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Seasonal Scene Building

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.

Card 1

Spring Flower Scene


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.

Materials

  • Altenew Vintage Flower Stamp Set
  • Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
  • Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Distress Oxide Inks
  • Black Dye Ink
  • Foam Squares
  • Foam Tape
  • White Gel Pen

Card 2

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Remember This Stamp Set
  • Clear Embossing Ink
  • Black Embossing Powder
  • Double-Sided Tape
Behind the scenes blending
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Stencil Techniques

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.

Card 1

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.

For you, my beautiful R.H.

Materials

  • Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
  • WaterColor Roses Stamp Set
  • Black Card Stock
  • Gold Cardstock
  • Clear Embossing Ink
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Double Sided Black Foam

Card 2

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Leaf Frame Cover Die
  • Hello Sentiment (Altenew makes similar one found here)
  • Distress Oxide inks (listed above)
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls in White
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Liquid Glue
My messy process 🙂
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For The Guys

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.

Card 1

For the guys

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Flowing lines mini background stamp
  • Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Distress Oxide ink in Chipped Sapphire
  • Black Dye Ink
  • Foam Tape
  • Double sided Tape

Card 2

For the Guys

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.

Materials

  • 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
  • Double-Sided Tape

Card 3

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Flowing Lines Mini Background Stamp
  • Altenew Best Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Wood Veneer (Altenew offers a similar product found here.
  • Faux Leather
  • Black Dye Ink
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Brown Adhesive Foam
  • Blank Notecard
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Let it Shine!

This course is all about adding SPARKLE! Foil, embossing, glitter, and gems! These are the cards I was inspired to create by this class.

Vintage Roses Add-on

Card 1

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.

Let it Shine
Close up of detail

Materials

  • 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
  • Foam Tape
  • Double-Sided Tape

Card 2

Watercolor Roses Stamp and Die set

 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.

Materials

  • Altenew Watercolor Roses Stamp and Die Set
  • Distress Oxide in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Bundled Sage
  • Vellum
  • Extra Fine Light Pink Glitter
  • Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Foam Tape
  • Liquid Glue
  • Pearl Sticker
  • Black Dye Ink

Details

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Easy Ink Blending Techniques

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.

Card 1

Extra Special Stamp set

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.

Materials

Card 2

Remember This Stamp Set/ Strength Blooms Stamp Set

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. 

The sentiment I chose is from Altenew’s Strength Blooms Stamp Set.

A closer look

Materials

  • Altenew Remember This Stamp Set
  • Altenew Strength Blooms Stamp Set
  • Distress Oxide inks in Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, and Picket Fence
  • Stamping Mat
  • Clear Embossing Ink
  • Gold Embossing Powder
  • Heat Gun
  • Watercolor Brush

Card 3

Big World Stamp Set and Die bundle

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Big World Stamp and Die cut Bundle
  • Distress Oxide Ink (Colors listed above)
  • White Pigment Ink
  • Stamping Mat
  • Watercolor Brush
  • White Foam Tape
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Liquid Adhesive

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Clean and Simple Boutique Cards

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.

Card 1

Golden Garden/Extra Special

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Golden Garden Stamp Set
  • Altenew Extra Special Stamp Set
  • Distressed Oxide inks in Hickory Smoke and Victorian Velvet
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Altenew Stamping Mat

Card 2

Golden Garden Stamp Set/Love Labels in Spanish

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Golden Garden Stamp Set
  • Altenew Label Love Spanish stamp Set
  • Pink Card Stock
  • White Card Stock
  • Watercolor Pencils
  • Beads
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All about layering 2

More layering in this course! This class furthered my learning in layering stamp techniques with beautiful stamp sets.

Beautiful Day

Cards 1&2

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  • Black dye ink
  • Distressed oxide ink (listed above)
  • Gem stickers

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.

Materials

  • 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.

Vintage Roses

Card 3

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.

Materials

  • 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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All about layering 1

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.

Card 1

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!

Materials Used

  • Altenew Golden Garden Stamp Set
  • Vintage Roses Add-On stamp set
  • 85lb card stock
  • Gray pigment ink
  • Clear embossing ink
  • Gold embossing powder
  • Anti-static pouch
  • Strong Double sided tape

Card 2

You are sew lovely

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.

Materials

  • Altenew Embroidered Blooms stamp set
  • A2 notecard
  • White card stock
  • Blue Card stock
  • Distressed Oxide Ink (colors listed above)
  • Foam tape
  • Double sided Tape

Card 3

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.

Materials

  • 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
  • Shimmer Pen
  • Double sided tape

If you are new to Altenew, you can use my referral link for $5 off your purchase. I’ll also get a point boost, it’s a win win!

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AECP

I came across Altenew when learning about card making. I placed an order with them and was so happy with the quality of product. When I found out about their Educator Certification Program, I decided to apply, and I’m happy to say I was accepted. I will post my course submissions on this blog as I learn from the experts.

When I Ink of you….

Hi! My name is Irene. I fell in love with paper crafting in late Spring 2021. This new hobby of mine began while I was in the midst of creating 3D photo props for my online crochet shop. It was at that time that I came across a three year old card making video by the fabulous Jennifer McGuire. The simplicity and beauty of card making mesmerized me. So began my personal journey of making cards and other paper projects with my Cricut Maker.

There is something so special about creating a card for a loved one and mailing it. I must admit that I was once notorious for leaving boxes of holiday greeting cards collecting dust somewhere in my home. Yet, handmade cards are truly a one of a kind special project. Now armed with a collection of clear stamps, a manual die cutter, and an array of gorgeous paper, I have tapped into this new outlet of creativity where I can express my love of all things paper.