Beautiful Details

This class shows you different ways to add beautiful details to your cards. I learned so much, and I very much enjoyed this class.

Card 1

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 used a stitched frame die to cut my project. The sentiment is from Altenew’s Paint-A-Flower: Rosa Floribunda Outline Stamp Set. I then added reflections dew drops for a bit of sparkle.

I secured my piece to a lavender-colored background and attached it to a blank notecard.

Card 2

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.

Card 3

I wanted to create a detailed image with something other than flowers, so I chose Altenew’s Bird of the Woods Stamp and Die Bundle.

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.

In The Mood For Color

This course is all about colors and the feelings they evoke. Red, for example, signifies passion and love.

Card 1

Green- Soothing, Natural and Growth

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.

Card 2

Yellow-Energy, Cheer, and Optimism

I stamped the floral outline stamp from Altenew’s Beautiful Day stamp set. I masked the image and stamped leaf images from Altenew’s garden treasures stamp set.

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.

Card 3

Pink- Sensitive, Caring, Sweet

I created this card with Altenew’s Bountiful Butterflies Layering Stencil. I began with the background stencil, and tattered rose distress oxide ink.

I followed with spun sugar, worn lipstick, and picked raspberries for the butterfly stencil.
I cut my piece smaller than my pink base card and attached a ribbon to the center with double-sided tape.

I heat embossed “I just adore you” from Altenew’s Sentiment Strips 2 onto black card stock and adhered it to the ribbon with double-sided tape.

Beyond Basic Backgrounds

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.

Card 1

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.

Card 2

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.

Card 3

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.


  • Little One Stamp/Die Bundle
  • Distress Oxide inks Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberries, Tumbled Glass, Squeezed Lemon, Bundled Sage, and Milled Lavender
  • Clear Embossing ink
  • Vellum
  • Black dye ink
  • Double-sided tape