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.

Polychromatic

This class shows ways to use many colors on a white background as well as monochromatic color schemes.

Card 1

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. 

Card 2

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. 

The sentiment is from Build-A-Flower: Crocus Layering Stamp & Die Set.

Card 3

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 used a frame die cut from Altenew’s Mix and Match Frames Die Set used washi tape to secure it in the right place and ran it through my die cutter. 

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. 

Creative Watercolor Media

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.

Card 1

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.

Card 2

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.

Card 3

Watercolor resist on watercolor paper

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. 

With a Twist!

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!”

Card 1

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.

Card 2

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.

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.

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.

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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 🙂