Monday, September 30, 2019

Altenew Level 2 Challenge

Challenge 2

Happy Monday, last day of September 2019.  I've been away from this blog toooo long.  We spent all of August in NJ. in our RV visiting our kids, Grandkids, and friends.  Always good to visit up there but always good to get home.  I've been busy getting my Level 2 challenge cards and projects finished.  The Challenge was 4 Masculine cards (Birthday, Thinking of You, Anniversary and Encouragement).  Plus an altered/upcycled Project.  WOW!

The Skill I used most is from the Layering 1 and 2 classes.  There are several exhibits of layering on the cards made for this challenge.  Next came Rise and Shine, the Sprinkle and Sparkle elements are on three of the four cards as well.  Skills from For the Guys and Easy Die Cutting were used on the cards as well.

Card 1 - Masculine Birthday Card (although I think it could be used for any birthday)! 

I started with the idea that I would use a stencil for this card,  So I chose the dark blue card stock and the Altenew Warp Speed stencil.  But.....trial and error prevailed and I didn't like what I saw so on to something else for this design.

I pulled  out my Tim Holtz stamping platform and multi-stamped the stars with Gina Ks Warm Glo ink.   The stars and the sentiment are from the Altenew Halftone Stars stamp set. Then I die cut each star. with my Gemini junior.

I then used sliver and white ink to splatter the background and just silver splatter on the stars .  The splatter technique comes from the Rise and Shine AECP class. I also chose a piece of reflections paper from Altenew's 6X6" paper pad and placed it on the center of the card front. 

As you can tell from above I experimented with the label.  Both labels were cut using a label punch but then I stamped first in the Warm Glo ink and I felt it blended to much with the stars.  I wasn't getting that WOW! factor.  So I stamped a second one with Starlight which brings out the background and blue stripe in the printed paper.  You can also see a few of my notes on the side.  Keeping notes for what you have used and what you are planing is simply a must for me.  What with normal interruptions in my day and my mind sometimes moving faster than fingers, I need notes to keep my artistic ideas on track.  Planning is a big deal when you are working on projects.  It just makes life easier.

The photo below shows me playing with the layout and final embellishments.  I added some glass red and gold stars.

Card 2- Happy Anniversary

First I used cute Penguin and Palm tree design elements from My Favorite Things.  The sentiment is from Altenew's Gradient Sunset stamp sets.

I choose an Olive card stock for this card.  The first thing was to get my blending brush out and blend the background.  Blending started with the sun in the upper left corner using Altenew's Honey Drizzle  ink.  I dipped the brush on the ink pad and stamped a little off on a scrap piece of paper. Add the ink to the upper left corner using the brush going in circles.  Clean or change your blender brush.   I moved to the bottom of the card using Hazelnut ink apply the ink from left to right again using the circular motion to create the sand.  Right below the sand I used the same technique with Aqualicious ink to create the water.  Once this is dry (I used my heat gun to dry this)  I splattered the background with with both Silver and White ink.

I colored my die cuts with markers and blended some of the colors. You cans see on the finished card that the leaves of the palm tree have been blended using two greens and the flower was blended using two different colors.  I die cut both of these images .  I taped the tree straight to the card front.  I stamped Happy Anniversary from the Gradient Sunset stamp set to white card stock with Altenew's black ink.  Using foam tape I added the sentiment to the card after playing with the placement.  Again using foam tape I added the penguin over the left lower corner of the sentiment and added sequins for added bling.  I used sparkle glue in the center of the sequins.

  Card - 3 Encouragement 

 This finished card used Altenew's Lighthouse Stamp set.  I played a lot with this card.   I used Markers and Watercolors, Stamps and Dies.  I started by choosing the aqua card stock for my card base.  Using white watercolor paper (41/4' x 51/2").  I spritzed the white card stock with water to get it wet so my watercolors would move.  I needed to spray this often to keep the paper wet.  I used Altenew Watercolors.  Starting at the top I brushed n Ocean Waves ink and moved it around until I got what I wanted.  Moving down n the paper I used Mocha to create the blended sand layer.  And the last was the water layer blended using lagoon.  I then added a little more ink to the blended areas for dimension.  Originally I stamped the lighthouse directly to the paper but it really lacked dimension.  I didn't like it at all.  So I started over.  I know start over?  But really I decided I might use that for something else another time. I didn't throw it out.  It wasn't a mistake just not what I wanted now.  It is in my stash.  So I did another watercolor background.

Below is stamp set and card stock selection.

On to the actual watercolor preparation.

Now I am playing with placement and and stamping my sentiment.  The sentiment is stamped on white paper using Altenew's Starlight ink.  I did multiples of the sentiment because I wasn't sure where it would be placed on the card.  So I have a couple of those in my stash to use later. 

Then I placed my items on the card.  The clouds are on with foam tape.  The birds were stamped directly on the card front.  I slid my sentiment under the cloud on the right side and decided to run it all the way across the card.  It is attached using double sided tape.  The light house was colored using markers.   Then die cut and attached with a little foam tape .  A variety of size sequins were added to finish.

Card - 4 Thinking of You

Two stamp sets were used here.  Altenew's Festive Silhouettes and Versatile Vases for the sentiment.

This card has six different layers.  I started with a cream colored card back.  There is a plaid print paper topper 4" X 51/4" and on top of that is a trim piece of the matching print paper that is 4" long.  The large piece is taped with double sided tape to the card base.  On top of that is the strip taped to the left side of the card to create a border.

I die cut a label out of oatmeal card stock.  I used a Close to My Heart embossing folder/ inked with Altenew Milk Chocolate ink right on the folder and ran it through my Gemini Jr. to create the wood grain.  Then I splattered the label with black Altenew ink.  I stamped a spot of black ink on my teflon sheet and spritzed it with water.  Loaded a paint brush and splattered.  I diluted the ink so it looks grey on the wood.  Hopefully I achieved a distressed look.

The Sentiment was stamped in Emerald ink on cream card stock. I cut the ends to give it a banner look.  I used the ink pad to ink up the outer edge of the banner for dimension.  The deer was stamped with Dark Chocolate ( I did go over it with a wet paintbrush to even out the ink a little). Sometimes I am a little too fussy!  Then die cut the deer.  I fussy cut the acorns from the printed paper and layered them with foam dots for a topper to the plaque.

Finally I added all the pieces to the top centering the plaque and the sentiment. 

MASCULINE scares me....but I think I rose to the occasion and hope you agree.  These cards used way more techniques than just three classes.  Some of those would be: Beyond Basics Backgrounds , Magical Marker Techniques, Creative Watercolor and  Beautiful Details to name a few.  I hope I always refer back to all the AECP classes in my creative future!

The Last part of this challenge is the Altered/Upcycled project.   I did two items.  If you would like instructions on these please contact me .

Altered/Upcycled - Coaster, Paperweight

Let's start with the Paperweight.  It is actually a domino.  I stamped the image using Stazon Black ink on a piece of tissue paper.  You may need to stamp several times until you get the result you want.  You could also cut a design or picture from printed paper.  I used Mod Podge Clear Spray on the clean domino front (not the side with the dots).  I cut the tissue paper smaller than the domino top. Then carefully add the tissue paper stamped image to the top.  I carefully positioned the image with my fingers until I liked what I saw.  I let this dry for about 20 minutes.  Then I used  a sponge brush (one of those you can buy in the craft store) to brush a mat finish Mod Podge on the top.  I didn't want glossy but you could do that to.  Mod Podge comes shinny or you could use glossy accents.  I finished this domino with a gold marker all the way around the top.  I use mine for a paper weight on my craft table to hold little pieces of die or fussy cuts that are waiting to be used.  Now let's chat about my coaster.    The tile is a tumbled tile I got from Lowe's.  They come in boxes of  6 or 8 I think.  I cleaned the tile with alcohol and let it dry for twenty minutes.  The background is just a large ink pad placed directly on the tile(pale rose).  Just a light tap on the tile touch and lift.  Dry completely.  I used a heat gun to dry.  But you could bake in over at 250 for 10 minutes (I think a craft toaster oven would be the best.  Not one you cook food in)!  I then stamped the black outline using Stazon Ink (you can see I might have let mine dry a little longer because you do see some running, but I like that warn look).  I used a paint brush and ink and colored the Flower and scented water with dusty rose.  The leaves are a forest green slightly diluted with water.  Again Dry -Oven dry is best to set all the ink.   I used a very flat wax on the top.  You can not place this in dishwasher, but I do wipe it with damp paper towel when I drip coffee on it.  I didn't but you could add felt to the bottom to avoid scratches.

The techniques in both of these could be reversed coaster to domino and domino to coaster.  Fun Items but I made these just  for me.  Seems we always make things for gifts for others.  Sometimes it is just good to make something for you!

To all my blog followers...please go visit the Altenew website for more ideas and inspiration.; #AECP

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