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. 

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.