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Monday, June 3, 2019

Main Squeeze ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

Hi There! Welcome to my blog!

Today I am sharing another project toward my Altenew Educator Certification. 

The course I just finished up is the Let It Shine course led by Carissa Wiley. In this course you learn different ways to add shine to your projects. It can be subtle or it can be all out there!

I choose to focus on adding shine through embossing.

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I had set out to make one card but ended up with two!

For these card I used Altenew's Main Squeeze Stamps and Dies.

I began by creating a background for my images. I started by embossing the background with Altenew's Grid Stencil and some Ranger Texture Paste.

I began stamping my images from the Main Squeeze set. For the oranges I used inks from Altenew's Summer Afternoon set. These images have 4 layers so instead of inking the last layer with the darkest color from the set I chose to use VersaMark Watermark Ink and covered this with some Recollections Sparkle Embossing Powder in Clear Gold. I heat it with my heat gun until nice and shiny. 

For the lemons I used Altenew's Pocketful of Sunshine Ink.  Again, I used VersaMark Watermark Ink but this time I used Hero Arts Sparkle Embossing Powder. I heat set these then cut all of the images with the coordinating dies.

Before assembling this card, I spattered the card with some black acrylic paint and some Altenew Antique Gold Ink Spray. The ink spray matched perfectly with the Recollections Sparkle Embossing I did on the oranges. I cut my panel down 1/4 of an inch and added a strip of cardstock that I had inked with Altenew's Warm Sunshine Ink and covered with more Recollections Sparkle Embossing powder. 

I stamped my sentiment, included in the Main Squeeze set, with some VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink and arranged the fruit. I wanted to break this up a bit so I stamped some leaves from Altenew's Beautiful Day Stamps. I used Bambo and Olive Crisp Dye Ink and cut them out with the coordinating dies.

It 's really hard to capture the sparkle her but it is there!

Because I stamped so many images I decided to create a second card!

I think I was able to capture the sparkle on this one a bit better!

I used the same Grid stencil for the background and splattered it with the Altenew Antique Gold Ink Spray. I added another strip of cardstock that was inked in Warm Sunshine and heat embossed with the Sparkle embossing powder. 

For this card I chose to stamp the sentiment in the Warm Sunshine Ink and cover it with the embossing powder. 

I really enjoyed putting these together! 

Let It Shine is another great class and I highly recommend it!

Thank you for joining me today. I will be back soon!


  1. Excellent cards, Saundra! Love the colours and the layout. I really like that you added texture to the background, gels everything together. Brilliant work!
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery.

  2. Oh my.... I could almost taste the orange slices! ADORE your yummy creations! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  3. This makes me dream of summer! (summer is over in my part of the world) lovely lovely cards! 😍