Hello All! Today I have a collection of ten cards that I made for my church. Every card starts out the same way, with a background stamped using the Altenew Leaf Clusters Stamp Set and Altenew Inks, but then the fun begins…because every card is finished in a different way. Some are simple and some have more details but each one is beautiful and will be a welcome sight to someone who needs an encouraging word.
Base Supplies in all the cards: Altenew Leaf Clusters Stamp Set, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Morning Frost, Firefly, Shadow Creek, Grass Field, and Jet Black.
All other supplies: Altenew Thinking of You Stamp Set, Altenew Fine Frames Cover Die, Altenew Pinstripe Stamp, Altenew Halftone Squares Die, Altenew Wishing You Stamp, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Altenew Layered Medallion Cover Die A, Rubbernecker Stamps With Deepest Sympathy, Simon Says Stamp Wonky Rectangle Die, Craft Foam, Foam Tape, Black Card Stock, Versamark Ink, Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop Die, Sizzix Stitched Rectangle Die, clear flat sequins, and clear sequins.
Below is a list of the products I used in my card today. I am still new at all of this so bare with me. 🙂 Click on the links to go directly to the product. Where available, I use compensated affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase, receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for your support!
Welcome to Treasures In Letters! My name is Patty and I am so glad you stopped by for the Altenew Educator “Love & Friendship” Blog Hop + Giveaway. I hope you are having a great summer filled with fun, family and friends. If you have been following along, you have just arrived from Francine Dodwell. (If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Altenew Card Blog …see link above).
The theme for this blog hop is Love & Friendship and I am excited to share that it has been the Altenew Educator Certificate Program that has created a new friendship between Amy Hill and myself. Amy reached out to me after completing the AECP program in March 2019. It turns out that we live only 2 miles away from each other. She has become a true crafting friend. We have traveled to a craft show, spent a few Saturday mornings stamping and encouraging each other, and she’s even come over to my house to help me take photos of my cards for this blog. We look forward to teaching some classes this fall and traveling to the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in September. 🙂
Before I show you my cards I want to encourage those of you who are thinking about applying for the Altenew Educator Certificate Program to give it a try. It is an opportunity to focus on your card making skills, learn new techniques and practice them at your own pace and in your own home. There is no pressure at all to finish each level in a certain amount of time. You get out of it what you put into it. What I liked about it was that it made me accountable to myself. Let’s face it, the more you work at something, the better you get at it. Before I entered the AECP I did not make as many cards as I do now, so improvement was slow. The classes you take are yours forever so you can go back to them for inspiration and skill building whenever you want. I encourage any of you who are thinking about applying for the program, but maybe don’t see yourself teaching afterward, to do it because you want to grow in your skills … and make some new friends. I guarantee you will do both. And who knows, you just may find yourself teaching someone else how to make cards. 🙂
And here’s a perfect opportunity for you to give it a try: to celebrate the AECP blog hop and encourage people to join in the AECP program, Altenew will discount the following bundles by 20% from 7/19/2019 to 7/21/2019.
As many of you know, Altenew’s name was created by juxta-positioning the German word for old, which is Alt, and the English word new, to make up the name, Altenew. I kept this in mind while working on my cards and chose to use a few of my older supplies to make 4 new cards. I had a lot of fun playing around with different techniques and found that the more cards I made, the more ideas I had. And I loved the fact that I was taking supplies that I already owned and trying out new ways of using them. For any of you who follow my blog, you know that this has been my personal theme for this year….use your stash!!
So here is a group shot of the cards I have for you today. I hope you like them and that they inspire you to use some of the stamps and supplies you already own; and maybe inspire you to send a special friend a handmade card.
All the cards will have the Ditsy Print Stamp Set, the Layered Plaid Cover Die-A, the Geo Frames Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Permanent Black Ink, and Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing powder. I have active links to each of these supplies below.
How I made them: Every card started out by stamping a Geo Frame rectangle onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 card stock (or craft colored card stock) then stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. I then used the matching die to cut them out. The next step was to use a paint brush to paint on a liquid mask over the stamped frame images. Once the mask was dry I stamped the Ditsy Print image onto the rectangle allowing it to go outside the edges, when necessary, then turning the image top to bottom and stamping the image again (so that the whole rectangle had flowers on it)… but not allowing the images to overlap. Then I layered the stamped images with the ink combinations that I liked. Once all the ink had dried, I rubbed off the mask using my finger or an adhesive eraser. In all the cards I used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add dots to the Geo frame stamped images.
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Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Rubellite; Altenew Antique Gold Pigment Ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Versamark Ink, Matte Gold Card Stock, Altenew Spring Shower Cover Die, Altenew Artist Markers: Forest Glades, Evergreen, Frayed Leaf, Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Brutus Monroe Raven Embossing Powder, Fuschia Card Stock, Clear Sequins, Sakura Gold Gelly Roll pen. How I Made It: To heat emboss the Plaid Cover die, I stamped Altenew Antique Gold pigment ink over the plaid cover die then sprinkled with crystal clear embossing powder and heat set. For a second coat I used Versamark ink to stamp the die cut and then added more clear embossing powder. The leaf pieces from the Spring Shower Cover Die were colored using Altenew Artist Markers. The sentiment was stamped with Versamark and heat set with Brutus Monroe Raven embossing powder. The fuschia card stock rectangle frame was made using nesting rectangle dies (vendor of choice) and stacking 3-4 together.
For instructions on how to make the gatefold card, please see Jennifer McGuire’s June 13, 2019 YouTube post. I have an active link to her post under the picture above.
Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Iceberg, Eastern Sky, Ultramarine; Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp Set, foam tape, Blue Card Stock, small Clear Sequins, Black Sakura Gelly Roll pen. How I Made It: In this card I die cut the Layered Plaid Cover Die A out of craft foam, inked it up (the craft foam) and stamped it onto the front of my gate-fold card. I then used the black copic multi-liner to follow the plaid pattern. To keep me from drawing lines that went past the plaid stripes, I used masking paper all around the edges of card front so that my multi-liner lines would not have blobs at the beginning and ends. (I hope that makes sense.) The blue card stock rectangle frame was made using nesting rectangle dies (vendor of choice) and stacking 3-4 together.
Other supplies used in this card: Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Chamomile, Snapdragon, Marigold; Craft Card Stock, Foam Tape, Altenew Leaf Canopy Stamp Set, Black Card Stock, White Sakura Gelly Roll pen. How I made it: This card features a dry embossed Layered Plaid Cover Die (follow the directions on your die cutting machine to dry emboss.) After the card face had been dry embossed and multi-lined, I then splattered the card with the inks I used to layer the Ditsy Print. (Do this BEFORE adding the Geo stamped frame to the card.)
How to make it: Stamp the “Kindness tile” with Altenew Enchanted Gold Pigment ink. Heat emboss with Brutus Monroe Icicles embossing powder. Stamp in pattern using the various colors listed above. Before adding Nuvo drops and gelly roll pen, RE-STAMP the Kindness Tile with gold pigment ink, heat emboss with Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. Add gold gelly roll pen accents and Nuvo drops. Cut the word “friend” from purple card stock and its shadow from gold glitter card stock. Stamp sentiment on white card stock and mount onto purple card stock strip.
Altenew Dearest Friend Stamp and Spring Shower Cover Die
Wouldn’t you agree, that we can never have too many good friends. They become an extension of our family and are there for us in the good times and bad. Today’s card honors special friendships. I had a very dear friend in mind as I created this card.
I want to thank you for stopping by my blog here at Treasures In Letters. I appreciate that your time is precious and that you would spend some of it here, is a real blessing to me. I hope you like today’s card.
I made the background of this card quite awhile ago when I first received my Gina K Wreath Builder Stencil. I think I’ve got all the ink colors that I used to make the flowers in the supplies section below. Isn’t the scripty “thank you” perfect for the card?!
Supplies: The Stamp Market: Handwritten Thanks Stamp, Versafine Clair Fantasia Ink, Versamark ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder (3 layers), Gina K Wreath Builder Stencil, Altenew Vintage Rose Stamp, Altenew Inks: Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris, Sea Breeze, Turquoise, Tide Blue, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Pink Diamond, Pinkalicious, Razzleberry; Nuvo Crystal Drops: Dandelion Yellow, Caribbean Ocean; Nuvo Glitter Drops Sherbert Shimmer, Studio G Glitter Glue (VG0021), Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110.
Hi there and welcome back to Treasures in Letters! Today’s card is another that I am entering in Virginia Lu’s Show & Share (May 2019). She was my mentor in the Altenew Educator Certificate Program and she continues to be a wonderful encourager and inspiration to me. 🙂
As you will notice, I have used the same stamp set as my earlier blog post only this time, I used various different colors rather than different shades of the same color. I hope you like it.
Supplies: Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout Stamp Set, Altenew Pinstripe Stamp, Altenew inks: Warm Sunshine, Pink Pearl, Just Green, Rocky Shore, Permanent Black, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Black card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 card stock, Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp, Copic Multilier .3, Gina K Designs Theresa Momber Vertical Greetings and Things, Recollections Adhesive Pearls, Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, Versamark ink.
How I made it: I followed Concord & 9th procedures for turnabout stamps and chose a different color for each turn of the stamp (see colors above). I then outlined all the larger images with a black copic multiliner pen. I then went around and highlighted the leaf images with a white gel pen. I white heat embossed my sentiment with Altenew’s Pure White embossing powder and mounted it on a piece of card stock that I had previously stamped with Altenew’s pinstripe stamp. I stamped a small coordinating sentiment on the bottom of my card and embellished the card with adhesive pearls and thin strips of (scrap) black card stock.
Good morning and Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all!!
Today’s card features Concord & 9th’s Wreath Turnabout Stamp and Altenew’s Garden Treasure Stamp Set. I’ve entered this card in Virginia Lu’s Show & Share May 2019; I hope you like it.
It is so easy to create using a turnabout stamp. Take a look.
Supplies: Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout Stamp, Altenew inks: Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, Just Green, Hunter Green, and their new Obsidian Pigment Ink (just gorgeous), Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp & Die Set, Copic Multiliner .3, Black card stock, craft foam, Fiskar’s scoring tool and pad, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, Versamark ink, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 card stock.
How I made it: Following Concord & 9th’s turnabout stamp instructions, I stamped my wreath image using the 4 different Altenew inks (shades of green). Though it is imperceptible from the photos, on the large inner leaves and some of the outer leaves, I used a Fiskar’s scoring tool and traced around the leaves in order to add some depth to the stamped image. This is visible when you see the card in person. I also used a Copic black Multiliner to trace around the larger leaves (see photos). Using Altenew’s Obsidian pigment ink and the small flower from their Garden Treasure Stamp set, I stamped the flowers on vellum and heat embossed using Altenew’s Crystal Clear embossing powder. I popped the flowers up using some clear double-sided tape. My sentiment was stamped on black card stock using Versamark ink and Altenew’s Pure White embossing powder. My card front was framed with black card stock and then mounted on my card base 4.25 x 4.25 Neenah Solar White #110 card stock. I embellished the card using Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones.
Today’s entry is from the “stash” that I accumulated while working on my Altenew Educator Certificate. Many times I’d work on something and then get caught up in seeing the imperfections rather than the overall beauty in the project. As I use my “stash,” I am trying to be less critical and more appreciative…enjoying the challenge of bringing out the best rather than dwelling on imperfection.
The secret of this technique is that you use Versamark ink and clear embossing powder on the colored card stock, then, on the white card stock, you use an ink color to match the colored card stock, then clear heat emboss over the colored ink.
Supplies: Altenew Bamboo Rose Stamp Set, Altenew Inks: Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Cave, Galactic Stream, Ranger “Greetings” Stamp Set, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Prismacolor Pencils: Aquamarine (PC905), Light Green (PC920), Cobalt Turquoise (PC105), Versamark Ink, Teal Cardstock, Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #80, #110 cardstock, Craft Foam, Neat & Tangled Sequins, a rectangle frame die of your choice.
How to make it: Using a stamping tool such as a Misti (My Sweet Petunia), place your white card stock (4.25″x5.5″) into the Misti and arrange your floral stamps around the top and one side so that when you turn your card stock the pattern will repeat and connect edge to edge. (I hope that made sense.) Stamp using the Galactic Stream ink. Repeat if necessary. Clean stamp and let the white card stock dry. Take turquoise card stock and place in Misti. Use an anti-static powder tool on the card stock to prepare it for heat embossing. Using Versamark Ink stamp the floral arrangement onto the colored card stock. Emboss with clear embossing powder. Turn card stock and repeat so that the floral pattern goes all the way around the card stock.
Put the white card stock back into the Misti, prep it with an anti-static powder tool. Using Versamark Ink re-stamp the white card stock and clear heat emboss (you are doing this over your first stamping with the colored ink).
Using a rectangle frame die, cut a frame out of both the floral card stock pieces. Placing the white card stock back into the Misti, center your sentiment. As you ink up the sentiment, start with the lightest color ink and move from lightest to darkest on your stamp. Repeat this process, if necessary, to deepen the color. This should give you an ombre affect for your sentiment. Adhere the card front to a card base of #110 Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest card stock. Embellish with sequins.
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a great day…and remember, don’t focus on the imperfections…look for the beauty. 🙂
How to make it: Take a piece of Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #80 cardstock and stamp, in black ink, the Altenew Pinstripe Stamp. On another piece of #80 white cardstock trace a circle in the center of the card. Use the outline to stamp flowers around. Use masking paper in places where you want to stamp close to/over a flower next to it. Stamp some leaf branches, using making paper as needed. Using the nesting circle dies, cut out the circle (you traced) leaving the flowers to look as though they are a wreath. Trim card down to 4″x5.25″. Using the card front, position Love & Hugs stamp in center of a 4.25″x5.5″ (Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #110) card base; stamp in Versafine Onyx black ink and heat emboss with Altenew crystal clear embossing powder. Cut 2 half-inch strips off the pinstripe card you stamped. (Save the remainder of the card for another project.) Place 1 strip of the pinstripe on each side of the card base (made of #110 Neenah Solar White cardstock) then adhere the card front onto card base.
My card today was inspired by Kelly Latevola, a designer at Neat & Tangled (April 29, 2019 post at Neat & Tangled). She added to the original floral heart with other small floral stamps. The idea was great so I tried it for myself…and I just love how it came out. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there….and to the future mom’s of this world!!
Supplies: Neat & Tangled Floral Heart, Honey Bee Stamps Country Wreath, Ultimate Crafts Ooh La La Collection, Purple card stock, green card stock, Pretty Pink Posh flat, clear sequins, Brutus Monroe Alcohol Markers: 672, 652, Copic Markers: G02, G09, G19, YG09, YG17, Y19, Y38, R35, E23, E33, E15, B02, RV13, RV02, RV04, BG15, BG1, V09, V06, V04; Gina K Amalgum ink, Altenew Simple Alpha Dies, and Ranger Glossy Accents.
How I Made It: I started by stamping the floral heart onto Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest, #80 card stock and then making a mask of the floral wreath and putting it in place. I added extra flowers, pine cones and leaf branches to the floral wreath. I then colored the wreath with copic and other alcohol markers. I cut out the word, mom, from black card stock using Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies. After gluing the sentiment in place, I embellished the letters with Ranger glossy accents. I then layered the card front with a layer of purple card stock followed by a piece of green card stock. I then mounted the card front to a card base made with Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest, #110 card stock and embellished it with some clear, flat sequins.
I really love how this card came out. I hope you enjoyed it too.