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.

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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. 

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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