Altenew Academy Magical Markers course

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Happy Friday everyone! It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Ulm with temperatures up to 18℃, woohoo! Before I go out to enjoy the beautiful day, I wanted to share a card I made for my last class in level two of Altenew Academy’s certification course. The class is called “Magical Markers” and I left it to the last as I’m not very good with markers…

I don’t have any Altenew Artist markers, but I have a huge stock of Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers I got 2 years ago so I used them instead. I applied the techniques I learnt from the talented Sara Naumann during the course, and it worked really well with my markers too. Firstly I have to say how nice it was to see her use accessories I can easily find in Germany. Not being in the US, I often have to look for a European equivalent which sometimes I can’t find or do not give the same results.

Majestic blooms prducts

Anyway, back to my card, I got the inspiration for the layout from Laura Jane’s card in the student gallery of this course. I used her idea of masking my flowers and using a stencil for the background. I stamped my flower & leaves from Altenew’s Majestic Bloom stamp set, with dye inks from Altenew, on Spectrum Noir special alcohol markers paper.  Using my Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers BT1, BT5 and BT7, I first coloured in with the lightest colour, followed by the medium shade and lastly the darkest to accentuate. Following Sara’s advice, I went over everything with the lightest shade (BT1) again to help blend everything smoothly and not have too obvious stroke marks.


I used the same technique with the leaves and once I was happy with the colouring, I masked the flower and leaves and taped a stencil I made from Altenew’s Layered Floral Cover die A over it. I looked online for a colour palette, to see which colours would go with the colours of my flower and leaves, and I chose to sponge in Victorian Velvet Distress ink. I’m in a splatter craze at the moment so this card didn’t escape this! A huge blob of paint did fall on my card but I didn’t panic and just covered it with a little bauble!


As I am planning to send this card to Altenew’s Parents card drive for those parents in old folks homes, I chose to stamp a sentiment from Altenew’s Wild Hibiscus stamp set. I didn’t have a coloured card base that went with my card, I decided to use a tip from the course and coloured the edges of my card with the same marker I used for the flower!

Well, I hope you liked my card and that you won’t be afraid, like me, to use your alcohol markers now. I would love to hear your thoughts on alcohol markers! Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend!

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Southern GirlsSouthern Girls challenge – Someone special


Altenew Academy Color Your Day

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How’s everyone on this wonderful Saturday morning? Here in Germany, the sun is coming out after a full week of non-stop rain and cold and the temperatures are rising at last… at least for the weekend anyway. I was never a fan of the heat until I came to Germany, now I just long to go somewhere dry and warm!

Anyway, I woke up early today to attend another online class at the Altenew Academy as I’m hoping to finish my level two courses this weekend, (I just have one more class to do before my “exam”!) after which I hopefully advance to the final level before getting certified. Today’s course is called “Color Your Day” by the amazing Therese Calvird. I have to be honest and say that as I’ve started learning to paint, I’ve read so many books and done so many courses about colour that I didn’t think I would learn anything new. But I did!

Altenew Botanical gardens prod

I knew about using the colour wheel and I would be lost without my inspirations to paint or make cards, but I think its the first time I heard about the 70, 20 10 colour rule, so I decided to make a card following this method. I used 70% blue, 20% green and 10% pink. As on Therese’s example card, I too used a variation of these colours. I also tried to have these colours a little everywhere on my card, so as not to have a block of colour. I used Altenew’s Botanical Gardens stamp set and the sentiment comes from their Beautiful Quotes set.

Altenew Botanical gardens cu

My no line water-colouring was done with Daniel Smith watercolours and I wanted to create an ombré look for the background, so I splattered it heavily at the bottom using liquid watercolours. Unfortunately, my sleeve ran over the splatters while they were still wet and turned some of the splatters into lines, but I thought it gave some movement to the overall picture so I ran a paintbrush through other splatters to create this windswept look.

Well, I’m off now, I wish I could say into the warm outdoors, but unfortunately not. I’ve volunteered to help at “Engineers without Borders” and we’ll be stuck indoors in a brainstorming session all afternoon, but it’s for a good cause. Well, thanks for dropping by and I would love to hear about whether you use the 70/20/10 colour rule too. Have a great weekend!

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Altenew Academy “With A Twist”

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If you haven’t noticed, I love taking creative classes. At the moment, I’m enrolled to no less than 5 art classes, 3 online and 2 in real life! I have a thirst for learning new things that’s unquenchable at the moment. 😉 I’m also listening to podcasts while I’m making my cards, painting, or when I’m in the car. I have to admit though that once the lesson/podcast is over, I tend to forget most of what I learnt… that’s my Alzheimer’s settling in I think.🤣

Altenew Tulip product

They do say though that the best way to remember something, is to practise it and then teach/share it to someone else. Which is why the Altenew Academy courses I’m taking as part of my certification course is perfect. Not only do I learn tons of wonderful new techniques, but I also have to make a card out of them and share them with you here.

Today’s card uses 2 of the 6 techniques I learnt from Therese Calvird’s “With A Twist” course. I used Altenew’s Tulip layering stamp set in a different way than what it was intended for and used an unusual colouring scheme to watercolour my card. I first stamped a single tulip in grey, using the outline stamp, as I was going to do a no line water-colouring. I then used the “layering” part of the tulips stamps, which normally add detail to the stamp and used them as grass instead!

As you can see, I partially inked these stamps, with Peeled paint distress ink, so they would appear like grass instead of tulip buds. I then proceeded to watercolour in the rest of my tulip, using my Daniel Smith watercolours followed by Prismacolour pencils once it dried. I was influenced by the colours in the inspiration post in Altenew’s March challenge but combined them in unusual ways. You can see that I painted the tulip red and orange, but also added a hint of light blue. For the leaf, I painted it green but added some orange and blue too. I then went crazy with the paint splatters! I finished the card by stamping the sentiment from the same stamp set, using Versafine ink.

Altenew Tulip cu

I really enjoyed this class and will try to incorporate the other techniques I learnt in my future cards. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know if you think those colours go well together!

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Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Background

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Hi all, after a 6-month break, I’m back into trying to get my Altenew Academy Certification. I’m more than halfway into my level two and I “just” have another 15 or so courses to finish! 😉 Today I attended the online course at the Altenew Academy called “Beyond Basics Background” by the very talented Lydia Evans.

As usual, I learnt so many new techniques but I decided to combine two of my favourite techniques from the 6 different techniques she showed in 6 very detailed and instructive videos. I made my card using a watercolour background and water bleaching through the Altenew Watercolor Bouquet stencil, instead of using stamps.

Altenew watercolor bouquet stencil.jpg

On a piece of 300g watercolour paper, I first created a wash using Permanent Alizarin Crimson by Daniel Smith, in the middle, added some Scarlet lake by Winsor and Newton on the sides and Green Gold at the top and sides. I waited for it to dry a little and then placed the Altenew stencil over the watercolour panel and tapped through the stencil with a damp tissue. This lifted some paint from my watercolour wash leaving the outline of the rose stencil. The rest of the stencil also moved the paint underneath, which mixed the paints and gave a wonderful effect, don’t you think?

Altenew watercolor bouquet stencil cu

As you can see, by adding a darker red in the middle where I would be creating the flower, it created a nice dark border, highlighting it even more from the rest of the card.

To finish, I stamped the beautiful sentiment from Altenew’s Beautiful Quotes stamp set, cut it with one of Sue Wilson’s nest rectangle dies and matted it on a card base I created. I’m really very happy with the effect this method gave and thankful to Lydia at the Altenew Academy for inspiring me this way!

Well, thanks for dropping by and I hope you liked my card too. I would love to know your thoughts! Have a great day!

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AECP – Impressive Heat Embossing

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The title of my post today is what I hopefully accomplished on my card after watching the 6 videos at Altenew Academy’s “Impressive heat embossing“course, today. I used to be known for my heat embossing when I started making cards but just the basic heat embossing to use as a resist for watercolouring or ink blending.

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But after this course, I now know so many other ways of heat embossing. Like the 2 techniques I used today; ombre heat embossing and water splashes heat embossing. For the ombre look, I stamped my “Floral Shadow” stamp from Altenew with Versamark clear embossing ink and added the “Heart Throb” red/gold powder, shook the excess off and added the Tafetta pink, shook the excess off and with the same method, added Emerald City and then Primary Lemon embossing powders from Wow Embossing Powder. I then used my heat gun to melt the powders and set them.

Ombre embossing cu

For the glittering splatters around my ombre flower, I followed the method by Svetlana Marchenko and splattered clear water on my card, added the embossing powder & melted it with my heat gun. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me as I didn’t realise my embossing powder, called “Santorin”, is actually Sparkles premium glitter which means it needs glue. So I added spots of glue and added the glitter powder, pressed them in and shook off the excess.

For the sentiment, I heat embossed a strip of paper in gold embossing powder and then diecut the “Thanks” sentiment from Stamplorations and adhered it onto this panel. I then cut it with Simon Says Stamp rectangle stitched die and added a yellow rectangle border on foam adhesive around the diecut panel to finish.

Well I hope you liked my card and I really do appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog and leave me a comment. Wishing you a wonderful creative weekend!

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