Sunday, August 27, 2017

Hello Beautiful Card | Guest Post for Sindhu

Hello friends!
Today, I have this card to share with you which is totally hand stamped and watercoloured. This card is also a part of my dear friend, Sindhu's fifth blog anniversary celebrations. Do check it out HERE.

To create this card, I first stamped the flowers and leaves from the Altenew Golden Garden set on Canson Watercolor paper using Versamark Embossing ink. I heat-embossed all the images in gold and then fussy-cut them out. I colored the images using Zig Clean Color pens and then popped some of the flowers on foam dots for dimension. I also added a die-cut frame to balance the floral design. I then stamped, fussy-cut and coloured the butterfly from the Altenew Painted Butterflies set.

The background stripes were hand painted by masking with Washi Tape and diluting some Vintage Photo Distress ink with water and then creating broad paint strokes to give the watercoloured look. Finally added the sentiment which is from the Altenew Sweet Friend stamp set to the card front and few enamel dots using Nuvo Crystal Drops.

My card was inspired by the colours of this month's Inspiration Challenge over at the Altenew blog.

I hope you like my card. I would love to hear what you think about it :)

Thank you so much for dropping by!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Altenew August 2017 Release Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

Hello everyone,
I'm so happy and honoured to be joining the August 2017 Release Blog Hop over at the Altenew blog. I have been really very excited about this new release and have FIVE cards to share with you today. :)
If you have come here from the amazingly talented Debby Hughes's blog, you're on the right track.


To create this card, I die-cut a piece of white watercolour cardstock and did some ink blending on the background using Squeezed Lemonade and Mustard Seed Distress ink. I kept the concentration of the inks on the right hand side and tried to create a color gradient towards the bottom. I added few black and pink paint spatters. Then, I stamped and die-cut the frame using the Altenew Sweet Friend Stamp and Sweet Friend Die set and clear heat-embossed it. I did some light watercolouring on the frames using markers. 

For the florals, I used the Altenew Doodle Blooms Stamp and Die set which was again coloured using markers. I arranged all the flowers and leaves on the die-cut frame and added foam dots to them for added dimension. The sentiment is also from the Sweet Friend set. It has been masked and then heat-embossed in white on a strip of black cardstock. I finally finished my card with some clear sequins. 


This was very simple to put together because the Altenew Fantasy Floral die set makes it a breeze. I die-cut the roses and leaves from the Altenew Fantasy Floral die set using heavyweight white cardstock. The fun part is that Altenew already has coordinating inks for layered stamps so while working with the dies, the same rule applies - light to darkest. So even if you don't have a lot of coloured cardstock like me, you can always create your own custom coloured paper which is so much better :D

I coloured the teal coloured flowers using the inks from the Altenew Sea Shore ink set. I used three different ink shades to colour the flowers. Similarly, I used the Altenew Red Sunset ink set for colouring my red coloured florals. This die set is one of my absolute favourites from this release! The leaves and flourishes were also coloured using the Altenew Tropical Forest ink set. 

I used the Altenew Adore You set for my sentiment. It has been heat-embossed using White Embossing powder. I also added few washes of grey watercolour on the background and a couple of sequins to finish off my card!

This is another simple card to assemble, here I have used a combination of the Altenew Rose Filament dies and small filler flowers from the Bamboo Rose stamp set. I think they really go well together!

I have used the Inlaid Die-Cutting technique here. I first die-cut the roses in black cardstock, and then again in some white cardstock. The white pieces were coloured using markers. The small flowers and the filler leaves were stamped, watercoloured and fussy-cut. I first adhered the roses in black on my card front and then 'filled' in the flowers with the coloured pieces. The sentiment is also from the Bamboo Rose set which I stamped using the Altenew Jet Black Dye ink

I personally love this card a lot!I think the 3D embossing in the background and the Fantasy Floral die set really go together very well. I die-cut the roses using white cardstock and coloured them using the Altenew Red Sunset inks. The leaves were also cut from white cardstock and coloured using the Altenew Tropical Forest ink set.

The sentiment has again been masked. The 'You Are' is from the Altenew Sentiments & Quotes stamp set and the 'beautiful' is from the Sweet Friend stamp set. This is a great way to stretch your stamps and get more use out of them :) 

Onto, my last and final card!
This is such a beautiful cover plate die! I first die-cut the Altenew Doodled Lace die in white cardstock and coloured the flowers using Distress Oxides. 

I added some gold glitter paper to the back of the flowers. It's an extremely intricate die set and will take atleast 2-3 pases through your die-cut machine, but the end result is gorgeous!

The sentiment is again from the Altenew Sentiments & Quotes set. I heat-embossed it in gold on a strip of black cardstock. This is a excellent set, full of lovely sentiments and quotes and is a must have for everyone. I added few gold sequins to balance my card design!

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, August 31st at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, September 2nd. 

I have a $30 Altenew gift certificate to giveaway to ONE lucky person who comments on my post by Thursday, August 31st at 11:59pm IST. I will announce the winner on my blog by Saturday, September 2nd.

Next on the hop is the lovely Sandra Dietrich!


Hussena Calcuttawala >> You are HERE!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I would love to hear what you think of my cards.
Have a nice day everyone!