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:

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Review: Sara's Stamping Technique Book

My friend Sara Naumann came out with her latest book a few months ago, and as I have been so busy I am only just getting around to reviewing it!

I have known Sara for a couple of years and she is lovely and has always been very supportive and gives the best advice ever. So when she contacted me about reviewing her book which is called Sara's Stamping Techniques I jumped at the chance because not only am I a HUGE admirer of her style, I know the book would be full of inspiration, tons of techniques and really well put together.

I have loved dipping into the book for when I have been stuck on ideas for projects which is exactly what I did for the card that I made below:

I followed the instructions for "Watercolor Stamping with Dye Markers" on Page 38 from the book. I used Arteza Brush Markers and Stamp Set # 140 by AALL and Create which was designed by Tracy Evans, a fellow creator who I admire as well.

The instructions were so easy to follow and I was very pleased with the finished result! I also especially love the splatters (because I adore them, haha!) which were also shown how to recreate in the book.

There are links to bonus how to videos in the book which shows how much time and attention has been put into it! And all of this for just $14.97. You can see more details about the book here on Sara's website and link to buy the book can be found here.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Friday, 7 December 2018

Pretty Things Survivors Do

Welcome to our Pretty Things Survivors Do inaugural blog hop! We are glad you’re here.
PTSD is a “psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.” (American Psychiatric Association definition)

Although mostly associated with war veterans, it affects 3.5% of the population and 4% of US children ages 13-18 will experience PTSD in their lifetime. About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. (Bran and Behavior Research Foundation)
The holidays are a difficult time for those living with PTSD. We are participating in the blog hop in the hopes that you may be reminded to reach out to loved ones, neighbors, and friends who could be living with PTSD daily. If one person is remembered this holiday season, then we have achieved our goal of spreading awareness. Below you will find different ways you can help those with PTSD.
I have made a video on how I put my card together. I know there are many in the papercrafting community that take a lot of solace from making things by hand and passing along the joy of crafting.

The blog hop list is as follows:
6. Tania Ahmed <--- you are here
16. Seeka
Thank you for joining us. If you know someone who lives with PTSD and would like ways to support them, please visit the following sites and remember to reach out to a neighbor, friend or family member during this holiday season, you could make a difference in their day.
US Department of Veteran Affairs
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Your next stop is Ana Reese

Friday, 30 November 2018

Mini Art Journal - Gelli Arts® and ArtFoamies Collaboration!

I am so excited to share my project today which I made for a collaboration between Gelli Arts® and ArtFoamies! I love stamping with ArtFoamies are they remind me of my block print stamps and they stamp so beautifully on many different surfaces as they have a bit of a give to them, which gives that super smooth image.

For my project, I made a selection of prints and decided to make myself a Mini Art Journal using Eileen Hull's Wrapped Journal Die by Sizzix. It turned out to be a labour of love but I love how it turned out!

I made a video showing how I put it all together which you can watch here:

I added the pages with very simple binding and used an elastic cord to hold it closed.

Here are a few more close up pictures of what it looks like inside:

I am really looking forward to filling up the pages with journaling :) I'll be sharing some of the finished pages over the next few days on my Instagram account.

In fact, I may have started already hehe! I added more stamping with black ink after I put the whole book together and I especially love this pineapple ArtFoamie:

And I love how layered the prints turned out as I did quite a few ghost prints:

You can watch the full flip through of the video up on my Youtube channel in the video embedded in this post!

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos and the video, please do let me know if you have any questions and I'll get back to you as soon as I can :)

Please do visit the Gelli Arts® Blog to check out the rest of the Artists' work!

Have a fabulous day!

Products used:
(Use code TaniaA to get 10% off all orders over $20! on the Gelli Arts® Site)

(8"x10" used) Similar size 9"x12" Gelli Arts® Printing Plate
Gelli Arts® Premium Acrylic Paint
Gelli Arts® Parchment Paper:

ArtFoamies can be purchased here:

Monday, 26 November 2018

Creative JumpStart 2019!

Someone pinch me, I am SO thrilled to announce that I'll be participating as an artist in Creative JumpStart (CJS) 2019, run for the 8th year by Nathalie Kalbach. If you're not familiar with CJS, it's a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2019. I have been a long admirer or Nat's and now am so honoured to call her a friend as well, plus I am on her Creative Squad and get to play with her gorgeous products every month :)

I was so excited when Nathalie asked me to teach on this course that I have been taking myself over the years along with 30 other amazing artists who are some of the most inspiring creatives in the industry! It's all about learning new techniques, discovering materials, and connecting with other artists and crafters. 

Throughout January participants get access to 31 downloadable videos from 31 featured artists. I'm proud to be one of those artists, called “JumpStarters.” See for yourself:

Head on over to Nathalie's site to sign up and for more details.

You get 31 videos - over 5 hours worth of video content -  for just $40 (USD) if you sign up by November 26 2018 11:59 pm EST. Afterwards it will be $45 USD until November 30th 2018, and $50 USD until December 31st 2018, before it goes to its normal sale price of $60USD on January 1st 2019. 

So what are you are waiting for? Sign up here!

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Gelli Arts ® - Holiday Cards

This week on the Gelli Arts® Blog, the Artists are sharing Holiday cards. For my card backgrounds, I decided to create a masterboard using the 3 X 5 plate and the 3" round plate.

I have recently been loving making master boards, they are so easy to put together and great for creating backgrounds for a series of projects, in this case cards! The above image is the two masterboards I created before I cut them up to make card backgrounds. 

I mounted the 3 X 5 plate and the 3" round plate on to an acrylic block and went to town creating impressions with Gelli Arts acrylics paints, bubble wrap, and various stencils from my stash.

I tried to keep as much white space as possible, which gives the piece a slightly airier look! I love that it makes it look a little less busy as well.

I personally struggle with maintaining white space in my projects, but I am learning to embrace it more so recently. 

I finished off the cards by adding them to some card bases and adding some simple and versatile greetings with my Dymo Label Maker. 

Here's a quick video where I'm putting together the cards after I cut the panels down!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Here is a list of all products I used:
(Use code TaniaA to get 10% off all orders over $20!)

Gelli Arts® Printing Plate 3 X 5
Gelli Arts® Printing Plate 3" round
Gelli Arts® Acrylic Paints
Gelli Arts®  Brayer