Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Irresistible Inking Techniques

I love watercolor. Am I really great at it? No.. But i love it! I was excited about Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class as it had a few examples using water ink.. LOVE!

I have quite a few September birthdays so I’m focused on getting those out the door. I knew I wanted to do a floral with an acrylic block inked background. I’ve tried it before and it didn’t quite work out, but this time I’m liking it.

I started off measuring out my piece by placing the image from the Engraved Flowers stamp set to the back of the acrylic block. This allowed me to see exactly how much of the block to ink up with each colour.

I inked the bloom portion of the block with Altenew’s Rubellite ink and the section with the leaves and stem with Bamboo.

I spritzed the block with a bit of water and pressed it down unto my card panel.

After letting the ink dry, I cleaned the block, flipped it around to the side with the stamp and inked it up with Versamark Ink ad stamped down into the coloured section. I heat embossed the image using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder.

I wanted to add a bit more depth. To the flower so i smooshed Altenew’s Razzleberry and Parrot inks onto my craft mat and using my Jane Davenport water brush I added some of each of the darker colours in certain sections.

Essentially I followed the grooves from the stamp and added colour for highlighting.

After drying the image I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp. Set. Then I trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to a gold foil Cardstock panel. Measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches.

I adhered everything to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. I wanted a bit of bling so I added some of Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals.

All done!

Altenew Stamps:

Engraved Flowers

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Parrot

Bamboo

Rubellite

Razzleberry

Jet Black

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Jane Davenport’s Waterbrushes

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Altenew Stamps:

Charming Doodles

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Fresh Lemon

– Pinkalicious

– Coral Bliss

– Razzleberry

– Jet Black

– Bamboo

– Forest Glades

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – For The Guys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Altenew Stamps:

Halftone Circles

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Crimson

Silver Stone

Aqualicious

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

Gina K Designs Cardstock – In the Navy

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Craft Foam

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

A Quick Birthday Card in Gold!

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

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

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

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

Altenew Stamps:

– Charming Doodles

– Birthday Builder

Altenew Pigment Inks:

– Enchanted Gold

Other Supplies:

– Studio Katia’s Gold Sparkle Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Schoolhouse Red

– Pattern Paper (scrap.. Unknown)

– EK Success Edge Punch

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

Birthdays Galore!

Alright… So there are A LOT of birthdays coming up…which translates to a lot of cards to be made.

This time around I’ve opted to try Ranger’s Transfer Foil with double sided tape for a simple yet shiny card. I think it turned out pretty well. I love the look of foil but haven’t had time to try foiling with a laminator and toner sheets… But after this I’m willing to try.

Using double sided tape placed diagonally across the page, relitively evenly spaced. I then removed the tape paper and rubbed the foil sheets across the adhesive. Voila! I did have to go over a few spots with more foil to fill in a few gaps, then patted the surface with my anti-static bag to remove any left over adhesive.

Featuring:

– Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets

– Ranger Letterit ‘Birthday’ Designed by Taylor Huizenga

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

Another super simple card.. Black and white with a pop of red peeking out.

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Pinkfresh’s ‘Scripted Bold Sentiments 2’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Geometric Pattern Builder’ stamp set

A Few Masculine Birthday Cards

I always struggle with masculine and gender neutral cards. This of course is most likely because the bulk of my stash is floral or more delicate in nature.

Nonetheless men have birthdays too as do kids, teens.. Etc… So I’m working on mastering the art of less floral cards.

Featuring:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Clearly I love this layout and the Altenew block patterns!

Featuring:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Ranger’s Letter it ‘Birthday’ designed by Taylor Huizenga stamp. Set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

This is was my first time using the Concord and 9th’s turnabout stamps.. I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it quite right, but will definitely try again.

Featuring:

– Concord and 9th’s ‘Sprinkles Turnabout’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

-Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Balloons’ Die set

– Hero Arts’ ‘Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

A simple yet time consuming card. It’s a pattern paper that I did myself using a Simon Says Stamp stamp set.

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Best Ever’ stamp set

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

– Hero Arts’ ‘Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

-Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

I’ve been dying to try this technique with vellum over a loud print… Perfect opportunity and I really love this card. I’ll definitely be making this style again!

Featuring:

– Ranger’s Letter it ‘Birthday’ designed by Taylor Huizenga stamp. Set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

A simple card using patterned paper that for the life of me I couldn’t find the pad to get the name but I know it came in the May Pink and Main card kit.

Featuring:

– Pink and Main patterned paper (from May 2019 card kit)

-Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Pinkfresh’s ‘Scripted Bold Sentiments 2’stamp set

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

One last card.. Using a die set I can’t find the name of. Looks simple, right? Doing a die i lay techique is a bit time consuming especially with small pieces. Lovely nonetheless.. Or i should say.. Manly….

Featuring:

-Gina K Designs ‘Men of Faith’ stamp set

– Bazzil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

A Little Bit of Bling to Mark 80 Years Young!

So I was looking to do something classy but Shiny for a couple of ladies celebrating their 80th birthdays. I opted for some flashy patterned paper while keeping everything else reletively simple.

Featuring:

– Concord and 9th’s ‘Notable Numbers’ Stamp and Die set

– Recollections’ ‘Chateau’ Paper Pad

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Fiskars’ Corner Punch

Featuring:

– Recollections’ ‘Chateau’ Paper Pad

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Studio Katia’s ‘Gold Sparkle Crystals’

– Pinkfresh’s ‘Scripted Bold Sentiments 2’ stamp set

Birthday card.. Simple with Sparkle!

A simple, yet sparkly birthday for a dear friend. I hope she loves it!

Featuring:

– Gina K Designs’ ‘All Stars’ by Beth Silaika stamp Set

– Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Birthday’ Lovely Legs stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Hero Arts’ Sparkle embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Happy Birthday

A few neutral Birthday Cards. I optedto play around with colour for the second and third card a bit to make things more festive!

Featuring:

– Avery Elle’s ‘Simple Sentiments’ stamp set

– Neat and Tangled’s ‘Wonky Chevron Cover Plate’

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Versamark Ink

-Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Featuring:

– Altenew’s ‘Cake Love’ stamp set

– Pink and Main’s ‘It’s a Party’ Paper Pad

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

Featuring:

– Gina K Designs Dye Inks

– Altenew’s ‘Pattern Play – Circle’ stamp set

– The Stamp Market’s ‘ Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Gilded’ embossing powder

A Minnie Dream Come True…

I made 4 perfectly cute Minnie Mouse themed cards for a very sweet 3 year old girl.

Featuring:

– EK Success Brands Disney Die-Cut Cardstock, Mickey Family

EK Success Brands Disney Specialty Paper Pad, Mickey Family

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Birthday Messages’ stamp set (SSS101391)