AECP Level 2 Roundup & BLOG CANDY!!!

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It’s time to celebrate with some BLOG CANDY!!

I’ve reached the end of my Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 2 coursework and am working behind the scenes on my Level 2 final. So, while I’m doing that, how about we enjoy a roundup of my Level 2 projects and some BLOG CANDY!

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Blog Candy

Here’s how you can enter the giveaway for some Blog Candy:

  • Leave a comment by Tuesday, May 14th at 8 PM, sharing your favorite project and why.
  • For an additional entry, create an account here and start collecting Pixel Points.
  • For even more entries, share this post on social media using the tag #pmretreat
  • The giveaway is OPEN to INTERNATIONAL participants.
  • One Grand Prize winner will receive a the Altenew Super Script stamp set and die bundle, as well as two of the cards from this roundup.
  • Two additional winners will receive a card from the roundup.
  • Winners will be selected at random using a random winner generator.
  • This giveaway is not sponsored by Altenew.
  • Comments DO qualify for the separate, monthly giveaway event.
  • Winners will be announced on or before May 18th.

Project Roundup

Let’s revisit all these great projects! To read the original posts, click on an image or link.

Here’s a roundup of all the videos from these projects:

Don’t Forget about the BLOG CANDY!

A comment on today’s post about your favorite project will qualify you for the special Blog Candy drawing. Additional entries can be earned by sharing the project on social media (use the hashtag #pmretreat), and by subscribing for an account here (to earn Pixel Points).

Good luck, and HAPPY CRAFTING!

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AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

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AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

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I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later.

AECP: Detailing Sketchy Floral

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If you are looking for advanced techniques – this project is for you!

I’ve been leaving this Altenew Educator Level 2 assignment for last because I simply didn’t know if I could do it! It’s not often (or ever) that you’ll hear me say something like that as I’m usually pretty confident in my ability to pick up just about any crafting technique or style, so, you may be wondering what got me doubting my skill…

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Class #10: Beautiful Details

My final class for Level 2 AECP was Beautiful Details. If you are looking for inventive and creativity-stretching techniques, you. must. take. this. class. PERIOD. The instructor, Marika Rahtu has an unbelievable eye, and unparallelled way of looking at her stamps that will make you want to spend hours on a project just to see if you can achieve similar results.

My Project

I could have skated on this assignment and done some simple no-line watercoloring. Instead, I took it as a challenge to see if I could make something from nothing. There are a lot of amazing Copic and Copic/color pencil artists out there and when I see the images they start from, there is no detail. It’s just a simple line drawing where the artist has to find the shading and depth of field to make the image or scene come to life. 

The Technique & Design

You may look at that image above and think that I did a good job coloring. What you may not know is what I started with. This is an image of the Sketchy Floral stamp set:

Notice the lack of detail in the leaves and most of the flowers? That’s where I started – with this sketched design stamped on some Neenah Solar White Super Smooth 80lb cardstock – stamped in Morning Frost ink for an eventual no-line look.

Once stamped, I LOOKED UP SOME PHOTOS FOR REFERENCE. This is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve picked up along the way. Don’t rely on your memory – look up images through Google to remember how things look. I especially needed to remember how orchid leaves look – they have more of a striped veining pattern, not a normal branched pattern. I avoided disaster by looking at pictures first!

Once I had reference pictures, I added in some light colors to start working out the depth and shadows. I followed that up with darker Copics to fill out the detail even more.

After that (and an hour into this process!), I moved to my Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils to work in the detail in coordinating warm grays and greens.

After another hour or two of laying down various colors with the pencils, I added in some stippled shading with a graphite pencil and blending stub.

It seemed a shame to cut down the panel for the card, but it had to be done. I stamped a sentiment, layered it with a panel of Lawn Fawn Storm Cloud cardstock and added a few Rock Collection Enamel Dots. 

It seems to me that this kind of project looks ugly before it looks beautiful, so you have to keep at it until you’ve reached total disaster, or you come through the other side. The only way to avoid disaster more often than not is to practice! One other bit of advice is to step away when you’re tired, or your interest is waning. Fresh eyes will help any project, and you can’t expect to finish a project like this in one day, or one sitting. I took a dinner break before tackling the colored pencils, and I’m glad I did!

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

Level 2 draws to a close!

As I mentioned, this was my last class for my Level 2 certification. Be on the lookout for my final project next week, along with a recap and special giveaway!!!

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

Here's some other projects you'll like!

 

AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

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!

Festive Friday: Easy Blue Floral Hello

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
We’re helping you get ready for yet another holiday that’s right around the corner – Father’s Day! This isn’t just an American holiday.

AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

If you don’t already love stencils, you will…
I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later.

AECP: All the Masking

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What masking technique is your favorite?

There are so many ways to mask off projects to achieve complex (or simple) layered looks. It can help you take a bunch of separate images and bring them together in a cohesive arrangement – a real “wow” statement on paper, without any die cutting or extra layers. If masking is something you avoid, read on to hear more about a great class that will help you learn how to incorporate masking, easily, into a variety of irresistible looks!

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Class #9: Masking Unleashed

Masking requires a certain level of patience and forethought. The class, Masking Unleashed, helps to explain how to think ahead and plan a project so you get all of the masking in place when you need it. There’s lots of fantastic ideas on using masks creatively, as well as how to use different materials for various masks. If masking is something you want to get better at, or if you want a helping hand in exploring this technique and all the results you can achieve, this class is definitely for you!

My Project

I LOVE the new Wallpaper Art stamp set, and I knew I wanted to use it for this project. Instead of creating something where the flowers and leaves were all separate, like wallpaper, I wanted a small grouping, with bold, bright colors. 

The Technique & Design

As I shared earlier, masking requires planning – so, I started out by laying out the stamps in an arrangement that I thought looked nice, and would fit on an A2 size card. I couldn’t plan out the leaves since I reused the same stamp over and over. So, I just played that part by ear, trying out different positions before stamping each image.

I used two masking techniques for this design. First, I used masking paper to cover the flowers and leaves to create all the overlapping, then, I used masking liquid to protect the flowers while I watercolored the background.

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

Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Most people are familiar with masking paper, so I thought I would focus on masking fluid instead. I recently discovered some tools that make it soooo easy to apply. It’s now my go-to for most masking because it’s easy to apply and you can throw a lot of water at it without getting any seepage onto the masked area. Enjoy!

9 down, 1 to go!

Yikes! I’m a little off track with my personal goal for certification, but, sometimes other priorities get in the way. I’m still well on track to achieve complete certification by June which is my ultimate goal! Saturday will usher in my last Level 2 coursework project, followed by my final project. Yippee!

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!

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!

 

AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

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!

Festive Friday: Easy Blue Floral Hello

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
We’re helping you get ready for yet another holiday that’s right around the corner – Father’s Day! This isn’t just an American holiday.

AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

If you don’t already love stencils, you will…
I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later.

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.

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

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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The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "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!

 

AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

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!

Festive Friday: Easy Blue Floral Hello

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
We’re helping you get ready for yet another holiday that’s right around the corner – Father’s Day! This isn’t just an American holiday.

AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

If you don’t already love stencils, you will…
I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later.

AECP: Double Stencil Technique

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Let’s go next-level with stencils!

Stencils are pretty popular right now, and there’s so many ways you can use them. I was inspired by my latest Altenew Academy class to see what new and innovative way I could use them for my latest project.

(affiliate links are used in this post. When you click on them and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. Thanks for supporting my blog!)

Class #7: With a Twist

The With a Twist class is all about taking some tried and true techniques and twisting them.  Therese Calvird leads the class through six lessons, “pushing some boundaries, stepping outside our comfort zones and basically having some fun with our supplies.”

My Project

I was inspired by the way Therese took  a new approach to using different stamp sets and combining different styles. So, I picked up a few of my Altenew stencils and fiddled around with a few ideas. 

The Technique & Design

The result of my experimenting with stencils lead to today’s project. I ended up using two stencils (Feeling Dotty and Scallop Builder) in combination with each other for a double stencil technique. By applying one stencil, then adding another stencil directly on top so the two were layered together, I was able to apply the second stencil only where the first would allow. 

With the two stencils I chose, I was able to apply dots to the scallop shapes. And, by using yellow and blue, the dots ended up being a vibrant shade of green against the yellow scallops. This was such a fun and easy technique. I plan on exploring more with different stencil and color combos!

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

Crafter’s Toolbox Video

Of course, a video is way better than reading through instructions, so here’s the official Crafter’s Toolbox video showing this fantastic tecnique!

7 down, 3 to go!

Can you believe I’m almost done with my Level 2 training? I’ve saved some real good ones for last, so stay tuned for more great projects, videos and Let’s Create, Simply features!

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!

Kick-start Your Creativity

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The Latest...

  • FREEBIES!!! There's no catch - check out my Freebies Page for all sorts of downloadable resources to help take your crafting up a notch!
  • Need a Color Coordinator to inspire color choices for your projects? Get yours today! 2019-20 Coordinators are NOW SHIPPING!
    "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!

 

AECP: Can’t Stop with the Stencils

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!

Festive Friday: Easy Blue Floral Hello

Welcome back for another Festive Friday!
We’re helping you get ready for yet another holiday that’s right around the corner – Father’s Day! This isn’t just an American holiday.

AECP: Another Reason to LOVE Stencils

If you don’t already love stencils, you will…
I am seriously in love with these cards and seriously addicted to how easy they are. Don’t be surprised if you see some variations pop up here sooner rather than later.