Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Easy As ABC

As I pick and choose my 5 classes as a part Level 3 for the Altenew Educator Certification Program, I am drawn to certain techniques in particular. Altenew’s ‘Easy as ABC‘ class, was one of them. First of all…I think  Therese Calvird is a fantastic instructor and this class is no different. There’s a lot of various way to use sentiments, letter dies, word dies, etc. and this class teaches you a few way to make those pop on your cards. I opted to use a sentiment stamp to create a background for my birthday card.

I started off by taking a ‘happy birthday’ sentiment from Altenew’s birthday builder stamp set and a stamp block from Simon Says Stamp to create a delicate background. I selected a very feminine but solid sentiment and Altenew’s Dew Drops Crisp Dye Ink and repeatedly stamped the sentiment at a diagonal for a bit of detail and added dimension.

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I wanted a nice, bold image to go along with my stunning new background, so I opted for Altenew’s Regal Beauty stamp set. I started with Altenew’s Orange Cream Crisp Dye Ink for the first layer of the large flower in the stamp set.

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I used Autumn Blaze ink to stamp the second layer, and Fire Brick ink for the third layer.

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I stamped a pair of leaves to go along with my beautiful flower. I stamped the first layer and second layers with Mountain Mist and Volcano Lake respectively.

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For the final layer of the leaves I used Turquoise ink for a bit of contrast.

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I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flower and leaves and set aside as I prepped the rest of the card. I grabbed a piece of Simon Says Stamp black cardstock and Brutus Monroe’s Penny Embossing Powder-. I cut down the strip and adhered it to the background panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma Foam Tape.

I cut down a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s Orange Peel cardstock to approximately 4×5.25 inches and adhered the stamped panel to it.

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I adhered the flower and leaves to the front of the card using Simon Says Stamps Big Momma Foam Tape at an angle that matches the stamped sentiment. Then I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White Cardstock. Then for a touch of bling, I added a few of  Studio Katia’s Icy Sparkle Crystals.

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I stamped the same Flower image onto a white coordinating envelope and done.

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Altenew Stamps:

Regal Beauty

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Orange Cream

– Autumn Blaze

– Fire Brick

– Mountain Mist

-Volcano Lake

– Turquoise

– Dew Drops

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Studio Katia’s Icy Sparkle Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Orange Peel

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

-Brutus Monroe’s Penny Embossing Powder-

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Big Momma Foam Tape (SSS)

Tools:

– Studio Katia Jewel Wand (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

 

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Rethink Reinkers

I LOVE the look of Alcohol Inks, but am always hesitant to use them. However, as a part of Level 3 of  the Altenew Educator Certification Program I took Altenew’s ‘Rethink Reinkers‘ course which opened up my eyes to using Altenew’s Artist Markers refills as alcohol ink for this beautiful card.

I cut a panel of Yupo paper to approximately 6×5, and then used Altenew’s Cotton Candy Artist Marker refill and added a few drops on the paper. Yupo paper is a non porous ‘plastic paper’ and works perfectly with alcohol inks as it allows the ink to move across the paper well.

Then I added a few drops of Lavender Fields alcohol reinker. I love watching alcohol ink blend with each other and resist each other. You never know what you’ll get when using alcohol inks. You can manipulate them to some degree, but I was going for a more free form for this card.

I used my heat tool to move the ink around a bit and help it to dry even quicker than it normally does. I added a bit more of each colour as well until I got a look that i liked once it was dry.

On a separate panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock, I used Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink  to stamp two flowers and three leaves from Altenew’s Cherished Moments stamp set. Then I used the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers and leaves and set aside.

I grabbed an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock and cut out an oval window out of the upper portion of the panel using Heffy Doodles Ovally Excited Dies. I like these dies as they leave at stitching detail on both the opening as well as the cut out, which I saved to use on another card later on.

Then I used Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder to heat emboss a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum. I cut the panel down to a strip that spans the front of the Oval Cut panel. I trimmed down my alcohol panel so that it was slightly smaller than an A2 size and adhered the oval panel to it. Then I took the vellum strip and placed it over the front of the oval, about midday through the oval  and adhered it on the back using some tape runner adhesive.

I trimmed the oval panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches. Than I grabbed my floral cut outs and using them to fram the alcohol ink panel. Then I adhered everything to a panel of Simon Says Stamp’s black cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 icnhes. I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base.

to add a touch more colour across the panel I placed five of Studio Katia’s Blossom Sparkle Crystals diagonally across the card front as Odd numbered details are more pleasing to the eye.

After completing the card above, I realized that the bottom right flower was missing something. So I stamped and cut out one more leaf and added it to the bottom right flower….finally it all looks more balanced!

I love the way this card turned out. Having a bold center and more mellow black and white detail really helps to make the colour pop. Thanks for stopping by!

Altenew Stamps:

– Birthday Builder

– Cherished Moments

Inks:

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew Artist Markers Refills: Cotton Candy & Lavender Fields

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Studio Katia’s Blossom Sparkle Crystals

– Heffy Doodles Ovally Excited Dies

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp Vellum

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded 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 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

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Clean, Simple, and Colorful Techniques

So.. My first project for Level 3 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program and I opted to try my hand at Ink Blending & Copic Flicking from the Clean, Simple and Colorful Techniques class.

I have started to appreciate the details that I see people add to their cards in a big way. I love learning some simple techniques that can really add depth and copic flicking over ink blending is definitely one of them. Now… I don’t own any copic markers, but I do own Altenew’s Artist Markers which are equivalent alcohol markers to Copics. With the Altenew Artist markers I love the fact that it’s easy to match many of the Altenew Crisp Dye ink colours as they’re made to match!

I started with the second largest flower from Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria stamp and die set. Then I used Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing powder and heat embossed three of the same flower on a panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock.

Then I grabbed my Simon Says Stamp’s Blending Brush and Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Levander Fields and ink blended over the entire flower, except the center. I used a piece of a Post It note to mask the center.

Then I coloured the center using Altenew’s Warm Sunshine Dye Ink and a small blending brush from Honey Bee Stamps.

Then I grabbed my Altenew Artist marker in Lavender Fields and starting at the base of each petal proceeded to do a flicking motion towards the outer edge of the petals with the brush tip of the marker. I repeated this motion for each petal.

I then grabbed the Deep Iris artist marker and repeated the flicking motion but didn’t go out as far towards the tip as I did with the Lavender Fields. After I completed each petal with the Deep Iris marker, I went back over each petal with the Lavender Fields to help. To soften the flicks. In retrospect, I’ll start with the darker shade first.

I repeated for the blending and flicking process on the second flower but instead I used Cotton Candy Crisp Dye Ink for the blending and Cotton Candy and Coral Berry Artist Makers for the flicking detail.

I used the coordinating dies to cut both flowers out and set aside.

I then grabbed an A2 Panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and stamped the same sized flowers using Altenew’s Evening Grey Dye Ink. I stamped the flowers in the exact positions that I would be adhering the die cut flowers. By stamping the flowers out, I knew exactly where to stamp my leaves in relation to where the flowers would be.

I took a variety of the leaves from the same stamp set and stamped the outline in Jet Black ink, then filled them in with the second layer of the leaf stamps with Firefly Dye Ink. I opted to stamp three leaves as odd numbers are more pleasing, and they help to ground my two flowers and make the overall number of elements an odd number as well.

Once all the leaves were completed, I opted for an inspiring sentiment by mixing “You are Amazing” from Altenew’s ‘Amazing You‘ stamp set and “Dear Friend” from Altenew’s ‘Thinking of You‘ stamp set. I stamped the sentiment using Altenew’s Obsidian Pigment ink and heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Icicle embossing powder.

I wanted to have a little bit of a pattern peeking out behind my main panel so decided to use Altenew’s “Elements” mini stamp set and Evening Grey Dye Ink to stamp a repeating pattern on a panel of Neenah Solar White Cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches.

In retrospect, I really only needed to stamp the outer edge of the panel as the middle wouldn’t be seen. Alternatively, I could’ve also used a shape die and cut out the center of the patterned panel to save for another project.

Then I trimmed down my main panel to be approximately 3.5 x 4.75 inches to allow a bit of the patterned panel to show behind. Then adhered the main panel to the patterned panel and then I adhered my flowers to the main panel using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll foam tape.

To add a bit more depth to the card (and some shine) I used varying sizes of Studio Katia’s Onyx Crystals. I limited myself to five crystals as odd numbers are more pleasing to the eye and I didn’t want to overwhelm the card and distract from my detail in the flowers.

Voila! This is definitely a technique I will try again, as I really do like the detail it adds to my flowers.

Altenew Stamps:

Build-A-Flower: Anemone Coronaria

Elements

-Thinking of You

-Amazing You

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

– Firefly

– Cotton Candy

– Lavender Fields

– Jet Black

– Warm Sunshine

– Evening Grey

Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Artist Markers : Cotton Candy, Coral Berry, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris

– Studio Katia’s Onyx Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle 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

– Simon Says Stamp’s Blending Brushes

– Honey Bee Stamp’s Blender Brushes

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)