Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Color Your Day (2)

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’s Metallic Watercolor Set set to make a card.

I started off with some Black Bristol paper from Bee Paper measuring approximately 4×5.25 inches. Metallic watercolor looks great on anything but it really pops on black paper. I wasn’t planning to saturate the paper so I could’ve also used black cardstock, but I opted for Bristol paper as it tends to hold up to water a bit better than regular cardstock. Below are my Swatches of Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set on black bristol.

I prepped my paper using an Anti-Static Powder Bag. I grabbed Altenew’s Modern Poinsettia Stamp set and lined up the poinsettia using my MISTI. I could’ve also used a stamping block but I wanted to be able to re-stamp easily as I often find I need to double stamp when using a watermark/embossing ink to ensure a clean image.

Then I inked up my stamp using Versamark and heat embossed the poinsettia image using Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool.

Then I grabbed my Altenew Metallic Watercolor Set and my Altenew Fine tip Waterbrush and got to work. I started with Garnet in the center and moved on to Copper on the next later of petals and then Enchanted Gold on the outer most petals. I wanted the colours to lighten as I spanned outwards.

Altenew’s Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink matches the metallic watercolour with the same name quite well, so I opted to use it as the vase to heat emboss my sentiment instead of Versamark. This way, any spots I miss with the powder will still show up as a bright gold colour. I used the ‘warmest wishes’ sentiment from the same Modern Poinsettia Stamp set as I just LOVE the font. Then I heat embossed using Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder. I trimmed the sentiment strip down and then backed it using Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock to help it stand out against the black panel.

I adhered it to my card panel on the bottom right corner using Simon Says Stamp’s Big Momma roll Foam Tape for just a bit of dimension.

I felt the card needed a bit more pop as there was a lot of black. So I used my waterbrush to flick on some splatter of the metallic paint colours I used on the poinsettia – Garnet, Copper and Enchanted Gold. I also flicked some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer pen in Midas Touch for a bit of glitter.

Then I adhered my panel to an A2 sized card base of Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock in Black. I paired the card with a gold shimmer envelope to coordinate and my card was done! I truly Love the way the colours pop on the black paper. I’m definitely going to be using the metallic watercolor palette again and again!

Altenew Stamps:

Modern Poinsettia

Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Set

Other Supplies:

Bee Paper Black Bristol Paper

Simon Says Stamp’s Cardstock – Black

– Simon Says Stamp’s Gold Glitter Cardstock

-Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen – Midas Touch

Brutus Monroe’s Gilded Embossing Powder

-Brutus Monroe’s Fairy Dust Embossing Powder

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

– Ranger’s Multi Media Matte

– Tonic Deluxe Adhesive Nuvo Glue

3M Foam Tape (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)

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Tom Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

Therm-O-Web Purple Tape

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

 

Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – Creative Watercolor Media

I LOVE the look of watercolor, always have. Am i good at it? not really….but it doesn’t mean I can’t improve. I took Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media as a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. It’s a good class! There were some very interesting techniques and it opened my eyes up a bit on some of the watercolor techniques and got me excited about trying to up my watercolor game 🙂

I opted to use the ink as paint option to get a nice watercolor look.

I started off with an A2 sized panel of Canson XL Watercolor Paper and used an anti-static powder bag to prep the panel. The anti-static powder helps to stop stray embossing powder from ending up where I don’t want it to.

I used Altenew’sModern Poinsettia stamp set and placed the stamp on the panel. I used Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink to ink the panel.

I kept the poinsettia stamp rotating with each new placement for a random look. I continued to ink and stamp the flower on the panel until I was satisfied with the look. I had to stamp each poinsettia a few times as watercolor paper is textured making it difficult to get a good impression.

I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder and my WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool to heat emboss the panel.

I used the Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium to stamp Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Crimson, Coral Bliss and Rubellite on the side of the palette. I’ll be using these ink smooshes to paint my panel. I’ll also be using Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes and Altenew’s Watercolor Fine Brush.

First I started by wetting down my entire panel with clean water. This is a wet on wet technique that will help me to get some great movement on the ink.

I started off by picking up some Rubellite ink with my wet brush and tapping it into the centers of my stamped poinsettias. Since I heat embossed the flowers, the ink beads off the embossing which for a newbie watercolorist is a great thing…don’t have to panic about keeping in the lines….and even if you want to, the ink will bead inside the lines easily.

Then I kept adding ink using a clean brush until I was happy with the placement. I also opted to dry in between layers of the ink to help the colour build up. I used the WOW Dual Speed Heat Tool on the low setting to help dry the ink in between.

Wet:

Dry:

I wanted to add a little bit of pink to the background areas, so I grabbed Altenew’s Blush ink and smooshed it onto the palette again, and then added it with a wet brush in between the poinsettias. In order to make sure that the poinsettias didn’t get lost, I added another layer of colour to them to help them stand out.

To add a bit of pop, I did some splatter with the left over ink on the panel, as well as my Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen. Leaving behind some shimmery splatters and drops of colour. I didn’t want to get too much on the poinsettas so I opted to use a clean paper towel to pick up some of the colour while still wet if it landed where I didn’t want it. Alternatively you could opt to mask or cover any areas you don’t want the splatter on.

Now for the sentiment. Since it’s a Christmas card, I wanted a nice holiday sentiment. I punched a circle using EK Success’ 2.5 inch punch to punch a piece of Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum. Then I used “Season’s Greetings” from Altenew’s Happy Holidays stamp set, Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink and Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder to heat set the sentiment on the vellum circle.

I adhered the sentiment on the bottom right of the watercolor panel using some liquid adhesive under the embossed letters. Then I trimmed off the handover of the circle to get a clean edge. I also cut a piece of Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Paper to measure approximately 4x 5.25 inches. This paper has a silver shimmer to it so it adds some extra sparkle to the card. I trimmed down the painted panel to approximately 3.75×5 inches and adhered it to the silver cardstock.

I adhered everything to an A2 sized card base of Neenah Solar White cardstock. I wanted a bit more sparkle, but didn’t want to overwhelm the card so I opted to add a few of Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Clear Droplets. They are nice and clear so they aren’t intrusive, but add some dimension as they’re domed and some shine when they reflect the light.

I paired the card with a bright red envelope to help pick up the brightness of the card and it’s all done.

Altenew Stamps:

Modern Poinsettia

Happy Holidays

Altenew Crisp Dye Inks:

Blush

Coral Bliss

Crimson

Rubellite

Other Inks:

Tsukineko’s Versamark Ink

Other Supplies:

– Neenah Solar White cardstock (SSS)

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

Simon Says Stamp’s Vellum

Neenah Creative Collection Metallic Paper

– Ranger’s Glossy Accents (SSS)

Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue (SSS)

Pretty Pink Posh’s 4mm Clear Droplets

– Brutus Monroe’s Sterling Embossing Powder

Brutus Monroe’s Icicle Embossing Powder

Tonic Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen

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)

– EK Success 2.5 inch Round Punch

– Anti-Static Powder Bag

Altenew’s Watercolor Brush-Fine

Altenew Watercolor Palette – Medium

Royal & Langnickel Watercolor Brushes

Welcome Baby – Squirrel Style!

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)

-Canson XL Watercolor Paper

– 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) – 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:

Parrot

Bamboo

Rubellite

Razzleberry

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

Tools:

– 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!

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

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.

Featuring:

– 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

Featuring:

– 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

Featuring:

– 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

Featuring:

– 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