Inky Creations with April

Sharing my love of handmade cards and papercraftting

Hello Crafty Friends! I pulled out the beautiful Charming Floral Border Stamp, Stencil, Hot Foil, and Die from Pink Fresh Studio to create a couple cards. For my first card I used a technique from Day 1 of the Online Card Classes Spring Card Camp 2022. This Ink Lifting technique is so fun and easy. Even though the live version of the camp took place in May, you can still sign up and take the class now. The second card used several of the items from this suite of products.

I also used the following to complete my cards:

Card 1:

Card 2:

For my first card, I used the ink lifting technique and although the color difference in minimal (and can be seen better in real life) it still adds some great variation to the background image. I love ink blending on Distress Heavystock. I like how smooth the cardstock is and how easily it accepts ink.

  • I then used some water on a paint brush inside the embossed image, working in small sections. I dabbed the ink away with a paper towel to lift some ink. Some areas I had to go over many times to get the ink to lift. This left a chalky color in the image where I lifted the ink.
  • I mounted the card panel on a top folding card base. Then added some baubles and a sentiment.

For the second card, I wanted to use the stencils to create a beautiful hot foiled image. I love the shine from the hot foil and how perfectly colored the layering stencils leave an image.

  • I then die cut the image using the coordinating die.
  • On a background panel, I stenciled Miss You with Raspberry Bliss. I then splattered some black using a Jet Black Watercolor Brush Marker on the panel.
  • I mounted the floral image using some foam tape above the sentiment and added some Baubles.
  • This panel was mounted on a card base made with Doll Pink cardstock.

I love how these cards are totally different but both showcase the beautiful image from the Charming Floral Border Stamp, Stencil, Hot Foil and die. I always like to try to make several different cards when I have a set out. It challenges my creativity to do this.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!

Hello Crafty Friends! On June 18th I held a virtual workshop for my final Challenge for Altenew’s Educator Certification Program (AECP). I had 8 wonderful crafters join me to learn fun techniques to use with the embossing folders that come in the Craft Your Life Project Kits. This workshop was designed for all level of card makers and although there were participants from around the globe, it felt like we were all in the same room crafting together. We met on Zoom and everyone was allowed to ask questions, make comments and share their progress as we went through 3 different techniques before finishing 3 cards. While some participants used the same Craft Your Life Kit as I did, Feathered Lilies, some used other kits that they had. Everyone’s cards turned out beautifully.

Card Designs for the Workshop

My AECP journey began in late summer of 2020. I had recently fallen in love with the floral images that Altenew does so very well. I stumbled upon the educator program on their website and decided to apply. I had recently lost my 91 year old mother, so I did this in her memory. Her and I shared the love of card making and paper crafting. She actually made her own Christmas cards until her late 80’s. She had a passion for her flower garden so Altenew fit perfectly.

Card Technique #1: Scribble and Emboss

It took several weeks to prepare for this workshop. I had to begin with a concept and make card samples to get the workshop idea approved. Then I used Facebook, Instagram and my blog to get participants to sign up. I sent emails with supply lists, instructions, and reminders to all the participants.

I have been making cards since 2000 and going through all the different classes in the program, helped to refresh some techniques that I had not used in a while and learn many new ones. All the tips and tricks from the very talented instructors, were invaluable. I enjoyed every class and each level’s final challenge.

Card Technique #2: Emboss and Stencil

The technology I needed to learn (and still am) for the program was really outside my comfort zone. I truly grew by stepping out of my comfort zone. I can see so many changes in my blog, picture taking, and card design over the last couple of years. Although the technology still scares me and I stumble through a lot of it, I am so thankful for what I have learned.

For this workshop, I had to figure out Zoom and having two cameras on my end. Plus there is a lot to Zoom that took me some time to figure out. I am thankful for Erum Tasneem and Virginia Lu, who oversee the AECP, for all of their help. They were there to answer every question I had and helped guide me to have a successful workshop. Also Bridget Casey, an Altenew Educator, allowed me to do a workshop prior to this one for practice during her regular Free Saturday Workshop time. She was so very helpful troubleshooting on Zoom and with other technical questions.

Card Technique #3: Letterpress

Many of the ladies who joined my workshop are on their AECP journey or have finished already. I also had a dear friend from back home in Oregon join us to stamp as well. After everyone did a quick introduction, I talked everyone through 3 techniques with embossing folders. We did scribble and emboss, stencil over an embossed image, and a letterpress technique. Everyone created beautiful background panels that we then turned into 3 wonderful cards. I briefly shared a bonus technique for them to try on their own. I sent everyone a PDF with instructions and pictures prior to the workshop. If anyone needed extra time to finish a card after the workshop, they had a resource to follow and refer back to.

Bonus Techinque: Emboss Sanding and Gallery Photos

I loved seeing how everyone’s cards turned out and how each is unique. I am so appreciative to all those who have cheered me on during my AECP journey and so grateful for the 8 wonderful creators who joined my workshop to learn some new techniques. I encourage you to step outside of your creative comfort zone to learn or try something new. Happy crafting!!

I am so excited to announce the workshop for my final challenge for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. This journey has taken several months longer than I had hoped, but life throws us curveballs. I had to have shoulder surgery which kept me out of my stamp room for a couple months, then we moved half way across the country from rural Eastern Oregon to North Texas. I have my craft room all organized and am excited to be hosting this workshop from it.

Here is some information about my class and I hope to have you join me!

Embossing Folder Fun with a Craft Your Life Project Kit

Date: Zoom Meeting on Saturday June 18, 2022

Time: 10am CST

Sign up: email me at leithnerlvstk1@gmail.com to register for this class.

Description: We will complete 3 cards, with a bonus card if we have time, using the Craft Your Life Project Kit. For this workshop I am using Feathered Lilies but you can pick a different Craft Your Life Project Kit. We will use Crisp Dye Ink as well as Watercolor Brush Markers to create beautiful cards. Once you have committed to the workshop, I will send you a supply list and instructions. You will receive the link to the workshop a few days prior to June 18. I will need pictures of your finished cards 3 days after the workshop to include in my final challenge blog post.

I hope to see you in my workshop and thank you for all the support through this journey. I appreciate you all so much!!

Hello Crafty Friends! I have the tremendous honor to be a guest designer for Ink Blot Shop this month. So keep an eye on my blog and my Instagram page for lots of inspiration. I absolutely love animal print and pink so this card combines both into a fun shaker card.

Supplies used:

This leopard background stamp makes a perfect leopard print. I can see so many great color combinations to make using this stamp.

  • I began by stamping this wonderful Leopard Print Background in Worn Lipstick. I did stamp the image several times to get a darker color.
  • I then trimmed this panel down slightly and die cut the larger Shaker Hearts in it. I put a smaller piece of acetate under the heart opening for my shaker card.
  • I put a double layer of foam tape on the back of this panel and made sure the foam tape was close together around the heart to seal in the shaker bits. Before removing the foam tape backing I went around the edges inside the shaker with my Cottontail Embossing Powder Tool so the shaker bits wouldn’t stick to the edges.
  • I carefully piled all my shaker bits into the area were the shaker will be on a top folding card base. Then careful put my leopard background panel over these. I just used shaker bits (sequins, flat sequins, etc.) from my stash. I have a ton and need to use them up.
  • On a piece of Slate Cardstock, I embossed Congratulations from the Solid Sayings set using Alabaster White Embossing Powder. I trimmed this down and mounted it under the heart opening using some foam tape.

This card came together super fast but shaker cards always make a huge impression. Pair a shaker with animal print and it is simple yet eye catching. I love the word stamps set from Ink Blot Shop. They are classic and a great addition to any stamp collection. I reach for mine all the time.

Thank you for stopping by. Again watch my blog and Instagram page for lots of cards featuring Ink Blot Shop products over this next month. Have a great day and happing stamping!!

Hello Crafty Friends!! I love Altenew’s Craft Your Life Project Kits. They include a stamp set, coordinating die set, stencils, and embossing folder. This kit is a great bang for your buck. Today I combined the floral images from the Hello Beautiful kit with some of awesome products from some of my other favorite stamp companies.

For this card I used the following:

Pink is my favorite color and this card is one of the favorites I have created lately. I love that there were layering stencils for this project kit. They made the flowers come together so quickly. I did not use the coordinating embossing folder for this card but it is beautiful.

  • I added the floral image to the background panel using foam tape. Then adhered the Thank You next to it and placed the Sentiment Strip using a foam strip under it.
  • Lastly, I added some pearls and baubles to the background before adhering the entire panel to a Pre Scored Slimline Card Base.

I love how this card came together. I have recently started using pre cut and scored card bases and love the time I save not having to prepare card bases myself. I hope this card inspires you to grab your favorite colors and create something beautiful. Thank you for stopping by.

Hello, Crafty Friends!! The layering stencil sets from Pinkfresh Studio are so much fun and make creating easy. I love that most have coordinating stamp sets and dies. Many now have a coordinating hot foil plates as well. The Happy Blooms Floral set is one of my favorites. The flowers are so cheerful. This set has all images on one large stamp and one die to cut them out with as well.

For this card, I used the following:

I tend to use my layering stencils in order and love that Pinkfresh Studio numbers them for us. I don’t have to try to figure which images should be colored the lightest this way. I did reach for colors that I don’t usually use for this card and loved the outcome.

  • I began by stamping the large floral image from the Happy Blooms Floral Stamp Set with my favorite black ink, VersaFine Onyx Black. I then used clear embossing powder and a heat tool to emboss the image. At this time, I also embossed my sentiments (Opposites Attract Stamp Set) the same way.
  • I die cut the embossed sentiments along with 3 more or each in white to layer up and add some dimension.
  • Next, I blended the Happy Blooms Floral Layering Stencil Set using a wide range of ink colors (listed above in the supply list). I always begin using my lightest ink colors and I like to add a little more depth by blending a little heavier toward the center of the images. I did 2 different green color palettes for my leaves.
  • I like to wash my stencils with gentle soap when I am done with them.
  • This image was then die cut using the coordinating die.
  • For the background, I used Unicorn Ink to stamp the Pop Out: Nesting Diamonds on Fog Gray cardstock. I trimmed this down to layer on a piece of Cosmic Sky cardstock with foam tape for my background panel.
  • I then arranged my flowers in opposite corners and adhered those directly to the panel. Then I adhered my sentiments in the middle of my card.
  • Lastly I added some bling using the Jewels Mix.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and it encourages you to try colors you don’t normally reach for. Thanks for stopping by!

Hello crafty friends! Wow, this is the 25th class I have taken for the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). I have loved every class I took and every card I have made. This journey with the AECP has made me step out of my comfort zone in so many ways and I am so thankful. Technology is a struggle for me but I am learning everyday more about blogging, card photography, Instagram, and am working on the video aspect of things. These are all things I would have never tried had it not been for this program. I started this in memory of my mom and something we shared (love of card making) and it has been the best experience ever. I highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and following your passions.

Today’s card is for the Stunningly Styled Stencils class taught by Laura Jane and Jenny Colacicco. Stencils are so versatile and can be used in so many ways. I love to use them with embossing paste for all the texture. In the class they had several ideas for coloring the embossing paste and I was so excited to grab my Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers for this.

For this card I used the following:

I grabbed some colors I don’t typically use for this card and let the gorgeous background be the star on this card.

  • I used a piece of Fog Gray Cardsotck for my background panel. I taped the Trellis Stencil over the panel, then used a palette knife to smear Embossing Paste over the stencil. I did not cover the entire panel as I wanted some open areas around the edges of the panel.
  • Then I squeezed some pigment from the Sweet Leaf and Moss Watercolor Brush Markers over the embossing paste. I didn’t use very much pigment as a little went a long ways. Next I used the palette knife to move the pigment over the image. Then I removed the stencil and immediately washed the stencil and palette knife in warm soapy water and cleaned up my glass mat very well. You want to clean everything while the paste is still wet.
  • While the embossing paste was still wet I sprinkled small pinches of Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder randomly over the paste embossed image. Then I carefully set the powder with a heat tool. The embossing paste will bubble a little bit but it just added a little more texture to the background.
  • This was then set aside to dry completely.
  • I grabbed a piece of Pearlescent Vellum and used Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder to emboss the detail image of one of the flowers and two leaves from the Lush Garden Stamp Set. Then these were die cut using the coordinating dies.
  • Next, I die cut the Fancy For You die from Slate Gray Cardstock 4 times. These were layered using liquid glue for dimension. I then applied a layer of Glossy Accents to the image. This was set aside to dry.
  • When everything was dry. I placed the vellum flower and leaves in one corner of the images and adhered it with liquid glue at the base where the glue would not be seen. I adhered the For You on the panel before adhering the entire panel to a heavy weight card base.

I love the dimension and color of the embossing paste. This is such a great way to use stencils. The glossy accents adds a bit of shine to compliment the little bits of gold embossing powder. I had such a fun time creating this card.

I hope this inspires you to grab your stencils and use them in different ways. There are so many things that can be done with them. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for being with me on my journey. Have a great day!

Hello, crafty friends! Today’s cards is for my 4th class with the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). I am so happy I picked Sentiments with Impact taught by Emily Leiphart. This class has some fantastic ideas to make your sentiments pop on your cards. Altenew’s new Craft Your Life Project Kits are awesome and the Hello Beautiful kit from September 2021 is my favorite. I keep reaching for it again and again.

Supplies used for this project:

I am a huge fan of a great 3D embossing folder background panel. When the panel is white, the background panel really looks elegant. Such an easy way to add texture to a card. I loved Emily’s idea to put many small sentiments together to create a larger sentiment. I used 3 different stamp sets to complete my sentiment for this card. She also suggested stamping in different ink colors to add some interest. I embossed my sentiments then ink blended over them to add a different color to each one.

  • I ran a white panel through my die cut machine with the 3D Embossing Folder from the Hello Beautiful: Craft Your Life Project Kit. Follow your die cutting machines instructions for the correct sandwich when using embossing folders. Also, I always spray my cardstock with some water before putting it in an embossing folder. I find this helps with any cracking of the cardstock.
  • Next I stamped one of the floral images from the stamp set in the kit with VersaMark Ink then poured Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder over the stamped image. This was then heat set with an embossing gun.
  • I used the Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes and the matching stencils in the kit to color the image. I used small I Crafter Blending Brushes to add my inks. For the flower I used Mango Smoothie, and Rouge and for the leaves I used Parrot. You can use one color for the different details of layering stencils. Just start with a soft hand and use a heavier hand to get more detail.
  • I then die cut this image with the coordinating die.
  • Next, I used sentiments from the Hello Beautiful Stamp Set, Fairy Tale Florals Stamp Set, and Sentiment Strips Stamp Set to create my sentiment strips. I embossed my chosen sentiments with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. I then blended each strip with a different ink color ( Chamomile, Mango Smoothie, Parrot, Rouge). Make sure to wipe the ink off of your embossed images after ink blending with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  • I then cut the sentiments into strips.
  • I popped the floral image up some foam tape and adhered the sentiment strips directly to the embossed background panel.
  • This panel was then adhered to a heavy weight card base.

I hope you found some inspiration to make your sentiments pop on your cards. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hello, Crafty Friends! I usually stay away from watercoloring as traditionally I am not good with shading and adding details with traditional watercolors. However there is so much more to watercoloring and many of the watercolor techniques I am loving. I decided to take the Exploring Watercolor Mediums class for one of my Level 3 classes of the AECP. I took this class to challenge me and I loved the ideas given by Jen Rzasa and Ashlea Cornell.

For this card I used:

I used a couple different techniques from the class for this card. For my florals I used watercolor stamping. So fun and easy to add a little movement to your stamped images. For the background I did some loose painting with watercolor brush markers.

  • I began by creating my background. I used a piece of A2 Watercolor Paper and grabbed 3 blue markers from different watercolor brush marker sets. I started by going direct to paper with Sea Breeze my lightest maker then Dusk and finishing with Desert Night to create an ombre effect. Then I sprayed the background with water to get the pigment moving. I dried it with a heat tool then added more pigment and spritzed with more water.
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  • After the panel dried for the second time I dropped large water droplets on the panel then used a paper towel to soak up the extra water to leave water droplet spots on the background.
  • While this panel was set aside to completely dry, I created my florals and sentiment strip. Using another piece of the watercolor paper I stamped a couple of the floral images and leaves using the detail stamps from the Lush Garden Stamp Set with a Versamark ink pad. Make sure to use an anti static tool so your embossing powder doesn’t leave any stray pieces of embossing powder on your images. After I stamped the images I sprinkled Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder over the images, then heat set.
  • Then I used my Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes to do my watercoloring stamping. I inked up my most solid parts of the florals with my lightest colors (Rouge & Pink Diamond). Then I spritzed the ink with water before stamping onto watercolor cardstock. I then used the the next layer stamp for each flower and inked those with Coral Bliss and Puffy Heart. Again I spritzed with water before stamping. I used a third layer for one flower and used Rubellite to ink it up then spritzed with water before stamping. For the leave I did the same thing but only used one stamp layer and stamped it in Parrot. I also used Honey Drizzle for the flower centers.
  • The more water you use the more movement you get when you stamp your image. I only did 2 spritzes per image as I wanted to keep some of the details in the stamped images.
  • I used the coordinating dies to cut the images out.
  • I also heat embossed a sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. Then cut it down into a sentiment strip.
  • I cut down my background panel and added it to a top folding card base with foam tape. Then carefully arranged the florals in the bottom right corner of the panel. I adhered the leaves and one flower directly to the background panel. I popped up one flower with foam tape.
  • I also used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.
  • I added a little bling with just a few Boiled Sugar Baubles adhered with liquid glue.

I really enjoyed playing with some fun watercoloring techniques. I also love using the Watercolor Brush Markers so really enjoyed learning more ways to use them. I am going to need to order refills soon. As you can see in the photo of my dried background, it is not perfect. But this is a background and I knew I had images to go onto this background so those imperfections did not bother me. I loved the end result and will be making more backgrounds with this technique. Also it would be great to use with word die cuts. A great way to add some fun color and movement.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to go create something beautiful today.

Hello, Crafty Friends! Today I have cards for the Cards in Motion class by Ashley Tucker. Cards that move and that are interactive are always so much fun. I really had fun making a full front shaker card for this post. I also made a shutter card as a bonus card. Ashley had so many ideas that I couldn’t select just one. I used the same design and colors for both cards. I will give you all the details for the full front shaker and suggest you sign up for Ashley’s class to get the details for making a shutter card.

Supplies for this card:

My full front shaker card is a bit different than Ashley’s but both are a ton of fun. My version uses some stamp packaging. I put all my stamp sets in storage sleeves when I receive them and keep the original packing for different techniques. It works great for full front shakers.

  • I created a background panel using the Fine Tulle Stencil, Unicorn White Ink and a Blending Brush. I have a dedicated blending brush for my white pigment ink and I like the one from Trinity Stamps as it has a nice cover for it. I store my brushes in a drawer and don’t want the white ink on everything. Also smoosh some ink from the white pad on your work surface and pick the ink up from there with the brush. This helps prevent getting any other colors on your white pad.
  • Next I created my images for the panel. I stamped a couple flowers from the Coneflower Build a Flower Set with black pigment ink on watercolor paper then sprinkled with clear embossing powder. I then heat set it.
  • Next I added water to the images with a waterbrush pen before adding pigment using my Watercolor Brush Markers. I used Persian Blue from the Winter Wonderland Set. Turquoise, Desert Night, Fresh Lemon and Lime from the Tropical Fiesta Set. As well as Warm Sunshine and Emerald from the Spring Garden Set. I used pigment from these beautiful markers to color the flowers and leaves. The water allows the pigments to blend wonderfully. You may need to use your watercolor brush pen to pull the pigment to the edges of your images. These were then set aside to dry.
  • Once dry I adhered these directly to the background panel.
  • I cut a piece from my packaging that was a bit bigger than my background panel. I then put score tape around the edges on the back on the panel. I carefully wrapped the packing around the panel securing it with the score tape on the back. Make sure to leave one end open to put your shaker bits in.
  • You will need to cut angles in at the corners so they lay flat as well. Then I added lots of shaker bits. I chose flat confetti as these work best with this type of shaker card as there is not added dimension to allow for movement of bigger shaker pieces. Once you add your shaker material seal the back so none escape.
  • I stamped my sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments with VersaMark Ink on Onyx cardstock. Make sure to prep the cardstock with an anti static product before stamping your image. Then I used Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder to emboss the image. I cut this down into a sentiment strip that I layered on top of some Pearlescent Vellum that I wrapped around the front of the panel and secured with some more score tape.
  • I then adhered the panel to a top folding heavy weight card base using more score tape so it was extra secure.

I love the look of this type of full front shaker even though I need to use thinner shaker bits. Make sure to not pull your stamp packaging super tight around your panel so there is a little room for the bits to shake about.

Here is the bonus card that I made. To get all the details on how to create this shutter card sign up for Ashley’s Cards in Motion Class on the Altenew Academy. She has several other techniques in the class to get your cards moving.

I hope today’s post inspires you to create a card with some movement. They are always fun to make and fun to receive. These types of cards just seem to make people smile. Thank you for stopping by and see you soon.