10 November 2019

Altenew -Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Life has been crazy busy, and it has been over a month since I have had a chance to do any of Altenew Academy classes for the AECP.  But I finally found some time last weekend, and chose to do the Easy Die Cutting Techniques Class which was taught by the very talented Yana Smakula.

I recently purchased the new Precious Peony stamps and coordinating dies and I just LOVE this set! And of course I am one of those people that can't buy a stamp set without the dies, so I thought it would be the perfect set to use for the 'Stamps & Matching Dies' lesson, which was the first in this class.

Normally I would choose Copics for an image like this, but I really wanted to play with my new Altenew Brush Watercolour Markers and the colours were so beautiful and vibrant! I can't wait to play with them a little more!

I started by stamping the images onto Paper Fashion Hot Press Watercolour paper in Versamark Ink and then heat set with white embossing powder. When that was done I used the watercolour markers to colour the image. I chose the Purple Wine colour for the flowers, and used three colours for the leaves; Lime, Sweet Leaf & Emerald. I then set the images aside to dry completely while preparing the rest of my card.

I dripped some ink from the Sea Breeze marker onto my surface, spritzed it with some water and then used a second piece of watercolour card to pick up the 'smooched' watercolour, creating a fun background for my focal images.

I then die cut my flowers and leaves, and used double sided foam tape to adhere them to my background panel. I then used more foam tape to attach the completed panel to my card base of Neenah cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from the 'Heartfelt Sentiments' stamp set in Versamark ink onto a strip of black card and heat set with white embossing powder before attaching it to the front of my card.  Some clear sparkling confetti sequins completed the card and added some sparkle.

I hope you enjoyed my card today. I had a lot of fun creating it and can't wait to do my next class and look forward to sharing it with you. 


Please note that Australian blog readers can also purchase Altenew products locally either 
online or in store (in Perth) at The Scrapbook Store.

16 September 2019

Altenew - Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

Over the weekend I completed the Altenew Academy class 'Clean & Simple Boutique Cards' as part of my AECP and created two different cards using the techniques taught by Jennifer Rzasa.  For my projects I was inspired by the class about creating stamped backgrounds, as it is another great way to use your stamps.

I created two cards today, however they are very similar just varying in colour and small style differences. I used the Leaf Canopy stamp set to create both of them.

For my first card I stamped the outline images from the Leaf Canopy stamp set in an alcohol marker friendly black ink randomly over the background. I then used the Altenew artist marker in G804 (Bamboo) to draw a line just inside the leaves and used the blender marker to soften the line. When they were all done I added some dot details with a fine Copic liner. I then attached the panel to a black A2 card base.

I stamped the sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set in versamark onto a strip of black card and then embossed it with Pure White embossing powder. I then attached the strip to the front of the card using foam tape to add dimension.  To complete the card I added some enamel dots from the Green Field set.

My second card was created in a very similar way. I stamped the outline image from the Leaf Canopy set in black onto white card, and then also stamped the shadow images from the same set using Silver Lake ink. I then added black dot details as before but also added some white dots to the Silver Lake leaves using a white gel pen.

I attached the completed panel to a coordinating grey card base and stamped the sentiment in Jet Black ink onto a strip of the same grey card and used foam tape to adhere it to the front. I then completed the card using the same enamel dots as before. I think the subtle look of this card would also be good for a sympathy or thinking of you card.


Altenew - For The Guys

One of the recent classes I completed through the Altenew Academy was titled 'For The Guys'. I found this class so helpful, as masculine cards are something I don't often have to make and I do struggle with them. The class was run by Jennifer Rzasa and I used her tips on adding geometric shapes for my project.

As I don't have any geometric shaped stamps in my stash, I decided to use the Altenew Cube Builder stencil. I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb cardstock to a 6"x6" square and used the Altenew Sweet Dreams mini ink cube set to ink up the stencil. I started with Galactric Stream, then used Aqualicious followed by Dew Drops. I love how this background turned out!

I then cut the completed panel down to 4.75"x4.75" and mounted it onto a 5" square card base. I then die cut the 'hb' from the Bold Alpha die set from Neenah cardstock and used foam tape to attach it to the stamped piece. I inked up a small strip of Neenah with Teal Cave ink and when it was dry I stamped the Happy Birthday from the Birthday Builder stamp set in versamark and heat embossed with pure white crisp embossing powder.


Please note that Australian blog readers can purchase Altenew products locally either 
online or in store (in Perth) at The Scrapbook Store.

09 September 2019

Altenew - Easy Ink Blending Techniques

I recently completed the Easy Ink Blending Techniques class from Altenew as part of the AECP course. But you don't have to be participating in the Educator program to do these classes, and I would definitely recommend them!

This class was run by Amy Lee, and over 6 different tutorials she shares great tips & techniques for adding ink blending to your projects. And another great thing about these classes is that once you purchase them, you can complete them at your own pace and go back to them whenever you want to. 

I chose to use the emboss resist technique which was part of lesson 4 and made two cards; a more masculine card as well as a more girly version :) 

The technique for both was the same, with the differences being the stamp sets and the ink colours used. 

For my first card I began by stamping my images from the Flower Vine stamp set onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock (I find I get the best results using this for ink blending) in Versamark ink and then heat embossed using white embossing powder. 

Then using an ink blending tool I blended the Puffy Heart ink all over my stamped panel and finished off by adding some purple wine ink around the edges. I adhered this to a white card base of Neenah using some foam adhesive. I then stamped the sentiment from the Sentiment Strip Stamp Set onto two strips of black card using Versamark ink and heat setting with white embossing powder. To complete the card I added some sparkling clear confetti sequins. 

For my second card I used the Basic Borders stamp set, which I kept in tact and stamped as one whole sheet. This is a great way to create a background using individual stamps! As above, I stamped in Versamark and heat set with white embossing powder. This time I inked the panel using all four colours in the Sweet Dreams mini ink cube set starting with the darkest at the bottom and getting lighter as I got to the top. I then adhered the panel to a card base of Neenah. Next I stamped the sentiments from the Sentiment Strip stamp set onto black cardstock and embossed with white embossing powder. I attached the strip using some foam tape and that completed the card. 

I hope you liked my cards, and are encouraged to try some emboss resist stamping yourself. 
It is so fun!

I'm back ... and with some exciting news to share!

Hello!  It's been a long time since I updated my blog and so I have decided to delete my years old posts and start fresh .. and with good reason. 

I was recently lucky enough to be accepted into the Altenew Educator Certification Program (or AECP for short). As part of the program I will be completing the classes that are available over at the Altenew Academy and sharing them here on my blog.

These classes are available to anyone, and if you haven't checked them out already I would highly recommend them. There are so many different classes to choose from and there are always new tips & tricks to learn.

The first class I completed was All About Layering 1 which was led by Nicole Picadura and focuses on using the many varied fabulous layering stamps from Altenew. I usually like to colour my images, but this class has really inspired me to go back and play with the layering stamps in all of my Altenew sets. Nicole gives great tips on alignment and using the stamps to their best advantage.

I chose to use the Beautiful Heart Stamps & Dies as I felt they were a great starting point given that there are only a few layers, but the large bloom certainly makes a statement on the card!

Using Neenah Solar White cardstock I started by stamping the outline of the flower in Cosmic Berry, before stamping the first layer in Purple Wine and finishing the final layer with Cosmic Berry again.
I then stamped the outline of the leaves in Moss, followed by the first layer in Olive, and finishing the final layer in Moss also. I then used the coordinating dies to cut out the images.

For the background I used another piece of Neenah Solar White cardstock and splattered some Purple Wine and Puffy Heart ink, as well as a few splatters of black ink.  I then added a thin frame which was cut from the Fine Frames Cover Die from black cardstock and attached to the front of the white panel before using foam tape to adhere the flowers. This was all placed onto a black A2 sized card base.

To complete the card I stamped the sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiment set in Versarmark ink onto black card and embossed with white embossing powder. I also used foam tape to add this to the front of the card and finished the project with some sparkling clear confetti sequins.

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you liked my project!