WWC301 – Dawn\’s Challenge: All About Occasions


Don\’t you just love \”twofer\” cards?  This card is the second from a pair of mixed media thank you cards that I made.  Click here to see the first card.  I created this one for  Watercooler Wednesday\’s  All About Occasions Challenge and Dawn is this week\’s hostess.

I was wanting to make some thank you cards to use this month and thought aqua, silver and white would be festive, bright and seasonal.

My Process:
  • I glued the die-cut Altenew Mega T from my first card to a watercolor paper panel. I then painted over the top of the card with gel media.
  • I added a layer of gesso and dried.
  • I mixed Mermaid Lagoon distress ink and Shimmer Spray and painted a layer on the card.
  • I pounced some Versamark ink across the panel and silver heat embossed.
  • I mixed a more concentrated mermaid lagoon and shimmer spray combination and brushed on random areas.
  • Buffed the embossing with a baby wipe to clean up and enhance the shine.
  • I added a die cut thanks sentiment. 
Thanks so much for stopping by!

WWC294 – Marsha\’s Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twist


Hello, hello and welcome!  This week we are creating masculine cards at Watercooler Wednesday.  I\’ve made a fun mixed media card using Altenew\’s Mega T Aphabet die and thanks die.

My Process:
  • I started with a 140 lb weight watercolor panel and then die cut the T. 
  • With a wide rough brush (I used a house painting trim brush) I applied a layer of gesso and then dried. 
  • Using a Carved Pumpkin mini distress ink cube I dabbed orange on the panel in random locations.  
  • I sprayed Iridescent Shimmer Spray to the panel which moved the distress ink around a bit and then dried with a heat tool.
  • I added another layer of randomly dabbed Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink which I again activated with the shimmer spray and then dried.
  • I then mixed gesso with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink and applied with a strip of cardstock for a rustic feel.  I then tinted the gesso a bit darker with the same distress ink and applied a bit more with the cardstock strip.  This way I have two shades of aqua on the card which I think gives added interest. Dry.
  • I dabbed a bit of Versamark ink on the panel, sprinkled on gold embossing powder and rubbed off most of it so that there were just touches of gold on the panel.  I heat set.
  • I die cut the thanks die from turquoise card stock.
  • I added the T panel to a cream colored A2 cardbase and glued on the sentiment.
This thank you card was so fun to make! There is a gorgeous shimmery sheen that does not photograph well, but the card just glows in person.

I am also playing along with:

Simon Says Stamp \”Layer It Up\”  I used 7 layers of gesso, distress ink, shimmer spray, embossing powder plus two die cut layers.  

I am so glad that you stopped by!

Altenew Academy – Impressive Heat Embossing

Hello!  I just completed another course at Altenew Academy called Impressive Heat Embossing.  So many great cardmaking techniques from Svetlana Marchenko!

This card is from lesson #3, Heat Embossing for Resist.

I love to ink-blend so I chose to ink blend over my embossing.  For ink blending it is best to start with light colors and then add the darker tones.  I started with my palest yellow, then added sunshine yellow and finished up with orange highlights.  For the stem I used two shades of green.  I die-cut my \”thanks\” from aqua paper and I like the big showy sentiment.  I love how bright and cheery this card turned out.

Altenew Supplies:
Altenew Inked Lotus
Altenew Thanks die

I am so pleased that you stopped by!


Altenew Academy – Cards For the Guys

Hello and welcome.  Today, my blog post is about making masculine cards and I\’ve chosen to do a color blocking background.  Fun, bright and eye-catching.  
Altenew Academy Cards for the Guys using Color Blocking with Altenew Mega Alphabet T die and Large Thanks Sentiment die.
I started by cutting four 2×2 squares from brightly colored card stock.  My inspiration came from Jennifer Rzasa and her class on Pop Art Color Blocking.  Once the squares were cut, I taped them together, trimmed the edges for a nice even line and then backed with craft foam for dimension.  

Next, I die cut the \”T\” from bright blue card stock and the \”thanks\” from lavender cardstock.  I die-cut each three times and then carefully glued them together for nice dimension.   I initially was going to back them with foam but didn\’t like the white shadow which I thought distracted from all the bright bold colors.  

I made a 4 1/4\” x 4 1/4\” card base and then attached the color blocked panel.  I weighted it for a few minutes with an acrylic block
Supplies Used:
Altenew Mega Alphabet T die
Altenew Large Thanks sentiment die
6 shades of brightly colored card stock
liquid glue
craft foam
white cardstock for base.

I am also playing along with: Try It On Tuesday \”Cut It Out!\” Challenge  This card is all about cutting as every element was either cut with a paper trimmer or die cut.  

I really like how the card turned out and think I will do some more color blocking in the near future.

I am so pleased that you stopped by!

WWC253 – Karen\’s Challenge: Anything Goes With A Feminine Twist

Hello and welcome!  I can\’t believe it is a new year…and a new decade.  This week we are making \”feminine\” cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Website and I am the hostess.

I ordered some Altenew Mega Alphabet dies and the Altenew Large Thanks sentiment so I could make some thank you cards.  I wanted a bright happy card so I decided to do some \”ink smooshing\”. 

 I started by making two inked panels.  Here was my technique:
  1. I liberally inked an 6×6\” acrylic block with Distress Inks.  I wanted an ombre gradient look so went in rows across the page.
  2.  I sprayed the inked block with water 
  3. \”Smooshed\” the block onto a piece of watercolor paper
  4. Weighted the ink/block with a book for 5 minutes
  5. Uncovered.  If the ink pooled, I dabbed with a paper towel.
  6. I made a \”second generation\” panel for the background by taking a piece of Bristol Cardstock and soaking up the excess ink on my work space.    I had never done this before but I like having a softer but coordinated background for my card.  
Panel one was made with Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Twisted Citron and Mustard Seed.  

Panel two (thanks) was Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin and Mustard Seed.

After the panels were dry, I die cut the \”T\”, thanks and floral images (Spellbinder\’s Month 7 Die of the Month and Newton\’s Nook Flower Trio die). I also die cut Sunny Studio\’s Frilly Frame to go over my second generation background.  I used Gina K Connect glue to adhere everything to the A2 card.    

I am pleased with this bright vibrant card.  

I am entering this card in:
As You Like It Thanks Challenge

Dies R Us Challenge I used Spellbinders floral dies.

Always Fun Something New Challenge  I made a second generation ink smooshing panel to coordinate with my die cuts.  I had never thought to coordinate like this in the past.  

Alphabet Challenge Try Something New I made a second generation ink smooshing panel to coordinate with my die cuts. I had never thought to coordinate like this in the past. 

UPDATE:  I was very pleased to be chosen \”Top 3\” at As You Like It!

I would love to see YOUR creation in our challenge.

Thanks for stopping by!
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