January 18, 2021

Hello Crafty Friends! As most of you know I am participating in Altenew’s Edcuation Certification Program (AECP). After completing all the classes for Level 1, I was given a final challenge. So I have been busy working on this challenge the last few weeks. The final challenge was to create a cohesive group of “His” cards and a cohesive group of “Her” cards. I needed to include 3 components from the classes. I was to create packaging for the cards using a recycled element in either the packaging or cards.

I began by picking color schemes for both my “His” and Hers” cards, then sketched ideas for my cards. I had decided to complete 6 cards for each set and have 3 pairs within each set that have similar backgrounds. Also, I decided to break this up into 2 blog posts to cover all 12 of these cards plus my packaging.

For my “His” cards I used what I learned in the For the Guys (geometric, cool color palette, interactive), Easy Ink Blending Techniques (background blending over stencil, emboss resist), Irresistible Inking Techniques classes (ink smooshing) and Celebration Stencil Techniques (tinted embossing paste). I focused on simple, geometric, and fun for these cards. I threw in a spinner and shaker card plus some texture on these.

For my first pair of “His” cards I used the Kaleidoscope A stencil and ink blended over the stencil with Sea Breeze, Starlight, Firefly, and Grassfield Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes. The Altenew Ink Blending Tool blends colors so easily and is perfect for this type of blending.

On this first card I went for an interactive fun card. Spinner cards are always fun to make. I used a circle die from the Waffle Flower Nesting Circle Die Set to cut a circle in the stenciled card panel and the front of the card base. I mounted the circle I cut out on the inside of my card base so it would show through when closed. I used the Circled Sentiments set to stamp and emboss two sentiments. I stamped each sentiment using Starlight and Grassfield. I used a circle die to cut each out. I found some old silver thread in my crafty stash and sandwiched that between the two sentiments. Using some strong adhesive, I used the thread to place my sentiment spinner in the center of the open circle on my front stenciled panel. Once it was nice and straight I mounted that on the front panel matching the circles in the front panel and the circle cut earlier on the front of the card base. I grabbed the “You Are” from the Primrose Build a Flower set and embossed that with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on black cardstock. I used foam tape to pop this up. Before putting this card in an envelope to give to someone, make sure you twist the sentiment many times so that it spins when the card is opened.

The second card of this set, I let the stencil be the star. I use sentiments from Carnations Paint a Flower set. One I stamped directly on the card panel and the other on some Pitch Black Cardstock with some Versamark Ink then heat embossed with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. Always make sure to use some sort of an anti static product on your card stock before stamping what you want to emboss. This keeps the embossing powder from sticking to more than just the image. To finish this panel I added some Glossy Accents. I cut this card panel down quite a bit and mounted it on some Pitch Black cardstock before adding it to a heavy weight top fold card base.

The next pair of “His” cards uses a fun inking technique. I did some ink smooshing with Firefly, Grassfield, Starlight and Sea Breeze Crisp Dye ink mini cubes. I smooshed each color on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat. I then used old stamp or die packaging to pick up the color after I lightly spritzed the ink with some water. I put all my stamp sets and dies in stamp storage pockets when I get them, but I keep all the packaging they come in for this technique and others. I used the recycled packaging to pick up the colors from the glass mat then put it on a white card panel. I like this way of ink smooshing as I have more control of where the colors go. I wanted this to be bright and vibrant.

I used one of these panels to make a fun shaker card as guys like interactive cards. I used a Waffle Flower A2 layer Dies to cut a rectangle in the center of the card panel. Then I trimmed this down so I would end up with a nice white edge. I put some mirror card stock from Tonic on my card base so it could be seen through the shaker window. I added some acetate behind my opening on my front card panel. Then I used some White Satin Sequins mixed with some Simon Says Stamp Chameleon Sequins to fill my shaker that was framed out with a double layer of foam tape. Make sure to use a little anti static powder on the foam tape edges next to the shaker window. Do this before you remove the backing. This helps to allow the shaker contents to move around and not get stuck to the edges of the foam tape. Label Love stamp set is the best set ever. I stamped my sentiment from this set in black ink. I used some foam tape to pop up the sentiment before mounting the whole thing on a card base.

For the other card I added some angles and let this gorgeous background stand out. I cut my panel at an angle that I liked and mounted it on the front of a card base leaving a small white border around the outside. My sentiment was put together using part from Spider Mums Paint a Flower and part from Primrose Build a Flower. Part was embossed on a thin piece of Pitch Black cardstock using Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. I carefully cut the angles to match the card panel I had already mounted and adhered it to the card base as well. Then I stamped my last entiment above this black strip in black ink. Super simple but a favorite.

My last pair of cards both use the Halftone Stencil, but 2 different techniques were used with it. For the first I did some emboss resist. After using an anti static tool, I used a blending tool with a foam round to apply Versamark ink over the stencil and pressed pretty hard to make sure the ink got in the holes really well. I then applied Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder before heat setting with a heat tool. Then I ink blended with Firefly, Grassfield, Sea Breeze and Starlight Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes over the embossed background. After I was finished ink blending I used a microfiber cloth to wipe over the panel to remove the ink from the embossed image. I then took several sentiments from Label Love and stamped them in black ink. Then used clear embossing powder and a heat tool to make them shine. These were mounted on the card panel with some foam squares. I cut down my background panel and mounted it on a cut down black card panel. I used liquid adhesive to mount this on fun foam before mounting to a heavy weight card base.

For my last card and my favorite card of the set, I again used the Halftone Stencil. I loved this technique from the Celebration Stencil Techniques class. After smooshing some Firefly, Grassfield, Sea Breeze and Starlight ink on my glass mat I mixed some of Altenew’s Embossing Paste with each color. Make sure to wipe your tools off between colors. I used a palette knife to mix mine as well as to apply it. I randomly placed the colored embossing paste over my stencil which was over a white card panel. I spread it evenly with my palette knife before removing the stencil. Wash your palette knife, stencil and work surface immediately so the embossing paste doesn’t dry on any of it. After letting the panel dry I cut an angled section out of the panel leaving room between the top and bottom for a sentiment. I then careful placed my two cut sections directly on a black card panel in my Misti Stamping Tool. This allowed me to know exactly where to stamp my sentiment. I used Carnations Paint a Flower for my sentiments. One was stamped in Versamark Ink directly on the black card panel and the other on a thin strip of black cardstock. I used Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder to emboss these images. Foam tape was used to add dimension to the stenciled background sections with the thin black sentiment strip mounted directly to the bottom section. This was then mounted onto a card base.

I love the way this group of simple “His” cards came together. I tend to struggle with cards for men/boys and the For the Guys class on the Altenew Academy really has helped me a ton. I hope you learned something today and are looking forward to seeing my “Hers” blog post. Have a great day making something fun.

4 thoughts on “AECP Level 1 Final Challenge Part 1

  1. Devera Mitts says:

    Those cards are fabulous!! The colors are crisp and bold. Each technique is so perfect for a guy card!
    Thank you for sharing these as well as your tips.
    I look forward to the Hers set ☺️


    1. Thanks a ton, Devera! Cards for guys always scare me a bit but I love how these turned out.


  2. Erum Tasneem says:

    Absolutely amazing! It would have been nice to see the packaging for this in the same post, but I guess you are up to something else 😉
    Thank you for submitting your wonderful work to the AECP assignment gallery. Excellent write-up too!

    Liked by 1 person

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