Card Created by Linda Fields

This is my latest card, created For The Guys course in Altenew’s Education Certification Program, inspired by my husband’s love for coffee and its soothing ability to make his day a little nicer… no matter what happens.

AECP Homework – For the Guys Course

You can make this card with just a few Altenew materials: Coffee With a Splash Stamp Set, Jet Black Ink Spray, Jet Black Crisp Dye Ink, Obsidian Stamping Ink Pad, Silver Lake Crisp Dye Ink, and the Beach Towel Stripes Stencil. I used Nina’s Classic Crest 120# white paper and grey paper, clear embossing powder, purple tape, double stick foam tape, and regular tape.

This note card base measures 4.25″ x 5.5″ with a quarter inch smaller cut card front and coordinating grey mat. I inked the white cardstock edges with jet black, used obsidian to stamp the sentiment and coffee stamp. Clear embossing powder over any color ink is a wonderful way to get beautiful embossing effects with just one powder. I highly recommend this be your first powder before any others. I splattered jet black spray after I stenciled fading grey stripes for the backdrop. I brought it all together using tape and propped up the card front using foam.

Making cards for guys might seem like a daunting task but nothing could be farther from the truth. Choose one or two bold or earthy colors, use a graphic, clean and simple look, with a funny or thought provoking sentiment – your card will be loved. And don’t be afraid to get creative! See the coffee beans in the photographs? They not only spiced up my pictures but their oils scented the paper making this the last, perfect step to stir up my sweet creation. What will whip up for your special guy?


Card Created by Linda Fields

I made this card for the Let It Shine course in Altenew’s Education Certification Program. Inspired by the Wintery cold, my goal was to capture the warm spirit of the season with snow and ice.

AECP Homework – Let It Shine Course

Only a few materials were needed to make this card: Altenew’s Silver Embossing Powder, Warmest Wishes Die (not pictured), and Small Moments Stamp set. I also used Nina Classic Crest 120# white paper, white foam sheet (not pictured), WOW Powdered Snow Embossing Glitter, VersaMark Sticky Ink and pearl embellishments.

I didn’t take pictures while making this card because I was in the craft zone but I can tell you the simple steps: 1) I made a glittery card front propped up on foam to create dimensional interest. 2) I used VersaMark for all the shine done – from WOW Glitter Embossing Powder to create the sparkling texture to Altenew’s Silver Embossing Powder for edges, snowflake and sentiment. 3) I used double sided tape to bring pieces together and added pearl embellishments with clear glue last. This is an easy, quick project I encourage you to try – especially with your family and kids.

Have a very Merry Christmas!


Card Created by Linda Fields

I made this card for the Easy Ink Blending Techniques course in Altenew’s Education Certification Program. My goal was to create a vintage, botanical, scientific field notes look. I used wood texture and contrasting inks to bring it all together.

AECP Homework – Easy Ink Blending Techniques Course

First, I used Altenew’s Dock Planks embossing folder to transform my backdrop mat. I applied Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Ground Espresso, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, and Tattered Rose using a rounded foam applicator. I started with the darkest color, lightly grazing the paper at an angle, moving in circles along the edges. I worked my way to the center, blending to the lightest colors. I blotted water droplets and splattered thinned Altenew’s Jet Black and Charcoal Suit to age the paper.

I used Altenew’s Garden Rose Layering Die set to cut the rose petals and leaves from 120# classic white cardstock. I used Altenew’s Silver Lake, Evergreen, Forest Glades, Pistachio and Frayed Leaf Crisp Dye Inks to shade and color everything.

I used a mechanical pencil to illustrate a rose stem with leaves. You can always trace around the die cut leaf, flip it over, and draw it again so they’re at different angles. I call the next steps the “Transfer Method”: Use tracing paper to copy your original drawing. Use pencil. Repeat the process after turning the paper over. The key is to lay down graphite on both sides. Place the tracing paper on your final piece to be inked and traced one more time to transfer the drawing permanently. I finished this method by inking over the pencil with a .005 Fine Point Black Micron pen.

I used the Tim Holtz Field Notes Stamp set but only applied the second generations so to enhance the distressed, age look even more. Altenew’s Crimson Ink was the perfect color for this theme. Nuvo Crystal Drops were added for the copper nailhead illusion. I finished everything by pulling the pieces together using cut foam sheets measuring 3×8 and foam tape under the rose for dimensional effect. In the end, I really love how this science themed, botanical rose card turned out.