Hello everyone! I have been taking a long break from the crafting world for about 6 months now if you noticed my last post was in June 2017! A lot has happened during this time and I have to say it had been quite A journey for me. If you are wondering why I had been missing, I had a baby! I gave birth to a baby girl in July and she is now 6 months. Time really do fly by and I have to say I am learning lots on motherhood. It has been amazing but mainly, it’s really tiring! (lol who knew one can survive on so little sleep) I will share more layouts of my little one in the future.
Today’s post as the first post for 2018, I am super excited to announce that I am a
I am so honoured to be a part of this program. You can find out more about the program here. I have been taking lots of classes on the Altenew Academy for this program. I have to say, I am learning so much and getting mountains of inspiration. (I don’t think inspiration can be measured by mountains, but you get the idea lol)
These few days, I will be sharing some of the cards I made inspired by the classes I take at the Academy. Today’s post is a longer post as I share four cards that I made.
The first two cards are inspired from the All about Layering 1 & 2 classes. These two classes are free, so do check them out. The classes go over about how to use the layering stamps and Nicole (the instructor) gives such clear instructions, tips and demonstration on how to use the stamps. Although I have made many cards using layering stamps, I always refer back to her tutorials.
- All about Layering 1: Vintage Flowers
This was my first layering stamp set so I decided to use it as the starting point for my card and “comeback” to the crafting world. I stamped the floral and leaves on white cardstock and then fussy cut them. I liked that I can assemble the clusters as I see fit since I tend to change my mind often and also to add dimension in certain areas. For the smaller flowers, I coloured them in with colour pencils.
I adhered the cluster of roses on top of the background that I diecut from Tim Holtz mixed media die. It gives a romantic, lovey feeling so I added the sentiment “I love you” on the card. I don’t have that sentiment so I made my own. I took the “love” sentiment from another stamp set and stamped it on my card. Then I cut apart the sentiment “I Miss You” and used the “I” and the “You” from the Painted Butterflies stamp set. I added some gold sequins and coloured the heart with a red metallic gel pen for the finishing touch.
Close up picture of the card:Colour combo: Flowers – Frosty pink, Coral berry, Ruby red. Leaves: Green Hills (Hero Arts), Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades
2. All about layering 2: Garden Treasure
I was inspired by the strip of scrap patterned paper I had leftover from another project. The patterned paper is from ‘Altenew Reflection Scrapbook Kit’. I love the colours so I created a card incorporating the colours. I stamped the floral and leaves images and again fussy cut them out and adhered them with foam tape for some dimension. I stamped the outlines of the images with black ink and I stamped them last because I like the outlines of the images to pop out more. If I stamp the outlines first, it tend to fade a little.
I added the silver polaroid frame and silver thread behind the images to create some interest and texture to my card. Again I coloured in the smaller flowers with colour pencils and also added some fine lines with metallic gel pens for the extra shine. The black cardstock was also spritz with shimmer to tie in all that shine. The sentiment “Just saying hello” is from the Painted Butterflies set.
Close up of the card:
Colour combo: Floral: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red, Jet Black. Leaves: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Jet Black
The third and fourth card is somewhat similar yet different using different techniques inspired by the classes ‘Let it shine’ and ‘Easy Die Cutting Techniques’.
3. Let it shine
For this class, it all about how to add sparkle to your projects and I am all about the shine in my projects.
For this card, as usual, I stamped all the images on a white cardstock and fussy cut them out. The yellow flower, I added some fine lines and details with my metallic gel pen. Then I heat embossed the solid image of the flower from the Garden Treasure stamp set with black and gold glitter embossing powder for a subtle background shadow of the flower image. I adhered the flower on top with foam tape and offset it slightly. I added the “Hello” sentiment from Label love in black to tie in with the black shiny floral shadow.
When the card is turned to reflect the light, you can see the fine lines I made with the metallic gel pens and the shiny floral shadow. I embossed the background with an embossing folder for more interest and texture and also added a strip of gold glittered paper with gold sequins.
Close up of the black&gold embossed solid floral image.
Color combo: Floral: Butter Bar (Hero Arts), Cotton Candy, Dark Chocolate. Leaves: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Dark Chocolate.
4. Easy Die Cutting Techniques
Color combo: Flower: Butter Bar, Orange Soda, Soft Cantaloupe (Hero Arts). Leaves: Soft Olive (Hero Arts), Forest Glades, Dark Chocolate
For this card I was inspired by creating the background with embossing the background with a die. It’s so pretty and I got so much more use out of the die. I also diecut a heart window out of the background so I can add the textured paper window and adhered my focal image on it. I used the same technique previously by stamping the flower and leaves from the Majestic Bloom stamp set and adding details with metallic gel pen. Then I diecut the sentiment “Thank you” from the coordinating die set.
The shine of the flower on card when turned towards the light.
close up of the varied dimensions of the card.
Helpful notes on how I use my layering stamps:
- Print the layering guide for referral.
- Write down the preferred color combos in a notebook with the inks I have so I can use them again.
- Stamp positioner for a more accurate layering
That’s all for today. Thank you for reading till the end and Thank you for stopping by! Happy crafting!