Thursday, February 13, 2020

Season Scene Building Revisited with Altenew

Hello, hello, hello!  I am so excited to share a re-do of one of my class submissions.  I got my Altenew Stamp Set GARDEN GROW in the mail and could not wait to do the card example from the class.  I got as close as I could to the demonstration.  I absolutely love how the card turned out!  I followed the class tutorial, so I won’t be able to give you step-by-step; you'll just have to take the course "Seasonal Scene Building" to see how this fabulous creation was  I think you will really enjoy this class if you take it, it is sooooo worth it!

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Here I am showing the dimension on the frame I created. 
I used my Cricut to create the frame and cut it out 4 times
On this photo I am showing the use of the black and white gel pens.

I used the following Copics to colour my image:
Terra Cotta Potts E13, 15, 17
Red Pot R59, 29, 27 plus Black Gel Pen
Table Pot E43, 42, 41
Ground Pot E53, 51, 50
Plant (Lg) G99, 85, 20 plus White Gel Pen
Table Plant G93
Under Table Plant G93, 95, 97
Blue Pot B91, 93, 95, 97
Sign W7, W4, W0
Ground E44, 43, 42
Table E49, 59
Seeds E49 plus White Gel Pen


Easy Die Cutting Technique

Hello, welcome back,
I am doing two post today for my Altenew Educator Certification Program.   This is the last class for my level I courses.   The class was Easy Die Cutting Techniques.   For my submission I did a partially hidden message card with the inlay technique.   This card started out as a practice to the practice (lol), but once again I was so please with it, I decided it would become the submission.   Another love, love card.    My inspiration was the stamp set packaging.  I didn’t think I would like the orange flowers but the green really made the images pop.
For my card I started with a 3 ¾ x 3 ¾” white card front.  I used Altenew’s Painted Flower Stamp Set.  This is a layering stamp set that includes an outline for each flower as well as layered leaves with an outline image.   It has three different flowers in the set.  I used two of the flowers and all three of the layers to both the flowers.  I used the Warm and Cozy, Golden Sunset, and Green Field mini cube sets to colour the images.   I die cut the word “thanks” from the stamped card front.  I cut an additional three “thanks” in white card stock.  I stacked and glued the three white “thanks” together, then I glued the “thanks” cut from the stamped card front on top of the other three.  I attached the negative portion of the card front onto some green patterned paper (had in the stash for years) cut an 1/8th larger than the card front.  Then I glued the stacked “thanks” back into the negative space of the card front, so it appears to be one piece of card stock again but this time the “thanks” is raised above the card panel. Part of the thanks has the flower pattern and seems to fade into the panel.  I call it a partially hidden message card.  I stamped the sentiment at the bottom using the Jet Black ink mini cube and one of the stamps from the Many Thanks Stamp Set.  I took several pictures to show the dimensions.  This was a lot fun to make.  I think I’m going to do couple more using different layered stamps set and words.   Something I learned from making this card was that, I didn’t like the colours initially, but I kept going with the colours and when I added the green it totally changed the look. 
Stay tuned next up…the level one challenge!

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Seasonal Scene Building

I’m back with another class submission for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  I finished the Seasonal Scene Building class and it was reeeeeally good!  I didn’t have the stamps used but you know I’ve already put my order in…lol.   I am inspired by just about anything French and or Country.  For my  card I chose a fence with a grapevine drape, primarily because these were the only scene building stamp I had on hand.  

With this card I would have normally used my Neenah Classic Solar White #80 or #110.  I ended up using a scrap piece of Georgia Pacific (GP), that I cut down to 4 x 5 ¼” card front.  This card front was supposed to be a demo.  I was just practicing my scene building.  My demo turned out so well, I decided to use if for the actual card.  I used five different Judikins stamps to make the scene.  I stamped the scene using Gina K’s Amalgam ink (it was the closest to me at the time and it is Copic friendly).  I coloured the scene using my Copic Markers.  I used Altenew mini ink cube Aqualicious for the dots and Midnight Violet for the grapes.  I used the Jet Black mini ink cube to ink up the “Hello” greeting from the Halftone Hello Stamp Set as well as one of the smaller sentiments from the same stamp set.  I mounted the card front on to a piece Sand coloured 80# cardstock cut to 1/16th inch larger than the card front.   I mounted the card front onto an A2 sized tent fold card base. To keep the simplicity of the card I left the card flat.  Thanks for stopping by…

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Valentine Challenge

Hello Everyone and Welcome to the Valentine Challenge.
This one is real simple. You just need to create a Valentine's Day card. It can be for anyone or even a pet. Be sure to read the challenge rules before submitting your entry. One winner will be chosen on March 1st by random org generator. You will have one week to contact me and send me your information. If you do not have a blog, you can link to your Pinterest or Face Book.

I am posting a quick and simple Valentine Card to get you started...I can't wait to see what you've created!

To make this card, I started with a piece of #65 white card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4" for my card front.  I used the Altenew Halftone Stencil and applied a light covering of spray adhesive on one side.  If you do not have spray adhesive, you can use a light tack tape to anchor your stencil. Warning: If you use spray adhesive be sure you are in a well ventilated area and follow the manufacture's directions for use. Once the spray adhesive was a little tacky, I put the stencil over my card stock piece.  I used some Black Soot Distress Ink and a ink blending tool to applied some ink.  I used medium to heavy pressure.  The pressure you use will depend on the saturation of colour you are trying to achieve.  I wanted my background somewhat dark.  Before I removed the stencil from the card front, I took a paper towel and wiped the excess ink from the stencil.  I removed the stencil from the card front and Voila! My background is done.  To clean my stencil, I placed the stencil in a suitably sized container with a drop of mild dish liquid and hot water, rinsed it off, GENTLY pat it dry and allowed it to air dry for a short time before I returned it to the packaging.

For the sentiment, I cut out the word "Love" 3 times using some red card stock from my stash and my Cricut Maker.  I glued the 3 die cuts together and adhered them to the back ground.  I die cut a tiny heart with a die I have and used it in place of one of the circles on the back ground.  I trimmed the card front down a little more ( 3 7/8 x 5 1/8") and backed it with some black card stock cut to 4 x 5 1/4".  I mounted the entire card front on to a A2 ( 4 1/4 x 5 1/2") tent fold white card base.   I completed this card in under 40 minutes including the Cricut use.   Alighty now, let see what you got?!

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

Celebrations: Stencil Techniques

Hello my crafty friends!

Today I’m sharing a card I did for the Celebration: Stencil Techniques class for Altenew’s Educator Certification Program.  My inspiration for this card was Altenew’s Classy Stripes Stencil.  I love this stencil!  You can easily change the feel of a card or a scrapbook page with this one stencil. Vertical bars, depending on the colour and saturation, can have a wide range of mood effect from light and fun to dark and dramatic and anything in between.  Using this stencil, I was able to create an adorable country themed encouragement card.  

I started this card by cutting my cardstock a little larger than the 6 x 5 7/8” stencil.   I did this so I could have something to anchor the stencil to.   I use a light (temporary) adhesive spray to cover one side of the stencil.  I followed the directions on the spray adhesive container for setting time.  I use adhesive spray instead of tape to decrease the possibility of the stencil lifting when I’m inking.  WARNING: Read the directions for use and use spray adhesives in WELL VENTILATED areas.
After I am done inking, I place the stencil in light soapy water to clean it.  I placed the stencil on to my #65 white card stock piece (tacky side to cardstock). I used Altenew’s Maple Yellow mini ink cube and a blending tool and started at one end of the cardstock with very light pressure applying a light covering of ink.  As I progressed toward the middle, I used heavier pressure to lay down more colour.  Moving away from the middle of the card (toward the opposite end), I used very light pressure again creating the gradient look.  I rotated the stencil 90 degrees and repeated the same process.   I cut the inked cardstock down so that the most concentrated area of ink was the focal point of the background.  For the flowers I used Altenew’s Daisy Stamp Set.  This is one of the mini layering stamp sets.  There are 3 layers for both the main image and the leaf.   I stamped the Daisies using the Warm Gray Mini Cube Set.  From the Warm Gray set, I omitted the Lava Rock to keep the Daisies light.  and I used the Green Valley Mini Cube Set to stamp the leaves. I left out the Firefly mini cube.  There is no die for the (mini) Daisy stamp set, so I cut them out using my Brother Scan N Cut.  You can also cut them the images out manually.  The sentiment is from the Bamboo Rose Stamp Set.  I used my Misti Stamp Tool and the Evening Gray ink cube to stamp the sentiment several times.  After I arranged the Daisies and leaves, I trimmed the sentiment and adhered them all down with small pieces of double-sided tape.   I added some Fun Foam to the back of the finished card front and mounted that on to an A2 sized side fold card base. 

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