Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Easy As ABC

As I pick and choose my 5 classes as a part Level 3 for the Altenew Educator Certification Program, I am drawn to certain techniques in particular. Altenew’s ‘Easy as ABC‘ class, was one of them. First of all…I think  Therese Calvird is a fantastic instructor and this class is no different. There’s a lot of various way to use sentiments, letter dies, word dies, etc. and this class teaches you a few way to make those pop on your cards. I opted to use a sentiment stamp to create a background for my birthday card.

I started off by taking a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from Altenew’s birthday builder stamp set and a stamp block from Simon Says Stamp to create a delicate background. I selected a very feminine but solid sentiment and Altenew’s Dew Drops Crisp Dye Ink and repeatedly stamped the sentiment at a diagonal for a bit of detail and added dimension.

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I wanted a nice, bold image to go along with my stunning new background, so I opted for Altenew’s Regal Beauty stamp set. I started with Altenew’s Orange Cream Crisp Dye Ink for the first layer of the large flower in the stamp set.

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I used Autumn Blaze ink to stamp the second layer, and Fire Brick ink for the third layer.

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I stamped a pair of leaves to go along with my beautiful flower. I stamped the first layer and second layers with Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake respectively.

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For the final layer of the leaves I used Turquoise ink for a bit of contrast.

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I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flower and leaves and set aside as I prepped the rest of the card. I grabbed a piece of Simon Says Stamp black cardstock and Brutus Monroe’s Penny Embossing Powder-. I cut down the strip and adhered it to the background panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma Foam Tape.

I cut down a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Orange Peel cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered the stamped panel to it.

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I adhered the flower and leaves to the front of the card using Simon Says Stamps Big Momma Foam Tape at an angle that matches the stamped sentiment. Then I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then for a touch of bling, I added a few of  Studio Katia’s Icy Sparkle Crystals.

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I stamped the same Flower image onto a white coordinating envelope and done.

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Altenew Stamps:

Regal Beauty

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Orange Cream

– Autumn Blaze

– Fire Brick

– Mountain Mist

-Volcano Lake

– Turquoise

– Dew Drops

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Studio Katia’s Icy Sparkle Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Orange Peel

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

-Brutus Monroe’s Penny Embossing Powder-

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

– Studio Katia Jewel Wand (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

 

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Rethink Reinkers

I LOVE the look of Alcohol Inks, but am always hesitant to use them. However, as a part of Level 3 of  the Altenew Educator Certification Program I took Altenew’s ‘Rethink Reinkers‘ course which opened up my eyes to using Altenew’s Artist Markers refills as alcohol ink for this beautiful card.

I cut a panel of Yupo paper to approximately 6×5, and then used Altenew’s Cotton Candy Artist Marker refill and added a few drops on the paper. Yupo paper is a non porous ‘plastic paper’ and works perfectly with alcohol inks as it allows the ink to move across the paper well.

Then I added a few drops of Lavender Fields alcohol reinker. I love watching alcohol ink blend with each other and resist each other. You never know what you’ll get when using alcohol inks. You can manipulate them to some degree, but I was going for a more free form for this card.

I used my heat tool to move the ink around a bit and help it to dry even quicker than it normally does. I added a bit more of each colour as well until I got a look that i liked once it was dry.

On a separate panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock, I used Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink  to stamp two flowers and three leaves from Altenew’s Cherished Moments stamp set. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers and leaves and set aside.

I grabbed an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and cut out an oval window out of the upper portion of the panel using Heffy Doodles Ovally Excited Dies. I like these dies as they leave at stitching detail on both the opening as well as the cut out, which I saved to use on another card later on.

Then I used Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder to heat emboss a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum. I cut the panel down to a strip that spans the front of the Oval Cut panel. I trimmed down my alcohol panel so that it was slightly smaller than an A2 size and adhered the oval panel to it. Then I took the vellum strip and placed it over the front of the oval, about midday through the oval  and adhered it on the back using some tape runner adhesive.

I trimmed the oval panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches. Than I grabbed my floral cut outs and using them to fram the alcohol ink panel. Then I adhered everything to a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s black cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 icnhes. I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base.

to add a touch more colour across the panel I placed five of Studio Katia’s Blossom Sparkle Crystals diagonally across the card front as Odd numbered details are more pleasing to the eye.

After completing the card above, I realized that the bottom right flower was missing something. So I stamped and cut out one more leaf and added it to the bottom right flower….finally it all looks more balanced!

I love the way this card turned out. Having a bold center and more mellow black and white detail really helps to make the colour pop. Thanks for stopping by!

Altenew Stamps:

– Birthday Builder

– Cherished Moments

Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew Artist Markers Refills: Cotton Candy & Lavender Fields

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Studio Katia’s Blossom Sparkle Crystals

– Heffy Doodles Ovally Excited Dies

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded 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 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

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Stunningly Simple Watercolor Techniques

As a part of Level 3 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program I’m challenging myself to try to fine tune some skills and try working with mediums that I’m not the most comfortable. I typically lean towards the standard ink and stamps, so I’m focusing on creating with watercolours and alcohol markers. This card leverages some techniques from Altenew’s Stunningly Simple Watercolor Techniques class.

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The technique I’m using for this card is an Ombre watercolour. Sounds simple, right? It’s a little bit trickier than I expected. Getting the colour to truly have an ombre effect, while simple in theory can be a bit challenging. I found the key to be adding multiple layers of paint and stopping a little bit further up each time. I wanted a subtle background for an elegant sympathy card for my cousin’s husband who recently lost his father.

I started off by using Altenew’s Dusk Crisp Dye Ink and smooshing it onto Altenew’s Medium Palette. Then I took a large flat paint brush, saturated with water and then picked up some of the ink. Then I washed the colour across a panel of Canson XL watercolor paper and added a little more water a bit at a time at I headed towards the bottom of the page.

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I used my WOW Dual Speed Heat tool on low, to help speed up the drying of my panel. Then I repeated the process, adding a bit more ink and adding water as I head down the page. I stopped adding colour a little bit shorter with each pass until the colour was what I was looking for in terms of saturation of colour.

 

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Again, I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process. Then I took the largest flower image from Altenew’s Wildflower Garden stamp set and Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink and stamped the image on the panel. Since this is watercolor paper, I used my MISTI stamping tool so that I could repeat stamping the image. Watercolor paper is textured so it’s often times difficult to get a smooth image on the first pass. I ended up stamping each of my images about 3 times to ensure I got solid coverage.

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Then I took one of the smaller images and stamped it next to the first image. I wanted to get a little bit of detail to my panel, so I grabbed Pinkfresh Studio’s Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Die and used the smaller rectangle to cut down my watercolor panel. psx_20200218_0148152474968279972806160.jpg

For the sentiment, I used Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink to heat emboss “with Deepest Sympathy” on a piece of Simon Says Stamp Vellum.

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I adhered the sentiment strip to the lower portion of the watercolor panel as I didn’t want to take away from the main image. Then I used the larger die from the Pinkfresh Studio’s Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Die and cut down a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Black.  Then I adhered the watercolor panel to the black cardstock panel and then adhered everything to an A2 sized cardbase made of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

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Is this the most complex technique? Nope. However it does add a really nice base of colour to a simple, yet elegant sympathy card.

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Altenew Stamps:

– Wildflower Garden

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Dusk

Other Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Pinkfresh Studio’s Diagonal Stitched Rectangle Die

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded 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 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

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Clean, Simple, and Colorful Techniques

So.. My first project for Level 3 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and I opted to try my hand at Ink Blending & Copic Flicking from the Clean, Simple and Colorful Techniques class.

I have started to appreciate the details that I see people add to their cards in a big way. I love learning some simple techniques that can really add depth and copic flicking over ink blending is definitely one of them. Now… I don’t own any copic markers, but I do own Altenew’s Artist Markers which are equivalent alcohol markers to Copics. With the Altenew Artist markers I love the fact that it’s easy to match many of the Altenew Crisp Dye ink colours as they’re made to match!

I started with the second largest flower from Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria stamp and die set. Then I used Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing powder and heat embossed three of the same flower on a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I grabbed my Simon Says Stamp’s Blending Brush and Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Levander Fields and ink blended over the entire flower, except the center. I used a piece of a Post It note to mask the center.

Then I coloured the center using Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink and a small blending brush from Honey Bee Stamps.

Then I grabbed my Altenew Artist marker in Lavender Fields and starting at the base of each petal proceeded to do a flicking motion towards the outer edge of the petals with the brush tip of the marker. I repeated this motion for each petal.

I then grabbed the Deep Iris artist marker and repeated the flicking motion but didn’t go out as far towards the tip as I did with the Lavender Fields. After I completed each petal with the Deep Iris marker, I went back over each petal with the Lavender Fields to help. To soften the flicks. In retrospect, I’ll start with the darker shade first.

I repeated for the blending and flicking process on the second flower but instead I used Cotton Candy Crisp Dye Ink for the blending and Cotton Candy and Coral Berry Artist Makers for the flicking detail.

I used the coordinating dies to cut both flowers out and set aside.

I then grabbed an A2 Panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped the same sized flowers using Altenew’s Evening Grey Dye Ink. I stamped the flowers in the exact positions that I would be adhering the die cut flowers. By stamping the flowers out, I knew exactly where to stamp my leaves in relation to where the flowers would be.

I took a variety of the leaves from the same stamp set and stamped the outline in Jet Black ink, then filled them in with the second layer of the leaf stamps with Firefly Dye Ink. I opted to stamp three leaves as odd numbers are more pleasing, and they help to ground my two flowers and make the overall number of elements an odd number as well.

Once all the leaves were completed, I opted for an inspiring sentiment by mixing “You are Amazing” from Altenew’s ‘Amazing You‘ stamp set and “Dear Friend” from Altenew’s ‘Thinking of You‘ stamp set. I stamped the sentiment using Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment ink and heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Icicle embossing powder.

I wanted to have a little bit of a pattern peeking out behind my main panel so decided to use Altenew’s “Elements” mini stamp set and Evening Grey Dye Ink to stamp a repeating pattern on a panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches.

In retrospect, I really only needed to stamp the outer edge of the panel as the middle wouldn’t be seen. Alternatively, I could’ve also used a shape die and cut out the center of the patterned panel to save for another project.

Then I trimmed down my main panel to be approximately 3.5 x 4.75 inches to allow a bit of the patterned panel to show behind. Then adhered the main panel to the patterned panel and then I adhered my flowers to the main panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll foam tape.

To add a bit more depth to the card (and some shine) I used varying sizes of Studio Katia’s Onyx Crystals. I limited myself to five crystals as odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye and I didn’t want to overwhelm the card and distract from my detail in the flowers.

Voila! This is definitely a technique I will try again, as I really do like the detail it adds to my flowers.

Altenew Stamps:

Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria

Elements

-Thinking of You

-Amazing You

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Firefly

– Cotton Candy

– Lavender Fields

– Jet Black

– Warm Sunshine

– Evening Grey

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Artist Markers : Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris

– Studio Katia’s Onyx Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle 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

– Simon Says Stamp’s Blending Brushes

– Honey Bee Stamp’s Blender Brushes

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

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)