December 29, 2020
Hello crafty friends! I am finally on my last card for Level 1 of the Altenew Education Certification Program (AECP). If you want to learn more and stretch yourself with card making this program is something to look into. I highly recommend it. This Seasonal Scene Building Class taught by Nichol Spohr is awesome. She is such a talented card maker but her scene building cards are amazing.
Succulents are a favorite of mine. I have a ton of them all over my house, so I grabbed the Be Strong stamp set from Altenew to build my scene. Any set with flowers or plants in pots would work great for this card. I had just received this set in an order so wanted to use it and the succulents are so cute.
This card had some masking involved and Nichol gave some great tips for masking in the class. I also love how she taught us how to lay the scene out with our stamps so we know which ones will be in the front as those are the first ones I stamped in black. I then put my mask over the top of those. I just stamped my mask in some black ink on some masking paper I had on hand but Altenew just came out with their own Masking Paper which will be in my next order. I have seen it used in You Tube videos and I can’t wait to try it. I then fussy cut out my mask before placing it on my images. Be sure to cut on the outside line of the image so your mask doesn’t leave white space when you stamp your next image. I built my scene using several masks to get some tucked behind others.
After stamping all my images including my Hello Friend, I grabbed my 36 Pan Watercolor Set from Altenew and a couple paint brushes in sizes 2 and 4. I only used the 4 to add the shadows at the bottom of the pots. Watercoloring is totally outside my comfort zone. I need to spend much more time practicing and playing with my watercolors but I felt they were perfect for this card. I took several shades of green, orange, brown, pink and red to mix together for the different parts of my scene. I mixed each color until I had what I was looking for for each pot and plant. The mixing of colors was new for me and I loved it.
I cut this panel down and layered it on a side folding Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock base with foam tape. I sprinkled a few Satin White Sequins from Altenew over my watercolored panel and that was it.
Although I still have lots to learn about watercoloring and scene building, I really like how this card turned out. I hope it inspired you in some way and you try masking to build a scene on your next project. Have a very Happy New Year!!