Hello, everyone! I’m participating in the inspiration challenge for April! Joylita’s color pallette really inspired me.
I usually color leaves in gray. I’m not really sure why I shy away from green, so this was a bit out of my comfort zone.
I chose my favorite stamp set for this challenge. The Pristine Peonies stamp is so gorgeous that I use it repeatedly! It’s also large, covering a large area of any project.
I wanted a light gray outline, so I used the second-generation stamping method. This would provide lines I can see but still give me a no-line coloring-ish look.
To begin coloring, I chose the Altenew Red Cosmos Alcohol Marker set. I started with the lightest color (frosty pink) and then used Ruby Red to add color to the areas I wanted to be most vibrant. I use long strokes and flicking to color. I used the color berry to blend areas between the contrasting colors. I used Grapevine in the center of the flowers in small amounts.
For the leaves, I used three different Copic marker (YG11, YG06 G07) s to color in the same style I used on the florals.
For the background, I started with a white, A2-sized cardstock. I ink-blended three green Catherine Pooler inks. I began with Matcha as my lighter shade. I added ink in layers. I left the bottom right corner lightly colored, and I used Lime Rickey and Deck the Halls to darken the middle and top left corner of my base. I spattered Dylusions Island Parrot shimmer spray for a bit of shimmer.
I arranged one floral over the top left and adhered it with liquid glue. I added the second floral at the bottom right corner and trimmed the edges. I arranged the trimmings on my card base until I covered the majority of my card base.
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Welcome to my secret card recipe blog post! The secret recipe I have to share with you is a color combination.
My favorite color combinations for card-making are Red, White, and Black. The bold colors stand out and give a dramatic look to any stamp, stencil, or die cut.
I used the Golden Days Layering Stencil and Foil Plate for my first project. I began with black foil to give the image and bold and clean outline. Then, for the petals, I used Altenew’s Red Cosmos Crisp Dye Ink Cubes and started with frosty pink for the larger area of the stencil, Coral Berry for the next, Ruby Red for the third, and Grapevine for the last layer.
I colored the left side of the card panel with Pure Graphite from the Altenew Artist Markers Rock Collection set. I also used it to add ink spatters over the petals. Next, I cut a small strip of black cardstock and placed it about half an inch from the bottom. I also die-cut “hello” with Altenew’s fancy hello die and adhered it above the black stripe.
I created a second card using Artist marker collections in Red Cosmos and Rock Collection.
I chose Paint-A-Flower: Magnolia Rustica Rubra and Artist Markers Red Cosmos set for this project. I started with the lightest shade and colored close to the edge but left the edges untouched. I used flicking motion strokes with the brush tip of the markers. I sparingly used the darkest color on the inner edges but was heavy-handed with Ruby Red.
I used rock collection artist markers to color the leaves and add ink spatter. I also used the darkest color to color the top portion of the panel. Next, I used the fancy for you die, trimmed it down to “you,” and adhered it with liquid glue. Finally, I inked a portion of a sentiment strip from Sentiment strips 2 to add “make me smile.”
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I love a textured card, and especially one with texture that shimmers! I will share the steps to create your own textured card! I began by selecting a patterned paper from Honey Bee Stamps Marvelous Moments 6×8.5 Paper Pad. I chose this pattern because it looks like linen, and its a nice neutral color. I placed my card panel onto my Brutus Monroe Stick and Stamp Mat, and used highlighter Tape told the stencil in place.
Next, I scraped translucent Distress Grit-Paste over the stencil and then poured gold embossing powder over the entire thing. Do not remove the stencil before adding the embossing powder. I do this to avoid having to use anti-static powder. Once the paste is fully coated with powder, carefully remove the stencil, and use a heat gun to set the paste and powder. The embossing paste will bubble as it heats up.
Next, I chose the sentiment “Thinking of You” from the Honey Bee Stamps Fall Foliage Frame Stamp set and stamped it in “Icing on the Cake” Catherine Pooler ink, and I used the coordinating Fall Foliage Frame Die Cuts to cut the sentiment.
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In April 2021, I stumbled upon a three-year-old card-making video by the fabulous Jennifer Mcguire. I watched and listened, and she explained the steps to create your beautiful card. At this point, I had never seen a manual die-cutting machine, an embossing folder, or a die-cut. My curious nature and love of learning new things were sparked. I tried to imitate what she did with my circuit machine and minimal card-making supplies.
I returned to her YouTube channel, and I watched a video of her using clear stamps. I had seen clear stamps before, but I never understood what they were for or why anyone used them. I watched as she used layering stamps that created beautiful flowers. I had never seen this type of product before in my life. The stamp set was from Altenew. I quickly went to their website and scrolled through pages of beautiful products, and saw examples of the possibilities! I placed an order for my first Altenew products. My order arrived, and I used my brand new vintage roses stamp set. That’s how it all began.
Later that year, in June, I received an email from altenew about their certified educator program. I had only been making cards for a couple of months, but I decided to jump in, apply, and see how it went. The next day I received a response asking to see photos of cards I had made. Shortly after, I was accepted into the program, and this journey began.
I have learned so much through the AECP courses. I’ve found new ways to express my creativity, learned new skills, and grown more confident. I’ve also found very welcoming and warm people in the card-making community. Teaching a class is the perfect way to finish the AECP program!
My final challenge assignment was to teach a class virtually or in person. This class had to teach techniques learned in the AECP.
The first technique I wanted to teach was using Layering Stamps. I wanted to incorporate this technique since it first drew me to Altenew. Ink techniques is another technique I think is essential, it maximizes the use of your stamp sets, and finally, masking techniques, all three together make beautiful things happen on paper!
I chose to have an in-person card workshop as teaching is not only new for me, stamping was entirely new for my students as well, and I wanted them and me to have a hands-on approach and be available to answer questions and assist them.
I purchased six sets of Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Wild Rose Layering Stamp & Die Set & Ink Bundle. I created three card samples for my students to draw inspiration from, precut multiple card panels in different sizes and colors, plus blank card bases.
The card workshop was being hosted by one of my closest friends on a Saturday morning. Her home is more central to everyone, the dining table is large, the lighting is excellent, plus she’s the hostess with the mostest!
Time for class!
My morning started rather bumpy. The roofing company that’s charged with repairing our roof after it was damaged unexpectedly showed up at my door to do measurements they were scheduled to do two weeks earlier. This delayed my departure. My amazing friend was called into work early in the morning, I couldn’t get the wifi connected, and my zoom password did not work.
Thankfully, the wifi connected, and I changed my password. Virginia and Erum waited for me, and I am truly grateful.
I had five students in attendance. Each one is talented in their way, a home decorator, a talented singer/ songwriter, a business owner, an International HR rep, and a speech language pathologist (therapist). All of them were new to stamping and card making.
I began by teaching the basics of layering stamps, how to line them up, and the order the inks should be used. It didn’t take long before they began trying things on their own and using colors in the best way they liked. A little friendly competition started on who stamped the best flowers. As nervous as I was, I enjoyed how much fun they were all having, and I was proud of each one of my students for using their creativity to express their unique styles on paper. Before we knew it, the two-hour timeline flew by. We kept the stamping party going until each person completed as many cards as they wanted.
I’m so proud of each one of my students! In the class, I had two self-proclaimed noncreative non-crafters, and they both did very well! One lovely student told me creating something like this was a confidence booster. She never thought she could create something herself that “doesn’t look like a 3-year-old made it.”
As a gift of gratitude, I gifted each student with the stamp bundle they used for the class. They were all very excited and happy to take their kits home. It made me glad to share my love of card making this way, and I hope to see more cards made by each of them.
Thank you, AECP.
This experience has been wonderful. I’ve gained new skills and new friends! I’ve learned about new mediums in art and how to use them. I’ve also learned that while it may be scary to start from scratch and learn something you’d never thought about, it can lead to new and fun adventures!
In this class, the fabulous Erum shows advanced techniques to give your cards beautiful details for beautiful results. I created cards with my favorite techniques and tips from this course.
My first card was inspired by one of my favorite shirts. I began by die-cutting Arches Cold-Press 100% cotton watercolor paper with a stitched frame die. Next, I stamped Altenew’s Beautiful Day Stamp Set images in clear embossing ink and heat set them with gold embossing powder.
I added color with a detail brush and Artist Watercolor Pan Set. I began to add color to the floral images first. I added a light layer of water first and added pigment in layers, and I did this with each petal individually. Next, I mixed Green Hills and Tropical Forrest in the same manner for the foliage. Once dry, I cut the images with the coordinating dies.
I used one Arteza watercolor pencil in Tumeric Yellow to create the background. I began by adding the highest pigment concentration at the top of the card panel. Next, I added water to the top with a broad brush and held the panel upright to let the water drip. Finally, I added layers of color until I was happy with the look and set it aside to dry.
I first arranged the leaves onto the panel and adhered them with liquid glue. I then placed the flowers over the leaves, one directly onto the leaves and one with foam tape. Finally, I trimmed a few leaves and tucked them in where I liked them best.
I created my second card with 140lb cold press 100% cotton black watercolor paper and Altenew’s Metallic Watercolor Pan Set. I began by preparing the paper with anti-static powder. Next, I placed my paper and stamp into my Misti stamping tool, and stamped the Statement Flowers image in clear embossing ink, and heat set it in gold powder.
I used the wet to dry method to add metallic pigment to the image. I began with Pink Quartz on the open bloom; after it dried, I added Garnet to the edges of the petals. For the closed flower, I used Garnet on the outer petals and rose quartz on the inner side of the petals. For the leaves, I used Jade and Prasiolite.
I added, “With all my love” from Altenew’s Sentiments Strips 2. First, I stamped the sentiment in clear ink and heat set it in gold embossing powder over white card stock. Next, I used Altenew’s Featured Sentiment Die Set to cut the sentiment strip and added it with foam tape. Finally, I added dew drops embellishments to compliment the florals and sentiment.
Next, I stamped Statement Flowers onto white card stock with clear embossing ink and gold embossing powder. I used Copic markers E00 and E93 to add shading to create white flowers. For the flower centers, I used Y2. I lightly added E00 to the leaves as well.
Next, I fussy cut the large flowers and added them to the panel with foam tape. The sentiment “Sending healing hugs” is from sentiment strips 2. I made this one while I made the sentiment for card 2.
In this class, Jaycee goes over types of watercolor paper, color blending, color lifting, and the use of watercolor for documenting plant species purposes.
I chose a no-line coloring image from Altenew’s Watercolor Coloring Book for this card and colored the floral images in Shades of Purple from Altenew’s Artist Watercolor 24 Pan Set. I used the wet-on-wet technique to lightly color the petals first. Then, I dried and added pigment along the inside of the petals in layers.
For the Foliage, I used Rock Collection to color and shade the images. Once the panel air dried, I darkened the foliage veins and partially shaded the florals with a colored pencil.
I heat embossed “If friends were flowers, I’d pick you” from HoneyBee stamps in silver embossing powder and attached it with black foam tape. Finally, I added silver sequins to compliment the sentiment.
I began with another no-line coloring image from my coloring book for my second card and used the wet-on-wet technique to layer color onto my canvas. I first colored the petals in Cherry Blossom. Next, I darkened the inside of the petals in multiple layers and used the smallest brush from my Detailed Brush Set to add veins to each petal in small thin strokes. Then, I colored the center in Pockey full of sunshine and Summer Afternoon.
I colored the foliage and stems in Rain Forest first; once dry, I added Tropical Forest along the vein lines and lifted the pigment to give an illusion of light. I also used a white gel pen to add highlights to the edge of the petals.
I decided to frame this piece instead. I mounted it onto pink card stock to put into a gallery frame at a later time. This will be a gift for a dear friend.
I picked up a couple of small frames while shopping. I thought they would make a lovely gift.
I began by stamping an image from Altenew’s Mini Hibiscus Tea Stamp Set in waterproof black ink onto Arches 100 % Cotton Cold Press Watercolor Paper. Then, I let the ink dry and began to paint the teacup in a mix of Summer Afternoon and Pocket Full of Sunshine. Next, I painted the hibiscus flowers in Red Cosmos and Cherry Blossom. Finally, I used Green Meadows and Green Hills for the foliage images.
I used the Wet to Dry technique on a page from Altenew’s Watercolor Coloring Book for my first card. I used Cherry Blossom for the petals, Pocket Full of Sunshine for the center, Green Hills, and Rain Forest for the stem and leaves. The colors I used are from Altenew’s Artists Watercolor 24 pan set. I added a concentration of color to the inside of the petals where the shading would be darkest and pulled the stain towards the edges with clean water. I used Altenew’s Detailed brush set, making it easier to color small areas. For the leaves, I added Rain Forest to the entire area first and mixed the two green shades to add shading to the underside of the leaves and the top of the stem.
I used the Wet on Wet Technique on watercolor paper for my second card. I added Shades of Purple, Cherry Blossom, and Tea Party to create the background. Once dry, I stamped, and heat embossed the Zinnia Magellan Rose image in gold embossing powder. I added color to the floral along the color lines of the background to avoid a muddy mess. Next, I watercolored the leaves with a mix of Rain Forest and Green Hills. I added color until I was content with the look and added ink spatters in the same colors. Once dry, I added a Simon Says Stamp sentiment and sequins for added detail.
Card 3 “White Flower”
For my third card, I chose to create a white flower. I first colored the background from my coloring book. I first used Cherry Blossom and then Shades of Purple. Next, I used my heat gun to dry the panel between layers. To create a white flower, you must add more color than you think. I used Fall Harvest to paint the “white” flower and added more color to the center and under the petals. I used the wet-on-wet technique to achieve this. Next, I used a mixture of Tropical Forest and Green Meadows to paint the leaves. Finally, I added paint spatter with Rock Collection (also found in the Artist Pan Set).
I added a thin frame with a T-Ruler and Fine Liner Pen and “Celebrating you today” from Altenew’s Sentiment Strip 2 Set with foam tape. Finally, I added sequins for a touch of sparkle.
The second course I selected as part of my level three course is Transcending tattoo Techniques. This course is very interesting and has given me techniques I would have never thought of before. Jaycee explains every detail of each style and shares a bit of history for each technique discussed. I highly recommend this class to any carmaker.
Card 1- Traditional/OldSchool Tattoo Style
Before beginning my first card, I searched “traditional tattoos” for some inspiration. As I scrolled through the images, Although it’s highly unlikely, I thought about the type of tattoo I would want. I love floral designs, and I came across extensive, intricate, and modern designs.
I chose Altenew’s Vintage Flowers Stamp Set to create a traditional tattoo look. I decide to use brown and pink as my color combination. I first stamped the branch image with Memento Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black dye inks. I used no-line coloring ink for solid leaves and florals first and Rich Cocoa ink for detailed portions.
I used Copic markers to add color. E93 and RV21 for the petals and YG06, YG11, G46, and Y15 for the foliage. I cut a portion of my image using a stitched A2-sized die. I chose “believe in yourself” from Altenew’s Watercolor Roses Stamp Set for the sentiment. Finally, I added three embellishments and attached them to my card base.
Card 2- Dot-work
I chose Dot work as the technique for my second card. This technique is quite simple. All you need is an outline stamp image, a fine liner pen, and patience.
The image I used is Altenew’s Paint-A-Flower Dahlia Bright Eyes. I first stamped it in black dye ink and used my liner pen to add shading by adding dots. Next, I added dots closer together where I wanted shaded areas and more sparse where light would be. For the stem and leaves, I used Copic N6. Finally, I added, “Sending a smile your way,” included with this stamp along with three black gems.
Card 3- Trash Polka
Trash Polka uses mainly black and red, but other colors can also be used. However, I prefer black and red as it creates an image that really pops.
To create my “Trash Polka” card, I began with an almost craft paper-toned card stock. I stamped outline images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day Stamp Set. I used Copic N6 to color the center of the flowers and leaves. Next, I colored the petals with R35 close to the petal’s edge. I added shading to the petals with R46 and N6. For the leaves, I used N4 to color close to the edges of the images. Finally, I die cut the flowers and leaves and set them aside.
I created the background with Elegant Swirls Stencil and black dye ink. First, I inked the left side of the panel heavily while leaving the right lighter so it would appear to fade. Next, I used red dye ink and Warp speed stencil to add red ink to the background.
I placed two flowers and two leaves directly onto the card panel. Next, I used foam tape to place the center flower and some smaller leaves around it. Finally, I added ink spatter and “Hey Gorgeous” from Altenew’s Paint-A-Flower Himalayan Poppy Stamp for the sentiment.
I’m happy to report that I have completed Level 2 of the AECP! It’s official; I am now in Level 3! I have selected the courses for this level, and I will be posting what I create just as before. The first class I will be talking about is Stencils Unleased. Stencils have been tricky for me as I’m never quite sure how to work with their results. I often feel they are too busy, and I find myself having difficulty using a very detailed background. This class has helped very much in my case. I learned ways to use stencils I had not thought of before. I hope you enjoy what I made!
I chose to begin with the Altenew Leaf Bed Stencil. First, I sprayed the back with pixie spray and placed it over watercolor paper. Next, I grabbed a color pencil and a metal scrapper and began to distribute shavings over the stenciled area. Then, I used a misting spray with water to let the watercolor work its magic. I chose several green and a couple of yellow shades and repeated the process several times. Finally, I set the piece aside to dry.
I secured the black and white floral elements to the center with liquid adhesive. Next, I used foam squares for the butterfly and sentiment and added the piece to green card stock. Once the work was attached to an A2-sized card, I added green gem embellishments for a bit of sparkle.
For this peek-a-boo card, I chose Elegant Swirls Stencil. I’ve had this one for a while but have been hesitant to use it before. I used Pixie Spray to secure this stencil to Neenah Solar card stock. Next, I blended Distress Oxide Inks in Seedless Preserves and Wilted Violet over the stencil. Next, I brushed Perfect Pearls in gold in a few areas before the ink had thoroughly dried and removed the stencil. Once the ink was dry, I began shading the lower lines and curves of the swirls with a black colored pencil.
I cut along the large curve of the stenciled image and out of a white notecard. Next, I die-cut “Hello” in black, purple, and white using Altenew’s Fancy Hello Die. For a seamless look on the inside, I glued the white “Hello” on top of the notecard first and then added the inked panel. Next, I added the purple hello directly to the white and offset the stacked black hellos. Finally, I added three black gems in a triangular pattern for sparkle.
The assignment: Create four masculine cards using birthday, Love/ Thinking of you, Anniversary, and encouragement plus one altered or up cycled item.
I created the first card for this challenge by combining techniques learned in Stencil Techniques, Impressive heat embossing, and With a Twist!
Birthdays are one of my favorite things to celebrate, and I wanted to make a fun, masculine card. I love interactive cards and chose to create a shaker card.
I used Altenew’s Honeycomb Stencil, an ink dauber and clear embossing ink to generously ink the area without moving the stencil. Then, I carefully lifted the stencil, poured gold embossing powder, shook off the excess and heat set the powder, and set it aside to cool.
I trimmed a 5 x 7 size card storage bag and placed my card panel face down. I used a tape runner on the back and folded the edges of the storage bag on three sides, then I poured specialty gold glitter and sequins into the pocket and sealed the top. Finally, I trimmed any excess cellophane for an even seal.
Next, I placed “happy birthday to you” on the front of the shaker card panel with strong double-sided tape. I then attached the completed panel to a navy-colored note card.
I combined All About Layering, Masking unleashed, and Impressive Heat Embossing techniques to create this Bride and Groom Anniversary-themed card.
I began by using a T-Ruler to find the center of the card and masked the right-hand side of my panel with post-it notes. Next, I placed the panel in my Misti and stamped the bow tie image from the “thanks dad” stamp set. Next, I stamped the image ink-black dye ink using the second-generation stamping technique. I then stamped the detail portion multiple times in the same ink. I then masked the left side with the bow tie image.
Next, I used a black pigment ink pad to generously cover the right side in black ink and set it aside to dry. Once dry, I prepared the panel with anti-static powder, stamped an outline image from Vintage Flowers in white pigment ink, and heat set white embossing powder over the image. I added “Happy Anniversary” from the Vintage Roses stamp set by first stamping in black, then the right portion in white pigment ink.
For this Encouragement theme card, I combined Ink Blending, Masking Unleashed, and Color Your Day techniques.
I began with a white card panel I taped down with Washi tape. My initial idea was to create a square shape, but I changed my mind while masking and created a hexagon instead. I selected the split complementary colors of Blue-violet for this card using my color wheel. Next, I blended distress oxide ink in Prize ribbon at the top, carved pumpkin for the center, and squeezed lemon for the bottom.
I placed the panel into my Misti, used the second layer leaf stamp of Angelique Motifs in jet black dye ink, and stamped it multiple times to get an even and dark image. I then stamped “Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn, Never give up” from Altenew’s A Walk in the Woods stamp set. Once dry, I attached my panel to a white notecard with strong double-sided tape.
I created this Love-themed card using Stencil Techniques, Easy Die Cutting Techniques, and Impressive Heat Embossing.
Next, I used Circled Greetings Love Die and cut it 6 times in black, once in silver, and once in red. I l stacked the black layers and glued them with liquid adhesive. I added the silver cut at the back slightly to the left to complement the silver foil of the floral image and the red cut on top and slightly to the right to create a dimensional and shadowed stacked sentiment.
I stamped the small “you” from the Paint a flower Camellia Waterhouse stamp set in red pigment ink and secured the die-cut onto the panel with liquid adhesive. Finally, I attached the completed panel to a white notecard with strong double-sided tape.
Altered/ Upcycled item
I combined Impressive Heat Embossing, Easy Die Cutting Techniques, and Easy Ink Blending Techniques for this project.
Paper Rose Topiary
For this project, I wanted to give new life to a terra cotta pot I have had sitting around in my garage after my many, many, MANY failed attempts at gardening. If anyone reading this can make lovely things grow from seeds, I envy your talents as I clearly do not possess a green thumb. (HAHA!) I used the terra cotta pot, skewers from my kitchen, 2.9-inch styrofoam spheres, floral tape, and metallic acrylic paint leftover from a project I made last year.
I taped the pot’s rim with Washi tape and painted the pot with a paintbrush. Next, I did 2 layers of metallic white pearl acrylic paint. Once the paint was dry, I removed the Washi tape from the rim and inked it in clear embossing ink. Next, I poured gold embossing powder over the edge generously, and heat set it. I repeated until the pot’s rim was covered entirely in embossing powder. Next, I stamped the small bouquet image from Altenew’s beautiful Day stamp set in white pigment ink twice. I covered the ink in gold embossing powder and heat set it. I stamped this image twice and heat set it in gold embossing powder. I repeated the process with a smaller image from the same stamp set.
I created multiple roses (24-36, I did not keep count) in white, light, and medium pink card stocks, with Altenew’s Mini Rolled Roses Die Set. I also cut several leaves in two shades of green with the leaf die cuts from this set. I inked the edges of the rose cuts with oxide inks ink picked raspberries, and worn lipstick. I began to roll each rose with reverse tweezers and secured them with hot glue. Next, I rolled the edges of each petal using the end of a small paintbrush. Finally, I set the flowers aside. I trimmed 3 wooden skewers, wrapped them in brown floral tape, and attached the bottom and top of the skewers together with floral tape.
I inserted the skewers into a (previously cut) half foam sphere and into a whole sphere at the top. Then, I secured them with hot glue. I added the paper roses with hot glue at the bottom of each rose, making sure the colors were evenly dispersed. Next, I added leaves in-between the roses as needed and attached them with hot glue. Finally, I painted the half-sphere with a Copic marker and covered it in liquid glue and transparent glitter.
I attached the half-sphere into the pot with hot glue. I wanted a mossy or grassy look at the bottom of the topiary without purchasing anything new. So I took what was left from the green card stock, ran it through my paper shredder, and sprinkled it around the bottom. I added a pink satin ribbon to the branches made with the skewers and secured it with hot glue for a final touch.
I can’t begin to say how much I enjoyed this class. Svitlana taught me to use making in ways I had never thought of before. Her examples were stunning, and it took a lot not to run out and simply copy what she made!
One of my favorite lessons in this course uses masking to give die cuts a more exciting look. For my first project, I used Altenew’s Rose Queen Die Set. I’ve had it in my stash for a while, and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it until now.
I first created a mask with a masking sheet and large die in the rose queen set. I removed the negative pieces carefully and pressed the mask onto white card stock. I also masked the area around the image to ensure no smudges were left. ( I am not a careful crafter LOL) I ran the card stock with the masking sheets through my die cutter so the mask would stay put. Once all pieces were put in their place, I began ink blending. I started with picked raspberries, then wilted violet, prized ribbon, and black soot distress oxide inks. I added white paint spatter with white pigment ink and a paintbrush for a starry night sky look.
I removed the masks from my project.
Next, I placed double-sided tape behind black card stock ( This is an invaluable tip I learned in this class and has made things much easier, LOL) and cut the large image again. I carefully removed the tape backing from the cut, lined it with the inked image, and pressed on. Finally, I cut my project to A2 size with a stitched frame die cut.
Now that Christmas is over, I wanted to make a card that was Valentine’s Day themed. I started with cutting masking sheets several times using the small florals from the Rose Queen Die Set. I Placed a few over white card stock and began to blend candied apple distress oxide ink. I added a few more masks and blended another layer of ink. I repeated the process one last time, and once the ink was dry, I used Altenew’s Antique Gold ink Spray generously over my project. I removed the masks once the gold ink dried. I used an A2-sized frame to cut out a portion of my sheet.
I added a thin strip of white card stock towards the bottom and one gold strip cut at an angle under it. Next, I added “love” die cuts and a couple of small rose queen cuts in gold for a final touch.
I cut a small portion of my full-color flower at an angle. Next, I aligned it with the white flower and attached it with foam tape. Next, I die cut “hello” using Altenew’s Fancy Hello Die once in matte gold and twice in white, then stacked them with liquid glue. Next, I cut a thin strip in the same matte gold and adhered it near the right edge with double-sided tape. To finish, I added this piece to a purple notecard.
I created this card using the layered heat embossing technique. I once again used the Hyacinth Layering Stamp Set. I stamped the foliage base and the fine detail floral stamp in pearl embossing powder. I added gold embossing using a clear embossing pen over the heat set pearl embossing.
I blended Crisp Dye ink in Plum around the edges and the lower right side of my project. Next, I cut “hello‘ and used one die cut as a mask to blend the ink. Once the blending was complete, I used the clear embossing in pen to outline “hello,” and heat set it in gold powder. I next attached a stacked hello with liquid glue.
I attached my project to a lilac-colored notecard with double-sided tape.
I created card three by prepping purple and black card stocks with anti-static powder. Then, using my Misti stamping tool, I arranged stamps from Altenew’s Elegant Motifs Stamp Set and pressed them onto both card stocks in clear embossing ink. I then poured gold embossing powder and heat set it. Next, I cut the card stocks together at an angle. I chose two of the cuts, aligned them, and used Washi tape to secure them together at the back of the paper. Next, I cut a thin strip of matte gold card stock and adhered it to the diagonal cut. Finally, I added “hello” in matte gold with a black cut offset behind it and placed it alongside the strip.
In this class we learned how to draw inspiration from objects around us, and how to utilize a color wheel when we need a creative boost.
Card 1 is not a card at all. Instead I chose to make gift tags inspired by my Christmas tree. I have always loved the non-traditional Blue, silver and pearl ornaments I first purchased back in 2005, for my husband and I’s first Christmas. However, my color scheme is not always easy to find in decor or wrapping.
I have a confession… I am not a member of the blue flower fan club. I don’t gravitate towards them when creating despite having a few blue poinsettias displayed on my tree. I went against my usual rule for these tags. I began with Altenew’s Build-a-Flower Poinsettia Layering Stamp and Die Set. I chose momento dew drop ink in summer sky for all the poinsettia layers. I began with the base, then the mid detail stamp, and finally the fine detail. I skipped the outline layer entirely as I did not want harsh lines. instead, I added detail with a colored pencil and white gel pen. I used Altenew’s Crisp Dye Ink in Butternut and Pumpkin Pie for the center of the flower. I added Stickles in diamond over the center for a bit of sparkle.
I cut tag shapes with Altenew’s Terrific Tags Die Set. I used blue card stock for the larger portion and white for the smaller. I stamped “For You” included with the poinsettia stamp set in summer sky. I cut thin silver glitter card stock strips and used them to border the white tag. I then attached the white tag to the blue with foam tape. I attached the poinsettia with double-sided tape and foam tape where needed. For a final touch of sparkle, I added iridescent beads. Finally, I added a white satin ribbon to hang my tags onto wrapped gifts.
I created a second also drawn from inspiration. While shopping for blue wrapping paper, I came across luxury black wrapping paper rolls. Red and yellow, or in this case, gold, are complimentary and part of a triad in the color wheel.
I began by using Altenew’s Slim Botanical 3D Embossing Folder and white card stock. Next, I cut my embossed paper with a tag shape from Altenew’s Terrific tags. Next, I added black foam tape to the back and set it aside. I then taped Altenew’s Leaves and Berries Stencil onto black card stock and blended watermark ink over the stencil. Once dry, I attached the embossed tag onto the right side of the black card stock. Next, I cut red and red glitter card stock into strips and used double-sided tape to attach them to the card. Next, I cut “Joy” in matte gold foil card stock and used foam tape to attach the letter over the red strips.
This class shows you different ways to add beautiful details to your cards. I learned so much, and I very much enjoyed this class.
For this card, I chose Altenew’s Crocus Build a Flower Layering Stamp Set and Sugar Plums Crisp Dye Ink oval set. I started with the first layer stamp and Pale Mauve ink. For the second layer, I used amethyst and grape agate for the detail stamp. I masked the first flower to create a second. I made two additional masks and added darker flowers behind the first two. For the darker flowers, I used amethyst for the first layer, grape agate for the second, and plum for the third.
I used gel pens in white and dark purple to add details to the petals. I sparingly used a black felt tip pen to add smaller shadows and lines.
I used gel pens in white and dark purple to add details to the petals. I sparingly used a black felt tip pen to add smaller shadows and lines.
I added ink splatter by pressing an ink pad onto an acrylic block, spritzing water on the ink, and dipping a small brush in the mixture.
I secured my piece to a lavender-colored background and attached it to a blank notecard.
I began with Altenew’s statement flowers Stamp. It’s simply beautiful and has quickly become a favorite of mine. I stamped it in memento Angel Pink ink. The color is very light and lends itself to creating “no-line coloring.”
I used Copic Ciao RV21 for the base coloring and a bit of shadowing with R32. For the leaves, I used YG11 in the centers only. The center of the flower was colored with Y21.
I added details to the image with Faber-Castell colored pencils. I added dark pink detailing with #125. I wanted to keep my colors warm, so I opted to shade with browns rather than grays. I generously used colors 187 and 176 to paint the center of the flower, petals, and leaves. To add highlights, I used a white gel pen.
I wanted to keep the floral as the main focus, so I added a small “thanks a bunch” from Altenew’s Many Thanks Stamp Set in gold Embossing powder. For sparkle, I added gold leaf specialty glitter.
I began this project by stamping the outline image first in black dye ink. I used distress oxide inks in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Prized Ribbon for the plumage layers. I have a pet budgie, and these colors are very similar to his. Budgies have white feathers at the top of their head as they age, which is why I chose to leave this one white.
I used Faber-Castell (blues) #120 and #147 and Prismacolor 1067 and 1065 (grays) pencils to add details to his feathers.
I stamped the branches in memento London fog ink and filled in shadows and small details with Prismacolor 1056. I used the coordinating dies to cut the images out.
I created the background by blending distress oxide ink in Stormy Sky onto white card stock. I mixed white pigment ink and water to add the appearance of delicate white snow. I also used Altenew’s antique silver ink spray to add a few dark specks. Once the ink was dry, I added a Thank You sentiment from Altenew’s Many Thanks Stamp Set in blue embossing powder.
I arranged the branches and adhered one with foam tape and the other flat with liquid glue. I attached the bird with foam tape. I completed my card by attaching my piece to a blue notecard with double-sided tape.
This class shows ways to use many colors on a white background as well as monochromatic color schemes.
I have been dying to create a black-on-black card. This course was perfect to use this combination.
I began by preparing black cardstock with antistatic powder and dusted off the excess with an acrylic block. Next, I stamped outline images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day Stamp Set, and heat set black powder over it.
I placed my embossed card stock into my die-cutting machine with a plain sheet of white paper over it. The plain sheet of paper prevents marks from the well-worn cutting plates. I cut the card stock to various sizes, including A-2.
I centered Altenew’s fancy “for you” die onto the cardstock and ran it through my die cutter again, making sure to save the cut pieces. Next, I cut another for you die in silver card stock.
I added double-sided tape to the back of the embossed card stock and placed it onto a black notecard. Next, I added liquid glue to the back of the silver die, cut and inlaid it, and added the small pieces.
I added “dew drops” embellishments and 1/8 inch satin ribbon with liquid glue.
For this card, I chose different shades of purple. I began by inking Blossoming Branches 3D Embossing Folder. I used memento ink in Lulu Lavender for the flat areas and distress inks in milled lavender and seedless preserves for the 3D portions. Next, I lightly misted a white sheet of cardstock and ran it through my die-cutting machine in the folder. I then cut it into an A -2 size.
With pearlescent watercolor, I added darker shades of purple onto the details of the piece.
I kept this card relatively simple and masculine. I began with white card stock and Altenew’s Simple Shapes Stamp Set. Next, I used Memento dew drops inks in Lady Bug, Tangelo, Dandelion, and Pear Tart. Finally, I stamped each color three times using the solid square shape stamp.
I chose the sentiment from Altenew’s Birthday Bash Stamp Set. I stamped it with black dye ink and placed a gold foil card stock piece onto a white notecard. I then attached the stamped piece with foam tape.
This class uses re-inkers, inks, and sprays, and turns them into watercolors. Since I do not have re-inkers, sprays or dye inks, I applied the techniques from this class and used a basic watercolor palette.
I created this card with Altenew’s Statement Flowers Stamp Set. I began by prepping my watercolor paper with anti-static powder. Since the watercolor paper has texture, I placed my stamp into my Misti in case I needed to stamp it multiple times. I stamped the images with clear embossing ink. I poured gold embossing powder over my image and heat set it.
I set 2 cups of water to the side. One was to clean the brush, and the second was to brush clean water over my image. I grabbed a small brush and brushed clean water onto one petal. I was careful not to use too much. I next dipped a second brush into light pink, then with a darker pink. I repeated the process one petal at a time. I used the same technique for the orange flower and the leaves.
Once my project was dry, I splattered watercolor with a small brush using the colors used for the florals. I added, “dearest friend, wishing you a happy day,” included in this stamp set.
I attached my completed piece to an A2-sized white notecard with strong double-sided tape.
I used an image from Altenew’s Recollections Stamp Set for this card. I began by preparing my precut watercolor paper with anti static powder and stamped the image in clear embossing ink then heat set gold embossing powder.
I used a pearlescent watercolor palette to color the florals. I lightly brushed water onto the flowers first and added the colors. Once my project was dry, I added the sentiment from Altenew’s Paint-A-Flower: African Daisy Outline Stamp Set in two layers. I heat embossed the sentiment directly onto my project with black embossing ink. Next, I heat embossed the sentiment in gold on white vellum. I attached the vellum by adding glue on the black embossed. I placed the vellum on top but slightly off to the side to create a shadow behind the gold letters.
Finally, I attached my piece to a pink notecard and added golden-colored teardrop-shaped gems to my project for a bit of sparkle.
For this card, I prepared a full large sheet of watercolor paper with anti static powder. I stamped Altenew’s statement Flowers multiple times and heat set the images in clear embossing ink and powder.
With a mister, I generously sprayed one flower image and dipped a brush into color, then dipped it into the water sitting on the floral image. The color flowed through the water, and I added more pigment as needed. I did this with all five stamped images. I let the very wet paper air dry for a while and used my heat gun as needed. Once the paper was sufficiently dry, I sprayed the areas outside the floral images and added different colors resulting in a lightly colored background.
I ran my heat gun over the front and backside of the paper to reduce warping. Once dry, I used my stitched frame dies to lay out where I would cut. I first trimmed these areas with scissors and then ran them through my die cutter. I was able to create four cards from this piece.
I placed the die cut with pink florals onto a pink notecard using double-sided tape. I added a sentiment strip I previously made during “in the mood for color.” The sentiment reads, “I appreciate your kindness.” I created it with black card stock, gold embossing powder, and Altenew’s Sentiment Strips 2 Stamp Set.
This class is all about pushing our boundaries. Choosing different colors, using unexpected colors, and mixing modern with vintage are all examples of “With a twist!”
When I think about roses, I don’t think about black as a color choice. My first choice is always pink or red. So using black dye ink was definitely out of my comfort zone and a big twist for me.
I began with the large rose stamp from Altenew’s Watercolor Roses stamp and die bundle. Next, I used my Misti stamping tool to ensure an even and saturated black rose image and stamped two in black dye ink and another two in silver dye ink. Finally, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out.
Using my Misti stamping tool, I stamped leaf images onto my card base’s upper right and lower left corners. Next, I arranged Altenew’s Circled Greetings: Love Die in the center and ran it through my die-cutting machine.
I placed a black A2-sized black cardstock behind the die-cut and stamped base with double-sided tape. Next, I arranged the roses on top of the stamped leaves, attached them with double-sided tape, and trimmed the excess with scissors. Next, I added a few dew drops for a bit of sparkle. Finally, I added my project to a white card base and brushed on perfect pearls shimmer.
One of the colors I rarely think of using is orange. I have used it as a minor background color but never as the primary color scheme. So orange florals, for me, are a big twist.
I chose Altenew’s Watercolor Wonders Stamp Set and distress oxide inks in Carved Pumpkin, Abandoned Coral, and Crackling Campfire for this project. I also used a light yellow colored card stock as the card base.
To achieve even layers of ink, I used my Misti stamping tool. I stamped the larger floral stamp with carved pumpkin and the smaller details stamps in abandoned coral and crackling fire. For the center of the flower, I second generation stamped in black dye ink.
Once the larger floral layers were complete, I stamped smaller images from the same stamp set in carved pumpkin and mowed lawn. I stamped these images in first and second-generation stamping to achieve different shades of the same color. Next, I added color spatter with orange, green, and gray alcohol-based markers.
I used sentiment strips I had leftover from my In the Mood for color class. I created these previously with Altenew’s “Fancy Hello die” and “Hello there” from the Sentiments 2 stamp set.
This course is all about colors and the feelings they evoke. Red, for example, signifies passion and love.
Green- Soothing, Natural, and Growth I chose green for my first project. I began by taping Altenew’s Feathery Stencil to white card stock. Next, I blended distress oxide inks in twisted citron, mowed lawn, and lucky clover. Once the ink was dry, I used a stitched die cut it slightly smaller than A2 size.
I added a gold glitter card stock strip to the center with double-sided tape. Next, I added a lightly inked circle to the center with foam tape. For the sentiment, I used Altenew’s fancy “for you” die. I cut it several times using white card stock and once in green. Finally, I used liquid glue to stack them and attach them.
I masked the newly stamped leaf images and blended squeezed lemon distress oxide ink onto the card background.
I stamped another floral image in a separate area, fussy cut, and set it aside.
Once the ink was dry, I used a stitched die-cut in a slightly smaller size than A2. I also cut Altenew’s fancy “hello” die five times. I glued 4 in a stack and colored the 5th one with a black marker, and glued it to the top of the stack. Finally, I attached it to the card with liquid glue.
For a final touch, I added a thin black satin ribbon to the side.
This course is all about creating backgrounds that go beyond basic stamping and it helped me think outside the box. I chose a baby theme for all three cards.
I began by creating a stencil with the onesie-shaped die. Next, I made five cuts in different directions and created smaller stencils with the rest of the shapes in this set. I then blended ink using the onesie stencil first and followed with the smaller shapes at random. Next, I let the ink dry and then prepared the surface with anti-static powder. Next, I stamped the images with clear embossing ink, poured white pearl embossing powder, and heat set it. Finally, I added various dots using the dot stamps included in this set.
I stamped “Welcome, little one!” on white card stock and attached it to white vellum with foam tape. Next, I added a strip of double-sided tape on the back and attached it to my background. Finally, I added die-cut shapes I set aside when creating the stencils, stamped the images, and attached them to the vellum with liquid glue.
I attached my completed piece to a teal card for a gender-neutral look.
I created this card by simply stamping shapes at random to create a patterned paper look. I lightly shaded a die-cut set aside from card one and stamped the onesie outline in picked raspberries ink. I used double-sided tape to attach the cut to a small vellum circle and centered it onto my background. Next, I stamped “Welcome, little one!” onto white card stock and cut it into a small strip. I placed it at the bottom with double-sided tape.
I attached pink vellum to a white base card with double-sided tape. Next, I placed foam tape on the back of my complete patterned paper piece and centered it.
I began by blending ink onto white card stock cut to 4.75 inches by 3.5 inches. Once the ink was dry, I prepared the surface with anti-static powder and stamped the images at random. Next, I poured white pearl embossing ink and heat set it. I placed a onesie die-cut stamped in blue and centered it to a white vellum circle. Next, I added the sentiment on a white strip and attached two die cuts in yellow for a pop of color. Finally, I die-cut navy cardstock with a frame in the center to fit my piece for a simple inlay.
The mission: Create two sets of cards (one masculine and one feminine) worthy of gifting.
Requirements: Use three techniques learned in level one and use recycled material in either the cards or their packaging.
Since my family and I are fluent in English and Spanish, I made my card sets bilingual.
II wanted bright colors and golden tones for the feminine set. I relied heavily on pinks, yellows, gold, and rose gold.
I created this card by using techniques learned in All about layering, Easy ink blending, and Easy die-cutting Techniques. I began by stamping butterfly outlines onto white card stock. I stamped the inner layers with distress oxide ink in spun sugar, worn lipstick, and festive berries. Once the inks were dry, I placed coordinating dies over my stamped images and ran the paper through my die cutter using the embossing plate. This technique left an outline around the images rather than cutting through. Now that the images were complete, it was time to work on the background. I stamped my butterfly outlines onto masking sheets and use the coordinating dies to cut them out. I placed my masking paper over my stamped images and began to blend my background. For the background color, I used distress oxide inks in Picked Raspberries and Squeezed Lemon. I blended the Picked Raspberries over the top half of my paper and Squeezed Lemon at the bottom. I blended the two in the center to create an orange hue to resemble a sunset.
Once the ink was dry I removed the masking sheets. I then prepared my card surface with anti-static powder and stamped “Gracias” (thank you) from Altenew’s Thanks around the world Stamp Set in clear and embossing ink. I poured black embossing powder onto my sticky ink and heat set it. I attached my project to an A-2 sized notecard using double-sided tape. For the finishing touch, I added beads with liquid glue.
The second card of the set was created using techniques from All about Layering, Stencil Techniques, and Let it Shine.
I began this card by die-cutting white card stock and rose gold card stock with the leaf frame cover die. I used washi tape to tape the die-cut over the base sheet. I then used distress oxide Ink in tatted rose to ink my base. Once the ink was dry, I prepared my surface with anti-static powder and stamped thank you in clear embossing ink. I used gold embossing powder to heat set my sentiment. I placed the rose gold cut onto my inked base. I placed it offset to give extra detail and adhered it with liquid glue. I think created the butterfly. I began by using the solid images first, followed by the outline stamp in clear embossing ink. I heat set it in gold embossing powder.
I attached my project onto the card base with double-sided tape before completing it. To give the butterfly dimension, I used foam tape at the top portion of the wings. I used double-sided adhesive tape for the antennae and body. Tip: Your foam tape will become much more flexible by removing the paper backing before placing it.
This card shows techniques from Easy ink Blending, Let it Shine, and Stencil Techniques.
I began by using the framed die cut from card 2 as a stencil for this project. I placed it over my paper using washi tape. I began to ink the base using a blending brush and distress oxide inks in picked raspberries and squeezed lemon. I prepared my project with anti-static powder. Next, I used an embossing pen to outline the leaf images and poured gold embossing powder over it. I heat set the outlines. Next, I die-cut a rectangle for the center portion in gold and pink. “For You” was cut in thick foil card stock and a patterned paper. I centered shiny gold card stock onto my project with foam tape for dimension. I attached pink card stock to the center of it using double-sided tape. I adhered the die-cut sentiment with liquid glue and attached the project to a base card.
Tip: Placing a regular sheet of printer paper between foil card stock and cutting plates will prevent unwanted marks or fogging.
Card 5 shows off techniques from Stencil Techniques, Easy Ink Blending and All About Layering.I began creating this card by placing a trellis die cut over the base mixed media paper. I blended distress Oxide Ink in Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, and Worn Lipstick. I covered the entire sheet in inks by moving my die-cut made stencil. Once the ink was dry, I die-cut the area I liked best with a stitched die-cut frame. I had a die-cut leftover from a Let it Shine project and used it for this card. I lined it up to the trellis and marked it at the sides where I needed to trim it further. I attached the diagonal cut over the lattice pattern with double-sided tape.
I used Altenew’s Strength in Blooms Stamp and Die Bundle for the flowers. I did not use the first layer of this stamp set. I instead lightly blended Spun Sugar distress oxide ink onto white card stock. I stamped the second layer of the blooms in Spun Sugar, the third layer in Worn Lipstick, and the detail layer in Festive Berries. I also stamped the foliage in worn lipstick. I die cut them using the coordination dies. I arranged the leaves and one flower then added them to my project with double-sided tape. I used foam tape for the second flower to add dimension. The sentiment from Altenew’s Label Love Spanish stamp set reads “Solo Para Ti” (Only for you). It’s adhered with foam tape. I added a bit of shine by attaching this piece to gold rose foil card stock. For the finishing touch, I added beads with liquid glue.
Card 6 features techniques learned in All About Layering, Seasonal Scene Building, and Easy Ink Blending.
I began by blending Distress Oxide Inks in Picked Raspberries and Squeezed Lemon with a blending brush. I split the colors in half and blended them in the center with Fossilized Amber. Next, I grabbed 2 sets of layering stamps and began stamping them with my Memory Misti Stamping tool. I decided on the beautiful Layered Lily Stamp and Die Bundle for this card. I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Raspberries Distress Oxide Inks. For the center of the flower, I first stamped the center of the flower in white pigment, then I used an embossing pen. I heat set gold embossing powder for the center. Next, I added a thin gold frame to the blended background with liquid glue. I began to arrange the flowers. I used double-sided tape for the first flower, and foam tape for the other two. I wanted the flowers to pop and give the appearance of a real-life floral bouquet. I then added the leaves by carefully lifting the petals of the lilies. I added some. “stars” with a white gel pen. I stamped “Eres Increible”(You are incredible) from Altenew’s Label Love Spanish stamp set and used foam tape to secure it to my completed project.
I wanted to keep this set fun and bright and a little lux. I used plenty of metallics, blues, and some wood elements.
This card showcases techniques learned in Easy Die Cutting Techniques, Celebration Stencil Techniques, and Let it Shine.
I initially began to create this card with black card stock but ultimately decided on navy. I started by placing washi tape with the sticky side up on my work surface to have control over the dies. I placed nesting circle dies from smallest to largest. I placed a foil card stock over and flipped it, and ran it through my die-cutting machine with the embossing plate. I did this with gold, silver, and copper foil card stock. I arranged the partially cut and embossed circles, and glue them to black cardstock. I then die-cut an A-2 sized frame. This is where I changed course. Instead of using the die-cut frame, I used the outer portions of the cut. I trimmed around the curves and arranged them on a navy blue notecard. I didn’t want the circles to be identical, so I pulled a couple of circles out of the silver die cuts. I secured the circles with liquid glue and some double-sided tape. I trimmed off the excess and set the project side. I die-cut white and gold circles. I set the gold aside and place a stencil over the white. I used is a lattice frame die-cut as a stencil and inked the exposed surface in metallic silver ink. I adhered the gold circle onto the card with double-sided tape. I added the stenciled piece with foam squares to give dimension to my project. I added “Thank you” from Altenew’s Thanks Around the World Stamp Set. I inked the edges of it with silver metallic ink. I then added double-sided tape to the right half and a few foam squares to the left. I then attached it partially over the stenciled piece.
This card showcases things I learned in Easy Die Cutting techniques, Let it Shine, and For The Guys.
I began with using Altenew’s Mix and Match Frames. I cut a previously embossed paper from my stash with the second-largest frame die in this set and attached it to a navy note card. Then I stamped images from Altenew’s Friends Forever Stamp & Die Bundle. I stamped the coffee cup onto white card stock, and partially onto wood veneer paper. I used the coordinating die to cut the stamped images and to cut non-stamped metallic coffee cup shapes. I cut the coffee-cozy portion of the wood veneer with scissors and glued it with double-sided tape to the stamped images on white card stock. I then attached them to die-cut coffee cup shapes in copper and gold and added them to the background portion. I felt the cups were too plain, so I colored the lid portion with gray alcohol-based markers. I used the smaller frame of the Mix and Match die set to make a background for the sentiment. I used copper card stock for the stripes and attached them with foam tape. I stamped and hand cut a birthday sentiment from Altenew’s birthday bash stamp set.
This card was made using things I learned from Let it shine, All about Layering, and For the Guys.
I began with a stitched die cut of shiny gold card stock, which I made slightly smaller than the navy note card. I centered it and attached it with double-sided tape. Next, I created solid white frames and one navy blue wood panel frame with a nesting die cut set. I glued all but 2 white frames together with liquid glue. I then began layering a bowtie image from Altenew’s “Thanks, Dad ” Stamp set. I stamped the solid image in metallic silver ink, and the detail stamps in black ink. under the bowtie, I stamped “Party time” from Altenew’s birthday bash stamp set. I trimmed this piece and attached it with double-sided tape. I used liquid glue on and around this piece and poured specialty glitter onto these areas. I used liquid glue to attach the white frame around the gold background. I glued the 2 white frames together and added the navy frame on top. I used foam tape on the frame already attached to the project. I added more glitter and secured the top frame to close.
This card showcases things I learned in Celebration Stencil Techniques, Let it Shine, and Easy Die Cutting Techniques.
I began creating this card using my trusty trellis cover die and used it as a stencil. I used a blending brush and Distress Oxide ink in chipped sapphire to heavily saturate the exposed areas. I created an area larger than needed to save what’s left for future use. I then die-cut silver, gold, and copper foil card stock into different sized circles. I used the patterned blue wood panel paper from card #3 and die-cut to create the background for this card. I also used the outer circles die-cut for card #1. I attached the blue wooden panel paper to my base card with double-sided tape and arranged the circle die-cuts to the right side of the card. I used foam squares to give dimension to the silver circle. I overlapped the circle outlines and adhered them with liquid glue and trimmed the excess. Next, I cut a small portion of my stenciled piece and used both double-sided tape and foam squares to add it to my project. For the sentiment, I used ” Eres impresionante” (You are impressive) from Altenew’s Label Love Spanish Stamp set and added it with double-sided tape and foam squares.
I created this card using techniques learned in All about layering, Let it Shine, and Celebration Stencil Techniques.
First, I prepared the navy cardstock surface with anti-static powder. I began stenciling clear embossing ink onto the card stock with a trellis die cut. I poured copper embossing powder onto the bottom third of the inked paper, gold to the center, and silver to the top third. I heat set the powders with a heat gun. I attached it to the center of a blue notecard and placed a gold die-cut frame around it.
I layered the bowtie stamp set onto white card stock, beginning with silver metallic ink, then black dye ink. I used “Vamos a Celebrarlo!” (Let’s celebrate it!) from Altenew’s Label Love Spanish stamp set at the bottom. Once dry, I trimmed this piece with scissors and adhered it to silver cardstock. I centered the sentiment and bowtie with blue adhesive foam.
This card showcases techniques I learned in Easy Die Cutting Techniques, Let It Shine, and For the Guys.
I used many scraps from 4 cards in this set to create this one. I began with a scrap from card #2. I used the embossed paper and glued it to the left, I then die-cut the leftover copper foil card stock into a stitched frame. I added a wood veneer panel leftover from card 2 to the bottom. I then trimmed a portion of the stenciled piece from card #4 and added it to the project. I stamped 2 coffee cup images on white card stock and used the coordinating dies to cut them. I used the same stamp to create the cozy, out of scrap paper from card #3. I trimmed the portion out with scissors and attached it to the coffee cup.I colored the lids using brown alcohol ink-based markers and added shadows to the cups with warm gray markers. I used foam squares for one of the coffee cups. I chose “Te echo de menos” (I miss you) for the sentiment strip and added it with double-sided tape.
When I was growing up, it was popular to wrap your textbooks in paper groceries bags. I remember some groceries stores added prints to their bags for this purpose. I chose to do this with my card sets. I used gifts bags given to me containing homemade snacks by a friend of mine (she’s amazing).
I placed the card sets into acrylic card boxes.
I began to create the wrapping for my boxes by first cutting the bottom portion and side of the bag. I placed a card box on the bag, and fold it over to get the necessary crease lines. Once the crease lines were lightly made, I removed the box and began scraping them with my paper scrapper. I used a T-ruler to evenly mark where cuts needed to be made then, removed the handles. I lined up the unfinished bag with the prepared one and secured it with paper clips. I folded the second bag along with the first to get matching creases.
I used Altenew’s A walk in the woods for the masculine set. I first placed post-it notes along the creases to only get a panel at the front and back. I stamped the image in black ink with a large acrylic block.
For the feminine set, I used a die-cut leftover from card #3 of the feminine cards. I used washi tape to secure around the edges to keep it from moving, and I placed a post-it note at the center to keep ink off. I used spun sugar, and worn lipstick distress inks to blend onto the paper. I wrapped the gift sets and used double-sided tape for the edges. I created “For You” die cuts, layers them, and added them to the upper left corners of my freshly wrapped gifts.
This class taught me to think outside the box when it comes to my ink pads. Acrylic block, paintbrushes and brayers can all be used as tools alongside your ink. I made a mess, my hands got extra inky and I had lots of fun!
I die-cut mint and white card stocks with an A2-sized stitched die. I stamped a floral image from Altenew’s Extra Special Stamp Set onto each of them. I directly stamped distress oxide inks onto my crafter’s essential mat, and lightly sprayed them with water. I painted the flowers on the white card stock with wilted violet distress oxide ink. For the leaves, I used mowed lawn and lucky clover for the undersides. I cut out the center portion of the image with a 3.25×2.25 inch die. I placed double-sided tape on the backside. I matched the painted florals to the mint card stock and pressed down. I stamped “Tu me inspiras” (you inspire me) from Altenew’s Lable Love Spanish Stamp Set in black dye ink. I attached it with foam tape.
I added sparkle with light green sequins and attached my completed project to a blank card base.
Altenew Extra Special Stamp Set
Altenew Label Love Spanish Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn and Lucky CLover
Black Dye Ink
This card was fun, messy, and out of my comfort zone to create. I wanted something colorful, and what’s better than a rainbow for color? I stamped Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemon, Spice Marmalade, Mowed Lawn, Prize Ribbon, and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks, onto my trusty mat. I sprayed the ink with water and rolled my brayer over the mixture. I rolled the paint onto white card stock and repeated the process until all the colors were rolled on.
I die cut my favorite portions of my newly painted (and dry) card stocks.
In this course, I learned of different ways to use die-cutting shapes. Not only can you use them for their intended purpose, however, you can also use them to emboss your projects. I love this technique and the many different ways to stretch your supplies.
I was eager to try out embossing with die shapes. I selected round nesting dies and holographic card stock for my first project. I placed my paper onto my base and bottom plate. I organized the circle dies and taped them together and onto the paper with Washi tape. I ran it through my platinum machine a few times to emboss the card stock in multiple places. I used a rectangle stitch die frame to cut out a small portion of my piece and set it aside.
On white card stock, I stamped outlined images from Altenew’s Beautiful Day Stamp Set. This stamp set has become a favorite of mine and I find myself using it for several projects. I used clear embossing ink and silver embossing powder to set my images. I used Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry and mixed it with water to color the florals in. I repeated the process in Distress Oxide ink in Mowed Lawn for the leaves. First, I tried coloring an acrylic block to stamp my color but did not like the result. I used a brush for the remainder of my stamped images and fussy cut them out.
To add more texture to my project, I chose navy blue faux leather for the background. I trimmed the leaves and arranged them first. I secured the leaves and flowers with double-sided tape.
The sentiment from Altenew’s Birthday Bash Stamp Set was stamped with clear embossing ink and silver embossing powder. I didn’t want to hide the holographic paper too much, so I chose to use white vellum for the sentiment’s background. Since vellum wasn’t part of the original plan, I had to do “card surgery” to add it. I lifted the holographic card stock just a bit and tucked the overlapping vellum behind each side. I pressed down with force to make sure it was secure. I added iridescent gems for a touch of sparkle and secured my complete piece to the base card.
Altenew Beautiful Day Stamp Set
Altenew Birthday Bash Stamp Set
Clear Embossing Ink
Silver Embossing Power
Distress Oxide Ink in Picked Raspberries and Mowed Lawn
Holographic card Stock
I began card 2 with plain white card stock and die cut it with a stitched frame. I traced vintage roses images (I had these leftovers from all about layering classes) in the bottom right corner, I placed my die shapes over it and ran them through my die cutting machine. I traced the white card stock over pink adhesive foam, and die cut it as well.
I placed the pink adhesive foam over the card base, and I glued the foliage and rose image in the die-cut space on the bottom right corner. I directly stamped “Hello, Friend” from Altenew’s Mega Greetings 3 Stamp set onto the white card stock in black dye ink. I felt the white needed a bit of color. I used Distress Oxide ink in Spun sugar and a blending brush to add color around the edges. I attached this piece over the pink foam with double-sided tape. Lastly, I glued pink sequins to the upper left and bottom right corners of my card.
This simple yet beautiful project took no time at all from start to finish.
This fabulous course is about Scene building! I’ve created cards in the past that I never thought of as scenes. This class helped me see them this way and make them even better.
Cherry blossom trees are one of my favorite sights of spring and inspired my first card.
I began by creating a sunset scene as a background. I blended Distress Oxide Inks in the following order, squeezed lemon, fossilized amber, candied apple, seedless preserves, and prize ribbon. I used a scrap piece of paper to die cut a cloud edge. I lightly brushed white pigment ink to create light clouds over the scene.
On a separate sheet of paper, I stamped images from Altenew’s Vintage Flower Stamp Set. I began with the branch stamp and used Distress Oxide ink in ground espresso. I fussy cut my image out and used liquid glue to adhere it. I stamped the florals in two different sizes. I used Spun Sugar, and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide inks and fussy cut them out.
To create foliage, I used Altenew’s Leaf Frame Cover Die and white card stock. I blended distress oxide in lucky clover and lightly used ground espresso to darken it just a bit. I trimmed out the leaves and glued them to the branches. I used liquid glue and foam squares to attach the florals. I added small stars to the background with a white gel pen.
I added a background hill with a handmade stencil and black soot Distress Oxide ink. I stamped small grass details with a stamp I have on hand.
For the sentiment, I chose “Sending love and hugs” from Altenew’s Best Sentiments Stamp Set and used foam tape to attach it. I added my complete project to a pink frame die cut and adhered to a blank card base.
Altenew Vintage Flower Stamp Set
Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
Distress Oxide Inks
Black Dye Ink
White Gel Pen
The golden hour is my favorite time of day. I love how some things have a golden color, and as the sun gets lower, they become silhouettes. This time of day was the inspiration behind this card.
I began by blending Distress Oxide inks colors, Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemon, and Fossilized Amber onto white card stock. Once it dried, I prepared the background with an anti-static pouch. I then used images from Altenew’s Remember This Stamp Set and stamped them in clear embossing ink. I poured sparkle black embossing powder onto the sticky ink, shook off the excess, and heat set it.
The sentiment “With every difficulty there is ease” is included in this stamp set. I stamped it directly onto my project with black dye ink. I attached my completed project to a blank card base with double-sided tape.
This class taught me different ways to use stencils and how to use what you have on hand to make your own. I don’t have stencils in my stash, but I do have a couple of frame dies. For this lesson I used my favorite one in different colors to achieve very different results.
I created my first card with one of my favorite combinations, Black and Gold. I began by die-cutting white card stock with Altenew’s Leaf Frame Cover Die. I did so several times to use on this card and my next project.
I first prepared black card stock with anti-static powder and taped the die cut with washi tape around the edges over my prepared surface. Using an ink dauber, I dabbed clear embossing ink onto the black background. I gently peeled the Washi tape and removed the die-cut. I poured gold embossing powder onto the black card stock and shook off the excess. I set the powder with a heat gun.
For the sentiment, I chose “Believe you can & you will” found in Altenew’s Watercolor Roses Stamp Set. I cut and prepared a small black card stock piece for my sentiment. I used clear embossing ink and gold embossing powder once again. With a small embossing tool, I added small dabs of embossing ink and embossing powder for additional random spots of gold.
I adhered the sentiment to double-sided black foam and secured it to the center of my embossed piece. I placed shiny gold card stock behind my project and adhered it to a blank card base.
Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
WaterColor Roses Stamp Set
Black Card Stock
Clear Embossing Ink
Gold Embossing Powder
Double Sided Black Foam
Spring and Summer are my favorite time of year and were the inspiration behind this card.
I began by taping my die-cut frame over the white card stock. I blended oxide inks in, worn lipstick, twisted citron, salty ocean, and squeezed lemon over the die cut and negative space. I removed the tape and die-cut once I blended the colors to my liking. I added a little Ranger perfect pearls dust over the colorful surface and sprayed a little water for added interest.
I blended oxide ink in salty ocean onto the blank card base. I adhered to my project to the colored card. Finally, I added a previously cut die cut “Hello” to the center with liquid glue.
I love learning new ways to use the product on hand, and I loved learning about it in this course.
Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
Hello Sentiment (Altenew makes similar one found here)
This course is ALL about creating masculine cards for the special men in our lives. I’m married to a Man’s Man who can fix just about EVERYTHING. No sparkle. No florals. Clean and simple but cool. My husband was my inspiration for the cards I created for these lessons.
I wanted to keep these cards simple. I used the same stamp for all three and used it in different ways and colors. I began with white card stock and stamped Altenew’s Flowing Lines mini background stamp in distress oxide ink in chipped sapphire. I trimmed my image with scissors and mounted it to the lighter blue yardstick using foam tape. I stamped. ” You are the best” from Altenew’s Best Sentiments Stamp Set in black dye ink. I used double-sided tape to attach the sentiment to the center of the flowing lines stamped image.
I then attached the piece to the darker blue card stock. I completed my project by attaching my work to an A-2 sized blank notecard.
Altenew Flowing lines mini background stamp
Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
Distress Oxide ink in Chipped Sapphire
Black Dye Ink
Double sided Tape
I chose a black and white theme for my second card. I stamped the mini background stamp in black dye ink on white card stock four times. Next, I used “Thankful for you” from the Best Sentiments Stamp set. I trimmed both pieces out with scissors and set them aside. Then, I die cut the letter S with Altenew’s Mega Alphabet S Die in black and white card stocks.
I layered the black and white mega letters and attached the sentiment strip to the flowing lines background. I secured my project piece to black card stock. I completed this project by adhering the completed project to a black card base.
Altenew Flowing Lines Mini Background Stamp
Altenew Mega Alphabet S Die
Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
Black Dye Ink
Black Card Stock
White Cards Stock
To create my third card, I used materials I’ve had stashed away for quite some time. I die-cut wood veneer and faux leather to create this card. I diagonally cut these by layering them together and slicing through them with a paper trimmer. I attached one faux-leather piece to a wood veneer piece by taping them on the backside. I stamped the flowing lines stamp and thank you sentiment onto wood veneer and trimmed them with scissors. I next attached the image of the lines onto matte gold card stock.
For a clean dimensional look, I attached my stamped pieces to a brown adhesive foam. I then secured them to the project with double-sided tape.
Altenew Flowing Lines Mini Background Stamp
Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
Wood Veneer (Altenew offers a similar product found here.
This course is all about adding SPARKLE! Foil, embossing, glitter, and gems! These are the cards I was inspired to create by this class.
I began this card by stamping foliage from Altenew’s Vintage Roses Add-On Stamp in clear embossing ink. I then poured gold embossing powder, shook off the excess and heat set it. Next, I stamped “I’m always here for you” from Altenew’s Strength Blooms Stamp set in clear embossing ink, and heat set gold embossing powder on white card stock. I die cut the sentiment and attached it to gold foil card stock using foam tape. I attached my project to an A2-sized gold foil using double-sided tape.
I decided to add bit more detail. I used Distress Oxide ink in Antique Linen, and pearl embossing powder to stamp additional leaves. I die cut them and attached it with foam squares.
Altenew Vintage Roses Add-on Stamp Set
Altenew Strength Blooms Stamp Set
Clear Embossing Ink
Gold Embossing Powder
Pearl Embossing Powder
Gold Foil Card Stock
For this card, I die-cut white and pink card stock together. I attached a double-sided adhesive sheet to the white card stock. I slice both pieces together with a paper trimmer. I removed the cover sheet and poured a generous amount of extra fine light pink glitter over the sticky side. I then attached it to the pink card stock by taping it together on the backside.
I then used Altenew’s Watercolor Roses Stamp set with Distress Oxide inks in Spun Sugar, and Worn Lipstick for the florals, and Bundled Sage for the leaves. I used the coordinating dies to cut the elements out. I adhered the leaves with liquid glue and foam tape for the roses. On a separate, I stamped “Believe in yourself” included in this set. I adhered a pearlized vellum sheet to soften the black dye ink used for the sentiment strip and added pearl stickers to the corners. I attached this piece to my project with foam tape.
I attached my finished project to a blank card using double sided-tape.
Altenew Watercolor Roses Stamp and Die Set
Distress Oxide in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Bundled Sage
This class is all about one of my favorite techniques, Ink Blending. I enjoyed learning of different ways of using this technique I had not thought of before. If I don’t have the right colored card stock, I can MAKE one. So simple. So beautiful. Here are the cards I was inspired to create with this beautiful technique.
I began by stamping my floral stamp from Altenew’s Extra Special stamp set in clear embossing ink on white card stock. I used a white pearl embossing powder and heat set it. Next, I began to build my rainbow in the usual order. Using a blending brush, I started with distress oxide inks in Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemon, Twisted Citron, Peacock feathers, Tumbled Glass, and Prize Ribbon. I created each layer using a circular motion. I lightly went over previous layers to blend each color with the next. Once I was satisfied with the colors, I spritz water on my piece for extra visual interest and let it dry.
I love rainbows. I mean, who doesn’t? Rainbows remind me of my childhood and my sister was a big part of it. For me, she is the best. Thinking of her makes me happy just like thinking of rainbows. I chose the “to the best sister” sentiment included in the Extra Special Stamp Set, and stamped it in black dye ink.
I attached my completed piece at a fun angle over sky blue A2-sized card stock with double-sided tape.
This card began as blending practice on a plain white sheet of medium-weight cards stock.
I used distress oxide ink in spun sugar and worked my way from the bottom to top using a blending brush. The center layer was made with distress oxide ink in worn lipstick followed by festive berries oxide ink for the top. I went over the layers several times adding more ink until I achieved a look I was happy with. I then die-cut it to A2-size.
I stamped the floral outline from Altenew’s Remember This layering stamp set in clear embossing ink at the lower-left corner. I used gold embossing powder and set it with my heat gun. I repeated the process to add foliage and additional floral elements. To add ink splatter, I pressed the festive berries color ink pad on my stamping mat and dipped my watercolor brush in water and ink. I freely splashed my card with the mixture.
I used the same mixture of water and ink to color the florals. I used a white ink pad to lighten the areas I thought would reflect light. I used the same method with green ink to color in the leaves of my project.
Distress Oxide inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, and Picket Fence
Clear Embossing Ink
Gold Embossing Powder
The final project for this class is my absolute favorite. I knew what I wanted to do when I saw the Big World stamp set. I grabbed Distressed Oxide inks in Prize Ribbon, Wilted Violet, Peacock Feathers, and Black Soot. I began with Prize Ribbon by blending it throughout white card stock. I colored smaller areas with Wilted Violet and Peacock Feathers. For the edges and corners, I used black soot. I picked up more ink as needed, then blended the Prize ribbon color over the entire area. I die cut a portion of my blended card stock using an A2-sided frame.
For the stars in the background, I splattered white pigment ink with a watercolor brush.
On a separate sheet of card stock, I stamped the water layer of the stamp set using distress oxide in Salty Ocean. The land layer stamp followed in oxide ink in Mowed Lawn. I die cut the stamped world and placed it at the center of my project with foam tape. Next, I stamped. “You Mean the” and “to me” using black die ink and cut them out with a pair of scissors. I placed them both on my project using foam tape. Lastly, I die cut the word “world” and glued it on with liquid adhesive. I secured my project to a blank card with double-sided tape.
This course is all about the beauty in simplicity. I learned how to create simple yet beautiful cards that recipients will love. You can create unique cards in a matter of minutes.
I created this card using Altenew’s Golden Garden Stamp set. I began by stamping the floral outline using Hickory smoke distressed oxide ink. I used victorian velvet oxide ink for the inner portions. I chose four floral stamps and layered them in pairs in the upper left and bottom right corners. I used “You are an inspiration” from Altenew’s Extra Special Stamp Set. I dipped a watercolor brush in the inks to splatter on extra detail.
For an extra “splash” I dipped a watercolor brush in the inks to splatter some extra color.
Altenew Golden Garden Stamp Set
Altenew Extra Special Stamp Set
Distressed Oxide inks in Hickory Smoke and Victorian Velvet
Altenew Stamping Mat
My mom was the inspiration for this card. She was my childhood example of femininity. She often wears florals and pastels with delicate jewelry. She’s a true classic!
I began with a small die-cut rectangle in white. I stamped foliage to the bottom right and upper left of my piece. For coloring, I used Crayola watercolor pencils. I began by coloring the inner portions of the leaves in pink and then colored along the stem lines using green. I used a watercolor brush to blend the colors. I chose my favorite A2-sized stitched die-cut in soft pink for the background and attached my new work of art to it using a foam tape sheet cut to size.
I used “Muchas Gracias” (Many thanks) from Altenew’s Label Love in Spanish sentiment. I stamped it in black dye ink since my mom is feminine but fierce. I added a few subtle and elegant iridescent beads for a final delicate yet, jeweled touch.
More layering in this course! This class furthered my learning in layering stamp techniques with beautiful stamp sets.
To begin, I stamped the larger flower cluster stamp from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set on white letter-sized card stock. I used clear embossing ink thought out the entire sheet to create a watermark background. Next, I stamped the peony outline in black dye ink near the lower right corner of my sheet. I layered the rest of the flower with distressed oxide inks in tumbled glass, salty ocean, and prize ribbon. I stamped the outline on a masking sheet and cut it out. I placed the masking sheet over my completed flower and stamped the foliage outline on each side of the flower. I used oxide inks in bundled sage, and mowed lawn for the rest of the foliage.
I repeated the entire process diagonally above my first flower using distressed oxide inks in shaded lilac, stormy sky, and chipped sapphire, to end with a different shade of blue. I added some detail by using the smaller flower stamps alongside the larger florals. I die cut this to A2 size and I used the “sending hugs and happy thoughts” sentiment included in this set. I used sticker gems to add a bit of embellishment.
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
Black dye ink
Distressed oxide ink (listed above)
Using the remainder of my watermarked card stock, I made a second card using the same methods. I chose distressed oxide inks in spun sugar, worn lipstick, and festive berries for the florals. I masked the floral once again, and stamped the medium-sized flower cluster in mowed lawn alongside the flowers and in the corners. I stamped “wish you the most beautiful day” sentiment also included in this set. I used gold colored gem sticker to embellish.
Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
Distressed oxide ink (listed above)
Gold gem stickers
I attached the pieces to A2 sized cards using strong adhesive tape.
I created this card using Altenew’s Vintage Roses Stamp and Die bundle. I love roses in any color but especially in pinks. I began with specialty card stock I had previously cut. Roses are quite romantic and I thought this paper would compliment my roses perfectly.
I used distressed oxide inks in my favorite combination from lightest to darkest. Colors used in order are, spun sugar, worn lipstick, festive berries, and candied apple. I stamped multiple flowers on white card stock and used the coordinating dies to cut them out. For the foliage, I used distressed oxide inks in bundled sage, and mowed lawn and cut them out using the coordinating dies. I also stamped three individual leaves directly onto my specialty paper.
I wanted to add a bit of gold, for this I used a clear embossing ink pen and went over some of the areas of the flowers and foliage. I used gold embossing powder and my heat gun to set.
I played around a bit with the placement of my flowers before securing them. I liked the look of off-set specialty paper, so I secured it to the top corner. I then arranged the flowers to look like a vine of roses. I glued some flat onto the background and used foam squares on the others for a bit of dimension.
For the sentiment I stamped “To my amazing mother” from Altenew’s Extra Special Stamp Set over a smaller and slightly darker card stock stip. I used specialty gold leaf glitter and gold sticker gems to add sparkle.
Layering stamps have become a favorite tool of mine. They give a gorgeous result and can be used in so many different ways.
Altenew’s Vintage Roses Stamp and Die Bundle
Altenew’s Extra Special Stamp Set
Distressed Oxide inks (colors listed above)
Gold Embossing Ink
Clear Embossing Ink Pen
Specialty Gold Leaf Glitter
Gold Colored Sticker Gems
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In this course I learned how to use layering stamp sets, lining up their matching points, and selecting colors that compliment one another. These stamp sets help you build beautiful and detailed floral themes that look complicated, yet once learned, are created with ease to let your creativity flow.
I’ve created several cards during this course, but I will share my favorite 3 in this post.
Usually when working on cards, I die cut many different colors to have on hand for later use. I will typically grab a color and see where my creativity takes me. I chose black, gray and gold for a different spin. I started with black card stock which I die cut using a A2 sized stitched frame. I chose a gray pigment ink for my first layer, and for my second layer I prepped my card stock by using an anti-static pouch. I used a clear embossing ink and embossing powder in gold. I did each of the larger flowers one at a time to avoid any extra powder from sticking to my background. I chose the “Thank You” sentiment from my vintage roses add-on stamp set and placed it on a gray sentiment strip. I used clear double-sided tape to adhere to my base card.
Overall, I love this stamp set’s forgiving nature to a newbie such as myself!
For card 2, I chose the Embroidered Blooms stamp set. Being of Mexican decent, I particularly love this stamp set because it reminds me of a Huipil [wipil] , a traditional garment worn by women in Mexico. I had a few blouses like these growing up and they all had white fabric with colorful embroidery. I wanted to make this card simple yet colorful.
I began with a stitched die cut base in white (cut to about 2.75in by 4in). I chose distressed oxide inks in candied apple, squeezed lemon, spiced marmalade, mowed lawn, prized ribbon, and seedless preserves. I began with the center of the larger flower and worked my way outward. I repeated the process for the smaller flowers by beginning with the flower center and working outward. I added foliage by using masking sheets to prevent covering any portion of the flower itself. I used the sentiment “you are sew lovely” included with the Embroidered Blooms stamp set. I then added my centerpiece to a bright blue A2 sized background using foam tape to add a bit of dimension, and attached that to a white card.
This project made me a little nostalgic, as it reminded me of my childhood, and the time I spent with my family in Mexico.
Altenew Embroidered Blooms stamp set
White card stock
Blue Card stock
Distressed Oxide Ink (colors listed above)
Double sided Tape
For Lesson 3, I chose a monochromatic gray palette. I used the vintage roses stamp set and vintage roses add-on set, clear embossing ink, black dye ink, white gel pen, and distressed oxide inks in pumice stone, hickory smoke, and black soot.
I began with a A2 sized stitched frame die cut in gray. I first stamped the foliage base (found in the vintage roses stamp set) in each corner using pumice stone color. The second layer stamp (found in the add-on set) followed with hickory smoke, and for the third layer detail I used black soot. I stamped “Te echo de menos” (I miss you) sentiment from the Label Love Spanish stamp set, in black dye ink. I then used the second layer foliage stamp to add watermark detail in clear embossing ink. Once ink was fully dry, I used a white gel pen to trace around the foliage in the corners and to add small dots throughout the card. I also used a shimmer pen to add a little shine to the gray leaves. I attached it to the card base using strong double sided tape.
A2 White notecard
Gray card stock
Vintage Roses Stamp Set
Vintage Roses add-on stamp set
Distress Oxide ink in, Pumice Stone, Hickory Smoke, Black Soot
Clear Embossing Ink
Black dye Ink
White Gel Pen
Double sided tape
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