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,