Altenew Educators Blog Hop + Giveaway

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Welcome to Altenew Educators Blog Hop! As Altenew-Certified Educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE (techniques, styles, Altenew supplies…)!

If you’ve been following along, you’ve just arrived from Teri Wilson’s blog. (If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog. Click on the blue link above.)

My name is Patty and today I am taking part in the Altenew Educator Blog Hop. This is my first blog hop ever, so I am very excited! Thank you for stopping by.

I was part of the first group of AECP participants accepted in fall 2017. I really enjoyed being a part of the AECP, it gave me the accountability to practice the techniques that I learned in the videos, and the discipline to finish my cards and complete each Level. Virginia Lu was always so encouraging … and I really needed it…. because I would either over think or under question, which left me two – timing my “Challenges” (yes, doing them twice, except the last one…I learned). 🙂 It was a great experience, and my advice to any of you in the process is to take your time and enjoy it. Don’t worry about what any one else is doing or how fast they are going, enjoy YOUR journey and discover some techniques that you really like and a style that expresses who you are. That’s what makes the process so rewarding.

When I started the program I was so intimidated by the technology side of it, wanting my pictures to look nice, then uploading them….what’s Flickr?! Start a blog, hmmm, I’m not sure I’m ready for that…every thing seemed like it was going to be so hard and daunting to get right, but when you take things one step at a time and ask some questions, it really is pretty easy. I found Virginia was such a HUGE help (and still is), and now we have the wonderful Face Book page we can ask each other questions and help each other along. It’s great! Take advantage of it. I actually started my blog without asking my 2 very capable daughters to hold my hand all the way through it. 🙂 That’s a miracle itself.

The card I am sharing with you today uses the Dandelion Wishes Stamp and Die Set and it has had seven versions as I prepared for the blog hop. That may sound like a little much 🙂 (because it is) but I wanted to play with the stamp set and see what I could do to make it look like the dandelion wisps were light, fluffy and flying through the air. I hope to have captured it in my card today. At this point you might think that “my favorite” thing is to do something over and over again, but it’s not. 🙂 My favorite stamps are Dandelion Wishes and Freeform Greenery because I get excited to make something that has movement, as though the wind just blew. My favorite sentiment didn’t make it on my card today, but it did on one of the six trials…it is “just breathe” from the Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set. Here’s my card. I hope you like it.

The dandelion heads are made of heat embossed vellum with a plain white die cut of the dandelion head underneath it.

How I made it: I started my background with a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece of Neenah Solar White Classic Crest card stock, dry embossed with the Altenew Warp Speed stencil. I cut this piece down to 5.25″ x 4″ and rubbed the four sides of the card stock with embossing ink and heat embossed with Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder.

I stamped 2 full-head dandelions and 3 half-head dandelions with Altenew Evening Gray ink on Vellum and heat embossed them with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped the seeds in Lava Rock ink and heat embossed with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I also stamped, on Vellum, a number of the dandelion wisps (with Evening Gray ink) and heat set them with Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder. I stamped 5 stems using Altenew Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades and Evergreen inks.

I die cut the vellum dandelions and wisps, along with 2 full-head and 3 half-head dandelions, and the stems, out of #80 Neenah Solar White card stock.

This image reveals the shine that the Crystal Clear and Translucent Pearl Embossing Powders give to the Dandelions.

To prepare the dandelions I sprayed a bit of spray adhesive into an empty cardboard box and dipped the centers of the dandelion heads into the spray adhesive (it was a little wet) then attached them to the plain white die cuts of the same size. I did this for all five dandelion heads.

To assemble the card I used an adhesive roller to tack the stems to the dandelion heads. I then arranged the dandelions until I liked how they looked on the embossed background. I used small foam squares to glue the dandelions in place and trimmed the stems. I then sprayed some spray adhesive into a box, dipped the Dandelion wisps into the spray adhesive (it is wet) then adhered the Vellum dandelion wisps around the card as though they were being blown off of the dandelion heads.

Heat embossing on vellum makes these Dandelions appear soft and light.

To make the sentiment I used deep green card stock and heat embossed with Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder. I adhered the sentiment with foam tape. I adhered the card front to the card base with a layer of craft foam in between.

Make a wish and believe it will come true!

Supplies: The supplies I used were Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Vellum, Altenew Crisp Dye inks: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Evergreen, Evening Gray, Lava Rock; Versamark ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Translucent Pearl Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Craft foam, E600 Spray Adhesive, foam adhesive and flat sequins.

Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificates to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.

To leave a comment on my post please go back to the top of my page and see the left hand column for Comments.

Continue following the blog hop by clicking on Nenette‘s link below:

Altenew Card Blog
Nancy McClelland
Kelli Cool
Michelle Ochoa Murray
Terri Koszler
Maryam Sharara (Maryam Crafter)
Amber Rain Davis
Irina Fonina
Francine Dodwell (no FB)
Teri Wilson Teri Wils
Patty Mello
Nenette S. Madero Nenette Samson Madero
Nicole Picadura

Author: Patty

Welcome and Hi there! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. To give you a little background about myself, I am a Christian, have been married for 33 years to my wonderful husband and I have two beautiful, adult, married daughters who are dear to me. I love to craft and find it relaxing, challenging, and a way to express a deep desire to create and make things with my hands. In the past my greatest joys in creating came from cross-stitching and sewing (I was a design major in college). But now I find it in paper-crafting, more specifically in card making. My other passions are bike riding, weight training, chocolate, and ice cream.

96 thoughts on “Altenew Educators Blog Hop + Giveaway”

  1. So proud of you and your achievement, Patty! All of your posts show so much growth and today’s post is especially amazing! Your dandelions are so dreamy! Love love the embossing details! Thank you for joining the Altenew Educators Blog Hop today!

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  2. I love you card, and I truly appreciate how open you are about technology getting in the way of creating! I get so stressed over how to take the perfect picture or whether something will show up true to color, that I overwhelm myself and take the fun out of it.

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  3. How stunning!! Your dandelions are spectacular. You have mastered these embossing techniques perfectly. The details are so meticulous. Fabulous!!

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  4. Your card is gorgeous! I love all the sparkle and the soft colors and the detail are beautiful! You created this card in such a way that I can sense the movement of the dandelions blowing in the wind! Fabulous! Congratulations on your first blog hop!

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  5. Congrats on achieving your Altenew Educator certificate! Gorgeous card! Love the soft colors and beautiful design. You definitely captured the wispy nature of the dandelion head AND your card has a love of movement.

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  6. Patty this is gorgeous! I love the background (I love dry embossing, I think its a best kept secret), and accenting it with embossing on the edges.. perfect. Beautiful. Congrats on your certification achievement!

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  7. Oh my goodness, just one of a kind! You’re card is outstanding! 👏🏼🙌🏼 Beautiful and artistic details, makes me want to blow the beautiful dandelions 🙂

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  8. Fantastic card design and techniques. I love the dimension you got on your dandelion wish stems. Simply gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  9. I have been hoping to see someone use the dandelion set! I think the design with the little fluff bits is adorable but you took this to such an elegant high! The vellum was so clever!

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  10. This is a stunning card! The Pearl embossing powder makes a beautiful frame and really gives a nice done to everything. Your dandelions are lovely. It’s too bad they don’t look like that in real life. I wouldn’t mind my yard being over run with them then lol. Lovely card!

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  11. The dandelions look so realistic. I’m afraid I’m going
    to get the “wisps” off the card and into my yard.
    When I’m designing a card for my stampin’ class, I
    often have 4 or more versions before I am satisfied
    and go with the card. That’s the creative process
    and something we need to go with. thanks for
    sharing a fantastic card. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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