Yappy Birthday Card using Mama Elephant’s Playful Pups stamp set
Hello and welcome! We are making \”Occasions\” cards at Watercooler Wednesday and I made a fun puppy themed birthday card. Marsha is our hostess.
Big changes at Watercooler Wednesday! We are going to a bi-weekly format so this challenge will conclude on Monday, March 8th and winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 9th.
I used one of my longtime favorite stamp sets: Mama Elephant\’s Playful Pups. I lightly penciled in two lines and then stamped my images within this band. I then erased the pencil and Copic colored my pups. I like the clean happy look of this card.
We hope to see your card in our gallery. You can access the challenge website HERE.
This is my last challenge on the design team for Watercooler Wednesday. I’ve loved seeing all your beautiful creations over the last few years and I will be looking for your future projects on Instagram.
Altenew Monstera in Vase Stamp and Die
Hello and welcome. I just popped in for a quick post about Altenew\’s new mini stamp \”Monstera in Vase\”. This set is perfect for quick CAS cards.
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Hello, hello…so glad you stopped by! I am the hostess this week at Watercooler Wednesday and am excited to share this card. I hope to see your card in our gallery.
I\’ve admired this stamp set for quite a while, finally ordered it in April and am just now using it for the first time. The flowers and leaves are so fun to color!
- Simons Says Stamp Even More Spring Flowers stamp and die bundle
- Ranger Letter It sentiment
- Altenew New Day Enamel Dots
- Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circle Die
- Copic Markers
- White Gel Pen Accents
- Fog A2 card base.
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Hello, hello…so glad you stopped by! This week we are making occasion cards at Watercooler Wednesday and I was in the mood to do some fun coloring. This card was very relaxing and therapeutic to make. I\’ve wanted this stamp for a while and finally took the plunge and placed an order at Taylored Expressions.
Taylored Expressions Create in Color Background stamp
Hello Bluebird Rainbow Script stamp sentiment
Altenew New Day Enamel Dots
23 Copic marker colors!
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Hello! I am excited that you stopped by to see this card…I love how bright and bold it is!
This week at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge we are creating Occasion cards. Talented Kath is our hostess. There are so many occasions and we would love to see your project in our gallery.
I started by stamping, Copic coloring and die-cutting two floral sprays. I wanted to ink blend a complimentary background, but in reverse order of the colors of the flowers. Since the card is bold, I also wanted some contrast, so I masked off 1 1/2\” on the left side of the card base. I started ink blending in the bottom right with yellow and then added six more colors to achieve the gradient I was looking for. I arranged the two sprays along the border of the white strip and ink blending and used foam adhesive to give added and dimension to the focal point.
Simon Says Stamp Birthday Mix 1 sentiment stamp & die bundle
UPDATE: My card received honors at Time Out!
This card also was selected as a \”Top 3\” at Double D!
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Hello, hello….so pleased you stopped by! I finished Altenew Academy\’s Level 2 Classes and wanted to share my final project. I was challenged to make four masculine cards for four different occasions. I had loads of ideas and had a lot of fun creating. To make my cards masculine, I used my husband\’s favorite colors….aqua, blue and green. Mark probably wears an aqua or blue Columbia fishing shirt five days out of seven…he calls it his uniform! I also used lots of die-cuts because Mark loves those on cards. The unifying elements are handcrafted backgrounds and embossed sentiments on navy cardstock. I\’ve learned so much over the past three months but I decided to spotlight three favorite classes:
- Beyond Basic Backgrounds – We learned to make beautiful backgrounds to enhance our cards.
- Celebration Stencil Techniques – We learned to expand our stenciling repertoire.
- Masking Unleashed – We learned various masking techniques that up the \”wow\” factor of our cards.
This first card is my husband\’s favorite of the group. Mark\’s beverages of choice are coffee and hot tea….he makes a pot of each every day and the color yellow is very encouraging and optimistic (In The Mood For Color). My idea was to make inlaid circle die cuts that coordinated with a hand crafted background. We worked on inlaid die-cutting in Beyond Basic Backgrounds and stencil overlays in Celebration Stencil Techniques.
- I started by taping my Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil to a watercolor paper panel. I then wet the paper with clean water and then dabbed and pounced three colors of distress ink onto the paper. I LOVE this technique and think it makes a very fun background.
- Next, I took a second watercolor panel and used the wet on wet technique to dab the same three colors of distress ink on the panel. After the paper dried, I die cut three 1 1/2\” circles.
- I die-cut a white watercolor paper overlay for the inlaid technique.
- I stamped, Copic colored and die cut three coffee/tea elements from Altenew\’s Tea Time stamp and die bundle.
- I heat embossed an encouraging sentiment on navy cardstock.
- I assembled the card using liquid glue and foam squares (for the cups and sentiment).
PRO TIP: Don\’t over-wet the watercolor paper. If you do, the ink will flow under the stencil and you will lose the white lines. You do want it watery enough that you achieve a casual watercolor look.
This card was inspired by the class on Color Blocking and the negative masking we learned in Masking Unleashed. I think the bold colors are both festive and masculine.
- I started by negative masking three 1 1/4\” squares. I then used ink blending brushes to liberally apply ink to the squares.
- I stamped and die cut three images from Altenew\’s Garden Grow stamp and die bundle. I wanted the colors to be the star so I left the images uncolored. I think this makes for a very eye-catching look.
- I heat embossed a birthday sentiment on blue card stock and then assembled my card.
PRO TIP: For a sharp edge, be sure your mask is evenly and securely adhered to the card panel.
Love/Thinking of You Card:
I love ink blending and negative masking so I again drew upon the lessons learned in Masking Unleashed.
- I masked off a large negative mask around my card panel. I blended in a medium blue and then applied a vivid blue around the edges. So pretty and fun to do!
- I stamped, Copic colored and die cut two images from Altenew\’s Garden Grow stamp and die bundle. This is one of the first stamp sets I purchased and it is still a favorite!
- I heat embossed my sentiment, assembled my card and attached to a top folding A2 card base.
PRO TIP: I think using two shades of blue added depth to my one layer card background.
I knew I wanted to use the wreath from Altenew\’s Weekend Doodles and I thought it would be beautiful colored in green. This was the starting point for my card. After I had stamped, Copic colored and die cut the wreath I thought about backgrounds. I finally decided to go with another bold color coordinated stenciled background.
- I Copic colored the wreath with 3 different shades of yellow-green and green.
- I started by taping my Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil to a watercolor paper panel. I then wet the paper with clean water and then dabbed and pounced four colors of distress ink onto the paper. I told you above that I love this technique!
- I die-cut and assembled the card on a top-folding A2 base.
Here is a photo of all the cards. To see what I did with the muslin bag, please keep reading.
Finally, we were asked to upcycle or alter an item. I ordered some muslin favor bags for my daughter\’s wedding and have quite a few left so I thought this would be the basis for my upcycle project. I thought they would be cute \”envelops\” for cards given in person or fun little gift pouches. A lot of the techniques we learned at Altenew Academy can be applied to non-card projects and I would like to share the processes I used to decorate my muslin bags:
· Stamping on fabric
· Coloring on fabric
· Ink blending on fabric
· Felt die-cuts adhered to fabric
· Stamp layering on fabric
I started by personalizing a little bag for each of the cards that I created above.
For the first two cards, I ironed the bag, secured it in my Misti and stamped just once. That is all it needed and I was afraid the fabric might shift if I stamped it a second time. I then did some easy coloring with my Tombow markers. The fabric colors well but you can’t do much complicated shading.
For the Encouragement Card, I masked three squares and then ink blended white pigment ink inside the squares. I let the ink dry and then I stamped (with black Pigment ink) 3 coffee mugs. I finished by drawing a black border around each square with a permanent marker. Simple but graphic looking.
For the Color Block Card, I again masked three squares and then ink blended with the same (distress) inks I used on the cards. It is interesting that the colors change a bit on fabric, but the result is a bright fun pouch.
PRO TIP: I inserted a piece of paper inside the bag to prevent the ink and glue from bleeding through to the backside.
While I was at it, I wanted to do some felt die-cutting. For my first card I die cut five balloons from felt and glued blue thread to the back. For the second card I die-cut a Mega Alphabet B and added a sprig of die-cut greenery.
PRO TIP: To keep the felt from stretching and tearing while die cutting, I first glued a piece of regular paper to the back of the felt. I let it dry overnight and did my die-cutting the next day. This makes a huge difference in the quality of the die-cut!
My final idea was to do a bit of stamp layering on fabric. I used pigment ink, dried with my heat tool and then moved on to the next color. This card is definitely feminine but I wanted to try the technique on muslin and all my layering stamps are flowers.
Featured Altenew Products:
Altenew Watercolor Stripes stencil
Altenew Tea Time stamp and die bundle
Altenew Garden Grow stamp and die bundle
Altenew Weekend Doodles stamp and die set
Altenew Bride to Be stamp and die bundle
Altenew Mega Alphabet B die
I really enjoyed putting this project together!
Hello! A little update….I haven’t made a card in the past two weeks because we moved out of our house so some renovations could be done. I did pack up a few crafting supplies and had time to finish another Altenew Academy class. This one was called “Magical Markers” and it was taught by Sara Naumann. Sara had lots of great lessons, but I wanted to show my homework assignment from Lesson One, Metal and Alcohol Markers.
I had never used alcohol markers on metal, but I LOVED the result. In lesson one we used markers on Alcohol Ink Foil Tape Sheets.
- Sara told us to use our alcohol markers and scribble with the broad tip on the foil. Next we spritzed the foil with rubbing alcohol. Sara used a spray bottle but I used a paint brush dipped in rubbing alcohol. We waited, turned the panel and spritzed/splattered again.
- When the panel was dry, I trimmed a 1” strip and die cut some greenery and small circles. The colored foil is bright and shiny and oh so fun to use on a card!
- I knew bright yellow daisies would contrast nicely with the shiny green so I stamped and colored three blooms.
I made a top folding A2 card base and stamped a sentiment I thought went well with the foiled accents. The foil is great because you just peel off the backing and the adhesive sticks well to the Cardstock. I used foam tape for the daisies for a bit of added dimension.
- The foil cuts well with both dies and guillotine style paper trimmers.
- The ink color will be lighter and much brighter on the foil than it will be on Cardstock.
I think this photo captures the beautiful shine from the foil.
Altenew Featured Products: Smile More stamp and die bundle (for flowers and sentiment)
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Hello and welcome. We are making \”masculine\” cards this week at The Watercooler Wednesday and this is my design team card. I was in need of some masculine get well cards and came up with this idea.
I started by stamp block inking, but I used a minimal amount of water to get this speckled look. I made a similar background (same ink color but more water here). I trimmed the panel down and then inked the edges with the same ink as the background to give the panel a bit more definition. I added a sentiment and then stamped, Copic colored and die cut the plant and snail and attached with foam tape. I like how the card turned out.
Altenew Garden Grow
Papertrey Get Well Soon Sentiemnt
acrylic block to stamp the background
Altenew Sand Dunes Crisp Die Ink for background and edges
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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.
Altenew Garden Grow stamp set
Altenew Jet Black Crisp Die Ink
Tim Holtz Clear Ruler
Arch Foam Eraser
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Hello and welcome. I just finished Nichol Spohr\’s Altenew class on scene building and wanted to share this card. I love \”scene cards\” so this class was very fun for me. My card concept was \”coffee in the garden\”. I was especially inspired by Nicole\’s lessons #1 and #4 on creating scenes and die-cut scenes.
Once I came up with my coffee in the garden theme, I started by working on my background. I wanted to use a stencil technique that I learned in Laurel Beard\’s Stencil Techniques class. I had never worked with embossing/texture paste and I found I really liked it. I knew I wanted a subtle plank like background so I made three….a neutral tan, soft blue and light yellow. I tinted the paste with dye ink and used a palette knife to work it through my stencil. I left the finish a bit rough and rustic and then put the panels aside to dry. I really like the texture and look of the background.
Next I stamped, Copic colored and die cut my images. By this time my backgrounds were dry so I laid the die-cuts on each and decided I liked the neutral tan the best. I adhered the images with foam tape and popped on a card base.
Altenew Garden Grow stamp and die bundle
Altenew Tea Time stamp and die bundle
Altenew Watercolor Stripes Background stencil
Altenew Sand Dunes Crisp die ink (to tint the paste)
Texture paste and pallet knife
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I was so pleased to learn that my card was selected as a top three at Time Out Challenges.
I think this is a fun scene card that would work for a man or woman. Thank your for stopping by!