Saturday, July 11, 2020

In the Mood for Color

Hello and welcome back to my blog.  Today, I am sharing my In the Mood for Color card for my Altenew Educator Certification class.  In this class we went over different colours and the moods that are commonly associated with them.  My favorite colour is Red.  For me, the colour red represents life, love, faith, hope, and strength.  Most often we associate the colour red with love, like on Valentine’s Day or a relationship Anniversaries (marriage, dating).  Either way you cannot go wrong with red. 
My card was totally cased from class project video.  I absolutely loved this card when I saw it!  I know the card was meant for me to do because I had everything the instructor used to make her card…lol.  
I started with a A2 sized (4 ¼ x 5 ½ “) white card front, 80# cardstock.  I used Altenew’s Vintage Roses stamp set.  This is one of my first stamp sets and one of my favorites.  This is a 6 x 8” layering stamp set with loads of images and a couple sentiments.  This stamp set creates beautifully detailed roses with foliage in a couple different sizes.  Altenew has several different colour mini cube sets in the red family.  I used the Tea Party Mini Ink Cubes (my favorite) for the roses and Green Fields for the foliage.  I don’t want to give away too much detail in how I created the card.  I think It is so worth it to take the course and I do not want to spoil your fun and excitement.   I will say that I stamped the layered images, then I masked all the stamped roses before I started on my branches.  I created a border that tied in with the main image, added a little detailing to connect the border strip with the main image.   The sentiment is from the ever popular “Label Love” stamp set, this is another definite must have stamp set! The black background with the outlined sentiment can dress up or dress down any card.  I stamped the “love you” with Obsidian Pigment Ink.
Once all the stamping was completed, I adhered the card front and the border strip to a gray A2 card base and added some clear cup sequins in a couple areas.  I left in the inside blank for now.  What a beautiful card!
For more information on card making, scrapbooking, or if you are interested in the Altenew Educator Certification Program, visit Altenew here.  

Altenew Products used in this card:
Obsidian Pigment Ink 


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Hello, I hope you are all staying safe and feeling well during these most challenging times.  Thank goodness we have crafting!  Today, I am posting my card for the Altenew-AECP Level II course Beyond Basic Backgrounds.  This is a quick and simple card.  To create my background, I started by inking some white card stock (CS) with Altenew’s Glacier Caves Mini Cube Set.  I used blending brushes to lay down my colour.  I used all four colours in the set to create an ombre effect.  I took my time with the blending to make sure the colour gradient transition was smooth (no harsh demarcation lines).  Once the CS was inked, I used Altenew’s Shutter Cover Die to cut out my piece.  The die cut is a little smaller than a A2 size (4 ½ x 5 ¼ “) card.   I used a glue pen to apply adhesive to some areas on the back of the inked die cut and then adhered it to the card base.  Since I started taking Violin lessons just recently, I thought this would be a perfect time to use Altenew’s Treble Love Die.  This die set comes with three metal dies, a Treble Clef, the sentiment “love you”, and a staff.  I cut out the Treble Clef and the “love you” twice in black CS.  I doubled-up each piece to make them a little more durable.  I added some tiny (and I do mean tiny) pieces of foam tape to the back in a few places and adhered them to the front of the card. I let the Cover Die parallelogram bars represent the staff.   Here are a couple photos of the finished card, for now the inside is blank.

Altenew products used to create this card:
Treble Love Die Set 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Impressive Heat Embossing

Hello Everyone, welcome back to my blog.  Today, I am sharing two little Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) that I created for my Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) class Impressive Heat Embossing.  For more information on the program click here Altenew.

I knew I was going to water colour, so I started by cutting two pieces of Strathmore Cold Press 
water colour cardstock to ATC size 3 1/2 x 2 ½”.  I applied some anti-static powder to the surface of both the little card fronts.  I used some Versa Mark ink to imprint the images on the card fronts.   On both the cards I used white embossing powder.  Then I heat set the images using my (standard) heating tool.  For the “hugs” card I used the Altenew Dearest Friend stamp set. The Dearest Friend stamp set is a 6" x 8", high quality photo-polymer, clear stamp set containing 17 stamps total.  This stamp set contains floral, greenery, greetings and sentiments. Oh yeah and don’t forget the Dearest Friend matching die for the two floral images.   I created the colouring using a moderate amount of water and Gansi Tambi water colours (yellows and oranges).  After I finished the water colouring, I helped the drying process using my Tim Holtz heating tool (this has less concentrated heat than a standard heating tool).  If you don’t have the Tim Holtz heat tool, you can leave to images to dry in room air or use your standard heating tool but, I would make sure you have quite a bit of distance between the heating tool and the image to avoid warping.  To further minimize warping, once the images where dry, I placed them both between the pages of a very heavy book and put another heavy book on top of that and left them overnight.   I cut the “hugs” twice using a small Momenta die, one in white and the other in light blue.  I wanted the hugs to really stand out from the background, so I off-set the two “hugs” and then popped them up on some foam tape. It also brings the eye directly to the embossed image.

For the Sending Love & Hugs ATC, I followed the same process as I did for the “hugs”.  This time I used Altenew’s Breezy Bouquet stamp set and the sentiment is an Altenew exclusive gift stamp set called "Best Sentiments".   The Breezy Bouquet stamp set contains 12 stamps.  You get images to create a stand-a-lone floral image, a bouquet in a vase, or a wrapped bouquet.  You also get words and phrases in a beautiful soft font. And just in case you really want to impress the recipient, you can cut out some of the images with the Breezy Bouquet matching die!  I used my Gansi Tambi water colours, in greens, browns, reds.  I stamped the greeting with Gina K’s Amalgam ink.

See you next, Joyce

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Creative Watercolor Media Cards

Good Evening Folks,
Today I am sharing my assignments for the Altenew  Creative Watercolor Media Class.  I used my Altenew Crisp Dye Ink cubes to color both cards.  I love, love, love water colouring.  I did an A2 size birthday card and a 4 x 4" any occasion note card.   After I finished the birthday card, I sealed the water coloring with some Tim Holtz Micro Glaze.  If something is spilled on the card the colors will not run.  For information on

For the Birthday card, I started with Arches Cold Pressed Water Colour (WC)  card #140, cut to A2 size.  I dusted the WC card stock with my anti-static pouch first.  I used my Altenew Peony Bouquet stamp set and Versa Mark ink pad to stamp the outlined images in random places on the card front.   The Peony Bouquet Stamp is a 6x8* layering set.  There are nine images and each has it own layer or set of layers.  Including the layers you get 24 total images.  This is a excellent stamp if you want to practice layering.   I used Gold embossing powder and my heating tool to set the images on the card front.   The Gold embossing not only adds to the dimension of the image when water colouring but, it also acts as a barrier to keep the water colours from mixing and causing an uncontrolled muddy appearance.   I coloured the images and background with the following Altenew Crisp Dye ink cubes: Citrus Burst, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Eastern Sky, and Ultramarine.  After I finished with the images,  I did the background in small sections at a time by adding a little water to the WC and washing the background in colour.   This card took a little while as I was trying to get some detail in the flowers in the leaves. 

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Altenew Products used in this card:
Peony Bouquet Stamp Set
Summer After Mini Cube Set
Tea Party Mini Cube Set
Lapis Lazuli Mini Cube Set
Green Fields Mini Cube Set

The Blessings card is a 4x4" not card (blank inside).  I followed the same process as above for the colouring with WC.  I used Ruby Red, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Paper Bag, Espresso, and Sweet Leaf. I got the majority of the color choices from Yoonsun Hur from Rejoicing Crafts.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts DC212 Blessing Stamp & Cup.  I cut the image twice with white card stock, once with Gold card stock and glued all 3 pieces together to give the sentiment some depth.

Altenew products:
Peony Bouquet Stamp Set
Tea Party Mini Cube Set
Coffee Break Mini Cube Set
Green Meadows Mini Cube Set

Well, that is it for now, until next time...


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Altenew Gift Stamp

Hello All,
Welcome back to my blog.  Today I want to share a card using a personalized gift stamp set from Altenew.  This is a 3 x 4 inch, high quality photo polymer stamp set that comes with 2 stamps.  You have the main image, which is a single layer, outlined, double flower with leaves, and the personalized stamp with my name.  It is a beautiful stamp set. I don't know what I did to receive it, but I appreciate it so very much.  Thank You Team Altenew!  I couldn't wait to play with it.  I went right to work and made a little 3 3/4 x 4 3/4 inch Thank You card with a matching envelope.

To make the card, I used #80 Neenah CS cut at 3 1/4 x 4 1/4.   I stamped the image with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured the pedals of the flower with Copic Markers R89, 59, 46, 29, 27, and 24.  I left the leaves, center, and stamen white for more dramatic affect.  I used Copic Markers C3, 2, 1, 00, and the Colourless Blender to lift the flowers off the CS and add a little shadow.  I used Altenew's Many Thanks Stamp Set and Obsidian Pigment Ink to stamp the sentiment inside and outside.  I also stamped a portion of the flower image in the inside of the card but left it uncoloured.  I did the same for the matching envelope.   I created a custom envelope (for the non-standard base card size) with the help of my Punch Board Envelope Maker app (for I-phones) and the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.  I mounted the card front on to some Dark Heritage Gray 65# CS (from JoAnns) and then mounted that on to my card base.   This was a quick and simple but elegant Thank You, easily reproduced and even faster if you scan the card front into your computer (Of course I didn't think of that until just now...duh me).  

Some more great news...I passed my Level 1 Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) challenge on the first attempt (God is good)!  It's on to Level 2.  Well, that's it for now, I hope you enjoy the photos of my Altenew Thank You card.  Until next time... 


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