Altenew Academy All About Layering 1

I\’ve been cardmaking for a little over three years and thought it might be time to see what I could learn at The Altenew Academy Teacher Certification Program.    I applied and was pleased to see that I was invited to join their 17th class.  The first class is \”All About Layering 1\”.  I have actually never used layering stamps so this was a great way for me to start.  I purchased their \”Bride to Be\” stamp and die bundle and started creating.  Since I have never done layer stamping before I thought the best way for me to learn was to just stamp lots of images.
The background, stems and tan flowers were all stamped using Altenew\’s Coffee Break ink cubes.  For the sentiment, I hand inked a  scrap of paper with navy ink and die cut it twice because I wanted the sentiment to coordinate with the blue flowers.  
I normally stamp with a Misti, but the instructor used an acryllic block so I did also.  I think it was good practice to stamp free hand.  
I practiced on scratch paper to see which colors I liked and wound up with a simple tan and blue palette.  

I am also playing along:
Just Add Ink \”Thinking of You\” (#505) During these uncertain times, I\’ve found myself making more hello/thinking of you/encouragement cards.  This card is for a friend who is living alone, which is so hard during the quarantine.  

A Place To Start: Create a Custom Background I handstamped my background for this card.  

I was so pleased to see that this card was selected as \”The Winner\” at Just Add Ink.
I was honored that this card was selected as a \”Rising Star\” at A Place to Start.
Rising Star Badge
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WWC255 – Marsha\’s Challenge: Anything Goes With a Masculine Twis

Hello and welcome!  This week, at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge, we are creating cards  for the men in our lives.  Marsha is our talented hostess.  I made this card for a male friend that turns the BIG 60.
Simon Says Stamp Big Birthday Wishes stamp set.
This card is all about the background and sentiment.  I used Hero Arts Bold Tribal Print background stamp and Catherine Pooler\’s Blue Suede shoes to stamp the background.  After cleaning off the stamp, I restamped with the background stamp using clear embossing powder and then heat set.  This created a lovely shiny blue pattern.  After the background cooled, I ink blended Twisted Citron onto the card base using blending brushes.  This filled in all the white areas.

On Fog grey cardstock, I stamped the sentiments (SSS Big Birthday Wishes) and then die cut.  I adhered the sentiments with craft foam for some nice dimension.

I think the end result is a bold masculine card with nice shine and texture.

I am entering this card in:  
Allsorts Challenge #555 – More than a single word.  I wanted the emphasis on the words so I used two sentiments for this card.  

Always Fun Challenges The challenge this week is use your favorite stamp so I used my favorite background stamp.  Masculine cards are always a bit harder for me and I find this bold background stamp works well for a lot of cards for the men in my life.  

Shopping Our Stash – Winter Blues  Lots of blue on this card.  I just received Catherine Pooler\’s Blue Suede Shoes ink and wanted to try it out.  

Sisterhood of Crafters \”New\” Challenge I just received Catherine Pooler\’s Blue Suede shoes ink and wanted to give it a try on a card.  

Update:  I was so pleased to discover that this card was a \”winner\” in the Always Fun Challenge. 

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Birthday Bird in Red, White and Blue

I wanted to do a birthday card featuring this cute whimsical bird and decided a bold background would be fun.  Since it is The 4th of July, I used Red, White and Blue as my color inspiration.  I started by stamping the Hero Arts Tribal Stripes Bold Print Background Stamp with Ranger Denim ink.  Next I stamped the bird from one of my favorite stamp sets,  Simon Says Stamp Stacking Animals. 

Simon Says Stamp Stacking Animals.

I used the same denim ink for the bird and sentiment to tie the card together.  I colored the bird with Copic markers and then added Tonic Nuvo Glaze to the birds beak. I trimmed the smaller panel down and mounted (with foam tape) on the blue background,.  I then mounted the background on a white card and stamped a birthday sentiment inside the card. 

Denim Blue, Red and Yellow Card Color Scheme.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:
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