Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Another very interesting class that’s a part of Level 2 in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) is Beyond Basic Backgrounds. Sounds like a straightforward class, right? Well it is and it isn’t. There are some really interesting techniques in this class. Of course I picked to use one technique that I’ve tried before, but not quite like this. Bleaching….yes bleaching, but instead of using bleach it’s with water. Most inks react with water, pigment as well as dye inks. Some of the best inks for water reaction are Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. I love the look of the oxide inks as they have a muted chalky finish and are easy to blend. I’ve done ‘bleaching’ before on oxide inks but I’ve typically just done it with water splatter, never with stamps before…so this was an interesting option to me. I wanted a birthday card for a friend, and thought this would be a really cool technique for this look.

I started off using Ranger’s Mini Ink Blending Tools and Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Evergreen Bough. I started by dipping the blending brush into Cracked Pistachio and covering approximately half of my panel, then completed the panel with the Evergreen Bough.

I overlapped the colours slightly in order to create a smoother blend and went over the colours a couple of times to make sure the transition was smooth.

I let my inked panel sit overnight to ensure it was dry. Alternatively you could use a heat tool to speed up the drying time. Then i grabbed the leaf stamps from Altenew’s Happy Dreams stamp set. Now … how would I add the water? In the class the instructor used a sort of sponge to add water to the stamps similar to an ink pad…but I didn’t have anything quite so sophisticated. Instead, I added a couple of drops of water onto the stamps while they were attached to the cover of my My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool (MISTI) and then used my finger to distribute the water across the stamp. I also made sure I wiped away any excess water off the lid of my MISTI so I wouldn’t get water where I didn’t want to.

Then I pressed down the cover of my MISTI onto my inked panel. Then I opened the MISTI, and used a clean paper towel to remove any excess water. You can see in the picture below that there’s a very faint change in the colour of my panel. I wanted something a bit more obvious, so I repeated the last step…added more water to the stamps and stamped again. This is one of the advantages of having a stamping tool as I can be sure that my stamps are in the exact same position every time.

Below you can see that I got a much more obvious change in the colour of the panel…perfect. Going forward I knew I need to ‘stamp’ the water on my panel twice in each position.

I wanted to have a nice background of the pattern so I moved my stamps into another position on my panel and stamped again with water. I repeated this a few more times to fully cover my panel with the bleached images.

I cut my panel down to approximately 5.25×3.75 inches, then grabbed a sheet of coordinating patterned paper from Reverse Confetti’s Winter Solstice Patterned Paper Pad. I trimmed the patterned paper down to be approximately 0.25×5.25 inches and adhered it to the left side of my panel. I wanted to add a bit of detail without taking away from the beautiful green colours.

On to my sentiment. As previously mentioned I needed a birthday card…so I grabbed Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set. This is a great stamp set to have in your stash as it has lots of various styled ‘Happy Birthday’ stamps, so I’ve always been able to find something to go with any card! I used to Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency align my sentiment perfectly in my MISTI.

I grabbed a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Slate and treated my cardstock with anti-static powder bag to eliminate any static and stop any embossing powder from sticking to places I didn’t want it to. I used and stamped the sentiment using Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink. Then I used Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool to heat emboss the sentiment. Then I adhered the strip to the lower right portion of my panel and ended up trimming off the excess.

Then I took the same leaf stamp I used to bleach the panel and used Cracked Pistachio to stamp on the lower left corner of the coordinating envelope.

I adhered the bleached panel to an A2 sized Neenah Solar White cardstock cardbase.

After taking the first couple of pictures of the finished card, I opted to add a few gems as I felt that something was missing. I added 3 of –Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals  using  Ranger’s Glossy Accents and my Crystal Katana Jewel Picker. That made it feel a little more complete to me, however the jewels could have easily been left off making the card a bit more masculine.

Altenew Stamps:

Birthday Builder

– Happy Dreams

Inks:

– Tim Holtz for Ranger Distress Oxide Inks – Cracked Pistachio, Evergreen Bough

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Slate

– Reverse Confetti’s Winter Solstice Patterned Paper Pad

– Brutus Monroe’s White Alabaster Embossing powder

Studio Katia’s Iridescent Crystals (SSS)

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

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)

Ranger Mini Ink Blending Brushes (SSS)

A Quick Birthday Card in Gold!

A super quick birthday card for a friend with some gold shimmer!

I cut a panel from Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Schoolhouse Red measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. I also cut a panel from some scrap patterned paper measuring approximately 3.75×5 inches.

I took another piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock and trimmed it down to roughly 1×3.75 inches and used an EK Success border punch to decorate the edges. I then stamped Happy Birthday from Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp set using Altenew’s Pigment Ink in Enchanted Gold. I’m so used to Dye Inks that I always forget to let the Pigment ink sit to dry so I don’t smudge it!

Finally I adhered the sentiment strio onto the patterned paper panel and then adhered that to to the Red panel leaving a bit of a border. I popped everything onto a note card measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. I added a few bits of bling using Studio Katia’s Gold Sparkle Crystals and Voila a card is born!

Altenew Stamps:

– Charming Doodles

– Birthday Builder

Altenew Pigment Inks:

– Enchanted Gold

Other Supplies:

– Studio Katia’s Gold Sparkle Crystals

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Schoolhouse Red

– Pattern Paper (scrap.. Unknown)

– EK Success Edge Punch

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

Tools:

– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

More Birthday Cards!

Yes.. I know… More Birthday cards ?

I have none in my stash as they constantly keeping flowing out. Anyway.. Another attempt to get ahead of the influx of birthdays.

Featuring:

– Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Lovely Legs Birthday’ stamp set

– PinkFresh Studio’s ‘Sweet and Simple’ 6×6 Paper Pack

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Trinity Stamps ‘Soapy Bubbles Confetti Mix’

Balloon.. Nearly 1 layer:

My first time using Waffle Flower.. I think SUPER cute!
A nice yet simple nearly one layer card. I struggle with one layer cards.. Always feels like something is missing.

Featuring:

– Waffle Flower’s ‘Bold Sentiments’ stamp set

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Pink and Main’s ‘It’s a Party’ paper pad

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Featuring:

– Flora and Fauna’s ‘Texture 4 Set’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Birthday Messages’ stamp set

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Hexagon Love

I genuinely am in love with the style of Flora and Fauna’s Stamps. They also have a very good texture set collection that’s extremely versatile.

Featuring:

– Waffle Flower’s ‘Bold Sentiments’ stamp set

– Flora and Fauna’s ‘ Texture 4 Set’ stamp set

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

More Texture Set Love:

Featuring:

– Waffle Flower’s ‘Bold Sentiments’ stamp set

– Flora and Fauna’s ‘ Texture 4 Set’ stamp set

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Clear Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

A Few Masculine Birthday Cards

I always struggle with masculine and gender neutral cards. This of course is most likely because the bulk of my stash is floral or more delicate in nature.

Nonetheless men have birthdays too as do kids, teens.. Etc… So I’m working on mastering the art of less floral cards.

Featuring:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Clearly I love this layout and the Altenew block patterns!

Featuring:

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Ranger’s Letter it ‘Birthday’ designed by Taylor Huizenga stamp. Set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

This is was my first time using the Concord and 9th’s turnabout stamps.. I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it quite right, but will definitely try again.

Featuring:

– Concord and 9th’s ‘Sprinkles Turnabout’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

-Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Balloons’ Die set

– Hero Arts’ ‘Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

A simple yet time consuming card. It’s a pattern paper that I did myself using a Simon Says Stamp stamp set.

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Best Ever’ stamp set

– The Stamp Market’s ‘Birthday Wishes’ stamp set

– Hero Arts’ ‘Black Sparkle’ embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

-Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

I’ve been dying to try this technique with vellum over a loud print… Perfect opportunity and I really love this card. I’ll definitely be making this style again!

Featuring:

– Ranger’s Letter it ‘Birthday’ designed by Taylor Huizenga stamp. Set

– Altenew’s ‘Block Print’ Stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

A simple card using patterned paper that for the life of me I couldn’t find the pad to get the name but I know it came in the May Pink and Main card kit.

Featuring:

– Pink and Main patterned paper (from May 2019 card kit)

-Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

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

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

One last card.. Using a die set I can’t find the name of. Looks simple, right? Doing a die i lay techique is a bit time consuming especially with small pieces. Lovely nonetheless.. Or i should say.. Manly….

Featuring:

-Gina K Designs ‘Men of Faith’ stamp set

– Bazzil Cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

A Little Bit of Bling to Mark 80 Years Young!

So I was looking to do something classy but Shiny for a couple of ladies celebrating their 80th birthdays. I opted for some flashy patterned paper while keeping everything else reletively simple.

Featuring:

– Concord and 9th’s ‘Notable Numbers’ Stamp and Die set

– Recollections’ ‘Chateau’ Paper Pad

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Fiskars’ Corner Punch

Featuring:

– Recollections’ ‘Chateau’ Paper Pad

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

– Studio Katia’s ‘Gold Sparkle Crystals’

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

Thinking of you…

Working on a few ‘Thinking of You’ cards.

I LOVE the Miss Ink’s ‘Magnolia Sympathy’ Stamp set.. I love the shape of the flowers. I’ve been using the single blossoms on envelopes and have bern dying to use the full stem… So I finally did on the first card below. I felt the Magnolia looked lonely so I added the Butterflies using a stencil. Next time around I’d adjust the positioning of the Magnolia.. But I still love it!

Featuring:

– Miss Ink’s ‘Magnolia Sympathy’ Stamp set

-Whimsy Stamp’s ‘Flight of the Butterflies’ Stencil

-Lawn Fawn’s Rose Gold Embossing Powder

– Versamark Ink

– Versafine Onyx Black Ink

I decided to try my hand at a resist technique again using distress oxides as watercolor and white embossing powder… I really like ow it turned out this time. Getting better? Perhaps!

Also… I’m IN LOVE with the Brutus Monroe’s Alabaster embossing powder.. Works well with ery fine detail and is a wonderful bright white. Definitely my go to for white embossing powder going forward.

Featuring:

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Sketched Flowers’ stamp set (SSS101830)

– Tim Holtz’s Distress Oxide Inks for Ranger

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Alabaster’ Embossing powder

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Catherine Pooler Dye Ink

Featuring:

-Altenew’s ‘Build-A-Flower Hyacinth’ stamo and die set

-Altenew Dye Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Sketched Flowers’ stamp set

– Honey Bee Stamp’s ‘The Bees Knees’ Paper pad

Some More 3×3 Note Cards.. Just to say ‘Hello’

Creating some cute 3×3 note cards. I absolutely LOVE this patterned paper. These are simple yet stunning (IMHO).

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Featuring:

– Miss Ink’s ‘Magnolia Sympathy Stamp set

– Catherine Pooler Dye Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye ink

– Poppy Stamp’s ‘Art Deco Frames and Phrases (cl472)

– Recollections’ ‘ Faith Filled’ paper pad

A Minnie Dream Come True…

I made 4 perfectly cute Minnie Mouse themed cards for a very sweet 3 year old girl.

Featuring:

– EK Success Brands Disney Die-Cut Cardstock, Mickey Family

EK Success Brands Disney Specialty Paper Pad, Mickey Family

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Birthday Messages’ stamp set (SSS101391)

Playing with Patterned Paper – Quick Easter Cards

So I’ve always LOVED patterned paper… The designs/prints… So many choices and such beautiful colours. But what so i do with them? How do I successfully incorporate them into my card making without it looking cluttered in my eyes?

I opted to give it a shot for some easy Easter cards. I was so busy filling orders for others that I totally lost the time to make my own… Enter the patterned paper… No stamping!

Featuring:

– ‘Bunny Trail’ by Becky Fleck for Phtoplay

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

– Nuvo Drops

– Stampin Up’s ‘Bunny Maker’ punch

Featuring:

– ‘Bunny Trail’ by Becky Fleck for Phtoplay

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

– Nuvo Drops

Featuring:

– ‘Bunny Trail’ by Becky Fleck for Phtoplay

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

– Nuvo Drops

Featuring:

– ‘Bunny Trail’ by Becky Fleck for Phtoplay

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

– Nuvo Drops

Featuring:

– ‘Bunny Trail’ by Becky Fleck for Phtoplay

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

– Nuvo Drops

Featuring:

– ‘Bunny Trail’ by Becky Fleck for Phtoplay

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

– Nuvo Drops

Featuring:

– ‘Bunny Trail’ by Becky Fleck for Phtoplay

– Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen

– Nuvo Drops