Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Color Your Day

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

A friend of mine wanted a ‘Welcome Baby’ card to give to someone, but his request was that it feature a Squirrel. Yes…a squirrel. Well….I accepted that challenge!

I started with Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends‘ stamp set…which isn’t specifically for babies, but it’s got a couple of really cute Squirrels in there 🙂

I started off stamping a parent squirrel and a baby squirrel, slightly above the bottom of the panel and closer to the left side as I was planning to put the sentiment on the upper right side. I used Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink as it’s watercolor and alcohol marker safe and I wanted to make sure the outlines didn’t smudge as I applied water.

I started off with the parent squirrel and added a mix of brown and grey, then blended it out with some water.

I repeated the same with the baby squirrel as well. Then I mixed a green and blue and used a larger brush to “wash” the colour across the base on the panel to create a ground for the squirrels.

I added a rattle to the baby squirrel’s hand from Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’ stamp set to add a little more ‘baby’ theme in there. Then I used a sentiment from that same stamp set and head embossed it in the upper right side of the panel using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder and Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink.

To finish off the watercolor panel, I added some “sky” using a blue coloured wash across the top portion of the panel…then for a little kick…I added a bit of a sun in the upper left corner of the panel. Then I let everything dry for a bit to make sure that there was enough firmness in the panel before proceeding.

To add a bit of definition to the ground I stamped a grass detail using Frayed Leaf ink. I also painted the baby’s rattle. I then trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75x 5 inches and adhered it to a panel of Recollections’ Iridescent white Cardstock measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. I added everything to an A2 sized panel of Neenah Solar White cardstock and the card is complete!

I also stamped the envelope to make sure it corresponded with the card. I stamped the flap with a detailed stamp from the Mama Elephant stamp set and Frayed Leaf ink. Then I used some of the little baby objects and stamped the bottom left corner of the front of the envelope using Crimson,  Snapdragon, Warm Sunshine and Frayed Leaf.

And I’m done. Is it my best work? probably not, but I pushed myself to try something outside of my wheelhouse, and I do think it came out really cute.

Stamps:

– Mama Elephant’s ‘New Family’

Pinkfresh’s ‘Squirrel Friends’ (SSS)

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Frayed Leaf

Crimson

Snapdragon

Warm Sunshine

Other Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Gina K Designs Jet Black Amalgam Ink

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Recollections Iridescent White Cardstock

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Altenew’s Watercolor Pan Set

Tools:

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

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) – Impressive Heat Embossing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Altenew Stamps:

Festive Foliage

Happy Holidays

Altenew Inks:

Crimson

Sweet Leaf

– Obsidian Pigment Ink

– Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

– Simons Says Stamps Glitter Cardstock – PINE

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Tools:

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

Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks (SSS)

Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency (SSS)

WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool (SSS)

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)

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)

Very Simple Hex Birthday Card

A Very Simple birthday card for a friend. I wanted something masculine, and not overly complex. I’ve been eyeing this Reverse Confetti cover die in my stash for a while and figured if not now, then when? So I grabbed it… Not knowing what I was doing with it yet… And away I went.


I started with a panel approximately 4.25×5.5 inches of Neenah Solar White cardstock and ran it though my die cutting machine with

Reverse Confetti’s hex cover panel.



I popped out all of the hex cut outs. I want the main panel with the cutouts, but the hex pieces will be saved for a future project.


I took one of the ‘Happy Birthday’ Sentiments from Altenew’s Birthday Builder Stamp Set and stamped it using Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I chose a small sentiment so it would fit in between the open spaces in the panel.


Then I gathered scraps. This is a great technique to use up some of your scrap paper. I had left overs from Altenew’s Verdant and black. And white paper pads, as well as some left over Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock, DCWV Glitter Cardstock and some Stampin Up specialty paper.

I cut them down to squares that would cover the hex shapes in the cover die and used a bit of purple tape to hold them in place. Then I ran it through my die cutting machine.


Voila! Perfectly fitting hexes of colour. I adhered my cut out panel. To a A2 sized card base, then put a bit of liquid glue in the hex spaces.


I then popped the coordinating pieces into the slots.
I used Altenew’s Simple Shapes stamp set along with

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Heart Beat, Maple Yellow, Parrot, Tide Blue, Autumn Blaze & Lagoon to make a coordinating envelope.



Done! A very simple but cute birthday card for a friend 🙂


PRODUCTS USED:

Stamps/Dies/Stencils:

– Altenew simple shapes stamp Set

– Reverse confetti hex cover panel

– Altenew Birthday Builder Stamp Set

Inks:

– Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Heart Beat, Maple Yellow, Parrot, Tide Blue, Autumn Blaze, Lagoon

– Tsukineko’s Versafine Onyx Black Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock
– Altenew Black and White Paper pad
– Altenew Verdant Paper Pad
– DCWV Glitter Cardstock
– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock

Tools:

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency
– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

Tag! You’re It! – Papercraft Challenge #23 (New DT)

So I’ve been accepted by an awesome design team at Papercraft Business Challenge. It’s a great monthly challenge for paper crafters and definitely a way for me to think outside my usual box. I’m beyond excited! One way to help keep track of dates for this as well as other challenges grab a Challenge Planner! They’re handy and stylish.

The October challenge #23 is Tags! Check out the blog at Papercraft Business Challenge for all the details and to submit your entry!

My entry for this month is a Halloween inspired card using a tag.

It’s a pretty simple card but I thought it was really cute. I started off with Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O Lanterns’ stencil, Spectrum Noir Midus Pigment ink in Silver and Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes and stencilled faces on the black cardstock tag.

I repeated that several times using different faces from the stencil until the tag was filled. Then I used Clearly Besotted’s ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp and die set to stamp and cut out several ghosts.

I cut a sheet of zig zag patterned paper measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches from Tim Holtz’s Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad. I adhered the tag using a 3M neon orange washi tape and stamped a sentiment across the bottom using Gina K Amalgam Ink.

I added the ghosts using some foam squares around the tag.

Then to add a smidge of dimension I used Nuvo Drops in ebony black on the eyes of each of the ghosts.

I then added the panel to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches and my Challenge card is complete!

Stamps/Stencils:

– Clearly Besotted ‘Spooky Spirits’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Jack O’ Lanterns ‘ Stencil

Inks:

– Gina K Designs Amalgam Ink – Black

– Spectrum Noir Silver Midas Metallic Pigment Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

– Tim Holtz Ideology Halloween Kraft Stock Paper Pad

– Tonic Nuvo Drops – Ebony Black

– Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen – Glitter

– Scotch 3M Xpressions Washi Tape

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam Squares

Tools:

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting Machine

– Pickett Fence’s Life Changing Blender Brushes

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!


WANT TO SEE THE MASCULINE CARDS? HOP OVER TO THIS BLOG POST HERE.

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

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – For The Guys

Masculine cards tend to be a struggle for me because the stereotypical image of a masculine card has cars and tools and it’s really not the style of the guys I typically make cards for. I wanted a simple yet masculine card for a friend of mine with an upcoming birthday. I LOVE geometric shapes as they usually give a nice clean look. So I grabbed Altenew’s Halftone Circle stamp set and some great colours of their dye inks and got to work.

I started with a mid sized circle and stamped randomly over my card panel using Aqualicious (I LOVE this colour).

I grabbed the next smallest circle stamp and used Sikver Stone to start filling in some space on the panel.

Using the smallest circle in the set I added Crimson on the card panel. Realizing that I needed more coverage on the panel I added some more Silver Stone and Aqualicious until I was happy with the coverage.

Then I got to work on the sentiment. I grabbed a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Fog and stamped Happy Birthday from Altenew’s i89 in Jet Black.

I grabbed a sheet of Gina K’s Cardstock in In The Navy and cut down a panel measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches.

At this point I thought the sentiment strip needed a little something. So I grabbed a strip of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Schoolhouse Red to back the sentiment strip addinf a pop of colour.

I trimmed down the dotted panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches and backed it with the In The Navy panel. Then I added everything to a Neenah Solar white card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. DONE!

Altenew Stamps:

Halftone Circles

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Crimson

Silver Stone

Aqualicious

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Fog

Gina K Designs Cardstock – In the Navy

– 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

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

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