Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Beautiful Details

Alright – the Beautiful Details class for me was the most intimidating and challenging class in the Altenew Educator Certification Program to date. I’m not a really good artist and I don’t sketch or use coloured pencils and this class has a lot of that in there. I’ve been on a vellum kick as of late, so I opted to give this card a try with Vellum.

I started off with Altenew’s Flower Garden stamp set and stamped the largest flower along with a few leaves using Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink on a piece of Simon Says Stamp Vellum. Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Alabaster Embossing Powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool to heat emboss the images. I made sure that my heat tool was really hot before applying it to the vellum to shorten the time it takes to melt the powder and to avoid warping of the vellum.

Then I cut around the images to make them easier to manage one at a time.

I started off with Altenew’s Artist Markers in Frayed Leaf and Bamboo to colour the greenery. I flipped my image over to colour on the back of the vellum as colouring on the front with the heat embossing could damage the tips of the markers. Starting off with Frayed Leaf, I coloured the center of the leaf and flicked the tip of the marker outwards. Then I coloured the edges and flicked slightly inwards. This gave pretty good coverage of the leaf with the lightest colour.

Then I grabbed the Bamboo marker, and did the same, except I didn’t flick out as far with the colour. Then I went back over the same area with the Frayed Leaf to help to blend the colours better – this helps to add some depth to the leaf.

Then I grabbed my Staedler Watercolor Pencils, as interestingly enough I don’t have any regular coloured pencils….so…you know…use what you’ve got! I grabbed a pencil that was the closest in colour to the ink I had already put down and then essentially did almost the exact same thing as I did with the markers. I used a very light hand and focused most of the pencil colour along the centers vein of the leaves as well as the base of the leaf, flicking upwards.

I repeated this process on all of the leaves and then moved on to the flower.

For the flower, I wanted a bright colour, so I grabbed the Rouge and Crimson markers. I did the very same technique as I did on the leaves…I started with a more all over colouring of the Rouge on the flower.

Then I went in with the Crimson marker and flicked the tip along the outlines of the flower, focusing more colour in the center and along the base of the flower.

Then I blended the colours back out using the Rouge marker. Then I grabbed the coloured pencil colour that most closely matched the colours of the flower and added some more detail to the sections of the flower. I focused on the center and the sections of the flower that should naturally be darker like the undersides of the petals as well as sections of petals that are tucked beneath another petal. I continued adding a light touch of colour until I felt like the flower had enough detail.

Then I fussy cut the flower out as well as all of the leaves. I cut them out just around the edge of the embossing.

I wanted a bit of detail on the background without it being distracting, so I grabbed Altenew’s Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die and ran it through my die cutting machine. It’s a very detailed yet subtle image and perfect for my background. I trimmed the panel down to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered it to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

Then I arranged the flowers and leaves on the panel until I was satisfied with the arrangement. Then I adhered the arrangement to the panel using some clear vellum tape runner. I only applied a very small amount of the adhesive to the center of the flower to allow the edges to be loose for some dimension. Then I added the adhesive to just the base of the leaves to allow them to ‘float’ and add some more dimension.

Then I heat embossed “Thinking of You” from Altenew’s Thinking of You stamp set using Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing Powder on Simon Says Stamp’s Black Cardstock. I cut the sentiment strip down and then adhered it onto the bottom portion of the card using Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape.

Then I added a few of Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins to brighten the card up and add a bit of shine. Then I stamped one of the smaller flowers on the corresponding envelope using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Rouge.

I think the card came out really nice. It’s definitely a technique I plan to practice more often. There are also some other techniques in this class that I plan on trying out as the results are absolutely beautiful!

Altenew Stamps/Dies:

Flower Garden

Thinking of You

Dotted Swirls Debossing Cover Die

 

Inks/Pencils/Markers :

Altenew Artist Markers – Crimson, Rouge, Frayed Leaf, Bamboo

– Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Rouge

Staedler Watercolor Pencils

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

 

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Black Cardstock.

Studio Katia’s Majestic 3mm Sequins

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (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)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

Coming up Roses – birthday card!

Alright, so you always need birthday cards because quite frankly there’s always a birthday right around the corner. I made this card, using a stamp set I’ve been DYING to use and thought it was perfect for a family member’s birthday. After seeing the finished product I’ll definitely be revisiting this for Mother’s Day and potentially making a lovely card set out of this as well. 



I started off by prepping an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock as I was planning to heat emboss on this card. 


I grabbed My Favorite Thing’s All Roses Background Stamp and I used a MISTI for this card as I wanted to make sure I could get a great impression of this stamp as it’s quite large. Make sure to remove the sponge insert out of your MISTI when using Red Rubber stamps as they usually already have foam attached. I placed my panel in the MISTI using a bit of removable tape runner on the back to keep it from shifting, then lined up my background stamp and close the door to pick it up.

I inked up the stamp using Versamark Ink (any watermark ink will work for this). 

Then I used Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embosssing powder and my WOW Dual speed Heat tool to heat emboss the panel. BOOM….A panel of gold embossed roses….LOVE!

Then I used my Pickett Fences Life Changing Blender brushes and Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields and Deep Iris to create a blended panel. I started off with Soft Lilac on the bottom, then moved to Lavender Fields in the middle and then Deep Iris on the top portion of the panel. I made sure to go back down in reverse order to help the colours blend smoothly.

Then I grabbed a large circle punch and punched out a circle of Vellum, then head embossed “Happy Birthday” from, Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set, and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder on the vellum. Then I used a bit of clear adhesive behind the embossed words and adhered it down to the blended panel.

I trimmed down the panel to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered it to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I inked up the All Roses background stamp again, but this time I used Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment ink and stamped it down on the flap of a coordinating envelope. I used the gold ink of the envelope to better match the gold heat embossing on the card. 

I really love the way the gold pigment ink turned out and maybe i’ll try that on a card soon for a slightly different look. Either way, this card is complete!



Stamps:

My Favorite Things’ Roses All Over Stamp set

– Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks – Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

— Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger Multi Medium Matte

– 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- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– The Stamp Market Blending Brushes

– Picket Fences Life Changing Blender Brushes

– Anti Static Bag

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) -Magical Marker Techniques

Alcohol Markers….well….yeah.

I’m in no way an ARTIST especially with markers and/or crayons. I can’t draw, sketch or colour to save my life! I can do some really basic things with these mediums, so I was nervous when i started Altenew’s Magical Marker Techniques class. But It’s part of the level 2 for the Altenew Educator Certification Program that i’m determined to finish, so I pushed play.

Now … it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be, but it definitely opened my eyes to ways to embrace alcohol markers. I have the full set of Altenew Artist Markers (Full 60 Count), which yes I realize may seem silly considering I don’t know how to use them well lol, but…I purchased them with the intention to try to use them….so here we are. I’ve used them a handful of times up to now, but after taking this class I definitely think i’ll be whipping them out more often.

As I was thumbing through my Altenew stamps, I was drawn toAltenew’s Build-A-Flower: Fuchsia stamp set and I decided to do an encouragement card.

I’ve always loved the look of vellum on a card, so I opted to use the marker on vellum technique from class. I started off by stamping both flowers, the bud and both leaves on an A2 panel of Simon Says Stamp Vellum using my MISTI Stamping Tool and Gina K’s Jet Black Amalgam Ink. Using a MISTI (or other stamping tool), always you to restamp in the exact same spot if needed and with the vellum I thought it might be a good idea as it doesn’t typically take ink well.

After letting the vellum and ink dry for a while, I placed a bit of scrap white cardstock behind the vellum so I could see the colours properly as I was applying them.

I started off with one of the flowers and the Altenew markers in Puffy Heart and coloured in the entire lower portion of the flower with it. I tried not to touch the black in too much as I didn’t want to smudge it.

Then I added a bit of Purple Wine marker around the edges of the flower section to add a bit of depth to the flower.

Then I added a smidge of Cosmic Berry marker for a little more colour. Then I went back over a few sections with the Puffy Heart marker just to blend it a bit. Now…blending doesn’t work well on vellum as it doesn’t absorb the ink well, but I didn’t want harsh lines on my flower, so I just touched it up a bit with that lighter colour.

On to the greenery…I used Frayed Leaf, Bamboo & Parrot, following the same technique as I did with the purples. I started with Frayed Leaf all over the greenery sections.

Then I went over the edges with the Bamboo marker as well as the stamen on the bottom. Then I added just a smidge of Parrot on the top of the greenery for a little bit more depth.

I repeated the same colouring technique on the smaller flower, and then just the greens on the bud.

 

For the leaves, I used the Bamboo all over the leaves, then added a bit of Parrot colour down the center and along the edges for some depth of colour.

Then I grabbed the coordinating dies and cut everything out using my Spellbinder Platinum 6 die cutting machine (use whatever machine you have).

Then I grabbed an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped the branches using Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks. I dry fitted the flowers and bud to see exactly where I wanted the branch and stems to go. I stamped using Gina K’s Amalgam ink in Jet black again. Then I placed the sentiment as well to the bottom right. I used a beautiful sentiment from Altenew’s One Day At A Time stamp set and more of Gina K’s Amalgam Jet black ink. I used the Gina K ink as it holds up well against alcohol ink.

Then I wanted to add a bit more colour to my panel, so I used the splatter technique from the class just for a subtle splash of colour. Essentially, you scribble your alcohol marker(s) on to a craft sheet or a glass surface, then add a bit of standard rubbing alcohol (allows some movement of the ink). In the class, they used a stipple brush, but I don’t have one, so I grabbed an old paintbrush, dipped it into the alcohol ink solution and then just tapped my finger on the brush to get some splatters. PLEASE be careful not to get this all over the place…you could always use a box to catch excess splatter. I added splatters of Cosmic Berry, Parrot and Jet Black.

I also added a few splatters of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen. I squeezed out a little bit of the ink on the craft sheet, and then just dipped the tip of the pen in it and again tapped on the pen to get a few splatter dots – this adds just a touch of shimmer to the card.

I cut my panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and then adhered it to a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Slate that measures approximately 4×5.25 inches. Then I adhered everything to an A2 cardbase of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

Then I used a bit of vellum taperunner (hides a bit better behind vellum than some other adhesives) and applied it to each of the vellum pieces and then adhered everything down to the panel as I had previously dry fitted them.

I stamped another one of the fuchsia flowers to the bottom left corner a coordinating envelope using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Inks. I used just the outline and third layer of the flowers (I skipped the second layer) to keep it a little more artsy looking. I used Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink for the outline, then Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink – ParrotAltenew Crisp Dye Ink – Bamboo & Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Cosmic Berry for the colouring. It didn’t match perfectly, mainly because I used the markers on vellum instead of cardstock, but it was close enough for me to go ahead with it. And my card is complete.

I really love the look of the markers on the vellum as it gives everything a nice ethereal look to it, which I especially think works well with this encouragement card and that delicate font.

Altenew Stamps:

One Day At A Time

Build-A-Flower: Fuchsia

Inks/Markers

Altenew Artist Markers (Full 60 Count) – Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Puffy Heart, Frayed Leaf, Bamboo, Parrot, Jet Black,

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink – Parrot

Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Bamboo

Altenew Crisp Dye Ink – Cosmic Berry

-Gina K Designs’s Jet Black Amalgam Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Slate

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Vellum Tape Runner

– Rubbing Alcohol

-Paintbrush (cheap)

Tools:

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

 

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)

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – In The Mood For Color

Lots of things can affect your mood. As a part of Altenew’s “In the Mood for Color” class we explored the effect of a variety of colours in a person’s mood in relation to cards. Some of the colours explored were yellow and orange and they were related to encouragement and happiness. So when putting together a birthday card for a family friend, I immediately was drawn to yellow and orange. I have always liked using yellow on cards as I’ve always found it to be a cheerful colour.

I started off with Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set – it’s really one of my faves! I used the stem out of that set and stamped it starting in the bottom left corner using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Jet Black.

I added a second partial branch using the same stamp, making sure I only inked up the portion I wanted for the extension of the branch.

On a second panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped 3 of the medium flowers from Altenew’s “Garden Treasure” stamp and die set using Jet Black Ink.

Then I stamped the first layer of the flower using Warm Sunshine Ink – this is my favorite yellow ink as I find it to be a really bright yet warm shade of yellow.

I stamped the second layer of this flower with Chamomile ink.

For the center (third layer) of the flowers I used Marigold Ink for a slightly more orange hue.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out the three flowers and I then stamped the leaves using Forest Glades Ink.

I wanted a large enough, but not too large, Happy Birthday Sentiment that was also a little scripty. So I grabbed Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set as it has a great selection of birthday sentiments in a variety of sizes and fonts. I dry fitted the die cut flowers that were closest to where I’d be putting the sentiment to properly gauge the placement. To make sure that my sentiment was straight, I used Simon Says Stamp’s Stamp Grid Transparency . This grid has made my life much easier when placing sentiments and it’s extremely easy to use. Just place the grid over your card panel in your stamping tool, use the grid lines to line up your stamp, close the lid/door on your stamping tool and the stamp will be in the perfect position when you ink it up and close it. Just remember to remove the transparency before trying to ink up your stamp 😉

I used Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment Ink for the sentiment. It’s an extremely crisp black ink that is wonderful for sentiments as it’s juicy and crisp so you get a really nice solid black image. I also cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Banana cardstock to measure approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered my main panel to it to give a small yellow border to match the flowers and add a touch more brightness to the card. I then adhered everything to an A2 sized Neenah Solar White Card base. I opted to add the panels to the card base at this point in order to avoid pressing down onto the flowers once added since I’m planning to use them for some dimension.

I added some 3M Foam Tape to the back of my die cut flowers to add some dimension to my card, then placed them down onto my panel so the flowers were close but still had space in between them – this helped to fill some of the white space on my card.

To add a little bit of shine to the card, I added Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals to the center of the flowers. Since the crystals are clear, they still allow the original stamped colour to shine through but just a add a bit of pop.

To create a coordinating envelope I stamped the same flower that’s on the card to the bottom left hand corner of a white envelope.

And that’s it! A cheerful and bright birthday card using a pop of yellow and a hint of orange!

Altenew Stamps:

– Charming Doodles (Altenew)

– Garden Treasure Stamp and Die set (older stamp set)

– Birthday Builder (Altenew)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black (Altenew)

– Warm Sunshine (Altenew)

Chamomile (Altenew)

Marigold (Altenew)

– Forest Glades (Altenew)

– Obsidian Pigment Ink (Altenew)

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock  (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Banana (SSS)

Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals (SSS) 

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

3M 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)

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – With A Twist

I’ve finally started on the Level 2 courses for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). With so many great topics I opted to start with “With a Twist” taught by Therese Calvird. I’ve watched several of her videos and I love the way she explains things. This class is all about adding unusual elements to your cards, like using unexpected colours or cuts to your cards. I decided to make my twist adding a unique spin on a traditional stamp. My inspiration for this card is a sad one. A dear friend of mine recently lost his mother, and I wanted to make sure I sent the family some paper love, so I opted to make a Sympathy card for the family.

What makes this “With a Twist”? Well….You wouldn’t normally stamp with dye inks on dark cardstock…so I did! I also liked the idea of heat embossing in silver on the dark cardstock to add another little twist, while keeping the foliage in just a black outline. I love the look of this card!

I started by cutting a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Slate cardstock to measure approximately 5.5×4.25 inches. I treated my cardstock with an anti-static powder bag as I was planning to heat emboss all over the panel.

I took one of the flower stamps from Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria stamp set and stamped repeatedly over the panel using Versamark Ink.

Then I heat embossed the panel using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling embossing powder. I love the way the silver shines on the dark cardstock.

I grabbed Altenew’s Tide Blue Crisp Dye Ink and stamped the second layer of the flower stamp. I stamped it a couple of times to get a richer colour and make sure it filled in nicely. This stamp set has a more artsy look when you fill it in, which can help to hide imperfections a bit 😉

I completed adding the second layer to all of the flowers.

Then I took one of the smaller leaves and used Altenew’s Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink and filled in some of the open space. I opted not to add the second layer of the leaf stamp for a more artsy and unique feel.

I wanted a clean looking sentiment so it wouldn’t take too much away from the image. I grabbed Altenew’s Fresh Freesia stamp set and used the “With Deepest Sympathy” sentiment. I stamped the sentiment using the Jet Black ink on Simon Says Stamp’s Fog cardstock and then trimmed it down to a strip slightly larger than the sentiment.

I adhered the sentiment to the bottom right of the card panel. I cut down my floral panel slightly to approximately 5.5×4 inches and then glued down the panel to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. This allowed just a smidge of the white to show at the top and bottom of the front of the card. I didn’t want too much of the white to show as it would’ve been a harsh contrast considering that the floral panel is on a dark cardstock.

I then stamped the same flower on the envelope using Jet Black Ink, then for a little element of colour I used the Tide Blue Ink but instead of stamping the second layer of the flower, I stamped the center of the flower as I didn’t want too much colour on the envelope.

Voila! I unique sympathy card for a dear friend. I can only hope that sharing a little paper love will help his family in their healing process.

Altenew Stamps:

Fresh Freesia

– Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black

– Tide Blue

Other Supplies:

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog, Slate

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing powder

– 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

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool

A Simple Sympathy Card

We recently lost a family member in another country , who left behind a wife and 2 kids. I wanted to make sure that they knew love was being sent from across the miles, even though we couldn’t physically be there. I was inspired by Altenew’s With a Twist Class. The class taught me about using non standard colours on a card, for example using grey for leaves. I always try to use soothing colours on a Sympathy card and this is no exception. Altenew’s In the Mood for Color Class, she talked about how colours on a card can relate easily to the mood of the card and the recipient. Blue was for calming and tranquility which is the exact feeling I wanted to try to help them feel during such a difficult time. 

I started off using Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria stamp set. I stamped the flowers on a sheet of Neenah Solar White cardstock using Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Jet Black. 

I used Tide Blue Ink for the colour layer of the flower stamp. It’s a very nice soothing shade of blue.

Then I used Silver Stone Ink for the center of the flower. I also stamped the little bud from the same stamp set using Jet Black Ink.

I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flower and bud.

Then on another sheet of white cardstock, I stamped several of the leaves from the same stamp set using Jet Black Ink.

I used Silver Stone and Industrial Diamond Inks to stamp the leaves. I wasn’t sure exactly which colour would work best, so I did some with each colour so I could play around with it. I went ahead and die cut the leaves once everything was stamped.

 

I grabbed Altenew’s – Build-A-Flower: Sakura Bloom stamp set and stamped the sympathy greeting in the lower right corner of a fresh panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock.  Then I played around with the die cut flowers and leaves, until I found the right placement. I added some 3M foam tape to the back of each die cut and adhere it down to the panel. I adhered the panel to an A2 card base and this very simple card was complete!

 


Altenew Stamps:

– Build-A-Flower: Sakura Bloom

– Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Jet Black

– Tide Blue

Silver Stone

-Industrial Diamond

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

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)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (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 🙂

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) – Level 1 Final Project (Part 2): HIS Cards

I’ve finally competed the level 1 courses of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and have now moved onto the Final Challenge of Level 1. This by no means is a simple challenge but it was very useful as it helped to push me a bit more with my card making. I’ve made sets of cards before but never with such specific requirements!

My Masculine Set (details below) :


Requirements:

  • Select ANY 3 components from the classes in Level 1 (e.g., layering 1/2, Let it shine, stencil techniques)
  • Explain the 3 components that you’ve chosen for the project
  • Create a His and Her Card Set birthday/graduation/encouragement cards (your choice) as a gift sets. This makes TWO sets one Masculine and one Feminine. Each card (with various sentiments) can vary a little bit, but it should have a similar and cohesive theme as the rest of the set.
  • Each card set should consist of 4-6 cards
  • Also, use one recycle element on a set or its packaging.
  • The minimum card number is six (up to 12) per set. You will also design how you package the sets as a gift. Be creative!
  • Challenge blog post: Detailed step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video
  • Minimum of 10 photos (close-up and process)
  • So.. Not simple! This is going to be rather long post as I will be showing a total of 12 cards. So I’ve opted to split it into two posts (slightly easier to read I think) – 1 for the ‘Her’ Cards (this post) and 1 for the ‘His’ cards (posted here). I hope I can pass along what I’ve learned from Altenew’s Educator Certification Program Level 1.

There are so many great classes and so may amazing techniques. For this challenge, I opted to use:

– Easy Die Cutting Techniques

– This class covers all of the basic die cutting techniques, like Stamps and Coordinating dies, to more elaborate techniques, like Inlaid die cutting. I’ll be using Inlaid Die Cutting, Embossing with Dies, Negative Die Cutting and Stamps and Matching Dies throughout both my sets.

– Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

– I LOVE Clean and Simple cards. Do I exclusively create CAS (Clean and Simple) cards? Nope! This class is one of my favourites as it really shows you how to add some amazing details to your cards to help them pop while keeping a very clean look. I’ll be using Simple Styling, Stamped Backgrounds, Metallic Details, Letterpress and Luxury Papers throughout my sets as well to help my cards stand out.

– Let It shine:

– This class is all about adding details that can really help your cards stand out, from embellishments and heat embossing to foiling and specialty cardstock. I usually like adding at least one element to my cards to add a pop, be it Nuvo Drops, SEQUINS, Shimmer Pen Accents or Glitter and Metallic papers. This class was right up my alley and also showed me that something I use every day adds pizzazz – Heat Embossing. Throughout my sets, I’ll be using embellishments, heat embossing, Metallic Paper and Shimmer pens to help add a bit of pop to my cards.

I’ll be incorporating one element from each of those classes on every single card. I’ve mentioned the supplies used for each card in the descriptions and also at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy!

Since this is such a long post, I’ve split the Feminine “HER” card sets and the Masculine “HIS” card sets into separate posts. The HER card set can be found here.

CARD #1 Hello Card:


I started with Altenew’s Weekend Doodles stamp set. They have this really cute little leaf stamp which I thought would be perfect to create a background. I didn’t want it to be symmetrical, but instead give great coverage over the card. Since the image is so small it doesn’t feel overwhelming across the panel. I used Altenew Parrot ink for the leaves. 

Now, Onto the sentiment / die cut element. I chose Altenew’s mega Hello die and placed it over the background for placement. I went ahead and die cut out this very lovely sentiment die. I’ll be using the leftover panel with the cutout and leave the die cut for another card later. I made sure that I kept the little pieces inside the cut out to fill in the word clearly.

I cut a piece of Black Shimmer cardstock to measure approximately 5.25×4 inches to add an element of shine as per the Let It Shine class. I adhered the leaf panel to it so that the die cut out was visible in shimmer black. I dry fitted the hello word due cut out so that I would know where to place the little bits that pop out when you die cut.

I added some liquid adhesive in those spots and clearly popped those pieces in, then removed the word to save for later.

To make a coordinating envelope, I took the same leaf stamp and stamped it a couple times in Parrot ink.

And Card #1 is complete!

Card #2: Sympathy Card:

I started with Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped of of the larger leaves on the panel to create a background as per the Clean and Simple class. 

I went ahead and die cut the leaves out. I’ll save the actual leaf cut outs for another card in this set.

I took a Sympathy sentiment from the Fresh Freesia stamp set and head embossed it on Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded embossing powder. 

I also stamped a couple of the leaves on the coordinating envelope.


Then I cut down a panel of green shimmer paper to approximately 4 x 5.5 inches and adhered the die cut panel to it so allow the shimmer paper to show through the die cuts as well as on the sides of the card. This is called using the negative space of the die cut. I really like this technique as it adds a bit of pop to a relatively simple card. I also added some Nuvo drops to add an element of shine to the card without using gems. I adhered the vellum strip about 3/4 of the way down the panel.

Card #2 is complete!

Card#3: Thank you Card

I love the looks of wreaths, so I thought having a wreath card would be nice. I also love at the look of embossing with die cuts – I think this is my favourite technique from the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class. 

I started with Altenew’s Weekend Doodles stamp set and stamped the lined wreath on a scrap piece of white cardstock using Shadow Creek Dye Ink and die cut the image out. 

I then dry embossed Altenew’s Gradient Lines Cover die on a panel of white cardstock. When dry embossing a die, remember to use your embossing mat. It makes the difference between leaving and impression (dry embossing) vs. cutting the image out (die cutting). Then I pulled a small “Thank You” stamp from Altenew’s Thank You Builder stamp set. I needed to make sure it would fit nicely inside the wreath once everything was put together. I prepped the card based with my anti static powder bag and used Versafine Black Onyx ink and Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing powder and head embossed the sentiment near the top of the card. 

I cut a panel of Black Shimmer paper to measure approximately 4×5.25 inches. I cut my main embossed panel down to approximately 3.75 x 5 inches and adhered it to the Black Shimmer paper to allow a small border of shimmer paper. 

I added foam squares unto the back of my die cut wreath and adhered it around the Thank You sentiment.

Then I adhered everything to a White A2 card base.

I took one of the small sprig stamps from the same set – it looks pretty similar to the pattern on the wreath so it was perfect – and stamped it on the coordinating envelope in the same colour. Voila! A clean and simple card, with interesting die cutting techniques and shimmer! I love the simplicity of this card. It’s definitely a card I’ll remake in the future. 


Card #4: Happy Birthday Card:

So I absolutely LOVE the way this card came out. I love the pattern, the Inlay…just love it.

I started off with Altenew’s Engagement Wishes stamp set and took one of the large leaves and stamped it in Sweet Leaf Die ink. I think that name is soooo appropriate here! 🙂

I repeated the pattern, being sure to turn the image with each stamp for some variation through the panel.

Using Altenew’s Maga Happy Die, I cut out the word Happy from the panel. By the way…Altenew’s Mega Dies are AWESOME (I’ve used several in this challenge).

I also cut out this die two more times in white cardstock so that I can stack the die cut word together for some added dimension. 

I adhered all the layers together and ended up with a panel with the word Happy cut out, and the word Happy. I was very careful to make sure that I didn’t lose any of the negative space in the word since I’d be putting it all back as is. 

I took a Birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Mega Greeting 2 stamp set and white heat embossed it using Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster embossing poweder unto Black Shimmer Paper. 

I cut down the sentiment into a smaller rectangular strip and adhered is near the bottom on the right below the cut out. 

I cut down another piece of that black shimmer cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered the die cut panel to it. Right now, the happy is nicely cut out with a Shimmery black cardstock showing behind. I could’ve stopped right here as it’s quite lovely, but I wanted an Inlay…so I kept going. 

I added back the stacked die cut word into the open space. Have the die cut stacked adds dimension, so while it’s still quite subtle, in real life it’s very visually appealing.

I also stamped the same leaf using the same Ink colour on the envelope to coordinate.

And finally Card #4 is completed.

CARD #5: You Make My Heart Happy Card:

Alright – this card I hesitated with multiple times throughout the process. It wasn’t what i envisioned when I started, but I think it turned out pretty well in the end.

I started off with a leaf sprig from Altenew’s Weekend doodle stamp set in Volcano Lake dye ink. 

I repeated the pattern all over the panel until it was covered…here is where I hesitated as it didn’t turn out as crisp as I had hoped it would be. 

I then dry embossed the Gradient Dots Cover Die on Neenah Solar White Cardstock. It’s always important to remember to use your embossing mat when going for dry embossing (imprint on the cardstock) vs Die cutting (getting a clean deep cut through the cardstock)

I got a “You Make My Heart Happy” sentiment, but since I’ll be using the “Happy” from the Mega Happy Die set, I used a post it note to mask the “happy” part of the sentiment before inking it up with Versamark and stamping on Gina K Black Onyx cardstock. Alternatively, you could stamp the entire thing, pour the embossing powder then just brush off the portion you don’t need. As you can see below I didn’t get the cleanest mask off so I ended up just brushing off the little smidge that got powder on it. I then heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Sterling embossing powder.

I then trimmed down my sentiment strip to fit my panel, then cut a fish tail on the internal edge for a bit of pizzazz and adhered to the upper portion of the panel. I also trimmed down two strips of Gina K Black Onyx cardstock to match the sentiment strip. This would just show to small black strips on either side of the panel. I then added this panel onto a white A2 cardbase.

I used the Altenew’s Mega Happy Die to cut out one image from the patterned leaf cardstock I made, and one from Gina K Black Onyx cardstock. I stacked the patterned Happy on top of the Black Happy and shifted it slightly over to create a shadow. The shadow helps to break up the two busy patters – the leaf pattern and the dry embossing.

Of course I also stamped the sprig on a coordinating envelope…and I’m done!

CARD #5: Thinking Of You Card:

Wondered where I was going to use those die cuts from Card #2? Right here!

I started with Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped of of the larger leaves on the panel and die cut them out.

I cut a panel of Gina K Black Onyx cardstock down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and dry fitted the leaves in a circular almost wreath like pattern in order to fit the Thinking of you sentiment from Altenew’s Thinking of You stamp set

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I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark ink and Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster embossing powder. I cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Fog cardstock to approximately 5.25×4 inches and adhered the black panel on top. I then glued everything onto a white A2 card base.

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I glued down the leaves around the embossed sentiment.

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I added a little bit of “shine” by adding some Nuvo Stone Drops in Rusted Iron in between the leaves. I also stamped the same leaf on the coordinating envelope.

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And FINALLY, my card sets are complete!

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PACKAGING:

As a part of this challenge I was required to package these cards as a gift set. I opted to save my recycled item for the packaging. I found a really simple tutorial online by Catherine Pooler on how to make a simple card box. I opted to modify this tutorial to add a window in the cover of the box. I used old acetate packaging to make this window. The following will give a high level description of the process.

I started with two pieces of cardstock, one in grey for the base of the box, and one with Orange on one side and yellow on the other for the cover. I cut the panels down to 8 9/16 x 9 13/16 for the cover, and 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 for the base. 

I then scored both panels at two inches all the way around. Then snipped the corners to create the box folds. I used tape runner adhesive by Gina K to adhere the sides up and close the base of the box.

Learning from the box I made for the Feminine set, I cut out the panel for the acetate BEFORE taping the lid closed. I cut out a window that would be slightly smaller than my recycled acetate piece. I used liquid adhesive to adhere the acetate to the lid of the box. 

I wanted to add a bit of green to the inside of the box, and also to hide a bit of the acetate seams. So I cut strips of the green cardstock and adhered it to the inside around the window. Then I taped the lid of the box closed. 

I had some left over die cut pieces from my projects in this set, so I used them to decorate the outside of the box.

Having a “fancy” window in the lid of the box means that I can show off one of my cards, so I picked to display the “Thank You” Card. I also added some Nuvo drops in Bright Gold to the front of the box. I didn’t want anything to feminine, but wanted to add some shine to the packaging.

And Finally, the first part my Level 1 challenge is complete!

WANT TO SEE THE FEMININE CARD SET? HEAD OVER TO THE BLOG POST HERE.

PRODUCTS USED :

Altenew Stamps/Dies:

-Hello Card: Mega Hello Die, Weekend Doodles stamp set,

-Sympathy Card: Fresh Freesia, Charming Doodles,

– Thank You Card: Thank You Builder, Weekend Doodles stamp set, Gradient Stripes Cover Die,

Happy Birthday Card: Mega Happy Die, Engagement Wishes stamp set, Mega Greetings 2,

 

Thinking of You Card: Charming Doodles, Thinking of you,

Heart Happy Card: Weekend Doodles stamp set, Mega Happy Die, Halftone Cover Die, Floral Shadow Stamp Set,

Inks Used:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (Colours listed in descriptions)

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Altenew’s Permanent Black Ink

Other Supplies:

-Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster,Gilded, Sterling, Icicle Embossing powder

-Nuvo Drops – Bright Gold, Pale Gold-Simon Says Stamp Vellum-DCWV Metallics Paper Pad-DCWV Shimmer Paper Pad

-Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock (Black Onyx)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock (Fog)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– 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- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Level 1 Final Project Part 1: Her Cards

I’ve finally competed the level 1 courses of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and have now moved onto the Final Challenge of Level 1. This by no means is a simple challenge but it was very useful as it helped to push me a bit more with my card making. I’ve made sets of cards before but never with such specific requirements!

My Feminine Set (details below) :

Requirements:

  • Select ANY 3 components from the classes in Level 1 (e.g., layering 1/2, Let it shine, stencil techniques)
  • Explain the 3 components that you’ve chosen for the project
  • Create a His and Her Card Set birthday/graduation/encouragement cards (your choice) as a gift sets. This makes TWO sets one Masculine and one Feminine. Each card (with various sentiments) can vary a little bit, but it should have a similar and cohesive theme as the rest of the set.
  • Each card set should consist of 4-6 cards
  • Also, use one recycle element on a set or its packaging.
  • The minimum card number is six (up to 12) per set. You will also design how you package the sets as a gift. Be creative!
  • Challenge blog post: Detailed step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video
  • Minimum of 10 photos (close-up and process)
  • So.. Not simple! This is going to be rather long post as I will be showing a total of 12 cards. So I’ve opted to spllt it into two posts (slightly easier to read I think) – 1 for the ‘Her’ Cards (this post) and 1 for the ‘His’ cards (posted here). I hope I can pass along what I’ve learned from Altenew’s Educator Certification Program Level 1.

There are so many great classes and so may amazing techniques. For this challenge, I opted to use:

– Easy Die Cutting Techniques

– This class covers all of the basic die cutting techniques, like Stamps and Coordinating dies, to more elaborate techniques, like Inlaid die cutting. I’ll be using Inlaid Die Cutting, Embossing with Dies, Negative Die Cutting and Stamps and Matching Dies throughout both my sets.

– Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

– I LOVE Clean and Simple cards. Do I exclusively create CAS (Clean and Simple) cards? Nope! This class is one of my favourites as it really shows you how to add some amazing details to your cards to help them pop while keeping a very clean look. I’ll be using Simple Styling, Stamped Backgrounds, Metallic Details, Letterpress and Luxury Papers throughout my sets as well to help my cards stand out.

– Let It shine:

– This class is all about adding details that can really help your cards stand out, from embellishments and heat embossing to foiling and specialty cardstock. I usually like adding at least one element to my cards to add a pop, be it Nuvo Drops, SEQUINS, Shimmer Pen Accents or Glitter and Metallic papers. This class was right up my alley and also showed me that something I use every day adds pizzazz – Heat Embossing. Throughout my sets, I’ll be using embellishments, heat embossing, Metallic Paper and Shimmer pens to help add a bit of pop to my cards.

I’ll be incorporating one element from each of those classes on every single card. I’ve mentioned the supplies used for each card in the descriptions and also at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy!

Since this is such a long post, I’ve split the Feminine “HER” card sets and the Masculine “HIS” card sets into separate posts. The HIS card set can be found here.

CARD #1: Hello Card

I started by stamping a small floral image from Altenew’s ‘Charming Doodles’ stamp set in a repeating pattern using Altenew’s Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink. I didn’t want to worry about having the pattern centered exactly, so I started slightly off center and went on from there.


I thought these would look amazing in a yellow, so I used Altenew’s  Buttercream. However, I found that this colour needed a little something. So I stamped the colour layer of the stamp a second time, but instead of using Buttercream again, I grabbed Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink and inked up the layer stamp. But instead of stamping a full layer of Warm Sunshine, I used a dry microfiber cloth and dabbed off the ink from the center of the stamp so that the colour would only be added around the edges of the stamp – Perfect! You can see the subtle difference on the yellow flower on the far left of the image below.

I wanted to try the Inlaid Die Technique from the Easy Die cutting Techniques class. So using the coordinating die, I cut out there of the floral images on my card panel.

I also cut out six of the same floral shape on plain yellow cardstock for stacking.

I glued two of the yellow die cuts together, then glued one of the stamped floral images on the top.

I added a simple Heat embossed “Hello” from Altenew’s Floral Shadow stamp set. I prepped my card panel with an embossing bag to avoid getting stray embossing powder. I used Versafine Black Onyx to stamp the sentiment and then heat embossed using Brutus Monroes’ Icicle embossing powder. It just added a smidge of sheen to the sentiment …hello Let It Shine class!

To keep this card simple, I adhered my card panel to an A2 card base. But what about those die cut outs? Well….I took the stacked floral die cuts and placed them inside the cut outs for a really simple and clean stacked look.

To add a little more shine to this card, I used Tonic Glitter Drops in Honey Gold and added a small drop into the center of each flower, and Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals all over the card.

I wanted to create a coordinating envelope, so I used the same image and dye.


Voila, card #1 complete!

CARD #2: Sympathy Card

I like the look of embossing, so I thought for card #2 I’d emboss using Altenew’s Doodle Dots Cover Die. How ? Well….essentially you set up your cardstock as if you’re about to cut but use your embossing mat in your due cutting machine.

In order to minimize hiding the now beautifully embossed card panel, I used vellum for the sentiment. Altenew’s Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossoms stamp set has a beautiful Sympathy sentiment. I heat embossed the sentiment using Versamark ink and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder. I then trimmed down the sentiment strip and cut a diagonal edge on the internal side of the strip.

I then stamped and die cut three of the long stalks from Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set. I stamped the colour layer using Altenew’s Chammomile and Marigold dye ink.


And of course it would look a little odd to have these stalks just floating, so I needed a small vase. I grabbed Altenew’s Beautiful You stamp set which has a really cute vase. I stamped it using Altenews Jet Black ink, then fussy cut it out. I used Picket Fences Life Changing Blender Brushes and Altenew’s Caribbean Sky Dye ink and added a bit of “water” to the vase image.

I adhered the Vellum sentiment to the card panel, then glued down one stalk and popped up the other two stalks using some foam tape.


I popped up the vase as well, then used a permanent black pen to draw the floral stalks into the vase so that the flowers looked like they were sitting inside the vase.

I adhered the panel to an A2 card base. I also added a few Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals in between the floral stalks for a little extra sparkle.


I stamped the same floral stalk and used Altenew’s Marigold ink to decorate the coordinating envelope.

And there…Card #2 is completed.

CARD #3: Thank You Card

I started off with the stem in Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped it a couple of times to get a larger image.

 

Then I grabbed the second largest floral image and stamped 4 floral images. I did use the included masks in the set to allow my fourth flower to appear behind the third. In the image below you can see the mask placed over the third flower, then I’ve positioned the fourth flower that will “overlap” but will appear behind once stamped. 

Sooooo…letterpress look. In theory it’s not that complicated, however it didn’t turn out perfectly for me..not bad for a first try I think, but I’ll definitely try it again. Here’s how….I die cut “Thanks” using Altenew’s Mega Thanks die out of white cardstock three times, then once out of vellum.

I adhered all layers together, ensuring that the vellum is on the bottom. Then I took Altenew’s Andromeda Dye Ink and pressed it onto the vellum side of the die cut ensuring a solid coverage of the ink one image.

 

I then placed the sentiment very carefully, and ran the entire panel through my die cutting machine using the embossing mat.

Then I carefully lifted the sentiment – and voila a letterpress look. 

I also stamped the colour layer for each of the flowers using Altenew’s Pink Diamond and Pinkalicious Dye Inks. 

I also stamped the colour layer of the leaves using Altenew’s Bamboo Ink.

I wanted to add a little more to my sentiment, so I grabbed Altenew’s Thinking of you stamp set and stamped “Dear Friend” below my letter press style “Thanks” using Altenew’s Jet Black Dye Ink. I love the look of that font it’s delicate but clear to read.

I then cut a panel of Gina K Passionate Pink cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered my panel to it. I also added some Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals. I used an odd number as odd numbers are usually more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. I also tried to position them in a “triangle” pattern which is also a rule learned through the Let It Shine class as it also helps to make it more pleasing to the eye. 

I stamped the same flower on the envelope and used the same Dye Inks to coordinate with the card.

 And Voila! Card #3 is complete!

CARD #4: Birthday Card

Starting with the bunch of tiny flowers in the Altenew Charming Doodles set, I did a background image by varying the height of the stamp across the card panel using Altenew’s Jet Black Dye Ink. This would help to create a clean and simple background while still providing solid coverage across the panel. I used Altenew’s Sunray and Chamomile Dye Inks for the flowers and Frayed Leaf Dye Ink for the leaves. 

I adhered this panel to a white A2 card base for a very clean and simple look

I took Altenew’s Happy Birthday Die and cut two using Neenah Solar White Cardstock and a third using Recollections’ Iridescent White Cardstock for a bit of shimmer. I stacked the die cuts making sure the Iridescent cut was on top. 

I made a coordinating envelope by stamping a small section of the floral bunch using the same Ink colours as the card panel.

I adhered the Happy Birthday sentiment to the upper right hand corner of the card panel to fill the empty space. It’s a subtle sentiment, but the shimmer is definitely there. I also added some Studio Katia’s Sparkle Crystals for a bit of shine. 

This was a pretty simple card, but a card doesn’t need to be super complex to be beautiful and I think this is quite pretty. And just like that, Card #4 is complete.

 

CARD #5: Thinking of You Card

So I wanted something very light and airy for this card so that I could focus on the die cutting element more as I was planning to make an Inlaid die card. Inlaid die means that you’ve filled in a die cut with the same fitting image. Sometimes you may use a different colour for some added pop or in my case create a stack to raise it slightly off the card base.

I started with the largest flower in the Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set. This time I didn’t use the outline stamp, only the colour layer. I used Altenew’s Pink Pearl Dye Ink and put down the first layer of colour. Then I took Altenew’s Rouge Dye Ink and instead of using the entire stamp covered in this colour I inked it up but then took a dry micro fiber cloth and blotted off the colour from the center of the stamp to allow a deeper shade around the edges of the flower for some depth.

I covered the entire panel with these flowers to create a background 

I then added the centers of the flower using Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink.

Then I took one of the single leaves from the same stamp set and added leaves to each of the flowers to help fill in some of the white space. I used Altenew’s Misty Mint Dye Ink for the leaves as I wanted a colour that was subtle and would go nicely with the other colours. 

Then I took Altenew’s Mega You Die and cut out three from Neenah Solar White Cardstock and then I cut one directly out of my completed floral panel.

I stacked all of the die cuts together with liquid glue making sure not to loose any of the negative letter spaces as I wanted a shadow stack on the finished card. 

I white heat embossed “Thinking of” from Altenew’s Thinking of You stamp set using Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder on Gina K’s Black Onyx cardstock. I cut the strip down so it would fit nicely above the “You” cutout on the panel and I snipped the internal edge at an angle for a bit of flare. 

Then I adhered the floral panel to a white A2 card base and added some liquid glue in the empty space ready to place my die cut.

I added a few of Studio Katia’s Sparking Crystals to add a bit of shine to the card. I wanted to keep it subtle but wanted to make sure that I included something from the Let it Shine class. 

I also did the same floral stamp on the envelope to match.

I love the look of these raised Inlaid die cards. Card #5 is done!

CARD #6: Just for You Card

Last card in my Feminine Set. I wanted to use Simple Styling from Altenew’s Clean and Simple Boutique Card class for a nice clean card.

I started with the largest flower from Altenew’s Charming Doodles stamp set and stamped on a scrap piece of white cardstock. 

I used Altenew’s Ruby Red and Coral Berry Dye inks to fill in the flowers. I did a mix of one colour flowers and some with two colours. For the two coloured flowers, I did one stamp with the lighter colour, then inked up the stamp with the darker colour, but blotted off the colour in center of the stamp with a dry micro fiber cloth so that only the edges are inked, then stamped again. It gives the flower a bit more depth and interest. 

I then filled in the centers of the flower with Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink for a pop of colour. I then die cut the flowers out as I’ll be popping them up later for some more interest.

Now onto the main panel. I started with the stem and leaf bunch and stamped it down a couple of time to allow for a larger bunch of stems as I wanted to place at least three of the flowers.

I used Altenew’s Forest Glades Dye Ink to fill in the leaves on the branches

I opted to use a “Just for You” sentiment using Jet Black Dye Ink

I added some foam squares onto the backs of the die cut flowers and then adhered them onto the branches near the ends of the stems. I only ended up using three of the four flowers I had stamped. Keeping an odd number tends to be more pleasing to the eye.

I cut a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s White Glitter Paper to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered my floral panel to it.

Then I added some Nuvo Glitter drops in Honey Gold to add a bit more sparkle to the flower centers. 

To add EVEN more shimmer, I used the Tonic Aqua Shimmer Pen and coloured in over the petals of each the flowers. I love the look for the shimmer with this pen! I also stamped the same flower on a coordinating envelope to complete the set.

But WAIT! What’s a card without some more embellishment? Still an awesome card but I’m really loving Studio Katia’s Sparkle crystals, so I added a few to the panel of my card. Again I used an odd number and kept it within a triangular positioning to be more eye pleasing. 

And just like that all 6 of my cards for my feminine set are done!

PACKAGING:

So as a part of this challenge I was required to package these cards as a gift set. I opted to save my recycled item for the packaging. I found a really simple tutorial online by Catherine Pooler on how to make a simple card box. I opted to modify this tutorial to add a window in the cover of the box. I used old acetate packaging to make this window. The following will give a high level description of the process.

I started with two pieces of cardstock, one in grey for the base of the box, and one with Orange on one side and yellow on the other for the cover. I cut the panels down to 8 9/16 x 9 13/16 for the cover, and 8 1/2 x 9 3/4 for the base. 

I then scored both panels at two inches all the way around. Then snipped the corners to create the box folds.

 

Looking at both sides of the box I realized that the Yellow would suite my left over die cut elements better….so change of plans…

I used tape runner adhesive by Gina K to adhere the sides up and close the box top and base. 

In retrospect, it would’ve been easier for me to cut out a spot for the window BEFORE I adhered the sides….you live, you learn. Anyway….I cut out a window that would be slightly smaller than my recycled acetate piece. I used liquid adhesive to adhere the acetate to the lid of the box. 

I had some left over die cut pieces from my projects in this set, so I used them to decorate the outside of the box. 

Having a “fancy” window in the lid of the box means that I can show off one of my cards, so I picked to display the “Thinking of You” Card.


And Finally, the first part of the challenge is complete!


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PRODUCTS USED :

Altenew Stamps/Dies:

-Hello Card: Floral Shadow, Charming Doodles

– Sympathy Card: Beautiful You, Build-A-Flower Sakura Blossoms, Charming Doodles

-Thanks Card: Script Words 2, Charming Doodles, Thinking of You

Happy Birthday Card: Charming Doodles, Happy Birthday Die

Thinking of You Card: Mega You Die, Charming Doodles stamp set, Thinking of you stamp set

Just for You Card: Charming Doodles, 

Inks Used:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (Colours listed in descriptions)

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Altenew’s Permanent Black Ink

Other Supplies:

-Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster,Gilded, Sterling, Icicle Embossing powder

-Nuvo Glitter Drops – Honey Gold

-Simon Says Stamp Vellum

-DCWV Metallics Paper Pad

-DCWV Shimmer Paper Pad

-Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock (Black Onyx, Passionate Pink)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock ()

-Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Gina K Designs Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– 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- Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency