Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

I absolutely LOVE the look of a clean and simple card. I have actually been trying to do more of my cards in that way… Doesn’t always happen mind you. I learned some really great techniques in Altenew’s Clean and Simple Boutique Cards class and I have made a few cards already, but my final submission is based on simple styling.

Using Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set, I started off by stamping the 3 of the largest flower outlines and built my floral design around that.

After the outlines were done I started with the colour layers. I wanted bright colours that worked well together.

I used Forest Glades and bamboo for the leaves, Pinkalicious, Coral Bliss, Razzleberry and Lavender for the flowers and Fresh Lemon for the centers.

I used Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set for the sentiment placed in the bottom right corner.

I trimmed my panel down to 4 x5.25 inches and adhered it directly to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. Voila!

Altenew Stamps:

Charming Doodles

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Fresh Lemon

– Pinkalicious

– Coral Bliss

– Razzleberry

– Jet Black

– Bamboo

– Forest Glades

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

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Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – For The Guys

Masculine cards tend to be a struggle for me because the stereotypical image of a masculine card has cars and tools and it’s really not the style of the guys I typically make cards for. I wanted a simple yet masculine card for a friend of mine with an upcoming birthday. I LOVE geometric shapes as they usually give a nice clean look. So I grabbed Altenew’s Halftone Circle stamp set and some great colours of their dye inks and got to work.

I started with a mid sized circle and stamped randomly over my card panel using Aqualicious (I LOVE this colour).

I grabbed the next smallest circle stamp and used Sikver Stone to start filling in some space on the panel.

Using the smallest circle in the set I added Crimson on the card panel. Realizing that I needed more coverage on the panel I added some more Silver Stone and Aqualicious until I was happy with the coverage.

Then I got to work on the sentiment. I grabbed a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Fog and stamped Happy Birthday from Altenew’s i89 in Jet Black.

I grabbed a sheet of Gina K’s Cardstock in In The Navy and cut down a panel measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches.

At this point I thought the sentiment strip needed a little something. So I grabbed a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Schoolhouse Red to back the sentiment strip addinf a pop of colour.

I trimmed down the dotted panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches and backed it with the In The Navy panel. Then I added everything to a Neenah Solar white card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. DONE!

Altenew Stamps:

Halftone Circles

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Crimson

Silver Stone

Aqualicious

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

Gina K Designs Cardstock – In the Navy

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media 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

A Quick Birthday Card in Gold!

A super quick birthday card for a friend with some gold shimmer!

I cut a panel from Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Schoolhouse Red measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. I also cut a panel from some scrap patterned paper measuring approximately 3.75×5 inches.

I took another piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock and trimmed it down to roughly 1×3.75 inches and used an EK Success border punch to decorate the edges. I then stamped Happy Birthday from Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set using Altenew’s Pigment Ink in Enchanted Gold. I’m so used to Dye Inks that I always forget to let the Pigment ink sit to dry so I don’t smudge it!

Finally I adhered the sentiment strio onto the patterned paper panel and then adhered that to to the Red panel leaving a bit of a border. I popped everything onto a note card measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. I added a few bits of bling using Studio Katia’s Gold Sparkle Crystals and Voila a card is born!

Altenew Stamps:

– Charming Doodles

– Birthday Builder

Altenew Pigment Inks:

– Enchanted Gold

Other Supplies:

– Studio Katia’s Gold Sparkle Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Schoolhouse Red

– Pattern Paper (scrap.. Unknown)

– EK Success Edge Punch

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – All About Layering 2

I’ve had Altenew’s Handpicked Bouquet stamp set for a while and I absolutely love it. It’s a really great Layering stamp that is a large floral piece. This makes it easier to Stamp without taking away the beauty of the stamp.

As sad as it is there will always be a need for a Sympathy card. So why not use a beautiful stamp set like this one to provide a bouquet that won’t fade and hopefully will provide a touch of comfort.

I started off stamping Altenew’s Handpicked Bouquet on a panel. Of Neenah Solar White cardstock using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks in Jet Black.

I opted for a yellow theme. For the flowers and stamped all od thr flower layers using Citrus Burst, Maple Yellow and Honey Drizzle. I completed the Stamp’s greenery layers using ‘Firefly’ and ‘Grass Field’.

I used the coordinating die to cut out the Handpicked Bouquet so I could use it as a riased element on the final card. I love Thermoweb’s purple tape to hold my dies in place when running through my die cutting machine for security.

I wanted an other element on my card but wanted something subtle. I used Altenew’s Wavy Grid Stencil, Morning Frost Dye Ink and Pickett Fence’s Blender Brushes to create a diagonal ‘glow’ that will be behind the floral bouquet on the final card.

I added a sentiment using Altenew’s Build A Flower: Sakura Blossom stamp set.

To add a raised element I added bits of Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma Foam Adhesive Roll to the back of the die cut Bouquet and strategically placed it diagonally across the main panel measuring approximately 3.75×4.75 inches.

I adhered this to a panel of iridescent cardstock measuring approximately 4×5 inches. Finally I popped the panel up using some craft foam and adhered it to a card base measuring approximately 5.25×4.5 inches. Hopefully this card will bring some peace to a family in mourning.

Featuring:

Altenew Stamp Sets/Stencil:

– Build-A-Flower: Sakura Blossom

– Handpicked Bouquet

– Wavy Grid Stencil

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black

– Citrus Burst

– Maple Yellow

– Honey Drizzle

– Firefly

– Grass Field

– Morning Frost

Other Supplies:

-Thermo Web 0.5 inch Purple Tape

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Craft Foam

– Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll Foam Tape

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes

Hello Baby Girls…

Two week old Twin girls need a warm welcome into the world. Although they shared the same womb that doesn’t mean they need to share the same card!

Card #1:

Using Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set, I stamped the tiny footprints and a beautiful sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed it all using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder on Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Cotton Pink. I used a heart edge border punch to decorate the edge.

I adhered this onto a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent White cardstock measuring approximately 4.25×5 inches. I applied a panel of craft foam to the panel and attached everything to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches… Done!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Stampin Up’s First Steps Stamp set

Supplies:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Pink

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

– Heart Border Punch

Card #2:

I absolutely LOVE this stamp. Sooo sweet. It could be used as both a welcome or sympathy card. But this one is definitely for a happy welcome!

I stamped the both the image in Versamark ink and heat embossed it using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder. For the sentiment I stamped in Catherine Pooler Dye Inks in ‘It’s a Girl’ and heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s ‘Fairy Dust’ embossing powder.

I then used an EK Success edge punch to decorate the trim of the main panel and adhered it to a panel of pink glitter cardstock measuring approximately 4 x5.25 inches. I backed it with craft foam and attached it to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches… Card #2 complete!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Art Stamp/Carabelle Studio’s ‘Hello Baby’ stamp set

Inks:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder

Tools:

– EK Success Border Punch

BOTH CARDS:

Other Supplies:

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Let It Shine

You can never have too birthday cards in my opinion, especially birthday cards with a bit of shine! Altenew’s ‘Let It Shine’ class talks about ways to make your cards shine /Sparkle… Which I already love doing.

With my Grandmother’s birthday right around the corner I created a simple but sparkly floral birthday card for her. She loves being in her garden, even in her 90s, ao I wanted to give her a garden that would last forever (as long as paper lasts) and needed no tending.

Normally I leave the sentiment untik the end, but for this card I stamped the sentiment out first so I could figure out the layout of the flowers.

I also knew I would be placing flowers that may overlap so I also made masks for each of the flowers in the stamp set using Post It notes, as I couldn’t find my masking paper.

I started out by stamping three of the largest flower using the first layer stamp in Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks in Blush and Pink Diamond. I then added two od the mid sized flowers using the first layer stamp in ‘Blush’ and ‘Pinkalicious’.

I completed the second layer of each flowers using ‘Pinkalicious’, ‘Rubellite’, ‘Coral Bliss’ and ‘Rouge’.

I started on the coordinating stems in ‘Firefly’ for the first layer and ‘Grass Field’ for the second layer stamp.

I used the masks I had cut out for the second largest flower to help the stems of the largest flower appear behind.

I stamped the centers of the flowers using ‘Citrus Burst’ and ‘Autumn Blaze’ for a bright pop of colour.

I knew I wanted a lovely shiny frame around the image, so I used Altenew’s ‘Fine Frames’ Cover die to cut some gold foil specialty paper. This die set cuts out several thin frames in varying sizes. The ones I didn’t use on this project I’ll definitely save for other cards.

I added the second largest frame to the front of the panel measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. For some added sparkle I added Nuvo Glitter Drops in White Blizzard in the centers of the flowers for some added Sparkle.

I also added some Gold Sparkle Crystals from Studio Katia to add another elements of Sparkle without being too much.

All done! Happy Birthday Grandma! ♥️

Altenew Stamp/Die Sets:

– Stunning Cosmos Stamp Set

– Fine Frames Cover Die

Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks:

– Pink Diamond

– Pinkalicious

– Rubellite

– Blush

– Coral Bliss

– Pink Pearl

– Rouge

– Jet Black

– Citrus Burst

– Autumn Blaze

– Firefly

– Grass Field

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Recollections Gold Foil Cardstock

-Studio Katia’s Gold Sparkle Crystals

– Nuvo Glitter Drops – White Blizzard

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Craft Foam

– Post It Notes

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

Monthly Mystery Box Giveaway!!!

Monthly Mystery Box Giveaway Alert!

Alright ladies and gentlemen…. I am still working on my MASSIVE craft room cleanup and have come across several items that I will not be using. As mentioned in my last giveaway I will be selling some of the items in my Etsy store to help finance my habit and have decided to do MONTHLY giveaways until my overflow pile is gone (I already have 4 more boxes ready to go).

So… Once again In the spirit of all things crafty I will giving away a mystery box this month with brand new and some slightly used stamp sets and crafting supplies. Please note there will be both branded (ie. Altenew, Flora and Fauna, Simon Says Stamp etc) and unbranded items (some just with no packaging and some generic brands) in each box. The retail value of the box will always be at least $100USD (July’s box was worth over $250).

All I ask is that the recipient pay actual shipping costs for the box (psst… I’m in Canada). Interested in getting your hands on this month’s mystery box? Here is how to be considered:

1. Follow my Instagram page @rosedawsondesigns_cards

2. Comment in thr Instagram post letting me know what you’re hoping for (ie stamps/sequins/etc) and what you’re planning to make.

I’ll close the giveaway in 2 weeks, August 29th @11:59pm EST and will announce the winner on August 31st. *Please note image was for July’s box and this month will contain different items. Questions? Ask away!

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AAA Cards Game #145 – Hope

I’ve developed a love for the look of a clean and simple card. Do I struggle every time with keeping things clean and simple? YES!

However, this week’s challenge from AAA Cards Game #145: One Image with Optional twist as positivity was simple for me. The very first thing that popped into my head was ‘survivor’. In particular my mother as a breast cancer survivor and the message of hope to anyone struggling with this terrible disease. I lost my Aunt to the disease, my Grandmother struggled with it, my Uncle struggled… Even two of my cousins’ baby girls struggled with cancer.

So this is something that really hits home for me this week. Extremely personal? Yes… But if this post motivates, inspires or just gives someone a smile… Then I’ve succeeded and am happy.

Here is this week’s challenge :

Here is my submission :

I kept it super simple. I used stamps from Impression Obsession’s ‘Survivor’ stamp set Catherine Pooler Dye Ink in ‘Its a girl’ for the ribbon to symbolize breast cancer in particular. I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the same set.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Border Die to cut down the panel then adhered to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5″.

Featuring:

– Impression Obsession (IO) Clingables: 3201-LG Survivor

– Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Die

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye ink – Intense Black

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Candy

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – All About Layering 1

I love layered floral stamp sets and Altenew has tons of them! I’ve always liked the depth you can get from them but have always struggled with floral arrangements on cards. This is partly because I have not had the best of luck with masking.

Well..for Altenew’s All About Layering 1 class I thought I’d give it a try again. I think it turned out fairly well.

First thing first…. Creating masks. I used Gina K Designs Masking Magic for the first time for this project. Using the first layer of each stamp I used Altenew’s Morning Frost Ink cube to stamp on the masking magic sheet. Then I fussy cut the images out so I’d have one mask for each image in the stamp set.

I didn’t have an exact plan in mind but I knew I wanted the florals to flow across the left side of the card. So i started with the flowers and stamped out two of each size, starting with the largest and working my way through the medium and then the smallest flower. I used a variety of colours but made sure they went well together… Mostly pinks and peaches. I used all three layers of the stamps to get beautiful detail on tbe flowers.

Then it was on to the leaves to help. Fill in the space between the flowers. Using the masks I had made at the start, I made sure to cover the flowers around the leaves I would be stamping.

I varied the leaves by mixing up which layers I used. For some leaves I only used the first two layers or second and third layers and for the rest I used all three layers.

I stamped a simple ‘hello’ from the same stamp set

I used Tonic’s Nuvo Shimmer pen to add a bit of Sparkle to the flowers and then trimmed the panel down to approximately 5×3.75″. I mounted the panel onto a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Cotton Candy cardstock measuring 5.25×4″.

I backed the panel with some craft foam and mounted onto a 5.5×4.25″ notecard from Neenah Solar White cardstock… Voila!

Featuring:

Stamps:

– Altenew’s Flower Arrangement Stamp set

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Firefly

– Grass Field

– Shadow Creek

– Jet Black

– Pink Diamond

– Pinkalicious

– Rubellite

– Blush

– Rouge

– Crimson

– Pink Pearl

– Coral Bliss

– Heart Beat

– Cotton Candy

– Coral Bliss

– Ruby Red

– Morning Frost

– Orange Cream

– Sunkissed

Other Supplies:

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Pink

– Gina K Designs Masking Magic

– Tonic’s Nuvo Shimmer pen

– Neenah Solar White Cardstock

Tools:

– Tonic Studio’s Tim Holtz Trimmer

– MISTI Stamping platform

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Simple Ink Blending

I have a love/hate relationship with ink blending. I love the look of it, but hate the fact that I always struggle with getting it exactly how I pictured it. I’ve also never had much success with using Dye Inks.

This time around I opted to try using Altenew Crisp Dye Inks with an emboss resist technique. I wanted something festive but not overwhelming… A card that could be used for a birthday or a general cheerful note for pretty much anyone. I also opted not to use a sentiment on the front of this card to allow it to be more generic.

I started by prepping my cardstock with an anti-static powder bag in order to stop any stray embossing powder. I’ve been enjoying Brutus Monroe’s embossing powders lately and opted for the Alabaster White embossing powder to try to get high contrast with the ink blending.

I used Altenew’s Pattern Play-Circles background stamp and Versamark Ink and heat embossed my panel.

I took some Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (colours listed below) and my Picket Fences Life Changing Brushes and applied the inks diagonally onto the panel. I made sure to overlap the colours slightly to get a smoother transition.

I have always wanted to try ink splatters and thought this card needed a little something extra. I pressed my first ink cube onto an acrylic block and added a little spray of water to it. Then I took my medium sized Jane Davenport water brush and lightly flicked the colour onto the panel. I repeated this with the other three colours… And voila!

I cut the panel down to measure approximately 5.25×4″ using my Tim Holtz trimmer. I then applied some craft foam measuring 5×3.75″ on the back of the panel using my Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue. Then I applied to a Neenah Solar White cardstock base measuring 5.5×4.25″ folded allowing a small white border on the card.

I used one of the small circles in the stamp set to add some colour to the flap of a white envelope and the card was finished. I think it turned out pretty well.

Products Used:

Altenew Stamp Sets:

Pattern Play – Circles (Altenew)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Parrot

Teal Cave

Orange Cream

Heart Beat

Other Supplies:

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster White Embossing powder

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

Tools:

– MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Craft Foam

– Tim Holtz Tonic Comfort Paper Trimmer

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Bender Brushes

– Jane Davenport Water Brushes