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).
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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,