Monday, May 10, 2021

A2 Daffodil Friendship Card

 Hey everyone!  Well, it is the start of a new week!  I hope that you had a fantastic weekend!   I did something that I have never done before!  I made a card using a digital stamp.  What a fun process this was!  

I was recently introduced to Alex Syberia Design and have been following her on Instagram.  Her designs are absolutely incredible!  If you are not familiar with her work, please check it out!  

I printed this gorgeous Daffodils A2 Cover Panel on card stock that is made for using alcohol markers.  I colored the image in using my Altenew Artist Markers (colors listed below).  I found this to be a very enjoyable challenge, as the details were fine (and I am still learning to use my markers) but not impossible.  To be honest, when I started, it looked like a hot mess, but I kept on, and the result is so beautiful!  
When I was happy with the card panel I set it aside and went to work figuring out what I wanted to do with it.  I cut a panel of lightweight black cardstock to frame the image, and I trimmed the colored panel down to size.  I die-cut the top two layers of the Honey Bee Stamps Friend dies, the top layer in a bright yellow that matched the daffodils and the bottom in black.  When I put them together on the card panel, I hated it. I tried again with an orange card stock and again, it didn't work for me.  After several more tries, I decided to color a strip of white card stock using the darkest two yellows that I used for the daffodils and die-cut it.  I was so much happier with the result!   The softer blend of colors didn't take away from the image. 

I wrapped some Altenew Metallic Thread around the side of my panel and adhered it to the black panel.  I then added a loopy bow to it, and adhered my sentiment over the bow.  I attached my panel to a white card base and finished up with some clear sequins.  That was also a process, as I tried about 5 different colors of embellishments before I finally settled on the clear sequins.  

I am over the moon in love with this card, and I know the friend that it is intended for will love it too!  

Products Used:

  • Recollections 110# Card Stock:  White
  • Recollections 65# Card Stock :  Black
  • Spectrum Noir Premium Ultra Smooth Card Stock:  White
  • Alex Syberia Design Digital Stamp:  Daffodils A2 Cover Panel
  • Altenew Artist Markers:  G446, G425,  G515, G503, Y316, Y207, Y106, C004
  • Altenew Metallic Thread:  Enchanted Gold
  • Honey Bee Stamps Friend Die
  • Simon Says Stamp Clear Sequins
Thanks for stopping in!  Happy Stamping! 

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day!

 First, I want to wish a very Happy Mother's Day to all of you mamas out there that are killing it every day!  You are incredibly strong, phenomenally brave, and your efforts are noticed!  

Before I share the card that I made for my mom, I just want to share with you that I have been incredibly blessed to have both a mom and a step-mom who always did their best by me, even when it didn't seem like it... and let me tell you, I was no easy child to raise!  I am thankful every day for these two women who helped shape me into the woman I am today.  

A while back, I took the Altanew Academy Course - All About Layering 6 - Dies Edition with Lydia Evans.  This was a great course and I hadn't yet used any of the layering dies, so it was the perfect opportunity to learn some tips and tricks.  I was inspired by Lydia's cut-away card and decided to make my Mother's Day card using this technique. 
To begin, I created some sticker sheets from my card-stock using adhesive sheets.  This was a game changer, as it eliminates the need to glue detailed layers together, which always ends up in a mess for me.  I then die-cut multiple images with the Altenew Craft A Flower: Antique Rose Dies.  I left them in place and colored them in using my Altenew Artist Markers, one color for each layer.  There was no need to be precise, I literally scribbled the color over my die-cut pieces.  Once the ink had dried, I began layering my flowers and leaves up, leaving the adhesive backing on the bottom layer until I was ready to use them. 
I adhered a piece of patterned paper to the inside panel of my card.  I then cut the front panel at a diagonal (that was scary!!!!) and trimmed it down the scored edge to remove the cutaway piece.  I arranged the flowers and leaves on the front panel so that they peek up over the edge and when I was happy with the placement, I removed the adhesive backing and adhered them.  Because I had sticky bits hanging over the top of the card base, I couldn't close my card or the sticky pieces would have stuck and she couldn't have opened it.  While that would have been pretty funny, I did want her to be able to enjoy the inside of the card too.  I used my powder tool to remove the stickiness; however, I wasn't entirely happy with that, as it left a bit of a tiny, so I die-cut two more pieces of the bottom layer of the rose, trimmed them down, added adhesive and stuck them to the backside of the flower.  

I stamped my sentiment directly on to the card panel and finished up with some enamel dots that I had made with Nuvo Drops, which I just love.  I just create a whole bunch of dots and let them dry overnight and I always have a supply on hand.  The cost is pennies to make them! 

My mom loved her card and I hope you do too!  Please take time for yourself today!  Celebrate all of the hard work you do each and every day!  Happy stamping!  

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Polychromatic - AECP Level 2

 Good morning!  I don't know about you, but I am so happy that we are nearly to Friday!  I am trying to catch up on my blogging from my incredibly productive weekend. 

Today, I am sharing with you two cards that I created for my next AECP course - Polychromatic.  I seriously loved everything about this class!  It was all about color and I learned SO much! 

In the first lesson, we created a colorful background, using the warm tones in one corner of the card, cool tones opposite, and the drawing them together using the colors that fall in the middle of the road.  For my card, I used the reds, oranges and yellows on the left, and blues and purples on the right.  I actually had an OOPS! moment, when I picked up the wrong ink pad and stamped the first layer of my flower in an orange tone again, but I picked up the correct ink and stamped it a second time, and decided I was OK with having two flowers of nearly the same color together.  I used the green leaves to fill in the white space and pull the warm and cool shades together. 

Once I was happy with my background, I die-cut the large sentiment from the panel, being very careful to not lose the inside bits, as I would need them again.  I die-cut the sentiment three more times out of white card stock and adhered all 4 of them together, with the stamped layer on top.  I then attached my card panel to the card base.  Once I had this done, I began to construct the front of my card.  I struggled a bit with getting the inner pieces of the letters in place, as when I built up my sentiment, the layers were not lined up precisely so the inner bits did not go in easily.  To remedy this, I turned my sentiment over, placed the bits in, added glue (only to the center pieces) and laid my sentiment die-cut in place, using my tweezers to press the center pieces down to the card base.  Once I had them all in place, I added glue to my sentiment and adhered it. 
I heat embossed a sentiment strip and attached it with foam tape and added some clear sequins to give the card a bit of sparkle and shine. 
I was so excited to see this technique in this class, as I had bought these dies just for this purpose and had not had a chance to try it yet!  I know this is a technique that I will use again and again, as it is relatively simple, but produces a stunning result! 
For my second card, I used the third lesson - Faux Handwatercoloring Technique.  Again, something I have seen, but not tried, and what fun it was!  
I started with a sheet of watercolor paper and a layering floral stamp set.  I pulled out my watercolor markers and using the solid layer of the flowers, I colored it with the lightest marker.  I then spritzed it with water a few times to get it nice and wet, and stamped it on the watercolor paper.  I then used the same process with the leaves, allowing my first flower layer to dry just a bit.  Using the detailed layer of my flowers, I inked them up with the darker marker, spritzed with water and stamped it over the light layer and repeated the process for my leaves.  Once they were dry, I die-cut them with the coordinating dies and set them aside.  
To create my panel, I wanted a soft background with just a hint of color, so I pulled out my new Altenew Blending Tool, and I have to tell you that this was a game changer for me!  It covers a lot more space quickly, and gives a beautiful, soft blend.  I used the lightest blue from the Tranquility color family to lay down my color and then added a touch of the next darkest shade.  I added some black ink splatters using my liquid watercolors and set it aside to dry.  Once it was completely dry, I heat embossed my sentiment on to the panel.  I had another OOPS! moment when I smudged the embossing powder when trying to clean up stray bits of powder.  I took my heat tool to it anyhow and let it work its magic, and then I used my Versamark Pen to draw in the missing area, added more powder and heated it up.  I adhered my panel to the card base and went to work gluing my flowers in place.  I decided not to trim the leaves that were hanging over the edge, and will just use a larger envelope to send it.  To complete my card, I added some gold sequins to tie in the gold sentiment.  
This process was a bit of a challenge for me, as I am a color inside of the lines kind of girl, and there are no lines. I do love the soft, flowing look of hand watercolored images, though and I am so happy with how this turned out!  
Products Used:
Both cards:
  • Recollections 110 # Card Stock:  White, Black (first card)
  • Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Card 1:
  • Altenew Watercolor Wonders Stamp Set
  • Altenew Enchanted Rose Stamp Set
  • Altenew Mega Hello Die
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink:  Sunray, Chamomile, Snapdragon, Marigold, Limeade, Lime, Fresh Leaf, Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultraviolet, Iceberg, Eastern Sky, Ultramarine, Frosty Pink, Coral Berry, Ruby Red
  • Wow! Embossing Powder:  Opaque Bright White
  • Simon Says Stamp Clear Sequins
Card 2:
  • Arches 300gsm/140# Watercolor Paper
  • Altenew Peony Bouquet Stamps and Dies
  • Altenew Fancy Greetings Stamp Set
  • Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers:  Citrus Burst, Watm Sunshine, Autumn Blaze, Limeade, Moss
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink:  Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky
  • Stampin' Up Embossing Powder:  Gold
  • Altenew Ink Blending Tool
  • PinkFresh Liquid Watercolor:  Black
  • Simon Says Stamp Gold Sequins

A s always, thanks for popping in!  I hope you found something to inspire you and get some crafty time in today!  Happy stamping! 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Creative Watercolor Media - AECP Level 2

 Happy Monday, crafty friends!  I don't know about you, but I am not ready for it to be Monday!  

Today, I am bringing you not one, but two cards for my most recent AECP course - Creative Watercolor Media.  I am not kidding when I say that I was dreadimg this class, and I dragged my heels all the way through it.  Watercoloring is a HUGE struggle for me, but I pulled my bootstraps up, and powered through.  I am SO glad I did!  I learned a lot, and FINALLY feel like I had a few wins with my watercoloring.  

For my project submission, I made a mini slimline card using several of the lessons in the course.  I began by prepping a piece of watercolor paper with my powder tool so that I could emboss my image and not have a mess of embossing powder all over.  Using an embossed image really helped me stay in the lines with the watercolors.  
I smooshed several green ink pads onto my pallette and picked the lightest ink up with a water brush that was mostly dry.   I painted a simple wash over each of the leaves to give them a base.  I then came behind with the midtone and added some depth, and then blended it out with just a bit of water.  Lastly, I added some shadows using the darkest shade of green, again blending with a bit of water.  I love how the leaves nearly glow!  I found that starting at one point on the page and rotating through the leaves allowed the previous layer a bit of time to dry, which prevented me from making a muddy, wet mess, which is what usually happens.  
Next, I moved on to the flowers and followed the exact same process, just changing up the color family I used. 
Once I was happy with my image, I set it aside to dry and moved on to my card panel.  My card base is 3 1/2" x 6", so I cut a panel at 3 3/8" x 5 5/8".  Using the darkest teal ink, I applied ink directly to the edges of the panel and set it aside to dry.  I die-cut my image using the coordinating die and adhered it to the panel using foam tape.  I heat embossed my sentiment on a strip of vellum and adhered it to the center of my card.  I finished up by adhering the panel to my card base,, trimming off any overhang with my scissors, and placing down gold sequins.  
I am so happy with how this card turned out!  I am thankful that I powered through the class and didn't give up!
My second card is actually the first card I made for this class. It didn't turn out quite as I expected, but it is growing on me. 
For this card, I stamped several images on watercolor paper and painted them with liquid watercolors, again starting with a basic wash, and then adding several layers to add shading.  My first attempt was a miserable failure as I broke the rules and used the wrong ink.  Lesson learned.  I just wasn't thinking and picked up my Memento pad out of habit.  Once my images were dry, I die-cut them using the coordinating dies.  
Next, I trimmed a piece of patterned paper to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and die cut a square.  I realized that I needed something to ground my critters, so I watercolored a strip in greens and die-cut the blades of grass.  I adhered the grass pieces to the back of the patterned paper and adhered the panel to my card base.   
I then arranged my images and glued them down.  I heat embossed my sentiment and attached with some foam tape and finished up with some black rhinestones.
Even though I really struggled with this class, I am so thankful that I persevered.  
Products Used:
Both cards: 
  • Recollections 110# Card Stock: White, Black
  • Arches 300gsm/140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Card 1:
  • Altenew Bouquet of Love Stamps and Dies
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink:  Wisteria, Hydrangea, Ultramarine, Warm Sunshine, Autumn Blaze, Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Caves, Limeade, Lime,  Fresh Leaf, Baby Pink, Fuschia, Magenta
  • Vellum
  • Stampin' Up Gold Embossing Powder
  • Simon Says Stamp Gold Sequins
Card 2:
  • Altenew Hug Me Stamps and Dies
  • Stampin' Up Layering Squares Dies
  • Honey Bee Stamps Horizon Slimline Dies
  • Altenew Pastel Dreams Paper Pack
  • Altenew Pigment Ink:  Obsidian
  • PinkFresh Liquid Watercolors:  Pink, Orange, Yellow, Light Green, Emerald, Blue, Purple
  • Wow! Embossing Powder:  Opaque Bright White
  • Honey Bee Stamps Black Rhinestones

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy stamping!  

Friday, April 30, 2021

Hello Card - Scribble and Spritz Watercoloring

 Hello again, friends!  I guess today is a two-fer!  I saw a post by the incredible Erum (@glitternswirls) on the Altenew blog and I had to try it out!  (Blog post here).  If you know anything about me, you know watercoloring is my nemesis!  I just cannot seem to get the hang of it, no matter what I do.  You may also know that I am in awe of Erum's amazing talent, so I wanted to give this a try. 

This card uses the Scribble and Spritz Technique, and it looked like something I might be able to achieve some success with.  I started by heat embossing my very favorite stamps onto watercolor paper using clear embossing powder.  These floral images were perfect for some simple watercoloring, as they really don't need any detail added to them.   I then cut them apart so that when I added water, it didn't spread to the other flowers.  
Using the glorious Altenew Woodless Watercolor Pencils, I scribbled my color in very lightly and when I was done, spritzed the image with water.  To note, I was not careful in the least... I set the image aside to dry and moved on to the next.  Once they were done, if I wasn't happy with how the color moved, I added color directly from the pencil to a wet brush and applied it to the paper.  Once they were all dry, I die-cut them with the coordinating dies and set them aside to work on my card panel. 
To create my background, I lightly scribbled on a watercolor panel with my pencils.  I then spritzed it with water.  I think I added too much water, as there was very little color left on the panel.  Oops!  I added more with my paint brush and then used my heat tool to dry it.  I added some black liquid watercolor splatters to the panel. 
I arranged my flowers on the panel, and using Press 'N Seal to keep the arrangement in place, adhered them down to my card panel.  I embossed a sentiment from the Altenew Painted Butterflies stamp set onto a black strip and trimmed it down.  I adhered my panel to my card front and then added my sentiment strip with foam tape to give some dimension.  Lastly, I added some clear sequins for a bit of sparkle.  
Products Used:
  • Recollections 110# Card Stock:  White, Black
  • Altenew BAF: Coneflower Stamps and Dies
  • Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp Set
  • Arches 300 gsm/140# Cold Press Wateecolor Card Stock
  • Altenew Woodless Watercolor Pencils:  Crimson, Rubelite, Heart Beat, Coral Bliss, Ultramarine, Lavender Fields,  Grass Field, Shadow Creek, Maple Yellow, Orange Cream, Dew Drops, Mountain Mist
  • Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
  • PinkFresh Liquid Watercolor:  Black
  • Wow! Embossing Powder:  Clear, Opaque Bright White
  • Simon Says Stamp Clear Sequins
  • Foam Tape

I am so excited to have found a watercolor technique that even I can make look pretty!  If you haven't checked out Erum's video, be sure that you do. 
Thank you for stopping by!  Have a fabulous weekend.  Happy Stamping! 

AECP Family Instagram Hop - Our Favorite AECP Class

 Good morning, crafty friends!  Today, I am so honored to be participating in an Instagram Hop for the AECP Family.  We are celebrating all of the wonderful things we have learned during our AECP journey! 

For my card, I focused on the last class I took, which happens to be my favorite so far - With A Twist.  I decided to create a shaker card that shakes all the way through!  
Because I knew that I had to die-cut two exact panels  using multiple dies, I started by creating a template out of copy paper.  I laid down some lines with a ruler and pencil, and determined the placement of my letters. I then die-cut the word "hello" out of the copy paper using the Altenew Bold Alphabet Die Set. 

Using low-tack tape, I adhered my template to my top card panel. Placed the dies inside of the die-cuts and cut my word out of the panel.   I repeated this process with the top flap of my card base. 

I adhered a piece of acetate behind the top card panel using super sticky adhesive to be sure that the acetate stays put.  I also adhered a piece of polka dot paper from the Altenew Verdant Walk Paper Pack to the inside of my card base.  

I set the panel and card base aside and got to work stamping and die-cutting my floral images. I stamped a few flowers using the Altenew Springtime Azalea stamps and dies, and a whole lot of leaves, as I knew I wanted some pretty beefy clusters for the front of my card.   Once I had them all die-cut, I arranged them on my card panel, and once I was pleased with them, began adhering them.  I trimmed off any overhanging pieces, and then used them to fill in any place in the cluster that I felt needed more. 

I them went to work on the back side of my card.  Using foam tape, I created a barrier around the words and filled it in with sequins.  I laid another sheet of acetate over the top of the foam tape to seal the sequins in.  I filled in the rest of the panel with foam tape so that it would lay on the card panel evenly, added super sticky tape over the acetate, and lined the panel up on top of my card base. 

To finish my card, I glued in the center pieces of the "o" and the "e" that I had so carefully saved.  I adhered some Nuvo Drops, and added an embossed sentiment strip.  

Honestly, the photos don't do this card justice.  I looked at it and thought "I can't believe I just did that!"  It was a lot of work, but the end result was so worth it!

Make sure to head over to Instagram and find my post (@kim.kreates) that has the same photo that is at the top of this post!  Altenew has been incredibly generous and is providing (4) $25 gift certificates to the store.   While you are there, follow the links in the post and hop over to the other participant's pages and leave them some love! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Don't forget to hop along on IG!  You will be sure to find so much inspiration!  
Xoxo, Kim

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Color and Texture Workshop with Colleen Balija

Happy Saturday, crafty friends!  It is gray and rainy here today, so I did something that I have never done.  I participated in a virtual workshop with Colleen Balija, Altenew Certified Educator.  It was a wonderful way to spend the morning and connect with other ladies who share a passion for crafting.  The topic of the workshop was Color and Texture and oh boy, was it fun! 

Colleen had sent us some pre-work that included creating or finding a pre-made color/mood board.  I had to Google the term, as I had no idea what that was.  

I started looking at stock photos until I found one that caught my eye, and then using Coolor, I created my board.  

This color palette is so far out of my comfort zone, but I had to use it as the colors called to me.  Once I had my color board, I went about identifying the colors that I would use.  I  found that I didn't have the orange inks that I wanted to use, but I did have alcohol markers, so I worked around that.  

She also had us stamp, color and die-cut our focal images ahead of time, along with preparing our card bases and panels.  This allowed us to move through the projects relatively quickly.  

I had prepared enough focal images for three cards.  I only completed two during the workshop, but because I had all of the supplies out, I whipped out the third card shortly after.  

For the first card, we smooshed our inks onto our crafting mat and added water.  We then laid our panel directly down onto the ink and allowed it to absorb the color.  When the panel was dry, we dry embossed it to add texture and then added some paint splatters.  Because I didn't have any abstract embossing folders, I used the Garden Trellis die to emboss it.   I wasn't totally in love with my panel as I felt the ink was too concentrated in places and the texture is not nearly as pronounced as with an embossing folder. However, when I added my floral images and sentiment, it all came together.   I finished it up by adding some enamel dots that I made using Nuvo Drops.

For the second card, we used Saran Wrap to apply ink to our card panel.  I can't believe that I have never tried this technique.  It might be my new favorite.  For this, I used liquid watercolors in yellow and orange.  I just added a drop of each to my craft mat, added water and picked it up with the saran wrap.  I then dabbed it on to my panel.  When I was happy with the background, I dry embossed it using the Burlap die.  Unfortunately, it really doesn't show well in the photos.  I sprayed some Antique Gold Metallic Spray and splattered some black liquid watercolors to my panel and then heat set it so that it would dry.  After adding my focal images, which I colored with Altenew Artist Markers, and sentiment, I finished up with some enamel dots. 

For the last card, I used the same technique as the second card; however this time, I used the Enchanting Vines 3D Embossing Folder.  I added my focal images and my sentiment (which I used my alcohol markers to get an ombre effect) and then added some black rhinestones. 
I really enjoyed this workshop!  I learned several new techniques and ways of using supplies that I have on hand.  One of my favorite learnings was pulling together the color board and then identifying what colors to use. 
Products Used:
  • Recollections 110# Card Stock:  White
  • Arches 300gsm/140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper
  • Spectrum Noir Premium Ultra Smooth Card Stock: White
  • Altenew Stamps and Dies:  You Are Amazing, Scalloped Ornaments, BAF:  Cornflower
  • Altenew Dies:  Garden Trellis, Burlap Texture, Waterbrush Hello
  • Simon Says Stamp Hello Die
  • Altenew Enchanting Vines 3D Embossing Folder
  • Altenew Crisp Dye Ink:  Wisteria, Hydrangea, Deep Irish, Ultramarine
  • Memento Ink:  Tuxedo Black
  • Altenew Artist Markers:  Y817, Y608, Y514, Y513, Y207, Y316, Y106, C004, R826, R823. C006, R801, G446, G425, G515, G503
  • Pink Fresh Liquid Watercolors:  Orange, Yellow, Black
  • Altenew Metallic Spray:  Antique Gold
  • Stampin' Up Shimmer Paint:  White
  • Nuvo Drops
Colleen, thank you so much for putting on this wonderful workshop.  I learned so much and am looking forward to using these techniques again and again!  Happy stamping!