Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Seasonal Scene Building

Alright… So Seasonal Scene Building doesn’t mean what you think. The Seasonal Scene Building class at Altenew doesn’t only focus on things like Christmas cards. It’s really more about setting up scenes/backgrounds/focus. I however opted to use this opportunity to get my Christmas cards started… Shaker style!

I haven’t made a shaker card in quite a while but I’ve always found them cute and fun. I started with an ink blended background using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks in Eastern Sky, Azurite & Artic.

I stamped Altenew’s Winter Cottage stamp set onto the finished blended background.

For a bit of sparkle, I heat embossed Altenew’s Snowing stamp set several times using Hero Arts Unicorn white Pigment Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder. I used the white Pigment Ink instead of Versamark so that it would have a white base under the Sparkle embossing and look more like snow.

I then cut a sheet of Judikins embossable acetate and heat embossed ‘Merry Christmas’ from Altenew’s Mini Christmas stamp Set using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder.

Then I backed the acetate with double sided foam adhesive to allow the shaker bits to move freely once adhered on.

I used a rectangle die and cut out a border of Simon Says Stamp’s Glitter Cardstock so the frame measured approximately 4×5.25 inches.

I then adhered the main panel to the glitter cardstock. I added some shaker bits using a combination of Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins, Little Things From Lucy’s Cards – Caribbean Sequin Mix and Trinity Stamp’s Blizzard Shaker Mix. I added the acetate panel on top, then adhered everything to a card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches.

I wanted to add a bit of Christmas to the envelope. So I used the Altenew seal from The Stamping Village – Holiday Seals stamp set. VOILA! A vey cute holiday shaker card.

Altenew Stamps:

– Mini Christmas

– Snowing

– Winter Cottage

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Eastern Sky

– Azurite

– Artic

– Permanent Black Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– The Stamping Village – Holiday Seals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Waffle Flower’s A2 Layers Die Set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Glitter Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder

-Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins

– Little Things From Lucy’s Cards – Caribbean Sequin Mix

– Trinity Stamp’s Blizzard Shaker Mix

– Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink

– Judi Kins Embossable Window Plastic

– Be Creative adhesive tape

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– 3M Foam Tape

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Ranger Blending Tools

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Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Celebration: Stencil Techniques

A beautiful anniversary card for a special couple. I love stencils as I find they’re easier to control colour on for me. For some reason I’ve been hesitant to try new things with stencils, however as a part of Altenew’s Celebration: Stencil Techniques class I’ve been pushed to try more. I’m very glad I did!

I started off with Altenew’s Floral Garden Stencil. A unique component of this stencil is that. It layers and lines up perfectly to make colouring very easy. I taped down the stencil to my panel and stenciled the first layer using Altenew’s Coral Bliss Crisp Dye Ink.

After completing the flowers, I rotated the stencil and brushed on the second layer of the leaves using Forest Glades. To ensure that I didn’t brush the green on the stamens I taped over those portions first. After completing the leaves, I removed the tape and used Citrus Burst for the stamen.

After completing all layers of the stencil I let the ink completely dry. Then I places the stencil back to line up with the flowers. Using Tonic’s silicone spatula and Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste in Moonstone I covered the stencil and smoothed it out, returning any extra to the bottle.

I removed the stencil, washed it and. The Spatula with warm soapy water and allowed the panel to dry fully. I trimmed the panel down to 3.75 x5 inches.

I used Altenew’s Geometric Frames Die and cut a frame out of Gold Foil Cardstock and the panel portion from Simon Says Stamp’s vellum.

I treated the vellum with an anti static powder bag and then heat embossed Happy Anniversary on the vellum using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder and Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink.

I adhered the gold frame to the sentiment panel and glued it to the floral panel. I cut a panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Cotton Candy to 4×5.25 inches and used it to back the floral panel. I attached everything to an A2 card base measuring 4.25×5.5 inches. I decorated the envelope to match the card and its complete.

Altenew Stamps/Stencil/Dies:

Floral Garden Stencil

Cake Love Stamp Set

Geometric Frames Die

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Coral Bliss

Citrus Burst

Forest Glades

Enchanted Gold

Other Supplies:

– Tonic Nuvo Glitter Paste – Moonstone

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder

– Recollections Gold Foil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– 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

– Tonic Silicone Spatula Set

– 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

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

Craft Room Cleanup Giveaway – Mystery Box Style!

Alright ladies and gentlemen…. I am in the middle of a MASSIVE craft room cleanup! During this still ongoing clean up I’ve come across items that I either won’t use or have duplicates of (mostly stamp sets) and must now purge them to help get my room organized – and hopefully stay that way.

I will be selling some of the items in my Etsy store to help finance my habit. However, In the spirit of all things crafty I will also be giving away a mystery box with brand new (and maybe 1 or 2 slightly used) stamp sets as well as some other items (ie. Wendy Vecchi Enamel Drops, sequins, etc).

I have tons of various brands in my stash… Simon Says Stamp, Altenew, etc.

I haven’t finished putting together the mystery box yet, but can guarantee that the retail value of the content will be at least $100USD. All I ask is that the recipient pay actual shipping costs for the box (psst… I’m in Canada).

Interested in getting your hands on my mystery box? Here is how to be considered:

1. Follow my Instagram page @rosedawsondesigns_cards

2. Comment on the corresponding Instagram post for the giveaway/mystery box

I’ll close the giveaway in at the end of the month, Wednesday July 31st @11:59pm EST and will announce the winner on August 2nd.

Questions? Ask away!

AAA Card Clean and Simple Challenge #143 – Corner + Optional Flower Twist

I’ve opted to enter the AAA Card Challenge #143 with the theme below: Corner with Optional Flower Twist.

This is my entry using a beautiful floral stamp and heat embossing to enhance the details:

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Tilted Banner Sayings’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Spring Flower Burst’ stamp set

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Penny’ Embossing powder

– Hero Arts’ ‘ Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Cut and Emboss Kindness Card

Another Card to show you care! I’ve always liked these cut and emboss folders. I mean seriously how great is it to do two things at once? Well… It mostly did two things at once. I found that it embossed great, but the cut part wasn’t as clean. Human error? Maybe. I’ll definitely try it again.

Featuring:

– Spellbinders’ ‘Floral Cluster’ Cut & Emboss Folder

Pretty Pink Posh’s ‘Metallic Gold Confetti Mix’

-Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Sketched Flowers’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Some More 3×3 Note Cards.. Just to say ‘Hello’

Creating some cute 3×3 note cards. I absolutely LOVE this patterned paper. These are simple yet stunning (IMHO).

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Featuring:

– Miss Ink’s ‘Magnolia Sympathy Stamp set

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye ink

– Poppy Stamp’s ‘Art Deco Frames and Phrases (cl472)

– Recollections’ ‘ Faith Filled’ paper pad

Cardstock stash expansion!

So.. I LOVE paper… Cardstock in particular. I love having a million different colours and i use most of them. But i was finding that i didn’t have the range of colours i was looking for. In comes my Simon Says Stamp’s monthly card kit. Every month they include a few sheets of their brand of cardstock and some envelopes. Now i don’t usually buy coloured envelopes (trying to save a little cash) but i can say they are lovely envelopes.

But the cardstock… Ohhhhhh the cardstock! The colours are AMAZING… I was in LOVE! The paper is a wonderful weight and thr colours match most of my Simon Says Stamp’s inks. So I ordered some… I started with the variety pack and picked up extras of Colours that i found i was really using. I also had heard great things about the Gina K Designs cardstock.. So i ordered some of those as well. I ordered from both the Gina K website as well as from Simon Says Stamp (SSS).

Having both the Gina K and SSS cardstocks expands my collection beautifully. There are a couple of colours that close in both lines that i consider to be overlapping, but otherwise the collections complement each other perfectly.

I also picked up a few colours of Lawn Fawn paper to try.

Simon Says Stamp Collection :

Gina K stash (not sorted yet) :