It’s been a bit of a pause since I’ve posted anything here for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. The world is in a bit of chaos – First and foremost, let me say that I hope everyone is doing well in this difficult time and that I hope you all stay safe and healthy!
During this chaotic time, I’ve had even less time to craft than normal. But with Mother’s Day coming up soon, I pushed myself to get a few things done. I’ve also been debating back and forth on which 5th and final class I wanted to submit a card for. I’ve opted to submit a card for Altenew’s One-Layer Wonders class with Kelly Latevola. Kelly is really talented and gives you a bit a confidence as the class progresses, which is great.
The key to one layer cards is finding a way to add interest…colour, dimension, etc.
I opted to give lesson one a try. I don’t normally make one layer cards…partially because I always feel like something is missing or that I need to add more, so this class was definitely a challenge for me. The first card I made was okay…but not exactly what I had hoped it would be, but instead of quitting and trying something else I gave it another try. This is the card I’m submitting today:
I started off with an A2 card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I added a bit of purpose tape inside to keep it closed during this process. I used a Sakura Pigma Micron Pen size 8 and my My Sweet Petunia Ruler to draw a 1/2 inch border on the card base.
I grabbed Altenew’s Mini Hello stamp set and laid out the “hello” sentiment in the upper portion of the card front with Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink. I used Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency to line up my sentiment to ensure that it’s straight. Normally I use a stamping platform, but for this card I found that using a stamping block was much easier for me. Then I added a bit of a border using my Sakura Micron Pen to outline my sentiment.
I grabbed a bit of Therm-O-Web Purple Tape to use as a mask for my sentiment. Before applying it to my card, I rubbed it a bit on my arm to remove a smidge of the tack to ensure that I don’t rip my card when removing.
I grabbed the flower stamp from the stamp set and Altenew’s Coral Berry Crisp dye ink and repeatedly stamped the flower all over the front of the card.
Then I grabbed the smaller leaf stamp and Altenew’s Bamboo Crisp dye ink and added two small leaves to each flower to help fill in some of the white space. Once that was completed, I removed the purple tape very carefully by peeling it back on to itself to avoid ripping my card.
And…of course as soon as I had removed the tape I realized I hadn’t stamped the centers of the flowers…DOH! For most of the flowers it isn’t an issue, but for the flowers around the sentiment block I’ll need to be VERY careful. I grabbed Altenew’s Jet Black Crisp dye ink and stamped the flower centers. Once I got to the area around the sentiment block, I used a bit of purple tape just to mask the edges so that I didn’t stamp inside the sentiment block.
I went over the black lines I had originally drawn out with the Sakura pen again, just to add a bit more richness to the lines.
Then I grabbed Altenew Artist Markers Rock Collection Set in Limestone and Silver Stone. I started with Silver Stone, which is the darker colour, and ran it along the left and bottom edges of my borders to create a shadow to add dimension to my card. You can choose where you want your light source to be and then draw your shadows accordingly. For example, if you wanted a light source to be coming from the left side, you’d draw your shadows on the right away from your light source.
Then I started along the edge of the dark grey line and used the Limestone marker to extend the shadow with a lighter colour. I thickened the lines one more time with each colour to add a slightly deeper shadow and found that I like the way that looked.
I also stamped three of the flowers and leaves in the same colours in the bottom left corner of a coordinating envelope. I really think this card came out really nicely. I LOVE the look of dimension on the card, especially in the photographs.
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my entry today and that you’ll check out this class as there are so many other techniques that Kelly teaches in this course for One Layer Cards.
Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:
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