Altenew AECP Level III – Final Project – Layered Cupcake Workshop

I did it, finished, pushed myself, went out of the box, and even did a Workshop. This Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) was one of the best to learn how to take your love of making cards to the next level or two or three. Perhaps one of the best parts of this program was the ability to be flexible. Now it seems like time is precious and not having to worry about meeting submittal deadlines is a big plus. There were three levels of several classes that needed to be completed. At the end of each level, a final project was to be completed. In the last, Level III, an additional Workshop teaching a technique on making a card was required. Each class required a class and a blog post uploaded to Altenew’s server. It was critiqued by Erum on how to make it stand out, photography tips for the blog post, etc. One of the best things about this process is that there is not much “do it this way.” There is direction, but only in the significant areas such as photography and card composition.

I have to admit during Level I, I was beginning to think I didn’t have what it took to get to the end. The other participants’ cards were different; they seemed better. My cards had a lot of texture and were more multi-media-type cards. No matter how hard I tried, it was challenging even to make a clean and simple design (it still is). I learned early on in Level II that multi-media-type cards are me. Once I got over that thought process, it seemed easier. My Workshop was a multi-media type card. It is almost like they allow you to figure out your strengths and what makes your creative style work for you.

Other aspects of this certification were equally important such as photographing your cards and presenting what you accomplished in a blog post. I still struggle with the photography aspect, which I don’t understand because I constantly take pictures, especially of flowers. And they look great. There is not a bush or piece of architecture when I go on vacation that I don’t take a picture of. But, like anything, it takes practice. So if they ever need help with the Monthly Inspirations, I’m the girl with all the flower pictures to draw that inspiration out of others.

In your final Level III Workshop, you need to be familiar with zoom, presenting, and being online with a group of people. I’m not going to lie; I was terrified. However, once you get into it, it isn’t that bad. A few more practicing sessions, and it won’t be bad for someone like me. Plus, the ladies that attended were extraordinary and supportive. Both Erum and Virginia participated in the Workshop from Altenew. Virginia was accommodating in giving me tips on how to conduct workshops. I laugh every time I think of her telling me, “we don’t like quiet.” She offered many suggestions on filling in the conversation, which was very helpful. I’m thinking, “but I don’t talk much to people I even know!” But, like everything else, it pushes you out of your box, and you need to practice.

I am also a quilter, but my love of card making has made me put that on the back burner until I retire. I am very introverted, so giving cards is my way of having a servant attitude and avoiding conversations. For me, win/win. I also like to give to homes for the elderly. Like quilting, you forget about the stress and issues of life and unleash a creative process that never stops. Taking these classes in this program only works to enhance that creativity.

The classes in this course introduced so many different techniques and ideas and reinforced the concept that you can’t worry about others; you can admire, and as another card designer says, “You be You.” Once you realize that, the joy and positives of the creative process will bring a level of peace to you. There are so many classes you are sure to find one that you go back to several times. Many of the designers who have gone through this certification are very talented. So enough of me, let’s look at the first card I created for my Workshop.

Card #1 – Mixed Media Cupcake with Belly Band

I used the Layered Cupcake Bundle from Altenew. A stamp and die were included. It was a layering stamp, and it had directions on how to layer. I planned for an A2 size card. I first stamped the cupcake in Altenew Obsidian Ink. I like this ink because it has dark, crisp, clear lines. I then followed the layering directions on the package. One thing I have found for the layering stamps is following the rules for placement on the package and adjusting for the way you see things. It takes practice, practice, practice. After using the die, I added some clear embossing powder and heat set. Put aside; you will need it later.

Obsidian Black Ink on Stamp
Starting the Layering Directions as shown on the packaging.
Finished Cupcake. I spread Versa Mark on the whole cupcake and embossed it with a clear powder to create a gloss.

The next step was to make the two panels that the belly band would hold shut. Now the multi-media mediums, texture, and color come; this is the fun part. I used a piece of Ranger Foil sheet and put it in an Altenew Organic-Linen embossing folder. I have found that centering it and putting a small amount of tape to keep it from shifting help. Run through your die-cutting machine, and it should look like this. You can use whatever folder you want for a more masculine or feminine design.

Center the Foil Sheet in the middle and adhere with a small piece of tape.
Altenew Organic-Linen Embossing Folder. This is the folder closed on the tape, just follow the directions on your die-cutting machine for the correct sandwich and run through the machine. I usually go forwards and backward.
Embossed foil sheet.

Remove the foil sheet out of the embossing folder and get ready to get inky. Pick two or three alcoholic ink colors and shake the ink on the foil sheet. You can use one color if you prefer. If you use more than one color of ink, add some isopropyl alcohol or blending solution after the colors are on. This will make the colors move. You can use a straw and blow it around or a blowing tool. Be aware that if you create several cards, make sure you work in a well-ventilated space. There are resins in the Alcohol Ink. If you don’t like inky hands, you can wear latex gloves. The colors I used on this were Ranger Sublime, Pesto, and Statue Alloy. When you are pleased, set it aside to dry. Can you see the different colors below?

The next step for the smaller panel requires a stencil and some texture paste. I put a small piece of tape to secure the stencil over a 1.50″x5.5″ cardstock. I scooped a little paste with a pallet knife, put some Altenew Olive and Moss Ink on my glass mat, and mixed. This allowed the paste to be colored. Using a pallet knife, spread thinly over the stencil and gently lift the stencil from the paper. Set aside to dry. I usually put my stencils in a container of water by my desk; that way, I don’t have to run to the sink and wash them off constantly. The paste dries pretty fast, so you want to clean it up soon off your mat.

Tape a small piece of tape to hold the stencil.
If you want a little shine to the dots, put clear embossing powder on why it is drying.

Now, let’s start putting the card together. You will need two pieces of 4.25″ x 5.5″ white cardstock or whatever you like. Then cut a 3.0″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock for the panel. Additionally, cut a 1.75″ x 5.5″ piece of cardstock for a smaller panel. Score both panels at .25″ on one side (the 5.5″ side). Run the bone folder along the scored sides to flatten. You can do it. We are almost done (well, with the first card)! Glue the scored side to a card base on each side. Then lay another 4.25″ x 5.5″ on top and use adhesive or glue to secure. This will hide where you attached the panels. Adhere the two-panel pieces you decorated to the left and right sides. You are doing great!

Note the scored edges on each side of the base of the card. Glue those edges on the card to meet slightly off to one side.
After placing another 4.25″x5.5′ card inside the panels to cover up the scoring piece, Use a bone folder to flatten the scored panels. I usually put a brick on it for a while.
Glue or adhere your 2.75″ piece to the left side. Then adhere the 1.50″ side to the right.

Now for the belly band. Cut a 1.5″ inch cardstock by 8.5″. Turn the card over so the pretty side is facing the table. Put the strip under the bottom, and fold it over so it overlaps in the back. I usually use Washi Tape to secure the two end pieces. The belly band should fit comfortably around the whole card now. Add the cupcake to the belly band, some embellishments, and a sentiment. I did put foam tape on the back of the sentiment to prop it up a bit.

Fold the band over both sides till they overlap.
Secure with Washi Tape
Finished Card

Card #2 – Cupcake Shaker Card

The second card was created with the same techniques as the first one. See above in making the cupcake by using the layer guide and inks. This will be a shaker card that you can fill with sequins and beads. You can also use the tips from above in using ink and texture paste.

For this one, I used a sprinkle stencil from Altenew. I used the Altenew inks and mixed them with pearlescence texture paste as above. I sprinkled clear embossing powder on both the cupcake and the sprinkles. After drying, I heat set the embossing powder. This created a shine in both the cupcake and sprinkles. I also think it adds to the vibrancy of the item. There are many different kinds of paste to do this. You can use a crackle paste to give the sprinkles texture. You can use a blending brush, various ink colors, and add embossing powder.

Tape stencil down over card stock.
Color paste, use a pallet knife, and run over the stencil. Lift the stencil and sprinkle embossing powder over it. Let dry and heat set.

The next step is to secure the cupcake to the sprinkles. Cut it out with the die-cut and adhere to just below the middle. Also, adhere the sentiment above the cupcake. Now the fun starts. Cut a piece of acetate to 6.75″ by 4.75″. Score each side by .25″. Insert the card inside the acetate taping down three sides. Leave the top open. Use the bone folder to help flatten the acetate to the card. I have found that using acetate from items you order works better than the thicker sheets you might buy. The thinner acetate scores and doesn’t add a lot of bulk. When you feel like you are ready for the sequins, pour them in from the top. Tape the top closed. You are done and ready to adhere the shaker to a card. Then Shaka, Shaka, and pat yourself on the back because you did a great job.

Finished Card

There are two ladies to who I would like to give special thanks for sending me what they created. They had a different take on the examples, which turned out great. I appreciate them sitting through this workshop and participating and creating with me. Vickie did an excellent job on her cards. If you want to see her work, her blog can be found at https://heartmadepaperexpressions.blogspot.com.

Vickie

Carolyn was another participant who also had a different take and did some fabulous cards with a separate stamp and die set.

Carolyn

Also, thanks to Erum and Virginia for sitting in and providing insight on how to improve in a workshop setting, the advice while taking the classes, and throughout the process.

Supplies:
Altenew Layered Cupcake Stamp and Die Bundle
Altenew Inks
Altenew Sprinkle Stencil
Altenew Organic-Linen Embossing Folder
Alcohol Inks
Glue or Tape Adhesive
Texture Paste – Crackle, Transparent, Matte, Opaque
Pallet Knife
Die-Cutter
Foil Tape
Acetate
Sequins, Beads
Baby Wipes

I hope I have encouraged any of you who have been on the fence about taking classes or going through this Certification Program. This endeavor has opened many doors I never thought I could go through. I had a lot of fun and can’t wait to learn more. You have several avenues to learn something new from the newsletters, classes, workshops, and other things Altenew offers. Good luck and have fun!

I hope you enjoy!

Jeanette

January 2022 Altenew Inspiration Challenge

I decided to start entering these, forcing me to up my designs. This month’s challenge was to create a card off of the picture below.

I used the following for this project:

Altenew Greenwood Flowers Layer Stencil
Altenew Ink: Baby Pink, Pinkalicious, Razzleberry, Forest Glades, Shadow Creek, Mountain Pine, Warm Sunshine, Autumn Blaze, Firebrick
Altenew Hello Die
Sizzix Die

I knew I wanted leaves and another flower so I masked the first flower I created. This will make the leaves look like they are under the flower. I did a mock up of one so I could alleviate the mistakes. The picture shows the masking did not quite cover the flower, so I adjusted so the bottom was totally covered.

As you can see the leaves were stamped over the 1st flower. I covered the left leave in order to create the next flower. My biggest concern was getting finger prints or smudges on the white part of the card. So I cleaned my stencils after every use. Also, I had wipes for my hands.

To assemble the card I cut a square out of the design and added fun foam. I then adhered to the card. Note the outside of the design was adhered to the card base. Then the fun foam. I added a hello and a few die cuts from sizzix. This was a slower card because there was a lot of planning involved. Overall, I had fun.

Hope you enjoy!

Progressive Cards

I took the Progress Cards class and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought I would try some different techniques with embossing. I used an embossing folder and some crackle paste.

I used a piece of watercolor paper and lightly misted both sides with water. I put it in the 3-D Texture Fades Foliage embossing folder and ran through my die cutter. When it was dry I lightly ran the ink pads of Tattered Rose and Antique Linen over the embossed leaves. I let dry and redid the process. I found the key was to very lightly run the ink pads over the embossed panel. I blended around the outside some tea die distress oxide to frame it.

I used the Greenwood Flower Altenew Layer stencil and stamped the first layer. On the 2nd layer of the stencil, I used some crackle paste. I then sprinkled some Kitsch Flamingo embossing glaze on the paste and waited for it to dry. After drying, using a heat gun, heated and embossed the glaze. I then lightly misted with some perfect pearls in some water.

I assembled the flower on some specialty papers and adhered to a card. Lastly, I added the sentiment.

Hope you enjoy!

Bible Heroines – Abigail

I Samuel 25

This is one of my favorite women in the Bible. We are told that she is beautiful and of good understanding 1 Samuel 25:3. However, her husband Nabal was just the opposite. He was rich, but harsh and evil in his doings.

After Samuel had died, David left and went down to the Wilderness of Paran. He heard that a man called Nabel was shearing his 3,000 sheep. He gathered a few of his men and told them to greet Nabal in his name. He said to let Nabal know that some of his shepherds were with him and were not hurt. They would appreciate some food for his men. Once David’s men talked to Nabal he questioned who David was, and said the servants were not necessarily his. He was not going to give up his food for someone he did not know.

A servant told Abigail about the encounter and that David was very upset. This in itself I believe shows that he knew Abigail would understand, and he wasn’t afraid of telling her the truth. He was afraid of what David might do after being very good to them. The servant said that “Nabal was a scoundrel, and that no one can speak to him.” Abigail immediately put food together and loaded up donkeys, but did not tell Nabal what she was doing. When she met up with David she bowed before him.

Abigail says “Please pay no attention, my lord, to that wicked man Nabal. He is just like his name – his name means Fool, and folly goes with him”. To me, this one sentence says all about what you need to know about Abigail. She is direct, wise, and goes against the way women were to act at that time. She outright called her husband a fool. She also advises David in a way where he listens to her.

Bringing food validated that she agreed that it was a simple request. She wasn’t just speaking the words, she backed it up by her effort of bringing the food to him and his men.

Abigail starts off by talking positively about David’s character. “Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For the Lord will certainly make for my Lord an enduring house, because my lord fights the battles of the Lord, and evil is not found in you throughout your days.” 1 Samuel 25-28. This contrasts with his current state of anger and wanting to take revenge. She also reminds him of the way Saul wanted to kill him. Nabal may deserve it, but does his whole family deserve to die because of Nabal’s deeds. She also reminded David that killing Nabal violated Gods commandment against murder. “Now therefore, my Lord, as the Lord lives and as your soul lives, since the Lord has held you back from coming to bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now then, let your enemies and those who seek harm for my Lord be as Nabal.” 1 Samuel 25: 26. She gently asks David he would consider her being here a sign that “the Lord has held you back” from the sin that would be committed.

Additionally, Abigail brings up the future when David will be the ruler over Israel. “And it shall come to pass when the Lord has done for my lord according to all the good that he has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you ruler over Israel.” 1 Samuel 25:30.

I get the feeling that there was admiration for Abigail from David. She showed temperance, wisdom, and knew how to get him to consider her words. For a woman in those times no less, this was a defining moment for both of them. As upset as he was, he admitted that she was a blessing. “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel who sent you this day to meet me. And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself with my own hand.” 1 Samuel 25:32-33

After Nabal had died, David wasted no time asking her to be his wife. For a first-time meeting, she showed the ability to understand, diffuse his anger, and think through the consequences of his anger. It would take a pretty special person to be able to do that, especially back in those times where women were not highly regarded as confidants, and strategic. Her goodness and kindness broke through David’s heart and changed his thought process for the good.

This story shows that confrontation done with the right reasons can overcome anger. David saw that Abigail’s qualities could add to his own and that was a good thing. There was an element of mutual respect between the two. We are reminded that with God in our lives, the right decisions can be made a little easier.

I hope you can see the good qualities in Abigail, and see how the right mindset can make a difference in anything we attempt to accomplish. With God all things are possible.

Jeanette

Stencils and Texture

Another class down for the AECP Level III. I took Nicole Watt’s Stencils Unleashed: Advanced Stencil Techniques. This class did not disappoint. She had a section on adding texture with paste through stencils. I chose to do a card based on that theme. This is really easy and adds a lot to the card.

I secured a stencil to a piece of white cardstock by using some Washi tape.

I then used some Altenew Pink Pearl ink and put some on my mat. Using some Dreamweaver Pearlescent Embossing Paste, I mixed it together, to give a little tint. I really like using this for a light background texture.

Using a spatula I used the paste and coated the stencil. After removing the stencil, I let the paste dry and cut to the size I wanted. The pearlescent with just a hint of color really came through.

I used some gold cardstock with Altenew’s Adhesive backing and Flowing Foliage Die set. The adhesive helped because the dies were little and detailed. I added a few pearls and a sentiment. Adhered it to a light pink card base. For a more clean and simple card, there is a lot of texture. I am pretty pleased with it.

I hope you enjoy!

Creative Coloring

Another class down and one of my favorites. Creative Coloring with Erum – Advanced Techniques. Erum is such a wonderful artist, and her gift of coloring is very evident in this class. Some people just have the gift of inspiring others. I decided to try one of her techniques of stamping layers and then using markers over that to add a little more to the overall look.

I started by using the Altenew Trellis Stencil and Sea Glass Ink for the background. I cut it down to 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″.

I then started working on layering the flower starting with the lightest ink first. I created a mask for the first flower and created the 2nd flower over it using the same colors as before. I then used the Artist Markers and did some flicks with the colors extending the original layers out a little. I cut this panel down and adhered it to the trellis backing.

I then used a little washi tape to create some lines. I stamped the sentiment and heat embossed. Lastly, added a few crystals and adhered to a white card.

Supplies for this were:
Altenew Perennial Beauty Stamp and Die
Altenew Trellis Stencil
Altenew Ink and Artist Markers, Sea Glass, Ocean Waves, Dusk, and Desert Night
Obsidian Ink and Embossing Powder

I like how this turned out and will definitely practice with this again.

I hope you enjoy!

Gilding Flakes

I took the class For the Love of Color. The last lesson was a bonus lesson, and when I saw gilding flakes I knew I had to try it. This allowed me to try more of a clean card. I enjoyed it. However, it’s messy. A week later and I still have those flakes on my desk. Don’t cough or sneeze and that will help. The look though is very different and I enjoyed something different.

I used the following in creating this card:

Altenew Blossoms and Blooms Stamp and Die
Indigoblu Flitterglue, Phat Foam and Gilding Flakes
Metallic Watercolors
Sizzix Arched 3-D Embossing Folder

Put a little glue on the square of foam and lightly tap on the stamp. You don’t want to squish it down just make sure the top of the stamp is coated. I used my Misti and stamped onto Neenah Classic White card stock.

I sprinkled with the gilding flakes a little red and more gold. Used my finger to make sure it was all coated, and then used the back of the foam that was a little rougher and used a circular motion on the flower. Since there was a mixture of red and gold flakes that I rubbed off together, I put them into an empty bottle to use for later. There will be a lot left. Did I mention this was messy? There were a few red blobs that I used an Exacto knife to scrape a little bit.

I embossed a backing for the flower and used a few metallic splatters. For the flower, I used some metallic watercolor and painted the leaves and flowers. I then die-cut and used some foam tape to adhere to the panel.

I hope you enjoy!

Shapes on Cards

I passed the ACEP Level II. Yippee! Now for Level III. I took Jaycee Gaspar’s Elements of Floral Composition Online Cardmaking Class. One of my favorites. This class is packed with great ideas and ways of looking at composition. For my card I tried to use the triangle shape that he taught. There is so much good stuff in this class I’m going to have to go through it again.

I started out by using the Altenew Blossom & Bloom Die. Stamped with Obsidian Ink. Cut out a few sets and set out to color.

I used several mediums including some of Altenew’s new mixed media ink. I used a water brush and colored the leaves and flower with the media inks. After they dried I went in with my copics and added a little more color. Then used a gold gel pen and added dots to the outside center.

I adhered the flowers so it represented a triangle. Jaycee also talked about adding dimension by having some flower adhered directly on the paper and some using foam to raise it up a bit.

I added a sentiment in gold paper. Added some gold jewels, and some gold washi tape to add a little bit of lines to the background. I adhered to a kraft card base and that completes this card.

Hope you enjoy!

Level II – AECP Final Challenge – Masculine Cards

I have completed the Level II – Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) Final Challenge. When I meet these goals, I feel like I have learned so much. This challenge has been so enjoyable, in spite of really going out of my box and comfort zone, I felt like the creative process really came through.

I needed to select 3 components in Level 1 or 2 classes and explain why they had inspired me. Also, I needed to create 4 masculine cards that encompassed, birthday, love/thinking of you, anniversary, and encouragement. And, lastly to create an altered item/upcycled project.

For the three components, I chose the elements from Clean and Simple Boutique Cards, Let It Shine Cards, and For the Guys cards. These classes were great, and so many tips were a such a help and changed the way I think about designing cards. Clean and simple to me in this project means white background, less is more. Using metallics and embossing was also discussed in different ways. Let it Shine, well, it is what it is. Bling, metallics, embossing, perfect pearls, and using embellishments to make your cards shine. Lastly For the Guys, I got the most from this. Using geometrics is a perfect way to showcase a card for a guy. In previous cards, I always tried to have a foresty scene. However, you can do so much with basic lines, triangles, rectangles, etc.

For consistency in colors I chose the Altenew Inks. I also used the Altenew stamps and stencils for the main focal components. Another consistency element I tried to use geometric elements. For guy cards, the flowers don’t really cut it. I think that is why people tend to shy away from these types of cards. I also think that guys need their own set of cards. A few days ago my husband came in and said “can you make a card for Larry, something with a car for his birthday.” I was concentrating on something so different, I didn’t want to change gears. But, I did, because he asks so little from me, and I love him. But with this set I’m giving him. He has a little stash to choose from.

Below are the items I used to create these cards.

Inks:
Altenew Silver Lake, Cloudy Night, Charcoal Suit, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon

Media:
Dreamweaver Pearlescent Paste
Embossing Powder
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Metallic paper
Ranger – Woodgrain Cardstock
Altenew – Enamel Dots

Stamps, Dies and Stencils:
Diamond Frame Cover Die
Hello Die
Mega Alpha “J” Die
Trigonometry Stamp and Die
All Things “A” Stamp and Die
Cube Builder Stencils
Dot Botanicals Stamp and Die
Diamond Stars 3D Embossing Folder

The first card was an encouragement card which I used the All Things A Stamp and Die. I used the Volcano Lake to create the background for the A.

I cut the pattern out of the metallic paper. I wanted something different so I just used a part of it to cover the A. I used a little craft foam to give it some dimension.

I covered the A with a little perfect pearls in water to give it a little shine. To complete I added a sentiment, and a few enamel dots. This went on a grey card base.

My second card was a Thank You card.

I mixed up some Pearlescent Paste and Mountain Mist Ink. I used the Mighty Corners Stencil and covered the lines with the paste. The paste was already pearlescent, so this added a little shine. I waited a few hours and created the triangles out of the Trigonometry Stamps and Dies.

I played around with the placement and glued down. Added a sentiment cut out of the metallic paper and adhered to a white card base.

My third card was a simpler card once I figured out what to do. I used the metallic paper and embossed the Diamond Stars 3D Embossing Folder. For the sentiment I did the same in a teal color. Attached a Love sentiment which I glued to some foam for dimension. On top of that I adhered “From the Heart.”

I loved how simple this was to make and how it looks. A few enamel dots finish it off.

My fourth card is probably my favorite. It turned out totally different than what I had started out doing. I first used the Diamond Frame Cover Die with the metallic cardstock.

I used the Shine Like a Diamond Stamp and then cut out the J.

I used some foam and put behind the J for dimension and popped it back into the white woodgrain paper. I then layed the Diamond Frame Cover over the J. On top of that I cut a hello and arranged some foam squares where it needed some height. A few enamel dots and the card was finished. This is what clean and simple means to me.

The last card I completed was another fun one. I used the Cube Builders Stencil. I absolutely loved this. The possibilities are endless. I also love this color combination. I adhered the cubes background to a white card base.

I used the Dot Botanicals Stamp and Die, and embossed a clear coating on the dots to add a little shine. I used the die to cut out and adhere to the cubes. I cut the Happy sentiment out of the metallic cardstock and stamped Anniversary on piece of white cardstock. Added a few enamel dots and the card was finished.

So that concludes the card portion of this project.

I also needed to recyle a product, so I chose a clear plastic box that has been sitting on my desk forever. I didn’t want to throw away so I thought I would use a little alcohol ink. I put some on the plastic, spritzed with alcohol, and used my Tim Holtz blower to move the ink around. Left overnight to make sure it was dry.

The next day I didn’t want to take the chance to mess my card up by putting it in the newly painted holder, so I ironed a piece of tissue paper, wrapped the cards up and put in the holder. Tied a bow around it, and created a tag.

I hope you enjoy!