AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

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Floral cards are great for any occasion

I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category. Of course, it sometimes depends on your frame of mind when creating, and the colors selected, but more often than not, a sentiment can be swapped out for another very easily. That’s today’s card!

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CAS with color

There’s a lovely amount of whitespace on this design, which really qualifies it as “CAS”. Over time, I’m learning how to scale back some of my design to keep it more clean and less over-worked. Most times, less is more! 

The Technique & Design

This is the third card that we created at my Altenew Educator Level 3 Final. It prominently features a Build-a-flower stamp set – something that Altenew is known for. I specifically chose the Painted Flowers set because it is very forgiving. The individual images don’t need to be lined up perfectly to create a great look – unlike some of the other build-a-flower sets. I knew that my class attendees would not be familiar with this kind of stamping, but I wanted to introduce them to the style, and feel successful at the same time. Of course, I had a trick up my sleeve to make it even easier — check out the video to see what I did!

Can you imagine this design without the pink “cloud”? The flowers would look like they were floating, don’t you think? Adding the light swirl of color behind the arrangement adds a grounding element that works every time!

And, oh, what about that sentiment? Swap it out with any of 25 sentiments from the Sentiment Strips stamp set! They’re all the same height, so a 1/4″ strip works for every one. It covers sentiments from birthday to sympathy, thinking of you and even get well! This is a must-have set for your collection!

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Project Tutorial Video

I’ve got a full-length process tutorial for you today. Enjoy, & follow along to create your own!

This is nearly the end!

Or is it? These final projects are the end of my journey to Altenew Certification. But, it’s also the beginning of a wonderful relationship with this amazing company! Tomorrow’s post will feature the final card from my Level 3 Final. Then, on Tuesday, I’ll post a final wrap-up with pictures from the event and the cards that the attendees made! You won’t want to miss it!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

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AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

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Yes – seriously, another stencil technique

Every time I see a new stencil now, I want to buy it. They are so versatile and absolutely fun, fun, fun to experiment with! My latest crush is the Flowing Drops stencil from Altenew. Let’s check out the results of my last Altenew Educator class!

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Class #5: Watercolor Basics & Beyond

This is my last class for my Altenew Level 3 certification! I really loved taking a class with Jen Rzasa again. She’s got such a great design eye, and shares fantastic techniques that are easy to achieve. This class focused on using the 36 Pan Set of watercolors that coordinates with other Altenew colors. 

My Project

I just can’t get enough of stencils! I honed in on a technique right away that was very similar to one I’d shared with you previously. It got me having fun with blending watercolors in a very easy way!

The Technique & Design

I feel like I’m coming full circle here since this technique is so closely related to the very first project I shared for my Educator certification! If you don’t remember the technique, be sure to check out the post. In order to achieve the background, instead of smooshing the stencil into distress ink, I created a watercolor panel using the 36 Pan Set and Hot Press watercolor paper. Hot Press paper will take oodles of water, so it’s very easy to create these loose blends. Then, I laid the stencil into the super watery panel and let it dry. The water liked to pool around the edges and into the spaces.

This technique is a definite waiting game as the panel needs to dry. You can do some heat setting, but need to be careful to not melt your stencil! 

To make the results of the panel stand out even more, I added some white gouache to the stencil and overlaid it to make those paths lighter. Then, I outlined the drops with a Sakura White Gel Pen, and added in depth with some graphite pencil shading.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

The stencil and watercolor technique is explained further in the Altenew Academy class. It’s a great one, so I suggest you add it to your watch-list. Instead, for today’s video, I thought I would share how I added in the extra depth to the droplets using graphite pencils.

One journey ends, another begins…

I have truly treasured this journey through the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I have learned new techniques, refined old techniques and really pushed my creative skills over the last four months. I’m really excited about conducting a live class again as it’s been about a year since my last one. I can’t wait to introduce my friends to these amazing products and share with them some fun new techniques they can add to their projects!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

This is IT!
Strap in, people! This post is LOOONNGG and filled with lots of pics. We’re taking a look into Friday’s Altenew Educator Level 3 Final Challenge – my live class, and it was a good one!

AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

On the CASE: Simple Shapes

Let’s CASE this card…  It’ll be easy!

Yup – that’s what I thought when I was researching designs to CASE this week. I found this lovely design by Jen Rzasa over at Altenew and thought that it would be pretty simple to recreate. Ugh… well… maybe not.

As you can see, I decided to focus on the pattern rows and the raised diecut, but opted to change up colors and overall dimensions of the project. 

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Simple Shapes (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Black Licorice CS (Lawn Fawn), 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 80lb CS (Neenah)
Inks: Golden Sunset Ink Cube Set (Altenew), xx (Altenew), Nocturne Versafine Clair (Tsukineko)
Accessories: none
Other: Make Art Stay-tion (Wendy Vecchi), Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic), Black foam sheet, Infinity Circle Dies (Hero Arts), Big Shot (Sizzix)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″. Adhere the Black Licorice CS and set aside.
  2. Use temporary adhesive to adhere the 80lb Solar White CS to the Wendy Vecchi Stay-tion. Use the grid to find the center of the panel and draw a pencil line.
  3. Stamp the first geometric image. Use the magnetic ruler and pencil to draw a line across the top of the shape. This will help align the rest of the row.
  4. Stamp the first row, randomly choosing between the triangle or parallelograms – varying direction and colors.
  5. Start the next row, then use that first stamped image to space the ruler properly and draw a line across the top again.
  6. Repeat this process line by line, leaving a space about 1″ at the bottom to add the sentiment.
  7. Wait for the panel to dry and then erase the pencil lines with a good nylon eraser.
  8. Trim down the finished panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  9. Stamp the desired sentiment on the bottom right of the stamped panel.
  10. Using the largest circle die, diecut the lower right portion of the stamped panel (see picture)
  11. Adhere the rest of the stamped panel to the card base, aligning the edge to the right and bottom edge of the card base. The black border should only be on the top and left.
  12. Diecut a matching circle in black foam sheet.
  13. Adhere the foam circle to the diecut sentiment piece. Trim the excess foam.
  14. Adhere the finished sentiment element to the card base, exactly where it was cut out.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 5 out of 5 – Yup – I said it. This card was HARD! I thought differently starting out. I mean, how hard could it be to stamp these geometrics on a line? Welp… it’s darn hard! So, it gets bonus points for being a hard card in disguise! It took me three tries to get the stamping right. The only think that would have really helped would have been the old school Stamp-a-ma-jig. 

If you decide to take this one on, have patience, and be ready to start over until you get the hang of it. Once you get it, though, it will look amazing, so it’s worth the try!

We hope our projects today inspired you to try CASE-ing our projects, or another project you’ve been eyeing!  We hope to see you again in 2 weeks when we’ll be On the CASE again!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

This is IT!
Strap in, people! This post is LOOONNGG and filled with lots of pics. We’re taking a look into Friday’s Altenew Educator Level 3 Final Challenge – my live class, and it was a good one!

AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

Festive Friday: 5-Minute Striped Birthday Card

Play along at the Festive Friday Challenge. DT members provide written or video instructions for their projects each challenge! Find us @festivefridaychallenge or festivefridaychallenge.com. New challenges every other Friday! #cardchallenge

After a long week, it’s nice to make something simple and fun!

So, let’s do that! It’s time for another Festive Friday challenge and I thought I’d whip up a simple, fun card that can get your weekend off to a great start. Of course, having some inspiration to get going on a project is half the battle. Let’s take a look at the latest challenge, shall we?

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Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Armed Services Day is a day to show appreciation to Active Duty members of the Armed Forces in the US. Use this as an opportunity to make some cards that you can send to a military hospital that can be given to any of the inpatients.
  • Be inspired by typical military and patriotic imagery and colors – red, white, & blue, or blue & yellow or blue & white – even camouflage colors – greens & browns… Then, there’s stripes (go for the AND option of the challenge), stars, airplanes, ships, eagles… There’s lots of fun inspiration right there!
  • Of course, you can embrace just the AND option and come up with a project that features stripes in a prominent way!
  • CASE one of the DT projects and add your own twist to our designs. Of course, if you blog about it, we would love for you to mention the Designer as your inspiration for your project. Here’s links to all of the Designers:

Here’s my take:

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

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Stamps: Happy Happy Happy (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 4″ x 5 1/4″ Wax Lips CS (Bazzill), 3 3/4″ x 5″ Remembrance Memories patterned paper (Color Play), scraps of Solar White 80lb (Neenah)
Inks: Frayed Burlap or Candied Apple Distress Oxide (Ranger)
Accessories: Cool Summer Nights Enamel Dots (Altenew)
Other: Big Shot (Sizzix), Happy Happy Happy dies (Lawn Fawn)

How-To Video

This week’s tutorial is a beginning-to-end video. It takes me about 8 minutes to teach you this 5-minute card! Enjoy!!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0033 and we want to see your design. Link up your project over at Festive Friday and you might just be named a Festive Fave!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

This is IT!
Strap in, people! This post is LOOONNGG and filled with lots of pics. We’re taking a look into Friday’s Altenew Educator Level 3 Final Challenge – my live class, and it was a good one!

AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.

AECP: Create a Rotating Stamp Design

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Today’s technique is going to blow your mind!

I have been a fan of the rotating stamp style, like Concord & 9th’s Turnabout ™ stamps, for a while now. It’s just so cool how you can turn the paper 90-degrees, stamp the same image, and end up with a filled-in design that looks like wallpaper or wrapping paper! The only problem is that I wanted to take regular stamp sets and make this same kind of pattern. But how?! I had to figure it out!

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Class #8: Beyond Basic Backgrounds

The Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Backgrounds class was just the excuse for me to explore exactly how I could make my own rotating stamps using any stamp set. This class focuses on ways to make a background the star of the show. Lydia leads class members through six lessons – each highlighting a fun technique to bring the background to the forefront of the design. As you can see in my project today, these backgrounds don’t take a back-seat to anything!

My Project

I started my quest for the perfect method to create a rotating design. And, after some testing, and trying it out on some other projects (did you notice it here?) I’ve got the steps down pat!

The Technique & Design

For this specific card, I stamped the rotating background in Versamark on watercolor card and embossed it in Pure White embossing powder. The embossing lines were the perfect barrier to keep the watercolored background from getting onto the images. Once I had the mottled background complete, I colored in all the yummy treats. All of the watercoloring was done using my newly acquired Altenew Watercolor Pan Set.

Once dry, the finished watercolor panel was cut down to A2 size and adhered to the card base with some Scrapbook.com wide double sided adhesive. I love using the 4″ wide adhesive to make sure that my watercolor panels lay flat on the card base. No wonky fronts here! The sentiment is just the slimmest of strips, popped up with a strip of foam adhesive.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Now, I know you want to make your own rotating stamp patterns too, so, here’s a video to teach you how!

8 down, 2 to go!

Each project seems to be a challenge to top the previous one, and today’s certainly didn’t disappoint! I’ve got two more classes to go through for my Level 2 certification – what will I come up with next?!

Don’t Forget about my monthly GIVEAWAY!

Every month, I give away a sweet surprise to one lucky commenter. So, don’t forget to leave a COMMENT on today’s post to enter!

If you loved today’s project, I’d love to know! The blogosphere can be a lonely place, so please don’t lurk! Leave a quick word or two to tell me you were here!

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    "I love this! I have a hard time getting color combos together and this takes all the guess work out so I can start creating right away! I think every stamper should have one thank you for this amazing product." - Sandra

Get everything you need to make this project!

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This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

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AECP: Level 3 Final – a Live Class

This is IT!
Strap in, people! This post is LOOONNGG and filled with lots of pics. We’re taking a look into Friday’s Altenew Educator Level 3 Final Challenge – my live class, and it was a good one!

AECP: A Floral Card for Any Occasion

Floral cards are great for any occasion.
I love it when I can craft up a design that will accommodate any sentiment. I find that lots of floral designs fit that category.