Altenew Educator Certification Program – Stencil technique

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers, Stencil

It seems a while since I posted but I’ve been busy learning new techniques, finishing paintings for gifts and my weekends have also been busy with parties, dinners…. The end of the school year is always quite hectic as we all try to cram and see each other before the 6 week summer break or say goodbye to those who are going back home or to their next adventure in a new country. Such is the life of an expat.

Colouring with Spectrum Noir

Today I’m sharing a card I made as part of my assignment for the Altenew Educator Certification program. I have 20 odd classes to create assignments for and this is only my 4th card but I hope to accelerate during my holidays when we visit my in-laws in Madrid for 3 weeks. Today’s assignment was to create a card using a technique taught during the Celebrations Stencil Technique course. There were so many techniques in that course so I went with the one I preferred the most, which was using embossing paste. As I wanted to use the colours in this month’s Altenew’s Inspiration challenge, I first coloured through the stencil using Momento’s London Fog before adding Lukas clear gel through it. I left the centre free of gel as I knew that’s where I wanted my flower to be.

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I removed the stencil and washed it immediately. While my card was drying, I took the outline stamp from Altenew’s Majestic Bloom & coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator Alcohol Markers which I bought from Crafter’s Companion in the UK. I made a video to show how I blended the inks together and some tips on shading too. You can find the video at the end of my post. I also used my Prismacolor pencils to add more detail to the flower.

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See how the transparent gel shines in the light! I think this would be a great background for cooking type stamps too. So once the gel dried, I added my coloured flowers and leaves with Tonic Studio Funky glue stick. I stamped the birthday sentiment from The Project Bin on vellum, stuck it on with Scraperfect Best Glue ever which dries clear, and my card was finished!

As promised, the video of the colouring of the gorgeous stamp. Colouring with alcohol markers is one of the new techniques I’m learning as part of my personal challenge during the current 30 day colouring challenge hosted by Kathy over at The Daily Marker. Last year it was watercolours, so this year I decided to see what the hype was about alcohol markers. I wanted to get Copics but for the price of 10 Copics, I could get 24 Spectrum Noirs, so it was a no brainer and I’m soooo happy with them that I bought more and I now have 72, but just like clothes, its never enough!

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my card. I would love to know what you think. Have a great day and create something today too!


I’m sharing this card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – I used Vellum, Use an older stamp, & Occasion

watercooler wed.jpg Watercooler Wednesday challenge – I went with Birthdays

my creative scoopMy Creative Scoop – Anything Goes with hand coloured image

altenew.jpgThe gorgeous pic from Altenew’s June Inspiration challenge


Two Tone layered stamping

Altenew, Altenew Academy, Cards, Two Tone stamping

I took another card making technique class at the Altenew Academy called “All About Layering” and I learnt the best way to stamp my layered stamps. I don’t have many as I prefer just stamping the outline and water-colouring, but the ones I have are not the easiest to stamp together, so this class was really useful.

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I used the Vintage Flowers set which comprises of at least 40 different stamps of roses and leaves, and I think I used 35 of those stamps to make this card! I also wanted to add a little more interest to the roses by mixing the colours I stamped with, directly on the stamp, and spritzing water on the stamps after inking them up so that I would get a softer two toned more natural water-coloured look. I made a video to show you how I did it which is at the end of my post.

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In this close up pic above, you can see that I mixed blues and purples in each layer of stamping for the roses. I think they look kinda dreamy don’t you? To finish, I mounted the My Favorite Things scallop frame onto foam tape and added a piece of acetate on the top, after I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment from Hero Arts with Stazon on the acetate.

As promised the video of the making of, and I hope you enjoy it. There is still no voice over as my voice hasn’t truly come back from its vacation while I was sick. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


I’m also sharing this over at:

time out.jpgTime Out challenge – I was inspired by the riot of flowers on the wall!

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Use more than 1 stamp…well I used 35!!

the flower challengeThe Flower challenge – Use vellum or acetate

altenewAltenew Inspiration Challenge – My 2nd entry

Unoriginal artist

Blog, Cards, Stamplorations, Twofer card challenge, Watercolor

This is going to be a very heavy post, loaded with photos and results of some soul searching. So you have now been warned and you continue at your own peril!

First, the cards I made for the Twofer card challenge, where I had to think up of different ways to incorporate the same butterfly on my cards. I say it each time but I LOVE this challenge! I made a photo tutorial instead of a video because I’ve lost my voice after a bout of tonsillitis…and talking too much while my voice was already strained… It’ll hopefully come back very soon but my hubby is enjoying the quiet I think, LoL!

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So for the first card, which is a Graduation card, I used the same Stamplorations “Happy Flowers” stencil and the same Cutplorations “Layered Butterfly” dies which I used on both cards. I first created the butterfly before stencilling in Momento’s “London Fog” dye ink through the flower stencl as I wanted the butterfly to stand out.

So I first drew the outline of the butterfly using the full die and watercoloured large spots with my Zig clean color real brushes. Using my Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen, I blended the colours a little before I diecut it using the 2nd detailed die. I then coloured the bottom full die with Spectrum Noir Illustrator marker nos CT2-Sunshine and CR11 Flame Red in the middle & around it. I wanted more shine & texture so I added Lukas’s Crystal gel on both butterflies and let them dry.

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My 2nd card was influenced by Mayline’s beautiful pop up peony card but I used a butterfly instead and the colours from the photo inspiration at The Card Concept. I first sponged in Abandoned Coral distress ink in the middle of the two flowers on the left and then added Mustard Seed to the rest of the flower. The stems were coloured with Twisted Citron distress oxides. I then spritzed water on it to blend the colours a little more. The flowers on the right were coloured using the same method but with Seedless Preserves in the middle and Picked Raspberry distress Inks. The sentiment in the middle from the “Hashtag authentic” Bold sentiment stamp set was stamped with Versafine ink.

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So the theme at Twofers is butterfly, so where is the butterfly on this card? Yes, its on the inside of the card! To create this butterfly, I just diecut the detailed wings die and covered it with Lukas gel again and dusted some Wow Embossing glitters on it. To make sure no glitters would fall off, once the gel had dried, I went over it again but this time with a clear glue/lacquer from Marabu that dries non sticky.

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The full butterfly diecut was cut from some watercolour scrap I used to practise my blending (waste not want not!) and the sentiment from Stamplorations Trendy Butterflies stamp set was stamped with Versafine too.

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And these are all the products from Stamplorations I used to make both cards.

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I’m actually quite relieved I can’t post another video yet, as I had an awful experience afew days ago, when someone on a crafty Facebook group accused me of stealing ideas for my own profit. This was after I posted a video I made on ink blending. It was all unfounded and a company rep even came to my defense, but I find myself still affected by this incident a week later and I’ve been asking myself why.

It is probably that deep down, I do feel guilty of the fact that I rarely come up with original ideas and all the techniques I use have been created by someone else, so whatever I share, is not really “mine” to share. Even the rare times when I think I’ve discovered a new technique, I realise later that someone already thought about it.  I am always influenced by someone else’s card, whats on Pinterest, a painting, or even the theme of a card challenge. Being relatively new to this craft, I have learnt everything I know from someone’s blog, video, card-making classes and I do give credit when I remember where its from, so I always have the feeling that my work is not original. I wonder if others feel this way?

Anyway, my remedy for fear is to get back onto the saddle so hopefully I’ll be posting a new video soon when my voice comes back. My guilt will not stop me from sharing what I do as this is my way of giving back to the community that has taught me so much. I think my Asian sense of “payback” is stronger than my Christian sense of guilt…or they might be linked – do we give back due to our sense of guilt for taking? Ok… I think thats too much philosophy for one day. LoL!

Anyway, sorry for the ramblings and bravo to those who made it this far! It always helps me to write about my troubled thoughts, and I feel better already! As always I do appreciate your little hugs of encouragement through your comments, and I wish you a great day!



I’m also sharing the 1st card at:

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolour Challenge – Rainbow

stamplorationsStamplorations Cutplorations challenge

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Stencil It

and the 2nd card at:

stamplorationsStamplorations CAS challenge – Things with Wings

Wow embossing powder.jpgWoW Embossing Powder Facebook challenge

AAAcards.jpgAAA Cards – Inspired by Nature

card concept.png The photo inspiration from which I got the colours for the 2nd card.



Two with One

Card Challenge, Cards, Spectrum noir, The Ton stamps, Winsor and Newton watercolors

I made these two cards with one stamp set to play along at Twofer Card challenge. This challenge is fun as you have to think of two different ways to use the same stamp set. For today’s card, I used the Fresh Cut Poppies from The Ton as I wanted to play along at their March Spring challenge too.


For my first card, I tried some water-colouring as I’ve been continuing with my watercolour lessons with Jenna Rainey’s book “Everyday Watercolor”. The book is supposed to teach you to watercolour in 30 days but as I’m not disciplined enough to watercolour everyday, its taking me 6 months! LoL! If you want to see my latest progress click here.

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 I’m sorry I don’t have a process of my painting but my video set up is still not in place in my new craft room. I hope my written explanations will be enough. I started by stamping the poppies with Momento’s Rose Bud ink and the leaves with Versafine’s Spanish Moss ink. I gave a very light wash of a mixture of Winsor and Newton’s Opera Rose & Scarlet Lake on each petal. I then added a darker version in the places I wanted to add shade. While waiting for it to dry I painted the leaves with a mixture of Sap Green and Vandyke Brown. The middle leaves also had some lemon yellow added to the mixture.

Once the poppies were dry, I accentuated the lines which are already on the stamp, with my Prismacolor pencils. I gave a yellowy wash behind the flowers and splattered some paint once this was dry. The sentiment was stamped with Versafine black ink and I matted this panel, cut with Stamplorations Crazy double running stitched rectangle die, onto a pink card base.

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Since my first card was quite long to make, I decided to create a very simple CAS card for my 2nd card. I wanted to join in the fun at AAA Cards challenge which asked us to use only 1/3 of the card. So I masked the bottom 3rd of the card with a large post it and just stamped my poppies and leaves over it. The colouring of the leaves was done very simply with my Spectrum Noir sparkle brush pens and Zig clean color real brushes.

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See how it sparkles! I added 2 lines with my Zigs for some detail. For the wavy sentiment, I just twisted it a little before stamping it with Versafine again. I was finished until I remembered that we were supposed to make 2 completely different themes as well for each card so I added the Birthday… Oh well, I hope its different enough!

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Thanks for stopping by and I would love to know what you think of my cards. Which is your favourite?

Have a great day!


I’m also sharing the first watercolour card over at:

the flower challenge.jpgThe Flower Challenge – Anything Goes

CAS WatercolourCAS Watercolor Card Challenge – Garden

the ton

And the 2nd card at:

ssswchallengeSimon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge – Floral Frenzy

addicted to stampsAddicted to Stamps and More – Clean and Simple






Calling All Sistahs – Nov Encouragement Challenge

Cards, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, no line watercolouring, The Sisterhood of Crafters, Watercolor

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Hi everyone! We have a new Encouragement challenge over at the Calling All Sistahs blog and we have a gorgeous mood blog to inspire you to make a card which will cheer someone up. All you have to do is:

  1. Make an encouragement card inspired by the photo or colors or both.
  2. Link up here by 12am EST on the 13th
  3. Share with your friends and followers so we can get the word out about our challenge.

One person will win a $25 gift code to use on anything in the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps store. All products are welcome, but if you use CAS-ual Fridays stamps or dies on your card, Michele will DOUBLE your prize! Woah!! So I look forward to seeing your card on our challenge blog.

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I’m into water-coloured wreaths at the moment, if you hadn’t noticed… ;)! So I stamped the flower buds and leaves from CAS-ual Fridays Mon Ami stamp set onto Canson 300g watercolour paper with a light Momento green ink in a wreath arrangement and water coloured it using my Winsor and Newton paints. It was my first time trying to “paint” white flowers and I did so by colouring around the buds in a darker shade so that the whiteness in the buds would stand out. To finish, I added some white and brown ink splatters.

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I then cut this panel with my craft scissors and adhered it onto a brown card base.

Well I hope you liked my card and that you’ll hop over to the Calling All Sistahs challenge blog to see what other amazing cards my fellow “sistahs” have created to inspire you to play along with us.

Thanks for  stopping by and I love reading your comments each time!