Here comes the 'Queen of Masking'- Tasnim Ahmed!! She masters this technique perfectly and you can see her signature in almost every card,, Once you drop by Tasnim's blog, you'll admit that her collection is just a topnotch and quite eclectic..Proudly we introduce you to our star this week:
Name: Tasnim Ahmed
Blog: Cards and Bookmarks
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your family.
Hello! I am Tasnim. I grew up in Saudi Arabia and moved to USA in 2006 to pursue my undergraduate studies. In 2010, I completed my Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Following my graduation, I moved to Long Island where I now live with my husband and our baby daughter.
2. How and when did you start crafting?
I have always loved arts and crafts. Growing up I did all kinds of arts; from drawing and coloring to building miniature models of houses and parks, complete with a basketball court and pompom trees! I also did paper crafting such as making cards, bookmarks, and scrapbooks. I discovered stamping in 2011 and since then designing and making cards has become a hobby.
3. From where do you draw your inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere; sometimes in a cute little dress my daughter is wearing, other times in a beautiful sunset or a fall tree sparkling in the sunlight. I recently started using Pinterest and I find inspiration there as well.
4. How would you describe your style?
I like to make clean cards with a touch of elegance.
5. What are the 5 top tools in your crafting space?
Those would be my Paper trimmer, scoring board, ATG, Sponge applicator and my micro tip scissors.
6. What’s your favorite technique?
Masking! I love to mask areas and apply ink with a sponge applicator, or mask and stamp. I love the one layer cards you can make using this technique. You would think it is a flower sitting on top of another, but it is actually all one layer!
7. What are your go-to colors?
I don’t think I have any. I like to try different color combination; I have a few favorite ones, and one of them is navy with peacock blue and sand.
8. Do you sell your projects?
Not officially, but I do take orders. I have done a few bulk orders in the past.
9. What do you do when you aren’t crafting? Job? Other hobbies and interests?
At the moment a lot of my time goes into taking care of my daughter, the rest of my time is divided between family, crafting and studying.
10. Are you currently designing for any blog?
I design for the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. I was a big fan before joining the design team. You should definitely check it out!
This card features my favorite technique. I masked the flowers and the white border, and then applied distress inks to create the background
This card features another of my favorite techniques; creating a gradient with ink and sponge applicator
This card features some of my favorite stamps, stamping and coloring with Copic markers; two techniques I enjoy doing
This is probably my most popular card. It features a technique that I came up with, which involves paper piecing an image and adhering it on acetate. It gives the illusion that the image is “floating”
An early Eid card! This card features some of my favorite things all in one place; masking, gradient inking, distress inks, and of course, one of my favorite color combinations
Wow, am speechless!! These cards are absolute stunners and dare anyone creative doesn't fall in love with them =) Thank you Tasnim for being a part of the Fascinating Fridays' family and keep inspiring us everyday!! xxx