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

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)

Painted Butterflies

This card is my first project in the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP). I used techniques learned in the class ‘All About Layering 1’ to make this card featuring Altenew ‘Painted Butterflies’.

The ‘Painted Butterflies’ stamp set is perfect for practicing layering stamps because it is designed to look imperfect. The stamps in this set are not meant to line up exactly over the others and because of this, if your layering is a little bit off it still looks great. Coordinating dies are also available from Altenew.

These butterflies are three part stamps. First you stamp the sketchy outline stamp and then you stamp on top of it with the more solid stamp to give the wings some color. Then, if desired, there is a third stamp which adds an accent color. The ‘All About Layering 1’ shows this in detail and has some great tips to line things up. There is also a layering guide which can be found on the Altenew website.

For my card, I stamped the outline using ‘Industrial Diamond’ Crisp Dye Ink. The wing color is ‘Soft Lilac’ and the accent color (used only on the big butterfly) is ‘Lavender Fields’. I used the smaller butterflies to form a background and I die cut the largest one to give the card some dimension.

The ‘I MISS YOU’ sentiment is from the same stamp set. I stamped this in ‘Industrial Diamond’ and cut it into a small strip. I ran the edges against the ‘Lavender Fields’ ink pad to make it stand out and I attached it to my card front using foam tape for dimension.

I finished the card by positioning my card front to the left side of my card base and I decorated the right side edge with some thin washi tape. I accented the piece with some light pink sequins.

Supplies Used:

  • Altenew Painted Butterflies stamps & dies
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink ‘Industrial Diamond’
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink ‘Soft Lilac’
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink ‘Lavender Fields’
  • Neenah Solar White 110lb card stock
  • Pink/purple washi tape
  • Pink sequins