Thursday, June 20, 2019

Altenew Color Your Day

Altenew Level 2

Good Afternoon everyone.   It is a warm sunny day here in Florida.  I guess the weather is so pretty I'm having a little trouble being motivated.  I thought maybe writing my blog would inspire me to share good things with you.  

Theresa Calvird taught this Color Your Day set of six classes.  She shared so many helpful trick and tips.  One tip was " embossing powder sticks to water as well as it does to embossing ink".  This was a real new one for me.  It works.  Try splattering  water on your card stock with a paint brush and sprinkle the drops with embossing powder.  Then heat with an embossing gun like you normally would, is great new look!

My first card today is from Class #3 How Much Color.  The Stamp Set is Altenew's Build a Flower Japanese Mum.  The back ground is three shades of gray and one shade of blue from the Altenew ink sets Rock Collection and Glacier Caves.  Plus some black.    For the background I used the mini ink pads and spread ink on a large acrylic block.  Then I sprayed the block with water.  I turned the block upside down and stamped the paper.  I got a blended kind of splattered look (which I didn't like at first).  I let that paper thoroughly dry and added some splatters of gray.  I set it aside again to dry,  I moved to stamping my mums.  The outline is black the first layer was the littlest shade of gray and the next one was a little darker shade.  The last layer is Arctic Blue.   The classes suggest to try a 70/20/10 ratio of color.  My 10% is black, the blue is 20% blue and the 70% is gray.  I layered  the card base with a light gray paper to frame my top piece.  I die cut the flowers and the leaves using the matching dies and mounted them using liquid glue and foam tape for dimension.  I then add three different size Black Nuvo drops in a triangular shape.  I hope you like it.  

The second card is from Class # 5 "Changing it Up".  The card base is white card stock with a black framing layer and then the top layer is and olive green.  Altenew's Flower Vine Stamp and die set was used to create the floral vine.  It is stamped in black ink and then colored in using prismacolor watercolor pencils and a blender pen.  I added a half circle in a light green and then the vine.  Then I added the sentiment.  I die cut two white layers and one yellow and  glued them together for a dimensional sentiment and glued it to the card front.  I added three clear drops to the card front.

For my third card I started by using the Altenew Square Weave Pattern Stencil.   I used Honey Drizzel Ink and the Tim Holtz blender to add the pattern to the card base.  The Stamp and Die set for this card is the Altenew Flower Arrangement.   The flowers and leaves are stamped in inks from Sweet Dreams and Spring Bouquet.  The sentiment is from the same set.  I used foam tape to adhere the flowers and leaves for a dimensional look and three blue Nuvo drops.   

Well, I hope I was able to peak your motivation so you will try these too!  Have a great week!!

#Altenew, #AECP

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Level 2 Beautiful Details

Three Creations

Good morning everyone!  Hope your day is extra special! 
The first of my three projects is from the Beautiful Details class "Artistic Flowers".  A very interesting class taught by Marika Rahtu.  She really challenges every participant to think outside the box when working with stamps.  The stamp set I used is Etheral Beauty.  I only used one of the leaves from this set to build my flowers.  I started with Altenew's Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I stamped the leaves three or four times with Pure Graphite ink before re-inking the stamp to achieve several shades of one color.  Imagine just a simple little leaf stamp creates such a pretty flower with a ton of dimension.  The ink is from the Altenew mini set "Rock Collection.  Once my flowers were stamped I went in with my black micron pen and added some outlines and stems.  Can you imagine what they looked like before the outlining?  The flowers themselves actually tell you what to add as you go.  Just try it once and see for yourself.  I added a sentiment stamped in Pure Graphite from the Build a Flower set Coral Charm.  Then I added Nuvo drops.  Don't you know when I want all the drops the same size its hard to do but when I don't want them all the same it was even harder!  I am practicing these drops and working toward being able to create lots of different sizes.  I then glued the card top to the dark gray card base and added a slim strip of black paper to the bottom of the card front.  I will be adding this technique to my future projects.  I hope you like the finished project! 

The next project is from the Detailed Leaves class.  Again I used the Moonrock paper for my card topper.  I splattered the background using three shades of gray.  I set it aside to dry.  Beautiful Day is the Altenew stamp set I used for the leaves and the flowers.  I used white card stock for both.  The leaf coloring is three shades of Spectrum Noir markers.  And again I used my micron pen to sketch the lines on the leaves.  The flower was stamped with black ink.  Both images were cut using the matching Altenew dies.  I glued the card top to the dark gray card base I then added the leaves.  I used foam tape to add the flower for a pop up.The sentiment is embossed in white on black card stock and attached to the bottom right of the card.  Then I added crystal clear drops to the front of the card.

The last card today is from the Soft Daisy class.  The card topper is white with three shades of  of yellow and orange splatters ( I think I used a little too much splatter on this I might go a little less on the next card).    I cut a square window and added black dots all around the outside to give it a stitched look.  I added foam tap to pop up the window.  The stamp set is Spring Daisy from Altenew.  The sentiment was stamped in black directly to the topper.  The daisy and the leaves were embossed on vellum using a clear embossing powder.   They were both colored on the back using Prismacolor watercolor pencils.  This was my very first vellum project.  I think I was just scared to try it.....but Marika showed me the way.  If you have been holding back with Vellum....Try it You'll like it!  Now I will use this technique again and again.  I added some clear rain drops and dots to finish the card.  I can truly tell you that I learned a lot from these six classes.  All the Altenew classes are challenging and fun.  

Again I am thrilled to share my projects with you.  I hope you will share yours with me.  Have a wonderful week.  #Altenew;#AECP

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