Sunday, March 17, 2019

AECP Level 1 Challenge

My Challenge - Level 1

Create a HIS and HER encouragement/birthday project.  

Masculine cards are always a challenge for me, so I decided to tackle it first.  It took some serious planning since I don't really own any Altenew Stamps and Dies that are masculine.  Most of the Altenew stamps I own are flowers.  So...I decided to do a gear theme.  All of Altenew's Certification classes are fun and easy to follow.  I enjoy each one of the ten in Level 1.  The three that influnenced this card are: 
  1. Let it Shine - Sparkle tape and Nuvo drops were outlined to create dimension to a card.
  2. Irresitible Inking -Highlighted the use of several different techniques for creating backgrounds and dimension.
  3. Layering 1 and 2 - So many ways to create layers using inks , die cuts and more.  They are  must take classes for everyone (whether you want to be be a Certified representative or just enhance your stamping skills.
Below is the finished card. 

Level 1 - Masculine

I used my Silhouette Cameo 3 to create some gears and shapes.  I then cut them out of 2 shades of gray and black.  This gave lots of pieces to choose from for the card.   I needed a background piece so I used my brayer.  I rolled the brayer one at at a time using two shades of gray (Altenew's Limestone and Silverstone from their Rock Collection).  Then I used my acrylic stamping blocks.   I applied Black ink to one side of the block and put it on paper just like I would if I used a regular stamp.  I placed different size blocks in different directions for eye appeal.  Below are pictures taken through the stages of  this card creation.   I hope you like it.


All my pieces

Brayers and Inks

Acrylic block stamping
Finishing touches
I finished this card with three Red Nuvo Drops (I felt I needed a pop of color so I used the red drops and a red verse.) I also added glitter tape to the side front.  The verse is from Altenew's Painted Greetings set and I stamped it in Velvet.  Then mounted it on gray cardstock.  I popped it up with foam tape. 

Altenew offers many different classes on their website (  You will also find most of the supplies I used in this project.  Please go to the site and wander around.  If you need inspiration it is a great place to visit.

Challenge Level 1 - Hers

 I wanted to do something totally different for my HERS card.  There are so many beautiful Altenew floral stamp and die sets.  It was difficult to pick one so I didn't I used three.  Flower Vine, Spring Daisy and Sentiment is from Celebration.  There are lots of different colors in this card.  Inks, markers and blenders were used.

Colors used:
  1. Pocketfull of Sunshine
  2. Green Meadows
  3. Warm and Cozy
  4. Red Sunset
  5. Black 
Below is the finished HERs card:
Finished Card
My inspiration for this card came from the Layering 1 & 2, Easy Ink Blending and Easy Die Cutting classes.

After choosing stamps, dies and colors  I moved right into stamping the layered Spring Daisy and Leaves.  I used the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform to align my layers.  Alignment is a key to the layers.  It takes practice and I am still learning simple little tricks like using the guides provided with the stamps and also creating a little cheat mark on the paper before going to the next layer.  You can erase those marks after stamping.  Someone once said that "There is only one mistake you can make when creating "NOT TRYING".  Just step in and begin. Every little thing you see is what makes your card, your one of a kind hand made card!!!  Mine certainly aren't perfect but I learn something new every time I sit down and create.
Stamping Platform
Some of the pieces in this card are Die cuts and some are fussy cuts.
Stamped Images
I cut a top piece for this card from White Medium weight (80 Lb.) cardstock.  This topper has a half circle cut into the side.  I wanted to angle my flowers around the opening.  I used my inks (Rouge, Blush and Orange Cream) with a paint brush and water.  I stamped the mini-ink pad on my Teflon sheet and sprayed it with water.  Picked the liquid up on my brush and splattered the piece.  I also used my round blender and ink to blend the area that would show under the topper.  The blending picks up the colors in the flowers.  I assembled the pieces a few times before I liked it and then I glued and taped the pieces down.  The topper and the verse are popped up using foam tape.  Then I added three black Nuvo drops for dimension. 

Assembling pieces
Challenge Level 1 Both cards
What a fun Challenge this was.  I stretched my skills for sure.  Learning and using what you learn is what Altenew is all about.  Please check them out you won't be sorry!!!  #Altenew; #AltenewAcademy; and


  1. These cards look good! I can tell you worked really hard to create these!
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. I love your write-up and descriptions! Please keep up with your excellent work!

  2. You did a wonderful job! The write-up and process are awesome! I would love it if your photos are slightly bigger (you can change size with your blog setting--just right click on photo and you can adjust/select size). Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!


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