Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Irresistible Inking Techniques

I love watercolor. Am I really great at it? No.. But i love it! I was excited about Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class as it had a few examples using water ink.. LOVE!

I have quite a few September birthdays so I’m focused on getting those out the door. I knew I wanted to do a floral with an acrylic block inked background. I’ve tried it before and it didn’t quite work out, but this time I’m liking it.

I started off measuring out my piece by placing the image from the Engraved Flowers stamp set to the back of the acrylic block. This allowed me to see exactly how much of the block to ink up with each colour.

I inked the bloom portion of the block with Altenew’s Rubellite ink and the section with the leaves and stem with Bamboo.

I spritzed the block with a bit of water and pressed it down unto my card panel.

After letting the ink dry, I cleaned the block, flipped it around to the side with the stamp and inked it up with Versamark Ink ad stamped down into the coloured section. I heat embossed the image using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing powder.

I wanted to add a bit more depth. To the flower so i smooshed Altenew’s Razzleberry and Parrot inks onto my craft mat and using my Jane Davenport water brush I added some of each of the darker colours in certain sections.

Essentially I followed the grooves from the stamp and added colour for highlighting.

After drying the image I added a Happy Birthday sentiment from Altenew’s Birthday Builder stamp. Set. Then I trimmed the panel down to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to a gold foil Cardstock panel. Measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches.

I adhered everything to a card base measuring approximately 4.25×5.5 inches. I wanted a bit of bling so I added some of Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals.

All done!

Altenew Stamps:

Engraved Flowers

Birthday Builder

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:





Jet Black

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock

– Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

– Studio Katia’s Sparkling Crystals

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents

– Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

– Craft Foam


– Krystal Katana Jewel Picker

– My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI Stamping Tool

– Tim Holtz Mini Comfort Trimmer

– Simon Says Stamp’s Acrylic Blocks

– Jane Davenport’s Waterbrushes

– Simon Says Stamp’s Grid Transparency


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!


– 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.


– 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


-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

Mother’s Day is around the corner… Here come the cards

Mother’s day is just around the corner. So i made a few lovely (if i do say so myself) cards.


– The Colorado Craft Company’s ‘Tired as A Mother’ stamp set

– Distress Oxide Inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Clear Fine Detail’ embossing powder

– Recollections’ Silver Embossing Powder


– The Colorado Craft Company’s Tired as A Mother’ stamp set

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Sizzix for Stampin Up ‘Layering Ovals Framelits’ dies

– Simon Says Stamp’s ‘Cups and Succulents’ stamp set

– We R Memory Keepers’ Precision Stencil

– Lawn Fawn’s ‘Rose Gold’ Embossing powder


– Altenew’s ‘Handpicked Bouquet’ stamp set

– Altenew Dye Inks

– Gina K Designs’ ‘Lettered and Lovely’ stamp set by Emily Loggans

– Simon Says Stamp’s Dye inks

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Gilded’ Embossing powder


– Penny Black’s ‘Radiant’ Cling Stamp

– Altenew’s Dye Inks

– Stampin Up’s ‘Strong and Beautiful’ Stamp Set

– Brutus Monroe’s ‘Sterling’ Embossing powder

– Versamark Ink