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Altenew Academy Level 2: Beyond Basic Backgrounds

I was so pleased to learn that I passed my Level 1 Final Exam Project so I am able to start on Level 2.  The first course I took in Level 2 is Beyond Basic Backgrounds.  My two favorite lessons were Perfect Spacing and Water Bleaching.  Lydia Evans had great projects and tips and I was inspired to create a pattern stamped background.  These rainboots are a favorite stamp and I thought they would make a cheery get well card. 


In Lesson 2, we learned how to use a grid to evenly space our images.

  • I made an \”X\” on my panel by using a clear ruler.  I lined up the top edge in the upper left corner and the bottom of the ruler in the bottom right corner and then I drew a light pencil line.  I repeated this from top right to bottom left.
  • I then stamped my boot in the center of the X so I could decide how to space the rest of the images.  
  • I chose to space my lines 7/8\” apart, so I used my ruler to draw lines parallel to my first \”X\” 7/8\” apart.
  • Once my grid was complete, I started freehand stamping with an acrylic block by placing a boot in the middle of each intersection.  
  • Once the ink was dry, I used a good eraser to erase my grid and then Copic colored in a variety of colors.
  • I finished by adding a black heat embossed sentiment strip and mounting on a fog A2 card base. 

After studying my card, I wondered if the spacing was too close so I decided to make a second card adding an additional 1/8\” so that my grid lines were 1\” apart.  I was surprised to see that 1/8\” really changed the layout of the card!  On the second card I added a die cut sentiment that fit in between the boots.

Here is a side by side of the 7/8\” and 1\” spacing.
I wanted to include this process photo also as it has the gridlines still intact.
Supplies used:
Altenew Garden Grow stamp set
Altenew Jet Black Crisp Die Ink
Tim Holtz Clear Ruler
Pencil
Arch Foam Eraser

I am so pleased you stopped by.  Let me know which spacing/card you like better.

Karen


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