Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Masking Unleashed

AECP Level 2

It is a beautiful hot summer day in Florida!  The clouds are big white and fluffy.  I hope you are all crafting close to a window so you get inspiration from the sunshine!  

Oh My Goodness I can hardly believe that Masking Unleashed is my final Level 2 AECP (Altenew Educational Certification Course).  Masking is a skill that enables you to place items so that they can over lap each other without over lapping design details.  Below are two of the cards I did using masking techniques.  If you have never used masking I would suggest that you go to www.Altenew.com look at the education tab and sign up for this class.  Try it you'll like it!!!

For the yellow flower card I used the Spring Daisy and Life is beautiful stamp and die sets.  You can find these sets and more at www.Altenew.com.  The mini inks I used are from the Golden Sunset, Delectable Delights, Frayed Leaf and Forest Green. I stamped the outline for the center flower with the Altenew Black permanent die.  I then used a flower die cut from masking paper to cover it up and stamped the outline of the two outside flowers.  I covered all three with masking die cuts to protect them and stamped the leaf outlines.  Then I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner of the card stock.  Masking paper has a light adhesive on the back of it to hold it in place while you stamp over it.  I helps protect the item or items that were stamped first.  I then went back and did the layers of the flowers and leaves masking as I went along.   I removed all the masking and mounted the card front to a piece of black card stock and then glued that to the card front.  I stamped three butterflies and used markers to color them. I added Three gold sequins for dimension.   It makes a nice summertime card for any occasion. 
For the second card I first stamped all flowers using masking tape as I went along .  My flowers and leaves are all two layer stamping.  Mini Inks Golden Sunset, Glacier Caves, Tea party and Tropical Forest were used to color this card.  I added my leaves using the masking process. I used masking on all the stamped images and added the vase stamped image.  I stamped the sentiment in the bottom left corner and splattered the background with blue and black ink.  I die cut one of the rose colored flowers and two leaf sets and mounted them using foam tape for a little dimension.  I didn't care for the card just flat on the card front(my personal preference).  I added a dark blue card stock  to the back and glued the whole thing to the card front.  I then added Nuvo drops and some Wink of Stella to the flowers and the leaves.  This is a multiple use card.  Birthday, Get Well, Anniversary etc. 


These were so much fun to make.  Even those this is the last class from Level 2 there will be more posts to follow.  I will continue to share what I've learned and am learning in hopes that some of you will follow in my path.  If I can answer any questions please leave me comments and questions.  #lindashellerhuffman; #Altenew; #AECP
Have a wonderful weekend.

Magical Markers

Certification Class

I'm so excited I have just completed the last two of the Level 2 Certification Classes at Altenew!  Magical Markers is the first of the two.  These classes are so educational, inspiring and just plain fun!!!  I know that everyone isn't interested in becoming certified but taking classes, any classes at Altenew is an experience you should try.  

Time to move onto my card projects for the Magical Marker Class.


Most of my inspiration for these two cards came from Day 3 and Day 4 of this class.  I don't always find markers to be my go to for card making.  This class taught me how to take advantage of markers in my artwork. 
I started by splattering my card background on the top of my card base.  I used blue and black ink splatters.  I attached a piece of blue and white card stock to the bottom of the card front.  I stamped the sentiment in Altenew permanent black Crisp Ink and attached it to the bottom left side of the card front.  I tied a piece of twine around the top of the blue and white paper on the bottom.  Next I stamped my flower and leaf outlines on vellum and colored them with markers.  The Stamp and die sets I used were Build a Flower Japanese Mum and Beautiful Day.  Both sets are available on the Altenew.com website.  The Marker sets I used were Cool Summer Night (3 shades) and Green Fields (2 shades).  Die cutting the flower and leaves came next and arranging them on the card front.  I used an Altenew drop for a pop of color in the center of the flower and Nuvo drops for dimension.   

The pink card is a lot of the same thing from the card above but the arrangement is a little different.  I hope you enjoy the difference the color changes make in my cards.  



Creativity doesn't always come at the drop of a hat.  For me especially when it's a marker challenge.  I learned not to be blocked by insecurity.  Just jump right in and try.  It takes practice!

I hope you have a great day and try making a card or two using Altenew markers. 
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Friday, July 5, 2019

Class - Impressive Heat Embossing

Altenew's Heat Embossing Class


Wow! What a fun class taught by Svetlanna Marchenko.  This class is loaded with great information and lots of techniques!!!  If you get a chance to sign up for this one it is really good.  I've stamped for a long time but there is always something to learn.  I started these cards by stamping the outline with embossing ink and powder.  Then I heat embossed with a heat gun.  The next step was to water color the pieces.  I have to say that when I started the water coloring of the flowers I didn't like my first layer.  As I started to add more color and move it around with water I began to really want to see more.  The rose and orange flowers on the green card was my first. I like this card a lot except for the placement of the leaves.  I thought I could place all my elements on the first layer all at once.  Well....I can't.  I should have definitely done the flowers first then masked and done the leaves.  My card has the leaves floating out in empty space instead of connected to the flowers.  Lesson 1 learned!  When I got to the lavender cards I had an issue with my die cuts.  The die pulled up some of the white embossed portion of the element.  Two things here...first my die must have been a little off the line, second I think if I maybe used a piece of wax paper between the die and the image this wouldn't have happened.  But oh my goodness did I have fun!  Die cutting, water coloring, placing the elements, deciding on the backrounds, adding the splattering and adding the Nuvo drops.   The Altenew stamp and die set is the Build a Flower Dahlia. You can see this set at www.Altenew.com.  Go Explore the site.  You'll find a ton of inspiration and lots more product to choose from.  Hopefully you have some carding making going on this weekend.  I do!!!  
Above is a picture of tree of the cards I made after taking this class.  You can see that color changes the whole look of a card.


I really hope you enjoyed my blog and pictures!  Please leave me a comment if you have any questions!  Have a wonderful weekend.
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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Altenew Color Your Day

Altenew Level 2

Good Afternoon everyone.   It is a warm sunny day here in Florida.  I guess the weather is so pretty I'm having a little trouble being motivated.  I thought maybe writing my blog would inspire me to share good things with you.  

Theresa Calvird taught this Color Your Day set of six classes.  She shared so many helpful trick and tips.  One tip was " embossing powder sticks to water as well as it does to embossing ink".  This was a real new one for me.  It works.  Try splattering  water on your card stock with a paint brush and sprinkle the drops with embossing powder.  Then heat with an embossing gun like you normally would, Wala...it is great new look!

My first card today is from Class #3 How Much Color.  The Stamp Set is Altenew's Build a Flower Japanese Mum.  The back ground is three shades of gray and one shade of blue from the Altenew ink sets Rock Collection and Glacier Caves.  Plus some black.    For the background I used the mini ink pads and spread ink on a large acrylic block.  Then I sprayed the block with water.  I turned the block upside down and stamped the paper.  I got a blended kind of splattered look (which I didn't like at first).  I let that paper thoroughly dry and added some splatters of gray.  I set it aside again to dry,  I moved to stamping my mums.  The outline is black the first layer was the littlest shade of gray and the next one was a little darker shade.  The last layer is Arctic Blue.   The classes suggest to try a 70/20/10 ratio of color.  My 10% is black, the blue is 20% blue and the 70% is gray.  I layered  the card base with a light gray paper to frame my top piece.  I die cut the flowers and the leaves using the matching dies and mounted them using liquid glue and foam tape for dimension.  I then add three different size Black Nuvo drops in a triangular shape.  I hope you like it.  


The second card is from Class # 5 "Changing it Up".  The card base is white card stock with a black framing layer and then the top layer is and olive green.  Altenew's Flower Vine Stamp and die set was used to create the floral vine.  It is stamped in black ink and then colored in using prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I added a half circle in a light green and then the vine.  Then I added the sentiment.  I die cut two white layers and one yellow and  glued them together for a dimensional sentiment and glued it to the card front.  I added three clear drops to the card front.


For my third card I started by using the Altenew Square Weave Pattern Stencil.   I used Honey Drizzel Ink and the Tim Holtz blender to add the pattern to the card base.  The Stamp and Die set for this card is the Altenew Flower Arrangement.   The flowers and leaves are stamped in inks from Sweet Dreams and Spring Bouquet.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I used foam tape to adhere the flowers and leaves for a dimensional look and three blue Nuvo drops.   


Well, I hope I was able to peak your motivation so you will try these too!  Have a great week!!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Level 2 Beautiful Details

Three Creations

Good morning everyone!  Hope your day is extra special! 
The first of my three projects is from the Beautiful Details class "Artistic Flowers".  A very interesting class taught by Marika Rahtu.  She really challenges every participant to think outside the box when working with stamps.  The stamp set I used is Etheral Beauty.  I only used one of the leaves from this set to build my flowers.  I started with Altenew's Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I stamped the leaves three or four times with Pure Graphite ink before re-inking the stamp to achieve several shades of one color.  Imagine just a simple little leaf stamp creates such a pretty flower with a ton of dimension.  The ink is from the Altenew mini set "Rock Collection.  Once my flowers were stamped I went in with my black micron pen and added some outlines and stems.  Can you imagine what they looked like before the outlining?  The flowers themselves actually tell you what to add as you go.  Just try it once and see for yourself.  I added a sentiment stamped in Pure Graphite from the Build a Flower set Coral Charm.  Then I added Nuvo drops.  Don't you know when I want all the drops the same size its hard to do but when I don't want them all the same it was even harder!  I am practicing these drops and working toward being able to create lots of different sizes.  I then glued the card top to the dark gray card base and added a slim strip of black paper to the bottom of the card front.  I will be adding this technique to my future projects.  I hope you like the finished project! 


The next project is from the Detailed Leaves class.  Again I used the Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I splattered the background using three shades of gray.  I set it aside to dry.  Beautiful Day is the Altenew stamp set I used for the leaves and the flowers.  I used white card stock for both.  The leaf coloring is three shades of Spectrum Noir markers.  And again I used my micron pen to sketch the lines on the leaves.  The flower was stamped with black ink.  Both images were cut using the matching Altenew dies.  I glued the card top to the dark gray card base I then added the leaves.  I used foam tape to add the flower for a pop up.The sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock and attached to the bottom right of the card.  Then I added crystal clear drops to the front of the card.

The last card today is from the Soft Daisy class.  The card topper is white with three shades of  of yellow and orange splatters ( I think I used a little too much splatter on this I might go a little less on the next card).    I cut a square window and added black dots all around the outside to give it a stitched look.  I added foam tap to pop up the window.  The stamp set is Spring Daisy from Altenew.  The sentiment was stamped in black directly to the topper.  The daisy and the leaves were embossed on vellum using a clear embossing powder.   They were both colored on the back using Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  This was my very first vellum project.  I think I was just scared to try it.....but Marika showed me the way.  If you have been holding back with Vellum....Try it You'll like it!  Now I will use this technique again and again.  I added some clear rain drops and dots to finish the card.  I can truly tell you that I learned a lot from these six classes.  All the Altenew classes are challenging and fun.  

Again I am thrilled to share my projects with you.  I hope you will share yours with me.  Have a wonderful week.  #Altenew;#AECP



Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Level 2 AECP Classes

Level 2 Polychromatic

It is Tuesday May 28.  The start of a new week after Memorial Day.  I trust that you all enjoyed your extended holiday weekend.  It seems like no matter what I do I always seem to start my productive day at 11AM.  Whether it is an early shower and picking things up form the day before or doing laundry etc.  I am ready to go at 11AM.  I will be working on  getting my act together earlier (that's retirement for you)!  Today's post will feature three cards I made as a result of the Polychromatic class taught by Nina-Marie Trapani.  I learned so many things from this set of 6 classes and I will share some of those things with you.   The focus of this class was color....using several different tools. 

I chose a purple card stock for my first card.  To create my background I used the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew.  This set has multiple layers for stamping but I only used the outline stamp for this.  I stamped the outline in Altenew's Hydrangea ink.  Markers were used for the detail coloring.  Always start with the lightest color then darker to create your layered look. So I used a light lavender shade from my Spectrum Markers for the lighter dimension on my petals.  Then I used a darker shade of lavender for the folded edges of the petals.  I also went back to highlight the edges with a white colored pencil from Prismacolor.  What do you think?  Do the flowers look like they are popping off the paper?  I used a black micro pen to color the stamen.  The sentiment is on Altenew's Reflections Paper Pack and white cardstock.  Doesn't "Bloom with Joy" seem to go with this card?  I added sequins and three lavendar Nuvo drops to embellish it.



My second card is a simple "Hello"  which I hope anyone would like to receive.  This one is a little more complicated in that it requires a few more steps and tools.  The background is white 110 Lb card stock.  It is spattered with three colors of ink.  The floral section was done the same way the 1st card was done but I ran Hello through the die cutting machine and removed the card stock above the die cut.   I set the die cut word aside for future use and die cut hello out of the base purple and two times out of white.   those pieces were stacked and glued together.  The back ground piece was glued to the card and the Hello was fit into the die cut space.  I added a sentiment directly to the card and then some clear drops for dimension.   



Then I thought I might try working with a watercolor background in the pretty yellow and orange colors from the Altenew Golden Sunset ink group.  I used three shades from this set.  I used the darkest shade to color the edges of this layer.  Then  I stamped two layers of the Build a Flower Hyacinth onto a wet card stock let it dry and then two layers of green on the stems.  After drying I stamped the image with a black layer of dimension (not an outline) and die cut both images.  I heat embossed the sentiment in white on black card stock.  The watercolor cardstock was glued to the orange card base. The flowers were attached using one layer foam tape.  The sentient used two layers of foam tape.  I add yellow and orange Nuvo drops for dimension.  

My conclusion is that every class I take I learn many things.  Every card I make I learn even more!  Practice Makes Perfect!  Not that there is such a thing as a perfect card but working towards perfection is what it is all about!  You can find all kinds of inspiration on Altenew.com
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Saturday, May 11, 2019

Level 2 AECP Classes

CREATIVE WATERCOLOR MEDIA


Mother's Day is Sunday so I thought I would catch up my blog with the latest cards I made for Creative Watercolor Media.  This set of classes was taught by three very talented instructors Jennifer Rzasa, Debbie Hughes and Laura Basson.   Such fun classes using different tools for water coloring.  These classes were a challenge for me because I don't own any sprays and my only reinker is black.  So I improvised using my mini cube inks.  My first card is from lesson #3 .  It is my first shaker card.  I love creating something I haven't done in the past.  The back ground was done using Canson 140 lb. watercolor paper.  I blended three colors from the Golden Sunset mini inks.  Using Garden Grows  and Life is Beautiful stamp set I stamped images using Permanent (we don't want the ink to smear or spread when using water) Black Altenew ink.  Then I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils and blender to color the images.  The window shaker came from Queen and Company.  The flowers on the frame are two step stamping with Sunray, Velvet and Rouge mini inks..

I'm leaving the first construction picture smaller because I didn't realize the photo was a little blurry and I can't go back and take it again.  I'm learning.....  This photo is just to provide a look at the process of things like fussy cutting, embellishment layout and tools.
  
Here is the finished card.  I am so proud of how it turned out.



I created two more cards.  Using info I learned from Jennifer Rzasa in Class #4 Ink Sprays.   For these cards I needed to improvise because I  don't own ink sprays.  I used my mini cubes and water to create splattered back rounds with two shades of ink.  The stamp and die  set is Peony Spray.  I used three shades of ink for the leaves to make a loose watercolor image.  Both flowers are popped up using foam  squares.  I also used three ink colors for the flowers.  On the pink card I fussy cut images from Altenew's Reflections Paper Pack for my embellishments. On the green card I used Black Nuvo drops.  Two cards that are very similar and yet different.



 Happy Mother's Day to any of you who are Mother's!!!!  And Happy Weekend to all of you!!!!

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Masking Unleashed

AECP Level 2 It is a beautiful hot summer day in Florida!  The clouds are big white and fluffy.  I hope you are all crafting close to a w...