Happily, I completed the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level 2 and I am now officially on to level 3. I started with a class on Clean, Simple and Colorful Techniques that was just full of ideas and stunning examples of how to use them. Laura Bassen taught a lesson on Ink Blending and Copic Flicking that takes me out of my comfort zone to something I would really love to do well.
She created a card with a fun side panel and then created two floral images in which she did and ink blending emboss resist technique and then used her Copic markers to flick color in and add dimension. She made it look so easy. It is not easy! I have actually been practicing this since I took the Beautiful Details class. I had to give this a try just to try something I’m not completely comfortable with. Plus, I had an idea for a side panel technique that feels pretty unique and I love the way it turned out.
While this is way out of my comfort zone, I love the way this turned out. Isn’t the border fabulous?
I used my Trigonometry stamp set from Altenew to stamp and use clear embossing powder on one of the triangle images. I did thin on watercolor paper. Then I used a wet-on-wet technique to drop some of my Altenew inks onto the wet paper and let the water blend them.
I created this card for this week’s Paper Craft Crew Challenge, which is a color challenge for this week.
For my ink selections, I used Altenew Lagoon ink as my Turquoise or pop of bright, then I used Deep Iris for my shade of purple, Warm Sunshine serves as my yellow and I used Forest Garden as my mint.
Once my watercolored triangles were dry, I cut them out and attached them to my card base with foam tape. I stamped my floral images from Altenew’s Peony Bouquet stamp set, using the outline image only and clear embossing powder. I used my Ranger blending tool to add a light coat of Warm Sunshine to one and Deep Iris to the other. Then I selected 2 Altenew Artist Markers and did the flicking technique on each card. I die cut them with the coordinating die and added them to the card front with more foam tape.
The sentiment is stamped in permanent black ink using my MISTI. The sentiment is from the new Build-A-Flower: Chrysanthemum stamp set. I love this sentiment. I think it is perfect for a card outside my comfort zone! I finished off the card with some iridescent sequins from Neat and Tangled to complete my card.
I think that combining techniques and stamp sets really made a card that is all me. Is it perfect? No! I am embracing the imperfections! I can say that I am really enjoying trying things outside my comfort zone. I love a challenge and I love it when I’m happy with the results.
We would love to have you create a card and join the Paper Craft Crew Challenge this week! Check out what the rest of the design team has created. The cards are beautiful once again this week!