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


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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Altenew Level 2 Challenge

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