I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and enjoy time with loved ones. I've had some family time with my hubby and the kids and also managed to get some crafty time in as hubby had a work function to attend last night (I was meant to go out also, but the kids are still not 100% so I decided to stay in instead).
It was the perfect opportunity to take the last class (OMG!!!) of Level 1 in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). I have enjoyed the classes in this level so much! This last class is called Irresistible Inking Techniques. There were so many great techniques shared in the class that it took me a while to work out what I would do for my projects.
As I was inspired by so many of the techniques I decided to include 3 of them on this one card (I think that this might be my favourite card of all the cards I made for Level 1 of the AECP). I combined painting with inkpads, stamp block inking and direct to paper inking for this card.
To begin I decided on a composition for the card. I knew that I wanted to use the Spring Daisy stamp set. I played around with some simple layouts then decided on a colour palette. I chose to do some stamp block inking in the lightest shade of three sets of Altenew inks (Sea Glass from Cool Summer Nights, Arctic from Glacier Caves and Soft Lilac from Shades of Purple). I wanted to create a halo for the flower images so I used a round acrylic block to add ink to. I simply pushed my ink pad all over the acrylic block then spritz it with a spray bottle and stamped it onto some watercolour cardstock. The colour didn't come out as dark as I had hoped so I repeated the process, heat setting in between with a heat tool. I actually really like how this turned out and thought that for another card I could use this as a background piece on its own.
For this card though, I used my MISTI to stamp images from the Spring Daisy stamp set. Using the MISTI ensures that you get a nice crisp image everytime, especially on watercolour cardstock as it is often a rough surface. I stamped a flower in the middle of each of the acrylic block inking that I did.
Once stamped out, I used the next technique I was inspired by, painting with inkpads. As you can see, I smooshed colour from my inkpads onto my glass media board and used a waterbrush to pick up colour. I used the corresponding darkest colour in each ink set to colour each flower e.g the flower I stamped on the Soft Lilac stamp blocked area I used Midnight Violet from the Shades of Purple ink set. I then did the same using Sapphire and Desert Night. To colour the centres I used Caramel Toffee and for the stems and leaves I used Evergreen. Once dried I trimmed the panel down and added some Midnight ink around the edge of the panel using a direct to paper technique to give it a nice black edge.
I did some more direct to paper inking with a Sapphire ink pad. If you rub the inkpad with a light hand onto the paper you will get some awesome texture (as the inkpad itself is linen). I popped up the watercoloured piece onto the inked cardbase and added a simple embossed sentiment.
I think this was one of my favourite classes I have taken from the AECP course. You can find it over at Altenew Academy if you'd like to check it out. I hadn't used stamp block inking on my cards to highlight images before, so I was happy to learn something new, and that my results came out better than I had hoped.
I hope I have inspired you to use your ink pads in different ways, to use multiply techniques on one card or to take one of the fabulous classes at Altenew Academy.
Eeeekkk, and just like that I have finished my last card share for Level 1 AECP.... now for the challenge! So excited!
I hope you have an amazing day,