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.

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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

Watercolours with Zig markers


I have heard so much about these Zig Clean color real brushes from fellow bloggers who do amazing watercolor creations with them, that I was over the moon when I got them for my birthday last month! As I am not a natural painter, I found this video from KWerner design really helpful, and in the end I decided to CASE her card. Her card is much more beautiful and professional looking than mine but I’m quite pleased with my first water colouring attempt with the brushes. I just love them! After my German courses, I think I’ll take a painting class to learn about painting shadows and shades.

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I stamped afew flowers from Tim Holtz’s Flower Garden stamp set and heat embossed it with my WoW clear embossing powders (you don’t see it but it sparkles on the card!). I then started using my Zig markers and water brush to paint in the flowers and the greenish watercolour “puddle”. After I finished, I cut my watercolour paper with My Favourite Things scallop rectangle die and adhered it to the blue cardstock which I had folded into a card. I stamped the sentiment from Sweet Dixie Big Sentiments stamp set onto a trip of vellum, added 2 little gems et voila!


I played along with:

The Flower Challenge – A new challenge blog all about flowers! Their first challenge is “Anything Goes”
AAA Cards – Masking, as I masked the flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Anything Goes
Addicted to CAS – Watercolor
CAS on Sunday – Heat embossing

This is Kristina’s beautiful card that I cased. Isn’t it gorgeous?

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Blossom like a butterfly

Cards, Die cuts, Watercolor

I love making cards with butterflies. Its amazing and inspirational to me, that they start out as squirmy little slugs, before they one day just metamorphose into gorgeous butterflies. Its my favourite comfort line to my daughter when she’s feeling awkward with her body…but then I guess all teenage girls are in a hurry to become butterflies aren’t they? I know I was. But being a butterfly to me is more than being beautiful. Its to have this ability to flit merrily in life, without a care in the world. Appreciating the good things and accepting the inconveniences.  And I guess I still have a long way to becoming a butterfly, as I still can’t accept the inconvenience of doing housework! 😉

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I made 2 cards with this beautiful butterfly stamp and sentiment by Stamplorations. For the sentiment . I first added brusho powder and water on a plastic surface and then wet my stamp with this mixture and stamped my card with it. I tested it a few times on scrap paper to make sure it didn’t stamp too watery. The faux gold ring die cut, from Simon Says Stamp, was cut from white card stock and heat embossed with gold powder.  For the butterfly, I stamped it with Versamark before heat embossing it with gold. I then added brushos again, spritz water and wiped off the access over the embossed areas. I fussy cut it and adhered it in the middle of the smaller ring, which also comes from the same SSS set, which was coloured using the leftover brushos mixture I used for the sentiment.

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I entered this card in:
Stamplorations CAS challenge  stamplorations CAS
Cards 4 Gals – Butterflies or dragonflies
Moving along with the Times – Clean and Simple
Stamplorations Always Anything goes  STAMPlorations-anythinggoes

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This card uses the same sentiment but a mask of a another butterfly from a punch. I first added the butterfly mask and the sentiment mask, which I made by fussy cutting the stamped sentiment and added brushos around it in a relatively organised pattern. Spritzed enough water on it to let the powders dissolve but not too much to avoid the ink running. I removed the masks and was so happy the inks did not run under my mask! I finished by stamping the sentiment with my MISTI. I forgot the word BLOSSOM had a “tatty” look so I just kept on stamping! Lol!

I hope you enjoyed both my cards… and continue blossoming!

I entered this card into:
HLS August CAS – Masking. Its my 2nd entry, as Valentyna’s DT card gave me the courage to try this masking again. Thanks!
Addicted to CAS – Silhouette
Just Us Girls – The flow of the colours inspired me jugs.png


To Have and to Hold

Cards, Die cuts, Heat embossing, Stencil, Watercolor

When it was certain that we were moving here from France, three years ago, I started gathering info on Ulm, the little city in the South of Germany where we would be moving to. During my on-line research, I met some wonderful people who spent time giving me information on the city, places to live and the German way of life. Soon, these new friends were waiting to welcome me and really made my integration into Ulm so much easier. I now try to do the same with newcomers to Ulm and I will always be grateful to these really special friends. So when one of them announced she was getting married, I just had to hold the hen party for her…and obviously make her an extra special card!

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I was inspired by Vijaylaxmi Siyal’s card at Stamplorations CASe the Designer challenge, but as I had recently made a similar card, I was wondering how to do the same but different. It hit me over dinner while I was staring at my daughter’s t-shirt (she started feeling quite uncomfortable, lol !) and I just left the table and started working on the card! (Luckily I had just finished my meal so I didn’t set a bad example for the kids!)

The Card base : I started by masking the card with washi tapes, brought out a stencil from Ideen Hertz and used my Versamark pen to trace the pattern. I covered it with black embossing powder (with the stencil still on the card), removed the stencil and heat embossed it. I then sponged Momento Tuxedo ink over it, and when it was dry I covered it with glaze to give it some shine. Only then did I remove the masks.

The “Flowers”: The flowers are actually the Seashell cosmo stamp from Stamplorations, which I first stamped in Versamark ink, heat embossed it with pink and blue WOW embossing powders to represent the bride and the groom. I coloured them in with Momento inks with my mini Ranger blender and then fussy cut them. The Sizzix leaf diecuts were cut from paper previously coloured with my Brusho powder paints. I added glaze on the leafs so that it would shine and a drop in the middle of each flower too.

The sentiment comes from JustRite and was stamped with my Misti with Momento Tuxedo ink, before heat embossing it.

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You get a better view here of the background stencil. I also wanted to intertwine the vines around the flowers to emphasise the “To Have and To Hold”.

I really love this card, cause as my hubby said, it looks simple but alot of work has gone into it. And thats about friendship too I guess. Thanks Sarah Jane for yours, and I hope you like this card. Thanks to you, my arrival in Ulm was so much more enjoyable!

Thanks for stopping by!

This is Vijaylaxmi Siyal’s card I’m casing: caseplorations.jpg

I also entered this card in:

Happy Little Stampers CAS – Masking. Theres alot of detail but I hope its still “clean” enough!
Stamping Sensations – Anything Goes
Through the craft room door – Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown – Make it sparkle
Wow Embossing powder – Flowers
Joy Clair – Inspiration photo joyclair.jpg
Stamplorations – Always Anything Goes STAMPlorations-anythinggoes

Don’t stop believin’


I love this song by Journey, I’m actually listening to it now while I write this post! Thanks to the musical series “Glee”, my kids know it too, along with other greats from the 80s and 90s. I really love it that our kids enjoy the songs we used to love…and I try to enjoy the songs they listen to too. Although I think they get embarassed when I’m going mad on the danse floor to electro house music!

So when I saw that CASology’s theme was “Journey”, my first thought was to make a card incorporating the title of this song!

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I first wrote the sentiment with my Versamark pen and heat embossed it with pink embossing powder. I masked a lilac card stock with a negative die cut of a butterfly and sprinkled Brushos powder in it, (just love them!) spritzed water on the powders and let the magic happen. I used my water pen and stampin up ink to create some water drops. Its my first time so its not so neat! I used clear glue/gel to create the water drops and the card was finished! Unfortunately I saw that there was a yellow tinge in the photo and yes it was also on the card, hardly perceivable, but it was there, and I have no idea how it got there! Sigh…


butterfly overlay

I had a butterfly lying around which was cut with my Sizzix die, from paper that was previously coloured with Brushos and then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. My daughter found it prettier with it so I stuck it on.

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I’m entering this card in:

Freshly Made Sketches freshly made sketch

Simon Says Wednesday – Anything Goes

Alphabet challenge – K is for Kindness challenge