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

Papercraft Business Card Challenge: March 2020 – Challenge #27

Another month means another challenge from PaperCraft Business Challenge! Looking for a way to keep track of your card challenges? Check out the Papercraft Business Challenge Planner!Are you ready to participate in the March 2020 – Challenge #27? The theme for March’s challenge is “Boy/Male Birthday Card“.The prize this month is Magnolia – Edwin with Teo Dragon Stamp Set (see image below).

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Check out my Design Team (DT) entry for this month’s challenge:

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I started off by drawing out diagonal lines across the entire A2 panel. I measured the space required for the “Happy” stamp from Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set to ensure even spacing for the rows.

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Using Altenew’s Turquoise Crisp Dye Ink and my Simon Says Stamp acrylic block to repeatedly stamp a clean “Happy” to cover the panel.

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Then I grabbed  a scrap of Simon Says Stamp’s Black Cardstock, and prepped it using an anti-static powder bag. Then I heat embossed “happy birthday” using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder and Versamark Ink. psx_20200224_2223503865008071884064693.jpg

Then I grabbed Altenew’s Leaf Canopy stamp set and used the large filled leaf set to heat emboss the image onto a panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder. At this point, you could do a second layer of embossing powder, which would make the image much smoother (and in retrospect, I should’ve done that for a more solid look). psx_20200224_2224136367393842161342987.jpg

I cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Black Cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches, then backed it with a panel of craft foam measuring approximately 3.75×5 inches. Then I adhered it to an A2 card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I trimmed down my  stamped panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to my cardbase. Then I fussy cut my gold embossed leaf image and popped it up onto my stamped panel using some foam squares. I also trimmed down my sentiment strip and backed it with a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma foam tape and adhered it to the bottom right corner of my card front. psx_20200224_2225063111077131130847747.jpg

Voila! A simple, yet sophisticated masculine appropriate birthday card.

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Stamps:

– Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp set

-Altenew’s Leaf Canopy stamp set

Inks:

-Altenew Crisp Dye in Turquoise

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

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

 

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 🙂

Coming up Roses – birthday card!

Alright, so you always need birthday cards because quite frankly there’s always a birthday right around the corner. I made this card, using a stamp set I’ve been DYING to use and thought it was perfect for a family member’s birthday. After seeing the finished product I’ll definitely be revisiting this for Mother’s Day and potentially making a lovely card set out of this as well. 



I started off by prepping an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock as I was planning to heat emboss on this card. 


I grabbed My Favorite Thing’s All Roses Background Stamp and I used a MISTI for this card as I wanted to make sure I could get a great impression of this stamp as it’s quite large. Make sure to remove the sponge insert out of your MISTI when using Red Rubber stamps as they usually already have foam attached. I placed my panel in the MISTI using a bit of removable tape runner on the back to keep it from shifting, then lined up my background stamp and close the door to pick it up.

I inked up the stamp using Versamark Ink (any watermark ink will work for this). 

Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embosssing powder and my WOW Dual speed Heat tool to heat emboss the panel. BOOM….A panel of gold embossed roses….LOVE!

Then I used my Pickett Fences Life Changing Blender brushes and Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields and Deep Iris to create a blended panel. I started off with Soft Lilac on the bottom, then moved to Lavender Fields in the middle and then Deep Iris on the top portion of the panel. I made sure to go back down in reverse order to help the colours blend smoothly.

Then I grabbed a large circle punch and punched out a circle of Vellum, then head embossed “Happy Birthday” from, Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set, and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on the vellum. Then I used a bit of clear adhesive behind the embossed words and adhered it down to the blended panel.

I trimmed down the panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered it to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I inked up the All Roses background stamp again, but this time I used Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment ink and stamped it down on the flap of a coordinating envelope. I used the gold ink of the envelope to better match the gold heat embossing on the card. 

I really love the way the gold pigment ink turned out and maybe i’ll try that on a card soon for a slightly different look. Either way, this card is complete!



Stamps:

My Favorite Things’ Roses All Over Stamp set

– Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks – Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

— Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger Multi Medium 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- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– The Stamp Market Blending Brushes

– Picket Fences Life Changing Blender Brushes

– Anti Static Bag

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Polychromatic

Colour, colour and more colour! What about different shades of the same colour? Also known as monochromatic. I know, I know…the first thing you think of when you hear ‘monochromatic’ is grey, black….white? It doesn’t have to be limited to that however. As a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program I’ve taken a lot of very interesting classes. Another one is called ‘Polychromatic‘ – essentially colour! I’ve been doing a lot of projects with pops of colour and I thought it would be a great idea to challenge myself a bit and try something I’ve never actually done before..so…below is a card that’s my take on monochromatic.

 

I started off with Altenew’s Scribbled Flowers stamp set. Instead of starting off with my usual Neenah Solar White cardstock I started off with an A2 sized panel of Gina K. Cardstock – Sweet Mango.

I wanted an image that wasn’t overly crisp to help give a more organic and artsy feel to the card. This stamp set is perfect for that. I used the largest flower in the stamp set, which has two layers. I stamped the first layer using Altenew’s Sunkissed Crisp Dye Ink.

I opted to go one shade darker for the second layer so I grabbed Altenew’s Snapdragon Crisp Dye Ink.

For the sentiment I opted to do a birthday sentiment, so I used Altenew’s – Birthday Builder stamp set. I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on a strip of Simon Says Stamps Vellum. Then I used Simon Says Stamp’s Sentiment Label Dies to get a clean cut on the sentiment strip.

I cut down my stamped panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches, then I adhered the sentiment strip to the bottom right portion of the panel. In order to adhere the vellum strip to the stamped panel, I added a few drops of liquid glue behind the head embossed letters, then I wrapped the right end of the sentiment strip and glued it down on the back of the panel to ensure it’s secure.

I stamped the same flower on the coordinating envelope.

Then I opted to add a few of Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals on the left side of the card only.

It’s a simple card that uses one shade of orange for a pop of colour.

Altenew Stamps:

Scribbled Flowers (Altenew)

Birthday Builder (Altenew)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Sunkissed (Altenew)

Snapdragon (Altenew)

Other Supplies:

Gina K. Cardstock – Sweet Mango (GKD)

-Simon Says Stamps Vellum(SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Sentiment Label Dies(SSS)

-Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder(SSS)

Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals (SSS)

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (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)

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