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Altenew Academy level 2 challenge.

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.

Take Care for now.

Katrina

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Hamster Happy Birthday Card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card featuring the Hoory Hamsters from Time for Tea Designs.

To start the card I took the little seeds stamp and used the Wow embossing pad to stamp the image randomly on my card panel. I then covered them in white embossing powder and heat set with my heat gun.

Next I took Distress Oxide inks in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Salty Ocean, then used blender brushes to blend them over the embossed area to make a rainbow. Once I had finished inking I buffed the embossed images with a microfibre cloth to bring back the brightness of the white embossing.

I stamped, coloured and die cut my hamsters and their accessories and adhered them to my card base using double sided tape. I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Butterflies stamp set and great embossed on black card then attached this to some black and white striped card and adhered the strip with liquid glue. I then attached the panel to a top folding card base.

This completes the card. I hope you like it.

Take care for now.

Katrina.


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Toucan Anniversary Card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card for Time For Tea Designs, featuring the Toucan Do This stamp set and small circle masking stencil.

To start the card I took the small circle masking stencil and adhered it to the bottom right of my background panel of white card with a small amount of tape runner. I then used the beautiful blender brushes to add Distress Oxide inks Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violer and Picked Raspberry.

Once my ink was blended I splattered some white gold watercolour paint over the background, carefully removed the stencil and set aside to dry.

Next I stamped and coloured the Toucans, branch and leaves using my Copic markers and cut them out using the coordinating dies.

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiments from the Time For Tea Designs Say Anything stamp set on black card and cut them to small banners.

I used a tape runner to adhere all the images to the card panel. I then trimmed the panel down to leave a thin white border when adhered to my card base.

I hope you like the card.

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Katrina

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Time For Tea Designs New Release Blog Hop.

Hello. Today I am sharing a card as part of a blog hop to celebrate the new release from Time For Tea Designs

I used the brand new Hip Hop Hooray clear stamp set to create a clean and simple, easy to make card.

To start the card I stamped out the bunny and the butterflies on to smooth white cardstock (the butterflies are from the fairy garden stamp set) and coloured them with my Copic markers. I then cut them out and set them aside while I worked on the background.

To make the background I took a pre folded card base and the Time For Tea Designs large circle masking stencil. I attached the stencil to the card base and using the beautiful blending brushes I blended Distress Oxide ink in Mustard Seed and Carved Pumpkin. I splattered some Gansai Tambi watercolour in white gold over the area before removing the stencil and setting aside to dry.

Next I took the sentiment and stamped it below the inked circle in black ink. I then adhered the images with foam pads to add some dimension. This completes the card.

Don’t forget to comment on each blog post throughout the hop to be in with a chance to win the new stamps (Fairy Garden and Hip Hop Hooray) plus a Time for Tea Designs pencil & notebook set! The winner will be announced live on Monday morning January 27, 2020. Good luck everyone!

The next stop on the hop is Catrin. Click here to go to her blog.

Here are the links to the rest of the hop.

Jo

Katrina you are here

Catrin

Sharon

Jennifer

Anila

Cynthia

Annalisa

Take care for now.

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Toucan of appreciation card.

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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Simple thinking of you 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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Katrina

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Cool Yule card

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Today I am shring a card featuring the ‘You’re Elephantastic’ and ‘Warm Winter Wishes’ stamp sets from Tim For Tea Designs. Along with some Lawn Fawn snowballs!

I started by making the background. I blended Distress Oxide inks on to a piece of white cardstock using Picket Fence Studios blendung brushes, then added some splatters of white acrylic paint.

Next I stamped all my images in Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Xpress it smooth cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers.

I die cut two borders from the stiched hillside dies from Lawn Fawn and added a little Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink to the edges, then adhered them to my background panel using a tape runner. I stamped the sentiment in Versafine onyx black ink.

Next I adhered all my images to the background using a tape runnerand foam pads to give some dimension to the elephant and snowballs.

To complete the card I added some wink of stella glitter pen to the snow.

Thanks for dropping by.

Katrina

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Mermaid shaker card

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I have been so busy with my work commitments that my crafting took a back seat for a while but I am back with a shaker card using Time For Tea Designs stamps and dies to create a shaker card.

I stamped and Copic coloured images from the ‘Shell Phone’ and ‘Mermazing’ clear stamp sets and die cut them out.

Next I selected Distreas Oxide inks in Tumbld Glass, Salty Ocean and Broken China and used Picket Fence Studios blending brushes to apply the ink to two separate pieces of card to create a backgrounds. Once dry I splattered some Gansai Tambi watercolour in white gold over both pieces.

I die cut a window from one of the blended pieces of card to create a frame, then attached an acetate window to the back of the frame. I stamped the sentiment on to the acetate using Versafine ink. Stamping over three times to get a good impression. Stazon ink would have worked better but my pad needed reinking. Next I added three layers of foam tape to the back of the frame and filled it with ‘Aquamarine’ sequins from Doodles Paper Playground. I attached the background panel to the frame to crrate the shaker.

I adhered the die cut images to the front of the card and added some white opal loquid pearls, some glossy accent dots and applied some wink of stella glitter pen to the mermaids hair and tail to complete the card.

Thanks for dropping by. Take care for now.

Katrina

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Sealife inspired card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card for Time For Tea Designs. As Sumner draws to a close I had a design idea based on a visit to the sealife centre! I used two clear stamp sets from Time For Tea Designs. Butterflies and Shell Phone.

To make the card I first worked on the circle window. I die cut two circles big enough for the window.

I took the first circle and ink blended Distress Oxide inks using Salty Ocean for the bottom half and Broken China for the top half. I splattered some water over the inked area and soaked up the excess with a paper towel.

I then took the second circle and die cut from the centre the next smallest circle die I had. This gives a round frame for the window. I used C0 and C2 Copic markers to colour the frame and a silver Sharpie pen to add dots around the frame.

Next I stamped my images. I used Memento Tuxedo black ink to stamp on Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock. I used the octopus, fish and the girl and coloured them with my Copic markers then cut them out.

Using a liquid adhesive I attached the circle frame to the inked circle. The liquid glue allows some time to move the frame to the perfect position. I used a tape runner to attach the fish and octopus to the window.

Now it is time to work on the card base. I took a piece of purple tape and masked off a section at the bottom of the card to represent the floor and blended some Distress Oxide Hickory Smoke ink. I then took Stormy Sky ink and blended an area that was slightly bigger than the window but without covering the whole card.

I attached the window to the centre of the inked area with my tape runner, then attachd the girl with foam pads to give the card some dimension. I stamped the sentiment with black ink.

To complete to card I added some dots of glossy accents and some sequins to the window and gems to the girls hat and belt.

I love how the card turned out. I hope you like it too.

Katrina.

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Altenew AECP Challenge level 1.

Hello. Today my blog post is my level 1 challenge for the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

The specifications for the challenge were to design and make a his and her gift set of cards, with a gift box. The set should include one recycle element somewhere within the designs. There should be three components from the level 1 classes covered so far.

I decided to go for a theme of encouragement and appreciation. The three class components I focused on were

Let it shine – Adding shine to projects. Each card has some shine added to it. I made sure the shine on the masculine cards was more subtle than the feminine cards. I used a variety of mediums, gold ink, gold watercolour paint, metalic cardstock, glittercard, liquid pearls and sequins.

Irresistible inking – Stretching the use of ink pads. I love ink especially ink blending but this class made me use my inks in a different way.

Celebration stencil techniques – Getting the most out of stencils. I love stencils and was keen to add them to a majoriry of the cards I made.

As I created the cards I wanted to stay true to my style. Colouring, bright colours and inking are all important parts of the projects I created.

For the first two cards in the collection I used the Altenew stamp set wallpaper art. For the first card I painted the image using Altenew inks Forest Glade, Sea Breeze and Lavender Fields. I stamped the images on to Strathmore Bristol smooth card using Versafine black ink. I first stamped the flower, then masked it with masking paper and stamped over the top with the leaves. This gives a one layer card image. The image at the forefront needs to be stamped first. Once the ink was dry I watercoloured the image using the inks. I die cut the panel with a Heffy doodle stitched rectangle. I then added splatters to the background using the same inks and along with some gold. I selected the sentiment from the Altenew stamp set heartfelt sentiments. I used Altenew obsidian pigment ink to stamp then added some sequins for some extra sparkle and shine.

For the next card I stamped out the large floral image using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Neenah 80lb cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers. I then fussy cut it out. I stamped the Altenew wood pallet background stamp on to a piece of white card using Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink. I then stamped the leaf images over the top using Altenew Forest Glade ink. I die cut the panel from this, using a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle. I stamped the sentiment and banner which are also from the wood pallet stamp set in Altenew obsidian pigment ink. I attached the flower to the centre of the leaves using foam tape. I layered the panel on to a piece of purple cardstock and attached this to a white card base. I added some sequins from little things by Lucy’s cards for some sparkle.

To make this Thank You card I stamped out the images from the Altenew Perfectly Perfect stamp set using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Neenah 80lb cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers. I then fussy cut them out. I took the Altenew feeling dotty stencil and used Altenew frayed leaf ink to blend up from a darker to a lighter shade. Using a blending brush use less pressure to give a lighter shade of one ink colour. I selected the sentiment from the Altenew stamp set Heartfelt Sentiments. I used Altenew obsidian pigment ink to stamp then added some white opal liquid pearls for some shine and cut a small strip of silver glitter card and adhered it to the bottom of the card.

For my next card I stamped out the images using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Neenah 80lb cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers. I then fussy cut them out. I took the Altenew leaf burst stencil and used Altenew frayed leaf ink to blend up from a darker to a lighter shade near the edges. I added a little Mustard Seed Distress Oxide ink to the centre of the stencil for some contrast. I stamped the sentiment in Altenew Antique Gold pigment ink. This one is from the Focus On You Altenew set. I then went around the edges of the card in the same ink, rubbing the ink pad directly at an angle along the card. I added some sequins from little things by Lucy’s cards for some sparkle.

I love how the next card turned out. To create the background I used Distress Oxide inks in Dusty Concord and Picked Raspberry to blend inks from the edges to the centre of the card. I then took the feeling dotty stencil and blended over the top in the same colours each time leaving the centre of the card very light. Next I took some vellum and stamped the flower and leaf images from the Perfectly Perfect stamp set on the vellum using Wow embossing pad. I then covered the area in gold embossing powder and heat set with my heat gun. Once cooled I fussy cut the images. To adhere the to the card I run the images through my Xyron sticker maker and stuck them to the centre of the card. Again I stamped the sentiments in Antique Gold ink. I then went around the edges of the card in the same ink.

The next card is a bright rainbow of colour! I stamped out the images using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Neenah 80lb cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers. I then cut them out using my scan n cut machine. I took the Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil and blended on to my card using Distress Oxide inks working in a rainbow order. I added a black strip of card for the sentiment, which I white heat embossed. I adhered the images to the centre and added some sequins for sparkle.

I have a Thank You card up next. I used images from the Altenew Garden grow stamp set. I stamped out the images using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Neenah 80lb cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers. I then cut them out using my scan n cut machine. I used the watercolor stripes stencil for the background. With a blending brush I added Altenew ink in Sea Breeze and Forest glade. Keeping the focus on the images I simply adhered them to the background, stamped the sentiment and added some white opal liquid pearls for some shine

For this card I stamped out the images using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Neenah 80lb cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers. I then cut them out using my scan n cut machine. I took the Altenew feeling dotty stencil and used Altenew Tide Blue ink to blend up from a darker to a lighter shade.

I adhered the images towards the bottom of the card and added a strip of glitter card. To finish the card and add a more masculine feel i added some blue twine to the top of the card.

For this simple poppy card I used an Altenew gift set I got with a card making magazine. It is a layering set. I stamped the layers using Altenew inks Turquoise and Starlight for the blues and Frayed leaf for the leaves, along with Jet Black for the lines. To add shine I added the gold edging and gold splatters to the background.

To make the Fathers Day card I used the Garden Grow stamp set. I stamped out the images using Memento Tuxedo black ink on to Neenah 80lb cardstock and coloured them using Copic markers. I then cut the out using my scan n cut machine. Next I worked on the background, I stamped the Altenew wood pallet background stamp on to a piece of white card using Tea Dye Distress Oxide ink. I die cut a panel from this using a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle and stamped the sentiment which is from the Altenew stamp set best Dad in Altenew black obsidian pigment ink. I adhered the imaged to the panel and used a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to the tools. I layered the panel on to a piece of gold cardstock and attached this to a white card base.

I recently watched a video by the inspirational Kristina Werner click here to see her video which inspired this card. I blended Salty Ocean and Dusty Concord Distress Oxide inks on to the background using a blending brush, then used stamps from the Altenew stamp set Perfectly Perfect to stamp in the same inks. I used my Misti stamping platform as the images needed double stamping to show up well. I inked half the stamp in one colour then did the same for the rest of the stamp, making sure to follow the similar colouring of the background ink I used Altenew inks Tide Blue and Deep Iris. To add shine I stamped the sentiment in Altenew Antique Gold pigment ink. I then went around the edges of the card in the same ink, rubbing the ink pad directly at an angle along the card. The further you tilt the pad, the deeper the line will become.

The lead burst card is simple and easy to make. The shine takes centre stage. To make this card I took the leaf burst stencil and attached it to a piece of white cardstock. I then covered the stencil with deco foil transfer gel using a palette knife and removed the stencil I then left it to dry for an hour. Once dry I placed a piece of deco foil over the stenciled area and placed it inside a piece of baking paper. I then run it through my laminater. Next I peeled away the foil to reveal the leaf pattern. I simply added a sentiment which I white heat embossed on to a strip of black card and then used a black pen to draw a double black border around the edge of the card.

The gift box was the area I focused on the recycle element. I took an old game box, covered it in some paper I had in my stash. Sticking the box to the back side of the paper and carefully cutting and sticking it using double sided tape which is nice and strong.

I then made a card front for the top which tied in with the cards in the set, adding shine and a large coloured floral image. I have never created a gift box before and am really happy with how it turned out.

Thanks for dropping by. I hope you like the cards. Take care for now.

Katrina

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