Saturday, 20 July 2019

Altenew For The Guys

Hi Everyone,

I have been taking more of Altenew's amazing classes this week! I'm having so much fun with these classes.

Today I made a card based on what I learnt in Altenew's "For the Guys" class.  I took this class as part of my AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program) course.

Let me just say, this class is A-MAZ-ING! I find it SUPER hard to create unique, fun and interesting cards for men and/or boys (I am getting a little better because I now have two beautiful boys, but I still struggle).  Altenew's teachers have come up with some fabulous ideas for both boys and men.

My favourite card in the class was made my Jennifer Rzasa and was inspired by Pop Art. I like this style so much because it is so bright and colourful.  I also think you could take this idea and use it for so many different stamps in your stash and also create cards for so many different occasions and people. I don't know about you, but when I think about cards for men I immediately think of dark, more neutral colours, so this Altenew class really showed me otherwise and I'm super happy about it. I feel like I now have the tools to create more "within my style".

Sooooo.... here is my creation:

Once I saw Jennifer's video I had a look through my stamp sets and thought that the Baby Zoo set would be absolutely perfect for this technique, along with some of my favourite Altenew Inks. The colours I used for this card are: Warm Sunshine, Caramel Toffee, Ruby Red, Evergreen and Sapphire. I then mixed these with some other inks I had in my stash. I used all of these inks to do both stamping (the lion images) and ink blending.  To create a crisp line for my ink blending I used some Post-it notes to cover the areas where I didn't want colour.

The dies for the set came in handy to create a mask for each stamped lion image and really make the image stand out and produce that Pop Art Andy Warhol vibe. You could use the purpose built masking paper, or just do what I did and use Post it notes (the ones that are sticky all over). They work a treat and are a great alternative that you might have more readily available.

I couldn't resit adding a "punny" sentiment to my card, another fun idea that is talked about in the "For the Guys" class. The idea came to me when I was looking at the lion image, so I went for it and used an alphabet set to create the play on words of "mane vs main". I popped this sentiment up using foam tape as well as a Happy Birthday Sentiment from the Label Love stamp set.

I cannot wait to give this card to my husband, I think I will save it for our Wedding Anniversary (which is next month! Yay! ..... now if only I could come up with a gift idea as easily as this card. It'd be so great if there was a class on gift giving for men haha!).

I really hope that you are inspired by this card as much as I was inspired to make it, and do go over to the Altenew site and check out their classes, you really wont be disappointed. Their list of classes only keeps growing and is a great source of inspiration!

Until next time,

Have a wonderful day,

Jodie xx

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Altenew Easy Ink Blending Techniques

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are all having a fabulous day! I just realised it has been a super long time since I have posted anything here on my blog.The reason.... my beautiful boys.
I had a second son in October last year and he along with his older brother have been keeping me super busy. Our youngest son has some health issues too so we have been busier than we anticipated.  Prior to giving birth I was feeling quite sick and tired and therefore didn't get any free time to be crafting let alone blogging.

Since my last post here on my blog I have actually done quite a lot of crafting, I just haven't blogged about it, instead finding only time enough to post to Instagram. I decided a few months back to streamline my Instagram accounts.
So I now have one for personal and one for my crafting. Let me just say, it took forever, and I am sure that I lost some followers along the way. I am happy with the overall result though. I couldn't figure out a transfer my crafty pictures (bummer!!) so I have re posted my favourite cards... those which I still had photos of... to my new account.

It feels so great to get back into blogging, and what better way than to start with a card share as a part of the Altenew Educator Certification Program. I forgot how much I love Altenew's classes! I really would recommend them to any card maker, no matter your level.  I found that coming back to the classes was super helpful to get out of a creative rut or just to refresh my skills and revisit some techniques I don't use often.

I took the "Easy Ink Blending Techniques" class as a refresher and had a great time.  I haven't used my distress inks in such a long time. But I took to them like two old friends meeting after a long time apart, catching up like no time had passed.

detail of ink blending on Bristol paper

I used only three colours for my ink blend, an old time favourite ink blending trio of Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers.  I not only love these colours in their own right, but also the pretty colours they produce when blended together. The paper you use to blend on really does make a difference too. If you have never tried ink blending on Bristol paper you are missing out. Seriously, the colours blend like butter.  Seeing the colours blend before your eyes really is amazing.

detail of emboss resist and the dimension of the card

I revisited the emboss resist technique and ink blended over the top.  I forgot how amazing this technique turns out, and decided to make it the feature of the card I created. I will never tire of seeing the image "come to life" when you blend ink over the top.  Don't forget to have a dry cloth handy too, to make sure you get rid of all of the ink from the embossed area.

To finish off my card I cut out a circle from a piece of Neenah Solar white card stock than I embossed using a wood grain embossing folder from my stash.  I actually cut this panel first, before arranging my stamps for the inked panel, so that I could make sure I had the placement of the stamps just right. I added this piece on top of my ink blended panel using some foam tape.

The panel with the ink blending was pretty as is, but I decided to add further ink blended pieces to the card.  So I did the same ink blending as before, only this time I cut the images out using the coordinating dies. I adhered these in a way I liked then added a sentiment and some clear sequins. I love the Label Love stamp set to add a sentiment to a card for those occasions when you need some added colour. In this case it helped to even out my top heavy card.

I hope you have enjoyed visiting my page again (or for the first time).

Hopefully I will have some more projects to post soon as I get back into the swing of blogging again.

Have an awesome day,

Jodie xx

Monday, 18 June 2018

Altenew Clean & Simple Boutique Cards

Hi Everyone,

I am back with my second post for the day.  I am trying to get through the backlog of cards I have to share with you all. So I hope you enjoy this one too.

This card share is to show what I learned in the Altenew Academy class called "Clean & Simple Boutique Cards".

I learnt so much from this class and I created several cards with different techniques. I learnt that it is often harder to create simple looking cards than to create those with the detail piled on. I think this is because you really need to think about your layout before starting out. I also learnt that the papers that you use can dramatically add to the boutique look of a card by adding texture.

Today I am showing my favourite of all the cards I made. I was inspired by the stamped background portion of the class. I just adore how cards look with a stamped background.  It is also a fabulous way to use all the stamped images in a stamp set on one card. I find they are also an amazing layout for using when you are having a creative block.

(I participate in Altenew Affiliate Program. This means that I receive a commission when products are purchased through the links here on my blog. There is NO additional cost to you.) 

For my card I used the Ori Kami Stamp Set. I used all of the images at least once to create my stamped background.  To begin with though I stamped the sentiment where I wanted it to be on my card so that I could create the background around it.  For the sentiment I chose to use the "Today I celebrate you" from the Forever and Always Stamp Set.  I stamped both the sentiment and the images for the background in Versafine Onyx Black ink and stamped onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock.  I used both this ink and this paper as I knew I wanted to add a little watercolouring using my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens.

I decided not to colour each image completely, taking my inspiration from the card that Jen created. I love the way her card turned out, it looked super classy and free. I used the Zig markers in 027 Dark Pink, 080 Violet and 082 Purple.  I added a little colour to different sections of each image and then dragged the colour out using a water brush.

To add a little extra to my card I stamped out another elephant image and coloured it in the same way as with my other images and then fussy cut it out.  I added it right over the original stamped elephant image on my card using some 3M mounting tape. I also added a googly eye to him just to make the card a little bit fun and unexpected.  I added the whole panel to a standard  size top folding card base to finish off this project.

I hope that you enjoyed this card and will consider taking a class over at Altenew Academy. The classes are amazing.  You really can learn so much, regardless of how long you have been stamping for.

Have a great day!

Jodie xx

Altenew All About Layering 2 class

Hi there everyone!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunny weather if you live in the Northern Hemisphere.  Here is Australia it is getting pretty cold and gloomy. Winter has definitely arrived now.

I had hoped to get more of these posts up earlier, however I have been having computer issues lately.  My husband ended up getting me a new one, so fingers crossed I am back on track.

I recently took the Altenew Academy course called "All About Layering 2 ". This is a follow up class to the first layering class. I enjoyed this class as much as I did the first.  It really does help seeing each stamp set used on video, to really understand how to use the layering stamp sets.

To showcase what I learned in All About Layering 2 I decided to focus on the Majestic Bloom Stamp Set. I also used the matching  Majestic Bloom Die Set. I was inspired by Aga's card for this stamp set.  I love how she didn't use every layer for the leaf images.  I feel like it added lots of depth to the final card. 

(I participate in Altenew Affiliate Program. This means that I receive a commission when products are purchased through the links here on my blog. There is NO additional cost to you.) 

I found the stamp set easy to line up if I stamped the outline image first, followed by the other layer as is shown in class and on the layering guide.

I stamped the floral image 3 times in total and used my MISTI stamping tool to help me get prefect placement of the layers.  I stamped the first 2 flowers onto a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. The 3rd floral image I stamped onto a separate piece of 80lb cardstock so that I could die cut it using the coordinating dies and add some dimension to the final card.  For the flowers I used the Cool Summer Night Mini Cube Set as well as some Deep Iris Crisp Dye Ink for the centres of the flowers.

To add the leaves I first masked the flowers using some Inkadinkadoo stamping mask paper incase I needed to stamp over the flowers.  I only stamped the 2 detail layers of the leaves, ie. not the solid image. I think this adds some interest to the final card.  I love the way it looked on Aga's card and made me realise you don't always have to stamp every layer to create a beautiful card.  For the leaves I used the Green Fields Mini Cube Set.

Once the basis of my card was complete I added the panel to a standard top folding cardbase made of 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I then added the flower diecut using 3M Mounting tape in a position I thought looked good on the card.

For the sentiment I used the Thank and You dies from the coordinating die set.  I cut it from some Neenah 110lb cardstock that I coloured using Persian Blue Crisp Dye Ink with the direct to paper technique.  I added the sentiment to the card using some Tombow Mono Multi liquid glue.

To add some final details to this card I added some Zig Wink of Stella Clear brush pen to the die cut flower and some Glossy Accents to the centre on the flower.

I hope that you enjoyed my card for today. Please check out the Altenew Academy classes.  They are wonderful!

Hope you have a great day,

Jodie xx

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Altenew Educator Certification Program Participant

Hi Everyone,

I hope that you are keeping well.

I would like to start by apologising for the lack of presence on my blog and social media of late.  I recently found out I am pregnant with our second child and throughout the first trimester I was feeling terrible, so of course the first thing to go out the window was my crafting.  I now feel better and am enjoying being at my craft desk once again.

With that said, I have some more exciting news! I while back I was accepted into Altenew's Educator Certification Program! Woowhoo! I have been enjoying all the online content and learning some new techniques, as well as consolidating what I already know.

The course has 3 levels and I am currently participating in Level 1 classes.  For each class completed we must submit a project showing what we have learned.  All of the classes that we participate can be found over at Altenew Academy  if you wish to have a look.

Today I would like to share with you my project for the 1st class called "All About Layering 1". In this class the instructor takes an in-depth look at some of Altenew's layering stamp sets and how to go about layering them perfectly, as well as inspiring us with some project examples for each set. 

I found this class to be super helpful as I am a visual learner. It was great to see each set being stamped out as well as referring to the stamp layering guides for each set. I also learned that depending on the layering set used it may be easier to stamp the solid image first, or the detailed lined image instead (working backwards). 

(I participate in Altenew Affiliate Program. This means that I receive a commission when products are purchased through the links here on my blog. There is NO additional cost to you.) 

The first class inspired me to use a set that I don't use often.  For this project I used the Painted Butterflies Stamp Set and the Painted Butterflies Die Set. The biggest thing I was afraid of with this stamp set was not lining the layers up exactly.  This class taught me that for this particular stamp set it is not intended to look "perfect", so if you are a little "off" with your stamping it doesn't matter, and in fact, it makes it look better.

For my stamping I used the Glacier Caves Mini Cube Set for the large butterfly and the Shades of Purple Mini Cube Set for the other butterflies. For the outline of each butterfly (which I stamped first, as I found it easiest) I used Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink. For each butterfly I used my MISTI stamping tool (in case I needed to double stamp my images if I didn't ink them enough).

I then decided that I wanted the large butterfly to stand out so I stamped it again on some Neenah Solar white cardstock 110lb and die cut it using the coordinating die. I popped it up on my card using some 3M mounting tape.

To add the sentiment to my card I used Versafine Onyx Black ink (as it stays wet long enough to emboss it) and stamped out the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Painted Greetings Stamp Set. I then applied WOW! Embossing Glitter in Neutral Ultra Shimmer and melted it using my heat tool.

To add some more movement to my card I decided to add some splatters of colour. To project my stamped images I created some masks using some post it notes and the coordinating dies and placed them right over all the stamped butterflies. I then "smooshed" some ink from the mini ink cubes onto a craft mat, added some water and used a paint brush to pick up the colour and flick it onto my card. Once I removed the masks I added some glitter to each butterfly using a Zig Wink of Stella Glitter brush pen in clear.

To complete the card I trimmed my card panel to 4" x 5 1/4" and popped it onto a standard sized cardbase that I had coloured with Jet Black ink.

I hope that you like my first card share for the Altenew Educator Certification program, and I hope that you will head over to Altenew Academy to check out the All About Layering 1 class as well as all the other fabulous classes that are available.

See you again soon with another project,

Jodie xx 

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Layered Die-cutting ft. Distress Oxide inks & Heat Embossing

Hello Everyone and welcome to/back to my blog! I hope that you are having a wonderful week!

This week I decided to play with my distress oxide inks and heat embossing and I love the result!

To make this card I started out my creating the layered flowers.  To do this I used the Altenew Layered Rose die set and cut out each piece of the flower twice and each leaf piece several times so I had lots to choose from for the final design. I cut them out of some Neenah Solar white card stock in 110lb version.

Once all my pieces were cut I used my distress oxide inks and applied colour to the die cuts by swiping the ink pad across the die cut.  For the flowers I used Carved Pumpkin for the base layer, Picked Raspberry for the middle layer and Candied Apple for the top layer. 

I worked on one colour at a time as I didnt want the ink to dry.  Once I had coloured all of the base pieces I put them into a container of WOW! Embossing Glitter in Neutral Ultra Shimmer.  I then held each image with a pair of tweezers and heat set the embossing using my heat tool. I did the same thing for the middle and top layers of the flowers. 

I repeated this process for the leaves also only I used Squeezed Lemonade for the base layer, Twisted Citron for the middle layer and Peacock Feathers for the top layer.

Once all the colouring and embossing was finished for all the layers I glued the pieces together following the guide on the packaging of the die set. I used my Tombow Mono Multi glue to adhere the pieces together and then placed each piece under an acrylic block to help keep the images flat whilst the glue dried.

Next I worked on the background for the card. I used my Distress Oxide inks again, this time in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Mermaid Lagoon and applied the colour to my Tonic Easy Clean Mat and then sprayed the colour with water before "smooshing" a piece of Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock onto it. I repeated this process until I had covered the whole panel and was happy with the final appearance. While this piece dried I completed a second panel in the same way.

Once dry, I took the Stained Glass Coverplate from Catherine Pooler Designs and cut out one of the background pieces. I made sure to use a metal shim with my Big Shot so that the whole panel cut out perfectly. Once I removed any of the pieces that wouldnt come out from the die cut panel, I then adhered this piece on top of the second background piece using some Tombow Mono Multi glue. Before gluing the piece in place I first played around with the placement of the die cut layer so that I got a contrast of colour when I added it.  After gluing the two background pieces together I wanted to add some shimmer.  So I sprayed the whole panel with some Perfect Pearls Mist in Perfect Pearl. (when I tried to spray from the original bottle it was clogged so I poured some into a mini mister bottle and used that instead).

Now that I finished all the elements for the card I played around with the arrangement of the flowers and leaves and then took a photo on my phone of the arrangement I liked.  I used the image to help me glue down the pieces in the order I wanted.  First I glued down the leaves using Towbow glue and them used 3M mounting tape to adhere the flowers. 

For the sentiment I used a distress watercolour piece that I had on my desk (same colours as the leaves) and stamped the sentiment "You are everything to me" from the Altenew Forever and Always stamp set in some Versafine Onyx Black ink and added more of the same embossing powder I used for the flowers and leaves and heat set it.  I then cut it into a thin strip and added it just under the flowers on the card using some Tombow glue.

For a finishing touch I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Morning Dew around my floral spray.

I hope that you enjoyed this card and video as much as I enjoyed making them.

If you like the card please leave me a comment below! I would love to hear from you!

Have a great day,

Jodie xx

Supplies List

  1. Distress Oxide inks in: wilted violet, blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers, twisted citron, squeezed lemonade, candied apple, picked raspberry and carved pumpkin.
  2. Altenew Layered Rose die set
  3. Altenew Forever and Always stamp set
  4. Neenah Solar white cardstock 110lb
  5. Tonic Easy Clean mat
  6. Ranger Perfect pearls mist in perfect pearl
  7. Tombow mono multi glue
  8. Nuvo crystal drops in morning dew
  9. Catherine Pooler Designs stained glass coverplate
  10. 3M mounting tape
  11. Versafine onyx black ink
  12. heat tool
  13. tweezers
  14. WOW! embossing glitter in Neutral ultra shimmer

Monday, 12 March 2018

Eclipse Card with Rainbow Layers ft. Altenew

Hi Everyone,

I am posting a little late as I have had a super busy week.  This week's card and video features the eclipse technique. Basically what that is is die cutting into a finished background panel and then popping up what you die cut out and replacing in on the background panel.

So to begin I stamped out my background panel. I used the eat, sleep. stamp, repeat stamps from the Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set. I stamped the images repeatedly using the Morning Frost, Evening Gray, Moon Rock and Lava Rock inks from the Warm Gray Ink Cube set from Altenew. For the stamping I chose not to use my MISTI stamping tool as I wanted the background to look imperfect. If you want your images lined up perfectly then I suggest you use a stamping tool (it will take you longer to complete though).

Once I completed stamping out the background I took some of the dies (to create the word "craft") from the Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet die set and lined them up on my background piece making sure the letters fit across lengthwise using a T ruler. Once lined up I used two pieces of washi tape and taped all of the letters together so I could ensure that I cut perfectly from the background.  I then decided that I wanted the word craft to run diagonally across my finished card, so I adhered the word to the background using the washi tape and ran it through my Big Shot machine. When I removed the pieces I made sure to keep not only the letters but the inside of the R and the A.

I also cut the word craft out of white cardstock as well as a rainbow of coloured cardstock.. The colours I used are listed below in the supplies list. I then glued the rainbow of cardstock together for each letter starting with purple and finishing with red.  I then adhered the background letter pieces on top of that.

Next I adhered the background panel to a side folding standard sized cardbase and then adhered the white letters plus the background pieces (the inside of the R and the A) to the cardbase and then adhered a piece of vellum over this using some Multi Matter Medium in the corners and over the letters.

I then adhered the finished dimensional letters to the cardbase using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.

To finish off then card I created a few extra sentiments using the Crafty Life stamp set once more. First I coloured some Neenah Solar White cardstock using the Lava Rock ink cube from Altenew and then stamped the images using Versmark Ink. I embossed the images with WOW! embossing powder in Opaque Bright White. I cut out the sentiments using my Fiskars trimmer and adhered them to the final card using Tombow Mono Multi glue.

Supplies List:

  1. Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb
  2. Altenew Crafty Life stamp set
  3. Altenew Warm Gray ink cube set: Morning Frost, Evening Gray, Moon Rock, Lava Rock
  4. Acrylic Blocks
  5. Lawn Fawn stamp shammy
  6. Altenew Caps Bold Alphabet die set
  7. Big Shit die cutting machine
  8. Vellum
  9. Tombow Mono Multi Glue
  10. Cardstock in: Lawn Fawn (LF) Sugarplum, LF Blue Jay, Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Audrey Blue, SSS Green Apple, LF Sunflower, LF Fake Tan, LF Chilli Pepper
  11. WOW! Embossing Powder: Opaque Bright White
  12. Versamark Ink
  13. EK Success Powder Tool
  14. Heat Tool
  15. Ranger Multi Matter Medium
Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon!

Jodie xx

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Layered Alcohol Ink Floral 30th card ft. Altenew

Hi there!

I hope you are having a great week! I have had a rough week, but I really wanted to share this card and video with you all. I will admit that I had a few issues with my video this week (I think I was filming when I thought I hit pause, and pausing when I was meant to be filming) so I hope you will forgive me for it being a little off and that you still get the main idea of the card.  I will also make sure to give a detailed breakdown of how I made the card below.

To begin with I created 4 different colour way background pieces using some Tim Holtz specialty stamping paper (any glossy cardstock will work, Yupo paper is great but I didnt have any on hand). For each panel I applied some alcohol ink blending solution and then applied two different colours of alcohol ink.  Once I had applied the colour I then added a few drops of Gold Mixative to the panel and used an old brush to spread the colours across the cardstock. The 5 different colour ways I completed are as follows:

1. Purple Twilight & Raspberry
2. Raspberry & Red Pepper
3. Watermelon & Valencia
4. Orange Sunset & Sunshine Yellow
5. Citrus, Limeade & Clover

Once the panels had dried completely, (make sure of this so ensure that the panels you created dont get stuck in your diecuts) I cut out the different layers of the Altenew Peony Dream 3D die set (to see which pieces I cut from which colour ways please see my video). (****A tip for cutting the alcohol ink panels.... Add a piece of scrap paper on top of your die cuts so that the colour does not stick to your cutting plates of your die cutting machine.... I learnt the hard way). I glued all of the pieces together using Tombow Mono Multi glue following the layers on the back of the Altenew packaging.

For the background Panel I used a piece of Black marble paper that I had in my stash.  I picked up this paper from a paper factory in Pondicherry, India (a few hours from Chennai). I cut this panel to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and glued it to a standard sized top-folding card base made from Neenah Solar white card stock 110lb.

I arranged the flowers and leaves in a way that I liked and then adhered all the pieces using Tombow Mono Multi glue.  For the sentiment I cut a 3 and a 0 from the Altenew Bold Numbers die set.  I cut the numbers out of some gold foil cardstock and the adhered the numbers to my card in the top right hand corner using the same glue as before.

To create a small sentiment I used the Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set and took the stamp that says "happy crafting" and masked off the "crafting". I inked up the stamp using Versamark Ink and then stamped onto another small piece of the marble cardstock. I embossed the sentiment using some gold embossing powder and cut down the piece to create a flag to sit across the numbers on the final card.   I adhered this piece using 3M mounting tape.

I hope that you like the finished card!

Have a great day!

Jodie xx

Supplies List:

  1. Altenew Bold Numbers die set
  2. Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set
  3. Altenew Peony Dream 3D die set
  4. Tim Holtz Specialty stamping cardstock
  5. Versamark Ink
  6. Gold Embossing powder
  7. heat tool
  8. Black marble paper from:
  9. Gold Foil card stock
  10. Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
  11. Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in: Purple Twilight, Raspberry, Red Pepper, Watermelon, Valencia, Orange Sunset, Sunshine Yellow, Citrus, Limeade & Clover
  12. Tim Holtz Mixative Gold

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Distress Ink Backgrounds with Distress Oxide Stamping

Hi there!

This week I have been playing around with distress inks and distress oxides.  I created two cards and a video to share with you today, both featuring blended distress ink backgrounds and Distress oxide stamping.

For the first background I blended distress inks in squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin and candied apple. I blended out the colours on some Bristol Smooth card stock cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2 ". I kept blending the colours until I had a smooth transition between the colours.  I was also careful not to add too much colour, otherwise you wouldn't see my stamping.  I completed the blue tone background in the same way with distress ink colours in peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch.

For the stamping I used the floral images from the Altenew Forever and Always stamp set.  For the red toned card I used distress oxides in squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin and candied apple. I inked up the floral image using all three colours in a way so that each colour would move once when stamped down. ie. candied apple on squeezed lemonade; squeezed lemonade on carved pumpkin; carved pumpkin on candied apple.  Before stamping down I used a mini mister to spray my stamp (to activate the distress oxide ie. cause it to oxidize) and then pressed the stamp firmly onto my background piece. 

I did the same for the blue tone card only I used the distress oxides in peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch. For this card I used the other floral image in the same stamp set.  I made sure that peacock feathers would be stamped on blueprint sketch; blueprint sketch on mermaid lagoon; mermaid lagoon on peacock feathers. Next I sprayed each piece using my distress sprayer to create small droplets of water.  I dabbed off the droplets using a tissue. I kept doing this until I was happy withe the look of each panel. I then trimmed each panel to be 4" x 5 1/4". This will allow me to have a small white border on my finished cards.

For the sentiments I used the Altenew Craft Friends stamp set.  In blueprint sketch distress oxide I stamped the "You're so talented" sentiment onto some 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock.  I then stamped the "You inspire me" sentiment from the same set in candied apple distress oxide ink.  I then trimmed the sentiment pieces using my paper trimmer and cut each sentiment strip at an angle using my EK Success cutterbee scissors. 

To finish off each card I adhered the sentiment strip to the right hand side toward the bottom of the card using some 3M mounting tape to give the card some dimension.  I then used more mounting tape to adhere the completed pieces to standard top folding card bases.  

To add a little extra finishing touch I added Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White in a pattern around the focal image.  Each time I added the dots I added them in threes, a large, medium and small dot. 

I hope you like the finished cards! Please leave me a comment if you like this idea and please share with me if you give it a try. I would love to see what you create. Please also check out my YouTube video, give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel to see more projects from me in the future.

Have a great day!! 

Jodie xx

Supplies List

  1. Bristol Smooth card stock
  2. Distress Ink cubes in: squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, candied apple, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch.
  3. Distress Oxide Inks in: squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin, candied apple, peacock feathers, mermaid lagoon and blueprint sketch.
  4. Acrylic Block
  5. Altenew Forever & Always stamp set
  6. Mini mister
  7. Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer
  8. 110lb Neenah Solar White cardstock
  9. Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set
  10. 3M mounting tape
  11. Nuvo Crystal Drops in Gloss White
  12. Fiskars Paper Trimmer
  13. EK Success Cutterbee scissors

Friday, 16 February 2018

Stenciling with Embellishment Mousse & Embossing ft. Altenew

Hi There! Welcome to my blog!

Today I have a card and video to share with you featuring some stenciling using different mediums. To start I cut a card panel to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" and lay it on some scrap paper. I taped down the Halftone Stencil by Altenew to this panel. I used a Versamark ink pad to press through the stencil over the entire panel. I then removed the stencil and wiped it clean with some baby wipes.

Next I poured over some Altenew Embossing Powder in Golden Peach and tipped the excess back into the jar. I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder over the whole panel. No matter how many times I do embossing I am always wowed by seeing the embossing powder melt.

Next I taped my panel down to my easy clean mat by Tonic and taped the stencil back over it. This time I ofset the stencil a little so the dots where not directly over the embossed ones. I used some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Coral Calypso and applied it over the stencil using a Faster Castell palette knife. I applied it quite thick to add to the dimension of the finished card, and scraped away any excess mousse and put it back into the container. I then removed the stencil carefully and set the panel aside to dry for a few hours and worked on the other elements of my card.

I die cut the Halftone Happy die by Altenew from some Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb. I then wanted this die cut to have a shadow, but this die does not include a shadow die cut. So I used the same diecut, but used the back of it to run through my Big Shot. I did this by using my Big Shot on tab 1, then a metal shim, the cutting plate, a tan embossing mat by Spellbinders, then the vellum, next was the die cut happy placed upside down, then the next cutting plate. Once I ran this through my machine it left a clear impression on the vellum and in some places it cut through. I then fussy cut along the impression so I was left with a nice vellum border for my die cut happy. I glued the two pieces together using some Ranger Multi Matte Medium. I used this particular glue in case I added too much, as this glue dries clear.

 From the vellum I also die cut some of the leaf images from the Altenew Hennah Elements die set. Next I stamped the Birthday sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set using some Versamark ink. I embossed the sentiment using Altenew Embossing Powder in Golden Peach and heat set it with my heat tool.

 Now that my technique piece was dry I trimmed it down to 4 x 5 1/4" and adhered it to a side folding card base using Tombow Mono Multi glue. I then adhered the Happy die cut using Ranger Multi Matte Medium. On top of the lower portion of the happy die I adhered the Birthday sentiment using some 3M Mounting tape.

Next I adhered the leaf/frond pieces using Ranger Multi Matte Medium and tucked them just underneath the ends of the H and the Y of the happy die cut. To add a finishing touch to this card I used some Nuvo Crystal drops in Morning Dew and Gloss White and added a few drops here and there.

 I hope that you like my card for today. If you do please leave me a comment below. I would love to hear from you. Also, if you like my video please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel.


  1. Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb
  2. Altenew embossing powder Golden Peach
  3. Heat Tool
  4. Versamark
  5. Altenew Halftone Stencil
  6. Washi tape
  7. Tonic easy clean mat
  8. Faber Castell palette knife
  9. Nuvo Embellishment mouse Coral calypso
  10. Paper trimmer
  11. Altenew Halftone Happy die
  12. Vellum
  13. Spellbinders Embossing Matt
  14. Sizzix BigShot
  15. Metal Shim
  16. Altenew Hennah Elements dies
  17. Altenew Label love stamp set
  18. 3M mounting tape
  19. Nuvo Crystal drops in Morning Dew and Gloss white
  20. Ranger Multi matte medium
  21. Tombow mono multi glue

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

3D Decoupage Technique ft. Altenew

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! I hope you are having an amazing week! Today I have a card and process video to share for Altenew's February Inspiration Challenge. The challenge is to make a project inspired by the graphic below (You can read more about the challenge here: Altenew February 2018 Inspiration Challenge).

There were three things about this image that caught my eye: the colours; the blurred background; and the prominent stamen of the flower, so I decided to use all three on my project.

To begin I stamped out the floral image from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set in Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake Ink onto some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock.  I chose this brown ink because I wanted the stamen to be brown.  I stamped the image three times as I wanted to do a 3D decoupage technique with the flowers.  Each flower ended up having 3 layers.  I used my Prismacolor Pencils to colour in the images (the colours I used are linked in the supplies list below). I only coloured in detail the areas of each image I was planning to cut out (see below for a detailed image on the layers used).  I also stamped some greenery images from the same stamp set in the same Icing on the Cake ink and coloured them using Prismacolor Pencils (colours listed below).

Once I had coloured the sections of each flower I fussy cut out the pieces I would need.  I also cut out the centre of the flowers using a detail craft knife on a cutting mat.  I adhered the layers using 3M Clear Mounting Tape so that you couldn't see white tape when looking from the side.  I also fussy cut out the greenery pieces I had coloured.

For the stamen, I used some 3D stamen pieces from my stash and stained them brown using a Copic Marker refill in E44. I wanted the stamen to really stand out on my finished card as this was one of the main things that caught my attention from the inspiration graphic.  To add the alcohol ink to the stamen, I placed the stamen pieces onto a folded baby wipe and then coated the stamen a few times in the ink.  Once the stamen were dry I folded each piece in half and threaded them through the centre of each flower and taped them in place on the back of the image using regular sticky tape. 

Next, I worked on the background.  I wanted the background to appear blurred so I thought a watercolour look would be great.  I stamped and layered the images from the Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set using Altenew Ink cubes (colours listed below).  Once I applied the ink to each stamp I spritzed the stamp with a mini mister.  This was so the images would look more freehand.  I stamped all of these images onto a piece of Tim Holtz watercolor paper cut to 4 1/4' x 5 1/2". I used the smoother side of the paper as I wanted my stamping to have an even coverage. After all the stamping I set this piece aside to dry. 

 When the background piece was dry I adhered it to a top folding card base cut to 4 1/4" x 11" and scored at 5 1/2'. I used a lot of Tombow Mono Multi Glue because my watercolour panel ended up being a little warped.  I set a large acrylic block on top until it dried. 

Once dried, I arranged my floral images in an arrangement that I liked and then took a picture on my phone so that I had a reference for later. 

To make the background more blurred looking and to be more muted I added a piece of vellum cut to 4" x 5 1/4". I also worked out which sentiment I wanted to use, where and how I wanted to add it.  I decided on the sentiment "just because" from the Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set.  I stamped the image in my MISTI directly onto the vellum in my pre-arranged placement and heat embossed it using some gold embossing powder from my stash.  I then added the vellum piece to the background piece using Ranger Multi Matte Medium.  I added the smallest amount to each corner and behind the sentiment.

Using the picture on my phone as a guide, I adhered the greenery pieces to the card base using some Ranger Multi Matte Medium.  I then added the two flowers using some 3M Mounting tape.  I used mounting tape for the flowers due to the bulk from the stamen on the back of each one.  This completes the card for today.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and the technique I used for the flowers.  Please leave me a comment below, I love reading the comments.  Also please be sure to check out the video to better understand how I created this card.  If you watch the video and like it, please give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel to see more card-making videos from me in the future.

Have a fabulous day,

Jodie xx

Supplies Used:

(the items with links are affiliate links. This means that if you use a link to purchase the item I will receive a small commission, but at not cost to you).
  1. Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set
  2. Catherine Pooler Icing on the Cake Ink pad
  3. Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
  4. Stampin Up acrylic blocks
  5. Prismascolor sharpener
  6. Prismacolor pencils in: PC917 light peach, PC928 rose farde, PC929 pink, PC930 magenta, PC910 true green, PC909 grass green, PC908 dark green.
  7. EK Success cutterbee scissors
  8. Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  9. 3M mounting tape (clear)
  10. tweezers
  11. cutting matt
  12. blade/craft knife
  13. Copic Refill in E44 Clay
  14. 3D stamen
  15. Altenew Watercolor Wonders stamp set
  16. Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
  17. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes Green Fields Evergreen, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades
  18. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes Red Cosmos Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red
  19. Altenew Mini Ink Cubes Four Scoops Cotton Candy
  20. Tombow mono multi glue
  21. vellum
  22. 3M mounting tape
  23. gold embossing powder
  24. Mini mister
  25. EK success powder embossing tool
  26. Versamark ink pad
  27. MISTI
  28. Heat tool
  29. Neenah Solar White Cardstock 110lb