Inks and Embossed Background for Scrapbook Layout

Finally I am able to sit down and write a blog post since I was away for a trip last week. Today I have a scrapbook layout to share with you.

It’s the first time I am able to stamp and heat embossed on a scrapbook layout since I got my Tim Holtz Stamp platform. It has the open space that can fit any size paper so it’s perfect to use for stamping for scrapbooking. It just makes it easier in case I need to double stamp if I didn’t get enough ink on my stamp the first time.

The technique for the background of my layout was inspired by the class I took on Altenew Academy – “Easy Ink Blending Techniques” where Amy Lee taught on faux watercoloring. It incorporates ink blending and adding watercolor washes on top of it.

Life is good scrapbook layout using altenew painted butterflies stamp set

I stamped some butterflies from the Painted Butterflies stamp set and heat embossed in white. Then I used mango Smoothie, Coral Berry and Mountain Mist for my ink blending. I also added some matte medium through a stencil as well for some interest and texture. Then for the watercolor wash on top of the butterflies, I added some distress inks – Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio and Mustard Seed.

Here is a close up:Life is good scrapbook layout using altenew painted butterflies stamp set

Life is good scrapbook layout using altenew painted butterflies stamp set

I embellished the layout with some stickers from my planner sticker sheets and from Altenew Reflections kit. It’s pretty fun creating an artsy background for this layout.

My layout was inspired by the colors and sketch challenge over at Altenew. They have a sketch challenge every month and it’s always fun to play along. Sketch-Challenge-7-draft1

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!


Inking & Stenciled Background

Hello! A continuation of my cardmaking journey with Altenew classes, today I would like to share a card I made, inspired by the class “Celebration: Stencil Techniques”. In my card, I created the background with adding texture paste through a stencil. This has been my all time favourite technique whenever I feel that I want to be “artsy” .

Encouragement card - altenew garden treasure & beautiful day stamp setColor combo: Mango Smoothie, Butter Bar (Hero Arts), Peach Perfect, Orange Soda (Hero Arts) Leaves: Green Hills (Hero Arts), Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades

First of all, I wanted some colour on my background, so I blended some Mountain Mist ink onto the card. I focused more onto the centre of the card. Then I took a triangle stencil and added a thin layer of texture paste randomly onto the card panel. Once its dry, I diecut the panel with a stitched rectangle die.

Then I stamped the flowers from the Altenew Garden Treasure set and the leaves from the Vintage Flowers set on a separate cardstock and fussy cut them. I stamped the sentiment (from the Beautiful Day stamp set) with Dark Chocolate ink, right in the middle of my background. Then I build my floral arrangement on top of it.

Encouragement card - altenew garden treasure & beautiful day stamp set

Again, I added fine line details with my metallic gel pens on the flowers for the extra shine. I think this technique is here to stay and also a good use of my gel pens!

That’s all for today! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Celebrate – Clean and simple card

Hello everyone! Today I have another card to share. I took the class “Clean & Simple Boutique Cards” on Altenew Academy, where the class teaches how to create quick and simple cards that gives a ‘wow’ factor.

I was inspired by one of the tutorials where Jennifer Rzasa (the instructor) used metallic accents to create a luxury feel to the card.

Celebrate card with gold embossing

First, I blended some yellow ink (Mango Smoothie) onto the centre my card for some background colour. I stamped the flower from Altenew Garden Treasure using the outline stamp on pink vellum paper and heat embossed with white embossing powder.

Then I stamped some leaves, the solid image stamp with green ink (Frayed Leaf).Then I heat embossed the outline stamp of the leaves with gold embossing powder. Then I added the sentiment ‘Celebrate’ (from Altenew Label Love stamp set) and heat embossed in gold as well.

After that. I fussy cut  the flowers and leaves and adhered it to my card. For the vellum flowers, I added foam tape on the ‘centre of the flower’ where it would be least obvious due to the embossing powder.

Celebrate card with gold embossing

I just love the shine of this card. So simple and easy to make and can be used for any occasion. The hardest part was probably fussy cutting but it is something  I do enjoy doing when I make my cards.

A short post today sharing this card! Thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting!

Thank you card for Sketch N Scrap card sketch #100

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing a card inspired by Sketch N Scrap card sketch #100.  This is the sketch designed by Lisa:

june20th card sketch #100

I was just so inspired by the flowers so I had to make another floral themed card with my layering stamps. I created a clean and simple thank you card. I seemed to need ‘thank you cards’ more than anything so it’s good to keep a few in my stash.

Thank you card for Sketch N Scrap card sketch #100

I stamped the images and then cut them out with my scissors and adhered them onto the card. I did stamped the sentiment directly onto the peach textured cardstock.

Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration from the design team members. We hope you will join us with our sketch challenges! We would love to see your creations. This post will be my last post as part of the design team for Sketch N Scrap. It had been a wonderful journey being part of Sketch N Scrap. Thank you so much!

Love – wedding card

Hello! Yesterday I created a “Love” floral themed scrapbook layout. I used my floral stamps and of course I stamped extra to make cards. So today I want to share a card using a technique I saw on a  Youtube  video a while back by Yana Smakula. She shared this “perfect cardmaking formula” for CAS cards. I have been wanting to try it and finally did it. Sometimes I feel that I have so many ideas I want to try that I see on social media but just so little time!

The card I created is for a wedding, but I think it can be used for whatever occasion and for  the loved ones.

Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set for wedding cards

I diecut the crisscross background from Paper Issues with my Cameo. (They have so many awesome cutfiles for free) I wanted to have a textured background for extra interest but yet subtle, so I cut it in white.

Then I diecut and emboss the frame with a Spellbinders die with a piece of gold cardstock.  The flower is with Altenew Beautiful Day stamp and the smaller ones are from Garden Treasure stamp set. I colored in the smaller flowers with my Prismacolors.

Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set for wedding cards

I will definitely make more of these CAS cards. I love this “perfect cardmaking formula for CAS”! Next time I probably will try diecutting some frames with the Cameo or even trying it with some similar stamps and heat embossed it with gold. And maybe I should also make my cards by gauging the size of frames with the size of flowers. In this card, the flower seems a little too big for my little frame lol but it still turned out well I think.

Altenew Beautiful Day stamp set for wedding cards

I am playing along with Altenew May Inspiration Challenge:


Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!