Monday, April 29, 2019

Level 2 Altenew Classes

With A Twist

With a Twist is the third class of ten in the Altenew Education Certification Program taught by Theresa Calvird.  There were six classes in this section.  I have created several cards and will be sharing three of them.  I really enjoyed doing all three but do have my own favorite which I will share first.  

The favorite card was a result of class #6 Die Cut With a Twist.  Hope you like it.

This is a standard A2 card (4.25"x5.5").  I used 110 lb white card stock for the base.  This is a top fold card.  Altenew's Bamboo Rose Stamp and Die set were used.  Below shows all the flowers I stamped and colored.  I used Altenew mini inks, water and a brush to water color the flowers and leaves.  All the flowers were stamped with the permanent black ink first and then water colored with the Red Sunset mini group inks.  For the leaves I used the Tropical Forest mini inks.  You can see I stamped a lot of flowers.  What I don't use I will have on hand to use on another card.

The next step was to die cut the flowers using my Gemini Junior cutting machine.   This takes a bit of time, but well worth it.  I used blush and olive inks to splatter tiny drops to the the card top.  Then the fun begins.  

Placing the flowers to the card top making room for the stamped sentiment.  I played with the flowers and two butterflies.  Once I got what I liked I took a picture.  I removed the grouping from the top and located my space for the sentiment.   Then I removed everything and stamped the sentiment in black. Using my photo of the arrangement I glued each of the elements to the card front. 

I am sharing two more finished cards from the With a Twist classes.  The first is from the class Cutting it Oddly.  I used an oval card to die cut the bottom opening.   This was done with colored pencils and blender tool.  The stamp sets are Flower Vine and Happy Bloom.  

The final card is made using a light violet paper for the card base.  The stamp set is Golden Garden.  I first stamped the outlines in embossing ink and embossed with a gold powder.  Once that was all cooled off I stamped the layer using a medium shade of violet.  Be sure to wipe the embossed areas  once you are done stamping.  The ink will just sit on top of the embossing so it will smear if you don't wipe it off.  You can tell by this card that I need to do a little work on my layers but the effect is still good.  I did three of this one.  What I would plan for in the future is leaving a little white space
(moving the flowers a little further apart).  The sentiment is a simple HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  The i has a little pink drop . 

Now after seeing all three, which one was your favorite?  My Journey with Altenew continues.  I am learning and sharing as I go.  Next class on my journey is "Creative Watercolor Media".  Stay tuned for more.  Please leave me a message with questions or comments.  Have a great week!!!

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Altenew Level 2

Altenew Level 2 In the Mood for Color

In the Mood for Color is a Level 2 AECP class taught by Stephanie Klauck.  This class taught me that color exudes a feeling/feelings as much as the contents of the card.  For Instance today's card was done using 3 of the 4 mini inks in the RED SUNSET Altenew mini inks.  RED says Love, Passion or Energy.  I used these colors for the Peony Spray flower.  The flower was stamped in black then embossing ink and then heat for an embossed edge.  I then used the inks to watercolor
the flower.  The leaves were done the same way using Frayed Leaf and Evergreen.  I added red and silver glitter tape and sequins for dimension.  The flower also has a bit of clear Wink of Stella on the petals.  It has been a fun couple of days taking these classes.  I hope you'll follow this blog to see what comes next.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Altenew Level II Beyond Basics Backgrounds


Beyond Basics Backgrounds

Original Card

As things go, I was asked to redo my submission card for Beyond Basics Backgrounds.  Redoing  is not a bad thing, it just means there is room for improvement on this submission.  It is a learning opportunity.  The outcome I hope is that my new cards show that I am learning something new everyday!!!  

The original card posted below:


Happy Friday!!!  For some of you that means you are looking forward to the weekend.  I hope that means you have special plans for at least part of it .  Maybe a little time for crafting/card making? But this Saturday and Sunday I redid my Beyond Basic Backgrounds Level 2 project.  Lydia Evans teaches this set of six classes.  She is an accomplished artist and her videos are full of amazing techniques and information. This A2 card (4 1/4" X 5 1/2")was created using 110 lb. white card stock for the card base.  I purchased 110 lb. card stock for this new card.  I was using a lighter weight for previous projects.  The lighter weight doesn't work well with markers and watercolor.  The paper tends to warp.  So this was another thing I learned in my class adventure.  I used Remember This Stamp and Die Set and Watercolor Stripes Cover Die.  The background on the card base is blended using mini inks from Glacier Caves and Red Sunset mini ink sets.  I added splattering to the background and the die cut. The flowers are three step layering using the same two color sets.  The leaves are stamped using Frayed leaf and Forest Glade mini inks.   I hope you enjoy this card. 

I'm sure you can see the difference the position of elements has made on the card.   Part of my learning has been that if you play a little with the elements (moving them all over the card front) before permanently attaching them to the card gives you lots of creative ideas.  You see I thought my card was OK before I made the changes but now it looks so much better.  Your eye is drawn to the grouping first and then the sentiment. 

When I was working on my redo I stamped and cut plenty of elements so I could use them later.  I decided to make an additional card using those elements.

The cover die is Leafy Frame cut from Sweet Pear cardstock.  The background was splattered.  Once it was dry I adhered the frame using liquid glue to the card front.  Liquid glue allows a little time to move the frame around and get to the right position.  The flowers were stamped in three layers.  The leaves are two layer stamping. 

My next project today will be to get my new IPAD set up.  Wish me luck.  I will be back again real soon with another AECP project. You should also visit the website for more ideas and inspiration.

Altenew Level 2 Challenge

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