May 2, 2019

Thank you Teacher!

I went to see my GP recently because I have been sick for a while now. Fatigued, breathlessness, restless leg, exhausted, headache, dizziness, having to push myself to function, heavy periods…. Turns out my iron stores are low. It was low earlier too and I have been taking iron supplements for more than 6 months. But the stores have gone down more than the previous level. Being a vegetarian, iron deficiency is common and I know it. I try to eat well balanced diet but it seems I have not! I am waiting for more blood results. Depending on the results, I may have to go in for an iron transfusion. Well, I want to get better as I don’t like being sick like this. I will update on the results and treatment in the coming days.

Hello and welcome back! Sorry about the rant. Anyway, I have a rainbow coloured teacher’s card to share with you today. I used some of the new release products from Taylored Expressions to make this card.

I used the Alphabet Soup cutting plate for the background and Apple of my Eye stamp set to make this card. I sponged Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed distress inks on Sugar Cube panel and die cut the panel using the Alphabet Soup cutting plate. Then stamped the two apple images from the Apple of my Eye stamp set using Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Lagoon distress inks. I used MISTI to stamp distress inks multiple times to get good saturated coverage of ink. Using the Apple Stacklet and Apple stems and seed dies I die cut the images out and adhered using foam adhesives over the background panel. The panel is adhered to the Sea Salt card base. No embellishments needed. The beautiful colours is all that is needed.

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April 30, 2019

Masking technique!

This technique is one of my favourite to do. It does involve some preparation of stamping and cutting the masks. But once you have the masks ready, the fun starts.

Hello and welcome to my blog. I have another set of three cards using masking technique for Altenew’s Progressive Cardmaking class. This is a great class for beginners but also for advanced card makers to be reminded of various techniques and supplies to use in an advanced way. It motivates you to think outside the box and stretch your supplies.

On this set of cards, I used the same stamp sets from Altenew but each card is one step more advance than the other. The stamp set I have used to make these are called: Perfectly Perfect for florals and for sentiment the Painted Greetings stamp set. So without further adieu, there are the three cards.

I started with masking one flower and stamping leaves to make a small floral cluster to masking several images to stamp and cover an entire panel for the third card. I really enjoyed making these. And I started making them by about 8pm yesterday and completed them at 1am this morning. Yup I burned the midnight oil. Once I started, I could not let go. In all I slept for 4 hours this morning and back into the routine today. But I am so proud of these cards and excited to share with you.

Card #1 – Beginner level

So I prepared all my masks in advance. Then started with a small cluster on this card. I coloured it using Artist Markers. I also added dots for texture on the card. The sentiment is white heat embossed on black cardstock and adhered for contrast. A few enamel dots to finish off the card. Clean and simple with a bit of interest in the colouring.

Card #2 – Intermediate level

On this card, I extended the masking from one flower to two and made a larger cluster and kept the cluster to the left side of the panel. Again I coloured the cluster using Artist Markers and added texture using dot. The bullet nib on artist markers are great to add these dots. White heat embossed sentiment from Painted Greetings stamp set on black cardstock added contrast to the card. Same enamel dots completes the card.

Card #3 – Advanced level

On this card, I went to town with masking and stamping to cover an entire panel. I must admit, although this was time consuming and tedious at 11pm, I throughly enjoyed the process. The reveal was so exciting. This was the reason I kept going and going at night. Once I saw the fully stamped panel like a background stamp, I wanted to colour. This time, I kept the flowers neutral and coloured in grey. The colour came from the background. I added texture using the dots and used the same enamel dots but I changed up the sentiment. Since I introduced pink enamel dots, I needed more pink to tie them all together. So I stamped the sentiment from Painted Greetings stamp set in Baby Pink and Fuchsia inks for an ombre on white strip of cardstock. I think the pink with the blue on the background adds pops of colour to all the grey colouring. This card is my favourite of all the three. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hope you liked my project for today. Have lovely Tuesday!

April 29, 2019

Stenciled cards!

I showed some stenciled background panel on my IG over the weekend. I was away from home and I carried a few stencils and inks to sponge. Sponged a few background. Now that I am home, I made three cards using those panels.

Hello and welcome back to my blog. I have three cards to share with you using Altenew’s Stencils for Day #2 of Progressive Cardmaking class. Here they are:

Card #1: Beginner’s level

I used Altenew’s Watercolor Stripes stencil on the background and sponged the Pocketful of Sunshine ink set to sponge an ombre. I simply love this stencil and irregular watercolour stripes. Striped backgrounds are classic. Never ever will go out of style. I used the new A Study in Watercolour stamp set to stamp in black on a diagonal. Then I added black and gold spatters using Altenew Jet Black and Metallic Gold sprays. Sentiment is Happy Birthday die which I die cut out of blue ombre sponged background, stacked and glued for dimension. A few confetti sequins to finish off the card.

Card #2 – Intermediate Level.

I used Altenew’s Cube Builder stencil and sponged baby Pink, Fuchsia and Magenta inks to make up the background. I love the three dimension the background gives. To add interest t the background, I white heat embossed the images from A study in Watercolor stamp set again diagonally. Added spatter as in the previous card, die cut sentiment (You are Loved die) and confetti sequins to finish the card. But because the stencil is a builder stencil, the background has three dimension illusion unlike two dimension on the first card.

Card #3 – Advance Level

Not sure I can call this advanced level. But I am going to call it anyway. I sponged rainbow colours using Altenew inks over the Floral Drape stencil. I wanted to add Moonstone glimmer paste when I got home. But I ran out of it. So instead, I decided I will use the versamark pen and gold heat embossing to add gold details to the floral pattern. I randomly swiped the versamark pen over the sponged floral pattern and gold heat embossed using Altenew’s Gold embossing powder. Adds texture, subtle dimension and interest to the floral pattern. In the hindsight, I would have loved to foil instead of embossing. This one also turned out nice. Moonstone paste would have been perfect. I really need to stock a few of the bottles. I spattered the entire background with black and gold spray to give an artistic feel to the card. The sentiment from Altenew’s Reflection Collection Alphabet Puffy stickers. Perfect pop of black on the colourful background.

So that was my set of three cards for Altenew’s Progressive Cardmaking day #2. I have four more days of projects to complete. Don’t know when I will complete them and share. Probably over the new week, I think. Fingers crossed. All supplies I used to make these cards are listed below.

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