Wednesday, July 8, 2020

WWC279 - Helen's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello and welcome. This week we are creating occasion cards at The Watercooler Challenge and we would love to see your card in the gallery.  I chose to make a watercolor Get Well card as I need to replenish my stash.
Supplies Used:
Technique Tuesday Bowl Bouquet
Sizzix Wood Planks Embossing Folder.


Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Altenew Academy Level 1 Final Project

I've been working my way through Level 1 at The Altenew Academy and just completed my Final Project which was to create a set of "feminine" and "masculine" gifts sets.  I have to say I learned so much and had loads of ideas but I would like to show you the cards I created for my final project.  I incorporated lessons I learned in:
  •  Let It Shine where we discovered how to add just the right amount of sparkle and shine to a card.  I used metallic heat embossing and  metallic watercolors on my feminine cards.
  •   Easy Die Cutting where we learned to use die-cutting to up the "Wow" factor.  I used die-cuts on each of my cards as I think they add loads of impact and felt this unified both card sets.
  •  Easy Ink Blending - I used several ink blending techniques on my masculine card set. My two favorites were the soft blue background on the Healing Wishes card and the the die-cut spotlight circles on the Get Well Soon card.  

For my "feminine" cards I wanted subtle metallic touches combined with watercoloring. I kept the set cohesive by using cream card stock/watercolor paper, floral images, a pink and green watercolor palette and navy die-cut sentiments.
For this first card, I created a metallic watercolor background which is so pretty in person.  I then stamped, heat embossed and watercolored the floral images.  After the flowers dried I added a pearlescent  white gold watercolor wash over the top which gave the flowers a beautiful sheen.  I die cut the images and attached with foam tape. The next photo shows the first three card in process.

Here are the cards that round out the gift set.  On each card I used big bold die-cut occasion sentiments cut from navy cardstock. 



I really like this feminine spray and think the navy die-cut sentiments are  beautiful and anchor the look of this set.
The painted Lotus die-cut is so pretty in person.
I did want to share this process photo as well.
The Feminine Set


For my "masculine" cards I chose to use an overall blue theme with ink blending techniques and Altenew's Garden Grow as the unifying elements.  For my first card, I ink blended a background and used peek-a-boo die cut  windows to spotlight my images.  During quarantine, I've been sending so many encouragement cards that I wanted to include one in this set. 
I made a companion card using the die-cut circles from the card above.  I ink blended the spotlight circle, added die-cut images and anchored with a strip of masculine brown paper.
The next two cards have a soft ink blended background to draw the eye to the die cut.
I thought a birthday and recovery card would round out the gift set.
Here is an in-progress photo.  The die cut elements were attached to each card with foam tape.
PRO TIP:  I blended one background on Neenah (Birthday) and the second on Bristol (Healing Wishes) to see which provided a smoother look.  The Neenah panel (below left panel that is now the Birthday Card) is whiter but the Bristol (right panel that is now the Healing Wishes card) is far easier to blend on and resulted in a smoother background.  In the future, I will remember to blend my backgrounds on Bristol cardstock.
And here is the masculine set.

We were challenged to use a recycled element in each set.  For the feminine set I recycled a small Kraft gift bag and for the masculine set I re-used an elegant chocolate brown box.  I heat embossed some tags to top each set.  

Altenew Products Used:
Altenew Weekend Doodles stamp and die bundle
Altenew Best Mom stamp and die bundle
Altenew Inked Lotus stamp and die bundle
Altenew Garden Grow stamp and die bundle
Altenew Mini Branch stamp
Altenew Jet Black Crisp Die Ink

I am so glad you stopped by.  I'd love to hear what you think about these card sets.  Thanks!
Karen




WWC278 - Michelle's Challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Do you ever have a leftover scrap that you just love?  That is how this card came to be....I made a pretty background  (link to card here) and had a bit left so that was the starting point for this creation.  I thought it was a pretty feminine card so I selected it to be my design team card for this week's Watercooler Wednesday "Feminine" Challenge.
I added a bold floral focal point, heat embossed a sentiment, created a layered look with foam tape and added a couple of embellishments from my scrapbooking days.  
Supplies Used:
Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil
Altenew Smile More stamp and die bundle
Spellbinder's Sentiment
Distress Inks (Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Twisted Citron)
Zig Markers:  Emerald, Green Shadow, Pale Yellow, Yellow, Bright Yellow
Initial Embellishments

Make My Monday "Use Stencils" Challenge My background is watercoloring with distress ink over a stencil.

Festive Friday FF0062  I picked CAS design, birthday theme and floral theme.





I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

WWC277 - Tristan's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello and Welcome!  This week we are making occasion cards at Watercooler Wednesday and Kath is our hostess.  I've chosen to make a birthday card for my daughter.  Kristen has the most adorable Corgi name Newton, and he was the inspiration for this card.
Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop background die
 A while back I saw this Corgi stamp and purchased it right away. I wanted to put together a little birthday scene so I thought a birthday cake on a bench would be cute.  I stamped, Copic colored, fussy cut and die cut the elements.  The background is a pretty cover die.   The sentiment is new to me, but I am really happy with it. I added some Tonic Nuvo glaze to the frosting and candles and I really like the shine it added.

I wanted to make the card extra special, so I put a second "pop-up" Corgi inside.
Supplies:
Stamps of Life: Corgis2Stamp stamp
WPlus9 "New Home" bench stamp and die
Jane's Doodles "Party Time" cake stamp
MFT "Lucky Dog" stamp and die (pop-up Corgi)
Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die
Sentiment:  Jillibean Soup (heat embossed and die cut)
Tonic Nuvo Glaze
Black Gel Pen for accents
Neenah Paper
Copic Markers

Allsorts "Pet Challenge" This birthday card is for my daughter who has a Corgi named Newton.

Cut it Up "Perfect Pet" Challenge  Newton the Corgi is the friendliest pet you are sure to meet and he is die-cut twice (front and pop-up inside).

Happy Little Stampers Die Cutting Challenge Lots of die-cutting on this card:  background, sentiments, images and pop-up Corgi.

Try it on Tuesday - Create a Scene a fun little birthday scene.


I am happy with the card and am looking forward to putting it in the mail to Kristen.  

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen


 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

WWC276 - Marsha's Challenge: Anything Goes with a Masculine Twist

Hello and welcome.  Today we are making masculine cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and Marsha is our hostess.  I like the look of grunge/mixed media cards but I've never made one myself.  I decided to give it a try with this dragonfly.
My Process:
  • I started by inking my glass media mat with various shades distress ink.  I sprayed with water and then laid a sheet of watercolor paper on the ink/water.  I dried with a heat tool and repeated this process a couple of times.
  • After the panel was dry I stenciled and stamped random elements on the panel
  • I then heat embossed the dragonfly and sentiment.
Supply List:
Visible Images "Live In the Moment" dragonfly stamp
Visible Images circle stamps
SSS Sketchy Lines background stamp
Tim Holtz Brick Layering Stencil
Ancient rubber stamp numbers
Stamps of Life sentiment
Nuvo Hot Chocolate Embossing Powder
Various colors of Distress Ink
Watercolor paper

I am playing along with:


This is a fun technique that I want to do again in the future.

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Altenew Academy: Easy Die Cutting

Hello and Welcome!  I just finished the Altenew Academy class titled Easy Die Cutting.  Yana Smakula was the instructor and she shared six wonderful lessons.   I chose to write this blog post about lesson #5:  Inlaid Die Cutting, which I found very inspirational.  I just purchased this large beautiful scripty thank you die (Altenew's Simply Thank You) and thought it would work great with the inlaid die cutting technique.  I learned to save all the pieces from both panels so you can can create two cards from the positive and negative die cutting.  Don't you just love two-for-one projects!  :-)
My Process:
I started by ink blending a bright colorful gradient on Bristol cardstock.  I didn't want it to smear so I let it dry overnight.  The next day I die cut the "thank you" from the inked panel.  I also die cut the same sentiment  from a white panel.  Then I just swapped the sentiments and glued the white die-cut into the opening on the inked panel and glued the inked sentiment onto the white panel.  I was careful to save all the die cut pieces so I could piece everything back together.  Voila...two cards!  Yana also loves embellishments so I felt encouraged to add buttercream jewels to the white background.  
These cheerful cards will come in so handy on my next thank you notes.

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen

WWC275 - Karen's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello!  I am so pleased you stopped by.  Today we are showcasing "Occasion" cards at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and I am this week's hostess.

Offset Ink blended background:  squeezed lemonade, mustard seed, twisted citron, cracked pistachio, salty ocean and blueprint sketch
I recently won several stamps form Crackerbox and Suzy and this is my first card with my new haul.  I think the tree is just gorgeous.  I have been doing a lot of ink blending lately and knew this tree would be perfect for this technique.  I started by masking off a 1 1/2" border on the left of the card and then started ink blending from the bottom right to the top left.  I was very heavy handed and put down a lot of ink.  I added a navy mat as I didn't want the clean white swath to fade into the card base.
Supplies Used:
Crackerbox and Suzy Tree Whimsey stamp
The Greetery Crimped Frame die
Distress Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, Blueprint Sketch
Neenah cardstock
Navy Mat
Versafine Onyx Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
SSS Birthday Mix 1 sentiment stamp and die
Masking tape

NBUS Challenge - This is my first time to use Crackerbox and Suzy's beautiful Tree Whimsy stamp.

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen 








Sunday, June 7, 2020

Altenew Academy - Irresistable Inking

Hello and welcome!  I've been working my way through Altenew Academy's Irresistible Inking class and I wanted to share this card.  Sara Naumann is the instructor and she provided loads of inking details, tips and techniques to make cards more interesting.  I used three of these techniques on my card.  After watching all the videos, I was inspired to make a vintage look masculine card.
A vintage look masculine card featuring Altenew Garden Grow stamps.
My Process:
  1. I started by using the stamp block inking technique we learned in Class #3.  I took a square acrylic block, inked it with Altenew Sand Dunes ink, spritzed with water and then stamped on a Bristol cardstock panel.  Sand Dunes was a great ink to use because it looks vintage but it is light enough to color over.   I was going for a rustic, uneven masculine effect.  
  2. I popped out to have a latte and once the panel was dry, I stamped the planter on the inked square and then colored with Zig markers.
  3. I trimmed the panel down and then inked around the edges (lesson #4) of the square with the same Sand Dunes ink.  This is very subtle but the inking frames the vignette and gives a little more  definition to the card.  
  4. I also block stamped the Sand Dunes on a scrap of Bristol cardstock so the sentiment strip would coordinate with the square panel.  I  inked the edges of the sentiment strip and then heat embossed the sentiment.   
  5. I made a top folding A2 card out of Bristol cardstock and then used a small paint brush to make Sand Dunes splatters over the card base.
  6. I adhered the square panel and sentiment to the card base with foam tape.

Supplies:
Altenew Garden Grow stamp set
Altenew Sand Dunes ink (background, edges and paint splatters)
Square Acrylic Block
#2 paint brush
Small Spray Mister
Bristol cardstock
Zig Markers (Deep Red, Wine Red, Pale Rose, Oatmeal, Dark Oatmeal, Olive, Mid Green, May Green and blender)
Versamark Ink (planter and sentiment)
clear embossing powder.
Foam Tape

I am also playing along with:

With all the social distancing, I have been staying home a lot more than usual and these Altenew Academy classes have been the perfect activity for me to grow my card making skills.

Thanks for stopping by!
Karen

Friday, June 5, 2020

Altenew Academy - Seasonal Scene Building

Hello and welcome.  I just finished Nichol Spohr's Altenew class on scene building and wanted to share this card.  I love "scene cards" so this class was very fun for me.  My card concept was "coffee in the garden".  I was especially inspired by Nicole's lessons #1 and #4 on creating scenes and die-cut scenes.  
A scene card featuring Altenew Gardent Grow and Tea Time stamp and die bundles with Watercolor Stripes stencil and texture paste to create the background.
My Process:
Once I came up with my coffee in the garden theme, I started by working on my background.  I wanted to use a stencil technique that I learned in Laurel Beard's Stencil Techniques class.  I had never worked with embossing/texture paste and I found I really liked it.  I knew I wanted a subtle plank like background so I made three....a neutral tan, soft blue and light yellow.  I tinted the paste with dye ink and used a palette knife to work it through my stencil. I left the finish a bit rough and rustic and then put the panels aside to dry.  I really like the texture and look of the background.  

Next I stamped, Copic colored and die cut my images.  By this time my backgrounds were dry so I laid the die-cuts on each and decided I liked the neutral tan the best.  I adhered the images with foam tape and popped on a card base.
Supplies Used:
Altenew Garden Grow stamp and die bundle
Altenew Tea Time stamp and die bundle
Altenew Watercolor Stripes Background stencil
Altenew Sand Dunes Crisp die ink (to tint the paste)
Texture paste and pallet knife
Copic markers
Foam tape

I am also joining:
As You Like It Scene Challenge  I enjoy a latte in my garden every afternoon and depicted this scene on my card.  

Time Out Proust Quote Challenge   This is a wonderful quote that speaks to me.  I focused on the gardening aspect of the quote for my card.  

Update:
I was so pleased to learn that my card was selected as a top three at Time Out Challenges. 

I think this is a fun scene card that would work for a man or woman.  Thank your for stopping by!
Karen

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Altenew Academy: Celebration Stencil Techniques

Hello and welcome.  I just finished a wonderful Altenew Academy course and I am excited to share my card with you.   Laurel Beard taught us stencil techniques and I loved them all!  This is my favorite card from the class.  I also used my favorite Altenew stamp and die bundle called Weekend Doodles.
Bright card featuring Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil and Weekend Doodles stamp and die bundle.
My inspiration came from lesson 3:  Stamping with Stencils and  I chose to watercolor over my stencil.

My Process:
  1. I taped my stencil to a 6 x  6 piece of watercolor paper.  Next, I wet my watercolor paper well with a brush.  I then "pounced" three colors of distress ink onto the wet watercolor paper.  
  2. I haven't used my Zig markers in months but they were exactly what I wanted for this project because of their bright vibrant colors.  I heat embossed my floral image, colored with Zigs and then die cut.
  3. I die cut a white panel for the sentiment and to provide some contrast with the bold stripes and then heat embossed the sentiment.  I glued the white panel to the background and then used foam tape to adhere the flowers.
Supplies:
Altenew Watercolor Stripes Stencil
Altenew Weekend Doodles stamp and die bundle
Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron
Zig Markers:  Emerald, Green Shadow, Pale Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow and Bright Yellow.
Watercolor Paper
Neenah Cardstock
Versafine Onyx Black ink and Clear Embossing Powder
Liquid Glue
Foam Tape

I am also playing along with:



I was so pleased to see this card chosen as a Top 3 at Tuesday Thowdown!


I am so pleased you stopped by and I would love to hear what you think about this card.

Karen


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

WWC274 - Dawn's Challenge: Anything Goes with a Feminine Twist

Hello and welcome!  We are making "feminine" cards this week at The Watercooler Wednesday Challenge Website and Dawn is our hostess.

I've been admiring "grid" cards  online and decided I wanted to make a watercolor botanical version. 
My Process:
I decided to make an oversized A6 card since there is so much going on with the layout.  I started by sketching six 1 1/4" by 1 1/2" rectangles on a watercolor panel. I added clean water into the first rectangle and then dropped in sap green and turquoise and let them blend for this wet on wet technique.  I repeated this process for each rectangle, varying the color combinations as I went.  The images were heat embossed for a vibrant silhouette.  I backed the panel with craft foam and popped on an A6 card base made from watercolor cardstock.

I really like the framed silhouette look.  

Supplies:
Altenew Garden Grow stamp set
"Hi" sentiment from Altenew Pinstripes background die
Watercolor Paper
Watercolors:  sap green, turquoise, blue, olive, yellow and orange
Versafine Ink
Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Brushes

I am also playing along with:
The Inspired Challenge: All the Details  I was inspired by the grid layout and floral/botanical paper flowers.

Addicted to Stamps: Make Your Mark Challenge  I made my mark with Watercolors.

Time Out "Free" Challenge  I took "time out" to create this garden card.  My husband and I have afternoon lattes in the garden every afternoon and that is where we enjoy spending our "free" time.

Hand Stamped Sentiments: #340 Challenge  I was inspired by the squares.  

I am so pleased that you stopped by!
Karen


WWC279 - Helen's Challenge: All About Occasions

Hello and welcome. This week we are creating occasion cards at  The Watercooler Challenge  and we would love to see your card in the gallery...