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) – Final Challenge: Level 2

Alright. I’ve been working through Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and have made it to the final challenge. It’s exciting and intimidating at the same time. I want to push myself a bit with this challenge but still show who I am as a creator.

This was my final challenge for level 2:
~Select ANY 3 components from the classes in Level 1 or 2 (e.g., layering 1/2, Let it shine, stencil techniques)

~Explain the 3 components that you’ve chosen for the project

~Share design tips (if any)

~Please make 4 MASCULINE cards (Themes are; birthday, Love/Thinking of You, Anniversary, and Encouragement)+ Altered Item/Upcycled Project.

~Challenge blog post: Detailed step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video

~Minimum of 10 photos (close-up and process)

The 3 components I chose for this challenge were:

  1. Layering 1/2
    1. Layered Stamps – Moon, Earth, Cupcake, Camera
  2. Let It Shine
    1. Clear Heat Embossing
    2. Gold/Silver Heat Embossing
    3. Shimmer Pens
    4. Metallic Watercolour Paint
  3. Easy Ink Blending
    1. Basic Ink Blending
    2. Emboss Resist
    3. Details with Ink Blending


CARD 1 – ENCOURAGEMENT:

I have always loved the quote featured on this card by Martin Luther King Jr -> “Only in the darkness can you see the stars”. It’s a quote that I remind myself of in times of hardship, so I really connected to this card. I also wanted to try a few things I have never done before, so I opted to to an ink blended night sky with glow in the dark stars to try to really emphasize that sentiment.

I started off with Altenew’s “To The Moon” stamp set to create my layered moon. I stamped the base layer using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Limestone.

Then I stamped the second layer using Altenew’s Silver Lake Crisp Dye Ink. I could’ve stamped the third layer, but opted to stop at the second layer. I didn’t want too many layers on the moon as it’s not the focus of this card. I then used the smaller circle die in the set to cut out the moon, as I didn’t want a gigantic moon.

Then I used Altenew’s “Wanderlust” stamp set and stamped out the mountain line using Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink.

Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle embossing powder and heat embossed the mountains to add a bit of shine as the clear embossing glistens in the light. Since I was planning on ink blending the background, I didn’t want to lose the mountains so heat embossing with a clear embossing powder provides resistance of the ink keeping a crisp black image.

I opted to do a simple ink blending technique on this background to create the night sky. I started off using Ocean Waves Crisp Dye Ink and my Simon Says Stamp blender brushes. I personally prefer using blending brushes (whatever brand you choose) as I find I get a much smoother blend when I use them. One thing to keep in mind when Ink blending with dye inks is that at first it may seem a bit splotchy, but just let it dry before you more colour as it usually will smooth itself out. It’s always easier to add more ink if you find you need it later, rather than over saturating your page and then needing to start over.

My second blending colour was Altenew’s Persian Blue. I used a circular motion with the blending brush to try to keep a nice smooth look. One quick tip when doing ink blending with any tool…start off the page with your ink then glide your brush onto the page in a circular motion. This helps to eliminate the risk of having a big circle or splotch of ink on your page. I often times will also tap my brush off first on a scrap piece of paper, then begin just off the panel I’m blending and glide on. For me, I find this really helpful and allows me to have a cleaner look.

I add a bit of Dark Night Ink on the upper portion of my panel and a smidge of Jet Black on the very edge for a nice dark sky at the top. I tend to blend backwards as well….for example…I started with Ocean Waves, moved on to Persian Blue, then went back over the transition space with Ocean Waves. This blending back definitely helps give you a much smoother transition.

Then I grabbed the stars from Altenew’s “Happy Dreams” stamp set, and my favourite quote from Altenew’s “Kind Words” stamp set. I stamped the quote in lower on the panel using Versamark Ink (any embossing ink will work). Then I stamped the stars repeatedly using Versamark Ink on the upper section of the panel. I made sure that with each stamp down, I rotated the stamps to get a more natural look and help fill the space much more nicely.

I heat embossed my sentiment using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder, and my stars using Wow’s Glow in the Dark Embossing powder. The Sterling embossed sentiment adds more shine to my card.

It’s a bit tricky to properly capture the look of the stars in the dark, but here’s my picture:

Then I applied my moon using some of Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mamma foam tape in the upper left corner of my panel. I didn’t want a full moon on the page, as I didn’t want to cover too many of the stars, so i hung the moon off the edge of my panel and then trimmed off the excess.

I cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Black cardstock down to 5.25×4 inches and attached my blended panel to it.

Then I adhered everything to an A2 panel of Neenah Dessert Storm Cardstock. I tend to like a bit of a border on my cards, but with the rich deep colour of my panel, I didn’t want a bright white. So using a slightly darker cardbase avoids there being a harsh break around the edges.

Voila! I pushed myself with the ink blending as it’s not something I do often. I also tend to like a more clean and simple look to my cards most of the time and I felt that this card wasn’t too busy, but had a lot enough dimension and interest.

Altenew Stamps:

– To The Moon

-Kind Words

– Wanderlust

– Happy Dreams

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Limestone

– Silverlake

– Persian Blue

– Cloudy Sky

– Dark Night

– Ocean Waves

Other Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Spectrum Noir Midas Metallic Pigment Ink

– Silver

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Dessert Storm cardstock (SSS)

– Wow Glow In The Dark Embossing powder

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Blending Brushes

-Honeybee Stamp’s Blending Brushes

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)


CARD 2 – ANNIVERSARY:

I have ALWAYS loved he look of a galaxy blended background, but never dared to attempt it…until now! I thought that having a rich coloured background help to ground the card. It’s sometimes difficult to make a masculine anniversary or valentines day card as your mind normally goes to pinks in those cases and lots of hearts. So I wanted to use richer colours to ensure this wasn’t too feminine.

I started off with Altenew’s “Big World” stamp set. I grabbed the Earth stamp and used Altenew’s Ocean Waves Crisp Dye Ink to stamp the first layer.

I stamped the second layer using Forest Glades Ink. Now…I could’ve stopped here, and I may try this card again with only using the first two layers of this stamp to see the difference.

Instead for this card, I stamped the third layer of the Earth using Altenew’s Just Green Ink for a bit of a deeper Earth. I used the coordinating die to cut the Earth out, and set it aside to focus on the background.

Now on to the galaxy background. I started with Ocean Waves Ink and used a Simon Says Stamp Blender Brush to randomly put ink down on my panel.

I added Sweet Leaf Ink on the panel as well, again randomly. No need to try to blend the colours or worry too much about having enough colour…you can always add more afterwards if you need to.

Next colour used is Altenew’s Hydrangea…again…not worrying about blending anything. I just randomly added colour down and my only goal here was to fill in the white spaces.

Finally, I added a bit of Altenew’s Rubellite Ink to finish filling in the spaces. As you can see, I still have a bit of white space and none of my colours are blended. Here is the point at which you can add a bit more colour…and I did. I added a little bit more of each colour, just to fill in the white space as well as add a few areas of deeper colour.

Here’s why the blending doesn’t totally matter…I grabbed Altenew’s Jet Black Ink, then with my blender brush added a light coat of colour across the ENTIRE panel. I built up my colour little by little as I wanted to soften the colours, but still wanted to be able to see the variation of colours underneath.

I added a couple of sprays of water as well, then patted it with a dry paper towel. I just wanted to get a bit of dimension to the panel and since Dye inks typically react to water, this was a simple way to do that.

I trimmed my panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches. Then I grabbed the “you mean the World to me” sentiment and heat embossed it using Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder.

I wanted to add “stars” to my galaxy to help brighten up the panel slightly. Typically I’ve seen either white acrylic or white gouache paint thinned out with water and then flicked onto a galaxy blended panel as stars. However, I wanted a touch of sparkle overall to the panel to brighten it up. So I grabbed Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Pan Set and the Altenew Medium Waterbrush. I used Sterling Silver, Prasoilite, Amethyst and Topaz to help bring out a little bit more of the ink colours that I used originally under the black. Also, because I used the metallic colours the ‘stars’ glisten in the light – adding a bit more “shine” to my card.

I trimmed down my ink blended panel to approximately 4×5.25 inches. Then I place the layered Earth element onto my panel in the upper left corner using some of Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma Foam Tape to add a bit of dimension to my card.

For just a smidge more ‘shine’ to my card, I added a small heart on the Earth using Tonic Nuvo’s Aqua Shimmer Pen in Glitter, then topped it using Ranger’s Glossy Accents. This also helps to add a bit more dimension and detail to the card without being overpowering.

I grabbed an A2 sized card base of Neenah Dessert Storm Cardstock and stamped the inside of the card with “Happy Anniversary” from Altenew’s “Stunning Cosmos” stamp set using Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink. I also added a few Hearts using Altenew’s Enchanted Gold PIgment Ink around the inside sentiment to add a little shine as well as to add a little “something” to the sentiment.

I adhered my ink blended panel to the A2 card base allowing there to be just a 0.25 inch border around on the front and the Anniversary card is complete!

Altenew Stamps:

– Big World

– Stunning Cosmos

– Happy Holidays

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Ocean Waves

– Sweet Leaf

-Just Green

– Jet Black

Hydrangea

– Rubellite

Other Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

– Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Altenew Metallic Watercolor Pan Set

– Altenew Waterbrush (Medium)

– Dr. PH. Martin’s Liquid Hydrus Set 1

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium


CARD 3 – HAPPY BIRTHDAY:

One of my favourite layering stamps from Altenew is the “Layered Cupcake” stamp set as it’s gender neutral and PERFECT for a birthday card.

I started off by stamping the cupcake using Altenew’s Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink on an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

I then stamped the cupcake wrapper using Volcano Lake for the first layer and then Lagoon for the second layer. This stamp set lines up very nicely making for nice and clean lines. If you ever find that your layered stamps aren’t lining up quite right…try standing up while lining your stamp up in order to get just the right angle.

I stamped the “muffin top” using Sandune Ink. In retrospect I should’ve used something just slightly more yellow, but I felt it wasn’t too bad and I was a bit concerned about having too much yellow so I just kept going with what I had. Then I moved on to the icing. I LOVE the layers in the icing – there are 3 layers and they line up beautifully and allow you to be creative with it. You could easily do 3 colours within the same family or be really adventurous and do very different colours – something I’ll do for a children’s card in the near future!

I used Citrus Burst for the first layer, Fresh Lemon for the second and Autumn Blaze for the third layer – adding a bit more depth with a richer orange colour.

Then I used the coordinating die to cut out the cupcake and set to the side while I worked on my background.

I took an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and then cut a circle in the center using Memory Box’s Basic Circles Die set. Then I used Altenew’s Deco Wallpaper Stencil to dry emboss the front panel of my card. In order to dry emboss using a stencil, you’ll need to use your embossing mat to help thicken your sandwich to make sure you get a nice impression. You may need to play with your embossing sandwich a bit with some scrap cardstock, I know it took me a couple of tries before I got just the right depth on my panel.

I do love the look of embossing – it’s very similar to using an embossing folder and allows you to get more use out of your stencils! So if you have a stencil you love…give dry embossing a try for a different, subtle but detailed look on your next card.

Then I moved on to my ink blended background. I started off with Citrus Burst Ink and my Ranger Mini Blending Tool and covered an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. I wasn’t worried about getting a completely smooth finish. If you want a very smooth finish with your ink blending, using a Bristol Cardstock might help as it is a very smooth paper and allows the ink to glide more easily.

Then I used some Fresh Lemon ink and the mini blending tool to add ‘dots’ of ink across the panel.

Then I grabbed Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (next time I’ll try their white Dye Ink to see if it comes out a bit better) and added more dots using the blending tool. I then used my WOW Dual Heat Tool to help speed up the drying process of the pigment ink.

Then I used a bit more Citrus Burst and Fresh Lemon to smooth out the dots a bit as I didn’t want a severe dot pattern but I did want the dots to be noticable in order to add some detail to my ink blended panel.

I wanted my sentiment to be rounded and sit inside the circle I previously cut out of my card panel. So I dry laid the front panel over my blended panel and used the cut circle to help place my sentiment. Then I used a sentiment from the Layered Cupcake stamp set and stamped it using Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment ink and then heat embossed it using Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing powder for a bit of shine and to help the sentiment stand up to the ink blended background.

I ended up cutting my card base front off and using it as an additional panel as I wanted to get a little more dimension to my card as well as add some black borders. So I trimmed my dry embossed panel down to approximately 4×5.25 inches, then adhered the ink blended panel (which I previously trimmed down to approximately 3.75×5 inches) to the back of the dry embossed panel, giving me a pop of yellow detail in the opening.

Then I made an A2 cardbase using Simon Says Stamp’s Black cardstock allowing a bit of black to show along the sides. Then I placed my layered cupcake in the center of the circle using some of Simon Says Stamp’s Big Mamma Foam Tape for a bit more dimension.

Since my card base is black, I cut a White panel of cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhere it on the inside of my cardbase to allow a hand written note on the inside. I also stamped “Happy Birthday” from the Layered Cupcake stamp set and added a little bit of the cupcake in the bottom right corner using Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink. This helps to add a bit more detail as well as a bit of shine to the card.

Then I used Tonic Nuvo’s Aqua Shimmer pens in Glitter and Midas Touch to add some glitter to the swirls in the cupcake icing. I used “Glitter” over the areas that had Fresh Lemon ink, and then Midas Touch over the areas that had Autumn Blaze. I wanted to add a bit of shine to the card while still keeping it masculine and just having a touch of shimmer over the richer colours allows for shine when the light hits it but keeps it subtle enough to still be masculine.

I also stamped a bit of the cupcake on the bottom left corner of a coordinating envelope using Enchanted Gold Ink to match the inside of the card. Finally, the birthday card is completed!

Altenew Stamps:

– Layered Cupcake

– Deco Wallpaper Stencil

– Memory Box Circle Basics Die Set

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Volcano Lake

– Lagoon

– Sand Dunes

– Sunkissed

– Orange Cream

– Autumn Blaze

– Citrus Burst

– Fresh Lemon

Other Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

– Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock- Black

– Mini Ranger Blending Brushes

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – Glitter

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – Midas Touch


CARD 4 – LOVE:

Interestingly enough – this is my favourite card of the challenge. I typically like to try to do a more Clean and Simple card, which is why the Ink blending component of these cards were a bit more of a challenge for me. I love how cute this card is, but yet with the colours I chose it definitely works as a masculine card.

I used Altenew’s Say Cheese stamp and die set for this card. I started off with the the camera image. There are several layers involved in creating this image and I chose vivid colours for it for the most part. I started off stamping the first layer using Altenew’s Crimson Crisp Dye Ink.

So this image has a few different options for the second layer – stripes, woodgrain, plain or dots. I chose the stripes and used Altenew’s Teal Cave Crisp Dye Ink to stamp it.

All that was left was the finishing third layer with details. I opted to use Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink as I wanted to clear heat emboss the details to add a bit of shine to the card. Using pigment ink to heat emboss is a great option over a Clear embossing powder when you want to have colour without needing a ton of coloured embossing powders. Alternatively, you could stamp with a coloured dye ink, then use a clear embossing ink over top, then heat emboss over.

I used Brutus Monroes’ Icicle Embossing Powder over the Obsidian Pigment ink. I love just that smidge of shine it adds to the camera. I used the coordinating die to cut out the camera and set it aside while I worked on the background.

I started off with an A2 sized panel of Simons Says Stamp cardstock in Smoke and prepped it using an anti-static powder bag to avoid powder sticking where I don’t want it to. I wanted to have a grey background, but wanted a bit of detail on it. I stamped Altenew’s “Rustic Linen” Background stamp with Versamark Ink and then heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing powder.

Then, so get a bit more depth, I used my Simon Says stamp blending brush and Altenew’s Limestone Ink over the panel in a circular motion. I covered the entire panel so that the areas that are not head embossed will darken slightly.

Then I used a dry microfiber cloth and rubbed lightly over the entire panel to remove the excess ink. I LOVE this look. It’s subtle, but quite nice. The heat embossing resists any ink so you can easily see the original colour of the cardstock under those areas, which the sections of cardstock that were not heat embossed are slightly different. I cut my panel down to approximately 3.75 x 5 inches.

Then I took a strip of Simon Says Stamp Cardstock in Black and heat embossed my sentiments using Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster White embossing powder and Versamark Ink. I used “we just Click” from the “Say Cheese” stamp set and “I love you” from Altenew’s “Happy Holidays” stamp set.

Then I popped up my die cut camera and my sentiment strip using Simon Says Stamps Big Momma Foam tape on my blended panel. I placed them on a bit of an angle to add a bit of character to my panel. Then I cut a piece of Simon Says Stamps Audrey Blue Cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered my blended panel to it, allowing for bit of blue around the edges. I found that the Audrey Blue cardstock matches nicely with Altenew’s Teal Cave ink in the camera.

I adhered everything to an A2 sized Cardbase of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

And my final card is completed!

Altenew Stamps:

Say Cheese stamp and die set

Rustic Linen stamp set

– Happy Holidays

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Crimson

– Teal Cave

– Limestone

Other Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock- Black

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Audrey Blue

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Smoke

– Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster White Embossing powder

– Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder


TOOLS (ALL CARDS):

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

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools

– Simon Says Stamp’s Blender Brushes

– Honey Bee Stamp’s Blending Brushes


ALTERED ITEM/UPCYCLED PROJECT

PROJECT #1: Reclaimed Art

Alright – so I actually LOVE repurposing things. I love making my own unique art with items that aren’t always art supplies. I needed an art piece for a bedroom and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do it. I wanted a piece that would work for a guest bedroom – so gender neutral and simple.

The main comforter for this bedroom is pictured below and was my inspiration for this piece. It’s hard to see in the image but it’s overall grey, with brown/grey stripes and orange and blue/teal stitching.

So I found a bunch of branches that I had left over from another project that came from a home decor store. It’s meant for a decorative vase or something to that effect. I pulled out some of the branches and off I went.

What better to decorate a tree branch than leaves? So I sketched out a simple leaf and cut it out of a piece of sturdy cardstock and used it as a template.

Then I grabbed some green/teal, orange, grey and light brown cardstock in 60lb weight so that the leaves would be sturdy but have some give. Then using my template, I cut out several leaves from each colour.

Then I used a hot glue gun and started adhering the leaves all over the branches. One of the down sides of a hot glue gun is that it tends to be a bit messy leaving behind globs here and there. I did my best to hide the globs by strategically placing the leaves in front of the globs or behind the branches where possible.

I wanted to make sure I could hang this piece and make it a bit like a headboard for the spare bedroom, so I adhered the branch and leaves to a large inexpensive art canvas. Having the lip on the canvas makes it very easy to hang on a wall.

Then I grabbed Altenew’s Mega Hello Die and Altenew’s Black and White Paper Pad and cut out a bold hello from a striped pattern paper. I also cut “Hello” out of a sheet of a nearly lime green cardstock for a pop.

I layered the green on top of the stripes, so they’re peaking out just slightly behind as a shadow.

I wanted to add a little more detail to the piece, so I grabbed altenew’s Flowing Butterfly stencil and my Blender Brushes to blend on a sheet of White cardstock. I used Altenew’s Orange Cream Crisp Dye Ink as well as Teal Cave and stenciled two butterflies.

Then I fussy cut the butterflies out and bent the wings just slightly upwards so that when I adhered them to my art piece, they would have a really cute 3D effect.

I added the butterflies across the piece and adhered them directly to the Canvas giving a nice 3D effect and another element of detail to the piece. I added the “Hello” sentiment to the bottom right corner of the canvas…and my piece is complete!

 

Then to make sure this would hang on the wall nicely, I adhered the branch onto a relatively plain, inexpensive canvas – it’s lightweight and easy to hang.

Once everything was dry, I lined up the canvas about the bed and then hammered a couple of nails into the wall and placed the edge of the canvas over the nails to hang. This serves as a nice piece of art and based on the position above the bed, it looks almost like a headboard! LOVE!


PROJECT #2: Living Room Art

 

This is also a very easy, straightfoward but time consuming piece of art. I had a few picture frames that I was no longer using as actual picture frames and decided to repurpose them. With my love of unique, simple art…i grabbed some cardstock and away I went!

I’ve always love the look of “toilet paper roll art” – google it…it’s cute. However, I had no desire to pain rolls, so I figured coloured cardstock should work just fine. After playing around with the cardstock a bit, I opted for teardrop shapes.

I started off by cutting strips of cardstock in white, grey, teal and orange to approximately 1/2 inch wide (the depth of the frame). Keeping it just wide enough to fit into the frame meant that once closed up it should stay in position perfectly!

I used some tape runner adhesive along the edges of the strips to hold the ends together in a tear drop shape.

I created varying sizes of teardrops and adhered them together with a bit of tape runner. I also placed some of the smaller teardrops inside larger ones for a variety of looks.

I placed a large piece of 60lb cardstock in teal on the back of the frames, then on the right frame I added a strip of orange on the right side, and then on the left frame I added an orange panel on the left side of the frame to add a bit of variety and colour to the pieces.

I started with the left panel, and placed the teardrops near the bottom of the frame.

For the middle panel, I placed the teardrops in the center of the frame.

And then for the right panel, I placed the teardrop along the top of the frame.

This way when you put all three together it looks like a fluid pattern. To add a bit more detail I grabbed Altenew’s “Simply the Best” stamp set. They have a stunning, large flower in that set that is perfect to add to my piece.

I started off by stamping the first layer using Altenew’s Orange Cream Crisp Dye Ink. Since it’s a large image I found I had to stamp it a couple of times to get good coverage.

I stamped the second layer using Altenew’s Autumn Blaze Ink.

And for the final layer of the petals I used Altenew’s Firebrick Ink

For the center of the flower, I stamped it using Altenew’s Chamomile Ink. It’s a very lovely yellowish shade…not too bright, and not too dull. It’s definitely a colour of ink I’ll be using more in the future.

I repeated the process to create 2 more Orange flowers, and 3 Teal flowers using Altenew’s Turquoise for the first layer, Tide Blue for the second layer and Starlight for the third layer. I used the Chamomile

Ink for the center of the teal flower as well as it works perfectly here.

Then I cut out all six flowers and grouped them together in sets of three. Then I added them to the frames of my art pieces…but only on the outer two frames to add some more colour and detail to the piece without disturbing the flow I wanted to have with the teardrops. I grouped two orange with one teal flower in the middle and adhered them to the upper right corner of the right most frame.

Then grouped the remaining two teal flowers with one orange in the middle and adhered them to the bottom left corner of the left most frame. I felt like the flowers added a beautiful beginning and end to the piece, grounding it just a bit more.

I absolutely LOVE these pieces (really once big piece) and it’s simple to make, but does take a bit of time with the cutting of the strips and creation of the teardrop shapes. I love the large flowers from Altenew that add some balance to my frames. You could use any of the Altenew flower set for this, but if you’re going to opt for larger frames like I did, I’d recommend you use larger flowers. I may be repeating this process with smaller frames as well. This is going to be hanging in my living room for a while…at least until I get inspired to make something new!

Altenew:

– Simply the Best Stamp set

Flowing Butterfly Stencil

Mega Hello Die

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Turquoise

Tide Blue

Starlight

Chamomile

-Teal Cave

Orange Cream

Autumn Blaze

Firebrick

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock

-Canvas Panel

-Re-purposed Tree Branches (previously from a decor store)

-Re-purposed 8×10 frames

 

TOOLS :

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

– Simon Says Stamp’s Blender Brushes

– Honey Bee Stamp’s Blending Brushes

– Taylored Expressions Blending Brushes

-Hot Glue Gun


Thank you for taking the time to read my blog today. I hope that you’ve enjoyed my tutorial and my pieces of art (cards and wall art).

I’m now heading off to create my next piece of art! See you again soon 🙂

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) – 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

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