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Thanks Friend Card

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.

I added a few sequins to complete the card.

Thanks for dropping by.

Katrina.

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Dream Big Card

Hello.

Today I am sharing a card for Time For Tea Designs featuring some of the brand new release.

To start the card I used a blender brush and Distress Oxide Inks. I blended Wild Honey directly on to my A6 card base. I then took a piece of white A6 sized card and applied Mustard Seed and blended it up in to Squeezed Lemonade.

Once my panel was dry I placed the say cheese cover plate die over the top and run it through my die cutting machine. I also die cut the dream big sentiment from some shiny bronze cardstock I had in my stash and the shadow die in black card.

I then worked on my mouse image. I stamped the little mouse and cheese from the baked with love stamp set in Copic safe ink and coloured them with my Copic markers. I then die cut them with the coordinating dies.

To put the card together I adhered the panel die cut on to my card base with a tape runner. I used liquid glue to adhere the sentiment die together then attached it to my card. I took my mouse and cheese and used liquid glue to sit him on the sentiment. This completes the card.

Thanks for dropping by. Take Care for now.

Katrina.

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Watercolour Thanks Card

Hello. Today I am sharing a card I made as part of the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

This card was made as part of the ‘artists watercolor 101 for paper crafters’ class. The class was all about watercolour techniques and how to get the best results.

I love watercolour and I don’t get my paints out as often as I should so this class was the perfect opportunity for some practice.

To start the card I selected the Altenew Happy Pomegranates stamp set. I took a piece of Arches cold pressed watercolour card cut to the same size as my A6 card base. I selected my Versafine onyx black ink and using my Misti stamping too stamped the pomegranates at the top centre of the card. I used the Misti to allow me to stamp the image twice as watercolour card has a texture and although my images stamped perfectly it can be stamped again if needed.

I stamped the pomegranates image again on to a piece of masking paper and cut this out to make a mask. I placed the mask over the top of the image then stamped the other leaf images around this.

Once the ink was dry I started watercoloring. I used the new Altenew watercolors

I added a layer of paint at a time, Making sure each layer was dry before adding the next. Once I was happy with my painting I worked on the sentiment.

I die cut the thanks from card three times and stacked them with liquid glue. I took the rest of the sentiment from the Altenew ‘Paint a flower – rose’ stamp set and stamped it below where the thanks die cut would be placed. I then adhered the die. To finish off I added some sequins and cut down the panel and adhered it to my card base.

Take care for now.

Katrina.

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Floral One Layer Birthday card

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.

Katrina

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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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One Layer Scene Card

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.

Take care for now.

Katrina.

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Floral Thanks Card

Hello. I am back with another card for the Altenew Educator Certification Programme.

The class was called Impressive Heat Embossing. It was all about different ways to add embossed images to projects. This class was a great way to take me away from my much loved alcohol markers. It is very rare I make a card that doesn’t involve colouring.

To make the card I took one flower and one leaf image from the Altenew ‘Flower Garden’ stamp set. I took my anti static powder bag and rubbed it over my card panel before stamping to keep stray bits of embossing powder sticking to my background. I used Wow embossing pad and stamped the flower and leaf images in random places over the card, then sprinkled Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder over the images. Once this was done I used my heat gun to heat and melt the powder.

Next I tool Distress Oxude inks Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade and used a blending brush to add ink over the entire panel. I then used a cloth to bugg and remove ink from the embossed areas. I flicked a little water over the panel to add some added interest.

I used coloured pencils to add a little shading to each of the flowers and leaves, matching the colour of the ink.

Now for the sentiment. I die cut the thanks word using brown cardstock and the Altenew ‘Fancy Thanks’ Die three times and layered them on top of each other using liquid glue. I then adhered this to the background panel and added some sequins for some more shine.

I adhered the panel to my card base to complete the card.

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

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.

Take care for now.

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.

Katrina.

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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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Take care for now.

Katrina.


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