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.


  1. Oh Linda, I love love your re-do! This is so fabulous! I am glad that you took the chance to do something differently to challenge yourself. Your extra card really take this design up a notch. That bit of white space makes the entire design a stunner! I hope that you know by doing these extra exercise help sharpen your design sense! BRAVO!! I am so glad that you enter your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work! I look forward to seeing your work. You have improved so much in the last few months!

  2. YES!! This is amazing! I am glad you revamped your card and doesnt that re-do card looks so much more polished and balanced?! I am glad you took in the constructive criticism and worked on improving your craft.
    I also REALLY like the second card. This means you have it in you and I think we are going to push you a bit more from now onwards :)
    I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Thank you for sharing your creative process! Fabulous job!


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