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Letterpress with Altenew - AECP

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I just finished another Altenew Academy Class last week, this one is taught by Jennifer Rzasa and is called Clean and Simple Boutique cards. The lesson that really inspired me was how to do Letterpress using dies, this is a lot of fun and the result is remarkably elegant.

The first thing to do is figure out how to construct your letterpress elements - how many layers of card stock and vellum do you need and what your embossing sandwich should be.  Each die cutting machine is different so it's hard to give an exact "recipe" but Jennifer's instructions in the class do help. This did take some time and there was a lot of trial and error involved but in the end I figured it out! 
So as not to forget I wrote out the instructions on an Altenew storage pouch that I will use to store my letterpress elements, they can be reused a couple of times.  TIP: As you can see in the picture I also wrote the word "top" on the elements, once glued together it can be hard to se…

Watercolor poppies

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Watercolor Wonders is a beautiful stamp set from Altenew, very free flowing and watercolor inspired. For some reason this set has always intimidated me, it was hard to get it to look right.

Now I think I know why - I was not taking this seriously, it was so free flowing and lose that I didn't pay enough attention when stamping. So to get good results I needed to look carefully and think where I wanted the petals to be and how I wanted to layer the colors. What kind of flowers are these?
I really love the resulting card.


Like all Altenew's layering stamps this one has a layering guide included in the packaging, it helps :)



I think these are poppies, how about you?


Stamp sets: Watercolor Wonders and Label Love Crisp inks:  Ruby Red, Velvet, Crimson, Jet Black, Forest Glades, Evergreen

Rain or shine - be my Valentine!

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There are a couple of stamp sets that are close to my heart, more so than others because they are unique in some way.
One of these is the Altenew Rain or shine set. It came out last year but I have not seen it used that  much (see a link for more inspiration at the bottom of this post), however it is so fun and ideal for an unusual Valentine, won't you agree?



Currently I am taking Altenew Academy classes in the pursuit of the Altenew Educator Certification Program, it's a lot of fun!
The latest class I finished was taught by the excellent Yana Smakula, the class is called Easy Die Cutting Techniques and as I am fairly new to die cutting (having been a stamper for 20 years but a die cutter for only 2...) this was a really fun class to take.
I used several techniques in this card, inlaid and negative die cutting and also partial die cutting.

To start off I stamped a couple of clouds using the following Altenew inks; Silver stone, Limestone and Dusk, these were then die cut using…

A rose is a rose...

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Some Altenew stamps remind me of English chintz - you know, beautiful prints with large florals. Not my style in home furnishings but in stamps and ink and cards I do love these florals!


As usual I did an initial layout in my Misti to see where to stamp the sentiment and figure out placement.


The frame is from the Concord and 9th Love set, I think it works well to set the stage for the rose and foliage in this card.


The final card is put together on a very light grey card base.

From the rooftops

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I fell in love with the opportunities offered by this new set from Simon Says Stamp, so fun! A new set so why not try a new (to me) technique? I used my Faber Castell 12 set Polychromos and Gamsol to color the buildings and then blended in some clouds with Distress Inks in Stormy Sky.

This is the set - so many options here, I feel a lot of other cards in the making!

The coloring is far from perfect but I will do more for sure and get better.


A fun, colorful card for many occasions.  I think I need more Polychromos :)