Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Color Your Day

So…level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program focuses a lot on Color. The Color Your Day class is one fine example of that. There are a lot of different components of this class, but one lesson focuses on challenging yourself to use a different medium than you’re used to. I typically use ink…dye ink to be more specific. I do have watercolor paints, as well as alcohol markers, and coloured pencils…but I always tend to fall into dye inks. So…I opted to challenge myself and break out my Altenew Watercolor Pan set to make a card.

A friend of mine wanted a ‘Welcome Baby’ card to give to someone, but his request was that it feature a Squirrel. Yes…a squirrel. Well….I accepted that challenge!

I started with Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends‘ stamp set…which isn’t specifically for babies, but it’s got a couple of really cute Squirrels in there 🙂

I started off stamping a parent squirrel and a baby squirrel, slightly above the bottom of the panel and closer to the left side as I was planning to put the sentiment on the upper right side. I used Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink as it’s watercolor and alcohol marker safe and I wanted to make sure the outlines didn’t smudge as I applied water.

I started off with the parent squirrel and added a mix of brown and grey, then blended it out with some water.

I repeated the same with the baby squirrel as well. Then I mixed a green and blue and used a larger brush to “wash” the colour across the base on the panel to create a ground for the squirrels.

I added a rattle to the baby squirrel’s hand from Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’ stamp set to add a little more ‘baby’ theme in there. Then I used a sentiment from that same stamp set and head embossed it in the upper right side of the panel using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink.

To finish off the watercolor panel, I added some “sky” using a blue coloured wash across the top portion of the panel…then for a little kick…I added a bit of a sun in the upper left corner of the panel. Then I let everything dry for a bit to make sure that there was enough firmness in the panel before proceeding.

To add a bit of definition to the ground I stamped a grass detail using Frayed Leaf ink. I also painted the baby’s rattle. I then trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75x 5 inches and adhered it to a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent white Cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. I added everything to an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and the card is complete!

I also stamped the envelope to make sure it corresponded with the card. I stamped the flap with a detailed stamp from the Mama Elephant stamp set and Frayed Leaf ink. Then I used some of the little baby objects and stamped the bottom left corner of the front of the envelope using Crimson,  Snapdragon, Warm Sunshine and Frayed Leaf.

And I’m done. Is it my best work? probably not, but I pushed myself to try something outside of my wheelhouse, and I do think it came out really cute.

Stamps:

– Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’

Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends’ (SSS)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Frayed Leaf

Crimson

Snapdragon

Warm Sunshine

Other Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Altenew’s Watercolor Pan Set

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Impressive Heat Embossing

Heat embossing is a technique that can be used to give a pretty simple and straightforward look or a very detailed and elaborate look. Either way, it adds shine and a bit of character to your card. In Altenew’s Impressive Heat Embossing class, I learned a few new techniques  and revisited some techniques that I knew about but haven’t used. Now this class is a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program but can also be taken as a stand alone class if you wish. One of the techniques is layering your heat embossing.

I opted to use Altenew’s Festive Foliage stamp set to try to layer my heat embossing. While I didn’t overlap the heat embossing, I did still have to heat emboss in stages. As with all heat embossing, I started off my prepping my card panel with an anti-static powder bag. This helps to keep embossing powder where you want it and helps to stop stray powder from sticking on other areas of  your panel.

Now…since I’m using Altenew Crisp Dye Inks, I had to stamp in two stages as embossing powder doesn’t stick to dye ink. I started off by stamping the fuller tree image using SweetLeaf. Then, in order to get the embossing powder to stick I inked up the tree again using Versamark ink. In situations like this, a stamping tool like the MISTI is handy, because it allows you to stamp in the exact same spot repeatedly.

There are a few ways that you could stamp the image out to get the embossing powder set up:

  1. Start with a dye ink, and then stamp again using an embossing ink (this is the method I chose)
  2. Start with an embossing ink, then stamp over it with a dye ink
  3. Stamp with an embossing ink, then use coloured embossing powder
  4. Stamp with a pigment ink, then use a clear embossing powder

There isn’t a wrong way to do it really…it just depends on what supplies you have on hand to make it work. I don’t have a ton of pigment inks so I opted for option 1.

After the image was stamped using both the coloured ink and the embossing ink, I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool.

I repeated the same ink technique using the heart of the tree and Crimson Ink.

I wanted a small star for the top of my tree, so I used the star stamp from Altenew’s  Happy Holidays stamp set. I stamped it with Versamark ink, and used Brutus Monroes’ Gilded embossing powder for a gold finish.

Then I grabbed a “Season’s Greetings” stamp from the same Happy Holidays stamp set and stamped it just below the tree using Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink.

I cut the panel down to approximately 5×3.75 inches, then adhered it to a panel of  Simons Says Stamps Glitter Cardstock in PINE measuring approximately 5.25x4inches. Then I used some liquid glue to adhere everything to an A2 cardbase of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Voila!

Altenew Stamps:

Festive Foliage

Happy Holidays

Altenew Inks:

Crimson

Sweet Leaf

– Obsidian Pigment Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simons Says Stamps Glitter Cardstock – PINE

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Papercraft Challenge #35: ‘To Give as a Gift (Not just a card)’ – (November)

A new month means a new challenge from Papercraft Challenges!

The theme for the month of November is ‘To Give as a Gift (Not just a card).

For this month’s challenge the first thing that popped into my head was ‘Christmas Ornament’.


Why? A friend of mine had a baby in August ad this will be his first Christmas. I know growing up, and even now as an adult I make or purchase a new ornament for major life occasions. So I thought it would be super cute to make one for her son this year. Start a tradition perhaps.

I started off with Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout Stamp Set. Now I love turnabout stamps from Concord and 9th, but I don’t always do them correctly. There’s a method….Place the turnabout jig in your stamping tool (I have my MISTI). Then place your alignment grid to line the ‘X’ up to the jig.


Lay your turnabout stamp lining up the image on the stamp with the alignment grid. Close your stamping tool cover so the stamp adheres to the cover, then remove your alignment grid. Place your card panel on top of the jig – there are corner markers to help align the panel… And you’re ready to begin!

I opted to use all one colour for my leaves, but you could choose to have 1-4 colours (or even more) using one colour per run of your jig. I used Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Just Green. So I started with my jig at position 1 – the jig is numbered in the top right hand corner. After you ink up your stamp and stamp it down on your panel, you rotate your jig (which has your panel attached) to the next number (position 2,then 3,then 4).

Position #2 (note the number in the top right of the jig.

Position #3:

Position #4:

Once the leaves are completed, I moved on to the berries. Same concept. Align the Jig with the acetate layout of the berries.

Then algin the stamp with the acetate layout sheet and begin. You’re going to do the same as the leaves, rotating after each stamp. 

Stamp, rotate, stamp, rotate…

Again I opted to stamp all 4 turns to fill the page, and I love the way it came out!

Now on to the card base. I started with an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I took the “Christmas Wishes” stamp from Kaisercraft’s Christmas Wishes stamp set and stamped it right along the top using Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

I cut down my layered holly panel to fit just below the sentiment, then used Fiskars X-Large circle punch to punch out the center of the panel and used liquid glue to adhere it to the card base.

Then I stamped “May all your Christmas Wishes come true” from Kaisercraft’s Wonderland stamp set in the center of the punch out. I also added two strips of Love from Lizi’s gold straight peel offs (Love these!) on the top and the bottom edge of the holly panel to add a bit of bling and detail to the card.

Now on to the ornament. I used the Fiskars punch to punch out a circle from a sheet of green glitter paper from DCWV Glitter Cardstock. I then used a circle die that was a few sizes smaller than the punched circle to allow me to get a frame for my shaker ornament. 

I punched a piece of Judikins embossable acetate using Fiskars X-Large punch, then lined up the name “ISAAC” using letters from The Ink Road’s 

I prepped my acetate circle using an anti static powder bag, then I used my Simon Says Stamp acrylic block and Versamark ink to stamp the name on the acetate. I heat embossed the name using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder. I made sure my WOW Dual heat tool as nice and hot before placing it on the acetate and because the acetate warps easily I made sure that I kept it moving to help avoid too much warping.

I took the green glitter frame I previously cut out and glued it to the front of the acetate so now there’s a frame around the front. I also used some 3M foam tape, doubled it up and cut it in half to cover the edges of the shaker ornament. I doubled it up to allow for enough room for the shaker bits to move freely inside once closed. 

I filled the shaker with some of Studio Katia’s Diamond Sparkle Stars, Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm jewels, and Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Vellum Sequin Mix.

Then I took a piece of Celebrate It Iridescent ribbon and tied a loop for the ornament.

I tucked the knotted ribbon just on the inside of the shaker then I used the circle I had punched out of the Holly patterned paper and placed it on the back of the shaker. Shaker ornament complete! 🙂

I added a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the ornament so it’s easily removable from the card and tucked the ornament into the punched circle on the front of the card.

To make a coordinating envelope I added some Christmas themed Washi Tape to the back flap as well as the bottom from of a 5×7 envelope. Since the shaker adds bulk to the card, it wouldn’t fit properly into an A2 sized envelope…so I opted to go up a size.

I clipped the edges off the washi tape….and I’m all done!


PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies:

– Memory Box Circle Basics Die Set

– The Ink Road’s Block Party Alpha stamp set

– Kaisercraft’s Christmas Wishes stamp set

– Kaisercraft’s Wonderland stamp Set

– Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks – Just Green, Ruby Red

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink


Other Supplies:

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Love From Lizi Gold Straight Peel Offs

– Judikins Embossable Acetate

– DCWV Glitter Cardstock

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Studio Katia’s Diamond Sparkle Stars

– Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm

– Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Vellum Sequin Mix

– Celebrate It! Tempo Iridescent Ribbon


Tools:

– Fiskars X-Large Circle Punch

– WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

-Tim Holtz glass media mat

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

 

 

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Another very interesting class that’s a part of Level 2 in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) is Beyond Basic Backgrounds. Sounds like a straightforward class, right? Well it is and it isn’t. There are some really interesting techniques in this class. Of course I picked to use one technique that I’ve tried before, but not quite like this. Bleaching….yes bleaching, but instead of using bleach it’s with water. Most inks react with water, pigment as well as dye inks. Some of the best inks for water reaction are Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. I love the look of the oxide inks as they have a muted chalky finish and are easy to blend. I’ve done ‘bleaching’ before on oxide inks but I’ve typically just done it with water splatter, never with stamps before…so this was an interesting option to me. I wanted a birthday card for a friend, and thought this would be a really cool technique for this look.

I started off using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools and Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough. I started by dipping the blending brush into Cracked Pistachio and covering approximately half of my panel, then completed the panel with the Evergreen Bough.

I overlapped the colours slightly in order to create a smoother blend and went over the colours a couple of times to make sure the transition was smooth.

I let my inked panel sit overnight to ensure it was dry. Alternatively you could use a heat tool to speed up the drying time. Then i grabbed the leaf stamps from Altenew’s Happy Dreams stamp set. Now … how would I add the water? In the class the instructor used a sort of sponge to add water to the stamps similar to an ink pad…but I didn’t have anything quite so sophisticated. Instead, I added a couple of drops of water onto the stamps while they were attached to the cover of my My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (MISTI) and then used my finger to distribute the water across the stamp. I also made sure I wiped away any excess water off the lid of my MISTI so I wouldn’t get water where I didn’t want to.

Then I pressed down the cover of my MISTI onto my inked panel. Then I opened the MISTI, and used a clean paper towel to remove any excess water. You can see in the picture below that there’s a very faint change in the colour of my panel. I wanted something a bit more obvious, so I repeated the last step…added more water to the stamps and stamped again. This is one of the advantages of having a stamping tool as I can be sure that my stamps are in the exact same position every time.

Below you can see that I got a much more obvious change in the colour of the panel…perfect. Going forward I knew I need to ‘stamp’ the water on my panel twice in each position.

I wanted to have a nice background of the pattern so I moved my stamps into another position on my panel and stamped again with water. I repeated this a few more times to fully cover my panel with the bleached images.

I cut my panel down to approximately 5.25×3.75 inches, then grabbed a sheet of coordinating patterned paper from Reverse Confetti’s Winter Solstice Patterned Paper Pad. I trimmed the patterned paper down to be approximately 0.25×5.25 inches and adhered it to the left side of my panel. I wanted to add a bit of detail without taking away from the beautiful green colours.

On to my sentiment. As previously mentioned I needed a birthday card…so I grabbed Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set. This is a great stamp set to have in your stash as it has lots of various styled ‘Happy Birthday’ stamps, so I’ve always been able to find something to go with any card! I used to Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency align my sentiment perfectly in my MISTI.

I grabbed a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Slate and treated my cardstock with anti-static powder bag to eliminate any static and stop any embossing powder from sticking to places I didn’t want it to. I used and stamped the sentiment using Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink. Then I used Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool to heat emboss the sentiment. Then I adhered the strip to the lower right portion of my panel and ended up trimming off the excess.

Then I took the same leaf stamp I used to bleach the panel and used Cracked Pistachio to stamp on the lower left corner of the coordinating envelope.

I adhered the bleached panel to an A2 sized Neenah Solar White cardstock cardbase.

After taking the first couple of pictures of the finished card, I opted to add a few gems as I felt that something was missing. I added 3 of –Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals  using  Ranger’s Glossy Accents and my Crystal Katana Jewel Picker. That made it feel a little more complete to me, however the jewels could have easily been left off making the card a bit more masculine.

Altenew Stamps:

Birthday Builder

– Happy Dreams

Inks:

– Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Oxide Inks – Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Slate

– Reverse Confetti’s Winter Solstice Patterned Paper Pad

– Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder

Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

Crystal Katana Jewel Picker (SSS)

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Brushes (SSS)

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – In The Mood For Color

Lots of things can affect your mood. As a part of Altenew’s “In the Mood for Color” class we explored the effect of a variety of colours in a person’s mood in relation to cards. Some of the colours explored were yellow and orange and they were related to encouragement and happiness. So when putting together a birthday card for a family friend, I immediately was drawn to yellow and orange. I have always liked using yellow on cards as I’ve always found it to be a cheerful colour.

I started off with Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set – it’s really one of my faves! I used the stem out of that set and stamped it starting in the bottom left corner using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Jet Black.

I added a second partial branch using the same stamp, making sure I only inked up the portion I wanted for the extension of the branch.

On a second panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped 3 of the medium flowers from Altenew’s “Garden Treasure” stamp and die set using Jet Black Ink.

Then I stamped the first layer of the flower using Warm Sunshine Ink – this is my favorite yellow ink as I find it to be a really bright yet warm shade of yellow.

I stamped the second layer of this flower with Chamomile ink.

For the center (third layer) of the flowers I used Marigold Ink for a slightly more orange hue.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out the three flowers and I then stamped the leaves using Forest Glades Ink.

I wanted a large enough, but not too large, Happy Birthday Sentiment that was also a little scripty. So I grabbed Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set as it has a great selection of birthday sentiments in a variety of sizes and fonts. I dry fitted the die cut flowers that were closest to where I’d be putting the sentiment to properly gauge the placement. To make sure that my sentiment was straight, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Stamp Grid Transparency . This grid has made my life much easier when placing sentiments and it’s extremely easy to use. Just place the grid over your card panel in your stamping tool, use the grid lines to line up your stamp, close the lid/door on your stamping tool and the stamp will be in the perfect position when you ink it up and close it. Just remember to remove the transparency before trying to ink up your stamp 😉

I used Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink for the sentiment. It’s an extremely crisp black ink that is wonderful for sentiments as it’s juicy and crisp so you get a really nice solid black image. I also cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Banana cardstock to measure approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered my main panel to it to give a small yellow border to match the flowers and add a touch more brightness to the card. I then adhered everything to an A2 sized Neenah Solar White Card base. I opted to add the panels to the card base at this point in order to avoid pressing down onto the flowers once added since I’m planning to use them for some dimension.

I added some 3M Foam Tape to the back of my die cut flowers to add some dimension to my card, then placed them down onto my panel so the flowers were close but still had space in between them – this helped to fill some of the white space on my card.

To add a little bit of shine to the card, I added Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals to the center of the flowers. Since the crystals are clear, they still allow the original stamped colour to shine through but just a add a bit of pop.

To create a coordinating envelope I stamped the same flower that’s on the card to the bottom left hand corner of a white envelope.

And that’s it! A cheerful and bright birthday card using a pop of yellow and a hint of orange!

Altenew Stamps:

– Charming Doodles (Altenew)

– Garden Treasure Stamp and Die set (older stamp set)

– Birthday Builder (Altenew)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black (Altenew)

– Warm Sunshine (Altenew)

Chamomile (Altenew)

Marigold (Altenew)

– Forest Glades (Altenew)

– Obsidian Pigment Ink (Altenew)

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock  (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Banana (SSS)

Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals (SSS) 

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

3M Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools: 

Crystal Katana Jewel Picker (SSS)

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (SSS)

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

2019 Caring Hearts Card Drive – My Submission!

I have been looking for somewhere to donate some of my cards and found the 2019 Caring Hearts Card Drive

The purpose of this card drive is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes or live alone.

Submissions are being accepted until November 15th, 2019 and there are mailing locations in the US, Canada and Australia. If you’re interested in helping out this awesome cause, visit the blog post for 2019 Caring Hearts Card Drive.

I sent the following set of cards, which are super simple, to one of the a Canadian addresses and hope that they’ll be used as this is an amazing cause and exactly the kind of thing I’ve been looking for. If you know of any other card donation options, please let me know.. I’d love to be able to do something like this year round!

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – With A Twist

I’ve finally started on the Level 2 courses for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). With so many great topics I opted to start with “With a Twist” taught by Therese Calvird. I’ve watched several of her videos and I love the way she explains things. This class is all about adding unusual elements to your cards, like using unexpected colours or cuts to your cards. I decided to make my twist adding a unique spin on a traditional stamp. My inspiration for this card is a sad one. A dear friend of mine recently lost his mother, and I wanted to make sure I sent the family some paper love, so I opted to make a Sympathy card for the family.

What makes this “With a Twist”? Well….You wouldn’t normally stamp with dye inks on dark cardstock…so I did! I also liked the idea of heat embossing in silver on the dark cardstock to add another little twist, while keeping the foliage in just a black outline. I love the look of this card!

I started by cutting a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Slate cardstock to measure approximately 5.5×4.25 inches. I treated my cardstock with an anti-static powder bag as I was planning to heat emboss all over the panel.

I took one of the flower stamps from Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria stamp set and stamped repeatedly over the panel using Versamark Ink.

Then I heat embossed the panel using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling embossing powder. I love the way the silver shines on the dark cardstock.

I grabbed Altenew’s Tide Blue Crisp Dye Ink and stamped the second layer of the flower stamp. I stamped it a couple of times to get a richer colour and make sure it filled in nicely. This stamp set has a more artsy look when you fill it in, which can help to hide imperfections a bit 😉

I completed adding the second layer to all of the flowers.

Then I took one of the smaller leaves and used Altenew’s Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink and filled in some of the open space. I opted not to add the second layer of the leaf stamp for a more artsy and unique feel.

I wanted a clean looking sentiment so it wouldn’t take too much away from the image. I grabbed Altenew’s Fresh Freesia stamp set and used the “With Deepest Sympathy” sentiment. I stamped the sentiment using the Jet Black ink on Simon Says Stamp’s Fog cardstock and then trimmed it down to a strip slightly larger than the sentiment.

I adhered the sentiment to the bottom right of the card panel. I cut down my floral panel slightly to approximately 5.5×4 inches and then glued down the panel to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. This allowed just a smidge of the white to show at the top and bottom of the front of the card. I didn’t want too much of the white to show as it would’ve been a harsh contrast considering that the floral panel is on a dark cardstock.

I then stamped the same flower on the envelope using Jet Black Ink, then for a little element of colour I used the Tide Blue Ink but instead of stamping the second layer of the flower, I stamped the center of the flower as I didn’t want too much colour on the envelope.

Voila! I unique sympathy card for a dear friend. I can only hope that sharing a little paper love will help his family in their healing process.

Altenew Stamps:

Fresh Freesia

– Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black

– Tide Blue

Other Supplies:

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog, Slate

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– 3M Foam Tape

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool

Another VERY simple set of Christmas cards!

Another VERY simple card set….I have A LOT of Christmas cards to make. Some as to be given as gifts, some to be given just as. Here is another super simple card set that can be made with minimal supplies and can be adjusted slightly to make it unique.

I started by using Fiskars X-Large Circle punch and punching out 6 different patterned circles from a mix of Stampin Ups 2018 In Colour Designer Series Paper as well as Echo Park’s Merry & Bright paper pad.

I then used Fiskars Medium Circle Punch to punch out 6 circles out of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then I took Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Star and Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Ornament stamps as well as Altenew’s Gold Enchanted Pigment Ink and stamped 3 of each of the stamps on the white cardstock circles.

Then I adhered the stamped circles onto the Patterned paper circles randomly. 

I adhered the circles onto an A2 cardbase. Then I also added a cute little bow that I made from Stampin Ups Gold Sequin Ribbon on each of the circles to make them look a bit more like a wreath.

I made coordinating envelopes of each by stamping each of the stamps to match the card using Altenew’s Crimson and Just Green Crisp dye inks. I also decorated an acetate card box using Some red and white polkadot ribbon and more of the sequin ribbon in a bow. 

Another super simple set is DONE!

PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies/Stencils:

-Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Star

-Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Ornament

Inks:

– Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

-Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink – Crimson, Just Green

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Other Supplies:

-Neenah Solar White Cardstock

– Stampin Up’s Designer Series Paper (2018 In Colours)

-Stampin Ups Gold Sequin Ribbon

-Echo Park Merry & Bright 6×6 Paper Pad

Tools:

-Fiskars X-Large Circle Punch

-Fiskars Medium Circle Punch

-Simon Says Stamp Acrylic Blocks

-Tim Holtz Comfort Trimmer

-Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

-Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

 

 

A Simple Set of Christmas Cards…Just getting warmed up!

 Alright so it’s time to make A LOT of Christmas cards. I need to make a few sets to give as gifts, as well as make some cards to give out. So…..I opted to start with a few simple sets, this is one of them. I’ve been so eager to use this Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous stamp set called Scribbly Christmas, so this is my first set of many!

I wanted something clean, simple and easy to make. So I wanted to simply stamp the trees, but have a bit of bling around them, so I used Hero Arts Infinity Postage dies. I cut out two of each of the larger postage die from DCWV – Solid Whites Paper Pad and DCWV  Solid Golds Paper Pad. 

I then cut out 6 of the smaller Postage Die using Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then I took 6 of the 8 tree stamps from the set, positioned them using my MISTI and then used Altenew’s Just Green, Warm Sunshine and Pure Graphite Crip Dye Inks to ink of the different sections of the stamps as  I wanted a mutli coloured image.

I adhered the tree die cut to the fancy paper die cuts and then used some Tombow Mono Liquid Glue to adhere is all to the card base. Then I used a variety of sentiment stamps from the same stamp set and used Versafine Onyx Black ink and Simon Says stamp’s acrylic block to stamp all six card bases. 

To add a bit of dimension, bling and a pop of colour, I added some Nuvo drops in Ruby Slippers and Honey Gold to add some ornaments on each of the trees. I also made coordinating envelopes for each of the cards using Christmas themed Washi tape. 

Voila! First Christmas set is done!

 

…and oh….I also packaged all 6 cards in an acetate card box, then added a bit of ribbon and sequin ribbon (made a bow out of it) for a bit of poppy decor! Now I’m done! 😉

PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies/Stencils:

– Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous Scribbly Christmas stamp set

– Hero Arts Postage Stamps Infinity Die

Inks:

– Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks – Warm Sunshine, Just Green, Pure Graphite

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Other Supplies:

-Neenah Solar White Cardstock

– Glitter Drops – Ruby Slippers, Honey Gold

– DCWV – Solid Whites Paper Pad

– DCWV – Solid Golds Paper Pad

-Nuvo Drops – Autumn Red

Tools:

-Simon Says Stamp Acrylic Blocks

-Tim Holtz Comfort Trimmer

-Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

-Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue