AECP – Relax, and go with the flow

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, WoW embossing powder, Zig clean color real brush

Today’s card is my assignment, at the end of the Level 1 of Altenew’s Educator Certification program, to see if I can implement techniques I learnt from 3 of the courses out of the ten I took onto one card. This card will also determine if I can go on to the Level 2 of this program. I could be stressing out but decided to, literally, relax and go with the flow! I also made a video to show you my technique to create the luminosity and glow on my card and you can find it at the end of this post.

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After learning so many techniques, (I watched around 50 video classes!) and being mega inspired by all the incredible creators who taught these lessons, I was now brimming with ideas in my head! In the end, I decided to use the ideas of creating a background & a frame to create my aquarium from the “Seasonal Scene Building”, using my markers and embossing powders from the “Let It Shine” course, and the emboss resist from “Easy ink blending technique” to create the jellyfishes, from Altenew’s “Painted Jellyfish”, which is a layered stamp set with 2 sizes of jellyfish.

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This card is relatively easy to make but the results are incredible! You have to first heat emboss one of the layers of the jellyfish, with the “Glow in the Dark” Wow Embossing Powder, blend in the distress inks onto your card, then colour the larger jellyfish stamp with the pink Zig Fluo brush pen, spritz it with water, stamp to lift the ink from the card and colour in with the same Zig brush in the areas where the ink was lifted. I then used a paint brush to lift more ink from the paper to to create air bubbles. The sentiment, which comes from the same stamp set, was stamped in Versafine Onyx black ink.

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I love this pic as the glow of the powders in the bottle are incredible! There are more  pics of the incredible jellyfish glow on my card in the video below.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll try the techniques I showed. If you do, please let me know and I’ll come over and visit. Thanks for stopping by and your comments leave a warm glow in me too!

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I’m sharing this card over at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Distress it

Just us girls.pngJust Us Girls – Beach (Well you often find jellyfish washed up on beaches…)

CRAFT STAMPER_TIMI CHALLENGECraft Stamper Take it make It challenge – Anything Goes

country view.pngCountry View challenges – Sun, sea and sand.

kreativeinkaufKreativ Einkauf – Underwater world


Let It Shine!

Cards, Stamplorations, WoW embossing powder, Zig clean color real brush

After breaking open my new “Glow in the Dark” WoW embossing powder yesterday for my galaxy card here, I couldn’t stop playing with it and decided to see if I could fill a whole card with the fluorescent look! To go one step further, I wanted the card to be fluorescent during the day as well!

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So how did I achieve this? I used my new fluo Zig clean color real brushes! They come in 4 colours, green, pink, orange and yellow and when I got them, I found them really cool as the colours are really bright…and fluo! But I didn’t really know what to do with them until I saw an ad for this bag that lights up and I decided to try and reproduce the design on my card!

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I so happen to have a stencil from Stamplorations, appropriately called “Stained Glass”, which matched the design on the bag. I placed the stencil over my card base and started colouring it in with my Zig fluo pens. With the stencil still in place, I pressed my Versamark clear ink firmly onto the stencil, making sure it went into all the triangles. I removed the stencil & poured the “Glow in the Dark” Wow embossing powder onto the whole card, removing any stray powders with a brush when needed, before pouring the excess back in to the container.

I then heated the whole card with my heat gun until the powders melted. I cut out the “Amazing” diecut using Stamploration cutplorations die and adhered it onto my card using Uhu glue stick. This coloured panel was then adhered onto a black card base and the card was done. Really easy but has an amazing effect don’t you think?

Well I hope you liked my card. Let me know if you have tried out either the glow in the dark powders or Zig fluos as I would love to come and see how you incorporated them onto your card.

Thanks for stopping by and your comments really do light up my day!

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I’m sharing this with:

stamplorationsStamplorations Cutplorations – They’re on holiday but we can still link up

STAMPlorations-anythinggoesStamplorations Anything Goes challenge

Daily marker coloring challenge The Daily Marker Colouring Contest – Advanced level

Cards in Envy BadgeCards In Envy – My 2nd entry to their Something New challenge..My fluo Zigs are new to me

Shopping our Stash badgeShopping our Stash – Silhouettes. Look at it when the lights go off and the silhouette of the stencil will appear!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Make your own background

Wow embossing powderWow Embossing Powder Facebook challenge – My 3rd card for their Rainbows theme


AECP – Seasonal Scene Building

Altenew Academy, Cards, Distress inks, WoW embossing powder

Whew, I’ve made it to the end of the 1st level of my Altenew Education Certification Program! Actually not “phew” at all as I SO enjoyed every single day of it. Learning new techniques everyday, creating something from what I learnt, & “teaching” it (well, sharing my method of making it here), is one of the ways of expanding your brain power, according to Jim Kwik, internationally acclaimed brain performance coach & trainer. I’ve been listening to his masterclass & pep talks lately and it must be true, as the more I learn & create, the more the ideas keep flowing! It also takes me half the time to create a card now, compared to when I started 10 days ago, with my personal challenge to finish all my AECP courses by the end of August. I still have 15 classes to go and 3 “tests”, but all I have to say is… Bring It On!

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Today’s card was made after watching the 6 video lessons of the “Seasonal Scene Building” course, which shows you how to create different scenes to showcase your stamps. As usual, after watching all the class videos, I just wanted to make a card for each technique taught as they’re all so inspirational! Unfortunately I only have 24h in a day and even though making the card takes me not more than an hour or so, taking pics, editing, blogging about it, sharing it on social media…takes up most of my day! LoL!

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I decided on creating a galaxy scene to surround my stamped image, inspired from the “Background Building Scene” class, using stamps from Altenew’s “Happy Dreams” set. I first stamped the sentiment with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and heat embossed it with clear WoW embossing powder so that when I added my distress inks, they wouldn’t “pollute”my sentiment. I then stamped the stars, which came in a cluster set. I didn’t want them grouped together on my card, so I masked the stars I didn’t want, directly on the stamp. I could have cut them apart but I was afraid of losing them later! Tip: Remove your masks before you stamp, if not the ink on your masks will transfer to the paper, which defeats the purpose of having the masks! 😉

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I  stamped the stars with Versamark clear ink on my card and poured the “Glow in the Dark” embossing powder by WoW that I’m using for the first time, and melted it with my heat gun. Now I was ready to create the galaxy background with the distress inks & the heat embossed images will resist the colours I put down. You can use any colours, but blues, purples, pinks and yellows are nice choices. Once the colours I wanted were blended on my card with a sponge tool, I went over it all with Momento Tuxedo black ink. To finish, I splattered some water, then white acrylic ink over the whole card. Only once your card is splattered with white ink will it look like a galaxy, before that, it just looks like a badly blended card! Well mine always does anyway, LoL!

To create the “glow in the dark” effect for the “Be A Dreamer” words, which are the negative part of that stamp, I used my Versamark pen and went over the text on the card. I even drew in a comet where the arrow is, so when you switch off the lights…voila!


Isn’t that cool? I love it and I hope the boy I’m giving it to will think so too!

Wow, almost 2h has passed since I started this post, see what I mean… but sorry its so long. I could have just shortened it by saying “I made this card with distress inks and embossing powder. Thanks for stopping by” and it would have taken me 2 minutes! But I always remember when I first started, and I wasn’t familiar with the methods and the tools, detailed posts helped me so much. Even now when I see a card I like, I’m always curious as to how it was made. So this is for all the beginners & avid learners out there, I hope this post was useful to you. For the rest, I hope you enjoyed the pics at least!

Thanks for stopping by and your comments light up my day…and nights! (Yes pun intended!)

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I’m sharing this over at:

Wow embossing powderWow Embossing Powder – Rainbow

Cards in Envy BadgeCards In Envy – Something new. My “Glow in the Dark” embossing powder is new.

the male roomThe Male Room – My 3rd entry to their Birthday challenge

Fashionable stampingFashionable Stamping – Use those inks

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Make your own background