Thursday 27 June 2019

Making Paper Flowers: Gelli Arts and Deco Art Collab

Hi Friends!

Welcome to a blog hope celebrating a collaboration between Gelli Arts and Deco Arts!

Recently I’ve been very flower obsessed, so I have been growing them, looking at photos of them, 
painting them and even trying out my hand at making paper versions.

I love the feel of Gelli Arts Parchment Paper and thought it would be a good weight to make 3D flowers.

I used the Gelli Arts + Jane Davenport Plate Kit to create prints with lots of white space.

Once one side was dry I also made prints and marks on the other side of the parchment paper. I love the texture that the Deco Arts Heavy Body Acrylic Paints create.

Once my paper was ready, I assembled my flower which you can watch in my video tutorial:

Thank you so much for watching!

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Sunday 7 April 2019

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Altenew Celebrating Parents Card Drive - Blog Hop

Today, I am so honoured to be taking part in Altenew's Celebrating Parents Card Drive Blog Hop. You can read more about the initiative and how you can take part by sending in cards which will be sent to seniors who are in nursing homes or shelters up on Altenew's Blog. By donating card you will also eligible to win prizes!

You might have arrived here from the uber talented Amber Rain Davis's Blog! If you would like to take part in the full blog hop, you can start on Altenew's Card Blog.

The following stamp sets have been chosen that are great for your Mother’s Day and Father’s Day projects: Best Dad, Painted RoseExtra Special, LotusCross Stitch Flower, and Best Mom. Altenew is also donating 20% from the profits of these stamp sets until Father’s Day, June 16th, 2019, which will be donated to the Food Bank of Central New York to support seniors in need.

For the blog hop I made a rainbow inspired cards using Altenew Inks and Basic Borders Stamp and the Many Thanks Stamp Set!

Using the Basic Borders and Many Thanks Stamp set!
I lined up the Basic Borders stamp using a MISTI Tool and MISTI's Creative Corners Tool to help me make use that the stamps were straight!

You can watch a video tutorial on how I made this here:

These are the inks I have used!

And here is a close up of the cards I made!

Thank you so much for joining in and I hope you liked the projects that I made :)

Take care and have a great day! Your next stop is Aya Elsheshtawy


Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog for a chance to win. We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/17/2019.

Blog Hop:

Tania Ahmed <---- you are here!
Terri Koszler


Tuesday 2 April 2019

VIDEO TUTORIAL: Stamped Patterns for Cardmaking - Altenew 5th Anniversary Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to a Blog Hop celebrating Altenew's 5th Anniversary! I remember when the company first launched and I was immediately hooked to their beautifully designed stamps and inks that coordinate perfectly with each other! It would be best to start from Altenew's blog to take part in the hop and get a chance to win some amazing prizes!

You have probably arrived here from the seriously talented Kymona Tracey's Blog!

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 10 lucky winners. There are also 14 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

I made a series of cards using Altenew's Trigonometry Stamp Set which is one of my favourites to use for pattern building. I made a video showing off how to create easy stamped backgrounds for cards and various projects using this set and some of Altenew's Cube Inks!

It's fun to see the different kinds of patterns that you can create using this set!

This is the card that I made in the video. The cube ink colours work so beautifully together! If you are struggling to find a colour palette that you like, you can have a look in Pinterest for colour inspiration!

I stamped with white pigment ink on this card, I love the dimensional look that it gives!

And here's another fun card that I made using the tiny triangles from the set, I love that they look like confetti! :)

Thank you so much for taking part and I hope you all have a great day! Your next stop is Bea Valint!

Blog Hop List Day 1:

Tania Ahmed <---- you are here!

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Thursday 21 March 2019

10 Ways - How to Use Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers!

Hi Friends!

You have arrived here from the very talented Virginia Lu's Blog. Your next stop will be Anna Komenda! The complete blog hop list is at the very end of this post. If you would like to take part in the hop from the beginning you can start at the Altenew Blog here.


Altenew is giving away a $40 gift certificate to six lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or the Altenew Scrapbook Blog by March 28th for a chance to win. A winner will also be drawn to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs – Card blog and Scrapbook blog – on March 31st 2019.

I am apologising in advance as this is going to be a very image heavy post as I went a "little" bit crazy with ideas on how to use these fabulous new Brush Markers by Altenew! I couldn't help myself, I kept trying ideas and the turned out to be so much fun I have 10 ways on how to use Altenew's New Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Markers Set! 
You can watch the video on how to recreate each of the looks here:

Here is a brief overview on how each card was made:

1. Colouring with Brush Markers:

You can use the markers to create some stunning watercoloured and blended effects, there are lots of videos out there in the blogosphere and Youtubeland where talented designers show how to create some stuning coloured images! It almost feels like cheating, as that is how easy they are to use :)

Using Altenew's Beautiful Heart Stamp Set

Using Altenew's Beautiful Lady Stamp Set

2. Creating Background Washes:

You can use these markers to create bold or subtle background washes to create simple but effective backgrounds for your projects. You can even diecut or stamp over these to create a variety of cards!

Using Altenew's Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set

Using Altenew's Script Words 2 Die Set

3. Creating Galaxy Style Backgrounds:

Definetely one of my favourite ways to use these markers. Galaxy style backgrounds are still very trendy and as these markers are so easy to blend, you can easily create your own designs! I would suggest looking at images online for inspiration on how you want to lay down your colour. Also to be noted: no galaxy will be the same! You can flick water on to the dried surface and as they react with water, you will get these cool bleached/bokeh style effects!

Using Altenew's Brush Markers Desert Night, Purple Wine and Turquoise Brush Markers
The the finished card below, I have used diluted white acrylic paint to get my "star" splatters.

Using Altenew's Brush Markers, Label Love Stamp Set and Script Words Die

4. Stamping With Brush Markers:

This again is very easy to do, simply swipe on the ink on the stamp and press down on to your surface! You can even use your Misti Stamping tool to get more precise colouring and stamping.

Using Altenew's Trigonometry Stamp Set

5. Brush Lettering or Calligraphy:

I am no expert, but I love brush lettering an these markers are an absolute dream to do calligraphy with! The ink flows through the tips very freely and continuously so you can easily get a handle on how much pressure to apply when doing your lettering.

Using Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers in Fresh Lemon and Crimson

Using Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers in Turquoise

6. Creating Watercolour Flowers with Brush Markers:

I am really into abstract florals at the moment, and after watching some Youtube videos and looking at ton of inspiration on Pinterest I finally taught myself how to make abstract flower rosettes using these brush markers. After a little practice, you will not want to stop! I hope that you give this a try :)

Using Altenew's Watercolor Brush Markers in Turquoise, Purple Wine and Mega Greetings 2 Stamp Set

7. Creating texture using Bubble Wrap or Cling Wrap:

Much like watercolour, you can use bubble wrap or cling wrap to leave visual texture in your backgrounds. After applying your watercolour brush markers to wet watercolour paper, lay piece of damp bubble wrap over the wet surface and let it dry completely and you will get this cool design!

Using Altenew's Happy Dream Stamp Set

8. Spray Effects with Brush Markers:

You can use a Spritzer like the Ranger Distress Marker one to get a cool sprayed effect using these brush markers. The tips of these markers are quite sturdy and they did not get damaged after all my experimenting!

Using Altenew's Geo Frames Stamp Set

9. Watercolour Blocking:

Another quick technique which you have probably seen done with Distress Inks. Here I applied the markers to a acrylic block and slightly spritzed it with water and stamped with on to a piece of cardstock.

Using Altenew's Scrip Words Die Set

10. Splatter with Brush Markers:

Good ol' splattering. I think one thing is clear after seeing all these techniques,I sure do like making messes! Splattering is such an easy and quick way to create backgrounds to use in backgrounds or even for diecutting.I think this would make a lovely backdrop to a shaker card to, oh that gives me more ideas, haha!

Using Altenew's Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set

Using Altenew's Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set

Using Altenew's Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set

BONUS: Three more ways to use Altenew Brush Markers, check out Terri Koszler's Blog!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the video!


The Blog Hop List: