This card was recently sent to my father-in-law for Father’s Day but it could work for many occasions. I used Stampendous ‘Build a Lighthouse’ stamp set for most of this scene which I watercolored using techniques learned from watching Art Impressions water color videos.

I started by coloring my lighthouse with a black water based marker, directly onto the rubber, which I then stamped in place onto watercolor paper. I masked it and added the trees and rocks. Next, I took a water brush and went over all my images to give them a painted look. Using marker, I added colored detail to the lighthouse.

For the water, I started by taking a straight edge to mark off my horizon. I filled in everything below that line with blue watercolor paint (I used Altenew watercolor brush markers). Using a white paint marker, I attempted to add waves.

Next, I added the light rays using some yellow tinted iridescent water color medium. In hindsight, I wish I left it the natural white color but I was too far into this project to start over. Lastly, I stamped some flying birds. These birds are from Dark Room Door ‘African Trees’.

I do not do much watercolor so there is definitely room for improvement. Nonetheless, I am happy with how this turned out. I didn’t add a sentiment to the front because I didn’t want to hide any of the art work.

Supplies Used:

  • Stampendous ‘Build a Lighthouse’ stamp set
  • Dark Room Door ‘African Trees’ stamp set
  • Water based markers (I like Stampin’ Up! or Marvy Le Plume II)
  • Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers or watercolor paint
  • White acrylic paint or a white paint marker
  • Watercolor paint brushes
  • Iridescent water color medium (Wink of Stella would work too)
  • Water color paper
  • White card base

Wallpaper Art

This card is another project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) Level 1. It applies principles taught in the ‘Clean & Simple Boutique Cards’ class in the Altenew Academy, which is designed as an instructional class on creating boutique style cards.

I began this card by prepping my card base. I embossed the sentiment in copper embossing powder using sentiment stamps from Altenew ‘Happy Together’ stamp set. I used my scoring tool to score some intersecting lines onto the base. I had planned to keep layers to a minimum so this decorative element helps to draw the eye towards the floral center piece.

The florals featured on this card are all from Altenew ‘Wallpaper Art’ stamp set, and have been die cut using the co-ordinating dies. I stamped the images on white translucent vellum paper in VersaMark ink and I used embossing powder to heat emboss the stamped images. You must be careful when heat embossing on vellum as it is very easy to burn or warp. Move your heat gun constantly or heat it from the underside of the vellum.

Next, I wanted to give my card a slight touch of color so I die cut some light pink and dark green card stock using the same dies from the ‘Wallpaper Art’ set. I used small pieces of scor-tape to adhere the flowers and leaves to the matching colored die cuts, which gives just a hint of color though the translucent vellum.

Next, I assembled my flowers in a way that I felt was visually appealing and adhered them to my card base. I finished this card by adding just a few sequins as accents. I kept this card simple by minimizing layers but I feel that the vellum and embossing help give it a luxurious feel. I look forward to applying these techniques again soon!

Supplies Used:

  • Altenew ‘Happy Together’ stamp set
  • Altenew ‘Wallpaper Art’ stamp & die set
  • Copper embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • Scoring tool
  • White translucent vellum
  • Light pink card stock
  • Dark green card stock
  • White heavy card stock for card base

For a Special Couple

I recently sent this card out to a long-time friend of mine who is soon marrying the love of her life. The floral background is made from a deco|foil ‘Clear Designer Toner Sheet’, foiled with silver foil using a Minc machine. It is mounted on an off-white pearlized card stock, which is used throughout the card as well.

The stamped image and sentiment are by Stampin’ Up! and the bride is colored using Copic markers. The photo doesn’t show it, but I used silver Wink of Stella glitter brush on the ribbons of the dress.

The sentiment was heat embossed for a luxurious feel and die cut using a My Favorite Things ‘Fishtail Banner’ die. The bride stamp was die cut into an oval shape and I used Gina K Designs ‘Stitched Oval’ dies to make a frame for it. I added another oval of matte silver card stock over this piece to make it pop. I think it goes nicely with the silver foil and pulls the whole card together.

Lastly, I added a strip of blue ribbon for a pop of color. This ribbon goes around the card and can be seen on the inside as well.

Supplies Used:

  • Stampin’ Up! ‘Wonderful Moments’ stamp set
  • Stampin’ Up! ‘Special Celebration’ stamp set
  • deco|foil ‘Clear Designer Toner Sheet’ in a floral print
  • deco|foil silver foil
  • My Favorite Things ‘Fishtail Banner’ die set
  • Gina K Designs ‘Stitched Oval’ die set
  • Oval dies (mine are from Spellbinders)
  • Matte silver card stock (I like Craft Perfect brand)
  • Pearlized card stock (I found mine at Paper Source)
  • VersaFine pigment ink or VersaMark
  • Black embossing powder (I used Ranger brand)
  • Equipment: Minc machine, manual die cutting machine (I use a Gemini), & heat tool

Plane & Simple

Happy Birthday to my brother Matthew!

This card begins with a background made using Lawn Fawn ‘Stitched Cloud Backdrop’ (the landscape version). I cut this in blue card stock and brushed some white pigment ink onto the clouds to make them stand out.

I added die cuts from Lawn Fawn ‘Puffy Cloud Border’ dies to the bottom and then die cut the whole background again using LF ‘Stitched Rectangle Stackables’ to put a stitched edge all around my background. Lastly, I adhered this piece to a die cut from LF ‘Scalloped Rectangle Stackables’ set, made in grey card stock. The whole thing is mounted on a matte black card stock base.

For the final details, I used LF ‘Plane & Simple’ set to stamp, color and cut an airplane to fly in the sky above the clouds and I used LF ‘Happy Happy Happy Family’ to stamp ‘To My Brother’ in the clouds.

Supplies Used:

  • Lawn Fawn ‘Plane and Simple’ stamps & dies
  • LF ‘Happy Happy Happy Family’
  • LF ‘Stitched Cloud Backdrop’ die
  • LF ‘Puffy Cloud Border’ dies
  • LF ‘Stitched Rectangle Stackables’
  • White pigment ink
  • Black ink
  • Markers for coloring
  • Blue, grey, white and black card stock.

Beautiful Day

This card is the second card I have created for the Altenew Educator Certificate Program Level 1 (AECP) and applies techniques from the class ‘All About Layering 2’. This class expanded my knowledge of layering stamps by practicing the principles from the previous class using various different stamp sets from Altenew.

For this particular card, I started by making a background piece using Altenew ‘Cube Cover Die’ adhered over a piece of pink ombré card stock. I used Altenew ‘Beautiful Day’ stamp and die sets to make the pink flowers and green leaves. I then adhered them to my background piece using glue and foam tape in a way that I thought was visually appealing.

The ‘Best Wishes’ sentiment is from Altenew ‘Dandelion Wishes’ stamp set. I stamped this onto a strip of white card stock and fishtailed the end. I adhered this to my card base with a small amount of glue but used a staple in the side as a decoration. When my card front was complete, I adhered it to a white card base. By doing this part last, the back side of my staple doesn’t show on the inside of my card.

Supplies Used:

  • Altenew ‘Beautiful Day’ stamps and dies
  • Altenew ‘Dandelion Wishes’ stamps
  • Altenew ‘Cube Cover Die’
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in ‘Industrial Diamond’ (outlines of flowers)
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in ‘Frosty Pink’, ‘Coral Berry’ & ‘Ruby Red’ (large flowers)
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in ‘Sweet Leaf’, ‘Just Green’ & ‘Hunter Green’ (leaves)
  • Pink ombré card stock (or you can make this using ink blending techniques)
  • White card stock
  • Glue, foam tape and staples
  • Light pink marker (accent flowers)