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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AECP – Stamp Layering Majestic Blooms

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Card making Techniques, Cards

Second day of my personal challenge to finish the Altenew Educator Certification program by the end of August and today’s card show’s off what I learnt during the “Stamp Layering 2” course, featuring the gorgeous Majestic Bloom stamp from Altenew. This online course is great as it goes through many of the stamp layering sets Altenew has and shows the best way to stamp them.

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I took 5h to make this card! No it didn’t take that long to stamp everything, I just couldn’t decide on the colour combinations or the layout. Some days I have an idea and after 1h the whole card is done, and some days, like today, I have no idea what I’m doing! I have to say though, that due to the tips given during the course, every single stamped flower was perfectly aligned! And after stamping the flower 9 times in multiple colour combinations, I think I could do it with my eyes closed now!

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In the end I decided to use Altenew mango smoothie, Ranger’s Abandoned coral distress ink and a touch of my Zig clean color real brushes for the darker accents on the flower. For the leaves, I used Altenew’s Ocean Waves, Dusk and Desert Night. A tip I discovered, after stamping so many times: To get a good clean stamped image, it helps to hold down the stamp firmly for 10 seconds at least, this gives the ink the chance to spread into each other and avoid blotches.  The sentiment comes from the Perennial Beauty set from Altenew too.

Majesttic bloom side

I mounted the panel onto an orange card base, offsetting it a little to balance the colours. To finish I added 3 gemstones from The paper Studio but in the photo it makes my flower look really creepy, like a tiny alien is peeping out from under the petals…

Well I hope you like my card and are having a good start to the week. I am pretty happy as I managed to start my detox diet and swim 1km in the lake yesterday AND make cards, and today was the same, just hope I can continue till the end of August too!

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Creativ fusion arts.jpgCreativ Fusion Arts – A new to me challenge blog and the explosion feeling I get from looking at the photo inspiration kinda resembles my card too I think.

seize-the-birthdaySeize the Birthday – Without the stripes optional topping

Fashionable stampingFashionable stamping – Use those inks anyway you want. I chose to simply stamp with them, something I actually rarely do!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes


The Sisterhood of Crafters – Animal crackers + video tutorial

Cards, Clearly Besotted Stamps, The Sisterhood of Crafters


I’m back again today to inspire you to join us at our challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters where our sistah Terri has chosen to put Animals in the focus of our creations. You have until Sunday June 17th to link up your animal themed cards so you have plenty of time to join in the fun!

I was happy to be forced given the chance to use my critter stamps, of which I recently ordered quite a few because I told myself I should do more cute cards. Cute cards are not easy for me as I cannot rely on just colouring or stamping the images to make a nice card. These little creatures need a whole eco system to thrive on so I have to create a little world for them, which does not come naturally to me. Surprisingly though, the idea for today’s card just gushed into into my head when I decided to use a new technique I learnt recently through the CAS Mix up challenge blog, which is using rubber bands!

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In the card I made for their challenge, I noticed that the rubber bands created seaweed like prints, so I decided to set Terry the turtle, from Clearly Besotted’s “Cool Dude”, free for an afternoon to go swimming in our nearby lake as it’s been so hot here. I made a quick video to show you how I created this underwater scene  but essentially I used a small paint roller and rubber bands!

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Terry & his little friends were coloured with Spectrum Noir Illustrator alcohol markers and I used Ranger distress ink and Altenew ink cube with some water flecks to create the bottom of the lake. The scallop die from My Favorite Things was raised on foam tape and the sentiment was stamped with Versafine Onxy black ink.

As promised here is the video which you can watch here or over on YouTube. I hope you’ll be inspired to create an animal theme card and maybe even give Terry some company by trying out this method and creating an underwater scene too. Do pop over to The Sisterhood of Crafters challenge blog and see what my “sistahs” have created just for your viewing pleasure and do leave them some love too.

Thanks for popping by and your comments are like little cubes of ice on these hot hot days we’re having here in Germany!


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casology.jpgCASology – Farm. There could be turtles in the farm pond right?

addicted to cas.jpgAddicted to CAS – SEA. Terry is a freshwater turtle but turtles are found at the sea too.

AAAcardsAAA Card challenge – Birthday theme. This card went to my daughter’s classmate for his birthday

Words cannot Espresso…

Cards, Concorde & 9th, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers

This is my 4th coffee themed card and for someone like me who doesn’t drink coffee, its alot of cards for me to make, but I know the majority of my friends depend enjoy their coffee so I won’t have any problems giving them away I think. It was also a challenge for me to see how many different types of cards I could make with the same coffee theme stamps from Concorde & 9th and My Favorite Things, as those are the only 2 coffee theme stamps I have!

Espresson friendship stamps

I made a very simple one layer card but added some dimension by adding Nuvo drops on the rim of my cup, the milk heart and the spoon. I saw this being done by a few card makers so I thought I’d try it too and it slides on so easily! The little leaves have sparkles on them as I coloured them with Spectrum Noir Glitter markers. The coffee and sentiment was stamped with Altenew’s Dark Chocolate ink and I went over the coffee in the cup with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers as I can never get a smooth rich coverage with whole stamps.

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I’m not a coffee drinker, or hot chocolate as I’m lactose intolerant too.. but I feel like one now as that looks delicious doesn’t it? Yum!

In case you haven’t seem my previous posts, here are the other 2 cards I made with this same stamp set in the same day. I have so many more ideas so I don’t think it will be the last time I use them!


Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!


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less is more

Less Is More – My 2nd entry to their One layer card Thinking of You


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes


Watercooler Wednesday – Anything Goes


Word art Wednesday – Anything Goes

Espressoing my gratitude

alcohol inks, Cards, Hero Arts, My Favorite Things

I’m not a coffee drinker but my hubby loves it and for our housewarming, our friends bought us a Nespresso machine. We already had a coffee machine with an integrated grinder but as our new house has three floors & 2 kitchens (yes so much to clean…), I mentioned in passing to a girlfriend that it would be nice to have another machine for our 2nd kitchen. I forgot about it myself but my friend didn’t, so you can imagine our surprise when we got one, with 200 capsules along with it!

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Since then I’ve been meaning to make coffee themed Thank you cards but I didn’t have any coffee themed thank you stamps so when I saw the “Perk Up” stamp set from My Favorite Things, I got them straight away as they were just perfect for the occasion! I also got Concord & 9th’s “Let’s Chat” coffee stamps and I was ready to make my thank you cards.

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I first stamped the coffee cup and saucer from Concorde & 9th in Altenew’s Dark Chocolate then stamped and masked Hero Arts layered hibiscus stamps around the saucer. I used Altenew inks to do the stamping. I wasn’t going for that colour combination, it was supposed to come out fuschia instead of red but I guess that’s what it looks like when you stamp on yellow first! Oh well I’ll know the next time. You can’t see it but I went over most of the petals with Spectrum Noir glitter markers so they really sparkle in real life.

So now I just have to make 5 of these…! Now I’m thinking I should have made an easier pattern as each card takes 2h to make, but my friends are worth it.

Well thanks for stopping by and I can’t “espresso” how happy I feel when you leave me your comments! Have great day!


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coffee lovers hopSpring & Summer Coffee Lovers bloghop – My 2nd entry

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes

pinspirational.jpgPINspirational challenge – Photo inspiration

thru the craft roomThrough the Craft room door – Anything Goes

time outTime Out Challenge – My 2nd entry