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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

You Matter ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

Hello there! Welcome to my blog!

My journey towards being certified as an Altenew Educator continues.

Today's project is my submission for the Celebration: Stencil Techniques Class.

This class focuses on several different ways that you can use stencils. I was especially inspired by the lesson on using a stencil for stamping. This class showed how to use a stencil for stamping but it also showed you a way to use watercolor. The watercolor method is what I chose to feature on today's card.

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For this technique I chose to use some Strathmore Bristol Smooth Cardstock. It can take a bit of water and it has a nice smooth surface. I taped the Altenew Mega Hydrangea Stencil to my cardstock and added some water, not too much, just enough to dampen the paper. I smooshed some Altenew Dye Inks onto my glass media mat and added water. For the background I used Baby Pink and Lime inks. With my brush I dabbed the color in different areas on the stencil. I repeated the process until I was happy with the color. I immediately took off the stencil and allowed the panel to dry. 

Once it was dry I spritzed the panel with a mixture of water and Ranger Perfect Pearls. Again, I let this dry then I used a stitched line die that I have in my stash to give the background a nice finished look.

For my images I chose to use the Altenew Build A Flower: Hyacinth. This is a gorgeous stamp set and it layers very easily. I used inks from Altenew's Spring Bouquet Mini Cube Set for the darker flower and for the lighter flower I used Rose Quartz, Pink Diamond, and Pinkalicious. I die-cut the flowers withe the coordinating dies. and arranged them on my background panel. 

A little tip I'd like to share is to let you know that it is okay to cut your images apart. The flowers have leaves that are stamped at the bottom. I knew that they really weren't going to fit on my card base to be seen so I snipped them off and layered them in with my flower cluster exactly where I wanted them.

Once my cluster of flowers were arranged how I wanted them I set them aside so I could stamp my sentiment. 

For this I chose a sentiment from Altenew's Fancy Greetings set. I stamped my sentiment with Fresh Leaf Dye Ink and then again with Versamark Watermark Ink. This is easily done if you use a Stamping Platform or a Misti Stamping Tool. I covered the sentiment with some Ranger Clear Embossing Powder and melted it with my heat gun.

I added my panel to a green card base using some Double Sided Adhesive. The flower cluster was added using some Lawn Fawn Glue and foam squares to give the flowers some dimension.

Using watercolor with stencils is really easy and I love the way this background came out!

If you would like to learn more techniques I suggest you take the Celebration: Stencil Techniques Class.

Thank you for joining me today and I hope to be back very soon!


  1. Your background looks SO cool! The flowers have been stamped beautifully too! Super work!
    Thank you for entering your gorgeous work to the AECP assignment gallery. Well done!

  2. I am loving the softer and less-defined lines in the stenciled background! This is such a gorgeous creation, Saundra! You always come up with very creative ideas and design! Please keep them coming! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!