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

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)

Anniversary Card for a Wife

So… I was asked to make a nice card for someone’s wife on their 40th wedding anniversary. Now… I went through elaborate card design possibilities… Inlay dies, watercolour, ink blending, etc., but ultimately I settled on a simple die cut with a stencil detail. Here’s the kicker… I used alcohol markers! Now… I NEVER or rather Rarely whip out my markers. I struggle so badly with colouring using alcohol markers, but I thought it’s a simple stamp design, why not?

So I started off by stamping Altenew’s beautiful Lady stamp on scrap Neenah White cardstock using Gina K’s Amalgam black ink. This ink is great for your stash as it’s compatible with other Inks, watercolour and alcohol markers and its a really nice crisp black.

Then I grabbed my alcohol markers and got to it. Unfortunately I didn’t take any in process shots as I really wasn’t confident it was going to come out properly :/

I tried all the fancy colour blending techniques (kind of). But really only used 3 colours for the flowers (purple shades) and two for the greenery. Than I ran the image though my die cut machine using the coordinating die.

Then in to the background. I gtabbed Altenew’s Elegant Swirls stencil, picket fences life changing blender brushes, and Altenew’s Buttercream crop Dye ink. I taped the stencil down to my panel using purple tape and then lightly brushed the colour on starting in the top left corner , gradually darkening the colour as I moved towards the bottom right corner.

I stamped ‘for my Beautiful wife’ using bits and pieces from the Beautiful Lady stamp set.

I trimmed my sentiment panel down to approximately 3.75x5inches and adhered my die cut flower using foam squares for some dimension. I cut down a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s white glitter cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and then adhered my floral panel to it. Then I put everything onto an A2 card base.

For a little extra Sparkle, I added a few jewels. That’s about it really! Not bad for a non marker person I think ūüôā

Products Used:

Altenew Stamps:

– Beautiful Lady

– Elegant Swirls Stencil

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Buttercream

– Altenew Artist Markers

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s White Glitter Cardstock

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

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

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

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

Birthdays Galore!

Alright… So there are A LOT of birthdays coming up…which translates to a lot of cards to be made.

This time around I’ve opted to try Ranger’s Transfer Foil with double sided tape for a simple yet shiny card. I think it turned out pretty well. I love the look of foil but haven’t had time to try foiling with a laminator and toner sheets… But after this I’m willing to try.

Using double sided tape placed diagonally across the page, relitively evenly spaced. I then removed the tape paper and rubbed the foil sheets across the adhesive. Voila! I did have to go over a few spots with more foil to fill in a few gaps, then patted the surface with my anti-static bag to remove any left over adhesive.

Featuring:

– Ranger Shiny Transfer Foil Sheets

– Ranger Letterit ‘Birthday’ Designed by Taylor Huizenga

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

Another super simple card.. Black and white with a pop of red peeking out.

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Pinkfresh’s ‘Scripted Bold Sentiments 2’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Geometric Pattern Builder’ stamp set

Paint Splattered Stamp Rose – ‘Hello’ Card

I love most layered stamps and i really love those paint splattered or more modern/off centered layered stamps.

I opted to use some bold Colours to accentuate the fact that it doesn’t line up as well as some glitter for a smidge of accent. And in order to avoid covering up the image i used vellum to help the sentiment stand out without blocking the rose.

I’m also trying out the Catherine Pooler dye Inks for the first time. I can say they seem like something I’m going to like so far and she has great colours.

Featuring:

– Concord & 9th ‘Painted Rose’ stamp set

– Poppy Stamp’s ‘Little Luxe Hello’ Die

– WOW ‘Clear Sparkle’ embossing glitter

-Catherine Pooler Dye Inks