Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Color Your Day (2)

So…level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program focuses a lot on Color. The Color Your Day class is one fine example of that. There are a lot of different components of this class, but one lesson focuses on challenging yourself to use a different medium than you’re used to. I typically use ink…dye ink to be more specific. I do have watercolor paints, as well as alcohol markers, and coloured pencils…but I always tend to fall into dye inks. So…I opted to challenge myself and break out my Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set set to make a card.

I started off with some Black Bristol paper from Bee Paper measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. Metallic watercolor looks great on anything but it really pops on black paper. I wasn’t planning to saturate the paper so I could’ve also used black cardstock, but I opted for Bristol paper as it tends to hold up to water a bit better than regular cardstock. Below are my Swatches of Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set on black bristol.

I prepped my paper using an Anti-Static Powder Bag. I grabbed Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set and lined up the poinsettia using my MISTI. I could’ve also used a stamping block but I wanted to be able to re-stamp easily as I often find I need to double stamp when using a watermark/embossing ink to ensure a clean image.

Then I inked up my stamp using Versamark and heat embossed the poinsettia image using Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool.

Then I grabbed my Altenew Metallic Watercolor Set and my Altenew Fine tip Waterbrush and got to work. I started with Garnet in the center and moved on to Copper on the next later of petals and then Enchanted Gold on the outer most petals. I wanted the colours to lighten as I spanned outwards.

Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink matches the metallic watercolour with the same name quite well, so I opted to use it as the vase to heat emboss my sentiment instead of Versamark. This way, any spots I miss with the powder will still show up as a bright gold colour. I used the ‘warmest wishes’ sentiment from the same Modern Poinsettia Stamp set as I just LOVE the font. Then I heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder. I trimmed the sentiment strip down and then backed it using Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock to help it stand out against the black panel.

I adhered it to my card panel on the bottom right corner using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll Foam Tape for just a bit of dimension.

I felt the card needed a bit more pop as there was a lot of black. So I used my waterbrush to flick on some splatter of the metallic paint colours I used on the poinsettia – Garnet, Copper and Enchanted Gold. I also flicked some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch for a bit of glitter.

Then I adhered my panel to an A2 sized card base of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Black. I paired the card with a gold shimmer envelope to coordinate and my card was done! I truly Love the way the colours pop on the black paper. I’m definitely going to be using the metallic watercolor palette again and again!

Altenew Stamps:

Modern Poinsettia

Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set

Other Supplies:

Bee Paper Black Bristol Paper

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock

-Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen – Midas Touch

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

-Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

3M Foam Tape (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 Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

 

It’s Christmas!

Feeling super festive, I’ve been working on wanted on my cards for Christmas. I used several dies which is outside my wheelhouse and my stamping was really all about creating a nice background for my die cut letters – hope you like it!

I started off by using Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp set to create a panel that can be used as a background. Concord and 9ths turnabout stamps are really unique because there are so many options with one stamp set! They do however require a stamping tool. I use My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool but really any stamping tool will work. You MAY be able to use a very large stamping block…but that’s not something I’ve ever tried.

I opted to go full out with it for this card. Here’s are the basics behind turnabout stamps. First things first…the jig. The Jig is a plastic template that you place down in your stamping tool to line up your panel. There are little corner marks to show you exactly where your paper should be placed, as well as numbers in the top right corner of each side – 1, 2, 3 & 4 so you know which side you’re rotating/stamping on. Then you place your cardstock – I used a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the card panel to help it stay in place temporarily. I’m using an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Then in the stamp set, there’s an acetate sheet with a giant ‘X’ on it as well as some printed portion of the stamp. You’re going to line that up with your jig and paper so that the center point is in the center of your panel.

Then you’re going to line up your stamp with the printed images on on the acetate sheet, then close your stamping tool and the stamp will get picked up on the cover of your stamping tool ready to be stamped. Just remember to remove your acetate template before stamping.

I opted to stamp my greenery using Altenew’s Just Green Crisp Dye Ink. Then…you rotate the jig (with the card panel still stuck to it) to the next number. I started off with my jig in position 1 (top right corner), so I rotated the jig so that number 2 was now in the top right corner. I inked the stamp up again, and stamped it down. You’ll see that the panel is starting to fill up with the greenery in a really cool pattern. You can always opt to stop here, or to change the colour you’re stamping with, however I opted to use the same colour for all the greenery.

Turn to position 3 in the top right corner….ink, stamp….rotate to position 4, ink stamp….done with the greenery!

In this particular stamp set, there’s a second stamp with berries. You can opt to just have the greenery, just have the berries or do both…I’m doing both. So same process. I started back in position #1, applied the acetate template for the berry stamp, lined up the berry stamp, then started stamping.

Same process – ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate…ink, stamp, rotate….done! Below shows the completed panel with all of the greenery and the berries stamped out.

This would make a really great background, but for this particular card, I’m die cutting the word “NOEL” using EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies. I made sure the letters were lined up with proper spacing, then I used a piece of purple tape to keep everything together. I placed it onto my stamped panel, ran it through my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine (any die cutting machine will work here). Voila….a really cool patterned “NOEL”, plus…I can use the negative space on another card! I love being able to get two cards out of one technique!

Then on to my base panel. I stared with an embossing folder from Darice with a really cute Christmas pattern on an A2 panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I took the bow out of Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143 die set, and a piece of Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson and ran it through my die cutting machine again to get a really sparkly bow 🙂

Then I grabbed a wreath die I found in my stash – I don’t have the details for it as it’s an older die, but I loved the size of this wreath. I ran the die through my die cutting machine twice with a piece of DCVW Green Shimmer Cardstock to get two subtle sparkly wreaths.

Then I put everything together….I trimmed down the embossed panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches, then adhered it to an A2 card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then I placed all of the dies..starting with the wreaths. I staggered both wreath die cuts to get a fuller looking wreath. I then placed the sparkly bow, using some pieces of Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape to give the bow a bit of dimension.

Then I lined up the “NOEL” letter die cuts at the bottom of the panel and eyeballed the spacing a bit. I started with the first and last letters, then aligned the center letters….this allows for a bit of better placement overall.

That’s it! Lots of different elements to this card, but I feel like it really came together nicely. I paired the card with a Christmas red envelope to finish things off.

Stamps/Dies/Embossing Folders:
Cheery Lynn Designs Die – Ornamental Wreath – DL143

Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout stamp

-Darice Embossing Folder

-EK Success Cutter BEE Alphabet Dies

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-DCVW Shimmer Cardstock

Simon Says Stamp Glitter Paper – Crimson

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)0

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

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 🙂

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

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Impressive Heat Embossing

Heat embossing is a technique that can be used to give a pretty simple and straightforward look or a very detailed and elaborate look. Either way, it adds shine and a bit of character to your card. In Altenew’s Impressive Heat Embossing class, I learned a few new techniques  and revisited some techniques that I knew about but haven’t used. Now this class is a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program but can also be taken as a stand alone class if you wish. One of the techniques is layering your heat embossing.

I opted to use Altenew’s Festive Foliage stamp set to try to layer my heat embossing. While I didn’t overlap the heat embossing, I did still have to heat emboss in stages. As with all heat embossing, I started off my prepping my card panel with an anti-static powder bag. This helps to keep embossing powder where you want it and helps to stop stray powder from sticking on other areas of  your panel.

Now…since I’m using Altenew Crisp Dye Inks, I had to stamp in two stages as embossing powder doesn’t stick to dye ink. I started off by stamping the fuller tree image using SweetLeaf. Then, in order to get the embossing powder to stick I inked up the tree again using Versamark ink. In situations like this, a stamping tool like the MISTI is handy, because it allows you to stamp in the exact same spot repeatedly.

There are a few ways that you could stamp the image out to get the embossing powder set up:

  1. Start with a dye ink, and then stamp again using an embossing ink (this is the method I chose)
  2. Start with an embossing ink, then stamp over it with a dye ink
  3. Stamp with an embossing ink, then use coloured embossing powder
  4. Stamp with a pigment ink, then use a clear embossing powder

There isn’t a wrong way to do it really…it just depends on what supplies you have on hand to make it work. I don’t have a ton of pigment inks so I opted for option 1.

After the image was stamped using both the coloured ink and the embossing ink, I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool.

I repeated the same ink technique using the heart of the tree and Crimson Ink.

I wanted a small star for the top of my tree, so I used the star stamp from Altenew’s  Happy Holidays stamp set. I stamped it with Versamark ink, and used Brutus Monroes’ Gilded embossing powder for a gold finish.

Then I grabbed a “Season’s Greetings” stamp from the same Happy Holidays stamp set and stamped it just below the tree using Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink.

I cut the panel down to approximately 5×3.75 inches, then adhered it to a panel of  Simons Says Stamps Glitter Cardstock in PINE measuring approximately 5.25x4inches. Then I used some liquid glue to adhere everything to an A2 cardbase of Neenah Solar White cardstock. Voila!

Altenew Stamps:

Festive Foliage

Happy Holidays

Altenew Inks:

Crimson

Sweet Leaf

– Obsidian Pigment Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simons Says Stamps Glitter Cardstock – PINE

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (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)

Papercraft Challenge #35: ‘To Give as a Gift (Not just a card)’ – (November)

A new month means a new challenge from Papercraft Challenges!

The theme for the month of November is ‘To Give as a Gift (Not just a card).

For this month’s challenge the first thing that popped into my head was ‘Christmas Ornament’.


Why? A friend of mine had a baby in August ad this will be his first Christmas. I know growing up, and even now as an adult I make or purchase a new ornament for major life occasions. So I thought it would be super cute to make one for her son this year. Start a tradition perhaps.

I started off with Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout Stamp Set. Now I love turnabout stamps from Concord and 9th, but I don’t always do them correctly. There’s a method….Place the turnabout jig in your stamping tool (I have my MISTI). Then place your alignment grid to line the ‘X’ up to the jig.


Lay your turnabout stamp lining up the image on the stamp with the alignment grid. Close your stamping tool cover so the stamp adheres to the cover, then remove your alignment grid. Place your card panel on top of the jig – there are corner markers to help align the panel… And you’re ready to begin!

I opted to use all one colour for my leaves, but you could choose to have 1-4 colours (or even more) using one colour per run of your jig. I used Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Just Green. So I started with my jig at position 1 – the jig is numbered in the top right hand corner. After you ink up your stamp and stamp it down on your panel, you rotate your jig (which has your panel attached) to the next number (position 2,then 3,then 4).

Position #2 (note the number in the top right of the jig.

Position #3:

Position #4:

Once the leaves are completed, I moved on to the berries. Same concept. Align the Jig with the acetate layout of the berries.

Then algin the stamp with the acetate layout sheet and begin. You’re going to do the same as the leaves, rotating after each stamp. 

Stamp, rotate, stamp, rotate…

Again I opted to stamp all 4 turns to fill the page, and I love the way it came out!

Now on to the card base. I started with an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I took the “Christmas Wishes” stamp from Kaisercraft’s Christmas Wishes stamp set and stamped it right along the top using Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

I cut down my layered holly panel to fit just below the sentiment, then used Fiskars X-Large circle punch to punch out the center of the panel and used liquid glue to adhere it to the card base.

Then I stamped “May all your Christmas Wishes come true” from Kaisercraft’s Wonderland stamp set in the center of the punch out. I also added two strips of Love from Lizi’s gold straight peel offs (Love these!) on the top and the bottom edge of the holly panel to add a bit of bling and detail to the card.

Now on to the ornament. I used the Fiskars punch to punch out a circle from a sheet of green glitter paper from DCWV Glitter Cardstock. I then used a circle die that was a few sizes smaller than the punched circle to allow me to get a frame for my shaker ornament. 

I punched a piece of Judikins embossable acetate using Fiskars X-Large punch, then lined up the name “ISAAC” using letters from The Ink Road’s 

I prepped my acetate circle using an anti static powder bag, then I used my Simon Says Stamp acrylic block and Versamark ink to stamp the name on the acetate. I heat embossed the name using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder. I made sure my WOW Dual heat tool as nice and hot before placing it on the acetate and because the acetate warps easily I made sure that I kept it moving to help avoid too much warping.

I took the green glitter frame I previously cut out and glued it to the front of the acetate so now there’s a frame around the front. I also used some 3M foam tape, doubled it up and cut it in half to cover the edges of the shaker ornament. I doubled it up to allow for enough room for the shaker bits to move freely inside once closed. 

I filled the shaker with some of Studio Katia’s Diamond Sparkle Stars, Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm jewels, and Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Vellum Sequin Mix.

Then I took a piece of Celebrate It Iridescent ribbon and tied a loop for the ornament.

I tucked the knotted ribbon just on the inside of the shaker then I used the circle I had punched out of the Holly patterned paper and placed it on the back of the shaker. Shaker ornament complete! 🙂

I added a bit of removable tape runner to the back of the ornament so it’s easily removable from the card and tucked the ornament into the punched circle on the front of the card.

To make a coordinating envelope I added some Christmas themed Washi Tape to the back flap as well as the bottom from of a 5×7 envelope. Since the shaker adds bulk to the card, it wouldn’t fit properly into an A2 sized envelope…so I opted to go up a size.

I clipped the edges off the washi tape….and I’m all done!


PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies:

– Memory Box Circle Basics Die Set

– The Ink Road’s Block Party Alpha stamp set

– Kaisercraft’s Christmas Wishes stamp set

– Kaisercraft’s Wonderland stamp Set

– Concord and 9th’s Holly Berry Turnabout Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks – Just Green, Ruby Red

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink


Other Supplies:

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Love From Lizi Gold Straight Peel Offs

– Judikins Embossable Acetate

– DCWV Glitter Cardstock

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Studio Katia’s Diamond Sparkle Stars

– Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm

– Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Vellum Sequin Mix

– Celebrate It! Tempo Iridescent Ribbon


Tools:

– Fiskars X-Large Circle Punch

– WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

-Tim Holtz glass media mat

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

 

 

 

2019 Caring Hearts Card Drive – My Submission!

I have been looking for somewhere to donate some of my cards and found the 2019 Caring Hearts Card Drive

The purpose of this card drive is to collect handmade holiday cards for the elderly that live in nursing homes or live alone.

Submissions are being accepted until November 15th, 2019 and there are mailing locations in the US, Canada and Australia. If you’re interested in helping out this awesome cause, visit the blog post for 2019 Caring Hearts Card Drive.

I sent the following set of cards, which are super simple, to one of the a Canadian addresses and hope that they’ll be used as this is an amazing cause and exactly the kind of thing I’ve been looking for. If you know of any other card donation options, please let me know.. I’d love to be able to do something like this year round!

Another VERY simple set of Christmas cards!

Another VERY simple card set….I have A LOT of Christmas cards to make. Some as to be given as gifts, some to be given just as. Here is another super simple card set that can be made with minimal supplies and can be adjusted slightly to make it unique.

I started by using Fiskars X-Large Circle punch and punching out 6 different patterned circles from a mix of Stampin Ups 2018 In Colour Designer Series Paper as well as Echo Park’s Merry & Bright paper pad.

I then used Fiskars Medium Circle Punch to punch out 6 circles out of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then I took Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Star and Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Ornament stamps as well as Altenew’s Gold Enchanted Pigment Ink and stamped 3 of each of the stamps on the white cardstock circles.

Then I adhered the stamped circles onto the Patterned paper circles randomly. 

I adhered the circles onto an A2 cardbase. Then I also added a cute little bow that I made from Stampin Ups Gold Sequin Ribbon on each of the circles to make them look a bit more like a wreath.

I made coordinating envelopes of each by stamping each of the stamps to match the card using Altenew’s Crimson and Just Green Crisp dye inks. I also decorated an acetate card box using Some red and white polkadot ribbon and more of the sequin ribbon in a bow. 

Another super simple set is DONE!

PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies/Stencils:

-Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Star

-Impression Obsession Cling Stamp – Nordic Ornament

Inks:

– Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

-Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink – Crimson, Just Green

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Other Supplies:

-Neenah Solar White Cardstock

– Stampin Up’s Designer Series Paper (2018 In Colours)

-Stampin Ups Gold Sequin Ribbon

-Echo Park Merry & Bright 6×6 Paper Pad

Tools:

-Fiskars X-Large Circle Punch

-Fiskars Medium Circle Punch

-Simon Says Stamp Acrylic Blocks

-Tim Holtz Comfort Trimmer

-Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

-Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

 

 

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