January 19, 2021

Hello Craft Friends! Welcome back. If you read my previous post you know that I am completing my Level 1 Final Challenge for Altenew’s Educator Ceritification Program. As previsouly mentioned in my Part 1 post, I had several things I needed to accomplish for my challenge. Today I am presenting you with my “Hers” cards and my packaging for all the cards. I had a ton of fun making the group of “Hers” cards. I chose my color scheme and sketched out my cards before beginning. I do not always sketch my card designs but for a project this size I found it very helpful. This set of cards are some of my favorite cards I have made in some time. The color palette is perfect for florals.

For this group of “Hers’ cards I focused of techniques and ideas for All About Layering 1 and 2 (layering of stamped and stenciled images), Let it Shine (embossing, glitter and sparkle pens, sequins), Irresistible Inking Techniques (ink smooshing, stamping parts of layered stamps). Honestly after taking all ten classes that were required for Level 1 of the AECP, I found I used bits and pieces from most classes on both sets of cards.

For my first pair of “Hers” cards, I grabbed my Trellis Stencil and the Cora Louise Peony Build a Flower set. I reached for some pinks and peaches for the flowers. I used Peach Perfect, Pink Pearl, Rose Quartz, and Pink Diamond Crisp Dye Ink mini cubes for blending over the stencil on the backgrounds for both cards. On one background panel I only blended on part of the card instead of the whole thing. Using some tape, I use painters tape, to hold down the stencil over your card panel before blending helps hold everything in place while you blend.

The first card I used all layers from the Cora Louise Peony Build a Flower set. I started by stamping the detail images in black ink. I then grabbed some Grass Field, and Shadow Creek Crisp Dye Ink mini cubes for the leaves. I then stamped other layers of the flowers in Blush, Pink Diamond, and Rubellite ink. For the center I used Sunray and double stamped it to deepen the yellow. Then I grabbed the coordinating dies and cut the flowers and leaves out. Using foam tape and glue tape I adhered the flowers to one side and corner. I stamped the sentiment on some white cardstock with Versamark ink after I used an anti static product over it. I then used Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder and heat tool to emboss my image. This was mounted on some black cardstock then used some foam tape to pop it up and placed it on my card panel. I mounted the entire panel on a top folding heavy weight card base. I trimmed off the overhanging images, then used a Gelly Roll sparkle pen to add some shine to the centers of my flowers. Getting sparkle and glitter to show up in photos is very hard but there is just a little sparkle in each flower center.

The second card I used the panel that was only partially blended. However, I did not use the outline stamp for the flowers or the leaves. This is a fun technique that I learned in the Irresistible Inking Techniques class. It totally changes the look of the images. I used all the same colors to stamp the images as on the first card and used the coordinating dies to cut out the flowers and leaves. I again used foam tape and glue tape to mount the leaves and flowers onto the card panel. I placed them diagonally over the line where I stopped ink blending the background. I then stamped my sentiment directly on the background panel in black ink. I then added some sparkle to all the leaves with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. This was then mounted on a side folding heavy weight card base.

For the next pair of cards I did my favorite technique, ink smooshing. I used Pink Pearl, Peach Perfect, Pink Diamond, and Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink mini cubes for this. I once again grabbed an old stamp set or die set packaging. I have an entire drawer full of these as I save them all when I put my new sets in storage pockets. I smooshed the ink colors on my Glass Media Mat and spritzed with a little water. I then used the packaging to pick the colors up and placed around my card panel. After these dried, I used the Trellis stencil once again. This time I used it to emboss into the card panels with my die cutting machine. Look up how to emboss with your die cutting machine and follow their sandwich suggestions. I do use an extra cardstock shim with embossing with a stencil as they are pretty thin.

I used the Beautiful Day set to stamp the gorgeous flower and leaves for both cards. The flower outline images were stamped with black ink and I only used the most detailed layer with Rubellite, Puffy Heart or Pink Pearl for the flowers. The leaves were done the same way but I used Shadow Creek for the detail part. I made lots of the flowers and leaves so I could complete both cards in the pair. Unfortunately, I do not have the die set that goes with this, so I had to fussy cut all the images out. On the first one I grabbed a flower stamped with Rubellite for my center focal point. I cut the background panel down a little before using a strip of Pearlescent Vellum to wrap around the center point of the background panel. I cut my vellum a little longer so it wraps around the panel and I can then use adhesive on the back to hold the vellum in place without the adhesive being seen through the vellum. My sentiment was from the Label Love set. I used my Misti Stamping Tool to stamp with Rubellite first then directly over that with Versamark Ink. Then added clear embossing powder and a heat tool to make my sentiment shine. I love this trick I picked up in the Let It Shine class, I use it often. The leaves got a little sparkle with a Gelly Roll Sparkle pen before I used foam tape to mount the flower and leaves right in the center of the panel. Sentiment was layered on some black cardstock before being mounted directly on the panel. I used fun foam behind my panel and mounted it all on the front of a heavy weight card base.

The embossed image made by the stencil can barely be seen in the photo but it is gorgeous in real life.

The other card I mounted some Pearlescent Vellum on the right side of my cut down background panel. I lined three of my flowers up along the seam of the vellum. I popped 2 flowers up with foam tape and glued the other flower and all the leaves directly to the card panel. I heat embossed a sentiment from the Daffodil Paint a Flower set using Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder and a heat tool on white card stock then added this to some black cardstock. It was mounted on the panel with some foam tape. The entire background panel was then mounted to a top folding heavy weight card base.

My last pair of cards for my “Hers” set features the Layered Dahlia A &B Stencil. I used Puffy Heart, Pink Diamond, Pink Pearl, Grass Field and Shadow Creek Crisp Dye Ink mini cubes for these backgrounds.

On the first card I blended over the entire stencil paying close attention to the different parts of the image. I blended the pinks and peaches over the floral images and the greens over the leaves. I started very soft for the first layer (stencil A). Then carefully I layered the second stencil (B) over the image and used darker colors and more pressure to get all the details. After I was done, I used the Scalloped A2 Frames from Honey Bee stamps to cut out the center of the panel. I mounted the outside of the panel directly on my side folding heavy weight card base then used foam tape to pop up the center panel. I stamped my sentiment from the Clover Build a Flower set with Versafine Onyx Black ink and added clear embossing then heat set on white cardstock. Of course I used an anti static powder bag before stamping. I love the shine of embossed images on my cards. I mounted this on a piece of black glitter cardstock from the Memory Box Frosted Glitter pad. I mounted this with some foam tape directly in the center of my card. I added a sprinkling of Altenew’s Satin White sequins.

For my last card and the second of this pair. I used Puffy Heart, Pink Diamond, Pink Pearl, Grassfield, and Shadow Creek inks to blend the image on two opposite corners for this card. I only used parts of the stencil on this card as well. The All About Layering 1 and 2 classes not only help a ton with lining up layering stamps to get perfect images but I used those same tips with this stencil layering set. I stamped a sentiment from the Columbine Build a Flower set with some Versamark ink onto prepared white cardstock then used Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder and a heat tool to emboss the image. This was mounted on some Pitch Black cardstock. The background panel was trimmed down then mounted with fun foam on a top folding heavy weight card base. Then I popped up the sentiment with some foam tape and added a few Satin White Sequins around the card. At this point the card was way too simple for me so I looked around my desk and saw some leaves from one of the other cards, so I tucked these under a corner of the sentiment and covered them with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen.

My final part of this challenge was to create some packaging for all these beautiful cards. I grabbed an old cereal box and decided to make a card sized magazine box to put them all in. I came up with the measurements on my own as to what was needed for them all plus envelopes to fit.

I did have to make a few adjustments as I went but in the end came up with ones that worked perfect.

After everything was cut and scored, I used double sided tape to secure it all in place. I wrap all my Christmas presents in kraft wrapping paper so I grabbed some of that and carefully wrapped the box. I dug through my crafty stash and found some ribbon and bakers twine to make the box look cute. I have a very large stash of ribbons and twines so this took a while. In the end I chose a burlap like cream ribbon and soem bakers twine in pink, green, and blue with white. I adhered the ribbon with some double sided tape and tied the twine around the box with a cute bow.

I wanted the packaging to be simple as I think the best part are the 12 cards inside. I have several friends who would be thrilled to receive this as a gift.

Thank you for coming along on this journey with me. I hope you learned a little something from the 12 cards I made for my AECP Level 1 Final Challenge. Go out and create something great!

2 thoughts on “AECP Level 1 Final Challenge Part 2

  1. Erum Tasneem says:

    Oh this colour palette is always fun to use, you know you will end up with pretty and gorgeous feminine cards! Love all the cards you created, April. It was such a treat going through your post.
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery.


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