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Friday, July 19, 2019

Sweet Birthday Wishes ~ Altenew Inspiration / AECP

July 19, 2019 4 Comments
Hello Friends! Welcome to my blog.

You can never have enough birthday cards! So, when I was ready to make a project for my latest completed class from the Altenew Educator Certification Program that's what I chose to make!

I just completed the Irresistible Inking Techniques class taught by Sara Naumann. This class gives tips and techniques on using your Altenew Inks in some interesting ways.

I love creating inked backgrounds so I was definitely inspired by the brayer technique.


For my color pallet I was inspired by the current Altenew Inspiration Challenge and chose my colors accordingly.


To create the background for my card I used a brayer and Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in the following colors: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, and Sunkissed.


I created 2 backgrounds. As you can see in the picture you can achieve a variety of different looks depending on the amount of ink you apply. I love how both backgrounds came out but ultimately chose the background with the bit of white space. The other background is saved for a future project.

Now that my background is completed it was time to assemble the card.


I chose to use the Altenew Peaceful Reverie Stamps and Dies for this card. These are absolutely beautiful with the dotted detail. I inked the stamps with the same Altenew Inks I used for the background. Instead of stamping the final layer for the center I chose to fill the stamen with a black Tombow marker and add the center with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black. This gave the centers a little dimension.

I arranged my die cut flowers and glued them to the panel with a combination of liquid glue and foam adhesive.

The sentiment I chose is from the Altenew Sentiment Strips. A must-have in my opinion! I love this sentiment as it fits perfectly across my panel. I heat embossed the sentiment onto some black card stock using VersaMark Watermark Ink and white embossing powder. I used liquid glue to attach the strip and added my panel to a card base.


This project marks the completion of my AECP Level 1 classes. I am excited to see what my challenge will be for the final project.

If you have ever thought about taking Altenew classes I would urge you to do so. It has been so fun to go through this process and learn.

Thank you all for the encouragement and kind words you have given me. I appreciate all of the feedback and love.








Sunday, July 7, 2019

Better with Friends ~ Altenew Educator Certification Program

July 07, 2019 2 Comments
Hello Friends! Today I am sharing another project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program.

The project I am sharing today is for the Easy Die Cutting Techniques class with Yana Smakula. This class focuses on teaching you techniques that can help stretch your dies to create different looks.

My card features a technique called Negative Die Cutting.


I had been wanting to play with the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamps and thought this technique would be perfect. I love the result!

To begin I took a piece of Yupo cardstock and some Alcohol Inks to create a panel of greens and turquoise colors. 


I played around with the alcohol inks and alcohol blending solution until I was happy with the color. I set the panel aside to dry for about 10 minutes then came back in with some Prima Rub-On Foil in gold and added it to the panel. The foil stuck to any places that were tacky. Always make sure that you allow your panel dry until tacky if you want the best results.

Next I created another panel using white cardstock. For this I chose 80# Neenah Solar White. I took the Leaf Canopy Dies and can ran them through my Big Shot. I removed the positive cuts from the panel and continued this process until I had my panel just the way I wanted it.

Although I loved my colorful panel, I wanted to mute the colors little. To do this I used some Lawn Fawn Vellum and VersaMark Watermark Ink to stamp the outline images from the Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamps. Once stamped I sprinkled the vellum with some Ranger Embossing Powder in Gold and heat embossed the images. These images were then cut and added to the back of the white panel with some Zig 2 Way Glue.


I stamped a sentiment from the Leaf Canopy Stamps using the same gold embossing powder and added my panel onto the Yupo background.  I adhered both panels to my card base and called it done.

The result is beautiful and I can imagine doing this again using different colors and different dies.


The Easy Die Cutting Techniques class is just as the title suggests. If you would like to learn more ways to stretch your dies then this is the class for you.

Thank you for visiting today!