Level 1 Challenge

It’s challenge time!


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.

Set 1

II wanted bright colors and golden tones for the feminine set. I relied heavily on pinks, yellows, gold, and rose gold. 

Card 1

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.

Card 2

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.

Card 3

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 4

Card 5

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

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.

Set 2

I wanted to keep this set fun and bright and a little lux. I used plenty of metallics, blues, and some wood elements.

Card 1


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.

Card 2


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.

Card 3


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.

Card 4


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.

Card 5


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.

Card 6


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.

Packaging

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.

Altenew products

Irresistible Inking Techniques

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!

Card 1

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. 

Tu me inspiras

Materials

  • 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
  • Foam Tape
  • Double-Sided Tape
  • Sequins

Card 2

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. 

I stamped butterfly images from Altenew’s Painted Butterflies Stamp Set directly onto the painted card stock in black dye ink.

For the sentiment, I chose a Roald Dahl quote found in Altenew’s Watercolor Roses Stamp Set. I stamped it in black dye ink and attached my completed project onto a blank card base.

I very much enjoyed making messes with inks! I will likely use this inky mess again many times. It was also a quick card to put together.

Materils

  • Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp Set
  • Altenew Watercolor Roses Stamp Set
  • Altenew Crafter’s Essential Mat ( A MUST have supply, its awesome)
  • Distress Oxide Ink (colors listed above)
  • Brayer
  • Double-Sided Tape

Easy Die Cutting Techniques

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.

Card 1

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.

Materials

  • 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
  • Paint brush
  • Faux Lather
  • Holographic card Stock
  • Double-Sided Tape

Card 2

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.

Materials

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

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 🙂

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

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

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

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