January 30, 2019

Colors for a funky rose bouquet - AECP post

I wanted to come up with some new color combinations for a stylized rose bouquet card that I have had in my mind for some time and wanted to get done for Valentine's Day.
So after hearing Therese Calvird speak about color inspiration in her Color Your Day class at Altenew Academy I went searching the internet and found Canva.com (which I was not familiar with but which seems extremely interesting), go and see their 100 brilliant color combinations here

I selected a few combos and looked through my Altenew swatches to find the closest ink colors to combine and came up with three versions of my rose bouquet.

My first combo is #9 Refreshing & Pretty and the Altenew colors I selected for this one was Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Coral Berry and Maple Yellow.
The result makes for a very pretty card that evokes springtime, not bad for a first try I thought.

So I immediately decided to make another version and so selected #54 Modern & Urban which really appealed to my color esthetics.
The Altenew inks that seemed to best match this combo was Warm Sunshine, Dusk, Pure Graphite and Buttercream. This card makes me absolutely giddy, I love these colors together!

Then for good measure I decided to come up with a third version and so went with one final combo including a bright red; #76 Distinctive & Unexpected. For my ink colors I used Teal Cave, Limestone, Deep Iris and Heart Beat.
The balance of this color combo is a bit off since I used so much red and the Deep Iris is a bit too purple, I should probably have over stamped with a brown to tone it down, still I quite like the cheerfulness of this card.

Which one do you like best? 
Modern & Urban

(Not so) Distinctive (but still) Unexpected

Refreshing & Pretty

Supplies used
Simple Flowers stamp set by Altenew
Crisp Inks in the colors mentioned
Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock for stamping and card bases made from Pale Gray Altenew card stock.

This post is part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program.

January 29, 2019

Hello and good fortune!

Don't you love the look of ink blending?
I do but I am not always very good at it but using the right inks and paper makes it easier. I made the card below as a spinoff of my calendar page for July (calendar blogpost here) as I was so pleased with ink blending through a stencil.

Distress Oxide inks are much easier to blend than other inks I find and if you blend through a stencil that also makes a big difference.

I actually used three Distress Oxide inks although I forgot to add the Antique Linen to the picture...
After taping down the stencil I went for a gradual effect, lightest inks at the bottom and darkest at the top of the card. As I am not a patient person (!) I set the ink with my heat gun and I wanted to heat emboss the cranes so I needed to make absolutely sure my background was nice and dry.

The cranes were stamped in black Versafine Ink and heat embossed in clear powder.
Did you know that origami cranes symbolise good fortune? If you fold 1000 your wish would be granted - no way I will do that, I will stamp mine and hopefully good fortune will come to the recipient of this card!

I am entering this card into Virginia's Show and Share - visit Virginia Lu's blog here for details of this fun challenge.

Supplies used
Extra Large Dots stencil by Simon Says Stamp
Distress Oxide in Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber
Origami Animal by Hero Arts
Versafine Onyx Black ink 
Clear embossing powder by Hero Arts

See you soon!

January 24, 2019

A year in the life - 2019

For the last couple of years I have sporadically worked on stamping a calendar - in fact I have created pages month to month but not necessarily every month. When January 2019 came along I decided that this is the year that I actually create a full year at the start of the year.
This is what I made:

I used a DIY calendar from Paper Source that comes with an individual page for each month that can be displayed in the CD case the pages come in. As I am a card maker the size of these pages makes sense to me - 14x13 cm or 6.5x6 inch - I would not feel comfortable with anything larger than that.

I used products from my stash for my calendar - I would say use what you like and what you have on hand for a project like this!

If you read my blog you may have seen some of these pages before, I still wanted to include them here. I have listed the supplies for each page.

City Scene stencil  by Altenew
Distress Oxide in Frayed Burlap, Blueprint Sketch and Black Soot
Falling Snow stencil by Alexandra Renke
Texture Paste in Opaque Matte by Ranger

Love You So stamp set by Concord & 9th
Crisp Inks by Altenew in Charcoal Suit and Maple Yellow
Versamark Watermark Ink 
White Detail embossing powder by Hero Arts

Shine Brighter stamp set by Concord & 9th
Crisp Inks by Altenew in Cloudy Night or Gray Denim (not sure which)
Polychromos pencils for light coloring

Tulip stamp set by Altenew
Various Crisp Inks by Altenew for stamping and for water coloring / splattering

An older cling stamp that is no longer available but I think was called Second City Map by Hero Arts
Versamark Watermark Ink 
White Detail embossing powder by Hero Arts
Various Crisp Inks by Altenew for water coloring

My Monthly Hero kits from May 2018 and January 2019 and Autumn Moon by Hero Arts
Crisp Inks in Cloudy Night by Altenew
Polychromos pencils for coloring


Extra Large Dots stencil by Simon Says Stamp
Distress Oxide in Antique Linen, Squeezed Lemonade and Fossilized Amber
Origami Animal by Hero Arts
Versafine Onyx Black ink 
Clear embossing powder by Hero Arts

Handpicked Bouquet stamp set by Altenew
Crisp Inks in Pink Pearl, Coral Bliss, Heart Beat, Vineyard Berry, Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades. Outline in Charcoal Suit

Season's Greetings stamp set by Altenew
Crisp Inks in Espresso, Frayed Leaf, Heart Beat

Leaves from Majestic Bloom, Beautiful Day, Build-A-Flower Rose stamp sets by Altenew
he leaves are from three Altenew sets:
Crisp Inks in Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Sand Dunes and Evergreen by Altenew

Pop Art Pineapple stamp set by Concord & 9th
Crisp Inks by Altenew in Fresh Lemon, Sand Dunes, Bamboo, Parrot and Rubellite

Ski Holiday stamp set and My Monthly Hero October 2017 kit by Hero Arts

Crisp Inks by Altenew in Cloudy Night
Polychromos pencils for coloring
Wink of Stella Clear for snow

This was a really fun project, albeit a little bit time consuming. I didn't plan anything at all, just stamped what pleased me  but next year I may think a little more before getting started. For example I feel I should not have put the images of February and March  and also August and September so close to each other, they are perhaps too much alike. Still I am quite happy with the result.

Please let me know what you think, I'd love to hear from you!

January 23, 2019

Watercolor trials

As I mentioned recently I have been working on another Altenew Academy class in my AECP assignments. I finished Level 1 a while back and am hoping to wrap up Levels 2 and 3 before we move back to Europe in the summer.

The latest assignment involved watercolor which is not my forte but practice makes better and I will keep on practicing for sure! Creative Watercolor Media is taught by Jen Rzasa, Laura Bassen and Debby Hughes, with such a line up of teachers you can imagine the quality of the class!

I made four cards for this lesson, for the first one I used an old Altenew favorite; Sketchy Cities America. I stamped the New York skyline at the bottom of a piece of bristol card stock which was then masked off with blue Molotow masking fluid from a pen - very easy to use, no mess using brushes and even though the tip isn't tiny it easily goes on to even the smaller sections of the image.

Once the masking fluid was completely dry I put down a variety of Altenew inks on to some cellophane, then sprayed with water and smooshed on to the paper. I wanted it to look like the sky was lighting up with fireworks but I also did not want the sky to be black so I used pinks, yellows and blues.

Once the card was thoroughly dry I removed the masking fluid using a glue eraser.

I then painted the buildings in different shades of grey, heat embossed the fireworks - from the aptly named mini set called Fireworks - in silver sparkle powder, matted the image on a piece of black paper and mounted the card on to a square card.

My second and third cards really takes me way out of my comfort zone - I am again using ink smooshing, watercolor but also sequins - a shock to my system! This makes for very girly cards using the lovely Cake Love set:
First I stamped an image and a greeting using black (waterproof) Versafine ink on to two pieces of watercolor card stock that I had cut into squares.

After masking the images using the Molotow masking pen I smeared three Altenew inks on to a craft mat, sprayed them with water, picked up the wet ink using some plastic packaging and transferred onto the card stock.

I then added splatters using a paint brush, below you see the masked image, it's covered in the blue Molotow masking fluid.

I  removed the masking using a glue eraser, some of the smooshed color had seeped through where my masking wasn't thick enough but that was OK, I could just paint over.

I used several shades of pink, green and brown Altenew ink to watercolor my images.

To remedy the warping that occurs when you add water and heat to card stock I glued the final image to a grey card base and left to flatten under a large acrylic block. Then to finish off I added some clear sequins.

You may have seen the fourth card I made for this class on Monday's post. Here I used leaves from Build-a-Flower Rose, Beautiful Day and Majestic Bloom and a sentiment from Floral Frame.

It's different from the other two as it does not use masking, instead I stamped the leaves directly onto watercolor card stock using orange, brown and green Altenew inks. I then went over the images with a wet paint brush to add the watercolor effect and I love how this came out, especially after I added the drops of orange inks to the panel. The color became super soft but still vibrant.

The sentiment was stamped in dark green ink, over stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in clear to finish off this last card:

As mentioned above this completes a lesson in the AECP, level 2 you should try Creative Watercolor Media, it's a great class and all you need are your Altenew ink pads and re-inkers.

That's it for today, I hope you like my watercolor trials and I also hope to see you back here soon!

January 21, 2019

Have a beautiful day

I have been working on several projects over the past few weeks - so many ideas in my mind, sometimes I branch out before finishing up a project. I am sure I am not the only person this happens to!?

So I was simultaneously working on my 2019 calendar and an Altenew class for AECP and trying out new ink colors when this card happened and as I finished it I decided to enter it into the January 2018 Altenew Inspiration Challenge, please go and see Norine's beautiful inspiration on the Altenew card blog.

Below is what I stamped on my October 2019 calendar page from Paper Source. I wanted to make a leaf pattern in autumn colors.
I stamped my pattern using my Misti because I wanted to be able to over-stamp and partially stamp many times in many ink colors so as the stamps were already in the Misti I decided to stamp this out on watercolor paper as well.

I liked the clean look of the calendar stamping, it was just what I wanted for that October page, however the result on the watercolor page was less convincing and so this is when - inspired by my Creative watercolor media class from Altenew Academy - I decided to go over the leaves with clean water. And look what happened!

To finish up I added splatters using diluted Firefly ink and then made the panel into a card on an orange card base, the sentiment was stamped in Evergreen, then over-stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in clear.

I would love to hear what you think of my projects, which one do you prefer?

The leaves are from three Altenew sets:
Majestic Bloom
Beautiful Day
Build-A-Flower Rose
Sentiment from Floral Frame
Altenew Inks:
Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Sand Dunes and Evergreen

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