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

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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

A Quick Thank You

I love giving thank you cards that I’ve made. I feel like it shows that I cared enough to spend time to make the card. I’m always looking for quick cards that I can make in a pinch when needed. This is one of those for sure.

I started off using Altenew’s Thank You Builder Stamp Set.. This is an amazing stamp set as it has a bunch of different styles to use.

Wanting something delicate I opted to use the small flowers in Altenew’s Mini Blossoms Stamp Set.

I started with Altenew’s Ultraviolet Crisp Dye Ink, followed by Lavender. I filled the pattern in with the coordinating mini leaves and used Altenew’s Frayed Leaf. I wanted a bit more colour in the floral pattern and added Coral Bliss.

I cut the panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to a white Glitter panel measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. I added everything to an A2 sized card base and voila! Simple Thank You card!

Altenew Stamps:

– Thank You Builder

– Mini Blossoms

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Frayed Leaf

– Lavender Fields

– Ultraviolet

– Coral Bliss

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Glitter Cardstock

– Nuvo Glitter Drops – White Blizzard

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Block

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