Inky Creations with April

Sharing my love of handmade cards and papercraftting

December 29, 2020

Hello crafty friends! I put off Altenew’s For the Guys class because I struggle with cards for males sometimes. The class taught by Jennifer Rzasa reminded me that I just need to not over think these cards and remember what men/boys enjoy. So I went geometric and simple. I wasn’t sure about the card when I finished but my husband loved it. The Geo Steps 3D Embossing Folder is one of my most reached for items in my stamp room right now. This folder is perfect for guy cards though. The geometric design and texture is perfect.

I used my Mini Ink Cubes from Altenew in the colors Mountain Pine and Shadow Creek. I used Mountain Pine directly on my embossing folder to make some of the texture pop more. I love this technique and use it often with my embossing folders. On this folder I got a rough look with this technique. This is what my husband loved the most about the card. For my sentiment I used the Label Love stamp set and stamped the happy birthday with Shadow Creek ink. There are a ton of color options for this card that fits guys but I gravitated to greens this day. Blue, red, orange, brown, gray, plus many more would be great choices.

I layered the sentiment on some Pitch Black Cardstock from Hero Arts. I love dimension so added some foam tape to the back of my sentiment. I layered some Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock on some Pitch Black Cardstock before adding it to a heavy weight top folding card base. Then I used some foam tape on the back of my cut down geometric panel and mounted that on top of the Desert Storm Cardstock. The sentiment was placed on last.

I plan to make a few more of these in various colors for my card stash so I am glad my husband pointed out how much he really liked the card.

I hope you got a little inspiration to make some guy cards and enjoyed today’s post. Have a great day creating something.

December 15, 2020

Altenew’s Irresistible Inking Techniques class by Sara Naumann was so fun. She shared so many great inking ideas and got my mind racing with all sorts of ideas for different inking techniques. I loved Sara’s idea of just stamping part of a layering stamp to make detail pop. I used the Hawaiian Coral Build a Flower set for my card for this class. The flower in this set is so pretty. I stamped the outline of the flower and leaves with VersaFine Onyx Black ink. Then stamped the detail part of the flower with Altenew’s Turquoise Mini Ink Cube. I used Grassfield and Firefly for the leaves. I next die cut the flower and leaves.

For the background the idea came to me while seeing Sara use acrylic blocks and ink to stamp on cardstock but I decided to tweak it. I used a 5×7 gel press and the Grassfield, Firefly, Turquoise, and Starlight mini ink cubes. I smooshed the 4 colors in a random pattern on my gel press. Then I lightly sprayed one spray of water over the colors and used a brayer, that I have had for many years, to roll over the inks in multiple directions. I did play with the amount of water to spray and liked this panel best. The more water you spray and if you spray before or after brayering will give you different looks. I set the background aside to dry.

Next, I took some black card stock and used Altenew’s Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder to emboss the sentiment. After trimming down my background panel, I attached the sentiment strip and leaves directly to the panel. I popped up the floral image with some foam tape. The background panel was attached to the card base with my Altenew Tape Runner. I added a little bling with some Pink Fresh Studio Jewels Mix. I scattered a few on the background panel and flower.

I love getting inky and this background turned out exactly the way I imaged while I was watching the class. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you found a little inspiration.

December 12, 2020

Hello Crafty Friends! I hope you are all finding time to enjoy this holiday season. Today’s card is from the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class. This class was taught by Yana Smakula. I love Yana. She is so talented and her cards are amazing. As Yana’s class teaches, dies can be used in so many ways and are so worth the investment.

I used the Clover Build a Flower set, the Geo Steps 3D Embossing Folder, and grabbed my sentiment from the Balloon Flower Build a Flower Set for this project. I love all the white on this card and the texture from the embossing folder and the die cut image. However, I learned capturing all that texture on white in photos can be challenging.

I began by using a stamp positioner to stamp my image with Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Rubellite and Razzleberry for the flower, with Firefly, Grass Field, and Shadow Creek Mini Ink Cubes from Altenew for the leaves. I stamped the images on two pieces of A2 cardstock. It was very important that the images on both pieces of cardstock were in the exact same spot so using a stamp positioner was very important. I also used a mask on the flower when I stamped the leaves. After these were both stamped , I used the dies and cut the flower, stem and leaves from one of the stamped A2 cardstock pieces. After die cutting I was left with no stamped image on the cardstock just the negative space from the dies. I then used the proper sandwich for my Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting machine to use the Geo Steps 3D Embossing Folder. I embossed the piece that I had die cut the images from as this would be the top of my card.

I then used foam tape for some dimension and mounted this over the piece of cardstock with my stamped image on it. The die cut space fit perfectly allowing the stamped image to show. I embossed the sentiment with some Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder from Altenew on some scrap black cardstock before mounting it on the card. This was all mounted on a heavy weight top folding card base. I kept it simple and choose not to add anything else, although I think a little sparkle on the flower and leaves would be fun too.

I hope you enjoyed this card and got a little inspiration. Happy crafting!!

December 10, 2020

Hello Crafty Friends! This Altenew class taught by Amy Lee was a great refresher of some great ways to use ink pads or mini ink cubes. I chose to use the basic ink blending technique to add a little color behind my flower focal point and emboss resist for my sentiment.

The stamp set I grabbed for this card was the Peony Build a Flower set. Peonies make me think of my mom and I am missing her a lot this holiday season. So I thought of all her beautiful peonies in her yard as I made this card. I used the Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss and Crimson Crisp Dye Inks from Altenew for the flower. I also grabbed Bamboo, Parrot and Moss for the leaves with Honey Drizzle and Maple Yellow for the flower center. I love Altenew’s mini ink cubes. I am getting quite the collection of them but find I have my favorites that I reach for again and again. I used the dies that come with the set to die cut the flower and leaves. Next I ink blending with some Sea Breeze ink to add a little color to the background on the card front. The Ink Blending Tool from Altenew is amazing. The design of their large blending tool is so comfortable to use. For the sentiment, which is also from the Peony Build a Flower set, I embossed with some Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. I then used a blending brush to add lots of Maple Yellow for the embossed resist technique. Make sure to wipe off the embossed image after you are done blending. This will make your image nice and clean again.

Before attaching anything I used some Jet Black water color from the 36 Pan set to do a little splatter over my ink blended background. I found some old hemp twine in my tash to wrap around the background before adhering it with foam tape to a piece of Pitch Black Cardstock from Hero Arts . After adhering the floral image and leaves I added the sentiment and used some Morning Dew Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the card. Once dry I added it to a heavy weight top folding card base.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Have fun crafting!

November 27, 2020

Hello Crafty Friends! I really enjoyed Laurel Beard’s Celebration Stencil Techniques from Altenew’s Academy Classes. She went over some great techniques in this class and it was hard to decide which one to use. I had sketched several different card ideas by the time the class was finished. Stencils are so much fun and very versatile. Go check out Altenew’s Stencils as they have so many great ones that can be used in so many ways. Stencils make quick backgrounds or can be used as the focal point of a card.

For this card I used the Trellis Stencil. I had 2 different card ideas sketched for this stencil and it was a hard choice. I also used the Craft a Flower: Rose and Label Love on this card. This is my first Craft a Flower Layering Die Set and I love it. The rose turned out a little more pigmented than I planned but I used it anyway.

I used Altenew’s Embossing Paste, which was so much fun. I loved Laurel’s idea of coloring the paste with ink. So I smooshed some ink from Parrot, Pink Diamond, Fluffy Heart and Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes on my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat then took a palette knife and mixed some embossing paste in to each color. I used the knife to spread a little of each color onto my stencil which was taped down over some 80 lb. cardstock. I carefully blended the colors together where they met. I used a Therm O Web Stencil Pal to smooth off the extra embossing paste. I wiped off the extra paste and threw it away as you don’t want to contaminate your embosssing paste in the container. I set this aside to dry while I worked on the other elements of the card.

Next, I used watercolor paper to die cut my images then used low tack tape on the back to hold them in place while I added color to them. This just makes it a bit easier than working with very small images. I tried a technique I have seen Erum Tasneem use many times called the Scribble and Spritz. I need to spend more time playing with this technique but it is fun and I love the look of it as it adds some dimension to the rose. I learned I needed less pigment from the markers and lots more water. The Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers are still new to me but I am enjoying getting to know how to use them. My color choices for this rose was Limeade, Moss and Lime for the leaves and Sunkissed, Purple Wine and Rubellite for the rose.

Label Love is a fun set to have on hand, so I used some VersaFine Onyx Black Ink to stamp my sentiment. I did use a stamp positioner so I could stamp more than once if needed to get a nice black image. Then I used a clear embossing powder and a heat tool to finish the sentiment.

After everything was dry. Foam tape was used to mount the rose, leaves and sentiment on the stenciled background before using craft foam on the back of the entire panel to add more dimension. This panel was then mounted on a Brutus Monroe’s Not Your Mama’s Heavyweight Cardstock top folding card base. To add a little bling I finished the card with a few Satin White Sequins from Altenew.

This card was a ton of fun and I learned a lot about new techniques for future cards. I hope you enjoyed this card and learned a little something new. Take care and have from crafting.

November 7, 2020

Hello, my crafty friends. It has been too long since my last blog post. October was a very busy month for both me and my family.

Today I have for you my card from the Let It Shine Class for Level 1 of my AECP. I love all things shiny and glittery so this class taught by Carissa Wiley was perfect for me. I used multiple techniques from the class for this card. I learned some fun new ways to add shine to my cards.

I choose to make a slimline card this time. There is something about them that make me smile. The Playful Plumeria and Label Love sets were my choices for this slimline card. I used masking paper to stamp two different colored flowers and my leaves. For one flower I used Altenew’s Chamomile, Marigold, Autumn Blaze and Fire Brick mini ink cubes. Then for the other flower I choose Sunray, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle and Snapdragon. The leaves were stamped with Parrot, Olive and Moss. I know that is a lot of mini ink cubes but I had so much fun.

For the bottom panel I used some sticky tape and gold foil I had in my stash from Gina K Designs. Make sure to press the foil firmly into the sticky tape. I stamped my sentiments in Maple Yellow and Autumn Blaze, then stamped with Versamark before adding some Nuvo clear embossing powder. I heat set these and the pictures do not do them justice. Also a stamp positioner is really needed for this technique since you are stamping the image twice. After adhering my top panel to the bottom panel, I adhered them to a heavy weight card base with Altenew’s Glue Tape. I added some sparkle to all the flowers with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen as well as used it to add some splatter on the card. Unfortunately this sparkle is hard to capture in a photo so can’t be seen. I finished with a few sequins from Honey Bee Stamps.

Thanks for stopping by to see my latest creation. I hope you learned something new and give it a try.

September 23, 2020


Good Afternoon Crafty Friends! One layer cards are a challenge for me but Altenew’s Clean and Simple Boutique Cards Class was a perfect class for me to learn how to make clean and simple one layer cards. The ideas Jennifer Rzasa gave were amazing. I still struggle with using minimal supplies but I tried (still used alot though). The Paint a Flower Paeonia Japonica set was what I reached for to make this card. This flower bunch is so beautiful but I wouldn’t expect anything else from an Altenew floral set. I used some Canson XL watercolor paper and stamped the large floral bunch with black ink and clear embossed it. I then taped it onto some hardboard with blue masking tape. Using a large 1 inch flat paint brush I added water all over the floral image.

I then simplely dropped some ink from Altenew’s Watercolor Brush Markers on the flowers and leaves. I used Rubellite and Purple Wine for the flowers and buds, Moss for the leaves, and Warm Sunshine for the flower centers. I just let the pigment go wherever. The embossing stoped it from going outside of the image. I let this air dry before stamping my sentiment in black ink.

I then ran the edges of the card front through some Versamark ink then poured Altenew’s Crips Embossing Powder in Antique Gold on the edges. It took LOTS of foam to mount the front on a heavy weight card base so the card would lay nice and flat. There was quite a bit of water used so the cardstock was warped a little after drying. Lastly I added a sprinkling of Altenew’s White Satin Sequins, adhering them with Rangers Multi Medium Matte.

So this was my first time playing with Altenew’s Watercolor Brush Markers. I love the pigments which are so bright and vibrant. I didn’t use much to get these dark beautiful colors. This card came together super fast and was lots of fun.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful day creating something beautiful.

About Me

Hello and Welcome! My name is April and I have been making handmade cards for almost 20 years. I love sending cards to my family and friends. I love the creative aspect to card making and the happiness it brings me. I hope you find some inspiration during your visit. Enjoy!!

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September 22, 2020

Welcome, Crafty Friends! Today’s card is my final card for Altenew’s All About Layering 2 Class taught by Nicole Picadura. This class is perfect for those who are new to layering stamp sets. I highly recommend you checking it out at This class and her All About Layering 1 Class are currently FREE. I love Altenew’s Beautiful Day set so I used it but did not use the outline stamps in the set just the other layered stamps for both the flowers and leaves.

I used Altenew’s Firefly, Grass Fields, and Shadow Creek mini ink cubes for the leaves. Blush, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Peach Perfect, Rouge and Crimson were my choices for the flowers. Each flower I stamped in a different combination of colors. For the background I masked off my images. Not sure what happened but they did not turn out as usual. They looked terrible. However I was not about to throw out all that work so I figured out a way to make the card work. I stamped some leaves and another flower then fussy cut them out.

I layered some pearlescent vellum from Lawn Fawn over my back ground image and it hid my mistakes perfectly. I stamped a sentiment from Altenew’s Build a Flower Columbine set on some black cardstock and embossed using Altenew’s Crisp Embossing Powder in Pure White. I added some foam tape to the sentiment strip and tucked my flower and leaves around it. The card needed a little more sparkle so I grabbed some crystals from Pink Fresh Studio. The card front was then mounted on a landscape folded heavy weight card base.

Thank you for stopping by to see my latest card creation. Always remember that there is usually always a way to save something we think we ruined and turn it into a card that will brighten someone’s day!!


Altenew’s All About Layering 1 Class:

September 18, 2020

Hello Crafty Friends!!  So glad you stopped by.  I am thrilled to have been accepted into Altenew’s Education Certification Program (AECP).  I am loving everything I have been learning as I work my way through the classes and setting up this blog.  Altenew has wonderful education classes for all levels of card makers.  Check them out at .        Technology is not my thing so it has taken a little longer than I hoped to get this blog up.  But here we go.

The first class I took for my Level 1 AECP was the All About Layering 1 taught by Nicole Picadura.  Nicole did a wonderful job teaching about looking for points to line up layering stamps perfectly every time.   Floral stamps can be a bit tricky to line up so the tips were very helpful.

I chose the Balloon Flower Build a Flower set for this card.  I love the Build a Flower monthly subscription as it feeds my love of floral stamps and dies.  I have a large collection of the Altenew Mini Ink Cube Sets and used the Rose Petal and Tropical Forest sets.  The ink cube sets save me so much time choosing colors to put together for layering stamps.  After stamping my balloon flowers and leaves, I used the dies that came with the subscription to cut my images.

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I used an acrylic block, a watercolor brush and some Rubelitte ink to add some splatter to the background.

I mounted some flowers and leaves directly on the background and I used foam tape to pop up a couple as well to add some dimension.

Craft foam was used to pop the top panel onto the card base. I love to use heavy weight cardstock, usually 110 lb to 130 lb, for my card bases. A little sparkle is always fun so I added some Lucy’s Cards sequins to finish this card.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and simple card. Have a great day!!

About Me

Hello and Welcome! My name is April and I have been making handmade cards for almost 20 years. I love sending cards to my family and friends. I love the creative aspect to card making and the happiness it brings me. I hope you find some inspiration during your visit. Enjoy!!

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