Hello, Altenew friends! Welcome to our second March Guest Designer post. If you have missed out on the first guest designer post featuring Steffi Ried, you can read it here.
Today, we have the very talented Nathalie DeSousa and she is showering us with three breathtakingly gorgeous handmade projects – a card, a TN, and a layout. Nathalie is also a regular blog hopper and we are always thrilled to see what she creates using our products. If you want to take a quick look, head over to her Instagram feed and prepare to be amazed!
Get to know Nathalie!
Hello everyone! My name is Nathalie (aka Tachita, my nickname since birth) a stay-at-home wife and mom to two teenagers and our Boston Terrier baby. Though I was born and raised in Ecuador, I have called Toronto, Canada “home” for over twenty-five years. My love for scrapbooking started very early in life when my mom gave us paper pads and colorful pens to play with and encourage us to document our lives and create handmade memories. I think once my kids were born this love for paper crafting just multiplied, and slowly I discovered ways to add my visual memories and stories together in scrapbook pages and Traveler’s Notebooks. I am so blessed to have been asked back as a guest designer for Altenew this month – as I am a fan and curator of all their products – and share with you all a bit of inspiration.
Nathalie's Birthday Card
I wanted to give you a sample of all my paper crafting, so what better way to start than with a card. The beautiful Wispy Begonia Stamp Set is the start of this birthday card.
For this card, I gold embossed a few of the flower and leaf images onto mixed media paper (from Vicki Boutin), and fussy cut the images. To bring color to the images, I used the Red Cosmos and Tropical Forest Mini Cube Sets. I stamped the lightest color ink pad onto my stamping block, diluted the ink with a bit of water, and used it to give a light wash of color to the entire image. Next, I used the darkest ink pad – in a similar way – to create the definition and add depth to each image.
For the card panel, I cut a piece of kraft cardstock to fit 4.25 x 6 in. and used the Wavy Grid Stencil to create a soft background for the flowers using white acrylic paint, and Altenew's Pure White Ink Spray. The sentiment for the card was created by gold embossing a sentiment from the Stained Glass Window Stamp Set.
The following video will show you a step by step process on how this card was created. Watch it below or on Altenew's YouTube channel:
Nathalie's Family Album (Traveler’s Notebook) Layout
I love the versatility of all Altenew products; for my second project, I want to show you how I used them to create a new entry on my Family Album (Life Crafted Album from Citrus Twist Kits).
To showcase the large picture of my uncle and goddaughter on their first meeting, I chose to use the Classic Alphabet Die Set, Layered Floral Elements Die Set, Magnolia Heart Stamp Set.
First, the Magnolia Heart image and Limestone Crisp Dye Ink were used to create the background of the album page. I used the coordinating die to create a few masks that helped me stamped the image continuously on the page. While the ink set, I used the Layered Floral Elements Die Set to cut flowers and leaves, and the Classic Alphabet Die Set to cut the word “LOVE” from thick white cardstock.
A bit of foam adhesive was used to set the word on the stamped background on a vertical line. Small clusters of the die-cut flowers and leaves decorate three of the letters. The color in the flowers brings the details of the background and title forward.
To complete the title, I used the Perfectly Perfect Stamp Set to emboss the sentiment that is used as part of the title. Once it was embossed, I fussy cut the phrase and placed it on the empty space of the “O”.
Using the same die-cuts and a sentiment from the Dotted Blooms Stamp Set, a new cluster was added to the bottom of the large picture. I really love the soft colors of this page, and how easy it is to combine Altenew products in a project.
Wild and Free Layout
For my last project, I wanted to create a vibrant and colorful page featuring the beautiful Build-A-Flower: Dahlia Stamp and Die Set.
All the stamped images were created on mixed media paper using black ink. This time, I used the Altenew Watercolor 36 Pan Set to detail each of the blooms and leaves.
The background cut file (Citrus Twist Kits) was attached to the background using a bit of foam adhesive; the two pictures were matted on a paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection, and then attached to the background. Clusters of flowers were added around the pictures and the heart cut out.
A few images from the Beautiful Blossoms, Mini Hello, and Frilled Petals Stamp Set and Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink were used to add sentiments around the clusters of the layout.
A few embellishments from the Reflection Scrapbook Kit and the adhesive wood veneers were added to the clusters. A few drops of Cosmic Berry and Pure White Ink Spray were added to the page.
The following video will showcase how the page came together. Watch it below or on Altenew's YouTube channel:
It has been a pleasure working on these projects with all the beautiful Altenew products. Thank you so much, Altenew, for inviting me as a guest designer, and also to you all for taking the time to see a bit of my work.
Wow. These gorgeous projects just inspired us to come up with more elegant and beautiful products! Thank you so much for sharing these with us, Nathalie! We were absolutely thrilled and honored to have you as our March Guest Designer.