I hope you are having a fantastic day. Hopefully it is sunny where you are. Even though Winter is technically over here in Australia, the forecast is for heavy showers for the weekend...boo! Today, however it is fabulous. It has been a bit of a miserable week for me as my children have both been sick (of course this happens just as our normal activities resume after school holiday break). The only good thing has been that they have both been quite sleepy so Mumma has been able to hit the craft room running.
Today I completed yet another class for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). This time I created a card to show what I learnt in the "Seasonal Scene Building" class. The Educator for the class is Nichol Spohr. She is amazing! I have followed Nichol for years. I love the way she teaches. I highly recommend taking any of her classes (but especially this one, you can find it at Altenew Academy).
Scene building can be daunting sometimes, as you need to get the right composition. Nichol gives some great techniques & tips in this class to enable you to be able to create some amazing card designs.
For my card today I was inspired to create a card using multiple techniques that Nichol shares. I really loved the card she created using some plant themed stamps, so I decided to find one of the plant sets I had on hand and use it.
The first of the techniques Nichol used when making a scene card is masking. This technique is amazing for creating 1 layer cards, which was my original intention with this card but I changed my mind later on. You can use masking paper for covering your images or you can use the fully sticky post-it note paper, which is what I did here.
I tried not to be too fussy with cutting out the images, as only part of the images would need to be masked in some cases. You do, however, what to be pretty precise with what you do cut out so that you get a nice crisp image.
One thing that I have found over the years too, is that because the masking paper will create a "layer" which you need to stamp on sometimes you end up with a little white space around the masked image. To avoid this, you can cut into your mask ever so slightly.
For my card I masked out several plant images as well as some pots from the Potted Plants stamp set. To ink them up I used a variety of Altenew inks (frayed leaf, forest glades, evergreen, ocean waves, dusk, mango smoothie and cotton candy).
For some of the images you can layer one colour directly over the other stamping the same image. By doing this you can create some interesting colours. This is a fabulous way to create a variety of colours when you may not have many ink colours. You could use a MISTI for this, but I chose to just "eyeball" it.
Once masked and stamped, I coloured the pots with some brown markers from my stash. When I saw my completed scene I decided I wanted to step it up. In the Seasonal Scene Building class Nichol talks about oversized scenes and framed scenes.
I thought I would combine those two ideas and create a framed scene that appeared to extend beyond the frame. That is the brilliant thing about Altenew Academy classes, and something that I have learnt, is that once you complete all the lessons within a class you can pick and choose which techniques you like and which you could use together.
A diecut frame from white cardstock added like a view finder to my masked technique piece really framed out my design and enabled it to become the focus of the card. You'll want to the cut off all the excess cardstock from behind the frame.
For some final touches I used a technique learnt in a previous class and used the Halftone stencil and some embossing paste to create a tone on tone, textured background. Once dried I glued all my pieces together and added a simple sentiment from the Birthday Builder stamp set.
A little tip, if you are unsure of where to place your sentiment, temporarily place it on your card and move it around, taking a photo on your phone each time you move it. Sometimes viewing your card on your phone can help you decide which placement is most visually appealing.
I have been creating scene cards for a long time now, but Nichol's class inspired me to create a scene out of my comfort zone. To grow, we need to try new things right?! I had so much fun creating this card. I hope it inspires you to create something similar or to take one of the incredible classes over at Altenew Academy.
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day and you get to spend some "me time" creating (I sure did!),