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!

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

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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!

“Love” Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

Hello everyone! Sketch N Scrap 5th Birthday Bash Crop is happening this month, so crop with us all month long on the blog.  Today I want to share a layout with you that is inspired with the first exclusive birthday bash sketch layout designed by Heather on Sketch N Scrap.

May2nd SNS birthday 1

I created a mixed media wedding layout. I really just scrapbook for fun and enjoying different techniques as I create. The background was inspired by videos I saw on youtube and it was really fun.

Love (with altenew stamps) Wedding Scrapbook Layout

I first created the background with gesso and thread. The thread will be adhered with the gesso so there is no glue needed. Then I dripped some Magenta Liquitex ink  after it  dried. Then I sprayed some DIY yellow mist on it as well. I just love the texture and the effect of the background.

Mixed media background

Then I diecut the wreath which was a free cutfile from Paper Issues with a white cardstock. I inked it lightly with Antique Linen distress ink for a subtle look. Then I went on a stamping and fussy cutting frenzy with the layering stamps from Altenew. (Painted Butterflies and Vintage Flowers) After I was done doing that, I adhered them along the wreath and added my photo and title and my stickers.

The process of this layout was actually very gratifying – ink dripping and mist spraying, the stamping and fussy cutting; lol it did take forever with the stamping and fussy cutting but that’s what a crafter does with her time right!

I scrapbook the photo of our wedding rings, and I love the intertwined thread behind it. It’s like our lives are joined/twisted together lol (don’t mind my abstract/logical thinking behind the layout)

Here are some close up:

Thanks for stopping by and hop over to Sketch N Scrap for more design team inspiration. Come join us for our Birthday Bash Crop all month long. We will be posting FIVE exclusive birthday bash sketches and one exclusive NSD sketch as challenges this month. Crop starts on May 2nd and goes until June 2nd, so plenty of time to get your entries in!

5th birthday SNS

Stamping and scrapbooking

Hello and Happy Easter! Today I have another scrapbook layout to share with you, it’s a wedding layout. I used a floral layering stamp set to create flowers on this layout; it’s a lot fun and the effect was pretty cool.

Stamping and scrapbooking

My layout was inspired by Altenew Sketch Challenge #1 and its color scheme.

Altenew-2017-March-Sketch-Challenge-Ashley

I used Altenew Majestic Bloom stamp and die set to create the flowers and leaves. I love how layering stamps makes the image so realistic and pretty. For the leaves, I only used two of the layers and skipped the solid leaf stamp.

For the flowers, I stamped with Altenew inks – Frosty Pink, Cotton Candy, Coral Berry and the outline image with Ruby Red. I started stamping with the solid image first then the layers and stamped the outline stamp last because I wanted the flowers to have more definition. For the leaves, I stamped with Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades.

Then I die cut all the flowers and leaves and adhered them like the arrangement of the circles in the sketch. I added two doilies as the starting point of my layout. I added some gold thread behind the flowers and gold strip to frame the layout for extra interest and texture. I used some sentiments from the Label Love stamp set for my title and added some Tim Holtz word stickers as well. Then I finished off with some gold sequins. I love the elegance of the gold.

Some close up pic:

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

Altenew Majestic bloom and label love stamp set with scrapbooking

This was really a fun layout to make. I love how stamps can be used to make the focal point or embellishments for a project. That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping and Happy crafting!

Happy Lunar New Year 2016!

Hello everyone! Wishing those that celebrate the lunar new year, a wonderful “Happy Lunar New Year” and may all your wishes come true in the Monkey year!

I have a card to share with you today to celebrate the lunar year.

新年快乐 Happy new year 2016 card

I used the small flowers from Altenew’s Vintage Flowers stamp set. The flowers resembles the plum blossoms that are often used for the festive season and decorations at home. I only layered two of the stamps together using Hero Arts Soft Cantaloupe and Waffle Flower Crafts #6 Rose Bud. The branch stamp I used Hero Arts Cup O Joe ink.

For my sentiment, I used my new Silhouette Cameo to die cut “新年快乐” (Simplified Chinese characters for Happy new Year) on gold foil cardstock. It’s so easy – I literally copy and paste the Chinese characters into the Silhouette Studio program and cut it out. I did move the strokes of the character closer and weld it together so that it can cut out as one word. I am so in love with my Cameo and can’t wait to share more projects on the blog in the future.

I adhered the card panel onto red cardstock and added a strip of gold foil cardstock to the card. Most lunar new year cards are usually in red and gold.

A close up of the card to reflect the shiny gold.

新年快乐 Happy new year 2016 card

Just a simple card to share today and wishing everyone good health and good fortune in the Monkey year. Thanks for stopping by and Happy crafting!