Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Creative Watercolor Media

I LOVE the look of watercolor, always have. Am i good at it? not really….but it doesn’t mean I can’t improve. I took Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media as a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. It’s a good class! There were some very interesting techniques and it opened my eyes up a bit on some of the watercolor techniques and got me excited about trying to up my watercolor game ūüôā

I opted to use the ink as paint option to get a nice watercolor look.

I started off with an A2 sized panel of Canson XL Watercolor Paper¬†and used an anti-static powder bag to prep the panel. The anti-static powder helps to stop stray embossing powder from ending up where I don’t want it to.

I used Altenew’sModern Poinsettia¬†stamp set and placed the stamp on the panel. I used Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink¬†to ink the panel.

I kept the poinsettia stamp rotating with each new placement for a random look. I continued to ink and stamp the flower on the panel until I was satisfied with the look. I had to stamp each poinsettia a few times as watercolor paper is textured making it difficult to get a good impression.

I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool¬†to heat emboss the panel.

I used the¬†Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium¬†to stamp Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Crimson, Coral Bliss and Rubellite¬†on the side of the palette. I’ll be using these ink smooshes to paint my panel. I’ll also be using Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes¬†and Altenew’s Watercolor Fine Brush.

First I started by wetting down my entire panel with clean water. This is a wet on wet technique that will help me to get some great movement on the ink.

I started off by picking up some Rubellite ink with my wet brush and tapping it into the centers of my stamped poinsettias. Since I heat embossed the flowers, the ink beads off the embossing which for a newbie watercolorist is a great thing…don’t have to panic about keeping in the lines….and even if you want to, the ink will bead inside the lines easily.

Then I kept adding ink using a clean brush until I was happy with the placement. I also opted to dry in between layers of the ink to help the colour build up. I used the WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool on the low setting to help dry the ink in between.

Wet:

Dry:

I wanted to add a little bit of pink to the background areas, so I grabbed Altenew’s Blush¬†ink and smooshed it onto the palette again, and then added it with a wet brush in between the poinsettias. In order to make sure that the poinsettias didn’t get lost, I added another layer of colour to them to help them stand out.

To add a bit of pop, I did some splatter with the left over ink on the panel, as well as my Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen. Leaving behind some shimmery splatters and drops of colour. I didn’t want to get too much on the poinsettas so I opted to use a clean paper towel to pick up some of the colour while still wet if it landed where I didn’t want it. Alternatively you could opt to mask or cover any areas you don’t want the splatter on.

Now for the sentiment. Since it’s a Christmas card, I wanted a nice holiday sentiment. I punched a circle using EK Success’ 2.5 inch punch to punch a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum. Then I used “Season’s Greetings” from Altenew’s Happy Holidays¬†stamp set, Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink¬†and Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder to heat set the sentiment on the vellum circle.

I adhered the sentiment on the bottom right of the watercolor panel using some liquid adhesive under the embossed letters. Then I trimmed off the handover of the circle to get a clean edge. I also cut a piece of Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Paper¬†to measure approximately 4x 5.25 inches. This paper has a silver shimmer to it so it adds some extra sparkle to the card. I trimmed down the painted panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to the silver cardstock.

I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I wanted a bit more sparkle, but didn’t want to overwhelm the card so I opted to add a few of Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Clear Droplets. They are nice and clear so they aren’t intrusive, but add some dimension as they’re domed and some shine when they reflect the light.

I paired the card with a bright red envelope to help pick up the brightness of the card and it’s all done.

Altenew Stamps:

Modern Poinsettia

Happy Holidays

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Blush

Coral Bliss

Crimson

Rubellite

Other Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Paper

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Clear Droplets

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

Tools:

Crystal Katana Jewel Picker (SSS)

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

– EK Success 2.5 inch Round Punch

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

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

AAA Cards Game #145 – Hope

I’ve developed a love for the look of a clean and simple card. Do I struggle every time with keeping things clean and simple? YES!

However, this week’s challenge from AAA Cards Game #145: One Image with Optional twist as positivity was simple for me. The very first thing that popped into my head was ‘survivor’. In particular my mother as a breast cancer survivor and the message of hope to anyone struggling with this terrible disease. I lost my Aunt to the disease, my Grandmother struggled with it, my Uncle struggled… Even two of my cousins’ baby girls struggled with cancer.

So this is something that really hits home for me this week. Extremely personal? Yes… But if this post motivates, inspires or just gives someone a smile… Then I’ve succeeded and am happy.

Here is this week’s challenge :

Here is my submission :

I kept it super simple. I used stamps from Impression Obsession’s ‘Survivor’ stamp set Catherine Pooler Dye Ink in ‘Its a girl’ for the ribbon to symbolize breast cancer in particular. I stamped a beautiful sentiment from the same set.

I used Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Border Die to cut down the panel then adhered to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5″.

Featuring:

– Impression Obsession (IO) Clingables: 3201-LG Survivor

– Simon Says Stamp’s Wonky Rectangle Die

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks – It’s a Girl

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye ink – Intense Black

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Cotton Candy