Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Another very interesting class that’s a part of Level 2 in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) is Beyond Basic Backgrounds. Sounds like a straightforward class, right? Well it is and it isn’t. There are some really interesting techniques in this class. Of course I picked to use one technique that I’ve tried before, but not quite like this. Bleaching….yes bleaching, but instead of using bleach it’s with water. Most inks react with water, pigment as well as dye inks. Some of the best inks for water reaction are Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. I love the look of the oxide inks as they have a muted chalky finish and are easy to blend. I’ve done ‘bleaching’ before on oxide inks but I’ve typically just done it with water splatter, never with stamps before…so this was an interesting option to me. I wanted a birthday card for a friend, and thought this would be a really cool technique for this look.

I started off using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools and Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough. I started by dipping the blending brush into Cracked Pistachio and covering approximately half of my panel, then completed the panel with the Evergreen Bough.

I overlapped the colours slightly in order to create a smoother blend and went over the colours a couple of times to make sure the transition was smooth.

I let my inked panel sit overnight to ensure it was dry. Alternatively you could use a heat tool to speed up the drying time. Then i grabbed the leaf stamps from Altenew’s Happy Dreams stamp set. Now … how would I add the water? In the class the instructor used a sort of sponge to add water to the stamps similar to an ink pad…but I didn’t have anything quite so sophisticated. Instead, I added a couple of drops of water onto the stamps while they were attached to the cover of my My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (MISTI) and then used my finger to distribute the water across the stamp. I also made sure I wiped away any excess water off the lid of my MISTI so I wouldn’t get water where I didn’t want to.

Then I pressed down the cover of my MISTI onto my inked panel. Then I opened the MISTI, and used a clean paper towel to remove any excess water. You can see in the picture below that there’s a very faint change in the colour of my panel. I wanted something a bit more obvious, so I repeated the last step…added more water to the stamps and stamped again. This is one of the advantages of having a stamping tool as I can be sure that my stamps are in the exact same position every time.

Below you can see that I got a much more obvious change in the colour of the panel…perfect. Going forward I knew I need to ‘stamp’ the water on my panel twice in each position.

I wanted to have a nice background of the pattern so I moved my stamps into another position on my panel and stamped again with water. I repeated this a few more times to fully cover my panel with the bleached images.

I cut my panel down to approximately 5.25×3.75 inches, then grabbed a sheet of coordinating patterned paper from Reverse Confetti’s Winter Solstice Patterned Paper Pad. I trimmed the patterned paper down to be approximately 0.25×5.25 inches and adhered it to the left side of my panel. I wanted to add a bit of detail without taking away from the beautiful green colours.

On to my sentiment. As previously mentioned I needed a birthday card…so I grabbed Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set. This is a great stamp set to have in your stash as it has lots of various styled ‘Happy Birthday’ stamps, so I’ve always been able to find something to go with any card! I used to Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency align my sentiment perfectly in my MISTI.

I grabbed a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Slate and treated my cardstock with anti-static powder bag to eliminate any static and stop any embossing powder from sticking to places I didn’t want it to. I used and stamped the sentiment using Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink. Then I used Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool to heat emboss the sentiment. Then I adhered the strip to the lower right portion of my panel and ended up trimming off the excess.

Then I took the same leaf stamp I used to bleach the panel and used Cracked Pistachio to stamp on the lower left corner of the coordinating envelope.

I adhered the bleached panel to an A2 sized Neenah Solar White cardstock cardbase.

After taking the first couple of pictures of the finished card, I opted to add a few gems as I felt that something was missing. I added 3 of –Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals  using  Ranger’s Glossy Accents and my Crystal Katana Jewel Picker. That made it feel a little more complete to me, however the jewels could have easily been left off making the card a bit more masculine.

Altenew Stamps:

Birthday Builder

– Happy Dreams

Inks:

– Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Oxide Inks – Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Slate

– Reverse Confetti’s Winter Solstice Patterned Paper Pad

– Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder

Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

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)

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Brushes (SSS)

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – In The Mood For Color

Lots of things can affect your mood. As a part of Altenew’s “In the Mood for Color” class we explored the effect of a variety of colours in a person’s mood in relation to cards. Some of the colours explored were yellow and orange and they were related to encouragement and happiness. So when putting together a birthday card for a family friend, I immediately was drawn to yellow and orange. I have always liked using yellow on cards as I’ve always found it to be a cheerful colour.

I started off with Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set – it’s really one of my faves! I used the stem out of that set and stamped it starting in the bottom left corner using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Jet Black.

I added a second partial branch using the same stamp, making sure I only inked up the portion I wanted for the extension of the branch.

On a second panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped 3 of the medium flowers from Altenew’s “Garden Treasure” stamp and die set using Jet Black Ink.

Then I stamped the first layer of the flower using Warm Sunshine Ink – this is my favorite yellow ink as I find it to be a really bright yet warm shade of yellow.

I stamped the second layer of this flower with Chamomile ink.

For the center (third layer) of the flowers I used Marigold Ink for a slightly more orange hue.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out the three flowers and I then stamped the leaves using Forest Glades Ink.

I wanted a large enough, but not too large, Happy Birthday Sentiment that was also a little scripty. So I grabbed Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set as it has a great selection of birthday sentiments in a variety of sizes and fonts. I dry fitted the die cut flowers that were closest to where I’d be putting the sentiment to properly gauge the placement. To make sure that my sentiment was straight, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Stamp Grid Transparency . This grid has made my life much easier when placing sentiments and it’s extremely easy to use. Just place the grid over your card panel in your stamping tool, use the grid lines to line up your stamp, close the lid/door on your stamping tool and the stamp will be in the perfect position when you ink it up and close it. Just remember to remove the transparency before trying to ink up your stamp 😉

I used Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink for the sentiment. It’s an extremely crisp black ink that is wonderful for sentiments as it’s juicy and crisp so you get a really nice solid black image. I also cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Banana cardstock to measure approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered my main panel to it to give a small yellow border to match the flowers and add a touch more brightness to the card. I then adhered everything to an A2 sized Neenah Solar White Card base. I opted to add the panels to the card base at this point in order to avoid pressing down onto the flowers once added since I’m planning to use them for some dimension.

I added some 3M Foam Tape to the back of my die cut flowers to add some dimension to my card, then placed them down onto my panel so the flowers were close but still had space in between them – this helped to fill some of the white space on my card.

To add a little bit of shine to the card, I added Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals to the center of the flowers. Since the crystals are clear, they still allow the original stamped colour to shine through but just a add a bit of pop.

To create a coordinating envelope I stamped the same flower that’s on the card to the bottom left hand corner of a white envelope.

And that’s it! A cheerful and bright birthday card using a pop of yellow and a hint of orange!

Altenew Stamps:

– Charming Doodles (Altenew)

– Garden Treasure Stamp and Die set (older stamp set)

– Birthday Builder (Altenew)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black (Altenew)

– Warm Sunshine (Altenew)

Chamomile (Altenew)

Marigold (Altenew)

– Forest Glades (Altenew)

– Obsidian Pigment Ink (Altenew)

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock  (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Banana (SSS)

Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals (SSS) 

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

3M 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)

Very Simple Hex Birthday Card

A Very Simple birthday card for a friend. I wanted something masculine, and not overly complex. I’ve been eyeing this Reverse Confetti cover die in my stash for a while and figured if not now, then when? So I grabbed it… Not knowing what I was doing with it yet… And away I went.


I started with a panel approximately 4.25×5.5 inches of Neenah Solar White cardstock and ran it though my die cutting machine with

Reverse Confetti’s hex cover panel.



I popped out all of the hex cut outs. I want the main panel with the cutouts, but the hex pieces will be saved for a future project.


I took one of the ‘Happy Birthday’ Sentiments from Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set and stamped it using Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I chose a small sentiment so it would fit in between the open spaces in the panel.


Then I gathered scraps. This is a great technique to use up some of your scrap paper. I had left overs from Altenew’s Verdant and black. And white paper pads, as well as some left over Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock, DCWV Glitter Cardstock and some Stampin Up specialty paper.

I cut them down to squares that would cover the hex shapes in the cover die and used a bit of purple tape to hold them in place. Then I ran it through my die cutting machine.


Voila! Perfectly fitting hexes of colour. I adhered my cut out panel. To a A2 sized card base, then put a bit of liquid glue in the hex spaces.


I then popped the coordinating pieces into the slots.
I used Altenew’s Simple Shapes stamp set along with

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Heart Beat, Maple Yellow, Parrot, Tide Blue, Autumn Blaze & Lagoon to make a coordinating envelope.



Done! A very simple but cute birthday card for a friend 🙂


PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies/Stencils:

– Altenew simple shapes stamp Set

– Reverse confetti hex cover panel

– Altenew Birthday Builder Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Heart Beat, Maple Yellow, Parrot, Tide Blue, Autumn Blaze, Lagoon

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock
– Altenew Black and White Paper pad
– Altenew Verdant Paper Pad
– DCWV Glitter Cardstock
– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Tools:

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency
– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

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

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