Masking is often something that scares people but it is actually really easy. It does require some fussy cutting but the extra effort is so worth it and lucky for me, I love fussy cutting! For my card, I chose to use positive masking techniques and made a mini slimline size card - just for a change!
Friday, April 23, 2021
Another great class which inspired me to create a card using bold colours this time. For this card, I chose the Beauty Within Stamp/Die/Stencil bundle set - one of my favourite sets in my collection!
I began by creating my background using a brayer and some yellow alcohol marker (I have the Nuvo alcohol markers but I'm saving to start collecting the Altenew ones!). I scribbled some colour onto my media mat then used my brayer to collect the ink and transfer it onto the cardstock. I loved the organic look it created.
Heat embossing is what started me on my card-making journey when I was just a teenager and when only a few colours of embossing powder were available and all stamps were only made using wooden blocks!!
This class was such fun! I decided to make the most of the heat embossing technique and chose class 4 as my inspiration - layered heat embossing.
My inspiration for this class came from video 5 and gave me another opportunity to practice my water colouring!
Sunday, April 18, 2021
I really enjoyed all the ideas, tips and tricks in this class. The take home message was that attention to detail is really important in order to take a card from great to fabulous. A big focus was on using coloured pencils which I have enjoyed since childhood. I got the chance to add some great details to my card.
I have been loving all the new Altenew layering stencils. They are such fun and the results are always great. I used the Flower Bunch Simple Layering Stencils for this card. https://altenew.com/products/flower-bunch-simple-layering-stencil-set-4-in-1 . I loved the result after using all 4 layers but to step it up a notch, I used some simple colouring pencils I've had in my stash for years and proceeded to add extra colouring layers, shading and more definition to the floral image.
This is a close up of the completed stencilled image without any extra shading.
WOW! Just look at the difference after using coloured pencils! I was really amazed.
Polychromatic means "multiple colours" which excited me as I love colourful images.
I decided to change the size of my card for this card and made a slimline card. Slimline cards are all the rage currently and I have made a few and have found them a pleasant change from the usual A2 size. As there is more "real estate" on the card front to decorate, this lends itself to being even more creative!
This card measures 8 1/2" x 3 1/2". I began by stamping the large floral image from the new Fairy Tale Florals stamp set https://altenew.com/products/fairy-tale-florals-stamp-set . The main floral stamp is really large and I was able to stamp it on the left side, turn it around and stamp it again on the right side to create a continuous floral image.
I used alcohol markers to colour the images in 3 complimentary colours. I blended each flower and the leaves using 3 shades of the same colour. I find colouring very relaxing.
My chosen technique from this class was the Eclipse technique where you die cut an image or word from the patterned panel then add them back with extra dimension behind the letters/image to create more interest but to still keep the whole pattern complete. I used the solid alphabet dies from the Linea Pathway Solid and Outline die set https://altenew.com/products/linear-pathway-alpha-solid-and-outline-die-bundle and because I was making a slimline card, I was able to easily fit in the word Birthday.
I used my T-ruler to help me space out the letters and make sure that they were lined up in a straight line. When I was happy with the placement, I added a long piece of purple tape across all the letters to keep them in place, then ran the panel through my die cutting machine. I made sure I kept the landlocked pieces from the B, R, D and A letters. I used a black fineliner marker to add a border around the card.
From black fun foam I die cut the same letters and adhered them into the holes on the card base. I then adhered the die cut floral letter back into their correct positions, including the land-locked pieces.
From black cardstock I heat embossed the word "happy" using fine detail white embossing powder, trimmed it and adhered it above the eclipse word with foam tape. I added some iridescent sequins around the card for some bling.
I have always loved the look of watercolour and although I am very new to this technique, this class offered my some wonderful tips and tricks and gave me another chance to practice.
Using the Altenew Precious Peony stamp set https://altenew.com/products/precious-peony-stamp-set I stamped 2 of the images onto a A2 panel of Ninah Solar white 80 lb cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink and then embossing these images with clear embossing powder.
I used Altenew crisp die inks in colours Rose Quartz, Cosmic Berry, Purple Wine, Forest Glades and Evergreen which are water-reactive inks so work really well for watercolouring too! I took my time and started with wetting one petal at a time with plain water using a small paintbrush and then dropping small amounts of the lightest pink into that area and covering the whole petal. I repeated this for each area. When that layer was dry I added darker shades to give more depth and accent the areas where there would naturally be more shadows, like the under side of each petal.
When the flowers and leaves are painted and dry I used a very watered-down was of limestone ink over the whole background. I felt that a light grey wash would contrast nicely with the bright pink flowers.
I added some black ink splatters, cut the panel down by 1/8" on each side and adhered this to a silver cardstock panel A2 size. This was then stuck to a card base the same size.
For the sentiment, I used 2 sentiments from the Delicate Bouquet stamp set https://altenew.com/products/delicate-bouquet-stamp-set. I used some black cardstock from my stash and after using my anti-static powder bag on the cardstock, I used Versamark sticky embossing ink to stamp the words then heat embossed them using silver embossing powder. The sentiments were adhered with foam tape to add more dimension to the card. A few silver gems scattered around the sentiment finished the card off nicely.
TIP: Always use an anti-static powder bag or even a light dusting of cornstarch or baby powder before heat embossing anything so that the embossing powder only sticks to the places were embossing ink has been laid down.
I really enjoyed this class by Therese Calvird which focused on changing things up a bit and creating cards which are a little different to the normal! I was inspired by lesson 4 which demonstrated how to cut your card panel into a different shape, rather than keeping it square.
I used the Altenew Flower Arrangement stamp set for this project. On a 80 lb A2 Ninah Solar White panel I randomly stamped the first 2 layers of the flowers using Altenew crisp die ink in Polar Bear, Winter Lake and Arctic Mountain. For the 3rd detailed layers and the flower centres, I heat embossed these using Versamark embossing ink and silver embossing powder, just for some added interest and a little shine! The leaves were stamped using Altenew Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades inks.
TIP: When stamping a random pattern always start slightly off-centre and continue stamping so that some images are stamped off the page. This gives a more pleasing result and appears as if you have cut your card base from a larger page.
Here is a close up photo of the finished card.
In this course, I learned that the colours we choose often reflect a certain mood. I decided to create a card using a classing rose in the colour red. Red symbolises love, passion and energy so I decided to use the Altenew Kind Reminders stamp set https://altenew.com/products/kind-reminders-stamp-set. I also decided to use alcohol markers to colour my image, concentrating on my shading and depth of colour.
To enhance the classic vintage feel of this card, I used the Altenew Storybook Frame 3D embossing folder https://altenew.com/products/storybook-frame-3d-embossing-folder which creates gorgeous texture. I gently rubbed a gold mini ink cube from my stash over the raised portions to further enhance the design and also allowed small amounts of gold ink to brush over the flat areas and the edges of the card panel to make the card look a little old and vintage. I fussy cut the coloured rose, popped it up on foam tape for extra dimension and bend the leaves a little to give more movement. For the sentiment, I used some rose gold cardstock from my stash, stamped the sentiment in Versafine Onxy Black ink and embossed this will clear embossing powder. I cut a fish tail for extra interest. For the finishing touch I added some small dots of Nuvo gold drops and allowed them to thoroughly dry.
Tip: when stamping on a slick surface such as metallic cardstock or acetate, be very careful not to let your image move after stamping - use a stamp positioning tool if possible. The ink is very likely to smear so in order to prevent that happening I heat embossed the words.
Below are a few close up photos. I used clear Wink of Stella on the rose for added shimmer.
Welcome back to my blog! I passed Level 1 of the Altenew Educators Certification Program and I'm ready to share with you another 10 cards which I have made for Level 2. Some techniques I have tried before but some were new to me but I have found this to be the most fantastic way to stretch my creativity and push me beyond my comfort zone! There will be 10 separate blog posts for each technique. I hope you enjoy each post and find some inspiration from my work.
For this first card, I chose to create a rainbow background using 6 Distress Oxide inks blended onto 80 lb Ninah Solar White cardstock. I then used the Water Bleaching technique to create the design.
When I was happy with this blend I decided to use the Altenew Statement Flowers stamp set https://altenew.com/products/statement-flowers-stamp-set because it is a large floral outline design with lots of open spaces which would allow the background colours to still show up well.