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Colour Your Day

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Hi there, today I'm trying out something new. My instructor Therese Calvird encouraged us to try out a colour challenge. Altenew's July 2020 colour challenge inspired me, so I created this card not only for my homework but also a chance to join the exciting challenge of the month. I learnt in class to try and keep it simple and only add neutral colours. I'm glad that I did because although it does seem like many patterns are going on, my card still had room to breathe. I first started to grid out my card with washi tape then stamped the Checkerboard in Rouge on the top part of the panel, then I blended Mocha ink on the bottom half and added a strip of the Bouquet Die on top.  The wreath is a little tricky as I do not have any that are the right size, so I decided to make my own wreath. To do this, I stamped out many leaves from the Sunflower Daisy Stamp, and I cut it out with it's coordinating die. I cut out a circle freehand drawn to the right size the

Polychromatic

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Greetings my friends, today I'm sharing a card that's a little out of my comfort zone. No florals, leaves or stamp layering. Part of my homework for this class is to create a monochromatic card, and that was what I had in mind when I started stamping. I'm a coffee lover, and this stamp seems to be speaking to me... "see what you can create with me". I learnt from the class that I should test out my Copic markers onto my cardstocks because they have a tendency to bleed. I did this and thought I could get away with it without using my watercolour cardstock. As you can see, it's only a small image to colour in. I started to measure my card front in a 5 x 5 cm square, enough for my stamp and sentiment. I stamped the image and sentiment in different shades of brown, so it didn't look too uniform. I then masked the cups and sponged the lightest ink (Sand Dunes) through a stencil. I hand-drew in the gold lines for the squares. As for the cup, I colour

Beautiful Details

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Welcome back! What you see above is an art journal page. I started with a plan to create a card with my new stamp and markers from Altenew, but after many many hours of colouring, I couldn't bear to cut up the image. All the details were so beautiful that no matter which way I tried to cut it into an A2 card, I know I couldn't throw the leftovers out. So I ended up turning it into this, I hope this would be accepted as my project.  Marika Rahtu taught this class; she encouraged us to use our markers for detailed colouring. She also instructed us to keep it all warm or cool colours; that way it would be a consistent and harmonious colour combination. Luckily for me, with this set of markers, all the colours are already in the right combination. First, I stamped my image using my Misti; then I coloured it in petal by petal going back and forth many times so it would blend in. Then I placed a stencil on top and coloured it in with markers from the same set. I was a

Creative Watercolour Media

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Hi there, I'm back again with a watercolour card this time. After watching the Creative Watercolour Media Lesson 6 that was taught by Laura Bassen, it made me want to jump straight into my next project. I don't have any re-inkers, but my Altenew Watercolour Brush Markers worked out just fine.  First, I rubbed down my watercolour paper with my anti-static bag as I was going to stamp and emboss the whole page. After embossing, I spritzed the whole page with water, then used the water brush markers to drop colours directly onto the paper. This wet on wet technique is fun, the colours move on their own, and where it is embossed the watercolour would pool up and not spread. I went back in with a clean water brush to move some paint around so there wouldn't be any harsh lines. I left it to air dry then I added a perfect sentiment for this project. To add a shiny touch with the look-alike of morning frost, I squeezed paint out of my White Wink Of Stella Pen then using

With A Twist

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Hello crafty friends, does my heading today seems a little strange? Let me explain. It's the name of the class I just took from Altenew. My instructor Therese Calvrid encouraged me to change the way my products were intended to be used so I created the card above using my stamps and dies in a different way than usual.  First I heat embossed the outline stamp then I applied the technique from the class Tone on Tone Stamping. The gorgeous die in the middle is Altenew's Dog Rose Panel die A, I also have the panel B, and this set is a layering die set. As you can see, I only used the panel A die for this card and cut it repeatedly to inlay the coloured paper inside for the flowers and leaves to stand out.  I laid the die pieces on a double-sided adhesive and with any of the remaining open space left, I poured iridescent glitter on top, as it would stick to any exposed adhesive. I used my fingers to rub and press the glitter down so that it would hold well. By using th

In The Mood For Colour

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Hi there, I'm excited to share with you my process in creating the card above. After watching In The Mood For Colour class from Altenew, I was inspired to create a card with a colour that has the ability to influence our moods. I chose the colour purple for my theme, and with the help of the beautiful Golden Strokes washi tape from Altenew, I was able to create a card that brings out what I wanted to achieve. A sense of wealth, royalty and luxury. I received this Painted Bloom stamp set as a gift from Altenew, and it's pretty simple in real life, but with the right choice of combination colours and arrangement, it can be the star of the show. First, I stamped the flowers and leaves then fuzzy cut them all. Then I added washi tape alongside my card front. I wanted the flowers to overlap, so I arranged a shape like a pomander flower ball. I adhered the middle flower with foam tape so it would pop against the rest. I also wanted the flowers to shine, so I added a lit

Beyond Basic Backgrounds

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Hi everyone, I'm so happy to continue on my journey to the next level. The card above is all about ink blending and creating an ombre background. First, I blended the background in 3 distress colours on to the watercolour card front, then used a Misti to stamp my image. Instead of applying ink, I lightly spritzed the stamp with water and stamped the image on to the inked background. When water is applied on top of distress ink, it lifts the colour; this technique is called water bleaching. I repeated this step a few times until there was a clear image of the lifted ink. Next, I added a strip of a gold embossed sentiment and washi tape alongside. I learnt from my class that simple styling works well on an ombre background, so I kept it at a minimal and attention can be focussed on the bleached technique. This stamp image is from a layering set at first I picked a thicker stamp but ended up deciding on the fine line stamp. Although I only chose one stamp for the background,