Altenew Academy Level 1 Final Project

I\’ve been working my way through Level 1 at The Altenew Academy and just completed my Final Project which was to create a set of \”feminine\” and \”masculine\” gifts sets.  I have to say I learned so much and had loads of ideas but I would like to show you the cards I created for my final project.  I incorporated lessons I learned in:
  •  Let It Shine where we discovered how to add just the right amount of sparkle and shine to a card.  I used metallic heat embossing and  metallic watercolors on my feminine cards.
  •   Easy Die Cutting where we learned to use die-cutting to up the \”Wow\” factor.  I used die-cuts on each of my cards as I think they add loads of impact and felt this unified both card sets.
  •  Easy Ink Blending – I used several ink blending techniques on my masculine card set. My two favorites were the soft blue background on the Healing Wishes card and the die-cut spotlight circles on the Get Well Soon card.  

For my \”feminine\” cards I wanted subtle metallic touches combined with watercoloring. I kept the set cohesive by using cream card stock/watercolor paper, floral images, a pink and green watercolor palette and navy die-cut sentiments.
For this first card, I created a metallic watercolor background which is so pretty in person.  I then stamped, heat embossed and watercolored the floral images.  After the flowers dried I added a pearlescent  white gold watercolor wash over the top which gave the flowers a beautiful sheen.  I die cut the images and attached with foam tape. The next photo shows the first three card in process.

Here are the cards that round out the gift set.  On each card I used big bold die-cut occasion sentiments cut from navy cardstock. 

I really like this feminine spray and think the navy die-cut sentiments are  beautiful and anchor the look of this set.

The painted Lotus die-cut is so pretty in person.

I did want to share this process photo as well.

The Feminine Set

For my \”masculine\” cards I chose to use an overall blue theme with ink blending techniques and Altenew\’s Garden Grow as the unifying elements.  For my first card, I ink blended a background and used peek-a-boo die cut  windows to spotlight my images.  During quarantine, I\’ve been sending so many encouragement cards that I wanted to include one in this set. 

I made a companion card using the die-cut circles from the card above.  I ink blended the spotlight circle, added die-cut images and anchored with a strip of masculine brown paper.

The next two cards have a soft ink blended background to draw the eye to the die cut.

I thought a birthday and recovery card would round out the gift set.

Here is an in-progress photo.  The die cut elements were attached to each card with foam tape.

PRO TIP:  I blended one background on Neenah (Birthday) and the second on Bristol (Healing Wishes) to see which provided a smoother look.  The Neenah panel (below left panel that is now the Birthday Card) is whiter but the Bristol (right panel that is now the Healing Wishes card) is far easier to blend on and resulted in a smoother background.  In the future, I will remember to blend my backgrounds on Bristol cardstock.

And here is the masculine set.

We were challenged to use a recycled element in each set.  For the feminine set I recycled a small Kraft gift bag and for the masculine set I re-used an elegant chocolate brown box.  I heat embossed some tags to top each set.  

Altenew Products Used:
Altenew Best Mom stamp and die bundle
Altenew Inked Lotus stamp and die bundle
Altenew Garden Grow stamp and die bundle
Altenew Mini Branch stamp
Altenew Jet Black Crisp Die Ink

I am so glad you stopped by.  I\’d love to hear what you think about these card sets.  Thanks!


Altenew Academy – Clean and Simple Boutique Card

Hello and welcome.  Today I am sharing my third card from my Altenew Academy journey.  Jennifer Rzasa taught us about Clean and Simple Boutique cards and I learned a lot.  I chose to write my blogpost about my homework assignment for lesson 2 – Stamped Backgrounds.  I love pattern stamping, but this card pushed me out of my comfort zone because of the loose water coloring.  
My inspiration came from Jennifer when she said don\’t worry about being precise…keep is casual.  I chose to use Altenew\’s Garden Grow stamp set, which was the first Altenew purchase I ever made.  It is still one of my favorites.  

My Process:
I started by making an A2 card out of Bristol cardstock.    I found the center of my card, and using an acrylic block, I  stamped the first potted plant in the middle of the card.  Working out from the middle I stamped the rest of the plants.  I then went back and filled in with the rainboots.  Next, I scribbled four colors of Zig watercolor markers on my glass media mat.  The next part was the most challenging for me as Jennifer encouraged us to use a large brush and big strokes to fill in the images.   I used two colors on each image starting with the lighter color and then adding contrast with the darker color. 

 The background is the card and I like how the colors are muted and understated.  

Supply List:
Altenew Garden Grow Stamp Set
Bristol Cardstock
Zig Watercolor Markers (yellow, bright yellow, mid green and olive green)

I would also like to play along with Cardz 4 Galz CASE Your Wardrobe Challenge I have not one, not two but three pairs of olive green pants.  They are all so comfy I keep buying more.  My card has a simple palette of olive green and pale yellow.

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WWC240 – Kath\’s "All About Occasions" Challenge

Hello and Welcome!  This week it is \”all about occasions\” at the Watercooler Wednesday Website and Kath is our hostess.
I\’ve been playing around with Dare 2B Artzy stamps and dies and Zig markers.  I stamped the bloom on Bristol cardstock and then used my favorite Zig colors.  I stamped the sentiment and leaves, die cut the bloom and then adhered with foam tape.

Dare 2B Artzy Flowers for Mom stamp
Dare 2B Artzy Joyful Flowers Die
Bristol Cardstock
Pool envelop

202 Peach Pink
200 Sugared Almond
050 Yellow
052 Bright Yellow
031 Cobalt Blue
036 Light Blue

Dare2BArtzy Favorite Color Challenge  I love bright colors and I would have to say \”aqua\” blue is my favorite. Zig calls it Cobalt Blue and Light Blue. 

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Summertime Beverages

Hello there!  It\’s Memorial Day Weekend and time for parties and festive warm weather beverages.  I combined the \”beverages\” theme from Shopping Our Stash \”Get Your Drink On\” Challenge with the color and tropical theme (lei in particular) for Time Out Challenges \”Home Sweet Home\” photo challenge.
I LOVE Sunny Studio\’s Tropical Paradise set for fun summer cards.  This is one of the first stamps sets I bought when I started cardmaking.   I started by stamping the beverage images on Bristol card stock and then colored them with my new Zig Clean Watercolor markers.  

I wanted to subtly frame the grouping so I die-cut a stitched rectangle as a backdrop.  I die-cut Celebrate three times and glued them together for a substantial looking sentiment strip.  I glued the rectangular panel and back 2 drinks directly to the A2 card with Gina K Connect Glue. The front two beverages are adhered with foam squares for a bit more dimension. 

I am proud to enter this card in the Time Out and Shopping Our Stash Challenges (links in first paragraph).
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WWC211 – Kath\’s Feminine "Anything Goes" Challenge

I always love our \”Feminine\” Challenge prompts!  Please be sure to pop over to The Watercooler Website to see what the other Artists have created this week.  

I have a fondness for pattern stamping, and when I received a new stamp set for Christmas, I thought this brightly colored layout would work well.  I used my new Inkblot Shop This & That stamp set along with images from SSS Hello Friends and Photoplay Thinking of You.  

I started by embossing the sentiment (Ranger Letter It Birthday)  on Bristol paper.  I then worked out from the sentiment and embossed the larger images first. Next I went in and filled in with the smaller details.  I colored/watercolored with Tombow Dual Tip markers and I like how bold the black embossing combined with the bright watercolor markers turned out.  I finished by adding a few black sequins to this otherwise one layer card. 

I really liked this layout and wanted to try it using different coloring techniques to see which I liked best.  

  1. Today\’s card is embossed and water colored with Tombow markers
  2. I did a Blog Post in January showing the same layout colored with Copic markers.
  3. Inktense colored pencils
  4. Kuretake Watercolors.
In the end, the Tombow markers and Copics were my favorite two.

If you look at both, leave me a comment and let me know whether you like the Copic or 
Tombow version best.

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Baby Shower Card

One of my girlfriends is about to become a grandmother and I wanted to make a card for the shower.  The baby is a little girl to be named London….so cute.

When I saw this Polkadoodles \”Hanging Out\” stamp , I ordered it that very same day!  I\’ve made three cards so far and I love them all.  For this card I  embossed the image on Bristol cardstock and then used my Tombow Watercolor markers.   Since London is a girl, I thought a pink bunny would be appropriate.   I then hand striped the A2 base card and added some Studio Katia clear drops. This image is so fun to work with.

I am entering this card in the following Challenges:

Polkadoodles Week 5 Anything Goes Challenge  This is my first Polkadoodles stamp and my first time to enter their challenge.

Alphabet \”W is for Winged\” Challenge I love owls!   We have an owl family that raises their owlets on the column of our front porch every year and we really enjoy watching them.  The owl on this card is just adorable.
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Stamping Sensations All Things Bright and Beautiful  This card really personifies the beautiful hymn.
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613 Avenue Create Challenge  Anything Goes and participating in the Optional Twist of \”Critters\”.

I really enjoyed making this card and  appreciate you stopping by.



Bright Welcome Card

In June, I entered The Dare2B Artzy Bold Colors Challenge and I won some lovely prizes. I selected The Home Sweet Home stamp set, which is fun and whimsical.

My mother-in-law just moved to an Assisted Living Senior Center and I wanted to make her a cheery welcome card so I started by embossing the homes, trees and sentiment in black.    Next, I picked out my favorite bright bold watercolor marker pens and started adding color.

Handmade Welcome Home card

This was my first time using Bristol paper but the watercolors worked great!  I am happy with the result and my mother-in-law has the card displayed on her book case.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Dare2B Artzy Anything Goes Challenge


Time Out Bright Challenge

Addicted To Stamps Anything Goes Challenge

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