Hello today I am sharing a card using a wonderful stamp set from Altenew called Better Together. Perfect during these challenging times we are currently facing.
Justine Hovey invited crafters to take part in an instagram hop to unite us and show our support for the never ending fight for equality all over the world. I decided to create a card using florals incorporating skin tone colours
I started by stamping out floral images from the Altenew Poppy Garden stamp set. I used Memento Tuxedo black ink and Neenah classic crest solar white card which is great from Copics. Using my markers I coloured the floral images using different combinations of browns to create different he different skin tones for the flowers. I used cool greys for the leaves. I recently took the Altenew class ‘Creative Coloring With Artist Markers’ as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme I am currently working towards. This is a great class for beginners and the more experienced and the perfect time to use what I had learnt in class. Once I was happy with my colouring I die cut the images out with the coordinating dies.
Next I worked in the background . I die cut a panel with a stitched rectangle die from white card.
I selected Distress Oxide inks in Tea Dye and Ground Espresso. For each colour I smudged some ink on to my glass matt and sprayed some water on top then mixed with a paintbrush. I then took a piece of cellophane to transfer the ink mix on to my card by pressing the cellophane down where I wanted the ink to go, mixing where I placed the ink and how much I transferred. You will get a different result every time. I love this look on backgrounds. I used a brush to splatter some of the ink on top and set aside to dry.
I spent time working out where I wanted my flowers to go and adhered them with liquid glue once I was happy with the placement.
For the sentiment I took a piece of black card and heat embossed the sentiment using white embossing powder and my heat gun. I added a thin strip of striped card along the bottom for some added interest. I then attached it to the card.
I added some pearls from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards and splattered some gold and silver watercolour over the flowers for some sparkle and shine.
I attached the panel to a card base to complete the card.
I hope you like it.
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Hello. Today I am sharing a card I made as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.
The class was all about sentiments. I learnt lots about placement of sentiments and loved the look of stamping sentiments in different colours.
To start the card I stamped a large floral image and some leaves from the Altenew stamp set Poppy Garden. I coloured them with my Copic markers and added some extra shading with my Polychromos coloured pencils. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.
Next I worked on the background. I took the Altenew watercolor stripes stencil and atyached it to my card base with washi tape. I used a blending brush to apply Bundled Sage Distress Oxide ink working from the bottom left corner. I applied the ink heavier at the bottom then worked out to a lighter covering leaving lots of white space towards the top of the card.
For my sentiment I used the Fancy Thanks word die, which I die cut from some green card I had in my stash. I cut it twice to give some dimension, adhering one on top of the other.
Now to put the card together. I layed out my stamped images and thanks sentiment to work out the exact placement of the word friend which is from the Half Tone Hello stamp set. I stamped this in red ink. I then adhered the leaves, flower and thanks word.
Hello. I hope you are all well and staying safe and well during these difficult times we are facing.
Today I am sharing a card I made for the One Layer Wonders class from Altenew Academy. The class was led by the amazing Kelly Latevola. One of my favourite crafters. She is an amazing colourist and so inspiring.
To start my card I took the Flower Garden stamp set from Altenew and selected some of the stamps. I took a piece Neenah 80lb classic crest card, die cut to the same size as my A6 card base, and placed it in my Misti stamping tool.
I layed my stamps out to work out roughly where I wanted them. Using Memento Tuxedo black ink I stamped my first image in the top left corner. I stamped the same image on some masking paper, fussy cut it out then placed it over my image ready to stamp my next image.
The trick to this technique is to stamp the images you want at the front first and work backwards.
I continued to stamp and mask my images. I was able to work with only a handful of masks by moving them along where I could.
Once all the stamping was done it was time to remove all the masks and start colouring.
To start I outlined the individual flowers with a N0 Copic marker which makes the colouring feel less intimidating, allowing me to focus on one flower at a time. I used Copic markers then highlighted some of the darker areas with Polychromos coloured pencils.
Once the colouring was complete I took the sentiment from the Altenew stamp set Happy Pomegranates and stamped in black ink.
To complete the card I added some sequins from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards.
I hope you like the card.
Take care for now.
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Hello. Today I am sharing four cards and a gift box I made for the Altenew Educator Certification Programme level 2 challenge.
The specifications for this challenge were to make four masculine cards, one for each category- Birthday, Anniversary, Thinking Of You and Encouragement. Alongside this make an upcycled project. The focus should be on three components covered in the Altenew Academy classes.
I chose the following three components; let it shine – adding shine and sparkle to all my projects. For the guys – focusing on making sure the card are suitable for the males in our lives and In the mood for color – focusing on the mood created by using certain colours.
First up is my Anniversary card. I focused on the colour blue to create a sense of calm and tranquility which I felt worked perfectly with the sentiment. Giving the card a masculine feel while also using floral images.
To start the card I first worked on my background panel. I used a stitched border die to cut a panel out of white cardstock I selected three shades of brown Distress Oxide inks and using a blending brush worked from the lightest colour in the centre blending to the darkest around the edges, adding layers to darken the colour until I was happy with how it looked. To add some texture I splattered some water from the edge of a paintbrush over the ink and soaked it up with a paper towel and set the panel aside to dry.
Next I worked on the floral images. I stamped three of the flowers and some leaves from the Altenew Poppy Garden stamp set on to Neenah solar white classic crest 80lb white card, using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I then coloured them with my Copic markers and die cut them using the coordinating dies.
Now my background panel was dry it was time to add some shine. I took my Altenew metallic watercolours. I added a little water to each of the pans of gold and silver colours then took a small paintbrush and splattered the colours randomly over the background. This adds a lovely shine which is really hard to see in the photos.
Once this was dry I took my sentiment which is from the Altenew Heartfelt Sentiments stamp set and stamped it at the bottom of the panel with an embossing pad. I then took white Ranger embossing powder, sprinkled it over and heat set with my heat gun.
Now to put the card together. I used a tape runner to adhere the background panel to a 6×6 inch with card base. I then arranged and adhered the flowers and leaves using a liquid glue to allow a little time to move them around to the perfect position. This completes my Anniversary card.
My second card is a thinking of you card. I used yellow of the focus of the card for optimism, cheer and energy
I used an image from the Altenew Get Well Soon stamp set. I stamped the image on Neenah 80lb Cardstock and used my Copics to colour it in. I then fussy cut the image out and set it aside.
Next I worked on the background. I took a card panel the same size as my A6 sized card blank and used Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed and Ground Espresso and used a blending brush to apply the ink. I love how smooth Distress Oxide inks blend. If you are struggling to blend well I recommend using a good amount of ink on a bright coloured background like this. Once the background ink was dry I adhered the focal image with a tape runner. I then stamped the sentiments using Altenew Obsidian black ink. Thinking of you is from the Heartfelt Sentiments set.
To add some shine to this card I took a strip of gold mirror card and cut a thin strip which I adhered to the bottom of the card using liquid glue. I then added some sequins from Neat and Tangled. I adhered the card panel on to my card blank to complete the card.
For my encouragement card I focused on using green as my main colour representing soothing, growth and natural thoughts. Perfect tfor this occasion.
I took one of the leaf stamps from the Altenew Wallpaper Art stamp set. I took a piece of A6 sized white card and rubbed my anti static powder bag over the top. This will stop embossing powder sticking where I don’t want it. I used my Misti stamping tool here to help me do some repeat stamping.
Using Altenew Forest Glade ink I stamped the leaves on the top left of my card panel. I stamped this twice to get good coverage as this is a solid image. I then wiped off any excess green ink and took my Wow embossing pad. I randomly pressed it on to various parts of the stamp but not covering the whole image. I then stamped this back in the same position over the leaves. I sprinkled Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder over the top then used a heat gun to melt the powder.
This is the result. A lovely gold shimmer on the leaves. I repeated the above steps, each time rotating the card to stamp the leaves coming from each corner.
Once I had the background complete I added a sentiment banner to the centre of the card panel. I took a piece of brown card and cut it down to a strip the perfect size to fit my sentiment. I chose ‘you are capable of amazing things’ from the Altenew Focus On You stamp set. I used Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment ink to stamp the sentiment. Once it was dry I adhered the strip to the card with liquid adhesive. I love the look of the gold embossing on the leaves.
Next is my Birthday card. Although mainly white has a small splash of rainbow perfect for a Birthday card to bring feelings of all the colours together.
I love the controller image which is from the Altenew Best Dad stamp set. I decided to do some repeat stamping and heat emboss to add the shine. I took an A6 side stitched rectangle die and die cut a panel to work on. I love the look of a stitched border. I treated my card panel with my anti static powder bag then using an embossing pad stamped an image on to the card. Because this is clear I find it easier to stamp one image, then sprinkle with embossing powder which makes it easier to see the placement for the next image. Once I had three images stamped and covered in powder I used my heat gun to melt the powder before moving on. I find this makes it less likely to knock any of the powder off while I am stamping but also allows my to clearly see the pattern I am creating.
Once my background was complete I took my Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils and added colour to the buttons on the controller. Although this is a simple step it really adds to the look of the card. As I was happy with the look of the card I decided to keep it one layer and simply stamp the sentiment in black ink before adhering the panel to my card base to complete the card. The card inside reads Happy Birthday
The final part of the challenge was my upcycled project I chose to make a masculine gift box. Perfect for a piece of jewellery, a watch or other small gift. I found the box that my smart watch came in some time ago. I thought this would be the perfect base for my gift box.
To start the project I looked through my patterned papers and found some light blue paperr with a small pattern on. This would be perfect as it adds colour but does not distract from the images I planned to use.
I covered the box with the paper by glueing the top of the box to the centre of the sheet of paper. I then drew lines of where I planned to cut the paper to create flaps. I then cut and folded each flap before adhering it to the inside of the box. I did this for the upper and lower pieces of the box. If you are new to doing this there are some great videos on youtube on how to cover a box.
Once the lower portion of the box is covered in paper this part was complete. Next I worked on decorating the top portion. I used Distress Oxide inks to make a blue background, blending Salty Ocean and broken China. I then cut this panel in to two three portions. One for the top of the box and two for the front and back sides.
I stamped Happy Fathers Day on the two smaller pieces and once dry adhered them to the front and back sides with a tape runner. This sentiment is from the Altenew Best Dad stamp set. You could add any sentiment for any type of occasion.
Next I took some images from the Altenew Garden Grow stamp set and stamped them on to the remaining panel. I used my Polychromos to add some colour to the images. To add some shine I used a stardust glitter pen on the leaves. I then adhered the panel to the top of my box.
This completes my challenge. I hope you like my projects and are inspired to give some of them a try.
Hello. Today I am sharing a one layer card using stamps from Altenew.
This card is part of the Altenew AECP. The class was all about masking. This is a technique I love to use to make one layer cards.
To start the card I arranged my stamps on my card panel of Neenah 80lb solar white card. As this card involved lots of stamping I used my Misti stamping tool to make sure everything stamped nicely and in place.
I took Memento Tuxedo black ink so I could use my Copic markers to colour the images. I stamped the images that would be at the front of the scene. I then added masks on to these images using post it note paper.
I then stamped the next images behind. Each time making a mask before stamping the next layer.
Once I had finished all the stamping I removed all the masks and my image was ready to colour. I used Copic Markers for this.
As the focus was on the masking and colouring I kept the rest of the card simple. I stamped a sentiment from the Altenew ‘Heaerfelt Sentiments’ stamp set. I then trimmed the panel down and adhered it to my card base to complete the card.
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Hello. Today I am sharing a card featuring the new large oval masking stencil for Time For Tea Designs.
To start the card I took the large oval stencil and lined it up using the etched guide on to my A6 card base. I then took Distress Oxide inks in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn. Using a blending brush I blended the Twisted Citron ink lightly all over the oval space. Next I added a leaf stencil on top, leaving the oval stencil in place. This stencil is the tropical leaves stencil from Newton’s Nook. I blended a mix of Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn over the leaves. I removed the stencils and set the background aside to dry.
Next I worked on my images. I stamped the bird and branch from the Toucan Do This stamp set, coloured them with Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies.
I adhered the images to the background with a tape runner and stamped the sentiment with black ink. To complete the card I added some sequins from Lucy’s cards for some subtle sparkle.
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Hello. Today I am sharing a card that sends a positive message to start the year. I made this card as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.
The class this time was ‘Polychromatic.’ I chose to base my card on a lesson focusing on using similar colours to make a card
To start the card I took the Altenew stamp set ‘Get Well Soon’ using sunflower images. I stamped the large flower once and the smaller flower twice using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Xpress it white cardstock. Once the ink was dry I coloured the images with my Copic markers. I chose yellow for my card as this was a colour from the ‘In The Mood For Color’ class which represents energy, optimism and cheer.
I cut out the images and set them to one side to work on the background. I wanted to do some ink smooshing, so I selected Distress Oxide inks in Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade and put a bit of each colour on to my glass mat then sprayed with some water. I then took a piece of cellophane wrapper from a piece of packaging and placed it into the watered down ink and transfersed it on to my card panel. I did this for all three colours moving the ink in various directions to make the effect.
Once the background was dry, I die cut a rectangle stitched border from the background panel and stamped the sentiment from the ‘Focus On You’ stamp set using. Next I adhered the flowers using foam tape to add some dimension to the larger image. I added some white orchid sequins from Lucys Cards to add some shine.
To complete the card I attached the panel to a card base using foam tape.
I hope you like the card. Take care for now.
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Today I am sharing a card from an Altenew class called ‘With A Twist.’
The class was all about adding a twist to your card, something different to make it stand out and get more out of products. I chose to focus on changing up the shape of my card.
To start the card I stamped out my images ready for Copic colouring. I used stamps from the Altenew ‘Poppy Garden’ stamp set.
Once all my images were coloured it was time for the die cutting. Firstly I cut out all my coloured images with the coordinating dies. Then I took the die from the larger floral image above and lay it across the top of my card base.
I then put it between the plates on my die cutting machine but only put the top plate over the area of the die I want to partially cut and run through the machine.
This leaves the shape of the die along the top of the card.
Next I took the Altenew ‘feeling dotty’ stencil and blended some Distress Oxide ink in Picked Raspberry over the stencil blending lighter as I went down the card to fade out the pattern.
I then adhered my flowers and leaves with a tape runner and used foam pads to prop up one large floral image and add some dimension. I added a sentiment by taking a strip of black card and heat embossed the sentiment in white.
To complete the card I flicked some gold perfect pearls mixed with a little water from a small paintbrush over the card and added some sequins for some more sparkle.
Today I am sharing a card I made as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.
The class for this card was called ‘In the mood for color.’ This class is all about the moods different colours depict. I chose to use yellow as this is not a colour I would naturally gravitate towards when colouring floral images. Yellow is for energy, cheer and optimism so perfect for a Birthday card.
To start my card I stamped images from the new Altenew stanp set ‘ Breezy Bouquet. I stamped the images on to Xpress it blending card with Memento Tuxedo black ink and and coloured the image with my Copic markers. I used yellows Y11, Y13, Y15 and Y19.
Once my image was coloured I took some Distress Oxide inks in Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade and Black Soot to add some splatters around the flowers by adding the ink to a little water and flicking it from a small paint brush.
When I was colouring one of my markers leaked causing a blob of green ink over my leaves. This was easily fixed. I stamped a tag from the stamp set, cut it out and mounted it on some foam pads. This added some dimension to the card and hid the ink without me having to start all over again.
I stamped the sentiment with Altenew Obsidian black pigment ink.
To complete the card I mounted my panel on to a card base and added a strip of yellow patterned paper to the edge of the card. I added a few sequins for some sparkle.
I hope you like the card and are inspired to try colours you would not normally use to create the mood of a card.
Hello. Today I am sharing a simple thinking of you card for Time For Tea Designs.
This card uses one of the brand new clear stamp sets being released tomorrow the 11th November on Create And Craft TV. Make sure you join Jo Davies live at 3pm GMT to see the full reveal of all the brand new stamps, dies and stencils, plus the new blending brushes!
To make my card I took my card base and masked off a portion to the left hand side to add ink. I used a blending brush to add Distress Oxide inks Ripe Persimmon, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed. Once this was dry I stamped the sentiment using black ink.
Next I worked on my images. I stamped the cute fox and the leaves from the Woodland Critters stamp set, on to some Neenah classic crest 80lb cardstock and coloured them in with my Copic markers. I then die cut the images with the coordinating dies. I adhered the images to the card using a tape runner.
This is simple card to make. You can use any colour scheme and images. I hope this inspires you give it a try.
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