Sunday, February 10, 2019

Altenew's Irresistable Inking

First posts are always the most difficult.  Promises today that more information, cards and creativity will flow as time goes on.  I have been making cards, 3D projects and home decor items for years.  I also dabbled in scrap booking.  In the past year I became a participate in ACEP or (Altenew Educator Certification Program)#Altenew.  I am still a first level.  I have learned so much. I hope to continue to learn and share all my future projects with you.  Today the post will be about the Irresistible Inking class taught by Sara Naumann.   The course has 4 individual classes.  Each one teaches different techniques using inks.  I learned to use acrylic stamp blocks to put ink on paper.  I had never done this before.  It really turns plain paper into artsy looking background paper.  Another technique was ink to paper by inking up a brayer and rolling the ink on.  I incorporated both of these techniques in the card below..  The picture below is of my final card project for this class.

Irresistible Inking
I started by making a classic A2 white card base that is 4 1/4" X 5 1/2".  I choose the Altenew stamp "Peony Spray".  You can find this set at   I cut a layer of gray paper 4" X 51/2" and a piece of white 31/4" X 4 3/4".   On the card base itself I used the brayer and Altenew's Jet Black Ink.  I coated the brayer all the way around and then just rolled it all over the card.  I went in different directions to give it a little more depth (as it turns out you only see a little around the edges)take my word for it, it really looks good under that topper.  Ha, Ha!  Try experimenting with this you will be surprised how nice this turns out.    On the gray cardstock I used the jet black ink again and went around the edges of the piece.  I probably did that a couple times until I got enough of a contrast to show up against the card front.  Then on the white piece I used my 3" X 3 1/4" acrylic stamp block.  Just applied Altenew's Rouge ink to the whole bottom of the block.  Turn the block being careful not to smudge the ink and stamp it centered on your paper.  I also used the same Rouge ink pad to go around the edges of this piece for depth. Using my Tim Holtz stamping platform I stamped my image using Versamark embossing ink.  I added Wow black embossing powder and with my heat gun to create the embossed outline.  This outline becomes somewhat of a barrier so that watercolors don't swim to areas you don't want them in.  I then water colored the image.  For the flower I used Altenew watercolors Cotton Candy and Puff heart.  The center of the flower is Fresh lemon.  As you can see it blended with some of the pink to make a unique color which is what I wanted.  If you don't want that make sure your flower is dry before you add the center color.  The leaves are Forest Glades and Frayed Leaf watercolors.  Once dry I added a ribbon bow and some sequins and a few drops of  Gold Nuvo drops to the flower center.  Craft foam was added to the back on the gray paper for dimension and it was tapped to the card front, centering so you can see some of the inking from behind.  Then I taped the topper, a little off center so the gray layer shows all the way around.   Wahlah the card is finished!  Thank you Sara for sharing these techniques.I am very pleased with how it turned out.   I usually date and initial the back of all my handmade projects.  Remember the only mistake you can make is NOT trying.  Hope you like it and will try making one yourself.

Below are a few  pictures of my work space at different stages of this card making.

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