Hello, Crafty Friends! I love grabbing my favorite items from some of my favorite stamp companies and putting a wonderful card together. I absolutely love the layering stencil sets from Pinkfresh Studio. With many of these sets having matching dies and hot foil plates, I find I am reaching for these all the time. Honey Bee Stamps has me swooning over all their word and sentiment sets. I love that the matching dies cut not only the words but smaller sentiments too. Altenew is killing it with all their 3D Embossing Folders they have been releasing. Distress Oxides from Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz are my go to for stamping, blending, embossing, etc. I loved every moment of creating this card.
I created my background piece using Salvaged Patina in distress oxide and embossing glaze. I blended the distress oxide ink in about a half an inch from all the edges then using Versamark applied the embossing glaze over that and heat set it.
I cut down a piece of Neenah 110 lb cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine using the Cloudy Day embossing folder.
I then used my Glimmer Hot Foil System and my Platinum 6 to foil my Small Butterflies on some Simon Says Stamp 130 lb cardstock with Gold Foil.
The butterflies were then colored using the Small Butterflies Layered Stencil Set. I colored them with with distress oxides in Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean, Mustard, Mermaid Lagoon using my blender brushes. I have a separate set of blending brushes for my oxides and my dye inks. I use them both all the time.
I used the coordinating dies to cut out the colored Small Butterflies. I love that you can both color then cut out so many images at one time.
I grabbed scraps of white cardstock and cut those to the sizes I wanted, then using my blender brushes I colored 2 pieces with the Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean distress oxide inks. I went over them several times to get the saturation I wanted.
I stamped Friend from the Bitty Buzzwords on white cardstock using Salvaged Patina distress oxide ink then immediately poured Salvaged Patina Embossing Glaze over it. I heat set the glaze. Once cooled I used the coordinating die to cut the word out.
I mounted the cloud background panel on the Salvaged Patina edged panel using foam tape. Then used liquid glue to attach my two colored strips one on top of the other. I used foam tape to add the Friend die cut and one butterfly to the colored strips. Using liquid glue I attached the other butterfly. Then I grabbed a sentiment from an Idea-ology Sentiment Labels sheet that came in a past Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit. I put this on a piece of foam tape and mounted it above the word Friend.
This was all then mounted on a top folding heavy weight card base using liquid glue. I then added some Artic Breeze Pearls with liquid glue to add a little bling. I
I loved getting out so many products and putting this fun card together. It is a perfect combination of my favorite companies, products and techniques. Thanks for stopping by and I hope this card inspires you to grab your favorite supplies and create something you love.
Hello Crafty Friends!! Welcome to Part 2 of my Final Challenge for Level 2 of the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). For this part we were to upcycle or alter an item. I chose 2 candy containers from Sugarfina to upcycle. One of my husbands favorite treats are from Sugarfina and he gives me the sturdy plastic containers when finished but until now I haven’t done anything with them. I knew the big one would make a great marker container and the smaller one would be great for other little items. I do think the flowers might be a bit large for the smaller container but I choose the Cora Louise Peony- Build a Flower Set in honor of my late mother. I lost my mom in April 2020. She was 91 and had suffered a stroke in July 2019. She was an avid gardener and peonies and lilacs were 2 of her favorites. I introduced my very crafty mom to card making and stamping in 1999. She and I shared a love for this until she just couldn’t use her hands due to arthritis anymore. After my mom passed away, I needed to do something with the extra time I had. So when I ran across the AECP I knew I needed to apply. I submitted my application and was accepted in July of 2020. I hope you enjoy this upcycled project!!
I love using my waterbrush markers over an embossed image. The emboss resist technique makes watercoloring an image so easy for me as I am not super confident with any sort of watercoloring. I loved that Svetlana Marchenko used this technique in her Impressive Heat Embossing class. I now reach for my watercolor brush markers all the time.
I began by measuring the height and 2 sides of my large cube. Then the height and all 4 sides of my small cube. I cut Onyx Black Cardstock using these measurements. I placed my cubes in a box that I use as my splat box, then sprayed 3600 Spray Adhesive on all sides of the small cube first and 2 sides of the large cube second. I carefully wrapped the black cardstock around the cubes, holding tightly until the glue set a little. Using my fingers I creased the edges so the cardstock would lay flat. I then repeated this with the remaining 2 sides of the large cube. Make sure you spray this adhesive in a well ventilated room or outside.
I then cut some ribbon I found in my stash and used liquid glue to adhere it to the cubes as I wrapped it around the black cardstock.
I wet down my images using a Watercolor brush and plain water. I chose to work on my peonies first. I used the Winter Wonderland and Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Marker sets for these. I began by applying Rouge on the image leaving the edges of the petals and the middle of the flower open, then I added Ruby Red to the centers and Sunkissed to the outside of the petals. I used the Watercolor Brush to move the pigment around. You could also spray the images with water and the pigments will move that way as well. I added a little more of the colors where needed. When I was happy I set the images aside to dry.
Next I did the same thing with the leaves using Emerald and Mountain Mist markers. I let these colors stay very pigmented and did not use a watercolor brush on them to move the pigment around.
Once all the images were totally dry I used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images. I then adhered the peonies with foam squares and the leaves with liquid glue. I didn’t want to cut any of the images so I made sure nothing was hanging over the bottom edge.
I really love how these turned out and I have a bunch more in a drawer to make more storage containers with. The containers have labels that are hard to remove and leave the plastic looking bad so this allows me to make use of them instead of throwing them away. Also I like the things that I have out on my counter tops or shelves in my craft room to look nice so these are perfect. I did not use the lids as I wanted these to be open containers so I could grab what is in them quickly.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope this idea inspires you to make use of something you would normally just throw away.
Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to part 1 (part 2 will be in a separate post) of my Level 2 Challenge for the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). For this challenge we were to make 4 masculine cards with specific themes (birthday, love/thinking of you, anniversary, and encouragement) as well as upcycle an item. The upcycled item will be in a separate blog post (part 2). We also needed to use components from the 20 classes I have taken so far for the program.
However I found that many components from lots of the classes I have taken worked their way into these cards and my upcycled project. An honorable mention is the Irrestible Inking Techniques class by Sara Naumann. Also I found that I was inspired by the classes to go above by being inspired by what they presented in class. Like using an ink pad direct to an embossing folder, cutting a stenciled image to add dimension, and using the emboss resist with the embossing paste and watercolor brush markers. I absolutely loved being inspired by all the wonderful educators who put on the 20 classes I have taken as part of this program.
I used Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes in Sand Dune and Espresso for the embossing folder image. I began by adding Sand Dune to a Distress Heavystock panel with a blending brush. The ones from Altenew are awesome but I don’t have one for each color family yet. The blending wasn’t perfect and that was on purpose. Next I placed this panel in my Deck Planks 3D Embossing Folder then ran it through my die cut machine. Follow your machines instructions for embossing folders as each are different. Also you need to decide what you want raised and what you want indented. I wanted the wood texture raised so I made sure I put my panel in correctly.
Next I used a blending brush and applied Espresso over the raised images and pounced the brush around to add texture with darker spots randomly around the image.
I then die cut 6 Hugs Circled Greetings from black cardstock. I used the Nesting Circles to die cut a frame around each hugs. I did both at the same time to save steps in the process. I layered 3 of these using liquid glue (I did this twice), then glued on set to a piece of acetate from my stash. Once dry I used scissors and cut the extra acetate away and glued this to the other set of black hugs.
I stamped a sentiment from the Sentiments Strips stamp set in Mocha using a stamp positioner. Without removing the sentiment, I cleaned it very well. Then inked it with VersaMark and inked over the top of the Mocha image. I poured clear embossing powder over the image and heat set it. This is my all time favorite technique from the Impressive Heat Embossing class. You can emboss any dye ink this way.
I trimmed down the wood panel and layered it onto a black panel using foam tape. I then used liquid glue to adhere my sentiment strip to my hugs layered die image. I trimmed off the excess following the circle. I used liquid glue to adhere it to my wood panel. Make sure to use plenty of glue as it is being adhered to an embossed images with ridges and dips.
This entire panel was then mounted to a heavy weight top folding card base using liquid glue.
Guys love nature and this card is my husband’s favorite of the bunch! I will be using this wood panel on several more cards for men. The acetate adds a little interest to the hugs circle die cut plus we used the die cut in another way than intended which shows its versatility. So look at your dies to see if there is another way to use them. They are an investment so it is nice to get more uses with them.
I began by using the direct to embossing folder (instead of direct to paper) technique. This is one of my favorite ways to use an embossing folder. I used the Diamond Stars 3D Embossing folder and Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes in Starlight, Tide Blue, and Turquoise. Instead of blending with blending brushes I started with my lightest color (Turquoise) ink pad and went direct to embossing folder being gentle so the ink only got on the raised part that I wanted. I then did the same with the Tide Blue making sure to overlap the two colors slightly. I then followed with Starlight. You can then dab each ink pad on a paper towel or cloth to make sure there is no residual color from the blending.
Then I ran this through my die cutting machine following the machine’s directions for embossing folders. I trimmed this down slightly so I could layer it on a background piece of cardstock.
I stamped a sentiment from the Sentiment Strips Stamp Set with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on white cardstock then quickly poured some clear embossing powder over it. Then I used an embossing tool to heat set it. Make sure to use an antistatic powder tool so your embossing powder only sticks where you want it to.
Once cool I cut my long sentiment into 3 sections. I placed my holographic For You on my embossed background panel with liquid glue. Then using foam tape and liquid glue I place part of my sentiment over the bottom of the For You and used foam tape to adhere the other two sections of the senitment below.
I added a little bling with some Silver Lining Sequins adhered with liquid glue. Then I used more foam tape to adhere the top panel to the background panel. This was then adhered to a top folding heavy weight card base.
As I learned in the For the Guys class, geometric cards are a winner for masculine cards. This class helped me get over my hesitation about creating cards for men.
I then mounted this panel on a top folding heavy weight card base.
Men tend to love the outdoors and nature cards are always a huge success. Stencils are so fun and such a budget friendly supply. I find myself reaching for them more and my collection is growing fast. They are really versatile. You don’t always have to use them to make a one layer card. Cut them part out and add some dimension for some extra interest. Ink blending and stencils go together perfectly.
I first positioned the Fine Tulle Stencil over the Watercolor Paper, using some blue tape to hold it in place. Using a palette knife I spread Embossing Paste over the entire panel. I carefully removed the stencil. Make sure to quickly wash the stencil and palette knife as well as clean off your work surface. It is easier to remove the excess embossing paste when still wet.
When the stenciled panel was dry, I used an embossing tool to heat set the embossing powder. I usually allow the panel to dry over night so it is totally dry and the embossing paste doesn’t bubble from the heat. This also takes some time to get all the embossing powder melted.
I then sprayed the panel with water and went direct to paper with my Watercolor Brush Markers. I randomly applied Persian Blue, Mountain Mist, Emerald and Sea Breeze pigments. The pigments moved nicely and I didn’t need to add any more water to get them to move together.
After this panel was completely dry, I cut it at an angle using a paper trimmer. I also cut it down on the sides so there was a nice white border. I then mounted this to a heavy weight card base.
Next I adhered my XOXO strip to the bottom angled part of my embossed panel with liquid glue. I then double stamped the Love and You from Parrot Tulip: Build A Flower Set with Starlight Ink using a stamp positioner. Double stamping allows you to get a more solid and darker inked image.
I then quickly cleaned my stamps and inked them with VersaMark Ink. I poured clear embossing powder over the image and heat set it.
Again, a geometric design for a masculine card. I love the dimension and shine from the embossing paste and embossing powder. Pictures do not do this justice. This takes the embossed resist idea from the Impressive Heat Embossing class up a notch by combining it with a technique from the Celebration Stencil Techniques class.
I will forever be greatful for all I learned from the For the Guys class. I learned to use what they love (geometric design and nature) and not get to over the top with their cards. The Easy Ink Blending Techniques made me understand that simple techniques (like edging a card, the amount of pressure used, or layers of color) can be very effective to take a card to the next level. Who doesn’t love to heat emboss. The Impressive Heat Embossing class reminded my of my love of emboss resist and gave me an all time favorite technique to make any dye ink embossable.
I hope you enjoyed these masculine cards and that you take a moment to check out all these great classes. Be sure to read my part 2 post with my upcycled project. I also share what led me to this journey with the AECP in that blog post.
Hello Crafty Friends! Today’s post is a special one for me. This card is for my 10th and final class for Level 2 of the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). I am so excited to get started on my Level 2 challenge next. The Masking Unleashed class by Svitlana Shayevich was so helpful for me. I struggle with masking and Svitlana had some great tips to help me. Her basic masking and ink blending with masking helped me make this card look the way imagined it. I highly recommend checking this class out.
I love that Altenew offers bundles with some of their stamp sets that include a stamp set, coordinating dies and masking stencils. I used the gorgeous Darling Rose Bundle for this one layer card. I don’t make one layer cards often but this card came together so perfectly in just one layer. I have always struggled with white areas next to a masked image. Svitlana had great tips to avoid this and it worked so great. I will be masking more often now. There are great masking papers available on the market but I just grabbed a 3×3 inch Post It Note that had sticky on the entire back of each note.
I stamped my first image from the Darling Rose Set with VersaFine Onyx Black Ink on Neenah 80 lb. cardstock. I also stamped this on to a post it note as I used more than one image. The bundle only comes with one masking stencil for the rose. I cut on the inside edge of the stamped rose on the post it note to create a second mask.
I put the masking stencil rose over my stamped image and stamped another rose next to it. I adhered my rose masking stencil down with a little tape. I followed this same procedure for the all leaves. I used a combination of the masking stencil and my post note masks to get the entire image stamped.
Once everything was stamped in black I used my masking stencils (both positive and negative) and post it note masks to mask off images around where I would be ink blending.
I then used my positive and negative masking stencils to ink blend the leaves. I used Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes in Parrot, Moss, and Olive for these.
Once done I covered all the images in masks and ink blended a blue background in Sea Breeze around part of my images.
I left the masks over the roses and used the Jet Black from the Watercolor 36 Pan Set to splatter some black over the background and leaves.
Next I stamped the sentiment with some VersaMark ink and poured Antique Gold Crisp Embossing powder over the stamped sentiment and set it with a heat tool. Make sure to use an anti static product before stamping with the VersaMark so embossing powder doesn’t stick to anything but your sentiment.
I used some Satin Gold Sequins to add a little bling to the panel. I adhered these with liquid glue.
When dry I added this panel onto a top folding heavy weight card base.
I am so happy that the tips and tricks I learned in this class helped me get a great looking masked image. The masking stencils included in this bundle make masking a bit quicker and much easier. The masking stencils clean up really well by running them under water. I hope you are inspired to give masking a try. Thanks for stopping by!!
Welcome Crafty Friends! Today’s card was created for the Magical Marker Techniques class through the Altenew Academy. This class is taught by Sara Naumann and it is a great class to take to learn more about alcohol markers and ways to use them. The Altenew Academy has a wide variety of classes for all levels of stampers. They add new classes regularly and is worth checking out.
I am fairly new to using alcohol markers. I have a small collection of Copic Markers and got my first sets of the Artist Alcohol Markers from Altenew for this project. I am still learning about blending and all the ways to use these awesome markers. I used several techniques that Sara taught in this class. I did some ink smooshing, edging, and blending with alcohol markers.
Next I used the coordinating dies to die cut the colored images. I then figured out my layout and used foam tape on the floral image and the sentiment to add a little dimension and tucked the leaves around the rose and adhered them directly to the background with liquid glue.
This panel was then mounted to a heavy weight card base. I added a few White Satin Sequins for a little bling.
I loved how this card turned out and that I choose a main color that I usually don’t reach for but have been lately. I am excited to continue to practice blending and coloring with alcohol markers and put the tips and tricks I learned in this class to work. I hope you enjoyed the card and that it inspired you to grab some alcohol markers and create something wonderful. Thanks for stopping by!
Hello Crafty Friends! Today’s card is one I made for Altenew’s Beautiful Details Class taught by Marika Rahtu. Wow, she is an amazing artist and I was blown away from all the ideas in this class. However, I struggle with adding the details that she does so very well. I have spent a few weeks practicing and creating since I watched the class. This card uses her idea of using copics and pencils to add details to an outline stamp image.
I used R20 Copic Marker to color over the entire image.
I grabbed several Polychromos Colour Pencils to add details to the colored image. This took quite away as I kept layering until I was happy with the result. Then used the coordinating die to die cut the flower.
I then die cut the Fancy For You die from Altenew out of black and gold cardstock. Then offset these on top of each other.
Hello Crafty Friends! I am here with another Altenew class project. Heat embossing is so much fun and so was the Impressive Heat Embossing Class taught by Svetlana Marchinko. She had so many great ideas. I used a couple of her techniques for this card. I did some layered heat embossing on my thank you die to give some shine and dimension and I did some emboss resist with my image.
I love the simplicity of this card and its bright pop of colors. Emboss resist is so much fun. You can use white or clear embossing powder on a white panel for this technique. If you use white make sure to wipe the inks of the embossing when done blending.
I don’t have the small blending brushes from Altenew yet so I used my I Brush Ink Applicator Brushes to apply Crisp Dye Ink (Fresh Lemon, Honey Drizzle, Firefly, Grass Field, Puffy Heart Magenta, Crimson) to my image. When done I wiped off excess ink with a microfiber cloth.
I die cut the Simply Thank You three times with black cardstock. I layered these with liquid glue. When dry I used VersaMark to apply ink over the entire die cut image then poured Crystal Clear Embossing Powder over the image. I heat set the powder using an embossing tool. Very quickly I applied more embossing powder over the image again to add another layer then heat set. This step was repeated a total of 4 times.
I love the dimension and the smoothness of layered embossing on a die cut. I hope this card brightens your day and makes you want to create something beautiful.
I only have a few more classes for my Level 2 with the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have loved all the classes and how much this experience has made me grow both creatively and personally. It is good to step out of our comfort zones from time to time. Thank you for being there with me through this journey.
Hello crafty friends! I hope everyone is doing well. The Polychromatic Class by Nina-Marie Trapani at Altenew is a great class. It was fun to see of her ideas for use of multiple colors on a card. I always love a good rainbow so I instantly knew I would to use Nina’s idea of putting warm and cool colors together to create an awesome rainbow background. I am really enjoying the classes offered on the Altenew Academy and have truly enjoyed my journey with them as I work my way through Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). I highly recommend checking them out as there are classes for all levels of stampers.
This card was so fun and uses an awesome cover die that compliments the rainbow background so well.
There are multiple blending options available to create this background panel. So use what you have (blending foams or blending brushes). If you use blending foams you can get a little deeper color saturation but I used blending brushes. I don’t have the small blending tools from Altenew yet so I grabbed my Taylored Expressions brushes for this background.
First I grabbed a rainbow of colors in Crsip Dye Ink Mini Cubes from Altenew. I used coral bliss, snapdragon, maple yellow, grass field, tide blue and deep iris.
Using blending brushes from Taylored Expressions, I blended the inks in rainbow order starting with the cooler tones (deep iris, tide blue and grass field) then the warmer tones (maple yellow, snapdragon and coral bliss).
I kept layering more color and blending until I was happy with the color saturation and blend on the panel.
To assemble I adhered the glitter die cut panel to the rainbow background panel. Then I adhered the thank you die cut using liquid glue. I used some foam tape on the back of the sentiment strip to adhere it below the thank you.
Lastly, I adhered the entire panel to a heavy weight card base. I then placed several acrylic blocks on the card while the glue dried.
I did spend several minutes debating on where to place the thank you. After asking my husband’s thoughts on placement, I decided on placing it off center. Also, my adhesive of choice is liquid glue. I luse both tubes and glue pens. I use several brands of both types. I like that liquid glue gives me a little time to manipulate things into place and most have a nice strong bond.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope this rainbow card inspired you to create something colorful and cheerful.
Hello Crafty Friends! Today I have a card I made for the Altenew Color Your Day class. This class is taught by Therese Calvird and is a must take class. She presented how to use color on a card perfectly. It really made me think about composition more when creating. I loved her idea of using a neutral color with bright colors to really make them pop. I couldn’t wait to use my Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers to create both the background and the images.
I love the Watercolor Brush Markers from Altenew. I have 2 sets and can’t wait to get the other two. I love that they can be used in so many different ways. I tend to be a bit heavy handed with the pigment so I try to reach for them every chance I get to practice. For this card I actually started very light with the floral images, then dried in between layers and layered color until I was happy with the image.
I worked on one image at a time, using my Water Color Brush Markers from the Spring Garden Set to add pigment. I used Rubellite and Autumn Blaze for the flowers and Moss for the leaves.
I started with very little pigment and let that spread into the water. After adding pigment where I wanted I used my Heat It Craft Tool to dry between layers. I added layers of the pigments to the images until I was happy with they way they looked.
I left small amounts of white space on my images as suggested by Therese in this class.
Those were set aside to dry while I finished the background panel and sentiment strip.
Using the Evening Gray water brush marker, I gently squeezed some pigment into the bristles of the brush marker and flicked some splatter on the background panel only. I set this aside.
Using a scrap of black cardstock, I prepped it with an anti-static powder bag before stamping my sentiments with VersaMark ink. I then poured Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder over the stamped image and heat set it using an embossing gun.
To assemble, I added foam tape to my flowers and my sentiment strip. I placed the flowers in the upper left corner and used liquid glue on my leaves to place under the flowers. The sentiment strip was placed on the bottom part of the background panel. Then I adhered the panel to a top folding heavy weight card base using liquid glue.
Therese talks about how to balance colors on a card by using percentages of each color. I tried to stick to this with this card and I loved how this card turned out. I hope you enjoyed today’s card and that you go create something beautiful today. Thanks for stopping by.
Hello Crafty Friends! I had so much fun with Altenew’s Creative Watercolor Media class taught by Jennifer Rzasa, Debby Hughes and Laura Bassen. They used Altenew’s products in such awesome ways. I don’t have some of the supplies they used so I made a few adjustments to get the same results. I loved the idea of watercoloring using the metallic shimmer sprays which I don’t have yet, so I used Watercolor Brush Markers mixed with Perfect Pearls. This gave a great shimmer to the gorgeous pigments in the brush markers.
I decided to add a couple of the ideas from this class to this card. I did ink smooshing but used ink pads spritzed with some water and watercolor brush markers with some Perfect Pearls.
I started with my background panel. I smooshed some Sea Breeze and Turquoise ink on a craft mat then lightly spritzed with water. I then grabbed some recycled packaging from a stamp set and used it to pick up the Sea Breeze and applied it on the panel. I used a heat tool to dry this then added the Turquoise to add some dimension to the panel. I did this until happy with the background. Once this was dry I cut down the panel a little so I would have a white border when mounted on my card base.
I then used the Blue Gold from the Starry Colors Set to add some gold splatter to the panel.
When everything was dry, I added the flowers and leaves directly to the background panel. Then used some foam tape on the background panel to add it to the front of a top folding heavy weight card base. I did trim off the edge of one leaf that was overhanging my card base.
I am not sure if Chrysanthemum’s grow with this orange color scheme, but when I use flowers on my cards I use whatever colors I am drawn to that day. I hope you have a great day and that you create something beautiful. Thank you for stopping by.