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For The Guys

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Finally, a masculine card! I'm always into floral stamps, but a masculine themed card would be fun with some mixed media products. The card above that I made was inspired by the talented Jennifer Rzasa from Altenew's design team. To begin with, I placed the Ombre Striped stencil on top of the black heavyweight cardstock and with my palette knife, I applied the white embossing paste on top. I wanted to achieve a rugged look, so I did not smooth all the paste out. Before the paste set, I sprinkled a generous amount of Diamond Dust on top; any that didn't stick after I was able to tap it out and put it back in the jar. I considered using glitter, but the Diamond Dust fits my theme more. It gives out a sharp shine at different angles. While waiting for it to dry, I worked on my globe and sentiment. They are both from the Altenew Big World stamp and die bundle. I cut the stand and the word world out of the black glitter foam sheet. For the globe, I stamped out six

Die Cutting Techniques

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Die Cutting Techniques Does it ever seem to you like your negative die-cuts are too beautiful to throw away? As a result, that's how the two cards above came to be. I'm usually creating two cards at once since all my products are already out on the table. Also, this way I'll have something to compare it to. Surprisingly sometimes the leftover one takes the prize lol :)  First, I blended the ombre green background with Altenew's Crisp Dye Ink in Firefly, Forest Glades and Moss. The colour combos of these mini ink cubes are fantastic. They give the perfect colour combination every time. I added a layer of parchment paper between the Leaf Frame Cover Die and my cardstock to help release the die-cut shape from the die. The negative pieces were so beautiful that I decided to make another project side by side. I wanted to create a monochromatic card, so I tried out my new Sweet Spring Stencil. The image and colour are perfect for the sentiment. F

Stencil Techniques

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Welcome back, Today I am sharing my newest card, which required a little bit of mess! The ink was applied directly on to my Buffalo Plaid stencil which I then spritzed with water. I then flipped it over to my watercolour cardstock to create the patterned background. I then used mirror cardstock to cut out the Framed Congrats Die. The centrepiece is a Fine Bouquet Die, in this step it felt like me and my craft tweezers playing jigsaw. I chose black for the outline of the flower to give the card some depth. I love how the white flower is standing out from the busy background. Following up from my first post, I recently looked up the meaning of the colour pink. Interestingly, pink has a strong psychological impact on us and is a sign of hope. It is a positive colour, inspiring warm and comforting feelings, a sense that everything will be okay. It is a symbol of friendship and affection. Now I understand why that pink moves me so much lately; perhaps subconsciously I am hop

All about layering 2

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For this card, I used the Antique Roses Stamp and die set from Altenew. The rose is stamped in the Summer Afternoon ink set, and the leaves are in Firefly, Forest Glades and Moss. I created a rainbow background with an ombre effect, and it was dazzling. But for the rose to stand out, I added the Candy Cane Stripe cover die in between it. Lastly, I heat set the Bloom and Grow sentiment in gold on top of a vellum strip. It's a great trick when you're not able to stamp on the panel. I chose this sentiment as the word amazing describes the feeling I look at it. Happy crafting everyone. I would like to enter: https://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/2020/05/251-anything-goes-sentiment.html

And so the adventure begins

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Hi all, My name is Teresa, and I live in Australia. I enjoy crafts - especially cardmaking and inking. I find beauty in colour combinations and inks. Recently, I have joined the Altenew Educators Programme, which has inspired me to open this blog and share my creations. I am quite a shy person and find such joy in creating cards and crafting. Lately, I've researched a lot about blogging: and as I am new to this, I hope that you will find my content useful and entertaining. I'm sure my currently fundamental photography skills will improve with time, so bear with me. Up to now, I've found this new journey to be enjoyable but also challenging and hope that, eventually, it will work out well. It is gratifying to share my creativity with other crafters and learn new techniques through this programme. I have found Altenew's online classes to be very helpful, and I've learnt many new skills, including how to use my materials better. I'm delighted I now have somet