August 2019 Guest Designer: Hussena Calcuttawala

by Altenew

Hello, Altenew friends! Welcome to our August 2019 Guest Designer post. We have the super talented Hussena with us today. We are pretty sure you’re all familiar with her work by now! She’s been showering us with her creativity and gorgeous projects and she’s also a regular guest in our release blog hops! If you want to see more of her work, feel free to check out her blog. You can also have a quick look through her Instagram feed.

Get to know Hussena!

Hello, crafty friends!   

This is Hussena Calcuttawala and I am so excited and honored to be here as a Guest Designer for Altenew this month! I reside in Kolkata, India and am a stay at home mom to two kids. I started my crafting journey around eight years ago when I came across Paper Quilling on the Internet. Since then, I have tried my hands at various papercrafts like Punch Craft, Flower Making, and Card Making, with the latter being my current love. Besides crafting, my other big passion is reading. I enjoy all genres of books but have to confess that suspense thrillers always get me hooked more. 

Let’s check out her projects!

I’ve created four cards to show you different ways to use your layering stamps and dies. For my first card, I used the Garden Picks 3D Die Set,Watercolor Stripes Cover Die, and theLayered Floral Elements Die Set.  

To create my card, I first die cut the different flowers from theGarden Picks 3D Die Setfrom Watercolor Cardstock. Then, I colored all the different layers using  Watercolor Brush Markers from the Tropical Fiesta Set. The Watercolor Brush Markers are so rich and vibrant in color that a little goes a long way! I used a diluted version of Purple Wine and Crimson for the flower petals and Sweet Leaf and Lime for the leaves. After all the die-cuts had dried, I assembled them together.  

I am a sucker for foliage and love how the Garden Picks 3D Die Setoffers so many possibilities! I die cut a few flowers and extra foliage from the Layered Floral Elements Die Setas well and colored the pieces using the same colors that I had used for the bigger flowers and leaves. The elements in these sets coordinate so well with each other.  

The only stamping that is present on this card is in the form of the stamped sentiment which is from the Magnolias For Her Stamp Set. Istamped it on a strip of white cardstock using theObsidian Pigment Ink, which has become my absolute favorite ink to use these days. The stamped impressions with it are so clean and crisp! 

I wanted to do something different and striking for my card background, so I die cut the Watercolor Stripes Cover Diefrom Watercolor Cardstock and placed it horizontally on my card base. I colored the stripes in between the watercolor stripes using the Fresh Lemon Brush Marker from the Tropical Fiesta Set

I die cut an oval from the Create-A-Wreath Die Setfrom White Glitter Cardstock and adhered all my flowers and foliage around this frame with the help of foam dots. I adhered my sentiment banner in the center of this frame and my card was done. For the finishing touches, I added some clear sequins and black paint splatters to my card panel. 

The second card features theSweet Rose Bouquet Stamp Set, Create-A-Wreath Die Set, and Script Words Die Set

To create this card, I started by stamping the different roses from the Sweet Rose Bouquet Stamp Seton a piece of 4.25″ x 5.5 ” White Cardstock. I used the Red Sunset Oval Set for the roses and for the leaves, I used the Tropical Forest Oval Set. This is a fairly easy layering stamp set and it didn’t take me too much time to align the layers together. 

Once I was done with all the stamping, I die cut an oval frame from the Create-A-Wreath Die Set and adhered it over my stamped panel. I used foam tape while adhering it for added dimension. 

I didn’t want to take away the focus from the background and hence kept the rest of the card simple. I used the Script Words Die Setto die cut the word ‘Hugs’ from white cardstock. I die cut it from fun foam as well so that I could adhere the white die-cut piece over the fun foam piece to achieve a raised effect. I tend to do this a lot when adhering die-cuts in order to ensure that the pieces have a uniform dimension. The other part of my sentiment comes from theSweet Friend Stamp Set. I heat-embossed it using the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on a strip of black cardstock. 

I matted this panel onto another layer of cardstock which was then adhered to an A2 sized top-folding card base.  I added some clear sequins and white and pink black paint splatters to complete my card. 

 The third card I have made showcases theFloral Art Stamp Setand theBest Mom Stamp Set

I find theFloral Art Stamp Setreally elegant and wanted to use it in a way which would highlight the gorgeous stamp layers. For my card, I first started by stamping the different layers of the large flower using Jet Black,Pink Pearl, andCoral Bliss inks. I also stamped some leaves using Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink using stamps from the same set. 

Next, I stamped the floral image from theBest Mom Stamp Setand colored the flowers and buds using the Coral Berry Artist Marker (Set A). I used only a part of the image for my card as I wanted to use it as additional foliage for my card design. I then die cut the image using the coordinatingBest Mom Die Set. I also die cut three flowers from the Layered Floral Elements Die Set and colored them using the Coral Berry Artist Marker to match with the colors of my card. 

The sentiment is also from theBest Mom Stamp Set. I find that it is really meaningful and so apt to use for several occasions. I heat-embossed it using the Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on a strip of black cardstock. I added a thin strip of Silver Glitter Washi Tape to the sentiment piece for added interest. 

I kept the background for this card really simple. I dry embossed the background using the Feeling Dotty Stencil. Then, I  lightly colored the embossed dots usingthe Limestone Crisp Dye Ink. Next, I adhered all the stamped images except the leaves using foam tape on my card panel. For the finishing touches, I added some Black Nuvo Drops and black paint splatters to the background. Finally, I mounted this to an A2 sized top-folding white card base and my card was complete. 

My final card features theBeautiful Peony Stamp Set, Cube Cover Die,and Spring Shower Cover Die

To start off, I stamped several peony flowers and leaves from theBeautiful Peony Stamp Setusing Embossing Ink. I used thePure White Crisp Embossing Powderto heat emboss them in white and then die cut them out using the coordinatingBeautiful Peony Die Set. I colored the flowers using the Crimson Brush Markerand leaves using a combination ofSweet Leafand Lime. The Brush Markers are very concentrated, so while coloring, I mixed the colors with a lot of water to achieve a lighter hue. 

Next, I die cut theSpring Shower Cover Die from white cardstock and used the leftover die-cut pieces as foliage for my card. I colored the leaves also using the Sweet Leaf and Lime Brush Markers from theWatercolor Brush Markers – Tropical Fiesta Set

I wanted to include some texture on my background, so I used the Cube Cover Dieto emboss the panel. To do so, I simply added an Embossing Tan Mat while running it through my die cutting machine so that it wouldn’t cut the panel and just emboss it. Once it was embossed, I used the Limestone Crisp Dye ink to lightly color the background, making sure to add only a tinge of color so that the coral flowers would pop against it. I placed my flower arrangement on this panel and adhered them down. 

For the sentiment, I used the Hope Die Set to die cut the word ‘Hope’ from white cardstock. I colored it using the Crimson Brush Marker from the Watercolor Brush Markers – Tropical Fiesta Set. The second part of my sentiment comes from the Hope Stamp Set. I stamped it using Obsidian Pigment Ink on a strip of white cardstock. 

As usual, I added some clear sequins and gray and coral paint splatters to complete my card design. I then mounted this panel on to an A2 sized top-folding white card base. 

That’s it from me for today! Huge thanks to Altenew for having me as a guest today. Thanks to you all, crafty friends, for looking! Hope I was able to inspire you with my cards. 

~Hussena

Hussena’s cards are all breathtakingly gorgeous, we cannot pick a favorite! Which one caught your eye? Comment below! Thank you for being our August 2019 Guest Designer, Hussena!

You can find more of her work on her blog and Instagram. Don’t forget to leave her some love in the comment section below!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Garden Picks 3D Die Set
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Watercolor Stripes Cover Die
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Layered Floral Elements Die Set
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Create-A-Wreath Die Set
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Tropical…
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Obsidian Pigment Ink
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Magnolias For Her Stamp Set
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Sweet Rose Bouquet Stamp Set
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Script Words Die Set
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Red Sunset Oval Set
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Tropical Forest Oval Set
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Sweet Friend Stamp Set
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Floral Art Stamp Set
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Floral Art Die Set
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Best Mom Stamp Set
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Best Mom Die
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Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
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Pink Pearl Crisp Dye Ink
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Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink
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Artist Markers Set A
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Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink
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Limestone Crisp Dye Ink
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Feeling Dotty Stencil
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Beautiful Peony Stamp Set
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Beautiful Peony Die Set
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Cube Cover Die
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Spring Shower Cover Die
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Embossing Ink
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Hope Stamp Set
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Hope Die Set
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36 comments

KathleenA August 16, 2019 - 09:15

Oh my, these cards are all so amaziing. I especially love how the tiniest details, like the splattered paint on the backgrounds, really enhances each card.

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Vickie Z August 16, 2019 - 09:26

They are all gorgeous!!!

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terrie rodrigue August 16, 2019 - 10:10

These cards are beautiful..fantastic job on all of them….thank you for sharing

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Cindie McDuffee August 16, 2019 - 10:17

These cards are so stunning! So much inspiration here and new ideas!

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Jane B. August 16, 2019 - 10:19

Love your work!

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SD Pooja August 16, 2019 - 13:06

Absolutely beautiful cards !! Each one of them is so beautifully created , impossible to pick a favorite !

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barbara lassiter August 16, 2019 - 10:31

Pick a favorite? You must be kidding! :) The first card came up and it was beautiful and each succeeding card was the same. Thus…. they are all be my favorites! LOL!

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Sharon Brand August 16, 2019 - 10:45

Love all the cards, they are gorgeous! Hussena is very talented!

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Greta H August 16, 2019 - 10:53

Gorgeous indeed! I love them all–very creative use of the products & wonderful watercoloring! Love them all, but my favorites are the first & last–can’t stop staring at them!

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Christine Pennington August 16, 2019 - 10:56

Mouthwatering and oh so pretty. Each and everyone is a work a art. Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us.

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Carol Mc August 16, 2019 - 10:59

Your cards are stunning. It’s impossible to pick a favorite.

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Andrea Hastilow August 16, 2019 - 11:08

Stunning designs, you just can’t single out one design over the others. Thank you for sharing such amazing designs x

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Suzanne K August 16, 2019 - 11:09

Those cards are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your inspiring ideas

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tsurutadesigns1 August 16, 2019 - 11:15

WOW, these are all absolutely BEAUTIFUL.

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Andre M. August 16, 2019 - 11:20

All are lovely, the first is my absolute fave. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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Patricia Wilson August 16, 2019 - 11:58

What beautiful cards and loved the colors. Those flower dies that you used on the first card didn’t impress me but your card is breathtaking. Guess it goes to show you that someone can have an idea that wows you.

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Diana Ramsey August 16, 2019 - 12:47

I love them all, but the first one is my absolute favourite. Beautiful work!

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Rosa M. Vasquez August 16, 2019 - 12:52

Lovely cards! The design and colors are inspirational and cheery!

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LauraJane August 16, 2019 - 13:05

Hussenna is one of my FAVORITE card makers! So good to see her creations with Altenew products!

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Maureen Reiss August 16, 2019 - 13:07

Wow!!! These are all Soooo BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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Cecilia Forester August 16, 2019 - 13:08

All your cards are just beautiful Hussena, but if i had to pick a favorite, I’d have choose the first one; the Congratulations card. Just breathtaking! I love everything about it and love your use of embossing the watercolor stripes stencil/die and then painting the stripes offset. This is such a great card and a beautiful layout all around. The soft colors are just so perfect for this card. I also love that you used 3 or 4 different Altenew die sets; something I wouldn’t have thought to do. Very inspiring! You’re so very talented!

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Cyndi Morris August 16, 2019 - 14:29

All Hussena’s cards are gorgeous. I agree that it’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I must I have to choose the first card. I love Altenew’s 3D dies. I have the Layered Floral Elements set and the Garden Picks set is definitely on my wish list.

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Barb Oliver August 16, 2019 - 15:22

Hussena,

All of your cards are absolutely stunning! Thank you for providing us with such beautiful inspiration. The stamps that you used, look like “must haves”.

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knurse22 August 16, 2019 - 15:40

Welcome, Hussena! You so deserve the limelight here! Your cards are just gorgeous, right down to every detail. Love your watercoloring.

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Nandini Karmarkar August 16, 2019 - 16:10

Really beautiful cards, Hissena. The first one is my favorite. The yellow striped background and the pretty pink flowers looks awesome together.

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Lagene August 16, 2019 - 17:41

WOW they are all GORGEOUS, but if I had to choose I would pick the red roses against the white background with the oval framd!

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Linda BL August 16, 2019 - 17:56

All four cards are pretty, but the one which stands out is the congratulations card. Love the pink roses against the yellow and white striped background.

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Kenni Eberlin August 16, 2019 - 19:00

Welcome. It’s obvious why you were picked; your cards are beautiful. Layout, colors, content, everything is just beautiful. Thank you!

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Michele F August 17, 2019 - 08:03

Hussena!!! I am so proud of you – of course you should be featured! Every single card you create is a masterpiece, and the Altenew family of products has found the perfect home in your hands!
A favorite? now THAT is a tough choice – I do love the creative way of using the die on your first – and, of course, those gorgeous pinks, and lime-y greens!
Congratulations, my friend! I hope they consider adding you to the Altenew team- you’ve certainly earned it!! xx
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Monica Linerode August 17, 2019 - 08:59

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing

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Conniecrafter August 17, 2019 - 10:09

she always does gorgeous work, love the watercoloring of the layered die cut flowers and foliage

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Jan August 17, 2019 - 10:39

Wow! You are really creative and made your cards come to life with all the backgrounds, and special details and design. They’re all gorgeous! The one that caught my eye was the first one with the striped background. TFS!

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lmiltz August 17, 2019 - 15:57

Hussena, I am so happy that you were chosen as a guest designer…otherwise, I would have missed seeing such stunning cards!! I love them all, but the last one caught my eye just a tiny bit more than the rest. Maybe you and altenew could work together on a more regular basis?!? :) I certainly hope so!!

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Nandini Karmarkar August 18, 2019 - 01:53

Love the cards, Hussena. They are all so gorgeous! My fav is the first one. The yellow striped background and the pink flowers look awesome together!

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pam edwards August 19, 2019 - 00:13

WOW! The last card with the pink flowers and the cubed background. It took my breath away. I loved the colors and the texture. It was all beautiful. You have a great eye for color. Thanks.

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ksdejarn August 19, 2019 - 10:33

Every single card is layered with texture and color and downright GORGEOUSNESS!!!! Sigh. I bow to your talent, Hussena.

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