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)

Black Ink Comparison

I haven’t had much time to write blog posts lately but I do have a lot of content in the works. I will be sharing some new cards soon and I will be traveling later this week and through the summer, so more photography will be featured in the near future.

Recently, I did find the time to compare some black inks and I would like to share my findings with you. I mostly color with alcohol based markers so in these tests, I only compared alcohol friendly inks. In other words, inks that don’t bleed when colored over with alcohol based markers.

Disclaimer: these are strictly my opinions and I am not affiliated with any of these brands. I purchased all of these inks with my own money and have not received any discount for reviewing these products.

The inks I compared are: Momento – Tuxedo Black, Gina K – Amalgam Black, Lawn Fawn – Jet Black, Ink on 3 – Blackout, Brutus Monroe – Raven Detail Ink and Altenew – Permanent Black. All of these inks are safe to use with alcohol markers (as in, it won’t bleed when colored over), and all but Momento are fine to use with water based markers as well. I chose these inks as I see them mentioned regularly among stampers as favorite black inks and I wanted to see for myself which ones I should use in my card making.

In order to easily compare these inks, I wanted to keep my method consistent. To do this, I used a stamp platform and kept the stamps in the same place for each ink test by moving my paper around. I cleaned between each brand using stamp shammy and a little stamp cleaner, and allowed the stamps to fully dry before inking them up again. I tested these inks in two different tests.

For Test 1, I loaded two stamps with ink. On the left side is a swatch stamp from Simon Says Stamp, and on the right side is a sentiment stamp (from Altenew) that has 2 different fonts in it. I wanted to show how well each ink covered a stamp, as well as how crisp the ink remained for tiny letters. I only added ink to each stamp once and did not re-stamp to cover any missing spots.


As you can see, the Momento ink is a slightly different shade then the rest and I think it has the best coverage out of all of these for both the swatch stamp and sentiment. Altenew did well on the swatch stamp but Gina K, Lawn Fawn, Ink on 3 and Brutus Monroe leave a very slight speckled look in the areas that should be solid black. As for the text, only Momento gave 100% coverage, with all the rest looking very similar to each other.

For the Test 2, I used the same sentiment from Test 1. On the left side I added ink once and stamped it using my stamp platform. On the right side, I inked the stamp and stamped once, then added more ink and stamped again. This allows me to see how sharp/crisp the letters remained if I added more ink to improve coverage.


As you can see with these results, Momento is the clear winner with only one layer of ink, however, when I added more ink and stamped again, Momento became bolder and lost some of the sharpness in the text. When I added a second layer of ink to the remaining brands, the result was much better coverage and perfectly crisp text.

To conclude, if you have a stamp platform and don’t mind adding ink and re-stamping for better coverage, you can’t go wrong with any of these brands. If you want to stamp once and be done with it, Momento may be the best ink for the job. Keep in mind however that Momento will run if you try to color over it with water based inks or watercolor paint.

One thing I noticed in this experiment is how similar some of these inks are to one another. Excluding Momento, the remaining inks appear identical in color and very similar in coverage and crispness. The Gina K, Lawn Fawn, Ink on 3, Brutus Monroe and Altenew inks that I tested here are also safe for both water and alcohol based coloring (some companies call these hybrid inks). In many industries, it is common to find the exact same product under different labels and while I am not sure if that is the case here, I suspect that the ink formulas used are very similar to one another. To my eyes, you only need one of these inks in your stash, but if anyone with inside knowledge of these inks are reading this, I would love if it you could comment on what makes your brand’s ink formula unique compared to your competitors.

What craft product would you like me to compare next?

Anniversary Rose

This card came together quickly using Altenew ‘Layered Blossom’ cover die set. This is a two piece set that can be used alone or together to make an A2 sized card. In this case, I used both cover die A and B.

On a white card base I used a little bit of diluted ink in Stampin’ Up! Grapefruit Grove and splattered it on my card base. If you look closely at the white sections you can see this splatter.

I then layered the die cut from ‘cover B’ in Grapefruit Grove card stock and topped it with the die cut from ‘cover A’ in metallic Grapefruit Grove.

To finish the card I used a “Happy Anniversary” stamp (from Stamps of Life) and heat embossed it onto black card stock. For this I used Altenew ‘Golden Peach’ embossing powder which matched my color scheme nicely. I adhered it to my card front using foam tape and added some black adhesive gems to complete the look.

In total, this card took less than 30 minutes and can easily be adapted to suit many different occasions.

Supplies & tools used:

  • Altenew Layered Blossom cover dies A & B
  • White card base
  • Colored card stock with similar metallic card stock
  • Black card stock and adhesive gems
  • Dye ink
  • Versamark
  • Embossing powder
  • Embossing buddy/anti-static pouch
  • Heat tool
  • Die cutting machine/Big shot
  • Adhesive

Fabulous Day

Just a quick card photo drop. This card was made using Altenew’s Cattleya Builder set. I don’t remember ink colors but they were all Stampin Up. If you are unfamiliar with Altenew’s flower builder sets, they include a lot of stamp layering. To simply the stamping, I used Stampin Up markers on the stems and … Continue reading “Fabulous Day”

Just a quick card photo drop. This card was made using Altenew’s Cattleya Builder set. I don’t remember ink colors but they were all Stampin Up.

If you are unfamiliar with Altenew’s flower builder sets, they include a lot of stamp layering. To simply the stamping, I used Stampin Up markers on the stems and buds, as well as the yellow flower centers. There are stamps for all of these parts but I would likely mess up the whole image if I tried to get them exactly where I needed it. Layered stamps are not for the very beginner, but they are beautiful once you get the hang of it.