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. 

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.

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

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