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!

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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!

Crafting Again with Altenew Stamps

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 aAltenew Educator Certification Program Badge

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.

  1. All about Layering 1: Vintage Flowers

Altenew Vintage Flowers I Love you card

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:Altenew Vintage Flowers I Love you card closeupColour combo: Flowers – Frosty pink, Coral berry, Ruby red. Leaves: Green Hills (Hero Arts), Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades

2. All about layering 2: Garden Treasure

Altenew Educator Program card 2: using floral stamps to create the focal point with a silver polaroid frame and thread for interest.

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:Altenew Garden Treasure stamp
Altenew Garden Treasure stampColour 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

Garden Treasure Let it shineFor 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.

Garden Treasure Let it shineWhen 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.

Garden Treasure Let it shineClose up of the black&gold embossed solid floral image.
Garden Treasure Let it shineColor combo: Floral: Butter Bar (Hero Arts), Cotton Candy, Dark Chocolate. Leaves: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Dark Chocolate.

4. Easy Die Cutting Techniques

Majestic bloom And Easy Diecutting classColor 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.

Majestic bloom And Easy Diecutting classThe shine of the flower on card when turned towards the light.
Majestic bloom And Easy Diecutting classclose 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!

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:

@Altenew-InspirationChallenge-May2017

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Fringed card – thank you card

Hello! It’s the second sketch for Sketch N Scrap birthday bash crop today on the blog. It’s a cute sketch designed by Lisa and it’s versatile for any occasion.

May9th Birthday challenge 2

I created a fringed card. It is so fun because it is a little bit 3D. I have seen these cards and always wanted to try it. When I saw the sketch, I was inspired to create the little fringes!

Fringed card thank you card

I used my Cameo to create the 5 strips of fringes. I probably could have use scissors and it would have been faster but I was diecutting something else anyway, might as well let the machine do the work. I adhered the fringes onto a card panel that I diecut with a stitched rectangle die. I adhered a strip of gold on the side that I punched with a border punch for a little bit more interest. I decided to cut off the the edge of the border to let the border strip pop out more. I made the fringe all the way to the top of the card and stamped my thank you sentiment onto my card.

Fringed card thank you card

The dimensional of the fringed card is so fun!

I hope you will join us on Sketch N Scrap 5th birthday bash crop celebration happening on Facebook. Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more inspiration from the design team members! We would love to see your creations!

Thank you for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #97

Hello! Today I want to share two cards with you. The first card was inspired by Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #97 designed by Heather.

SNS 97 May 5th 2017

I created this card:

Floral themed cards for birthday

I embossed the background of the card panel with an embossing folder by Martha Stewart Crafts. It was meant for embossing metal but I used it to emboss paper and made it work with my Cuttlebug.

The flower was stamped from Altenew Majestic Bloom stamp set. I stamped a lot of these flowers from my previous project and had some leftover, so I made cards with it. So I guess it’s a good idea, to stamp a bunch of images and get them all ready when you need them for a project. Then I added the birthday sentiment also from Altenew, the Label Love stamp set. I added some metallic red thread behind the flower image for more interest and texture and finished it off with some clear sequins.

From the first card, I was inspired to create another card since I had another piece of flower image.

Majestic bloom stamp set for wedding card

I created a wedding card with the flower image. The composition of this card is similar to the first card. I just love how both of these cards turned out. Maybe because they are in my favorite colors – pinks and reds! 🙂

Floral themed cards for birthday and wedding card

Hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more design team members inspiration! Join us and play along with our sketch challenges, we would love to see your creations!

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5th birthday SNS

Come back tomorrow as we celebrate National Scrapbook Day on May 6th 2017! Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Sketch N Scrap Card Sketch #96

Hello everyone! Today I have a card to share with Sketch N Scrap. It’s the last card sketch of this month. Today’s card sketch is designed by Lisa.

SNS 96 April 20th 2017

I created this card:

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I stamped my butterfly using a stamping tool and used two different inks to create a multicolor ombre effect butterfly. Then I fussy cut the butterfly and added to my card as the focal point. I like making cards with sentiments similar to this where I can use it for an all-occasion card like a hello card or an encouragement card.

Close up photos of the card:IMG_2291

all occasion card for sketch n scrap

Hop over to the Sketch N Scrap blog and check out what the other design team members had created. There is still time to play along with our challenges.  We would love to see your creations.

Coming up in May –

5th birthday SNS

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Floral Birthday Card

Hello! I created a floral theme scrapbook layout in my last post, using layering stamps and I loved it. So today, I thought I share a floral themed birthday card that I made.

Birthday card using Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted butterflies stamp set

I created the background stripes using distress inks (Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean) I masked off the stripes using washi tape and placed them in different widths for interest. Then I diecut the panel and the frame of patterned paper using Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles die.

I stamped the flowers and butterflies from Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted Butterflies. It gives a very artsy look to the card. The butterflies were stamped in Hero Arts Soft Pool and Tide Pool ink and outlined with Altenew Jet Black ink. The flowers were stamped with Altenew Mango Smoothie and Peach Perfect ink and outlined with Altenew Jet Black ink. I colored the leaves with my Prismacolors color pencils. (PC 989 and PC 1005). I stamped a lot of the flowers and three of the butterflies and then fussy cut them out with scissors. I stamped the “Happy Birthday” from Waffleflower lotus stamp set with the same Jet Black ink.

My card was inspired by Altenew April Inspiration Challenge. I just love the color scheme!

Altenew_2017_April_Inspiration-Challenge_Graphic

Here is a close up – I did add a lot of foam dots to add dimension to the flowers and butterflies.

Birthday card using Altenew Painted Flowers and Painted butterflies stamp set

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!

Cupcake Birthday Card

Hello, I have another fun and simple card to share today. This weekend was a fun card making weekend! I created a birthday card.

Birthday Cupcake Card

I stamped a cupcake and a candle and pieced them together. The I adhered them on a small piece of yellow striped patterned paper.  I used a notebook border punch to create interest on the top of it.  I created layers with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle die with grey cardstock and a colorful patterned paper and adhered everything together.

Birthday cupcake card

I added some flower sequins on the cupcake for embellishments to resemble cupcake sprinkles for added interest.

I am playing along Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. It’s their Wednesday Challenge blog 8th birthday this week – how fun! Happy birthday!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!