Altenew: Final Challenge Level 1

Hi everyone! For my final challenge, I was asked to choose three components from the classes in Level 1. 

I've chosen: Let it shine, stencil techniques and layering 2.

Let it shine: It's all about how to add the right amount of embellishments to your project to make it shine. My three most favourite embellishments from Altenew is their washi tape, enamel dots and sequins. They come in a variety of sizes and colours. It always adds the final touch to the card, which I can't do without.

Stencil techniques: I am a mixed media crafter, and with a stencil, I find that it allows us to use all different kinds of mediums, from ink to embossing paste to sprays. It's enjoyable to experiment and see what kind of result I'll get as every time it turns out different.

Layering 2: Altenew's layering flower stamps was what made me fall in love with the company in the first place. It just makes it so much easier to give the flowers a more realistic look with such little effort. As for layering, I think their layering stencils is a genius idea.

My task was to design a set of 6 for His and Hers with the same theme. I also had to make packaging for it by reusing some recycled elements. 
I've chosen the theme to be Birthday. I was a little worried at the start, not knowing where to begin, but the quote from Pablo Picasso rings through my head, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working". I decided to start hands-on with my packaging first. I made a card carrier case. The tutorial is from this website
I made a few adjustments to suit my project. I love the Marbled Dream washi tape, so I decided to make my designer paper with it. Afterwards, when the packaging was nearly done, my inspiration came, and I decided my cohesive theme for the cards would be based on the Marbled Dream washi tape. Yellow, Green, Blue and a touch of gold work perfectly as they are adjacent to each other on the Color Wheel. On the belly band, I came back to decorate it with a recycled element from the His and Hers set. I had cut out parts of the Marbled Dream leftover from the carrier case in which I repeatedly recycled on my cards as well.

Tips: You can add an extra-base layer inside to cover the folds and strengthen it. Add an extra layer on the belly band for stronger support. Leave the outer edges smooth, no embellishment so it'll be easy to slide the bellyband up and down. 

Supplies: Black and Blue cardstock, Altenew's Summer Garden paper pack, Altenew's enamel dots Green Fields, a recycled element from the Hers card 4 and the His card 3.

Hers 1 card is a pretty clean and simple one. It's my first one and also my favourite of the twelve. What I love the most is the embossed vellum in the middle with the colouring from behind. It's my first time colouring behind the vellum, and it just creates such beauty to the stamped image. I will surely repeat this technique more often.
His 1 card is overlapping the stamp and the darker shade on top. The enamel dots for embellishment and some shine is just right for me. The washi tape strips are leftovers from the carrier case.

Tips: To adhere the vellum, use glue dots so it won't show through. Furthermore, while adhering hold the transparent film with the glue and press it onto your project to transfer. If you remove it with your hands or tweezers most likely, it'll lose it's round flat form. Always prepare your surface with an anti-static bag before embossing.

I maximized the usage of smaller stamps by creating a whole background. I also did some die cutting and mounted it back on with foam. It took me quite some time to position them and spread the colours out evenly. Now I am more confident with creating backgrounds with limited stamps. Some stickles and liquid pearls were used for shine and of course, the recycled element of the washi tape was also incorporated. I also rounded one of the corners for interest.

Tips: Stamp with the lighter ink first then you can go darker gradually. Stamp with the larger image first then fill in with the smaller ones. When adding embellishments like liquid pearls, remember to leave a space for your sentiment. Keep the smaller pieces of your die-cut to place it back on.

For this set of its fun stencil play, I applied the same technique on both stencils, Mega Rose and the Sketched Lines. I first adhered my watercolour paper to the stencil carefully from behind then stuck the stencil on to my craft mat with washi tape. I applied the white embossing paste and with the stencil in place, I sprinkled brusho powder on top. The colour combination was cohesive to my theme. I then held my water spritzer 30 cm away and gave it two light spritzes. I then removed my watercolour paper, and with the colours leftover on the stencil, I was able to make five more prints. The colours on the rose stencil came out quite bold, so I toned it down with a strip of vellum. I also added a gold thread behind the Super Script for a matching gold shine. For the His 3 card, I cut out the middle with a circle die from the Botanical Silhouettes. I used my recycled element from the packaging and adhered it to the inside of the card. I chose the pattern with the swirl right in the middle to make it look like a disco ball, a perfect way to celebrate.

Tips: For any leftover ink on your stencil or craft mat, you can swipe it up with your watercolour paper, give it a few more spritzes of water until there is no more colour to pick up. All these would be perfect to start for your future background.

For this Hers card where I used the Floral Garden stencil, I first sponged the leaves in Sweet Leaf and Just Green crisp dye ink. I then rotated the stencil 180 degrees to position it, then I applied my mixed embossing paste. To create a coloured paste: I first pressed the Fresh Lemon dye ink pad onto my craft mat a few times to get some ink then I mixed it with Altenew's embossing paste. The paste has a smooth texture, and it's effortless to blend. For the Lace Die to stand out, I added a strip of Deco Lines washi tape to the inside of the card. Lastly, a sentiment was placed on top with gold glitter foam for shadow and depth. The Happy Birthday is stamped on the leftover scrap from card 3.
This His card is my second favourite of the twelve. I love how the gold embossing powder melts on the paste. I first applied my embossing paste through the Elegant Swirls stencil, and then I sprinkled gold embossing powder all over. Next, I removed the stencil and heated the paste with my heat gun. I matted with black card stock for a greater impact. The background is leftover scrap from card 3.

Tips: You can gently tap any excess powder off before heating. Preheat your heat tool and keep an eye on the powder to see how it sizzles. Do not let it change to a dark burnt shade. Move your heat tool around if unsure.

I chose the Botanical You stamp set because you can say it's the extended family of the Botanical Silhouettes set from card one. Altenew is known for its floral stamp layering, but this clever design is a little different. Layering leaves, flowers and berries on letters.
For the Hers card I stamped out the four layers on the 'You', then I mounted on vellum with foam tape. The vellum is adhered to the card front with foam tape again for added dimension. I can hide the foam tape behind the letters and this brings out the soft and dreamy look of vellum. Once again the background is spare scrap from card 3 Lastly, I sprinkled a few different sizes of sequins at a diagonal angle for design.
For this His card, the 'You' is stamped in my colour theme ink combination. I wrapped Altenew's Enchanted Gold Thread diagonally around the white matting piece for interest. The sentiment is embossed in gold on black cardstock; this black gives the card front more depth and pulls everything together.

Tips: You can trace the outline of your die, then fuzzy cut it out. This will add another layer to your image.

For this Hers card, I decided to reuse my focal image stamp from Hers 1 card. I stamped the whole background in Altenew's Jet Black Dye Ink, and it was such a sophisticated look that I decided to add the lace die on the side. True to what my instructors from Altenew have said, they have taught me how to stretch my supplies. Just a pop of colour on the black and white background can create such a unique look.
This final His card is my whole colour theme coming together. The middle 'You' is an inlaid die-cut and the top and bottom 'You' is raised on foam tape. The sentiment strip in the middle is cut in a banner style to create a sense of celebration. The top washi strip is from a recycled element. 

Tips: If a strip is too thin to hold for trimming, stick both ends down with washi tape. Always keep all your spare cut out; it may be perfect for another card. When you're stuck for ideas, look up Altenew and the name of your stamp for inspiration. 

For this challenge, I wanted to push myself to highlight all of the techniques I have learnt thus far. I would especially like to thank my guide Erum Tasneem, she has helped me from the very beginning, and I am a big fan of her watercolour works. This last envelope design is simple and easy to achieve, but I sat there thinking and trying very hard of how to bind it all together with a sophisticated look—also bearing in mind that I'll have to make twelve. The Morning Glory Palette washi tape was a lifesaver; it's got all of my colour themes and a touch of gold for shine. The sentiment is also perfect for Masculine and Feminine cards. Both envelopes are stamped once either front or back and the washi tape goes all the way around. Below is what I came up with 

  • Stamps: Altenew Grateful Heart, Botanical Silhouette, Botanical You, Super Script, Fresh Freesia
  • Die: Altenew Bold Alphabet, Super Script Fresh Freesia, Creative Edges Lace Die, Botanical You, Botanical Sihouette, Grateful Heart
  • Ink: Altenew Crisp Dye Ink Pocketful Of Sunshine Set, Deep Blue Seas Set, Green Meadows Set, Jet Black, Versamark Ink
  • Stencil: Altenew Mega Rose, Sketched Lines, Floral Garden
  • Altenew: Embossing Paste, Enamel Dots Green Fields, Washi Tape Marbled Dream, Deco Lines, Morning Glory Palette, Antique Gold Thread, Sequins Satin Gold, Antique Gold
  • Paper: Neenah Solar White, Watercolour, Black Cardstock, White Envelope
  • Other: Zig Clean Colour 41, 50,51,67, Gold, Silver Embossing Powder, Anti-static Bag, Heat Gun, Ranger Accent, Vellum, Foam Tape, Multi Medium Matte, Clear Glu Dots, Stickles Gold, Liquid Pearls Ivy Green, Corner Rounder, Brusho Sunburst, Lemon, Sea Green, Turquoise, Glitter Foam Sheet, Misti, Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Gemini Junior, Craft Mat, Craft Cutting Mat, Craft Knife
Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe, happy and healthy.


  1. Gorgeous Final Project! I really like the sets you created.

  2. i love all the sets!! Also the card box is beautiful :)

  3. WOW!!! This is rockin!! So so so awesome! Love all the shiny, inky goodness Teresa!!
    Very well explained, amazing details. Well done!
    Thank you for entering your work to the AECP assignment gallery.

  4. This is fantastic! I love the way you set up the photos! And all the cards are beautiful!

  5. These came out really great you did a wonderful job on your final project!


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