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: http://www.sriaurobindopaper.com/
  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.

Supplies


  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



Friday, 2 February 2018

Alcohol Ink Window Bi-Fold Card ft. Hero Arts

Hello!

Welcome to my blog/or welcome back! I am so happy to be able to share another card and video with you.  For today's card, I played around with using alcohol ink on acetate then combined it with some layered stamping and brought it all together into a bi-fold card.






To begin, I cut down a piece of acetate to measure 4 1/8" x 3" and placed it onto an old Ranger craft mat (I used an old mat because alcohol ink bleeds through the craft mat as it is a fabric, therefore you won't be able to remove the ink from the mat).  I applied Alcohol Ink blending solution first and then added 3 colours of alcohol inks (listed below) in a random order.  The colours did not blend as much as i had hoped so I used an old paintbrush to move some of the colour around.  next I added more blending solution and more alcohol ink until I was happy with the result.  I then set this piece aside to try while I worked on the rest of the card.


For the card base I used two side folding cards cut to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored in half on the 8 1/2" side from some Neenah Solar White 110lb cardstock.  From the first card base I cut a window using the Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Stitched Rectangles die set.  I used the third largest in the set. From another piece of cardstock I cut a frame for my window panel using the second and third largest dies from the same SSS die set. From the second card panel I cut one of the edges using the Lawn Fawn Ocean Waves Border Die.


On the panel with the waves I drew in some registration marks with pencil by lining it up underneath my window panel.  I did this so that I could be sure to stamp my images so they could be seen through the window panel. I stamped and layered the fish images from the Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish stamp set using my MISTI tool and some Catherine Pooler Inks (colours listed below).  Once the fish were stamped I created some masks for the fish using Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper so that I could stamp the seaweed to appear behind the fish images.  To finish this part of the card I added bubble images from the fish and added pebbles to the bottom part.  Whilst I was still stamping I also stamped out some of the seaweed onto a separate piece of cardstock and then fussy cut them out.


Now that my alcohol ink piece was now dry I adhered it to the front of the window panel using some Be Creative 1/4" tape.  I then adhered the frame piece over the top of it in the same way.  Next I adhered the fussy cut seaweed images to the edge pieces of the frame using some Tombow Mono Multi glue.  I also used the same glue to adhere the two card panels to one another.


To add the sentiment, I used Staz On Jet Black ink to ink up the "Just keep Swimming" and lined it up on the front of my card using an acrylic block. Once I had stamped this and it did not stamp very well, I then went back over it by lining up the stamp in my MISTI tool (I wish I had just used my MISTI to begin with).

To complete my card I added droplets of Nuvo Crystal Drops in the Morning Dew colour (which is clear) to the places where I had stamped my bubbles on the panel below.


Supplies Used:

  1. Acetate sheets
  2. Neenah Solor White cardstock 110lb
  3. Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles dies
  4. Hero Arts Color Layering Goldfish
  5. Inkadinkado Stamping Mask Paper
  6. Fiskars Trimmer
  7. Be Creative 1/4" double sided tape
  8. Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
  9. Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks in: Pool, Turquoise, Sailboat Blue
  10. Nuvo Crystal Drops: Morning Dew
  11. Tombow Mono Multi Glue
  12. Ranger Craft Mat
  13. Catherine Pooler Inks in: Tuttti Frutti, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey, Garden Party, Icing on the Cake, Fiesta Blue
  14. Staz On Jet Black Ink
  15. MISTI
Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my creation.  If you like this card, please leave me a comment below.  Please also check out my video, give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel to see more cardmaking videos from me in the future.

Have a great day!

Jodie xx

Friday, 26 January 2018

No-line Colouring ft. Altenew

Hi there!

Today I have two cards and a video of one card to share with you using the no-line colouring technique. First of all you might be thinking..."What on earth is no-line colouring?" Well, here is my best explanation:

The no-line technique is colouring a stamped image so that the finished product appears to have no stamped line, i.e. no black (or other coloured) outline.  The finished image should appear as if you drew it yourself, i.e. not appear to be stamped. 

With the technique now explained, here are the two cards that I created.


Below is the process video I made for the purple/pink floral card.  The yellow floral card was coloured in exactly the same way, only using yellow pencils rather than purples and pinks.  You can find the exact colours I used in the Supplies list at the end of this post.



To create both of the cards I started out by stamping all of my images from the Altenew Spring Daisy stamp set using Distress Ink in Antique linen onto some Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb.  I stamped the images using this light coloured ink so that once I start to colour using pencils, you wont be able to see the lines anymore.  

I then used my Prismacolor pencils to colour all of the images.  For the yellow flowers I started by using PC918 which is the lightest of the 3 shades I chose.  I concentrated this colour from the centre of the flower toward the middle of each petal and then also on the outer edges of each petal.  Next I used the medium shade (PC917) to blend out toward the centre from both the flower centre and from the outer edge of the petals.  Lastly, I used the lightest shade of yellow (PC916) to blend over each petal.  I did the same shading for each flower that I coloured. 



Then for the centre of each flower I used browns to draw small 'c' shapes with the dark (PC946) and medium (PC945) shades and then filled over the whole centre with the lightest shade (PC941).



To give the flowers a more realistic look I took the PC941 brown pencil to add some shading to each petal. I then blended all of my pencil work using the Prismacolor colorless pencil (PC1077).




For the purple/pink flowers I did the same technique, just using different colours. The darkest shade was PC931, medium PC995, light PC994.  For the shading on these flowers I also added some shading using PC947 as well as the PC946.


For the leaves I used greens PC911 (dark), PC1005 (medium), PC989 (light) and PC941 to dull some of the brightness from the green. I started with the dark colour and drew in the veins of the leaves and then blended out using the medium and lightest greens. 



I then fussy cut all of the flowers and the leaves and added 3M mounting tape to the backs of each piece. 

For my background I took some more Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb and die cut out the words 'thank' and 'you' from the Altenew Majestic Blossom die set using my Big Shot die cutting machine.  I cut each word approximately 14 times. 



Once cut, I adhered the words onto another sheet of Neenah paper cut to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I knew that I wanted my floral bouquet to be toward the top middle of my finished card so I wanted the final "main" sentiment to be centred toward the bottom of the card, which I adhered first to to the panel using Ranger Multi Medium Matte.  I used this adhesive as it has a matte finish, as the name suggests, therefore it is not visible should I get any on the card where I didn't want it.  After adhering the first 'thank you' I then adhered the rest in a nice pattern (which is easy to see in the pictures and the video).

To finish the card I arranged the flowers onto the card panel first, then tucked the leaves in behind the flowers until I had an arrangement that I liked (I did a few trial bouquets first and took photos on my phone until I was happy with the arrangement). Once adhered to my panel, I attached the whole panel to a top-folding standard cardbase (4 1/4" x 5 1/2" and it was finished.


I hope that you like my cards and the video. Please leave me a comment below, I love reading the comments!

 If you like the video, I would love for you to subscribe to my Youtube channel so that you can see further projects like this one from me.

Have an awesome day,

Jodie xx



Supplies List

  1. Altenew Spring Daisy stamp
  2. Distress Ink in Antique linen
  3. Neenah Solar White cardstock 110lb
  4. Prismacolor pencils in PC918, PC917, PC916, PC946, PC945, PC941, PC1077, PC931, PC995, PC994, PC947, PC911, PC1005, PC989
  5. 3M mounting tape
  6. Altenew Majestic Blossom die set
  7. Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
  8. Ranger Multi Medium Matte
  9. EK Success Cutterbee scissors
  10. Prismacolor sharpener
































Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Watercoloured Altenew Card

Hi there!

I have been having fun lately playing with different colouring mediums.  Today I played with my new Daniel Smith Watercolours and did some no-line watercolouring.



First I stamped the largest flower from the Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set using Tim Holtz Distress ink in Antique Linen onto some Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock.  I then made a mask for the same flower using a full adhesive post-it note and put this right over my stamped flower.  I then added leave and spray flowers in an arrangement that I liked using the same Antique Linen ink pad. 

Once my stamping was complete, I chose some watercolours to use for the images.  For the flowers I used Daniel Smith Quinacridone Pink, Quinacridone coral and Cadmium Red medium hue.  I also added a small amount of Graphite grey for some darker areas. For the leaves I used Sap Green and 
Graphite Grey. 


For the background I used the Indigo colour and make stripes using a 1/2" flat brush on another piece of Watercolour cardstock.  

Once the floral piece was complete, I fussy cut it out using my Cutter Bee scissors, leaving a small white border around the images.  

With my floral piece temporarily in place on my background piece I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew Painted Greetings stamp set using Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink pad. 



Lastly, I adhered my floral watercoloured piece to the striped background using 3M Mounting tape to give the finished card some dimension. Then I added the whole panel to a top folding standard cardbase (4 1/4" x 5 1/2").


I hope that you like my card, I am so so happy with how it turned out.  I think I now need to focus on adding more detailed shading to make the flowers look more realistic.

If you like this card, or have any tips to give me, please leave me a comment below, I love to read the comments!

Hugs, 

Jodie xx