May 18, 2018

Pattern review: Burda Style 6401

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Here’s my dress:

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The dress came out very much to my liking! Unfortunately I couldn’t get as good a photo of it. It was just what I wanted. The fabric was perfect – light and soft with a really nice print and color. The dress was simple, one-layered and hassle-free. Exactly the things I was looking for.

The fabric I used is Robert Kaufmann’s Millefiore Tomato. It’s slightly lighter than regular quilting weight cotton.

This is the first time I was using a Burda pattern and I’m a fan now! What I liked so much about this pattern company:

  1. There is no wastage of paper. They try to optimize every inch of paper.
  2. Instructions were so straightforward and intuitive. Most of the times, what I was thinking on how it should be done is how it would be done. With Simplicity and McCall I always notice that they do things in a more complicated fashion.

Starting with my last couple of dresses I’ve been paying more and more attention on doing things the right way no matter how many times I’ve to rip apart the seams. So I read the instructions carefully and do all the due diligence. I think that is also helping. Well also the fact that it is supposed to be an “easy” pattern Smile

I’m also glad that I used my judgement with this dress. With my last one I realized that I didn’t need a zipper because I was able to pullover the dress without the zipper, So with this one, I decided to baste it without zipper and then try it on. Since I was able to pull this over as well, I skipper the zipper. This made it super easy from easy Smile Also, I love pullover dresses so it made me like it all the more! The other thing I did was to use mny sewing machine to stitch the hem rather than doing it by hand. I feel it didn’t make any difference and saved me so much time!

This is not a fitted dress – so if you’re looking for something that fits your form this is not it. This is your dress for those days when you’re looking for something easy to get into, that is comfortable and (with the print I chose) very cheerful!

You can see from my description I’m one happy camper after making this dress Smile

April 27, 2018

Mother’s day card

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Another mother’s day card! Had so much fun making it! Love love love the multi-step stamping stamps from Altenew! I have used this peony bouquet for anything and everything! Cut out the sentiment using Portrait. Used distress inks for stamping.

Then covered the flowers in shimmer usking wink of stella pen. A closer look below.

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Supplies: Altenew Peony bouquet stamp set, Distress Inks, Neenah solar white, Silhouette Portrait, WInk of Stella pen.

April 20, 2018

More foiling goodness

Birthday card with brown cardstock gold foiled and with floral stamped elements.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with stamp, copy and foil technique! Especially now that I have a template for the damask background, I can keep foiling away (as long as my foil doesn’t run out!).

I realized that so many times I draw my inspiration for colors and color combinations from the Indian sarees. Having done a few foiling with the dual-tone foil, I was thinking of what would be the appropriate color cardstock to use with gold foil. Then my mom’s saree came to my mind – it was brown with some gold design. I thought to myself how beautiful it would look to foil brown cardstock with gold foil (ironic since I never understand why my mom liked a brown colored saree Smile). That is how the background came into being.

The flower and leaf are stamped using distress inks and then outlined with stickles. I felt the shimmery background needed something equally glittery in the foreground. Vellum adds the softness to highlight the floral elements. I’m thankful for the vellum tape!

Supplies: Altenew peony bouquet stamp set, Impression obsession Damask background, Stampendous happy birthday, vellum, stickles, distress inks, Recollections cardstock, Mini minc machie, gold foil.

April 13, 2018

Foiling technique: Stamp, Copy and foil

Card with foiled damask background and sentiment printed on vellum

I was watching one of the foiling videos on youtube when I had a lightbulb moment! I can create foiled backgrounds using stamp, copy and foil!

What does it mean?

  1. Stamp your background stamp on a sheet of paper.
  2. Use your printer to make a copy of this on a cardstock.
  3. Foil the print on your cardstock!

Isn’t that simple? The best part if you can keep the stamped image as a template and any time you need a background foiled use that to make a copy. That way you don’t have to stamp again and again (not for the same stamp at least). That is what I did – stamped the background stamp on a full cardstock sheet. So now anytime I copy it, I can get two background panels out of it. I did the stamping with my Misti. While printing I chose to use 65 lb paper because that’s easier to use in a laser printer.

I had a lot of fun playing with this! Especially with that beautiful multicolor foil – with pink and gold! It looks so beautiful! I made another one here:

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I created the sentiment in inkscape, saved it as an .emf file. Then opened it in Word and printed out multiple copies of it on vellum. The double benefit here is that since these are printed, I can even foil the sentiment on a different card if I want to.

Misti and the mini Minc are two fun tools that I love playing with!

Supplies: Impression obsession damask background stamp, Versafine onyx ink, printer, Heidi Swapp foil, Mini minc, vellum

April 6, 2018

Sending tons of love

Sending tons of love card with glitter background and MFT Happy hippo stamp set

I made this background as one of my first projects with Portrait 2. It looks much better IRL! Colored the hippo and hearts with copics and then added stickles to the hearts. Popped them up on foam stickers. Pretty simple!

Supplies: DCWV Glitzy stack, MFT Happy Hippos stamp set, Copics, Portrait 2, Stickles

March 30, 2018

More peony bouquet

Mother's day card with Altenew Peony bouquet stamp set

After making the previous card, I wanted to do some more with Peony bouquet. I feel it’s a very versatile set. You can do whatever you want with it – do multi-step stamping or stamp the outlines and color them; color them with copics, pencils or zig clean color markers; emboss them; color with pastel colors or brights. The options are endless for the kind of result that you want. All these options is what made me want to do more with that stamp. Something different every time.

I stamped the flowers and leaves with some masking on watercolor paper. Initially I tried to watercolor using zig clean color markers. So I would wet the area that I was going to color and then drop the color using the markers. The big flower in the center is colored using that. While now I like that look more than the other flowers, when I was coloring it, it didn’t feel so. Also, somehow that kind of coloring wasn’t much fun for me – maybe because I wasn’t liking the results so much. The rest of the flowers I colored in the traditional way where I would color the darkest areas first and then using a watercolor brush spread the color to the lighter areas. I did have a lot of fun doing that! For the leaves I just blended the light green and dark green.

The flowers are covered in glitter using the Wink of Stella pen. The sentiment was cut using Portrait 2 and then covered with Glossy accents. A close look at the glitter and the glossy sentiment. Loved everything about this card ad just perfect for my mom or mom-in-law! I do want to add “love you” above the MOM – probably a handwritten message and then it’s good for either Mother’s day or a birthday card!

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March 23, 2018

Bleached look with distress inks

Happy birthday card with bleached look using distress inks

I saw this video from Jennifer McGuire where she used distress oxide inks and created the bleached look by drawing away some color using a water brush. Since I didn’t have distress oxide inks, I thought why not try it with regular distress inks as they too react with water. I first embossed the images in gold and then sponged with distress inks. Using a water brush I then brushed all the insides of the images, absorbing the color using a paper towel. The sentiment is embossed in black.

Supplies: Altenew Peony Bouquet, Hero Arts Birthday cling stamp, Gold embossing powder, neenah solar white cardstock, versafine black onyx ink, versamark embossing ink, Distress inks – Spiced Marmalade, Pickled raspberry and Dusty concord.