Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Color Your Day (2)

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’s Metallic Watercolor Set set to make a card.

I started off with some Black Bristol paper from Bee Paper measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. Metallic watercolor looks great on anything but it really pops on black paper. I wasn’t planning to saturate the paper so I could’ve also used black cardstock, but I opted for Bristol paper as it tends to hold up to water a bit better than regular cardstock. Below are my Swatches of Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set on black bristol.

I prepped my paper using an Anti-Static Powder Bag. I grabbed Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set and lined up the poinsettia using my MISTI. I could’ve also used a stamping block but I wanted to be able to re-stamp easily as I often find I need to double stamp when using a watermark/embossing ink to ensure a clean image.

Then I inked up my stamp using Versamark and heat embossed the poinsettia image using Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool.

Then I grabbed my Altenew Metallic Watercolor Set and my Altenew Fine tip Waterbrush and got to work. I started with Garnet in the center and moved on to Copper on the next later of petals and then Enchanted Gold on the outer most petals. I wanted the colours to lighten as I spanned outwards.

Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink matches the metallic watercolour with the same name quite well, so I opted to use it as the vase to heat emboss my sentiment instead of Versamark. This way, any spots I miss with the powder will still show up as a bright gold colour. I used the ‘warmest wishes’ sentiment from the same Modern Poinsettia Stamp set as I just LOVE the font. Then I heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder. I trimmed the sentiment strip down and then backed it using Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock to help it stand out against the black panel.

I adhered it to my card panel on the bottom right corner using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll Foam Tape for just a bit of dimension.

I felt the card needed a bit more pop as there was a lot of black. So I used my waterbrush to flick on some splatter of the metallic paint colours I used on the poinsettia – Garnet, Copper and Enchanted Gold. I also flicked some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch for a bit of glitter.

Then I adhered my panel to an A2 sized card base of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Black. I paired the card with a gold shimmer envelope to coordinate and my card was done! I truly Love the way the colours pop on the black paper. I’m definitely going to be using the metallic watercolor palette again and again!

Altenew Stamps:

Modern Poinsettia

Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set

Other Supplies:

Bee Paper Black Bristol Paper

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock

-Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen – Midas Touch

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

-Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

3M Foam Tape (SSS)

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)

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

 

It’s Christmas!

Feeling super festive, I’ve been working on wanted on my cards for Christmas. I used several dies which is outside my wheelhouse and my stamping was really all about creating a nice background for my die cut letters – hope you like it!

I started off by using Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp set to create a panel that can be used as a background. Concord and 9ths turnabout stamps are really unique because there are so many options with one stamp set! They do however require a stamping tool. I use My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool but really any stamping tool will work. You MAY be able to use a very large stamping block…but that’s not something I’ve ever tried.

I opted to go full out with it for this card. Here’s are the basics behind turnabout stamps. First things first…the jig. The Jig is a plastic template that you place down in your stamping tool to line up your panel. There are little corner marks to show you exactly where your paper should be placed, as well as numbers in the top right corner of each side – 1, 2, 3 & 4 so you know which side you’re rotating/stamping on. Then you place your cardstock – I used a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the card panel to help it stay in place temporarily. I’m using an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then in the stamp set, there’s an acetate sheet with a giant ‘X’ on it as well as some printed portion of the stamp. You’re going to line that up with your jig and paper so that the center point is in the center of your panel.

Then you’re going to line up your stamp with the printed images on on the acetate sheet, then close your stamping tool and the stamp will get picked up on the cover of your stamping tool ready to be stamped. Just remember to remove your acetate template before stamping.

I opted to stamp my greenery using Altenew’s Just Green Crisp Dye Ink. Then…you rotate the jig (with the card panel still stuck to it) to the next number. I started off with my jig in position 1 (top right corner), so I rotated the jig so that number 2 was now in the top right corner. I inked the stamp up again, and stamped it down. You’ll see that the panel is starting to fill up with the greenery in a really cool pattern. You can always opt to stop here, or to change the colour you’re stamping with, however I opted to use the same colour for all the greenery.

Turn to position 3 in the top right corner….ink, stamp….rotate to position 4, ink stamp….done with the greenery!

In this particular stamp set, there’s a second stamp with berries. You can opt to just have the greenery, just have the berries or do both…I’m doing both. So same process. I started back in position #1, applied the acetate template for the berry stamp, lined up the berry stamp, then started stamping.

Same process – ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate….done! Below shows the completed panel with all of the greenery and the berries stamped out.

This would make a really great background, but for this particular card, I’m die cutting the word “NOEL” using EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies. I made sure the letters were lined up with proper spacing, then I used a piece of purple tape to keep everything together. I placed it onto my stamped panel, ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine (any die cutting machine will work here). Voila….a really cool patterned “NOEL”, plus…I can use the negative space on another card! I love being able to get two cards out of one technique!

Then on to my base panel. I stared with an embossing folder from Darice with a really cute Christmas pattern on an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I took the bow out of Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143 die set, and a piece of Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson and ran it through my die cutting machine again to get a really sparkly bow 🙂

Then I grabbed a wreath die I found in my stash – I don’t have the details for it as it’s an older die, but I loved the size of this wreath. I ran the die through my die cutting machine twice with a piece of DCVW Green Shimmer Cardstock to get two subtle sparkly wreaths.

Then I put everything together….I trimmed down the embossed panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches, then adhered it to an A2 card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then I placed all of the dies..starting with the wreaths. I staggered both wreath die cuts to get a fuller looking wreath. I then placed the sparkly bow, using some pieces of Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape to give the bow a bit of dimension.

Then I lined up the “NOEL” letter die cuts at the bottom of the panel and eyeballed the spacing a bit. I started with the first and last letters, then aligned the center letters….this allows for a bit of better placement overall.

That’s it! Lots of different elements to this card, but I feel like it really came together nicely. I paired the card with a Christmas red envelope to finish things off.

Stamps/Dies/Embossing Folders:
Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143

Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp

-Darice Embossing Folder

-EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-DCVW Shimmer Cardstock

Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)0

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Beautiful Details

Alright – the Beautiful Details class for me was the most intimidating and challenging class in the Altenew Educator Certification Program to date. I’m not a really good artist and I don’t sketch or use coloured pencils and this class has a lot of that in there. I’ve been on a vellum kick as of late, so I opted to give this card a try with Vellum.

I started off with Altenew’s Flower Garden stamp set and stamped the largest flower along with a few leaves using Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink on a piece of Simon Says Stamp Vellum. Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Alabaster Embossing Powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool to heat emboss the images. I made sure that my heat tool was really hot before applying it to the vellum to shorten the time it takes to melt the powder and to avoid warping of the vellum.

Then I cut around the images to make them easier to manage one at a time.

I started off with Altenew’s Artist Markers in Frayed Leaf and Bamboo to colour the greenery. I flipped my image over to colour on the back of the vellum as colouring on the front with the heat embossing could damage the tips of the markers. Starting off with Frayed Leaf, I coloured the center of the leaf and flicked the tip of the marker outwards. Then I coloured the edges and flicked slightly inwards. This gave pretty good coverage of the leaf with the lightest colour.

Then I grabbed the Bamboo marker, and did the same, except I didn’t flick out as far with the colour. Then I went back over the same area with the Frayed Leaf to help to blend the colours better – this helps to add some depth to the leaf.

Then I grabbed my Staedler Watercolor Pencils, as interestingly enough I don’t have any regular coloured pencils….so…you know…use what you’ve got! I grabbed a pencil that was the closest in colour to the ink I had already put down and then essentially did almost the exact same thing as I did with the markers. I used a very light hand and focused most of the pencil colour along the centers vein of the leaves as well as the base of the leaf, flicking upwards.

I repeated this process on all of the leaves and then moved on to the flower.

For the flower, I wanted a bright colour, so I grabbed the Rouge and Crimson markers. I did the very same technique as I did on the leaves…I started with a more all over colouring of the Rouge on the flower.

Then I went in with the Crimson marker and flicked the tip along the outlines of the flower, focusing more colour in the center and along the base of the flower.

Then I blended the colours back out using the Rouge marker. Then I grabbed the coloured pencil colour that most closely matched the colours of the flower and added some more detail to the sections of the flower. I focused on the center and the sections of the flower that should naturally be darker like the undersides of the petals as well as sections of petals that are tucked beneath another petal. I continued adding a light touch of colour until I felt like the flower had enough detail.

Then I fussy cut the flower out as well as all of the leaves. I cut them out just around the edge of the embossing.

I wanted a bit of detail on the background without it being distracting, so I grabbed Altenew’s Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die and ran it through my die cutting machine. It’s a very detailed yet subtle image and perfect for my background. I trimmed the panel down to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered it to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

Then I arranged the flowers and leaves on the panel until I was satisfied with the arrangement. Then I adhered the arrangement to the panel using some clear vellum tape runner. I only applied a very small amount of the adhesive to the center of the flower to allow the edges to be loose for some dimension. Then I added the adhesive to just the base of the leaves to allow them to ‘float’ and add some more dimension.

Then I heat embossed “Thinking of You” from Altenew’s Thinking of You stamp set using Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing Powder on Simon Says Stamp’s Black Cardstock. I cut the sentiment strip down and then adhered it onto the bottom portion of the card using Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape.

Then I added a few of Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins to brighten the card up and add a bit of shine. Then I stamped one of the smaller flowers on the corresponding envelope using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Rouge.

I think the card came out really nice. It’s definitely a technique I plan to practice more often. There are also some other techniques in this class that I plan on trying out as the results are absolutely beautiful!

Altenew Stamps/Dies:

Flower Garden

Thinking of You

Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die

 

Inks/Pencils/Markers :

Altenew Artist Markers – Crimson, Rouge, Frayed Leaf, Bamboo

– Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Rouge

Staedler Watercolor Pencils

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

 

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Black Cardstock.

Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

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)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

Coming up Roses – birthday card!

Alright, so you always need birthday cards because quite frankly there’s always a birthday right around the corner. I made this card, using a stamp set I’ve been DYING to use and thought it was perfect for a family member’s birthday. After seeing the finished product I’ll definitely be revisiting this for Mother’s Day and potentially making a lovely card set out of this as well. 



I started off by prepping an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock as I was planning to heat emboss on this card. 


I grabbed My Favorite Thing’s All Roses Background Stamp and I used a MISTI for this card as I wanted to make sure I could get a great impression of this stamp as it’s quite large. Make sure to remove the sponge insert out of your MISTI when using Red Rubber stamps as they usually already have foam attached. I placed my panel in the MISTI using a bit of removable tape runner on the back to keep it from shifting, then lined up my background stamp and close the door to pick it up.

I inked up the stamp using Versamark Ink (any watermark ink will work for this). 

Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embosssing powder and my WOW Dual speed Heat tool to heat emboss the panel. BOOM….A panel of gold embossed roses….LOVE!

Then I used my Pickett Fences Life Changing Blender brushes and Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields and Deep Iris to create a blended panel. I started off with Soft Lilac on the bottom, then moved to Lavender Fields in the middle and then Deep Iris on the top portion of the panel. I made sure to go back down in reverse order to help the colours blend smoothly.

Then I grabbed a large circle punch and punched out a circle of Vellum, then head embossed “Happy Birthday” from, Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set, and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on the vellum. Then I used a bit of clear adhesive behind the embossed words and adhered it down to the blended panel.

I trimmed down the panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered it to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I inked up the All Roses background stamp again, but this time I used Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment ink and stamped it down on the flap of a coordinating envelope. I used the gold ink of the envelope to better match the gold heat embossing on the card. 

I really love the way the gold pigment ink turned out and maybe i’ll try that on a card soon for a slightly different look. Either way, this card is complete!



Stamps:

My Favorite Things’ Roses All Over Stamp set

– Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks – Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

— Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger Multi Medium Matte

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– The Stamp Market Blending Brushes

– Picket Fences Life Changing Blender Brushes

– Anti Static Bag

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) -Magical Marker Techniques

Alcohol Markers….well….yeah.

I’m in no way an ARTIST especially with markers and/or crayons. I can’t draw, sketch or colour to save my life! I can do some really basic things with these mediums, so I was nervous when i started Altenew’s Magical Marker Techniques class. But It’s part of the level 2 for the Altenew Educator Certification Program that i’m determined to finish, so I pushed play.

Now … it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be, but it definitely opened my eyes to ways to embrace alcohol markers. I have the full set of Altenew Artist Markers (Full 60 Count), which yes I realize may seem silly considering I don’t know how to use them well lol, but…I purchased them with the intention to try to use them….so here we are. I’ve used them a handful of times up to now, but after taking this class I definitely think i’ll be whipping them out more often.

As I was thumbing through my Altenew stamps, I was drawn toAltenew’s Build-A-Flower: Fuchsia stamp set and I decided to do an encouragement card.

I’ve always loved the look of vellum on a card, so I opted to use the marker on vellum technique from class. I started off by stamping both flowers, the bud and both leaves on an A2 panel of Simon Says Stamp Vellum using my MISTI Stamping Tool and Gina K’s Jet Black Amalgam Ink. Using a MISTI (or other stamping tool), always you to restamp in the exact same spot if needed and with the vellum I thought it might be a good idea as it doesn’t typically take ink well.

After letting the vellum and ink dry for a while, I placed a bit of scrap white cardstock behind the vellum so I could see the colours properly as I was applying them.

I started off with one of the flowers and the Altenew markers in Puffy Heart and coloured in the entire lower portion of the flower with it. I tried not to touch the black in too much as I didn’t want to smudge it.

Then I added a bit of Purple Wine marker around the edges of the flower section to add a bit of depth to the flower.

Then I added a smidge of Cosmic Berry marker for a little more colour. Then I went back over a few sections with the Puffy Heart marker just to blend it a bit. Now…blending doesn’t work well on vellum as it doesn’t absorb the ink well, but I didn’t want harsh lines on my flower, so I just touched it up a bit with that lighter colour.

On to the greenery…I used Frayed Leaf, Bamboo & Parrot, following the same technique as I did with the purples. I started with Frayed Leaf all over the greenery sections.

Then I went over the edges with the Bamboo marker as well as the stamen on the bottom. Then I added just a smidge of Parrot on the top of the greenery for a little bit more depth.

I repeated the same colouring technique on the smaller flower, and then just the greens on the bud.

 

For the leaves, I used the Bamboo all over the leaves, then added a bit of Parrot colour down the center and along the edges for some depth of colour.

Then I grabbed the coordinating dies and cut everything out using my Spellbinder Platinum 6 die cutting machine (use whatever machine you have).

Then I grabbed an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped the branches using Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks. I dry fitted the flowers and bud to see exactly where I wanted the branch and stems to go. I stamped using Gina K’s Amalgam ink in Jet black again. Then I placed the sentiment as well to the bottom right. I used a beautiful sentiment from Altenew’s One Day At A Time stamp set and more of Gina K’s Amalgam Jet black ink. I used the Gina K ink as it holds up well against alcohol ink.

Then I wanted to add a bit more colour to my panel, so I used the splatter technique from the class just for a subtle splash of colour. Essentially, you scribble your alcohol marker(s) on to a craft sheet or a glass surface, then add a bit of standard rubbing alcohol (allows some movement of the ink). In the class, they used a stipple brush, but I don’t have one, so I grabbed an old paintbrush, dipped it into the alcohol ink solution and then just tapped my finger on the brush to get some splatters. PLEASE be careful not to get this all over the place…you could always use a box to catch excess splatter. I added splatters of Cosmic Berry, Parrot and Jet Black.

I also added a few splatters of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. I squeezed out a little bit of the ink on the craft sheet, and then just dipped the tip of the pen in it and again tapped on the pen to get a few splatter dots – this adds just a touch of shimmer to the card.

I cut my panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and then adhered it to a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Slate that measures approximately 4×5.25 inches. Then I adhered everything to an A2 cardbase of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

Then I used a bit of vellum taperunner (hides a bit better behind vellum than some other adhesives) and applied it to each of the vellum pieces and then adhered everything down to the panel as I had previously dry fitted them.

I stamped another one of the fuchsia flowers to the bottom left corner a coordinating envelope using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks. I used just the outline and third layer of the flowers (I skipped the second layer) to keep it a little more artsy looking. I used Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink for the outline, then Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink – ParrotAltenew Crisp Dye Ink – Bamboo & Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Cosmic Berry for the colouring. It didn’t match perfectly, mainly because I used the markers on vellum instead of cardstock, but it was close enough for me to go ahead with it. And my card is complete.

I really love the look of the markers on the vellum as it gives everything a nice ethereal look to it, which I especially think works well with this encouragement card and that delicate font.

Altenew Stamps:

One Day At A Time

Build-A-Flower: Fuchsia

Inks/Markers

Altenew Artist Markers (Full 60 Count) – Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Puffy Heart, Frayed Leaf, Bamboo, Parrot, Jet Black,

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink – Parrot

Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Bamboo

Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Cosmic Berry

-Gina K Designs’s Jet Black Amalgam Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Slate

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Vellum Tape Runner

– Rubbing Alcohol

-Paintbrush (cheap)

Tools:

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Creative Watercolor Media

I LOVE the look of watercolor, always have. Am i good at it? not really….but it doesn’t mean I can’t improve. I took Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media as a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. It’s a good class! There were some very interesting techniques and it opened my eyes up a bit on some of the watercolor techniques and got me excited about trying to up my watercolor game 🙂

I opted to use the ink as paint option to get a nice watercolor look.

I started off with an A2 sized panel of Canson XL Watercolor Paper and used an anti-static powder bag to prep the panel. The anti-static powder helps to stop stray embossing powder from ending up where I don’t want it to.

I used Altenew’sModern Poinsettia stamp set and placed the stamp on the panel. I used Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink to ink the panel.

I kept the poinsettia stamp rotating with each new placement for a random look. I continued to ink and stamp the flower on the panel until I was satisfied with the look. I had to stamp each poinsettia a few times as watercolor paper is textured making it difficult to get a good impression.

I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool to heat emboss the panel.

I used the Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium to stamp Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Crimson, Coral Bliss and Rubellite on the side of the palette. I’ll be using these ink smooshes to paint my panel. I’ll also be using Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes and Altenew’s Watercolor Fine Brush.

First I started by wetting down my entire panel with clean water. This is a wet on wet technique that will help me to get some great movement on the ink.

I started off by picking up some Rubellite ink with my wet brush and tapping it into the centers of my stamped poinsettias. Since I heat embossed the flowers, the ink beads off the embossing which for a newbie watercolorist is a great thing…don’t have to panic about keeping in the lines….and even if you want to, the ink will bead inside the lines easily.

Then I kept adding ink using a clean brush until I was happy with the placement. I also opted to dry in between layers of the ink to help the colour build up. I used the WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool on the low setting to help dry the ink in between.

Wet:

Dry:

I wanted to add a little bit of pink to the background areas, so I grabbed Altenew’s Blush ink and smooshed it onto the palette again, and then added it with a wet brush in between the poinsettias. In order to make sure that the poinsettias didn’t get lost, I added another layer of colour to them to help them stand out.

To add a bit of pop, I did some splatter with the left over ink on the panel, as well as my Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen. Leaving behind some shimmery splatters and drops of colour. I didn’t want to get too much on the poinsettas so I opted to use a clean paper towel to pick up some of the colour while still wet if it landed where I didn’t want it. Alternatively you could opt to mask or cover any areas you don’t want the splatter on.

Now for the sentiment. Since it’s a Christmas card, I wanted a nice holiday sentiment. I punched a circle using EK Success’ 2.5 inch punch to punch a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum. Then I used “Season’s Greetings” from Altenew’s Happy Holidays stamp set, Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder to heat set the sentiment on the vellum circle.

I adhered the sentiment on the bottom right of the watercolor panel using some liquid adhesive under the embossed letters. Then I trimmed off the handover of the circle to get a clean edge. I also cut a piece of Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Paper to measure approximately 4x 5.25 inches. This paper has a silver shimmer to it so it adds some extra sparkle to the card. I trimmed down the painted panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to the silver cardstock.

I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I wanted a bit more sparkle, but didn’t want to overwhelm the card so I opted to add a few of Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Clear Droplets. They are nice and clear so they aren’t intrusive, but add some dimension as they’re domed and some shine when they reflect the light.

I paired the card with a bright red envelope to help pick up the brightness of the card and it’s all done.

Altenew Stamps:

Modern Poinsettia

Happy Holidays

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Blush

Coral Bliss

Crimson

Rubellite

Other Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Paper

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Clear Droplets

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

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)

– EK Success 2.5 inch Round Punch

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Masking Unleashed

Masking is one of those techniques that sometimes you don’t even realize you’re doing. However, there are a ton of tricks that you can do with masking – some of which were new to me as I was going through the Masking Unleashed class as a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. Today’s cards use simple masking and negative space masking together on each card.

Alright…so first things first. I started off with using Altenew’s Caps Bold Alphabet Die to cut out “H E Y” out of Inkadinkado’s Stamping Mask Paper– This will be for my positive space mask. To make sure that the word is aligined properly by lining the letters up on the grid lines of my Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat.

Once lined up I then used a piece of Therm-O-Web Purple Tape to hold the dies in place.

Then I placed the dies on the Masking Paper and ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine and pulled out the die cuts.

Then I placed the Die cut Masking paper pieces on an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then I lined up Altenew’s Square Weave Pattern Stencil and adhered it using purple tape.

Then I grabbed Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Oxide Inks in Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade and Candied Apple. Using Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools I inked up the panel overlapping the colours for a cleaner blend – Twisted Citron to Spiced Marmalade to Candied Apple.

 

 

Then I removed the stencil to see the really pretty blended panel.

Now..to reveal the sentiment…I slowly removed the masked letter with tweezers to reveal the Neenah Solar White letters beneath.

Then I lined up the die letters again and secured using purple tape by lining it up over the clean letters on the blended panel – in retrospect I should’ve kept the letters together from the first cut run…but you live, you learn!

Then I ran the letters through my die cutting machine again but this time over an A2 panel of printer paper.

I adhered the printer paper using temporary adhesive to my blended panel. I opted to use printer paper instead of masking paper, as it’s a big piece and I didn’t want to use up the masking paper. So i’m using the pauper’s method of masking 🙂

Then I placed the panel into my stamping tool – I use the My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool. I added a bit of removable adhesive to the back of the panel as I won’t be able to use magnets with a background stamp. I’m using Altenew’s Dainty Swiss Dots stamp set and Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink. Be sure to really press down on the door of your stamping tool as there is a slightly raised edge where the printer paper cut outs are and you want to really make sure the dots get through.

After stamping down…here is the result.

I removed the printer paper mask to see the result. I could’ve lined the letters with a black pen for some added contrast, but I opted to leave it as is.

Now…a small pause from card 1, to show you the start of card 2.

Here I grabbed an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and applied the printer paper mask with a little additional temporary adhesive, focusing on the smaller pieces within the “H” and the “Y” to make sure they stayed down.

Then I grabbed my blending brushes again, as well as the Distress Oxide Inks again in Twisted Citron, Spiced Marmalade & Candied Apple. I applied a generous amount of ink to the panel through the die cuts. I wanted to get a very saturated colour, so I applied a few times.

I removed the printer paper panel to reveal the vivid colours of the HEY.

Then I applied the die cut masking paper previously cut out and used on card #1 and applied them over the Oxide panel to cover the letters.

I placed the panel into the MISTI and then using the Dainty Swiss Dots background stamp and Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink and stamped it down. Again, I was sure to press firmly, especially around the masked die cut letters.

Then for the reveal…I removed the masking paper to reveal the very vivid colours of the sentiment “HEY”.

Alright…now back to the sentiment trips for both cards. I wanted a bit more black on the card to help allow the colours to POP! I used sentiments from the Swiss Dainty Dot stamp set and grabbed “be yourself” and “you’re awesome” and used Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink  and Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing Powder to heat emboss on Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Black.

I adhered the panels to A2 sized card bases and then I trimmed down the sentiment strips and used some Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape to pop up the sentiment near the bottom of the panels.

Then I added some washi tape to coordinating envelopes and the cards are complete!

Altenew Stamps/Dies/Stencils:

Square Weave Pattern Stencil

Caps Bold Alphabet Die

Dainty Swiss Dots stamp set

Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Ranger Distress Oxide by Tim Holtz – Candied Apple

Ranger Distress Oxide by Tim Holtz – Twisted Citron

Ranger Distress Oxide by Tim Holtz – Spiced Marmalade

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

Inkadinkado’s Stamping Mask Paper

Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

-Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools

Welcome Baby – Squirrel Style!

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)

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

– 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) – Polychromatic

Colour, colour and more colour! What about different shades of the same colour? Also known as monochromatic. I know, I know…the first thing you think of when you hear ‘monochromatic’ is grey, black….white? It doesn’t have to be limited to that however. As a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program I’ve taken a lot of very interesting classes. Another one is called ‘Polychromatic‘ – essentially colour! I’ve been doing a lot of projects with pops of colour and I thought it would be a great idea to challenge myself a bit and try something I’ve never actually done before..so…below is a card that’s my take on monochromatic.

 

I started off with Altenew’s Scribbled Flowers stamp set. Instead of starting off with my usual Neenah Solar White cardstock I started off with an A2 sized panel of Gina K. Cardstock – Sweet Mango.

I wanted an image that wasn’t overly crisp to help give a more organic and artsy feel to the card. This stamp set is perfect for that. I used the largest flower in the stamp set, which has two layers. I stamped the first layer using Altenew’s Sunkissed Crisp Dye Ink.

I opted to go one shade darker for the second layer so I grabbed Altenew’s Snapdragon Crisp Dye Ink.

For the sentiment I opted to do a birthday sentiment, so I used Altenew’s – Birthday Builder stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on a strip of Simon Says Stamps Vellum. Then I used Simon Says Stamp’s Sentiment Label Dies to get a clean cut on the sentiment strip.

I cut down my stamped panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches, then I adhered the sentiment strip to the bottom right portion of the panel. In order to adhere the vellum strip to the stamped panel, I added a few drops of liquid glue behind the head embossed letters, then I wrapped the right end of the sentiment strip and glued it down on the back of the panel to ensure it’s secure.

I stamped the same flower on the coordinating envelope.

Then I opted to add a few of Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals on the left side of the card only.

It’s a simple card that uses one shade of orange for a pop of colour.

Altenew Stamps:

Scribbled Flowers (Altenew)

Birthday Builder (Altenew)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Sunkissed (Altenew)

Snapdragon (Altenew)

Other Supplies:

Gina K. Cardstock – Sweet Mango (GKD)

-Simon Says Stamps Vellum(SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Sentiment Label Dies(SSS)

-Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder(SSS)

Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals (SSS)

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (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)

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)