Hello Crafty Friends! The new Craft Your Life Kit: Always Sunshine, from Altenew is stunning. I couldn’t wait to create some cards with it when I received it in the mail. I made 3 very different cards using this product suite. I couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to. I love that the Craft Your Life Kits contain coordinating stamps, stencils, dies and embossing folder. This makes the possibilities endless.
Supplies used for all 3 cards:
- Always Sunshine: Craft Your Life Kit – Altenew
- Pocket Full of Sunshine (Citrus Burst) Crisp Dye Ink – Altenew
- Shades of Purple (Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Midnight Violet) Crisp Dye Inks – Altenew
- Green Valley (Firefly, Grass Fields, Shadow Creek) Crisp Dye Inks – Altenew
- Sugared Candies (Rose Quartz, Pink Diamond, Puffy Heart, Rebellite) Crisp Dye Inks – Altenew
- Featured Sentiments Die – Altenew
- Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder – Altenew
- Large Blending Brush – Altenew
- Mini Ink Blending Brushes – Altenew
- Fancy Hello Die – Altenew
- Tiny Sentiments: Hello Stamp & Die Bundle – Altenew
- Jet Black Watercolor Brush Marker (Winter Wonderland) – Altenew
- Glossy Porcelain Pearls – Lucy’s Little Things
- Watercolor Paper Loose Sheets – Altenew
- 1/4″ Ultra Sticky Double Sided Tape – Altenew
- Lilac Blossom Cardstock – Spellbinders
- Slate Cardstock – Simon Says Stamp
- Green Leaf Cardstock – Simon Says Stamp
- Lindy’s Magicals: Prairie Wildflowers (Bells of Ireland Green, Bachelor Button Blue) – Lindy’s Gang
- Hollow Hearts Clear – Lucy’s Little Things
- Blizzard – Honey Bee Stamps
For my first card, I decided to create a slimline card. I love this size of card and I just don’t make enough of them though. Also I need to reach for purples more often as it is such a regal color.
- I began by embossing the large floral outline image onto white cardstock using Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
- Then I ink blending the image using Mini Blending Brushes. I used Shades of Purple (Soft Lilac, Lavendar Fields, Deep Iris) Crisp Dye Inks for the flowers. Pocket Full of Sunshine Crisp Dye Inks (Citrus Burst) and Green Valley (Firefly) for the flower centers. And Green Valley (Firefly and Grass Fields) for the leaves.
- Then to add the detail to the ink blended stencil images, I stamped the flowers with Shades of Purple (Deep Iris and Midnight Violet) Crisp Dye Inks. The detail for the leaves was stamped with Green Valley (Shadow Creek) Crisp Dye Ink.
- I used the coordinating die to die cut the image.
- On a piece of smooth white cardstock I ink blended using a Large Blending Brush with Firefly Crisp Dye Ink behind where I was going to place the image.
- Using pigment from the Jet Black Watercolor Brush Marker, I splattered some Jet Black drops onto card panel.
- I heat embossed a sentiment in Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder.
- Then trimmed a quarter inch off of one side and one end of the panel.
- Then I popped up the image with some foam tape.
- I adhered this panel to a Lilac Blossom Card base and trimmed off any of the floral image that was hanging over the edges of the card base.
- I added some Glossy Porcelain Pearls for some bling.
For my second card, I decided to use the embossing folder and some new products that have been sitting on my desk waiting to be played with. I used some Lindy’s Magicals. These powders are super pigmented and super fun to work with. A little powder goes a long ways.
- Using a piece of Watercolor Paper that I spritzed with water, I ran it through my die cut machine in the embossing folder. Use the sandwich for your machine for embossing folders so you don’t damage your machine or warp your embossing folder.
- I then took a fan brush to sprinkle some Bells of Ireland Green on my image. I focused this powder on the leaf image. Then in the areas to the side of the image I sprinked some Bachelor Button Blue powder.
- I sprayed the cardstock several times with a mister to activate the powders and get them moving. I added more powder where needed and spritzed the cardstock again.
- I set this aside to dry completely before running it through my die cut machine and embossing folder again to sharpen the image. The water can make the image flatten a bit when drying. I chose to emboss my image first as I wanted to see where to concentrate each powder. You can put the powders on first then only emboss once.
- I die cut the Fancy Hello once in Slate Cardstock and two more times out of white cardstock. I glued and stacked these together.
- I stamped a sub sentiment from the stamp set in black and die cut it using the Featured Sentiments Die.
- I trimmed down my background panel to 4×5.25 and adhered it to a heavy weight card base with foam tape.
- I adhered the Hello and the sub sentiment on the panel
My last card is a full panel shaker card. These are so fun and easy. Even better they use stamp packaging. I store my stamp sets in heavy storage pockets but I keep all the packaging that they come in. I use these for many things, one being full panel shakers.
- I stamped the floral out line image in black on white cardstock. I ink blended the image with Mini Blending Brushes and the coordinating stencils. I used Sugared Candies (Rose Quartz, Pink Diamond, Puffy Heart) Crisp Dye Inks for the flowers, Green Valley (Firefly and Grass Fields) Crisp Dye Ink for the Leaves, and Citrus Burst and Firefly Crisp Dye Inks for the flower center.
- I then used the detail stamps and Sugared Candies (Puffy Heart and Rubellite) Crisp Dye Inks for the flowers details and Green Valley (Shadow Creek) Crisp Dye Ink for the leaf details.
- I trimmed down a piece of stamp packing to 5×6.25. I used 1/4″ Ultra Sticky Double Sided Tape around the edges on the back of the panel we just finished. Stay close to the edges and make sure the entire perimeter is covered in tape. Lay the panel face down on your stamp packaging and carefully adhere 3 sides of the packaging to the panel.
- Using the open end of the shaker panel, pour in some flat embellishments. I used hearts and flat backed sequins. Find what you have in your stash that is relatively flat and you will have a great shaker.
- Once I had it full enough, I sealed the last edge of the shaker by removing the paper on the double sided tape. I ran my bone folder over all the tape to make sure the packaging was well sealed.
- I adhered the panel with more Ultra Sticky Double Sided Tape (to make sure it stays on the card base) to a heavy weight top folding card panel.
- I die cut the Tiny Sentiments:Hello from Grean Leaf Cardstock.
- Then I stamped a sub sentiment from the Tiny Sentiments: Hello in black on the green Hello strip.
- I then die cut two more out of white cardstock. I glued and stacked these together.
- I adhered this to the front middle of my card. Make sure to place something heavy on this until it is completely dry.
I love how well thought out the Craft Your Life Kits are and they are so versatile. I made three totally different beautiful cards from one kit. This kit had the stamp and stencil working together to create a beautiful detailed image and I love the outcome. I hope you are inspired to get out some products and come up with a few different cards using them.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy Crafting!!
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