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