Hello and welcome!
Today I am very pleased to be sharing my final challenge for the Altenew Educators Certification Program in Level 1.
I really enjoyed this challenge as I got to use lots of different techniques and different Altenew products.
Select ANY 3 components from the classes in Level 1 (e.g., layering 1/2, Let it shine, stencil techniques)
~Explain the 3 components that you’ve chosen for the project
~Share design tips (if any)
~Create a His and Her Card Set birthday/graduation/
Each card (with various sentiments) can vary a little bit, but it should have a similar and cohesive theme as the rest of the set.
~Each card set should consist of 4-6 cards
~Also, use one recycle element on a set or its packaging.
~The minimum card number is four (up to 12) per set. You will also design how you package the sets as a gift. Be creative!
~Challenge blog post: Detailed step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video
~Minimum of 10 photos (close-up and process)
Grab a cuppa and enjoy all the photos, process and a video at the end of part 2.
I decided to make six cards in each set and for the masculine cards I chose blues, greens and craft card stock with leaves as a common theme and gold as an accent colour. All the cards are A2 size (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
My designs mainly came from inspiration from 3 Altenew Academy Classes but I actually used more!
1. All About Layering 1 & 2
2. Irresistible Ink-blending Techniques
3. For the Guys
Card 1 - Happy Birthday
This was such a fun card to make! I love ink blending so I blended 3 colours of Distress Oxide inks in Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and Squeezed Lemonade, making sure I overlapped the colours to create a smooth transition between colours and even a third lime green colour where the yellow and green inks blended together. When I was happy with the effect, I splattered some water droplets onto the panel then blotted them with paper towel to life some of the colour as the oxide inks react with water and this created some texture and interest.
To bring in the dark blue colour I cut from scraps from my stash a layering panel using the https://altenew.com/products/leaf-frame-cover-die. I used a spray adhesive to adhere this to the inked background. Next I created the sentiment using the https://altenew.com/products/mega-label-love-stamp-set , stamping it in Versamark embossing ink and applying Nuvo gold embossing powder, heat-setting it and then trimming around each word leaving a thin border. I popped this up with foam tape to give some dimension to the card. For more texture and in keeping with the masculine rustic feel, I added some jute twine I had kept from some packaging. This was just one occasion during this project where I used some recycled material.
Here is a close up photo of the card showing more detail.
Card 2 - Thank You
Card 3 - Hang in There
Again I used kraft cardstock for the card base. I then used some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock to cut the base panel to 4" x 5 1/4". I then used the Angled Mosaic 3D Embossing folder https://altenew.com/products/angled-mosaic-3d-embossing-folder to create a great geometric background. The edges were embossed with Versamark embossing ink and dipped in gold embossing powder and heat-set. I love the speckled/rustic edge this created.
For my focal point, I did not have the correct colour cardstock so I made my own by using Distress Oxide ink in Peacock Feathers and Peeled Paint to rub directly to the cardstock, allow to dry completely then use as a coloured cardstock. This is how I did this:
TIP: Make your own coloured cardstock with the direct to paper technique.
TIP: When die cutting very fine pieces it is best to use a double-sided sticky adhesive sheet on the back before die cutting - I used Stick-It Adhesive sheets for this as it makes it so much easier to adhere to the card, rather than trying to apply liquid glue.
Card 4 - Hello