28 December 2021

Altenew - Creative Colouring with Erum - Advanced Techniques

The Creative Colouring with Erum Advanced Techniques was such a fun Altenew class to do, and Erum showed us some awesome techniques! Since I am someone who usually spends quite a bit of time watercoloring, I was excited to try the splatter technique that Erum showed in Lesson 5. And I know I will be using this technique a LOT from now on! It was simple to do, yet the results are so beautiful! 

I started by stamping the image from the Altenew Blossom & Bloom stamp set in permanent black ink on a piece of Altenew A2 watercolor paper. I also stamped the image on some scrap printer paper to create some masks, since this image was all one piece and I wanted the leaves and flowers in different colours. 

I masked off the leaves and then sprayed the flowers with water and used the splatter technique Erum shared to add color to the images using the Altenew Artist Watercolor set. The colours for the flowers were: pocketful of sunshine, summer afternoon and delectable delights. I then dried it off before adding a few more splatters.

When that was dry, I masked off the flowers and did the same process with the leaves. The colours I used were Rainforest and Tropical Forest. I then added some white splatters to the whole image, dried it and  cut it out using the coordinating die.

To create my background I used the exact same technique as the flowers, using shades of blue. The colours were Deep Blue Seas and Starry Night. Once the first layer was dry I added some darker splatters and then some gold splatters using the metallic watercolours. 

I trimmed my background panel down a little and attached it with Altenew foam tape to an A2 top folding white card base. I used more foam tape to adhere the focal image. 

I stamped the sentiment from the 'Tiny Sentiments: Hello' stamp set in clear embossing ink onto black cardstock and embossed with pure white embossing powder. I trimmed it down and attached it to the front of the card. I then added some white enamel dots to complete the project. 

Thanks for visiting my blog and I hope you liked this project. I sure had fun making it! 


27 December 2021

Altenew - Demystifying Mixed Media

I cannot believe this is my second last project for Level 3 before my final challenge! I had hoped to be completed by the end of this year, but life has thrown us quite a few curve balls which meant that crafting had to take a bit of a back seat. 

But I had fun completing this class with Tania Ahmed called 'Demystifying Mixed Media'. I have been playing a bit lately with mixed media and art journalling so I loved getting lots of new tips that I could incorporate into my card projects. 

The two main lessons I drew inspiration from for my card were Lesson 1: Textured backgrounds using pastes and Lesson 5: Text Book Collage 

Mixed media is all about adding layers of colour, techniques and textures to your project. And I started this card by creating my own text book collage paper using one of the sentiment stamps from the Eucalyptus Jar stamp set. I stamped it repeatedly onto a piece of tissue/collage paper (4.5"x6.5")  in permanent ink. This is what it looked like when it was completed. 

I then use a collage medium to attach it to a piece of white card stock the same size. I also went over it with a thin layer of white gesso to tone down the background a little. Once that was dry, I added some Altenew Dusk and Desert Night inks to my craft mat, spritzed with water and smooshed it onto my background. I dried that and then repeated to get a couple of layers of colour.  I then dried it again before adding some white embossing paste through the 'Feeling Dotty' stencil and left it to dry.

While that was drying, I stamped the large jar image and the 'Hi' sentiment from the same stamp set in permanent black ink and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I then used Altenew foam tape to attach them to the front of my panel for extra dimension. For more interest I splattered some black, white and gold paint onto my panel and added some black enamel dots as well.  I then went around the edge of the panel with some Dusk Ink and drew a line around the outer edge using a black marker. 

I attached it to a black 5"x7" card base using foam tape and that completed my card. I hope you enjoyed my project, as I had a lot of fun trying new techniques and creating this card!


27 September 2021

Altenew - The Magic Of 3D Embossing

3D embossing folders are so popular right now, and Altenew has a large collection of fabulous ones to choose from! I have bought several these folders, so I thought this Altenew Academy course with Laurel Beard would be perfect and I have learnt lots of fun techniques for using 3D embossing folders. 

I chose to use the technique that Laurel demonstrated in Lesson 4 - Jazzing It Up where she stamped the card stock before embossing.

I started with an A2 piece of pale blue cardstock and stamped the sentiment from the Painted Greetings stamp set in Jet Black ink before putting it in the Bunch Of Balloons embossing folder and running it through my die cut machine. 

TIP: Rub a baby wipe over the card stock before embossing, it helps break down the fibres and prevents cracking.

I then trimmed the blue panel down before adding a black mat and attaching it to an A2 white top folded card base using foam tape. 

To complete the card, I added some clear sequins. 


26 September 2021

Altenew - Clean, Simple & Colourful Techniques

For today's project, I have created a card using the techniques learned from Laura Bassen in Lesson 4 of the Clean, Simple & Colourful Techniques class, called Masking and Ink Blending. In this class Laura created a rainbow ink blended background using masking tape so I have used the same techniques, but in a different pattern. 

I started by stamping the floral image from the Fairy Tale Florals stamp set onto an A2 piece of white card in clear embossing ink, and heating with white embossing powder. I then took a piece of 1" post it tape, and starting from the top I masked off and ink blended working my way down to the bottom, making sure to leave a little white space between each layer. 

The colours I used were Mango Smoothie, Caramel Toffee, Coral Berry, Lavender Fields, Winter Lake, Caribbean Sky and Mountain Mist. I also splattered some Altenew Pearl Gold watercolour and white ink onto the panel. 

I then trimmed the panel down 1/4" and mounted it onto a black A2 top folding note card.  To create the sentiment I die cut the Handwritten Hello die twice from white cardstock and once from gold card and layered them together, using liquid glue to attach them to my card. 

To complete the card I added some gold jewels.


Altenew - Quick and simple cards for everyday crafting

I have just completed Quick & Simple Cards for Everyday Crafting with Laurie Willison with Altenew Academy, and I really loved this course! Sometimes, when you don't have a lot of time to craft the ideas shared in this class will come in handy for putting together beautiful (but quick!) cards.

I have made my card today using the concepts taught by Laurie in lesson 2 - Creating a quick and simple card with a background focus. Altenew has so many great background stencils, that it was hard to choose, but in the end I decided on the Geometric Landscape stencil. 

I started by placing the stencil on a piece of A2 card and ink blending using Altenew Inks (in Emerald, Lagood, Volcano Lake and Mountain Mist).  I then trimmed the panel down half an inch off each side and placed some Altenew double sided foam tape to the back before attaching it to an A2 top folded white card base. 

I then stamped the large floral image from the Hello Beautiful kit in permanent black ink onto white card and cut it out using the coordinating die. I then stamped the sentiment from the Heartfelt Sentiment stamp set in clear embossing ink onto black card and heat set it with white embossing powder. I then used double sided foam tape to attach the flowers and sentiment strip to the front panel and finished the card off with some black enamel dots. 

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great day! 


25 July 2021

AECP Level 2 Final Challenge

Hello friends!

I am excited to be doing my final challenge for Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have really enjoyed all of the level 2 classes and gained so much inspiration from the instructors and fellow participants.  And the great thing is that these classes are accessible to anyone and not just part of the AECP program, so I really encourage you to try them out. There are SO many classes to choose from. 

For my final project I was asked to create 4 masculine cards with the themes of birthday, love/thinking of you, encouragement and anniversary, using any 3 components from the classes in Level 1 or 2 (I ended up using 5). As well as an altered item/upcycled project.  

The components I used for inspiration on my projects include Easy Ink Blending (with Amy Lee), Let It Shine (with Carissa Wiley), For The Guys (with Jennifer Rzasa),  Creative Watercolor Media (with Jennifer Rzasa, Laura Bassen & Debby Hughes) and Celebration Stencil Techniques (with Laurel Beard). 

So today I will share with you the four cards I made including step by step instructions, as well as my additional upcycled project and I hope they will give you some inspiration! I have also included some highlighted tips that I hope you will find useful in your own crafting. 

I have included a full Altenew supply list at the end of this post. 

When planning out this project I knew I wanted all of my cards to be cohesive in some way, but rather than choose a single colour palette, I decided instead to draw up a sketch and use that same sketch for all four of my cards. I altered each card by theme and technique and will go through each of them with you.

Tip: Using a sketch helps when mass producing cards, or when you want to create quick cards as it saves you time having to come up with different layout designs for each card. 

This is the sketch I drew up and then used for all four of my cards. 


For this card I was inspired by the 'Easy Ink Blending' class but stepped it up a little to incorporate an embossing folder. I also used inspiration from the 'For The Guys' (masculine cards) and 'Let It Shine' classes. 

I started by ink blending a panel of Bristol card stock with Altenew Dye Inks in Arctic Mountain, Winter Lake and Icy Water using large Altenew ink blending tools going from dark to light, building up the colour. I then put the panel into the Might Waves embossing folder and ran it through my die cutting machine.  I cut the panel to a smaller 3.25"x4.25" so that it would fit through the slot in the top of the embossing folder as I wanted to leave the top portion of the panel un-embossed.

Tip: Inking the cardstock first, makes the paper softer giving a beautiful embossed impression  as the embossing folder presses the ink into the card. 

I then mounted it onto a white panel which was slightly larger. I then used double sided foam tape to attach it to a black A2 top folding card base.  

I then stamped the sentiment from the Sentiment Strips stamp set in clear embossing ink, and heat set with pure white embossing powder. I thought this sentiment was perfect for an encouragement card! I then cut it into strips and used foam tape to attach it to the front of my card.  

To add a bit of shine to my card, I attached some clear droplets to the embossed panel which completed my card. 


For my second card I have incorporated the 'Creative Watercolor Media', 'Let It Shine' and 'For The Guys' classes. I am just disappointed that you cannot capture the beautiful metallic watercolours in a photo, to see how gorgeous they look in reality! 

I started by stamping the Whimsical Herringbone background stamp (inspired by the Geometric class in 'For The Guys') onto black watercolor cardstock in clear embossing ink and heat set with pure white embossing powder. I then coloured the ink with the gorgeous Altenew Metallic Watercolour paints using the Altenew Size 3 round paintbrush, and put it aside to dry.  The colours I used were Topaz, Sterling Silver, Aquamarine and Jade. 

I also painted a piece of the watercolour paper with the Topaz metallic paint, and when it was dry I die cut the Hello from the Hugs & Hello set and mounted it onto the shadow panel which was cut from black cardstock.

Tip: Choose only 3-4 coordinating colours only to keep the card cohesive and less 'busy' looking. 

I trimmed the background panel to 3.25"x4.5", attached it to a white panel and used double sided foam tape to attach it to a black A2 top folding card base.  I then added the hello word die to the front, stamped the 'thinking of you friend' sentiment from the Hugs & Hello stamp set in clear ink and heat set that in pure white embossing powder as well before cutting it into a strip and mounting it over the Hello using double sided foam tape.  

As this card is already so shiny due to the metallic watercolours, I decided not to add any further embellishment. 


This card incorporates the Stencil techniques class as well as the For The Guys (making a masculine themed card), and Let it Shine. 

For this card I started with a panel of Neenah white cardstock and inked up the leaves of the gorgeous Classic Pine Stencil set in Altenew Fresh Leaf and Moss inks, before stencilling the pine cones in Paper Bag & Dark Chocolate inks.

Tip: Look at your stencils to see if they can be used for different themes or seasons. Although this stencil may look more Christmas/Winter themed, it is perfect for masculine cards and can be used year round!

I then trimmed the panel down to 3.25"x4.5" and inked around the edges using the Paper Bag and Dark Chocolate ink for a more dramatic look, and added some ink splatters with the Moss ink before adding it to a slightly larger white card panel, and used double sided foam tape to attach it to a Neenah Desert Storm A2 top folding base. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Sentiment Strips 2 stamp set in Dark Chocolate ink onto Neenah white card stock and cut into strips before attaching it to the front of my card using foam tape. To complete the card and add some shine, I used the enamel dots from the Tropical Forest set. 


For my final card I have been inspired by the 'For The Guys',  'Let It Shine' and 'Stencil Techniques' classes. 

I chose to use the fun cup from the 'Friends Forever' stamp set for this card and was originally going to colour it with my Altenew markers, but then decided I really wanted to put a pattern on it instead. I first looking though my background and patterned stamps before choosing the 'Feeling Dotty' stencil and I love how it turned out! 

I started by stamping the cup image twice on white Neenah card stock in permanent black ink. On the first image I used the stencil to add the dotty pattern to my cup. I first stencilled the dots in Caribbean Sky ink, before shifting the stencil over a little and adding the Arctic Mountain ink using the small ink blending tools (perfect for stencils!) and then fussy cut it out. 

On the second cup I added some shading to the lid and cup band with Altenew Artist Markers (in TG02 & TG03). I stamped the 'U & Me' sentiment from the same stamp set on the band using the Arctic Mountain ink. I then fussy cut both pieces. I also stamped the straws in permanent black ink and added shading using the same markers before cutting them out and attaching all of the pieces together.

I stamped the heart from the same stamp set in black ink and coloured it with the R318 Altenew Artist marker to bring a pop of colour to the cup, and added some glossy accents to add shine. I attached it to the cup using double sided foam tape. 

I cut a panel of white Neenah card stock to 3"x4.25" and added some ink splatter using the Arctic Mountain ink and some of the gold metallic paint from the Metallic Watercolour set for a bit of shine, before using foam tape to add the cup to the bottom right of the panel, and attaching that to a slightly larger navy mat.

Tip: I inked around the edge of a piece of Neenah card stock using the Arctic Mountain ink rather than use a navy card stock. This ensures that my mat will coordinate perfectly with my image and background. 

I was going to place my panel onto a plain card base, but decided to follow the dotted pattern into the background and used the same stencil technique as above on my card base before attaching my completed panel to complete my card. I thought this was really effective in tying my image to my background.


A couple of months ago I purchased the large roll of Altenew double sided tape (I love this stuff!) and the packaging was so gorgeous that I couldn't part with it so I put it aside. And I'm so glad I kept it, because it turned out to be perfect item to upcycle for this project! which was also inspired by the 'Let It shine' class.

Tip: Keep an eye out for unique product packaging which can be used to inspire you, or to create fun projects! 

I decided to create a coordinating card and bookmark for my project using the up cycled packaging. I am going to send this set to a dear friend who is having a rough time at the moment and I hope it will cheer her up a little.

I first created the card by cutting a piece of the circular packaging to fit on the top of a white A2 card base which I attached using double sided tape. I made sure to incorporate the gold strip on the packaging for some shine. And to follow through with the gold, I stamped the sentiment from the Fancy Greetings stamp set using clear embossing powder and heat setting with antique gold embossing powder. I then added some splatters using the gold paint from the Metallic watercolor set using the Altenew #3 round brush.  I still felt it needed a little more shine, so I added some gold sequins to complete the card. 

For the bookmark I cut a piece of white Neenah cardstock to 6"x1.75". I cut a piece of the packaging to fit over the top of the bookmark, again incorporating the gold strip and attached it with double sided foam tape, being sure to leave enough room at the bottom for my sentiment. 

I stamped the sentiment from the 'Tall Tale' stamp set using clear embossing ink and heat set with antique gold embossing powder.  I again added gold splatter using the metallic watercolor set, as well as some gold sequins. I punched a whole in the top of the bookmark and added a tassle from my stash and also used a corner rounder punch on the bottom of the bookmark.  

I really love the dramatic look of this packaging with the black background and it makes for a very eye catching project. The great thing is, I have enough left for even more projects! 

Thank you for taking the time to look at my projects, and I really hope they have given you a little inspiration! I certainly had fun creating them, and am looking forward being inspired even further when I complete the classes I choose for level 3!

Altenew Product Supply List

30 June 2021

Altenew - Masking Unleashed

I can't believe this is my final class for Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program! Once this has been evaluated I will be given my final challenge for Level 2, and I am excited to see what that will be. 

Today's card was created using the techniques I learned after completing the 'Masking Unleashed' Altenew Academy class with Svitlana Shayevich. I have used the basic masking techniques that Svitlana shared with us to create my project.  And I have used these techniques to do both the masking of the individual images as well as masking both images to colour the background. So stay tuned to see how I created this card! 

I started  by creating masks for both of my images on masking paper. I stamped the masks and then cut them with my scissors. When cutting masks you want to cut a little inside the line so that there are no 'gaps' left when stamping your images over each other using the masks. 

Once I had created the masks using the Succulents stamp set, I decided which order I wanted to stamp the images in, and since I knew I wanted the smaller pot plant at the front I stamped that one first.  I then covered it with the paper mask, and stamped the second image. This was done on a piece of white Copic friendly card cut to 4"x5.25".

I then added the mask over the larger plant as well so that I could ink blend the background. I knew I wanted a two-tone background so I placed a strip of masking paper where I wanted the colours divided and inked up my background. 

Once that was done, I could remove all of the masks and get on with colouring my images with Copic Markers. The photo above is what it looked like at that point. 

I then coloured my images with Copic Markers and added a sentiment from the 'Fancy Greetings' stamp set directly to the stamped background. I then mounted the completed panel onto a top folding A2 kraft card base using instant dimension foam tape, before adding some clear sequins to complete the card. 

Masking can be time consuming, but I love the seemless look that you get. And I love how it looks like one stamped image. 

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoyed my project today :) 



Altenew - With A Twist

I am back today with another project for my AECP Level 2, and this time the class I have done is 'With A Twist' hosted by Therese Calvird. I really enjoyed this class and it was hard to choose which lesson I was going to base my card on, but ultimately decided on the 'shaker card with a twist' which Therese featured in Lesson 3. After all, I love a good shaker card and they always have that 'wow' factor when you give them to someone! And this is the kind of shaker that allows you to see right through to the inside of the card and I thought that was an awesome idea.

I also decided to go with a masculine theme this time and the TO THE MOON stamp and die set was perfect for this project! I have had this set in my stash for a little while so was happy to finally get some ink on it. 

So let me tell you how I created this fun card! You will need an A2 top folding white notecard, as well as a second panel for bending cut to 3.75"x5".

1. Ink blend the top panel in various shades of blues (if you wanted a more galaxy look, then adding some pinks and purples would look amazing!). I made a mark of where I was going to cut out my circle, so that I could do lighter ink coming out from that area to create a 'halo' effect. And I was sure to add some deeper black inking to the edges for contrast.

2. Die cut the smaller circle fro the 'To The Moon' die cut set towards the top of your panel to allow room for the sentiment at the bottom. 

3. Line up the top panel on the A2 card base and die cut a circle in the front of the card in the same place so that the two holes will line up. 

4. Use the white circle that was cut from the base to stamp your moon onto. I only stamped one of the moon patterned stamps from the set with Clear Embossing Ink and used a platinum coloured embossing powder which I set with my heat gun. Place this inside your card base, using the circle on the front as a guide so it lines up properly.

4. Place acetate over the top of the circle on the A2 card base and under the circle on the inked panel base. 

5. Add Altenew instant dimension foam tape to the back of the inked panel and be sure to use a powder tool around the edge where the circle is. This will stop your shaker pieces sticking to the insides of the circle. 

6. Lay your card base flat, and place your shaker components into the centre of the hole on the acetate, remove the backing from the foam tape and carefully place the top panel on top and press down to secure. 

7. Stamp the sentiment onto black cardstock and heat set with white embossing powder, and cut he word word 'moon' four times from white card stock and layer together using the Altenew Precision Glue Pen and attach the sentiment to the front of your card. 

8. I also used the Altenew precision glue pen to add a few of the little stars around the sentiment to complete the card. 

I hope that you enjoyed this project. I certainly enjoyed creating it! And wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a fabulous day. We are in a short lockdown here in Western Australia so I am making the most of some crafting time and catching up on projects while I am stuck at home. 



26 April 2021

Altenew - Magical Marker Techniques

Hello! Thanks for visiting my blog today. I have a new card to share as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Level 2.  This one is for the class 'Magical Marker Techniques' by Sara Naumann. 

For this card, I have used the technique from Lesson 4 where Sara used the Altenew Artist Markers and isopropyl or rubbing alcohol to create a splattered background. I also used the Altenew Artist Markers to colour the gorgeous image from 'Paint A Flower: Clematis'.

To start with I stamped the image with Altenew Permanent Black Crisp Dye Ink onto a panel of Express-It Blending card and then coloured the image with the markers (colours listed below). Once that was finished I decided to 'black out' the background using the black marker, which I was nervous about doing after spending hours colouring the image, but I found it really made the flowers and leaves pop!

I then trimmed the panel down and mounted it onto a piece of coordinating pink cardstock and added some foam tape to the panel and added it to an A2 card base.  

I then followed Sara's instructions to add the splatter to the whole card using one of the pink and green markers that I had coloured the image with. I also added some white gel pen to add details to the flowers and leaves before adding the sentiment. 

I used the Just For You stamp from the 'Sentiments 2' stamp set for my greeting which I stamped in clear embossing ink onto the pink card and embossed with Altenew crisp white embossing powder and added it to my raised panel with double sided tape to complete my project. 

Artist Marker colours used: R502, R504, C003, WG01, WG03, G935, G825, G804, G702 & S (black).


21 March 2021

Altenew - Creative Watercolor Media (Project 2)



Hello! Happy Sunday (I say that with the realisation that it is probably not likely Sunday where you are right now) however it is a glorious sunny (and hot) Sunday afternoon here and we are enjoying what may be the last of the very hot days before Autumn really kicks in here in Australia. 

For todays project for my AECP Level 2 Certification, I have created a card after completing the Creative Watercolor Media Class (specifically Lesson 3 with Laura Bassen). Laura demonstrating water colouring using the Altenew Inks which is what I have done on my project. 

I am using an image from the new Tall Tale stamp set from the recent release and have stamped it onto a piece of Altenew watercolour paper in black obsidian pigment ink, and then heat set with clear embossing powder. I followed with by stamping the sentiment the same way.

I then coloured the images using various colours of Altenew Crisp Dye ink which I picked up from a non stick craft mat using the new Altenew paint brushes. 

Once my image was completed I trimmed the panel down to 4"x5.25" and placed on a top folding black A2 card base using foam tape. I then added some clear sequins to complete the card.  

This was a very fun and quick card to make and I love using my inks in this way. 

Tall Tale Stamp Set
Altenew Black Obsidian Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Various colours of Altenew Crisp Dye Inks (full list of colours used is below).
Altenew Artist Detailed Watercolor Brush Set

Ink colours used: Dark Chocolate, Mango Smoothie, Fresh Leaf, Icy Water, Winter Lake, Arctic Mountain, Canyon Clay and Puffy Heart.