AECP: Adding More Detail to Detailed Flowers

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Be adventurous – take a pen to your stamped images!

I’m on to Level 3 of my Altenew Educator journey. I have five classes to complete, and then a capstone project – a live event where I will teach a class how to make some projects in person, with my AECP team watching via live stream. FUN!!!

Anyway, for my first project, I thought I would revisit the idea of layered stamps as that is a core Altenew product, and I want to get better with them and find fun ways to use all the layers. 

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Class #1: All About Layering 3

The All About Layering series are FREE classes that help people get comfortable with the Altenew layered Build-a-Flower stamps. Each class features a different stamp set, so it seems to me that they will continue publishing new Layering classes as they add more stamp sets to their lineup. Getting these stamps aligned can take patience and practice, which is why I wanted to revisit this technique.

My Project

I pulled out the Beautiful Day stamp set since that has four distinct layers. I wanted to do a fun floral arrangement – another style where I need more practice. After I had all the pieces stamped, I felt like I still needed even more detail, so I reached back to a previous class (Beautiful Details) for an idea on how I could add even more detail to these already depth-filled stamps. 

The Technique & Design

The first step when working a paper bouquet is to decide on a color palette. I decided to go with pinks and purples picking out both the Spring Bouquet and Shades of Purple cube sets. The Green Fields cube set is a go-to for greenery. I knew that I would probably want to make up more floral pieces than I needed, so I didn’t hesitate to fill up a full sheet of Solar White cardstock with blooms, leaves and buds. After diecutting them out, I could start arranging.

But, I felt like something was missing. Though the flowers and leaves looked fairly detailed, they were still missing a “pop” that would make the dimension really come to life. So, I thought about what I learned in the Beautiful Details class and pulled out a precision pen to add even more detail to the images. To really make the stamen come to life, I added dots of All-Purpose Ink in Vegas Gold. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

A simple ink blended vellum background brought the layout together in a way that lets the florals shine.

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Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Let’s take a closer look at how easy it is to add extra detail to stamped images!

The End is Near!

No, not the apocalypse – the end of my AECP journey! It’s not really the end, but the beginning of what will hopefully be a great, ongoing relationship with the Altenew brand. If you love Altenew products, or are just discovering and think it’s love at first sight, then, I encourage you to check out all their classes and the AECP program.

Blog Candy Winners!!

Thanks to everyone who left comments on last week’s roundup here and on Instagram.

The GRAND PRIZE winner is:

Sue D

Runners Up:

truthinlove_2001 (Instagram)
Traci Davis

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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.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

On the CASE: Geometric Landscape

Everyone can fussy cut this project!

Today I’m CASE-ing a new stamp set from Altenew – Geometric Landscape. I can envision a lot of amazing cards with this set. But, I thought I’d start with a design that was inspired by one of the samples. 

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Jaycee Gaspar was an April guest designer at Altenew and is also enrolled in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) – just like me! If you get a chance, stop by his blog and see the samples he did. Two words come to mind – thoughtful and balanced. There are quite a few other designs that he’s shared that I have on my list for inspiration. I hope you like his portfolio too!

I started by pulling the cutouts from his design – cutting on my own lines instead of mimicking the ones he’d selected. I also added in a background geometric layer with some of the leftover pieces. I changed the color thinking that green is a more hopeful color. The color, combined with the angled upward geometric (think – climbing up, or achieving new heights) tie into the encouraging sentiment.

Because the geometric is heat embossed, it’s super easy to fussy cut! So, if you’re typically a non-fussy-cutter, or if you’re new to papercrafting, give this one a try as it’s a great introduction to cutting around the lines.

For On the CASE with Ann & Nicole (January 2019). Featuring, Oh, Hello turnabout (Concord & 9th), and Heat Embossing. For more details including step-by-step instructions for CASE-ing this card , click through. #pmretreat #concordand9th #hello #handstamped

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

Stamps: Geometric Landscape (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ Solar White 110lb CS (Neenah), 2: 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ Evergreen CS (Bazzill), 4″ x 3/4″ Gold Mirror CS (Altenew)
Inks: Versamark (Tsukineko)
Accessories: none
Other: Black Fun Foam Sheet(Amazon), Black Embossing Powder (Ranger), Gold Embossing Powder (Ranger), Anti-static bag (Ranger), Heat Tool (Hero Arts), Stamp Positioning Tool (Tonic/Tim Holtz), Paper Snips (Tonic/Tim Holtz), Picket Fence Distress Spray Stain (Ranger/Tim Holtz)

On the CASE Notes

(your step-by-step guide)

  1. Score the card base at 4 1/4″. Set aside.
  2. Stamp and heat emboss the background geometric panel using Versamark and Gold Embossing Powder on one of the Evergreen cardstock panels.
  3. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment using Versamark and Black Embossing Powder on the Gold Mirror cardstock strip.
  4. Add Picket Fence spatter to the other Evergreen cardstock panel. Allow dry time, or use a heat gun to dry.
  5. Cut out the geometric layers to your preference. 
  6. Adhere the spattered background panel to the card base, then adhere a background geometric layer (optional).
  7. Trace the geometric shape onto a black fun foam sheet. Cut the foam and adhere to the panel.
  8. Finish the card by adhering the sentiment and adding the top geometric layer.

How Hard Was It to Crack this CASE?

Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 – This is a “Quick & Wow” card. If you have just a few extra minutes to do the heat embossing, you can whip this one up last minute style for any occasion you need. Not enough time for heat embossing? Just stamp it high contrast – like green on white or monochrome like dark purple on lavender, and you’ll end up with the same great result. Cut the geometrics different each time, or go cookie cutter – your choice!

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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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.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

Festive Friday: Make a Rainbow Using Only 3 Inks

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

True or False: You need a rainbow of ink to make a rainbow…

Well, if you read the title of this post, I hope you figured out that you don’t need a rainbow of ink. You only need three. The only requirement is that the inks blend well. Because of that, I recommend Distress Oxides! They’re a creamy pigment and die blend that just loves to blend together and plays well with water for additional technique possibilities.

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My inspiration came from the newest Festive Friday challenge that gets us thinking about Spring and Summer with rainbows as an option, and the featured festivity of Earth Day (April 21st).

 

Looking for ideas – here’s a few:

  • Earth Day is typically partnered with the idea of recycling. You could use some scraps you have from previous projects, or look to unusual materials as elements – like pop cans, recycled paper or plastic, etc.
  • Rainbows are a super fun element – this is another super flexible option that you can take literally, or abstractly. Add a simple rainbow to your design, or just go for a rainbow of colors in your cardstock or ink choices. 
  • 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:

Let’s get on with the Party Plan so you can recreate this beauty!

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Stamps and Paper and Inks … Oh, My!

(Affiliate shopping links are listed at the end of the post)

Stamps: Better Together (Altenew)
Paper: 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ – Solar White 110lb (Neenah), 6″ x 6″ 110 lb Watercolor Card (Strathmore)
Inks: Candied Apple, Salty Ocean & Wild Honey Distress Oxides (Ranger/Tim Holtz), Versafine Clair Nocturne (Tsukineko), Picket Fence Distress Stain (Ranger/Tim Holtz), Vegas Gold All-Purpose Ink (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Cool Summer Night & Pocketful of Sunshine enamel dots (Altenew)
Other: Heat Tool, Stamp Positioner (Tonic), Scallop Builder Stencil (Altenew), Distress Blender & Pads (Ranger), double sided adhesive (Scrapbook.com)

Party Plan

(your step-by-step guide to CASE-ing this design)
** Click the images to see the enlarged slideshow **

  1. Score your card base at 4 1/4″ and set aside.
  2. Set up the watercolor card with the Scallop Builder stencil.
  3. Start the ink blending from the center – cover approximately 1/2 – 2/3 of the entire card with Wild Honey. You will blend into this, so  make sure there’s enough to have some yellow show through later.
  4. Next start blending from the top down with Candied Apple. Avoid the yellow area until the top has the desired shade of red, then start moving into the yellow area to make orange!
  5. Repeat this process from the bottom up using Salty Ocean – moving into the yellow to make green.
  6. Remove the stencil when done and decide if you will add water to distress the panel. If so, spritz water on the panel – just a light mist at first to see how it moves, then more if desired. For best results, dry with a heat tool.
  7. Flick Picket Fence and Vegas Gold inks onto the watercolor panel. Allow it to dry, or use the heat tool.
  8. Trim the watercolor panel to 4″ x 5 1/4″.
  9. Cut a piece of double sided adhesive to size. Adhere it smoothly to the watercolor panel, then adhere the panel to the card base. This is a perfect solution to make sure a warped panel lays flat!
  10. Set up the card in a stamp positioner with the desired sentiment. Stamp in Versafine Clair Nocturne.
  11. Add enamel dots as desired.

Crafter’s Toolbox

I thought you might enjoy a video to show the ink blending technique more in depth!

Now it’s your turn to link up!

Now that you’re all inspired, what will you create? The clock is ticking away for #FF0031 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!

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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

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The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

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.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

AECP: Three Spacing & Alignment Tools

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Do you have a crooked eye?

If it seems like your elements end up crooked every time you glue something down, then stay tuned for today’s video! Even if you have a pretty good eye, I’ve got some tips that might help your alignment skills even more.

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Now, I have to say, this post isn’t all about my alignment tips – it’s also about my first Altenew Educator Certification LEVEL 2 project! I finished Level 1 over the weekend and am diving right into the next set of classes and assignments. So, let’s take a look at the class and my project, then we’ll get to all those crooked eyes out there.

Class #1: Polychromatic

The Polychromatic class is great if you struggle with color. For me, this was a nice review as I work with color every day as a graphic designer, and I’ve never really been afraid to experiment with different color combinations. But, if color is a struggle for you, this class will help give you some tools to build your confidence.

My Project

I looooove the monochrome look, and I’m also crazy for a pop of color, so, why not combine them?! I stretched my artistic skill by planning out this beautiful stamped background. It did take me a while because it’s not something I do often, but I’m finding that, more often than not, I’d rather take the time to do a spectacular background than rely on patterned papers. Don’t get me wrong – patterned papers are great, but I just don’t use them enough and really dislike having stashes of paper that I’ve bought and never used. So, I thought this might be more my thing.

The Technique & Design

Though the sentiment is incredibly meaningful and uplifting, it is pretty simple so that the rest of the background can shine. Using Altenew’s coordinating inks made it easy to find grays that would go together for the monochromatic look I wanted. I chose the Gentleman’s Gray color set accented with flicks of black and white from Ranger Distress Sprays (Picket Fence & Black Soot). I added some small details to the leaves – which I’m 50/50 on, but I think they add just a hint of detail instead of having the plain, solid leaves.

Of course, a stamp positioner was a key tool for stamping the background so I could be sure to get even, crisp stamping. But, I also used my stamp positioner to set up the sentiment lines to make it easy to cut them out into perfect 1/4″ strips.

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Three tools I use for precision spacing and alignment are my stamp positioning tool, my paper trimmer and a clear t-square. Let’s take a look at my latest Crafter’s Toolbox video to see how they contribute to crafting success!

1 down, 9 to go!

Moving into AECP Level 2 I can see there are a lot of interesting classes to explore. I’m really excited to be continuing on this journey and expanding my toolbox! I hope you enjoyed getting a look into my monochromatic design and that your eye is feeling a little less crooked after checking out my tips video.

Don’t Forget about the 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!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

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.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!

AECP: Make an Awesome Multimedia Card

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant Badge

Everyone appreciates a work of art

Especially when it is custom made for them! That’s what every handmade card is – a custom work of art! One of the things I like to stress is that guys can appreciate a work of art too! That’s why just a simple change can take a card from feminine to “masculine”. What is “masculine” anyway? Who’s to say what a guy will appreciate? Perhaps he likes glitter, or a bit of sparkle and shine? One thing’s for sure, whether it’s a guy or a gal, they will love that the card was made with them in mind!

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Level 1: FINAL

I received my Level 1 Final project assignment from Virginia last weekend, and I got straight to work! I wanted to have some extra time to try out a few ideas and get my project just right. My assignment included the following requirements:

  • Use techniques from three of the Level 1 Classes to make a birthday, graduation or encouragement card
  • Explain the components and share tips
  • Create a Masculine and Feminine version
  • Do a step-by-step photo tutorial and/or YouTube video
  • Complete the assignment by March 31st!

Wow! That’s a lot! Fortunately, some ideas started coming to me right away, and I had some idea of who these cards would go to – yes, even some guys! So, let’s get into the project and all of the how-to details!

My Project

The trick to combining multiple techniques is to not go overboard and make sure that they are in harmony with each other. In most cases, that means that the background will receive the majority of the techniques. That got me thinking along the lines of a “multimedia” project, and that’s where I ended up!

 

Don’t forget to leave a comment at the end of the post to qualify for my monthly giveaway!

How To:

Here’s the step-by-step! This project pulls from lessons in four classes: For The Guys, Let it Shine, Celebration – Stenciling Techniques, and Easy Die Cutting. The techniques are called out in bold throughout the steps, with a citation to the class in parenthesis after. Project Supplies are listed and linked at the end of the post.

  1. On a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ piece of Solar White 80# cardstock, trace an A2 sized (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) rectangle in pencil. This is the key working area. We are using a larger piece to allow the background to take shape more freely.
  2. Pick three Altenew Crisp Ink colors for the stenciling step. This is how you can skew the project more masculine or more feminine. Go for pinks and yellows for a more light & feminine look. Pick grays, greens and/or blues for a more masculine look. Of course, it all depends on your recipient – pick colors they will like! Here’s some ideas:
    Flirty feminine – Rose Quartz, Puffy Heart, Warm Sunshine
    Monochrome Gray – Silver Lake, Cloudy Night, Jet Black
    Masculine blue/gray – Silver Lake, Cloudy Night, Desert Night
    Masculine green/gray – Bamboo, Gray Denim, Evergreen
  3. Use the Calligraphy Maze stencil (Class: For the Guys) to apply three layers of color. Clean (if necessary because of color changes) and rotate the stencil 90-degrees between each color so they overlap at different places. This is a partial stenciling technique (inspired by Celebration: Stenciling Techiques), so don’t attempt to cover the entire background – focus the pattern in the mid to lower right side of the piece.
  4. Next, it’s time to do some background embossing (Class: Let It Shine). Coat the background panel with an anti-static bag. Then, using the Reason to Smile stamp set, pull out some inspirational words and stamp them on the background panel using Versamark. If you stamp the images on white, they will be more hidden. If stamped on the stenciled areas, they will be more visible. Once stamped, coat in white embossing powder and heat set with a heat gun.
  5. Arrange the “YOU ARE” stamp towards the left-center of the background panel. Stamp with Versafine Clair Nocturne, coat with black embossing powder and heat set. Once cooled, cover the “YOU ARE” with a bit of Post-it note to mask it off.
  6. Next, create a stencil from the Halftone Cover Die (Class: Celebration: Stenciling Techniques) using some scrap ca.rdstock. Place the stencil over the background panel and apply embossing paste with a palette knife (Class: Celebration: Stenciling Techniques).Use a heat gun, if desired, to speed up the drying process.
  7. Flick a lightweight glue onto the background panel. I created my own by watering down Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive with rubbing alcohol. Allow it to dry for a minute or two – until tacky.
  8. Apply Nuvo Gilding Flakes (Class: Let It Shine) in your choice of color (Gold, Silver, Copper or a mix). Once all the glue spatter is coated in flakes, remove the excess flakes with a soft brush.
  9. Cut down the background panel to 3 3/4″ x 5″ , remove the Post-it mask, and adhere to a standard A2 card base.
  10. Coat a strip of Lawn Fawn Vellum with anti-static powder. Then stamp the “awesome” stamp from the Super Script stamp set using Versafine Clair Nocturne. This will help make the black even more black! Before it dries, add black embossing powder (Class: Let It Shine) and heat set the vellum. Use a low heat setting, or be sure to move the heat gun around so it does not scorch the vellum.
  11. Diecut the finished sentiment with the coordinating die. (Class: Easy Die Cutting Techniques) I omitted the tiny center of the “s” as it is difficult to place, and unnecessary for this design. Add small bits of foam adhesive to the back of the diecut sentiment.
  12. Remove the foam strip backings on the vellum sentiment, then add some swirls of metallic thread (Class: Let It Shine) to the back and adhere to the card base.

Click to enlarge slideshow:

Project Tutorial Video

Even though I distilled the how-to into 14 steps, this card does take some time to make. When I created the video, I went on for about 30 minutes! That’s when I knew I’d have to give a voiceover speed video a try. I hope you enjoy it and that it helps you to understand some of the steps and techniques better. Please don’t hesitate to leave questions in the comments – I’d be happy to answer you!

Here’s a closeup  look at the fantastic texture in that background:

Can you see the hidden words?

On to Level 2!

I thoroughly enjoyed working to a requirement – it was a challenge to have to focus on specific aspects and to not think of them as limits, but as opportunities to approach the assignment in my creative way. I’m looking forward to learning more and refining my techniques as I move on to the Level 2 coursework!

Oh! What about the giveaway?!

The winner from my Blog Candy giveaway is Sue D! She shared, “My favorites are All About Layering and Seasonal Scene Building.” She will be receiving the Nuvo Gilding Flakes and 2 cards from the roundup!

Gwen and Beth will also receive one of the cards from the roundup! 

Ladies – please email me with your mailing address!

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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!

The supply list is right here! Just click a product to get started. The links I'm sharing are Affiliate Links, meaning that I will receive a small commission on your sale, at no additional cost to you.
This helps keep the lights on and the inspiration flowing here at Pixel Maven's Retreat!

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

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.

Father’s Day Cards Featured on Scrapbook.com

I’m excited to share that I’ve been PUBLISHED on Scrapbook.com!
I hope to be invited to do more of these posts as I truly enjoyed putting these projects together. 😀 My creative brief was Father’s Day Cards.

AECP: Will It Emboss?

I wonder…. will it…?
Ever hold a craft supply in your hand wondering if it will take on a certain technique or medium? That’s how I come up with all of my crazy, innovative ideas!