped a darker shade on my watercolor pallet and then colored the leafs by shading over it using a water color brush. The stem was also drawn using the same method. Then I stuck the Tulip flowers on the card using form tape. On the lower side of the card I stamped love using the alphabet stamps from Mega brush Alpha stamp set from Altenew. I prefered using the jet black crisp die ink for it. I also stamped “you” from I love you calyptus stamp set from lawn fawn. At the end I trimmed a pale pink cardstock paper into 4 1/4 *5 1/2 card. And stuck it behind the white one.

Behind the scenes (love you cards)

5.Congratulation Card

Events in life call for a congratulations such as: a job promotion, graduation or just about anything that is a really important achievement for someone . So here I make a job promotion feminine card and a graduation masculine card.

a) Masculine Card

Products used-
Ink:
Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Build-A-Flower :Begonia layering stamp and die set.
Other:
Black Artistic marker from Altenew
Neenah classic crest solar white card stock
Light green cardstock paper
Black card stock paper
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Misti stamping tool
Methods used
Clean & Simple Boutique Cards (Simple Styling)
For The Guys

I trimmed a Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock into 4 *5 1/4 card stock. And stamped the outline stamp of build a flower begonia randomly on the cardstock. I choose this particular stamp set from Altenew because it gives a circle dimension to the flowers. Then leaving the inner part plain. I colored the outer part of the flowers with Jet black artistic markers.I did them as repeated thin strips.once that is done, I trimmed a Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock into thin strip and stamped “congratulations”, from sweetest peas stamp set on it. Then I covered that strip with black cardstock paper. And stuck it towards the middle of the card. The rectangle strip sentiment , horizontal marker lines, the black and white color code all together enriches the masculine look of the card. The technique used in making of the cards is really easy and simple . Any beginners can give a try on it

b) Feminine Card

Products used-
Ink:
Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
Firefly Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Build-A-Flower: Begonia layering stamp and die set
Say it with love stamp set from Altenew
Other:
Velvet Artistic marker from Altenew
Crimson Artistic marker from Altenew
Ruby Red Artistic marker from Altenew
Sticky pearls (white)
Sizzix bigshot die cutting machine Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Misti stamping tool
Methods used
Clean & Simple Boutique Cards (Simple Styling)
Let It Shine Lesson (Embellishments)
Seasonal Scene Building(Masking A Scene)

I trimmed a Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock into 3 3/4 *5 card stock. Then stamped Build-A-Flower: Begonia layering stamp on the left corner of the card with jet black crisp die ink from Altenew. Then masking it with a die cut piece of the same flower set, I stamped the next flower slightly above it. I stamped 3 begonias in the same way. Then I colored them with 3 variations of red artistic markers. Then I trimmed a green cardstock paper into 4 *5 1/4 and stuck it behind my cardstock paper. I also trimmed a black cardstock paper into 4 1/4 *5 1/2 and placed it behind the green cardstock paper. Thus the 3 layer of cardstock paper brings a little more dimension to the card. And at the end I stamped my sentiment with Firefly Crisp Dye Ink towards the right side of the card

Behind the scenes (congratulations card)

6. Anniversary card

A Happy Anniversary card is usually given by a wives and husbands to each other. But here is something special for the most wonderful couple i have ever met in my life.

a) Masculine Card


Products used-
Ink
Espresso Crisp Dye Ink
Mocha Crisp Dye Ink
Rocky Shore Crisp Dye Ink
Sand Dunes Crisp Dye Ink
Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Calming Reverie Stamp & Die Bundle from Altenew
Happy Pomegranates Stamp Set from Altenew
Other:
Sizzix bigshot die cutting machine
Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock
Kokuyo Dotliner strong adhesive Tape
Foam tape
Misti stamping tool
Methods used
Easy die cutting ( Stamps and Matching Dies )
All About Layering (1&2)
For The Guys (Geometrics)

I trimmed a Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock into 4 *5 1/4 card stock. Then I took an another card stock paper and stamped Calming Reverie Stamp with Mocha and Rocky Shore Crisp Dye Ink (light shading) and the second layer was done with Jet black crisp die ink. Then I trimmed it with its coordinating dies. I stamped the leaves towards the right side of the flower. The flower by itself gives a semi circle geometric feature to the card. A similar flower stamp was done towards the top right corner of the card with. I stuck the die cut flower with foam tape and stamped happy anniversary with jet black ink towards the center of the card. Both “happy” and “anniversary” sentiments were from the happy pomegranates stamp set from Altenew.

b) Feminine Card

Products used-
Ink:
Heartbeat Crisp Dye Ink
Vineyard berry Crisp Dye Ink
Caribbean Sky Crisp Dye Ink
Firefly Crisp Dye Ink.
Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
Stamps and Dies:
Calming Reverie Stamp & Die Bundle from Altenew
Happy Pomegranates Stamp Set from Altenew
Other:
Sizzix bigshot die cutting machine
Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock
Misti stamping tool
Embossing folder from Sizzix
Methods used
Easy die cutting ( Stamps and Matching Dies )
All About Layering (1&2)
Irresistible inking techniques( Painting with Ink pads )
Seasonal Scene Building(Masking A Scene/Oversized Scenes)

Initially I trimmed a black cardstock into 4 1/4 *5 1/2. Then kept it between a sizzix embossing folder ran it through by sizzix big shot die cutting machine. In an another Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock I stamped the flower from Calming Reverie Stamp Set with Heartbeat Crisp Dye Ink and Vineyard berry Crisp Dye Ink. By masking it with its coordinating stencil, I stamped the leaf too with Firefly Crisp Dye Ink. I stamped the vase from versatile vases stamp set by masking both the flower and the leaf. I stamped Caribbean Sky Crisp Dye Ink on my watercolor pallet and I painted it using a water color brush. Then I trimmed it and pasted it into the black cardstock paper. The I stamped happy anniversary to a white card stock paper with jet black crisp die ink from Altenew. Trimmed it and pasted it to the side of the flower vase.

Wrapping up the cards

Alhamdulilah, done with the making of the cards. Now it’s time to set up a package for it. I have made a bundle of cards today. Each masculine as well as feminine card sets have almost 6 cards. I wanted to make a cover which can act as a storage as well as a display able package for my cards and I needed it fast.Like most crafters, space is precious to us, so I needed something narrow and tall rather than short and wide!This is what I came up with!
I took a cereal box from the kitchen and opened it up. Focusing on it’s length, I trimmed it into half. I did this for 2 reasons. Firstly I didn’t want something which was this tall. Secondly, as I trimmed it into half, I could make 2 of them with the same box.
Now focusing on the side of the box. I trimmed it into 2. This makes the width of our card holder reduced into half of its size. And the other half can be used for the opposite side of the card. Then I kept my greeting card of that cereal sheet, and marked its length. I just marked half inch extra so that the cards won’t be tight inside the box. I scored a line there with my scoring board. Then I measured the same width as on the left side and scored it on the right side too. Base parts can be trimmed as per our convince to fold. For the mascunine holder I stuck black cardstock inside thebox,while for the feminine holder i choose pink.Then I stuck the opposite part together to it by overlapping its sides. Now u can get a top opened box.
I didn’t want my package to be closed completely on the front. So I trimmed half way through the front of the card. (trimmed only the front portion). Then I drew, a diagonal line connecting the back portion and the front of the card. I trimmed it along the lines. Then I stuck the outer side of the box with recycled papers and pattern papers. To add more look, I stuck some sticky pearls too. That’s when I decided to add a personal touch to it. So I stamped an Apothecary label stamp on a white card stock paper with cohesive theme color code. I stamped a sentiment which says “capture every moment” (Say Cheese Stamp Set from Altenew) with jet black crisp die ink from Altenew.

Behind the scenes (card package)

So that’s it. Finally I have come to the end of my project at level 1 AECP. I am really glad to be a part of our aecp community. They just help us to get out the best in us in all the ways possible. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the most lovely lady of Altenew Academy, Erum. She is someone who always offered me encouragement every step of the way.I had some technical issues with my blog and it did took few days to get fixed. But she stood up by my side with all her support. A big shout out to her, for understanding. Thank you!

Finally I am very grateful to all of you visiting my blog, I truly appreciate the support.Hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Graduation card

I had prepared this card for my brother in law, who recently completed his ACCA. This card is a combination of back and white colors.

Firstly I trimmed a Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock into 5*5. Then I choose a stencil from Simon says stamp, Graduation Celebration layering set (Sunny Days Ahead). I positioned it on my cardstock paper and blend my versa fine black ink on it.

Then I die cut a black cardstock with rectangle die (coordinating with magic slider die set) from lawn fawn. A small strip of white cardstock was being trimmed and the sentiment “congrats grad” from Simon says stamp (hats off grad) was being stamped on it with versafine Onyx Black ink. It was placed in the middle of the black cardstock. Then “you’re one” and “smart cookie” was stamped on the top and bottom of the black cardstock respectively. Those were the sentiments from the lawn fawn smart cookie stamp set. After stamping all of these, I positioned that black cardstock paper into the middle of the main cardstock and stuck it with some foam tape.

I trimmed 2 irregular polygons out of white cardstock paper and 2 blacks which were just 1/4 inch less than the white ones from all the sides. I stuck the black cardstock paper above the white cardstock. I then got them through my die cutting machine. I embossed it with an embarrassing folder from the sizzix. Then I stuck these 2 parts on the right and left sides of My basic card. As a final step. I trimmed a black cardstock paper into 5 1/4*5 1/4 and placed it behind the white cardstock.

So that’s how I ended up making a Masculine card. I am entering into a challenge from the maleroomcraftchallenge with this card. This week, their challenge was to make a Masculine card with the design below.

I hope I fulfilled their criteria and hope my card qualifies, but either way, I love this card and had a blast making it!

Also, do visit the maleroom craft challenge at https://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/06/challenge-138-sketch.html?m=1

For the guys

Alhamdulilah, finally I have reached out to my last assignment of level 1 at the altenew educator certification program. Fingers are crossed for the final project now. Like most of my fellow cardmakers, I always tend to make a feminine greeting card. It’s really rare that I make cards for the guys.

But today I have 2 reasons to make one. First of all, recently I attended a course,” for the guys” at the altenew academy. And I was looking for ideas to make a card with this theme. Secondly, I had a small fight with my hubby, and I think this is the best way to sort it out than sitting around a table talking for hours and finally reaching nowhere. Due to the current lockdown situation, I couldn’t go out shopping to get him some flowers. So I decided to inculcate all of this into my card.

As usual, I trimmed a Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock into 4 * 5 1 /4. I stamped a flower from Simon Says Stamp Exclusive 6×8 Stronger Together clear stamp set on the center of my card. As I wanted to give a try on the no borderline coloring, I stamped it with very pale distress ink from Rangers.

I colored the green leafy parts of it with the forest glades artistic marker from Altenew. For the red, I choose Ruby red artistic markers. The same markers were used throughout the making of the card. In order to get the darker shade of the same color, I colored over it again in certain areas of the flower. I gave an outline to the flower with the fine tip of my artistic markers.

I choose a sentiment from the versatile vases from Altenew and stamped it with Ruby Red crisp die ink. It was stamped towards the lower center of the card, just below the flower. To get a finished look, I trimmed a green cardstock paper into 4 1/4*5 1/2 sized cardstock and stuck it behind my white cardstock.

I gave it to him when he was back from the office. I was really delighted to see his reaction. Everything was worth the effort and time I took for making it. He said he loved it so much and would cherish it forever. Especially the sentiment, It made him realize that he was still on my thoughts even if we had a tough time. I don’t know if this could be considered as a masculine card, but I’m glad that it fulfilled my purpose.

I hope this method of making a simple Masculine card will turn out to be a inspiration for you too. Do give it a try to learn this course at https://altenew.com/products/for-the-guys. I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Landscape card

Entering into the 137th challenge at @themaleroomcraftchallenge
The challenge theme is landscapes.

As usual, it’s a 4 1/4 *5 1/2 Neenah classic crest Solar white cardstock. For stamping the image, I choose color layering waves and color layering sea and sky from heroarts. This is one of my favorite stamp set which hero arts have produced so far.
I have used my mini distress ink pads from Ranger for ink blending and my crisp die ink from Altenew.

To join the challenge:
https://themaleroomchallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/05/challenge-137-landscapes.html?m=1

Irresistible Inking Techniques

Hi, welcome back to a new blog. Hope you all are doing great.

Today’s blog is based on the Irresistible Inking Techniques taught by Sara Nauman at Altenew academy. This course helps us to stretch the purpose of our ink pads! It teaches us how to give new life to them by thinking outside the box. I never used my stamps for anything else other than stamping or ink Blending. So literally this course made me do things outside the box.

This is the first time I’m trying to color something with watercolor brushes. So eagerly waiting for your opinions and suggestions.

I took Neenah classic white cardstock and trimmed it into 4*5 1/4. I decided to use Happy pomegranates from Altenew for this project. I stamped the green leafy parts of the picture with just green altenew crisp die ink. And the red pomegranate parts with the heart beat crisp die ink from Altenew. Then I stamped these inks on my Altenew Watercolor Palette. Its light-colored surface ensures an accurate representation of our ink color and is smooth and sturdy. It’s perfect for our artistic needs, especially for the ones who play with colors.

I painted the pomegranates with these colors using a watercolor brush. I used the fine tip brush to paint the border and filled the inside part with a size medium watercolor brush. The tip retains its shape allowing for both broad strokes and fine detail work. I was really nervous about the coloring part, as this is my first painting with the watercolor brushes.

Ones the painting is dried, I trimmed a strip from the black cardstock and stamped out the sentiment from Mudra “Islamic festive” stamp set. I stamped it again with versa fine ink. And heat embossed it with Wow gold embossing powder. That trimmed sentiment strip was placed on the right middle corner of the card. I also trimmed a red cardstock paper into 4 1/4*5 1/2 and placed it behind the white one. This time I positioned it towards the lower right side of the card. So that the red color is focused on a single side of the card.

I hope this method will turn out to be an inspiration for you too. Do give it a try to learn this course at https://altenew.com/products/irresistible-inking-techniques

I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Celebration: Stencil Techniques

Hi friends, I hope you all are doing good. Stay home. Stay safe.
Like many others, even I’m stuck out of my country. Wondering when I can go back. I’m definitely missing my craft room and my private crafty space. I just came done to meet my parents and got stuck here. But there is always good about getting stuck in your parents’ house, especially after marriage. I used to miss this place so badly.
Alhamdulilah somehow I could manage to get some of my basic craft items from my apartment. ( It was a real tough job. But I couldn’t stop myself from crafting.)

So coming to the point, today’s blog post is exclusively about how I ended up making a stencil of my own to make a beautiful card. Celebration: Stencil Techniques, is something which I learned from my Altenew educators certification program. Laurel Beard has explained things very well.

For this project, I decided to make a DIY stencil using Birch press butterfly garden layering dies.
This layering set consists of Layers A, B, and C. I die cut all the 3 layers on different cardstocks and used them as my stencils. I used thicker card stock paper while creating my own stencil so that it could be used multiple times.

After placing each die-cut layer on my cardstock, I did my first layer with Lagoon crisp die ink from Altenew and the second one with emerald. I didn’t want my third layer to stand out much from the other two shades. Instead, I wanted a soft color which is just a bit darker than my second shade. That’s how I ended up with my emerald crisp die ink again for my final layer.

The layers by themselves looked really cool but it makes our card incomplete. So I added a sentiment “Love you” from Simon Says Stamps Love and valentines word mix set. I stamped it with altenew volcano lake crisp die ink and unicorn white pigment ink from hero arts. I just slightly changed the position when I stamped the second layer. Even though it was a small one, it brings a lot of difference to the look of the card. I was wondering if I ended up making a monochromic card. But I am fine. Because it is not something which I do often. I die cut the sentiment with its coordinating dies and stuck it with a piece of foam tape at the center of the card.
And here it goes…
The card is ready. Isn’t it so simple?
I hope this method will turn out to be an inspiration for you too. Do give it a try to learn this course at https://altenew.com/products/celebration-stencil-techniques?_pos=1&_sid=a8928335c&_ss=r
I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi