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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Just Smile ~ Altenew Educator Certification

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Saundra and I am a cardmaker. I love to create and I hope you find a bit of inspiration while you are here.

Today I am sharing a card I created for the Beyond Basic Background Class at Altenew Academy. This is the first class in Level 2 of the Altenew  Educator Certification Program.

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I this class the focus in on creating your own patterned background using everything from stamping, stencils, die cutting,  embossing, and watercolor.

I chose to create a background using both embossing and watercolor.

For the background I first used the Altenew Sohcahtoa stamps to create my triangles. I stamped the open triangles onto some Neenah Solar white cardstock. I chose a random pattern and focused my stamping to the lower left side of my panel using some SBC Embossing Ink. I added some Ranger Gold Embossing Powder and heat set it with my Wagner Heat Tool. It is always good practice to turn on your heat gun for a few minutes before taking it to your cardstock. This helps minimize warping. I like to allow the embossing time to cool before I move on to the watercolor.

Once I know that the embossing is cool I moved on to watercolor my background. Now, when I first started this project I wasn't sure I was going to watercolor. If I had thought it out before starting I would have used some watercolor cardstock. This type of cardstock can handle water much better than the Neenah Solar White.  I prefer something like the Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock.
I was not adding a lot of water to this background so the warping was not as bad as it could have been. I lightly applied some water on my panel concentrating on the lower left side. I added some color using Altenew's 36 color Watercolor Pallet. I chose the Mountain Mist color to drop into the water I had added to my panel. Once I felt I had adequate color I took my paint brush and splattered some on the background. Everything was set aside to dry.

When the watercolor was completely dry I went back in and added splatter from Altenew's Metallic Watercolors in Aquamarine and Citrine. These added just the right amount of shine. 

Next I moved onto the stamping. I chose to use Altenew Frilled Petals and Dies. I stamped the flowers with Altenew Crisp Dye Inks in Blush, Rouge, and Coral Bliss. I used SBC Embossing Ink and Ranger Gold Embossing Powder for the outline. 

The leaves were stamped with Altenew Seashore Inks. Once everything stamped I used the Frilled Petals Dies and my Big Shot to cut everything out.

I arranged my flowers on the background using Lawn Fawn Liquid Glue Tube and Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Squares to adhere everything.

I heat embossed my sentiment in the same gold embossing powder onto some Lawn Fawn Vellum and addition the the panel. The panel was attached to my card base using some SBC 1/4" Adhesive

For the last finishing touch I added some Strawberry Coulis Nuvo Jewel Drops and walked away!

Although most of Altenew's classes focus on card making, you can really learn a lot from taking these class. There is everything from stamping, embossing, card making, mixed media, or art journaling. Try one! you will not be disappointed.



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  1. I love your color combination for this card! Gorgeous!

  2. That background is a statement in itself, Suandra! You always surprise me with something or the other. The colour combination is also quite stunning! Love the assembly of the images too!
    Thank you for entering your fabulous work to the AECP assignment gallery. Well done!

  3. I love the subtle geometric bits on the background - makes the card have so much more depth and drama. Lovely!