Friday, September 7, 2018

Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Hello out there!  Today I'm posting for the second level of the Altenew Educators Certification Program.  This one is about taking your backgrounds up a notch.  I focused on the inlaid die style and thought I'd try to do a 'double'...that is I used the Altenew Leafy Wreath die and the Altenew Thank You die.  To begin this 5x5" square card I used Distress Oxide inks in Faded Jeans and Broken China, wet painting onto some Bristol Vellum cardstock; when dry, I die cut the leafy wreath.  I then used another plain piece of Bristol and cut that with a 5" stitched square die and cut the wreath from that piece, too.  I used some plain copy paper and adhered it to the back of the plain Bristol.  This gave me a backing to fit my oxide painted wreath into place like a puzzle piece.  I glued it in place with a zig two-way glue pen.  I like the look and was going to just stamp it in black, and that looked nice but I thought I'd 'glam' it up a bit and used some smooth gold paper to cut the 'thank you' words out. I die cut the whole blue wreath/white cardstock panel with the sentiment and adhered yet another piece of copy paper so I could glue the gold die cut thank you into this paper to achieve a totally cool textured inlay look.  Lastly, I needed something to tie in the gold and wanted to used some Nuvo drops, but they just didn't match well, so I used a small paper punch and punched a bunch of these and adhered them to get the 'splattered' look.  I found some blue cardstock that matched the lighter blue and cut it for the 5x5" card.  Thank you for hanging with me and reading this! (-:

Double Inlaid Background

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Irresistible Inking Techniques

Just finished the latest class, 'Irresistible Inking Techniques' in the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  The focus here was on using different ways to use your ink pads and reinkers.  To create this A2 sized card, I masked and stamped the images from the Altenew Build A Flower Anemone stamp set and gold embossed it.  I then used Distress Oxide Ink pads:  Broken China, Wilted Violet, Spiced Marmalade, and Peeled Paint to paint the images.  Once this dried, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings and gold embossed that as well.  To finish the panel off, I splattered some spiced marmalade on it and die cut it with a rectangle die and lastly took some matching cardstock cut just a 'smidge' larger and adhered everything to a Bristol card base so that the whites would match upl 
Painting With Inkpads
I'm also entering this card into the Altenew August Inspiration Challenge - click the picture below to be taken to the challenge.

Altenew August Inspiration Challenge

Saturday, August 11, 2018

One Die Cutting Technique

This is a project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program:  Die Cutting Techniques (Pictures below).

This is one way to use a die that highlights a sentiment.  It's just one technique, and there are so many others, but I liked the look and was playing with a new stamp set from Altenew, Leaf Canopy.  I also used the dies from another stamp set I love:  Altenew Framed.  For the sentiment I used the words 'Thank Your' from Altenew Floral Frames.

To create this A2 card I began by using the solid Leaf Canopy images on Bristol paper.  I stamped them each with two colors of Distress Oxide inks; using a lighter color and then a darker one.  First I just stamped the lighter ink and then directly after, I cleaned the stamp and then inked it with a darker color and sprayed it with water to achieve a watercolor look.  Once this dried I stamped the sentiment and the little curved line image.  I loved the frame that was included with the 'Framed' set and I die cut this image 3 times total, stacking them together and adhering this in place for framing the sentiment.  This gave it a 3D look and it's really pretty in real life.  I then took a piece of cheaper cardstock and rubbed it directly with the distress ink pad to create a matching layer behind the bristol panel.  I adhered everything together at mounted it on some Neenah Desert Card stock.  Thank you very much for hanging with me to read all of the (-:

Stacked Die Frame

Set Of Four Created

Monday, August 6, 2018

Petite Pattern Play

Playing along with Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #332:  Petite Pattern Play.  To create this A2 card I stamped the small bird image from Papertrey Ink's Feather Finery in Hero Art's Wet Cement ink, forming a square on the card panel.  I used Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch distress inks to stamp the smallest feather from this stamp set and die cut the image (I used Wink of Stella on the feather also).  I used the sentiment from Larkspur and figured out placement after playing with the feather die cut, but I really like this one turned out (-:  I adhered this panel to some Neenah Desert Storm used as the card base.  Thanks so much for reading this.

Repeated Pattern Challenge

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Scene Building With Individual Stamps

Hi there, moving right along through the Altenew Educator Certification Program and this lesson focused on scene building.  I must admit that I've seen this technique done many times, but I've never actually done it myself.  For this project I used the Altenew Garden Grow stamp set because I love it and have owned it for awhile but haven't had ideas for how I wanted to use it.  Nichol Spohr used this set in some of the lessons and I was inspired!  I also used my Copics, which I rarely do, so this was really a useful lesson for me.

I first decided that I wanted to build my scene making it appear to be inside of a garden potting shed. I pulled out the Altenew Wood Pallet stamp set and set it aside.  Next I stamped all the different elements, i.e., garden tools, butterflies, snail, and watering can onto some Inkadinkadoo masking paper and die cut them.  Next I built my scene and this was just a delightful process.  Stamping the item that I wanted to be in the front first, applying the mask, and then moving on.  Lastly, I stamped the background in gray ink and stamped the 'Hello' from the Altenew 'Halftone Circles'.  I did not mask the background for the butterflies, but instead made sure to color them over until the gray ink did not show.  I used some Ranger Enamel Drops in a yellow to match the butterflies, die cut the panel with a slanted rectangle die, and mounted it to a Neenah Desert Storm cardbase.  Thank you very much for reading.

Altenew Grow Stamp Set

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Stencil Letterpress Technique

Today's focus for the Altenew Educator Certification Program is on stencil techniques, but I actually saw this letterpress technique on Lydia's Corner and I must say I just loved it so much I ordered these two layering stencils right away.

To create this A2 card I took the basic A stencil and embossed it using the Big Shot in the folder sandwich.  Next I placed the stencil over the embossed cardstock (Neenah Solar White) and inked the stencil with Altenew inks Mango Smoothie, Sunkist, Frayed Leaf, and Forest Moss.  It's not easy to see in this photo, but I only used stencil B on the card at the back.  On that card I used the same colors as A to just give it a deeper color.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from Altenew Painted Greetings and embossed it in gold embossing powder on vellum.  I cut the vellum with some deckle scissors and wrapped it to the back and taped to the back and adhered the finished panel to some yellow cardstock from Michael's.  Thanks very much for reading this.

Dahlia Stencils A and B

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Let It Shine

Welcome to a very humid afternoon in Madison!  Today's focus is on ways to add some sparkle and shine to a project. Now that I'm looking at it, you really cannot see the sparkle on this project thanks to my phenomenal photography skills.  Just so you know I'm not making this up, I used the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen and painted all over this finished card and also used a Pen-Touch Gold pen by Sakura in the center and in select smaller areas in the succulent's tips.  I began creating this A2 card by stamping this gorgeous stamp onto some Canson 140 lb. cold pressed watercolor paper with Versafine Black Onyx Ink.  Once dry, I used my Zig Clean Color Markers in Yellow, Yellow-Green, May Green, and Green to do all of the large areas of these leaves and added water to push the ink around.  I then used some Windsor & Newton Viridian Green, Aureolin Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and Permanent Rose to color the smaller centers.  I mixed some of the Rose and Ultramarine to paint the larger tips of the succulent.  Once everything was dry I added the sparkle.  To assemble this card, I die cut a Stitched Frame from My Favorite Things in a green cardstock from Hobby Lobby that matched the greens in the succulent and popped it up with some fun foam that I also diecut.  I adhered everything to a periwinkle cardbase (this cardstock also from Hobby Lobby) and stamped the sentiment from Altenew's Label Love - cut it out and tucked it behind the frame.  Thank you very much for reading.
Mega Succulent Stamp Set