Monday, April 18, 2022

Altenew Dahlia Bright Eyes


After watching Erum from Altenew color this flower stamp, I just had to give it a try.  This is my first attempt and I really like the way it turned out.  It is by no means as pretty as Erum's!  But for a first attempt, I am happy with it.

I fussy cut the edge, ink blended the edge of an underlying piece of card stock and debossed the inked edge with the Dotted Tile Debossing Cover Die.  A few black splatters and light blue crystal drops were also added.

The sentiment was stamped onto another small piece of ink blended card stock and the sentiment stamped in black.  The sentiment is from the Magnolia Ballerina set.  I also debossed the sentiment for added dimension.

I hope you enjoyed today's card.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Playing With Inks

 It has been awhile since I have posted.  Life happens!  And I am preparing for my final challenge in the AECP.  Wish me luck.  It has been a wonderful journey thus far and I do feel my techniques have improved.

This card came about as I was watching videos on layering stencils.  I don't have many of those in my stash but I did see this Decorative Florals 3D Embossing Folder in my stash.  After embossing it onto white cardstock, I played with my inks by adding them to the embossed image.  I really like the results and did not use any stencils.  I was just careful when adding my ink. The sentiment is from the Tall Foliage set. I did add a few line details with a gold pen.

I hope this short post inspires you to play a little.

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Bleaching Technique

 I was blessed last Saturday to facilitate a class through Bridget Casey.  Many, many thanks to her!  She is an amazing talent as well as a terrific lady!  We all made different projects using many brands of paper as well as different stamps.  Below are just a few of my finished cards using my images made during the class.  

This technique is fun but unpredictable as you never know how your cardstock will react with the bleach,

Each cardstock reacted differently but I think all turned out well.  I may have another class using this technique soon.  But, I still have bleached images left from last Saturday's class to turn into cards!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Magnolia Ballerina

 This is just a fun post to showcase a great Altenew set.  I gold heat embossed this stamp onto vellum several week ago and never did anything else with it.  As I was cleaning my craft space, I found it and decided to make a card.

I colored the images on the BACK of the vellum with water based markers and then adhered my vellum to double sided adhesive.  After die cutting the image, I adhered it to my cardfront.  To make the card front, I applied a wash of matching ink and water to an A2 sized white cardstock, dry embossed it with one of my embossing folders and then applied Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment Ink with a dauber to random areas. I also applied it to the sentiment after die cutting it. I trimmed the protruding petals from the blooms and adhered them to the cardfront as well.

I am very pleased with how this card turned out.  Now on to all the other bits and pieces that I have saved from previous sessions!  

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

AECP-Transcending Tattoo Techniques

 Hello! I hope you are having a great day.  I recently completed another Altenew class and really found this one fascinating.  The instructor, Jaycee Gaspar, researched different tattoo techniques and transferred them into card making techniques.  Not only did I pick up a few card making techniques, I learned a little about tattooing. I will note the tattoo technique that inspired each card as we move along.

The above card was inspired by the tattoo technique called Trash Polka.  I was so intrigued by this that I actually googled several tattoo images-give it a try yourself. I found some truly beautiful artwork. All images were stamped onto a sand colored cardstock from my stash and then adhered to a white A2 card.  The background was partially stenciled using black ink and the Woven Stencil. The circles were stamped in red and the image is from a bicycle stamp in my stash.  I also added black splatters.  The blooms are from the Wallpaper Art set (one of my favorites) and the leaves are from the Darling Rose set.  The sentiment is from the Halftone Happy set. 

Here is a close up of the flower.  I did rough up the edges of my background and lightly ink blend the edges in black to add to the organic feel of the card.

This card utilizes the Loose Watercolor Technique.  After stamping and heat embossing the butterflies from the Painted Butterflies set in black onto watercolor paper, I wet specific areas and scraped dry pigment from the 12 color pan watercolor set onto the wet areas.  I did move some of the pigment around with a wet brush.  I used the same method on another piece of watercolor paper, then stamped and heat embossed the word happy and the sentiment from the Halftone Happy set. The background is dry embossed using the 3D Cloudy Day Embossing Folder.  The clouds were enhanced by adding highlights with white craft ink.

I hope you can see the pigment in the enlargement.  Can you see the variation of pigment? 

This card refers to the tattoo technique called Old School/Graphic Coloring.  To do this, first stamp the outline and then stamp the most detailed layer.  Hand color using your preferred method and use to create your card. I added some splatters and black gems to complete my card.  

The blooms and leaves are from the Always There set and the sentiment is from the Japanese Mum set.  The small white and black images are the tips from the Starry Flowers set.

This card was inspired by the Dotwork/Pen Shading Details technique.  I was slightly intimidated at first, but found it relaxing as I went along. Below is the stamped image prior to any dot work.

I used the Dotted Scales Debossing Cover Die, the Fancy For You Die, and the Just Leaves Dies to complete my card.  The bloom is from the Build a Flower-Gardenia set.

I hope you enjoyed this post and will give this class a try.  

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 10, 2022

AECP-Stunningly Simple Watercolor Techniques

 The journey to become a Certified Altenew Educator continues and so does my learning!  Another great class was just completed.  If you have ever considered taking one of Altenew's many classes, I encourage you to do it.  You do not have to be part of the Educator Program to do so and I assure you that you will love it!  This class is taught by Lydia Evans and simplifies watercoloring.  

This is a sample of no line watercoloring.  For the card base, I ink blended over the Classy Stripes Stencil using Gray Denim ink and then stamped partial images using the Tall Foliage stamp.  The sentiment and bloom are from the Build A Flower-Gardenia set.  

The bloom was stamped on watercolor paper and then colored with purple and blue ink pads. I smooshed some ink from the pads onto my worksurface.  

This card uses an embossed image to "catch" your watercolors.  The raised embossed outlines help to keep the colors from bleeding into each other.  For the background, I ink blended Aqualicious around the edges and left the center mostly untouched.  Using the Garden Trellis Cover Die and a circle die, I cut my cardfront. After adhering it in place, I stamped the sentiment from the Vintage Garden set in black ink.

 Again, the bloom was stamped onto watercolor paper. Ink colors used for my watercoloring were Hunter Green, Aqualicious, Heart Beat and Caramel Toffee.

The focus of this card is the background.  I wet the entire piece and then added my colors and allowed them to blend on their own. The butterflies are from the Painted Butterflies set and the sentiment is from the Tall Foliage set.

If you look closely, you can see that the butterflies have a slight blue tint.  After heat embossing them onto vellum, I ink blended light blue onto the backs.  They are adhered with tiny glue dots behind the gold embossed areas.

The birthday card above used ink smooshing for the background.  The card on the right uses an ombre technique for the background.

This class was fun and I hope to utilize more watercoloring techniques in the future.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 4, 2022

AECP-Layering 3D Dies & More

 Another class from Altenew has done it again!  This class focused on using dies and not stamps.  My plan was to make cards with minimal or no stamping-just using dies.  Let's get started.

I started this card by cutting the Floral In-N-Out Border die from masking paper and adhering it to my card front.  I then used Altenew Alcohol Markers R301, R206, R403 and G702 to color through the openings in the die.  I then removed the masking paper and touched up a few areas.  After using the same die to cut another out of black cardstock, I adhered it to my card front.  The strip along the left side and the sentiment are cut from Dazzling Diamond cardstock.  The sentiment is from the dies for the Majestic Bloom set.  A few crystal gems are added for a tiny bit of bling. I also rounded my top and bottom edges on the right side.

With Valentines Day close, we all could use "love" cards.  I will have to admit, this card got a little messy!  After cutting the hearts and the You Are Loved from heavy white cardstock, I covered them with VersaMark ink.  I then added Red, Black and Silver embossing powders in random order and heat set.  I then added 2 more layers of cardstock to my sentiment.  I had a cover plate in my stash to make the pierced heart background.  After adhering my pieces to the pierced background, I attached it to a red A2cardfront.

This card can be completed in about 10 minutes and is one of my favorites!  I looked through my scrap stash (we all have them) and found some bright, coordinating colors.  I then used the Waterbrush Hello die on each piece.  I adhered them to my cardfront  and then used the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder for dimension.  After this was done, I ran the Antique Gold Pigment Ink Pad over the card lightly.  This card is one that can be used for a wide variety of ages. 

This post was short but these cards were a joy to create.  Until next time-

Happy Stamping!

Altenew Dahlia Bright Eyes

  After watching Erum from Altenew color this flower stamp, I just had to give it a try.  This is my first attempt and I really like the way...