Inky Creations with April

Sharing my love of handmade cards and papercraftting

March 9, 2021

Hello Crafty Friends! The With a Twist class taught by Therese Calvird had some great ideas for doing something a little different and fun to a card. As I worked my way through the class, I knew I wanted to make this a guy card. This led me to doing something in honor of our son in law who is a fireman.

For this card I used the following:

Therese’s ideas for putting a twist on a card were hard to choose from but I decided I needed to make a shaker card. I loved the idea of a see through shaker card as this allowed me to show more of the images and sentiments from the Firefighter Heroes set.

  • First, I decided where I wanted my opening and chose a circle die for my front white panel. I ran this through my die cut machine.
  • I then took this panel and placed it in the Diamond Stars 3D embossing folder, then ran it through my die cut machine. Follow the directions for your machine’s sandwich for embossing folders.
  • Then I placed this panel on the front of a black side folding card base and drew in where the circle needed to go using the white embossed panel as a guide. I then ran the black card base with the circle die through my die cut machine. Make sure to open your card base so you only cut the front of the card base and not through both the front and back.
  • Next, I added acetate to the back of my white embossed panel and to the front of my card base over the circle openings using a strong adhesive.
  • I added a layer of foam tape to my front panel and carefully poured some of the Charming and Blizzard embellishments in the middle of the circle on the card base. Then I carefully placed the front panel over this paying close attention to line up the 2 circles.
  • I added a cut down white panel to the inside back of the card base so there is a nice white space to write on.
  • Using the Crimson Crisp Dye Ink mini cube I stamped the helmet and fire hydrant on white card stock. These were both cut out using the coordinating dies. I also die cut a helmet out of black cardstock as well.
  • The sentiment for the front of the card was embossed using Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder on black cardstock. Make sure to prep your cardstock by using an anti static bag so you only get embossing powder where you want it.
  • I adhered the stamped helmet on the black helmet allowing half of the black helmet to peak out from under the stamped image. I adhered this to the front of my panel then used some foam tape to pop up the heat embossed sentiment next to the helmet.
  • Next I stamped a sentiment in black on the hydrant. Then carefully adhered the fire hydrant on the inside panel so you could see most of the hydrant in the window of the shaker when closed and made sure the sentiment was in the center of the circle.
  • I then adhered several of the Midnight confetti mix from Honey Bee Stamps around the card.

Guy cards are always a struggle for me but I loved how this one turned out. We are very proud to have a fireman in our family and we are grateful for his service to his community. I hope you enjoyed this card as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you for stopping by. Go out and create something wonderful today.

March 3, 2021

Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to my blog. I always love to learn new ways to use my products and create backgrounds. It is great to be able to stretch products that we have. The Beyond Basic Backgrounds class by Lydia Evans on the Altenew Academy gave so many ideas to create awesome backgrounds. I loved all the ideas I got from this class.

For this card I used the following:

Who doesn’t enjoy a good ombre effect? So I jumped at Lydia’s idea for making our own stencil and blending a beautiful ombre background. I reached for purples for this card which I absolutely love but do not grab often enough.

  • I used a variety of blending brushes as I don’t have a complete set from Altenew yet. Although I highly recommend Altenew’s Ink Blending Tools. I started with Soft Lilac, then Lavender Fields, Deep Iris and finally Midnight Violet Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes.
  • When I finished I removed my stencil and set the panel aside to dry as I would be heat embossing on it. I wanted the ink to be really dry so I didn’t end up with specks of embossing powder all over my panel.
  • While the panel dried, I stamped a couple layers of flowers from the Primrose Layering Stamp & Die Set using all the purple mini inks that I ink blended with. These weren’t at saturated as my ink blended panel so didn’t need much time to dry completely. I also stamped some leaves using Parrot and Olive Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes
  • I grabbed that ink blended panel that I set aside to dry and used an anti static powder bag over the entire panel. I then stamped the outline image of the flowers over all the ink blended flowers. I stamped using an acrylic block so all images weren’t perfect but that was fine with me. After I was done stamping all the images with VersaMark ink, I used Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder from Altenew over it then embossed with a heat tool. My heat tool, that is 18 years old, is started to give out on me, please share with me in the comments which embossing heat tool you use.
  • I did the same thing with my flowers and leaves. I did emboss the flower centers for these individual flower images as well.
  • I then used the coordinating dies to cut out my flowers and leaves.
  • Using Lavender Fields from my 36 pan Watercolor set from Altenew, I created splatter on my background panel and flowers.
  • I cut my background panel down and layered it on a cut down panel of Simon Says Stamp Slate cardstock.
  • Using a sentiment from the Peony Layering Stamp & Die Set, I created a sentiment strip. The stamped sentiment was mounted on Slate cardstock. I then mounted that on my background with foam squares.
  • I tucked my flower images around the sentiment strip using more foam squares. The leaves were then nestled around the flowers and mounted directly on the background panel.
  • The entire background was mounted on a top folding heavy weight card base. I then sprinkled some Arctic Breeze Pearls from Studio Katio around my card for some sparkle.

I had a ton of fun making this card and loved the end result. I chose not to trim the images that were hanging over my card base and will put this card in a larger envelope if needed. Honestly, that small decision took me thinking about it overnight. I hope you got some inspiration from this card and go out and create something beautiful.

February 28, 2021

Hello Crafty Friends! At the beginning of February I received the awesome news that I had passed my Level 1 challenge for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). I am so excited to be continuing on to my Level 2 classes. I took a little time to focus on my picture quality and some slight changes to my blog. I am happy with the progress I made but still have lots of learning to do. However I needed to take some time to focus back on my classes and creating, so here I am with my first post of my level 2 classes.

In the Mood for Color by Stephanie Klauck was very interesting and made me stop and think about how we react to colors. For this card I used:

I choose blues and greens for my card to invoke calm, tranquility as well as soothing aspects. I love that this card is simple and peaceful. Using the watercolor brush markers is still a learning process for me so I grabbed them to get myself more comfortable using them.

  • For the background I used my watercolor brush to put down lots of water all over my background, then applied Sea Breeze Watercolor Brush Marker to it. I let gravity pull it down as well as added more color in a few areas. When I was happy with the results I set this aside to dry.
  • Next I applied a generous amount of water to a couple pieces of watercolor paper ( I have all my papers cut down to A2 size and in a drawer ready to go when needed). I used Limeade Watercolor Brush Marker and Lime Watercolor Brush Marker on these panels to get a nice variety of color and dimension on my final product.
  • I once again applied a lot of water to another panel and very lightly applied some Evening Gray Watercolor Brush Marker to add just a hint of dimension to the flower petals when die cut. You can barely see it in the end results but it does make a slight difference.
  • After all panels were dry, I used my stems, leaves and flower petal die cuts from the Snowdrops Layering Die set to cut lots of all of them. I cut way more than I needed and just put the leftovers in my sleeve with my set for future projects.
  • After assembling my flowers I arranged them plus the stems and leaves on my cut down background panel. When I was happy with the arrangement I glued them all to the background panel. The new Altenew 2 in 1 Precision Glue Pen would be perfect for this. This glue pen is going in my next order.
  • Altenew has great sentiments in all their stamp sets to choose from. I had a had time chosing one. I stamped my chosen sentiment from Playful Plumeria on some white cardstock with black ink. Then mounted that on some slate grey card stock.
  • I mounted this sentiment over the bottom of my leaf and stem cluster with some foam tape. The bottom was a bit unsightly so this was a perfect way to hide that.
  • The Aqua Shimmer Pen added just a hint of shine to all the flower petals. The two different Nuvo drops in Morning Dew and Simply White were the perfect finishing touches.
  • This panel was mounted directly on a heavy weight top folding card base and set aside to dry.

I really enjoyed making this card and loved the feel of it once it was completed. I hope you found a little inspiration from today’s post and go out and create something wonderful. Make sure to check out all of the Altenew Academy Classes on their website. They have a ton of great ones to take. Thanks for joining me.

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!

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.

December 29, 2020

Hello crafty friends! I am finally on my last card for Level 1 of the Altenew Education Certification Program (AECP). If you want to learn more and stretch yourself with card making this program is something to look into. I highly recommend it. This Seasonal Scene Building Class taught by Nichol Spohr is awesome. She is such a talented card maker but her scene building cards are amazing.

Succulents are a favorite of mine. I have a ton of them all over my house, so I grabbed the Be Strong stamp set from Altenew to build my scene. Any set with flowers or plants in pots would work great for this card. I had just received this set in an order so wanted to use it and the succulents are so cute.

This card had some masking involved and Nichol gave some great tips for masking in the class. I also love how she taught us how to lay the scene out with our stamps so we know which ones will be in the front as those are the first ones I stamped in black. I then put my mask over the top of those. I just stamped my mask in some black ink on some masking paper I had on hand but Altenew just came out with their own Masking Paper which will be in my next order. I have seen it used in You Tube videos and I can’t wait to try it. I then fussy cut out my mask before placing it on my images. Be sure to cut on the outside line of the image so your mask doesn’t leave white space when you stamp your next image. I built my scene using several masks to get some tucked behind others.

After stamping all my images including my Hello Friend, I grabbed my 36 Pan Watercolor Set from Altenew and a couple paint brushes in sizes 2 and 4. I only used the 4 to add the shadows at the bottom of the pots. Watercoloring is totally outside my comfort zone. I need to spend much more time practicing and playing with my watercolors but I felt they were perfect for this card. I took several shades of green, orange, brown, pink and red to mix together for the different parts of my scene. I mixed each color until I had what I was looking for for each pot and plant. The mixing of colors was new for me and I loved it.

I cut this panel down and layered it on a side folding Simon Says Stamp Fog Cardstock base with foam tape. I sprinkled a few Satin White Sequins from Altenew over my watercolored panel and that was it.

Although I still have lots to learn about watercoloring and scene building, I really like how this card turned out. I hope it inspired you in some way and you try masking to build a scene on your next project. Have a very Happy New Year!!

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!