Welcome! I’m so thankful that you’re here.
I can’t believe I’ve been away for so long… since the middle of May! Well, as I mentioned then I’d been working on my craft room, rearranging it, painting it, changing lots of things. I’m really excited with the results and perhaps some day in the future I’ll share before/after.
Well, it’s time to catch you up on my AECP work. Today I’m sharing work I did while taking the Altenew Education All About Layering Class 2 presented by Nicole Picadura. It was great to get even more practice with layering techniques. I love the Altenew layering stamps but feel like I struggle with them all the time.
To begin, I pulled the Altenew Majestic Bloom Stamp set out of my stash and started using tips shared by Nicole for lining up the layers with light pencil marks. I enjoyed using this set and found it contained all that I needed for the card. I used Catherine Pooler inks in Do-si-do, Coral Cabana, and Samba for the flower. Then filled in the background with a variety of the leaves using Altenew inks in Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen. Finally, I inked the Thank You sentiment with Momenta Rich Cocoa and embossed it with clear embossing powder.
Since I know that I need lots of practice with layers, I decided to practice making a couple more cards. Washi tape is another tool that I’m new to using and I really wanted to design a card using the Many Dots washi tape I’d recently received.
I decided to use the Springtime Azalea Stamp & Die set and try to use a mix of textures.
To start, I cut down a piece of white card stock into 2 squares sized 4x4 and 3x3. I lined the smaller square up where I wanted it in my Misti and used some purple tape to temporarily hold it to the larger square (I should’ve taken some process pictures to explain this better!). I then stamped the flower layers in the four corners using Catherine Pooler inks in It’s a Girl, Samba, and Party Dress. I stamped the stamens with Altenew Obsidian Ink. Once done, I pulled the smaller square off and set it aside. I embossed the larger square with the Organic Linen 3D Embossing Folder. To assemble the card, I adhered a strip of Many Dots washi tape down the middle of the card base. Then I added the larger embossed square. For depth, I put the smaller square on some fun foam and lined the it up with the outside edges of the petals. I stamped Thanks for Everything with Obsidian Ink and cut it with the Featured Sentiments die set which is perfect for so many sentiments. I added some fun foam to the back of the sentiment as well. As a finishing touch for a bit more interest, I added some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ebony Black to the tips of the stamens.
For my final card I, once again, started with a plan for using washi tape in the background. This time I picked Altenew Grand Stream washi tape. For the focal point – and more layering practice – I selected the Altenew Hellebore Stamp & Die set.
I stamped the layers of the Hellebore flowers using Catherine Pooler in It’s a Girl, Do-si-do, Coral Cabana, and Party Dress; Altenew Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Sunkissed, and Autumn Blaze; and Distressed Oxide in Spun Sugar, Kitsch Flamingo, Worn Lipstick, and Picked Rasberry. For the leaves I used Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen. After stamping all of the layers, I used my Big Shot die cutting machine to cut out the flowers and leaves. I positioned the flowers and leaves as I wanted them and then used Glad Press ‘n Seal to hold them in place. I taped them together on the back side and then added foam tape. After adhering the Grand Stream washi tape to a 4x5 ¼ panel I popped the flowers on that. Then I stamped the “hello” sentiment with Altenew Obsidian Black and embossed with clear embossing powder. I added a few accents from my stash.
I’d love to know which one is your favorite!