Altenew Academy Beyond Basic Background

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Watercolor

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.

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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?

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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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I’m sharing this with:

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AECP – Let It Shine!

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, WoW embossing powder

When I first started card making 2 years ago, a fellow crafty friend told me my signature was having some form of heat embossing on my cards. I didn’t realise it but it was true…and that was when I stopped heat embossing as I realised I needed to diversify. 2 years later, my signature today would be watercolour cards, I guess, but only cause I LOVE water-colouring and not because I don’t know how to do anything else as I have learnt so many different techniques since then. And with the Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program, I am learning even more, every single day, as I gave myself the challenge to finish the classes in this course in 30 days!

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Today’s course talked about the different ways to add shine to our projects so I brought out my Wow embossing powders and they were quite happy to shine again on my card! I used Altenew’s gorgeous “Watercolor Bouquet Stencil” which is a layered stencil, meaning you add the first layer of colour through the large flower, turn the stencil around and add a darker colour through the other part of the stencil.

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Here you can see better what I mean. The top flower is where you put the base colour and the bottom part of the stencil are the highlights you add the darker colour on. I used my Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen to blend in the colours that I had put down using my Zig clean color real brush pens and it works like water, blending the colours so well and adding a beautiful shine, which I tried to capture on camera but it doesn’t do it justice.

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While the card was drying, I started on my gold embossed sentiment diecut from Stamplorations. I preferred to first heat emboss a strip of paper with Wow gold embossing powder and then die-cut it, rather than the other way around as its alot less finicky. Once everything dried, I cut this panel with Altenew’s “Cross Stitch Canvas” die and matted it on a rose card base, added my sentiment, and lastly added some clear water drops with my Goosebumps Clear Texture Spray. Instead of using the spray, I unscrewed the cap and just dripped afew drops where I wanted it and once dried, its hard and transparent!

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To have a raised sentiment, I had cut a second sentiment to go under the gold diecut and I had used a spoilt card for it. But it was so nice & blended so beautifully with my water-coloured flower that I really couldn’t decide if I wanted to add the gold sentiment in the end! What do you think, which do you prefer?

Glitter bouquet stencil

In the end, my son decided he preferred the gold sentiment, and as today’s class was called “Let It Shine“, I decided to stick with the original plan. If I wasn’t a little hungover tired from a night out with friends, I would have made a second card and have both…

Well I hope you liked my card. I was really inspired by all the little extra details I learnt from Carissa Wiley during this course and I will be going back often when I need further inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear from you!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

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