Hello crafty friends! I’m thrilled to be hopping along with my fellow Altenew Educators. There’s a ton of talent in this group and lots of fresh inspiration on the hop all focused on our personal favorites. Be sure to check out all the participants here.
I’m featuring lots of favorites in this 4 card set, so come on in and stay a while! As always, supplies are listed below & details are in the videos!
If you’re not familiar with the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) and you love card making, I encourage you to read more about it, here. The program is self-paced and the Altenew Academy classes can be accessed at any time, which made it easy to fit into my schedule.
The classes are enjoyable and offer great knowledge and inspiration from a variety of artists. Often, I found myself learning a technique and adding my own twist. My craftsmanship and artistry have evolved during my journey with the program. Sharing and bouncing ideas off the Altenew family and fellow AECP’s has been priceless. I love this community!!
Ink Smooshing & Zentangle® Cards
I use several favorites in the first two cards: color coordination of mediums, stencils, Ruffled Flowers & Wispy Begonia Stamp Sets, and adding hand drawn elements to projects.
One of my favorite things about Altenew is the coordination of their coloring mediums. The inks pads match the alcohol markers, watercolor brush markers, half pan watercolors, etc. This makes it so easy to mix media!
I did some ink smooshing onto a piece of 100% cotton paper cut with a circle die and tangled the white space with simple Zentangle® grid patterns. Stay tuned, there will be a class on this technique coming soon!
Ink Smooshing Colors
Midnight Violet, Dusk, & Emerald Watercolor Brush Markers
Tip: Heat set the ink in between layers and splatter on some additional color making sure to reserve some white space.
I LOVE how each set of Altenew Ink pads offer 4 shades of the same color. This makes the layer stamping a breeze. But, I also love the unexpected pop of mixing up the sets when I layer stamp. Play around with your colors to discover some spectacular combinations.
Ruffled Flowers Colors
Midnight Violet & Dusk Crisp Dye Ink
Lagoon & Dusk Crisp Dye Ink
Wispy Begonia Colors
Midnight Violet Watercolor Brush Marker
Dusk Watercolor Brush Marker
Now comes another favorite, dry embossing with stencils! I recently started using stencils and I can’t get enough of them!! So much bang for your buck as you can do soooo many techniques!!W
Wavy Grid Stencil & Square Weave Pattern
To assemble the cards, I adhered the circles directly to the embossed panels and popped up the flowers and leaves.
I stamped sentiments and cut them into strips or fussy cut them in order to show as much of the backdrops as possible. Before fussy cutting the Happy Birthday sentiment, I did some ink smooshing with the leftover ink on my glass mat.
On to the next 2 cards, using stencils with embossing paste.
Wet & Dry Embossing Cards
I kept the circle backdrop and color palette consistent throughout all 4 cards. Instead of ink smooshing I used embossing paste.
Tape the circle die cut to the stencil and spread Nuvo Embellishment Mousse in Old Navy one once circle and Aquamarine over the other circle die cut.
Work the paste gently to get a smooth surface and replace extra paste back in the container. Remove the stencil and wash immediately. All the mousse to dry per package directions.
Beautiful Heart Colors
Flower Desert Night & second generation stamping with Midnight Violet
Leaves Desert Night
Tip: Stamp your sentiment before dry embossing with Beveled Squares Stencil for added interest.
Finally, I popped up the navy circle, flower, and leaves with foam dots.
Build-a-Flower: Gardenia Colors
Flower Desert Night, Dusk, & Lagoon
Leaves Desert Night & Mountain Mist
Tip: Trace the embossed circle onto an A2 sized white card panel & die cut with the same size circle die before dry embossing with Starburst Stencil. Use a smaller circle die on an A2 sized piece of sticky back fun foam to easily pop up your panel.
Flower was popped up with foam dots and the leaves & sentiment were adhered directly to the white panel.
I struggled with whether or not to add sequins but ultimately decided to leave the cards as is.
I am so thankful to Altenew as this program has opened so many doors for me in the craft industry. I’ve taught multiple Altenew classes, done a new release product demo at my local stamp store, started assisting with Altenew Product Intro videos, I’ll be teaching an Altenew Make & Take at Creativation, and I’m developing an Altenew Academy class. So many wonderful things! I do encourage you to check out this program! I’m loving every minute of it!
Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope these cards inspire you to get creative and try out some of these techniques. Have fun and Breathe · Ink · Inspire.
Prize & Giveaway info below.
Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.
Altenew is sponsoring a $15 gift certificate giveaway on my blog as well! To enter leave a comment below. I would love, love, love if you would subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
Winner will be announced here by 1/22/2019. Good luck everyone!!
Winner Update – 1/22/2019
“All 4 cards are gorgeous! The mix of textures, colors, style is all fantastic, I love them all. I cannot wait to try these techniques. Thank you for sharing these and for the awesome inspiration, I will definitely be referring to your YouTube for direction and technique!!”
Mindy, congratulations again and that you so much for following and your support! To claim your prize, please email email@example.com by 1/31/2019 with the subject line Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop Winner from Amber Rain Davis’ Blog.
The next stop on the hop is the lovely Irina Fonina!