AECP – Impressive Heat Embossing

Altenew Academy, Cards, Heat embossing, WoW embossing powder

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.

Ombre embossing products

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.

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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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I’m sharing this with:

Southern GirlsSouthern Girls challenge – Use metal. I added gold embossing on my sentiment

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

stamplorationsStamploration cutplorations challenge – Anything diecut Goes

Wow embossing powder.jpgWow Embossing Powder – Metallics challenge

AECP – Masking Unleashed!

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Card making Techniques, Cards

Hi all! I’m here today to share a card I made after attending the “Masking Unleashed” class taught by Svitlana Shayevich for my 2nd level of the Altenew Educator Certification Program.  Before I took this online course at the Altenew Academy, consisting of 6 wonderfully instructive videos, I only knew of 2 ways of masking. The traditional “with post-it” way & because I’m learning to paint, I know about masking liquids too. But now I know so many other ways, and also techniques to incorporate masking in my card making.

Masking unleashed products

Today’s card comprises of two of those new techniques I learnt. The first is to use a full masking paper. I know some people can find full sticky note pads (as opposed to only the top being sticky) but even on Amazon in Germany I couldn’t find them. So when I learnt that there exists special A4 masking paper, it got me thinking to use my label sheets I already have. These adhesive sheets are A4 size, so good for any size dies. And once I just stick them onto my clothes first to get a little adhesive off, they are good to be used as masks on my cards!

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The other technique was to add a diecut, I used one from Altenew Floral Shadow, on one part of the card as a mask and blend the other part of the card lightly with ink. I used Altenew inks for this, on Nina Solar white card stock. Then I moved the diecut to another part of the card and blended in more ink and so on until I was satisfied. I started with lighter inks and progressed to darker ones. This is what gives the different shades of the leaves.  You could start directly with a darker shade I guess but as I’m not very good at blending, I found it easier to start with a lighter shade.

I then flicked some white acrylic paint on it. I diecut this panel with My Favorite Things scallop rectangle die and matted it on a light pink card base. To finish I added a vellum diecut of the same leaf and added a strip of sentiment, also from Altenew on it.

Well, I hope you liked my card and I would love to know if you’ve ever tried this technique before too. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and I do appreciate your comments.

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I’m sharing your my card with:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

AECP – Clean and Simple Boutique cards

Altenew Academy, Cards, Clean and Simple cards

After spending 5h to make one card yesterday, I decided to do the “Clean and Simple Boutique cards” online course today as part of my Altenew Academy Educator Certification Programme (AECP). I was so looking forward to doing this class as I’ve been wanting to get some tips on how to give my cards that extra trendy touch and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved every single of the 6 classes in this course. They even have a special envelope making & packaging class to properly gift wrap the beautiful cards you make.

Doodling CAS

I managed to make 3 cards in just under 2h, counting the drying time for the foils, so that’s how easy my cards were to make! For my first card, I stamped one of Altenew’s Floral Shadow stamp with different Altenew inks and spritz water on it before stamping it on my card base. I then masked it and sponged in Momento’s London Fog through the Grid stencil to give some interest to the background but keeping it light so it would still stay clean and simple.

Doodling CAS cu

The sentiment comes from Altenew’s “One of A Kind” stamp set and I thought it was quite fitting for my rainbow flower! To finish, I followed a tip from Jennifer Rzasa, who was teaching this course, & added some doodling. I really loved doing that, maybe I should pick up doodling!

Foiled green feather cu

My next card used the foiling method together with the feather stamp from Altenew “Happy Dreams”. I’m so glad this method was included in the course as I bought some iCraft deco foil a year ago and after one failed attempt, never tried it again! In her course, she used clear embossing powders, but as I have Deco foil’s transfer gel, I used that instead and I followed Gina K’s advice on how to use it. Instead of putting my gel onto a separate dish though, I just used the cover of my gel container so any leftovers will be kept air tight and won’t dry out. I use a sponge dauber to add the gel onto my stamp and I clean everything with soap and water as soon as I use them so they don’t dry onto my tools and stamps.

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This is how it looks like wet and sticky but then it dries clear and smooth. Once you put it into the laminator, it melts the paste and turns it sticky again and adheres the foil to it! To create the “sandwich” that you add your ready to foil card in, before putting it through the laminator, I just use parchment paper that certain companies wrap their stamps in (yes they are all so pretty I can’t bear to throw them away) and failed cards. The sentiment comes from the same stamp set and I just stamped it with Versafine black ink before die cutting it with a circle die from Sizzix. I added the black and transparent washi stripes to add more interest.

Here’s a video to show you how beautiful the foil is. My teenage daughter said this is her favourite card so far, so I guess I’ve succeeded in making a trendy card! 😉 I’m not going to share the 3rd card today as its already quite a photo heavy post.

Well I hope you liked my post and thanks so much for the encouragement you’ve been showing me through your comments, I really appreciate it. I’m off to make some beautiful custom made envelopes now, as shown in the course, so I’ll sign off here and wish you a Wonderful Day!

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I’m sharing the Rainbow flower card with:

AAAcardsAAA Cards – Somewhere over the Rainbow. I coloured my flower especially for this challenge

addicted to cas.jpgAddicted to CAS – Summertime. This summer I’ve been painting flowers, planting flowers and taking pics of flowers…

crazy for casCrazy for CAS – Summer

Inkspirational Photo ChallengeInkspirational – My 2nd card t their Under 10 mins challenge. I don’t know exactly how long it took but it was vERY quick!

And the green foiled card with:

613 avenue create613 Avenue Create – Create your own designer paper

wordartWord Art Wednesday – Anything Goes