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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

For The Guys

The focus here today is on creating a masculine card.  I took one of the images from the Altenew Party Time stamp set and created a pattern with Altenew inks.  I originally used some Distress Oxide inks, but the Altenew crisp dye inks worked out much better on the Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I stamped the little accompanying sequin stamps with the blue and green (Mountain Mist and Ocean Waves) to pull in the other colors.  I also put some Wink of Stella on the sequin stamped images. I rubbed the yellow Mango Smoothie ink direct to paper for a back layer.  The sentiment was stamped in Altenew Jet Black from the Painted Greetings stamp set.  I trimmed the yellow layer to fit showing just a bit of color and adhered to the top panel.  Before adhering everything together, I used the Avery Elle Dotted Rectangle die to cut.  I mounted everything to a white card base and Voila!

A Masculine Birthday

Friday, July 6, 2018

A Bit Of Ink Blending

I don't think this photo shows up very well, but there is a light layer of Altenew Lavender Fields ink blended as the base layer on this card base.  I stamped the flower images from Altenew's Botanical Garden in Versafine Onyx Black ink on Bristol paper.  Next I used some small ink daubers in the same colors doing first, second, and third generation stamping to achieve the Bokeh look.  I painted the flower in Lavendar Fields and waited for each layer to dry before doing another.  I colored in the smaller flower images with full strength ink and painted the leaves in zig clean color markers using only the light green.  I wanted the green to be a bit brighter.  I used from green Ranger Enamel Dots to add 'splatter', but then messed up one of the areas with a 'burp' of dots, so I die cut a few lavender hearts to cover the area.  Lastly, I die cut the panel with a dotted rectangle die and adhered it to the lavender base.  Thank you for reading (-:

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Clean And Simple Boutique Cards

Focus today is on a faux letterpress technique.  This particular technique is a bit more labor intensive until you get the hang of it...and also a feel for which inks work best.  I first chose the type of card I needed to send next, chose the colors I wanted to work with, and finally the design.  I used the Altenew Thank You die and cut it twice from 80 lb. cardstock and also cut it from vellum.  I glued these cut die pieces together with zig two-way glue pen and put the vellum at the bottom of the stack. After much experimentation, I chose Distress Inks in Tumbled Glass and Cracked Pistachio.  I took the ink pad and actually rubbed it into the vellum until it was nicely covered in both ink Colors.   Next I set the Big Shot to the embossing folder sandwich position and placed the inked die stack on top of a piece of Bristol paper that I had previously cut with a rectangle die.  I was careful not to shift the inked die cut as I placed it on the Bristol paper and ran it through the Big Shot.  I was so happy with the results, I really love this technique.  Lastly, I white embossed the 'for your hospitality' sentiment from the Altenew Succulents stamp set and cut it out with a scissors and adhered it to the panel.  Lastly, I took the dots from the Altenew Majestic Mistletoe stamp set.  These are little 'dots' are really berries for the mistletoe from this set, but I thought it looked like the perfect size to fill out my card. Oh, as a side note, you can keep this little glued die stack with your die to use it over and over again!  Thank you for hanging with me and reading my post (-:
Faux Letterpress - Lesson 3

Closer Detail