Inky Creations with April

Sharing my love of handmade cards and papercraftting

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!

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