Tuesday 29 March 2016

Altenew Birch Land with watercolour stamping


Today I'm over at Altenew blog to share a card that I made using Birch Land stamp set and watercolour stamping. Here are two examples using the same technique. On the first one I used Distress inks and on the second one I used Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Markers for stamping and blended the stamped images with water brush.

Watecolor stamping with Distress Inks

Watecolor stamping with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
I made the second card for a video tutorial. You can watch it here or in HD in Youtube.

Inks: Black Soot, Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Fryed Burlap, Gathered and Tumbled Glass Twigs Distress Inks, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Altenew Pale Gray Card Stock, Daler & Rowney Watercolour Paper 190g/m2 /90lb
Derwent Waterbrush no.2 and Kuretake water brush small

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers: Mid Green (046), Olive Green (043), Yellow (050), Brick Beige (075), Black (010)

Monday 21 March 2016

Altenew March Blog Hop Winners


I'm here to announce the winner of the Altenew March Blog Hop. I used random generator to draw the winner and the winner is:

Wow! I love these cards! The birch trees with the moon card is awesome. So is the monochromatic cabin and snow scene.

Congratulations! Please send an email at winner@altenew.com with the subject line March 2016 blog hop winner Marika, and we will set you up the prize.

Thank you all for the kind and sweet encouragement on my first set. It was so lovely to read the comments left on my blog. Thank you.

Have a great day! I'll be back soon with another card.

Monday 14 March 2016

Altenew March 2016 Release Blog Hop


Today I have the most exciting news to share. Way back last year, Tasnim asked if I was interested designing stamps.. well, my first impression was.. me... are you really talking to me about this? Well, I kinda laughed at the whole idea at first, but then I started to think and sketch and you know... things evolved. This whole stamp design thing has been such a big learning curve for me, I had to learn to sketch, trace and above all, I needed to learn how to use Illustrator to be able to get my hand drawn images into digital form... I've been nervously waiting this day to come and I'm so hoping that you'd like my designs.

When we first talked designing stamps with Tasnim, she asked me to do something from my own culture. I started to think about it and when I need to think.. I need to walk too. I went to a walk with Simo, who is a dog of my dear friend - he's so cute by the way - and I thought about what would be something from my culture and of course since this is my first set, I also wanted it to be sort of personal since I knew already at that point that I will put many hours to this thing if I was gonna do this. While walking in the forests with Simo I looked around and had this flashback moment from my youth. We used to have a dog - Cecilia. She was a Tibetan Terrier and she was amazing. I used to take walks with her and we usually went to this little place near my childhood home - it was our place to calm down and sat down for a moment. My childhood home is by the lake and on the other side of the lake there is this little peninsula which is the most beautiful and the most peaceful place - at least to me. It only grows birch trees in that peninsula and we used to sat down to a grass bed with Cecilia and listen to the waves slowly hit the sand with birds singing on the back. Nowadays, someone had brought a bench to that place so I think there's at least one more person who also loves that place. 

So that was the inspiration to my first ever set. While designing, I also wanted to make a  set that was useable for many different kind of techniques since we all love to do different kinds of things. I'm sharing two of my cards today that I have made with my set and later this week and weeks to come, I'll be sharing more and I will make them into video tutorials as well. So, if you don't want to miss them, please subscribe to my YouTube channel here.

I'm also participating in the Altenew March 2016 release Blog Hop and if you came from my amazingly talented and sweet teammate May Park's blog, you're on the right track. If not, please start at the Altenew blog.

Stamps: Birch Land,  Garden Grow and Succulents.
Inks: Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades Altenew Crisp Inks, Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Paper: Neenah Solar White 80lb, Hammer White Paper 100gsm by Soho Creative


Stamps: Birch Land, To the Moon, Winter Cardinal and Sketchy Cities America 2.
Inks: Versafine Onyx Black, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky Distress Inks, Fairy Dust Pure Color Dye Ink, SSS Smoke Dye Ink
Superfine Clear Embossing Powder from Ranger
White Jelly Roll Pen

Copic Markers: 0 - N0 - N1 - N3 - N5 - N7

I used three shades of grey ink to stamp the images and then I took my copic multi-liner and added the black details to the cottage and to the trees. To create a sky I used a cool grey marker (copics) and added the snow with white gelly roll pen. 

Stamps: Winter Cottage, Snowing and Pine Tree
Inks: Fairy Dust Pure Color Dye Ink, SSS Smoke Dye Ink, Jet Black Altenew Crisp Ink
Black Copic Multiliner 0.1
Copic Markes: C0 - C1 - C3
White Jelly Roll Pen

Copic Markers: C0 - C1 - C3

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away $50 gift certificate to three lucky winners. Please leave a comment on the Altenew blog by Friday March 18th, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win.

And there is more! I will randomly choose a winner from comments left on this post and the prize will be $30 gift certificate to Altenew online store. Please leave a comment on this post by Friday March 18th, 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win. I will announce the winner on my blog after soon after.

Hopefully you are having fun hopping. Next on the hop is fabulous and so sweet and kind Svetlana HayevichIf you encounter a broken link along the hop, please start at the beginning from Altenew blog.

I really hope you liked what you saw. Thank you so much for visiting and have a great day!


Tuesday 8 March 2016

Reinspired.. over at Marias!


I'm so happy that this day has finally arrived. A month ago, Maria from Lollygrot Scrapbooking asked me if I was interested taking part in her new blog feature over her blog. She has invented this fun blog feature where she asks to remake one of one's own cards. This sounded so much fun that of course I wanted to participate and said YES! And this was A MONTH ago! :)

I chose to CASE one of my cards, actually I made that one for about a year ago. I used watercolours and very soft look for colouring. I really really loved the lay-out on that one so I wanted to remake the card with different style of colouring and colour theme. Please, head over to Maria's blog and find out what card did I CASE and while you are there, please leave her some love and let's let her know how much we appreciate bloggers who are passionate for giving us these fun blog features. These thing takes time to organise and that is sometimes taken for granted. Thank you, Maria! I'm so thrilled to be part in this and so happy that you asked me. Thank you. By the way, besides being super sweet, Maria is kinda talented too you know, so you may even want to follow her while you're there. 

I made this into a video tutorial. You can watch it here or in HD in YouTube.


Stamps: Peony Bouquet and Sketchy Rose by Altenew
Inks: Sea Glass and Frayed Leaf Altenew Crisp Inks, Versafine Onyx Black
Paper: Japanese smooth card stock, manufacturer unknown, Exotics White Silk Paper from Hobby Craft, SSS Smoke Card Stock

Copic Markers: YG0000 - BG0000 - BG000 - BG10 - YG03 - YG11

Faber Castell Polychrome Pencils: Cold Grey I (230), Cold Grey II (231), Cold Grey III (232), Cold Grey IV (233), Cold Grey (235), Dark Indico (157), May Green (170), Earth Green Yellowish (168), Chromium Green Opaque (174)

Thank you for stopping by today! Have an amazing day!


Wednesday 2 March 2016

Peonies with copics and coloured pencils


Today I'm at the Altenew blog to feature Peony Bouquet stamp set. I used no-line colouring technique with copic markers and coloured pencils.

I also made this into a video tutorial, hopefully you'll find the time to watch it and find it helpful. You can watch it here or in HD in YouTube.


Stamps: Peony Bouquet and Birthday Greetings set from Altenew.
Inks: Frosty Pink Altenew Crisp Ink, Versafine Onyx Black ink
Paper: Woodgrain card stock from Altenew (to be released in a few weeks), Peach textured card stock from Paper Mania
Clear Dull Embossing Powder from WOW!

Copic Markers: Reddish Pink: R00 - R21 - R32, Green: YG91 -YG 93 - YG95

Faber Castell Polychrome Pencils: Light Flesh (132), Medium Flesh (131), Dark Red (225), May Green (170), Greem Yellowish (168), Chromium Green Opaque (174).

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving me such a kind comments! You are simply wonderful!