Friday, 1 February 2013

Terrific Tasnim

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

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

5 comments:

Wida said...

Tasnim is awesome and the cards she shows here are some of my absolute favorites! great interview!!

Kelly Griglione said...

I'm a huge fan of Tasnim's. She has quite an eye for detail (she cut out and pieced a Moroccan tiled background) as well as design. I was excited to learn more about her in this interview. Thanks for having her on!

Laura B. said...

I absolutely love Tasnim's creations! So fun to see her featured over here today!

Lori said...

Tasnim is terrific.. I love her style and she described it perfectly - clean and simple with a touch of elegance.

Hussena said...

Oh my ..I wonder how I missed this post ...I am a huge fan of Tasnim 's work and have been following her blog for quite some time now !! her work is truly one of a kind ..I love her cards and the various technique she uses to make them ...her floating flower card is definitely one of my Fave too :) ...So happy to see her featured here :)

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