It’s always great finding creative, different ways to use your tools. Today’s assignment required me to turn a die into a stencil. I was inspired to create a happy, country charm styled card to ring in the New Year.
I used the following Altenew crafting products: Edge Wildflower Die, Tiny Bubbles and Beach Stripes Stencils, Crimson, Pink Pearl, Maple Yellow, Forest Glades, and Jet Black Dye Inks, and two Blending Brushes. I also used Ribbon, Simon Says Talk Bubble “HI” Stamp, and Water Droplet embellishments.
I used the Wildflower Edge Die to cut one white cardstock flower set and another set from the grey paper. I used the thicker white as a stencil, blending in vibrant Crimson Petals. I used the Bubbles Stencil to ink happy pink and yellow dots before adding faded stripes in two directions to create a cheery plaid backdrop. It was simple finishing the card by adding the die cut grey flowers offset over the white flowers underneath. I stamped “HI”, tied a pretty bow with the gingham ribbon and added water droplets for that finishing touch. This hug is officially ready for mailing!
Hello and Merry Christmas! Today I was inspired by a very beautiful card I found on Pinterest. I set out to try and recreate the techniques but I ended up making something completely different. Despite trials, errors, and my dog literally eating my homework, I finally finished this slimline card for my All About Layering #4 Course in the Altenew Education Certification Program I am participating in.
This card couldn’t be any easier to make using Nina 120# Classic Crest White Cardstock for the 3.5″x8.5″ card base and 3″x8″ card front. You only need an embossing folder like the Feathered Lillies I used from Altenew, dye ink and ink blender, then whatever embellishments you may or may not want to add. I used Tim Holtz Black Paper Twine and melted silver wax beads to seal in a beautiful “Thank You” sentiment. Finish it with a black frame mat and foam tape for added height.
My goal was to use a mirroring technique I learned in my course. Altenew embossing folders are 6×6 so if you like to use larger sizes or measurements that don’t fit the square then you must get inventive with your paper placement before running it through your machine. Thicker paper gives amazing results photos just can’t show.
Turn your paper 90 degrees to get the mirror effect. You’ll see exciting new shapes emerge in the negative space from this technique. I chose to ink my flowers lightly with a blending sponge and black dye ink after I embossed but you could just as easily create a Letterpress illusion by inking the negative space of your embossing folder first (before you emboss). Experiment! Find that formula you love. Have a blast creating and you’ll always create a WOW piece you’ll love!