Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AECP - Masking Unleashed

Masking can be so rewarding in my opinion.  There is just something about stamping several images and removing the mask that reveals your masterpiece.

I started this project by stamping leaf images on watercolor paper.  

Next step is to mask the images, I will use Molotow Art Masking Liquid.  
I this pen type of masking for it's detail and color.

I tape the paper to a board and wait for the masking fuild to dry.  
I selected Distress Oxide Re-inkers to colorize my background

First layer is with iced spruce, fossilized amber, and peeled paint.  I painted it on the background using quite a bit of water.  I did use a heat gun to move things along before adding another layer.

Selecting worn lipstick and wild honey, I put on the second layer.  
I love the soft effect you get with Oxides and sometimes I just have to stop myself from adding additional layers.

My final step was to splatter some black Distress Stain for accent.

Now it's time for the reveal......

I use a rubber cement eraser and carefully remove the masking fluid from the leaves.

It's looking very cool

I selected the part of the panel I wanted to use on my card front and cut it to size.
Layering with black really 'pops' the colors.

The sentiment was embossed using a fun leaf green powder from Zing.  
I added twine and black nail heads for finishing touches.

Thanks for joining me today.



AECP - Magical Marker Techniques

Starting this set of lessons I was excited to see what 'Magical Markers' was all about.

First off, Sara Naumann is amazing and offered so many techniques.  I would definitely recommend this Altenew class to everyone.

I have worked with Copic Markers for many years and have recently added the Altenew Artist Markers to my collection.  I have used my alcohol markers and re-inkers in many non-conventional ways, but this was a good reminder of techniques I'm familiar with and many new techniques.

I decided that I really wanted the markers to be the focus of this challenge so I started by making my own background paper for the base of the card front.  
Looking through the stencils in my collection, I picked

I started by coloring a piece of paper with 3 Artist Markers

I finished coloring the panel and then taped my stencil on top

Using a scrap of terry towel, I soaked it with basic rubbing alcohol and dabbed/ pressed it all over the stencil. You will watch the pattern develop as you press and lift.  I did this all over the the panel.

This is my finished panel
note - I used a heat tool to speed the drying time and you will continue to see the pattern develop until dry

I just wanted to show you how cool the backside looks!

I wanted to custom color some ribbon for my project, so all you do is take white or cream ribbon and drag your marker over it.  Easy Peasy

I tied a bow and them scrunched the ribbon to give it a shabby chic look

Did you know you can also color gems with you markers?  Well here you go, custom colored ribbon and embellishments for your projects.

I added a sentiment, stamped leaves, sequins with the colored pearls and  edged the sentiment strip with the side of my marker to tie everything together.

I hope all the pictures helped you understand the techniques for this card.

Supplies are listed below.



Altenew Stone Wall Stencil
Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp and Die - Leaves
Altenew Sincere Greetings-Sentiment
Altenew Inks-Bamboo,Parrot,Olive
Altenew Artist Markers - Peach Perfect,Frosty Pink,Cotton Candy

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

AECP - Impressive Heat Embossing

Heat Embossing, well what can I say except

Isn't it fun when you add that powder to the sticky ink, apply the heat and 
the image comes to life.  

For this challenge I decided to practice my Layered Heat Embossing.

 I started by stamping a complete A2 card panel with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, then used clear embossing powder.  

Now the fun begins....
Selectively I embossed diamonds onto the panel.  

Using Versamark clear ink and 3 Altenew embossing powders.

Antique Silver

Rose Gold

You will notice that I did leave some areas plain for interest.
This did take awhile to complete because you need to heat embossing each time you ink an area. 
Tip: don't forget your powder tool, I used mine each time I inked and area.

After completing the the panel I stamp the Altenew Halftone Heart on Vellum.  Using Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then clear embossing powder.  I did a little fussy cutting since I don't have a heart die that matches the size.  
The sentiment also is from the Halftone Heart stamp set.

The finishing touch is 24 black gems!

Thanks for stopping by today.




Altenew Pattern Play - Diamond Stamp
Altenew Halftone Heart Stamp
Altenew Embossing Powders - Antique Silver, Rose Gold, Copper
Versamark Ink
Versafine Black Onyx Ink
Clear Embossing Powder

AECP- Color Your Day

Today I want to share a post that was Inspired by Color.  
Looking at color I always reflect back to the three primary colors of 
Red, Yellow and Blue.

Having a color wheel for reference is a must for me.  It's a quick reference for color ideas and making a plan.  So it should come as no surprise that I have chosen The Color Wheel and Primary Colors as my inspiration.

I knew that I want to keep my card simple, but I also wanted to feature the three colors.
I started by stamping the images from Altenew Painted Butterflies
Stamping the butterflies using Altenew Rouge, Crimson, Citrus, Maple, Caribbean Sky, Persian Blue
I have a fabulous 6 X 6 paper pad from Ken Oliver that looks just like you made the background using Colorburst.  I decided that it would be the perfect backdrop, but first I needed to cut a panel using Altenew Layered Plaid Cover Die A.

I layered the butterflies using pop-dots, added a little Clear Wink of Stella and a pretty black gem.
The sentiment is also from the Painted Butterflies set.

Once again, Thanks for visiting my blog.




Altenew Painted Butterflies Bundle
Altenew Layered Plaid Cover Die A
Altenew Inks
Ken Oliver 6 X 6 paper pad

Sunday, February 25, 2018

AECP-Beautiful Details

I have learned over the years that details can definitely make a project. 
My card today features just that, details.  While going through all the classes that Marika taught, I was first in awe of her talent and second, she offered so many suggestions to add touches that really make a difference.

I chose to add details to my petals and leaves using Prismacolor Premier Pencils.  I first started by stamping the flower in Morning Frost and Soft Lilac.

After stamping I used colored pencils to add details.



I used 2 different sized flowers and stacked two layers on the card front. 
Marika challenges you to try something new and one of her suggestions was to outline your image with an artistic line.  Now I must admit that my lines are much more of a traced outline style but I felt this petal needed that.   
I wanted to add some ink splatters to the background, so I used Altenew Frayed Leaf Ink Spray plus, Distress Spray Stain in Hickory Smoke and Black Soot.

Just a  simple sentiment for the finishing touch.

This was a fun challenge and I will continue to practice this with my colored images.



Saturday, February 24, 2018

AECP - Polychromatic Colors

Starting this challenge I was thinking that there were so many directions I could go.
No-line color
Pops of color

So many choices, but in the end I looked around at some items that were laying on my work table and found exactly what I needed to start.

I choose White with pops of color.
Red, Aqua and Gray

I had a white panel that was already cut from

 I wanted to add color to the backside of the cover die so I decided to cut multiple pieces of color paper to glue to the back

finished back side
front side

Now for the rest of the card front I decided the Altenew Dahlia Blossoms stamp set would be a good selection to give the flower effect I was trying to achieve.
I started by stamping, what I would call the third step stamp with black ink and embossing with clear embossing powder.  Then I stamped the full image stamp over the previous stamped flower, using 

I stamped several images of both flower sizes and since I don't have the dies for this stamp set I used my Scan-n-Cut.

Sentiment is from Altenew Build-A-Flower: Carnation 

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great weekend.



Altenew Cube Cove Die
Altenew Dahlia Blossoms Stamp set
Altenew Build-A-Flower: Carnation
Altenew Aqualicious Ink
Black Versafine Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Brother Scan-n-cut