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Altenew : Masking Unleashed

Masking requires a certain level of patience and forethought. The class, Masking Unleashed, helps to explain how to think ahead and plan a project so you get all of the masking in place when you need it. There’s lots of fantastic ideas on using masks creatively, as well as how to use different materials for various masks. If masking is something you want to get better at, or if you want a helping hand in exploring this technique and all the results you can achieve, this class is definitely for you!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Stick washi tape and all the 4 sides.
  3. Take a masking sheet and place the layering gift tag die on it and die cut it.
  4. Take out the die cut and mask the negative
  5. Stick it on the cardstock
  6. Stamp the picture from get well soon stamp set
  7. Color it with artistic markers
  8. Fill in the remaining parts with black artistic marker
  9. Remove the masking sheet
  10. Draw the border of the picture using a black pen
  11. Trim the sides of the cardstock
  12. Stamp the sentiment using versa fine onyx black pigment ink on a strip of cardstock and shade the borders with orange cream artistic marker and stick it on the cardstock
  13. Stick this cardstock with double sided foam tape on to the card with washi tape on the borders.

TIPS

  • Before stamping, use an Anti-Static Pouch tool to remove static from your paper so the powder doesn’t stick where you don’t want it.
  • Plan ahead the order in which you want to have the elements of your scene. Stamp and mask in this order.
  • When you form a shape by stamping through the negative mask you want to cross the edges of your shape with stamping as much as possible. This will define those edges and your shape will be recognizable.
  • You may draw an outline of your negative image to give a perfect look to the picture

SUPPLIES

  • Sizzix Bigshot die cutting Machine
  • Neenah Paper 4456 Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Get well soon Stamp Set
  • Layering gift Tag cake die set
  • Deco lines washi tape 
  • Versa fine onyx black pigment ink
  • Jet Black Artist Marker
  • Mango Smoothie Artist Marker
  • Buttercream Artist Marker
  • Warm Sunshine Artist Marker
  • Mountain Mist Artist Marker
  • Volcano Lake Artist Marker
  • Lagoon Artist Marker
  • Emerald Artist Marker
  • Lavender Fields Artist Marker
  • Deep Iris Artist Marker
  • Rocky Shore Artist Marker
  • Dark Chocolate Artist Marker
  • Mocha Artist Marker
  • Caramel Toffee Artist Marker
  • Orange Cream Artist Marker
  • Autumn Blaze Artist Marker

Another project I have done on this technique is this floral card.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Stamp flowers and leaves from Precious Peony Stamp Set
  3. Stamp the same design on a masking sheet too and stick it over the flowers on the base card
  4. Repeat the process until u get the desired look
  5. color the flowers and leaf with Artistic markers
  6. Stamp the sentiment towards the center right side of the card with versa fine onyx black pigment ink

SUPPLIES

  • Sizzix Bigshot die cutting Machine
  • Neenah Paper 4456 Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Precious Peony Stamp Set
  • Friends Forever Stamp Set
  • Velvet Artist Alcohol Markers
  • Ruby red Artist Alcohol Markers
  • Forest glades Artist Alcohol Markers
  • Versa fine onyx black pigment ink

Thank You!

Hope you liked my card. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by! If you like what you’ve seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@shahicreationz) and/or subscribing to my vlog and YouTube if you haven’t already.

-shahi


Altenew: Color Your Day

Hello Crafty Friends!  Today I have a card I made for the Altenew Color Your Day class.  This class is taught by Therese Calvird and is a must take class.  A bit of color can brighten up anyone’s day! She presented how to add splash of colors to our projects with this fun class filled with fresh inspirations, tips, and techniques perfectly.  It really made me think about composition more when creating.  Combining colors together can be daunting so it’s time to take the guess work out of it and one of the easiest ways to do that is to use a Color Wheel. These handy little tools can take your color combinations to the next level!

To begin with, I selected the color pink from the color wheel, and choose it’s complementary color green.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take a White watercolor Cardstock measuring “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ”
  2. Stamp the flower from Build a flower- Coneflower stamp set on it with antique linen distress ink.
  3. Mask and stamp other flowers and leaves according to your design
  4. Put your ink pads on a watercolor palate and use a water color brush to color your flowers and leaves.
  5. Position the coordinating dies over the flowers and do partial die cut.
  6. Take a lime green 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 cardstock and place it in between the embossing folder
  7. Keep the paper on one side and Spray the opposite side of the folder with water and close the folder and run it through the die cutting machine.
  8. Stick the painted floral cardstock over green cardstock paper with double sided tape
  9. Stamp the sentiment on a white strip of cardstock and stick it over the green cardstock

TIPS

  • Put your inkpads to another use by using them as paints! This is a great way to color in stamped images, creating perfectly matched colors
  • Before stamping, use an Anti-Static Pouch tool to remove static from your paper so the powder doesn’t stick where you don’t want it.
  • A water brush (with an empty barrel) or a fine-tip paint brush both work beautifully for this technique.
  • If you don’t have a water color palette, you may use a craft sheet as a palette for your inkpads. If you don’t have one, a plastic page protector can also do the trick

SUPPLIES

  • Antique linen distress Ink
  • Rose quartz Crisp Dye Ink
  • Pluffy heart Crisp Dye Ink
  • Purple wine Crisp Dye Ink
  • Cosmic berry Crisp Dye Ink
  • Firefly Crisp Dye Ink
  • Grass field Crisp Dye Ink
  • Shadow creek Crisp Dye Ink
  • Mountain pine Crisp Dye Ink
  • Build a flower- Coneflower stamp and die set
  • Hello hydrangea stamp set
  • Rows of squares 3d embossing folder

This was one of my favorite class from AECP. I always find it difficult to choose my color combination. And taking this class made me more excited. So I choose this class for our AECP Instagram hope. I came out of our comfort zone and made my first video tutorial with it.

Thank You!

Hope you liked my cards. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by! If you like what you’ve seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@shahicreationz) and/or subscribing to my vlog and YouTube if you haven’t already.

-shahi

Altenew : Beautiful Details

Hi, my dear crafty friends, welcome to my blog. I made today’s card for the Beautiful Details Course by Altenew Academy.  Don’t know why, I was procrastinating this class this long. In fact I did take this class weeks back, but had a fear to give it a try. I could really feel that this was completely out of my comfort zone.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Choose a solid stamp set and color it with a brush marker and using generational stamping
  3. Use various shades of the similar color and stamp them in various generations
  4. I have used shades of pink for the flowers
  5. And a darker shade of green for the leaf and stem.
  6. Lighter shades of the petals gives a illusion that there are more petals in the back
  7. I shaded the markers in the same direction, so that it brings a uniform direction to the flowers, stems and leaves
  8. I liked the flowers as such but decided to add few strokes of black as taught in the class.
  1. To completely change the look of the card, I ran the top part of the card through my die cutting machine and created a 3d dimension using Diamond stars 3D embossing folder
  2. Stick a matching shade of washi tape at the end point differentiating the 3 dimensional part and the flowers below.
  3. As an added interest, I Stuck matching pearl embellishments as the buds of the flowers.
  4. As the sentiment, I stamped “Thanks” on a classic crest solar white cardstock and die cut it
  5. Stick that die cut over the top positioning to the center of the center over the 3 dimensional part of the flower.
  1. Once the stamping is done, we are ready to add the details.
  2. I liked the flowers as such, so had a fear of going ahead of adding strokes to the flowers.(But wanted to give it a try)
  3. Add few strokes over the flower using a black ink pen (Here I used a black ball pen)
  4. The strokes are drawn according to ones personal interest. You may draw it in any shape or sizes. It can be drawn whereever you want.

TIPS

  • Remember to leave gaps between the strokes.
  • Use a stamping tool to stamp your florals. It makes stamping large solid images so much easier since you can double and triple stamp in various generations
  • The included bar magnet can be used to quickly and easily position your cardstock, and the included grid paper makes it easy for you to lay out and align your card’s design.
  • Before stamping, use an Anti-Static Pouch tool to remove static from your paper so the powder doesn’t stick where you don’t want it.
  • Try other stamp sets and try to see your solid stamps in a new way. There are lot of fun things to be found!
  • Try other stamping mediums and stamping techniques for creating the base layer for example markers, kissing technique etc.

SUPPLIES

  • Sizzix Bigshot die cutting Machine
  • Neenah Paper 4456 Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Bird of Paradise Stamp Set
  • Evergreen Mixed Media Ink
  • Pink Faber castell fiber tip color marker
  • Deep pink Faber castell fiber tip color marker
  • Sap green Faber castell fiber tip color marker
  • Flamingo pearl embellishments
  • Glitter washi tape
  • Halftone circles stamp set
  • Halftone circles die
  • Diamond stars 3D embossing folder

Thank You!

Hope you liked my card. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by! If you like what you’ve seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@shahicreationz) and/or subscribing to my vlog and YouTube if you haven’t already.

-shahi


Altenew : Creative Watercolor Media

My next take is on the aecp lesson, Creative Watercolor Media. This class helps us in giving your coloring supplies a new life! In this class, you will learn to take inks, re-inkers, and sprays and turn them into fun watercolor mediums! This is great for any crafter, new and seasoned, to enjoy more use out of their existing Altenew supplies. Here, Jennifer Rzasa, Debby Hughes, and Laura Bassen have really done a great job by explaining us the things in detail. With such a line up of teachers you can imagine the quality of the class!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take a Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and stamp the Canterbury Bells on it with sweet dreams and green valley crisp dye ink set.
  2. Die cut it with the coordinating die set from Altenew.
  3. Take a strip of Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and ink blend it with Teal Cave crisp dye ink
  4. Stick the washi tap towards the right corner, and trim the cardstock leaving a thin strip of color border near the washi tape.
  5. Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  6. Put down the lightest shade of sweet dreams and green valley crisp dye ink set on to some cellophane or on Altenew water color palette , then sprayed with water and smooshed on to the paper
  7. Once the card was thoroughly dry, stick the strip of cardstock with washi tape over it aligning it towards the left side of the card.
  8. Stick the Canterbury Bells over it. with some sticky dots.
  9. Stamp the sentiment with the darkest color from sweet dreams crisp dye ink set .

TIPS

  • Use a stamping tool to stamp your florals. It makes stamping large solid images so much easier since you can double and triple stamp. the included bar magnet can be used to quickly and easily position your cardstock, and the included grid paper makes it easy for you to lay out and align your card’s design.
  • Before stamping, use an Anti-Static Pouch tool to remove static from your paper so the powder doesn’t stick where you don’t want it.
  • When doing stamp layering, start with the lightest ink color first and then build up to the darkest.

SUPPLIES

  • Sizzix Bigshot die cutting Machine
  • Neenah Paper 4456 Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock
  • Misti stamping tool
  • Teal cave Crisp dye ink
  • Grass Field Crisp dye ink
  • Green valley Crisp dye ink (set)
  • Sweet dreams Crisp dye ink (set)
  • Build a flower- Canterbury Bells
  • Enjoy the Ride Washi Tape Set

Thank You!

Hope you liked my card. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by! If you like what you’ve seen from me, please give me a follow over on my Instagram (@shahicreationz) and/or subscribing to my vlog and YouTube if you haven’t already.

-shahi

Altenew: With A Twist

Hi, my dear crafty friends, and welcome to my blog. I made today’s card for the With a twist Course by Altenew Academy. I’m someone who is in love with interactive card. We all love a bit of acetate on our cards and there are so many wonderful ways that we can use this fabulous product to create some WOW. Shaker card is just one among it. I truly loved making this card. If you are someone like me who is passionate about various new methods to use on your card, then don’t hesitate . This course is definitely for you. Therese Calvird has really done a great job by explaining us the things in detail. Here she is taking us one step further and shaking it right through to the inside of the card.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (layer 1) and a pink cardstock (layer 2)
  • Place the mega alphabet die over both the cards and die-cut it
  • Hold the die in place with washi tape and die cut it.
  • Create a “4 1/4 x 5 1/2 ” top folding card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (layer 3)
  • Trace out the previous die cut image into this card stock.
  • Place the die on this panel and die cut the shape.
  • Open the card right up and place it on the die cutting machine so that it only cuts the front side.
  • Slightly trim down the front panel of the white cardstock (layer 1) from 2 adjacent sides
  • Place and stick the pink cardstock paper below the front panel of the Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock (layer 1)
  • Position the White cardstock towards the right corner over the pink .
  • Stamp watercolor flowers and leaves on another Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock and die cut them out.
  • Using double sided tape stick them on the corner of the alphabet.
  • The inside part of the Main card (layer 3) can be used for our custom design or background.
  • Place Spring Garden Stencil over card base and mask outlines with masking tape.
  • Take some embossing paste on the watercolor palette and add few drops of Cotton candy Alcohol Ink and blend it well
  • Apply the paste on the cardstock over the stencil.
  • Wait until the paste dries
  • Now Reverse the front card (layer 1) facing the pink card up.
  • Take a clear acetate sheet and stick it over the pink cardstock.
  • Trim the excess.
  • Stick the double sided tape around the border of the mega die cut ,leaving the center space empty.
  • Create a well using the double sided foam tape to pour in your shaker elements.
  • Make sure that there is no open edges.
  • Pour in your fun shaker elements that you have on hand, sequins or even small die cut shapes look fabulous. I have used pink stars here.
  • Tape down the acetate sheet over the foam tape.
  • Stick this over the Main cardstock.
  • Position it according to the die cut.
  • Thus the inner background can be visible from the front

TIPS

  • Trimming and positioning the front panel card pops up the color panel card . This highlights the alphabet die.
  • Tack the stencil down with masking tape on either sides, so that it would keep the stencil intact.
  • Before stamping, use an Anti-Static Pouch tool to remove static from your paper so the powder doesn’t stick where you don’t want it.
  • The inside part of the card can be used for our custom design or background.
  • Stick the flowers in various heights using double sided tape to create a better dimension
  • Make sure that there is no open edges. If not sealed properly the pop up elements might go out.
  • If you are in a hurry you may use, design paper on the inside of the card to make it easier and faster to create.
  • Use any fun shaker elements that you have on hand, sequins or even small die cut shapes look fabulous.

SUPPLIES

  • Bamboo Crisp Dye Ink
  • Parrot Crisp Dye Ink
  • Pinkalicious Crisp Dye Ink
  • Rubellite Crisp Dye Ink
  • Cotton candy Alcohol Ink (Artistic marker refill)
  • Y mega alphabet dies
  • Watercolor stamp

Altenew: Beyond Basic Background

Today I would like to share a card I made for the Beyond Basic Backgrounds by Altenew Academy. I loved the gorgeous cards and the amazing tips that Lydia Evans shared in this course.  I found the Beyond Basics Background class really interesting.  There are so many interesting ways to create backgrounds on cards that you just don’t think of! This is something which I have never tried doing it before. And I loved how it came out. I have dedicated this cards to all the strong and inspiring women on women’s day on my IG page.
Once again.. Here I am…Sending out lot of love and hugs to all the wonderful women out there 💖

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a “5 x 6 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Place the die over the card and die-cut it 
  3. Cut numerous pieces and create a DIY stencil.
  4. Create a “4  x 5 1⁄4 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  5. Place the DIY stencil over the blank card stock and stick the sides with masking tape.
  6. Blend the Die ink over each flowers
  7. The ink should be lighter towards the center thus giving an Ombre look to the flowers
  8. Then ink the large background stamp with the darker ink and stamp it over the stencil.
  9. Then remove the DIY stencil 
  10. Then die cut the sentiment various times to create a thinker dimension
  11. Stamp  the other sentiment on a thin strip of cardstock 
  12. Stick both the die cut sentiment and the sentence sentiment towards the bottom right corner of the card.
  13. Trim a pink cardstock into 4 1/4 * 5 1/2 and place it behind the cardstock.
  14. Place the main card towards the top left of the pink card.

TIPS

  • Cutting the piece for your stencil larger than your card blank will help you cover the whole area you want covering
  • Tack the stencil down with masking tape on either sides, so that it would keep the stencil intact.
  • Choose the same shade of color, start blending with the darkest color on the edges, blend this out and then blend the lighter color over the middle
  • Try creating an Ombre effect it makes the flowers stands out as it is the slow melting effect of a lighter shade gradually getting darker towards the ends .
  • Die cut the sentiment various times to create a thinker dimension

SUPPLIES

  • Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
  • Cherry Blossom Crisp Dye Ink Set
  • Hello and Hugs Dies Set
  • Flowering Cistus Stamp Set
  • Shine Like a Diamond Stamp Set

Hope you liked my card. Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Altenew: Magic Marker Techniques

The next AECP class I tackled was “Magical Marker Techniques”, by Sara Naumann. I enjoyed the fact that Sara uses her markers for more than just coloring in stamped images, in fact, I liked that a lot. I would recommend this class to anyone who is looking for ideas on how to stretch their supplies . I used my artistic markers just for coloring, but through this class, I did explored a new way of using it.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Create a “4 1⁄4 x 5 1⁄2 ” card base from Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.
  2. Place linear Stencil over card base and position it to the center of the card.
  3. Tack it down with masking tape.
  4. Remove the stencil and retrace the diamonds so they’re heavily outlined, then color in the diamond shapes
  5. Draw the outline using darker shade of artistic marker and fill them with lighter shades.
  6. Slightly rotate the stencil and move over to the second layer.
  7. Fill in the smaller parts according to your creativity and color choice
  8. Add small dots using the fine tip of the artistic marker
  9. You’ll have a cool dimensional effect by darkening the outline of the small parts of the stencil.
  10. Stamp a sentiment from the Holiday Tag sentiment.
  11. Fill in the sentiment with artistic marker

TIPS

  • Tack the stencil down with masking tape on either sides, so that it would keep the stencil flat.
  • Choose a color theme to bring up a mandala effect.
  • Draw the outline using fine tip of the marker
  • Slightly rotate the stencil and move over to the next layers.
  • Take advantage of the fine tip of the marker to add dots  and dimensions to the card

SUPPLIES

  • Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink
  • Morning Frost Artistic Marker
  • Evening Gray Artistic Marker
  • Industrial Diamond Artistic Marker
  • Linear Stencil
  • Holiday Tag Sentiments

For my card, I followed the techniques from lesson 6 of this course – using Markers with Stencils. I really encourage you taking this class taught by Sara Naumann, it will help you a lot more to understand color and color usage on projects. Hope you liked my card.

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Celebration: Stencil Techniques

Hi friends, I hope you all are doing good. Stay home. Stay safe.
Like many others, even I’m stuck out of my country. Wondering when I can go back. I’m definitely missing my craft room and my private crafty space. I just came done to meet my parents and got stuck here. But there is always good about getting stuck in your parents’ house, especially after marriage. I used to miss this place so badly.
Alhamdulilah somehow I could manage to get some of my basic craft items from my apartment. ( It was a real tough job. But I couldn’t stop myself from crafting.)

So coming to the point, today’s blog post is exclusively about how I ended up making a stencil of my own to make a beautiful card. Celebration: Stencil Techniques, is something which I learned from my Altenew educators certification program. Laurel Beard has explained things very well.

For this project, I decided to make a DIY stencil using Birch press butterfly garden layering dies.
This layering set consists of Layers A, B, and C. I die cut all the 3 layers on different cardstocks and used them as my stencils. I used thicker card stock paper while creating my own stencil so that it could be used multiple times.

After placing each die-cut layer on my cardstock, I did my first layer with Lagoon crisp die ink from Altenew and the second one with emerald. I didn’t want my third layer to stand out much from the other two shades. Instead, I wanted a soft color which is just a bit darker than my second shade. That’s how I ended up with my emerald crisp die ink again for my final layer.

The layers by themselves looked really cool but it makes our card incomplete. So I added a sentiment “Love you” from Simon Says Stamps Love and valentines word mix set. I stamped it with altenew volcano lake crisp die ink and unicorn white pigment ink from hero arts. I just slightly changed the position when I stamped the second layer. Even though it was a small one, it brings a lot of difference to the look of the card. I was wondering if I ended up making a monochromic card. But I am fine. Because it is not something which I do often. I die cut the sentiment with its coordinating dies and stuck it with a piece of foam tape at the center of the card.
And here it goes…
The card is ready. Isn’t it so simple?
I hope this method will turn out to be an inspiration for you too. Do give it a try to learn this course at https://altenew.com/products/celebration-stencil-techniques?_pos=1&_sid=a8928335c&_ss=r
I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi

Seasonal Scene Building

Hi Today, as I got to do a project on creating a Seasonal Scene Building, I was really confused as I didn’t have much stamps on my shelf to help me build a scene. That’s when I decided to take this as a challenge and make a card with the supplies I already have at my craft room.

Alhamdulilah, within no time my eyes got stuck with the versatile vases stamp set from Altenew. But how to create a seasonal background with it was my next thought. I didn’t want to create a simple bouquet of flowers in a vase. I wanted to make something creative. The weather was so cold outside and I really loved to lit up a small scented Candle in my craft room. Thinking about it, an idea struck my mind and that’s how I actually ended up making this project.For this project, I used an 8*5 card. I was sure that I should use a longer card because I will have to find space for my vases, flower bouquet, and sentiments.

My first task was to create a base to place my vases in the image. I randomly chose a brown copy paper that was lying down in my cabin. Made it my base. Then I stamped a bowl vase from the versatile vases stamp set. Masking it, towards the left side I stamped a glass vase for my flowers.

I stamped and cropped 2 tulips using the Triumph Tulip- Build a flower stamp set from Altenew. I varied the colors for the tulip using the Red Cosmos Crisp Ink collection from Altenew. (Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Grapevine). After drawing the stem using the Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades with the altenew artistic markers, I stuck those tulips to the end of those stems. Then I stamped the candle using the candlelight stamp set from Altenew with their crisp inks ( morning frost, evening Gray, moon rock, lava rock was given for the base and buttercream, honey drizzle, autumn blaze, sunkissed was used for the top part of the light.) inside the bowl vase.

I wanted to have a variation of light rays from the candlelight, so I decided to stamp the bowl vase on vellum. After cropping it through its edges I blended a small shade of orange and red distress ink on it. Placing it on the candlelight and the vase I decided to crop the bottom part of the vases which was stamped on the brown copy paper. Using the same blending brush used on the vellum, I made small blends at the edges of the brown copy paper. Then I colored the glass vase with a blue artistic marker(Ocean Waves). And blended it with a light blue touch five marker.I die-cut my sentiment in a red and black cardstock using the healing hugs wafer dies from Simon says stamp. I stuck it towards the right corner of my cardstock. Adding a 1/4 inch to the card I placed a black cardstock to the base of my white card. It adds to the total gaze of the card.

After doing this course I am confident to face things that are out of my comfort zone in card making. As I said, in the beginning, I was really stuck. But later own I could figure out things in a better way. Such situations make me thank God for making me choose AECP. The tutors at altenew are really such an inspiration ❤

Thanks and I hope to see you at my next post. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-Shahi

Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Hi there,
I hope you all are doing great. This post is on behalf of my lesson on Easy die Cutting Techniques learned at Altenew’s Educator certification program. Today’s card features Altenew’s Build-A-Flower: Camellia. Camellia–Queens of the winter flowers are highly prized for the beauty of their exquisite Blooms. The colors of the flowers vary, from white through pink colors to red; truly yellow flowers are found only in South China and Vietnam. Yellow Camellias are known as My Golden Dream. So here I’m planning to make a cute and simple card using My Golden Dream. I’m glad that this can suit the theme of the altenew inspiration challenge for the month of February too.

Check out their inspiration challenge at http://altenewblog.com/February-2020-Inspiration-Challenge

As I began my card, I stamped my camellias with Pocketful of Sunshine collection from the Altenew crisp die ink on Neenah classic crest solar white cardstock. I stamped my base layer with Fresh Lemon ink. The second one with Maple Yellow ink and the final layer with Honey Drizzle ink. Altenew’s crisp die inks are fast-drying dye inks which gives uniform coverage and a crisp impression every single time we use it. I made sure that each ink dries before stamping the next layer, this gives the crisper impression if each layer is dry before stamping the next.

Similarly, I stamped the leaves too. i used Green Valley collection from Altenew crisp die inks. The first layer was stamped with Grass Field ink . The second one and third one with Shadow Creek ink and Mountain Pine ink respectively. I decided to stamp 3 of them for my card, which will help to give a greenery to the base of my flower. Once I completed my stamping, I ran them through my sizzix bigshot machine to die cut them.

I then decided to stamp one of the sentiments from the set on white cardstock with gold embossing powder from the ranger. I took my stamp and dipped it in the versa mark stamp pad and stamped it on the paper. I dumped the embossing powder on its top and gave rid of the excess. Later on, heat it up with my heat gun. I then trimmed the cardstock with scissors along the edges of the sentiment. To add the dimensional look of the card, I stuck a piece of foam tape under the sentiment. A black leather paper measured 4* 5 1/4 was used as my card base. I stuck the flower with 3 leaves on the bottom. The sentiment was stuck in the middle of the card on top of the flower. To give a finishing touch I stuck a yellow craft cardstock brought from the local store below the black card base. which ended up giving a thin yellow border at its first look over the completed card. Thus creating a 4 1/4*5 1/2 card.

I hope to see you all soon with another project from AECP. Until then happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

-shahi