AECP Final Challenge - Level 2

Hi there! This post is all about my Final Challenge for Level 2 for the AECP. I'm going to be creating four masculine cards and an altered item/upcycled project.
The three components I have chosen from the classes in level 1 and 2 are:
Die-Cutting: I used die cutting in all of my four cards, and each card I tried a different technique to get more use out of my dies. Die-cutting is not just about cutting paper; you can also cut vellum, acetate, felt, foam and even thin fabric. The techniques are endless; a few of them are scrap inlay, shaker card, window card, embossed impressions, half cut die...
Colour Your Day: It's about adding a splash of colour to your card, or choosing the right colour combination for your theme. Even an inspiration from a photo or an object. For my four projects, I intentionally picked the colours that would help to create a more significant visual impact for the occasion.
Let it Shine: Ways to make your project shine by using embellishments may it be a little or a lot. I know my cards are masculine, but a hint of shine here and there always brings joy to the recipient. I achieved this by applying enamel dots, Wink of Stella gold pen, glitter cardstock, washi tape, gold embossing, sequins and even acetate.

Tips: I take great pride in my hand made cards. As I want to make sure my cards can last a long time without getting scratched, damaged or covered in dust, lately, for each card and envelope, I have stored them in a polybag/clear cellophane plastic bag sealed up. I'm happy now; I can make my Christmas cards even six months ahead knowing it'll be in the exact same condition.




Anniversary 

An anniversary is a celebration, and the best way to do it is with shine, sequins and a little fun shake! Next January is my friend's 20th Anniversary, so I made this with that thought in mind. Emerald green is the colour symbol for a 20th Anniversary, so I tried to incorporate that into my card. 

To start, I embossed two of the same Crystal Frames stamp onto watercolour cardstock; I also used washi tape to tape the cardstock onto my surface so it wouldn't warp. For the first frame, I used a wet on wet technique; this gave me a smoother-looking result. For the second frame, I used my watercolour brush to pick up Emerald ink and dab it on. I kept going back and forth until I got my desired result. Comparing the two, I liked the more organic look, which was the second one. I cut out the Fine Frames in gold glitter cardstock and took away the largest frame so my front panel would sit just a little inside my A2 green card. I was lucky enough to have a piece of Hambly Screen Print with a rectangular black frame that fitted perfectly inside my frame; this added the extra interest. The steps for the shaker card is the usual but the point to remember is you must adhere two layers of foam tape. I speak from my experience because the last shaker card I made I only put one layer of foam tape and there isn't enough room for the sequins to move around. So I was shaking it, but the sequins didn't move around, not enjoyable at all. 
The front of this card is pretty thick, so having another layer for the inside would help balance it out. A simple gold strip of washi tape and a sweet sentiment was all that it needed. I chose light cream for my envelope as it matches my watercolour cardstock. The stripes in the left corner of the envelope are the leftover from the largest die of the Fine Frames. So this Emerald card is my perfect gift for a 20th Anniversary.

Tips: Wipe the inside of your acetate before adhering it together. Watercolour is a little unpredictable, having two different versions like direct to paper or wet on wet would give you more choices of results for your gemstone. When stamping small fonts for your sentiment, don't press down too hard as it would easily smudge and the ink would bleed. You can also stop your sentiment inside your green emerald.

Altenew Supplies: Watercolor Brush Marker Emerald, Crystal Frames Stamp, Gold Embossing Powder, Fine Frames Cover Die, Crisp Ink Jet Black, Sequins (Satin white, Antique Linen), Outside Sentiment (Watercolor Halftone), Inside Sentiment (Under The Cherry Blossom Tree).

Other Supplies: Heat Tool, Versamark Ink, Die Cutting Machine, Gold Glitter Cardstock, Foam Tape, Tape Runner.




Love

A card about love should bring visual joy to the recipient, so I created this sweet card with two birds sitting by a round window gazing at Love. 

I adore the Sunflower Palette washi tape; therefore, I made a background for it behind my new Circled Greetings Love die. I cut the Love die out twice, the first on a white cardstock and the second with gold glitter. While cutting, I also added a nesting circle die outside. I punched out some glitter hearts and adhered it onto two strips of acetate with Glu dots. Putting the card together, I started with the washi tape background, and then a layer of foam tape. I then positioned the two strips of acetate and added another layer of foam tape; this gives my heart the illusion of floating inside the window. Next, I put my white Love die on and then the gold Love die; I offset it a little for a slight shadow effect. After I stamped the two birds, I added Wink Of Stella on them and a layer of Glossy Accents. These steps give my birds shine and dimension. I was able to use my leftover scrap, which was a strip cut out from the background window for the lower portion. I made a few backgrounds for my card front but ended up not using them; it seems white on white gives it that elegant look and contrast perfectly with the striking framework. For the inside, I added a simple plain white cardstock and made two scoring line. I stamped the sentiment Sweet Love with the purpose of it continuing from the outside. Love, Sweet Love.

Tips: Use a nesting die outside your original die to stretch your products. Glossy accents are excellent for making embellishments. Offset your die cuts for a shadow effect. Create your background from even a thin roll of washi tape.

Altenew Products: Crisp Dye Ink (Maple Yellow, Crimson, Limestone) Crisp Ink Jet Back, Under The Cherry Blossom Tree Stamp and Die, Golden Feather Stamp, Circled Greetings Love Die, Washi Tape Sunflower Palette, Misti.
Other Supplies: Cardstock (White, Gold Glitter, Silver Glitter ), Heart Punch, Circle Die, Foam Tape, Tape Runner, Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents, Scoring Board, Die Cut machine.



Happy Birthday
For this birthday card, I wanted it to be full of colours and fun. To keep it masculine, I chose this set of 5 colours: grey, yellow, dark blue, light blue and green. To start, I used the Candy Cane Stripe to cut out all five shades and also one in white. I placed my white die-cut on a double-sided adhesive sheet then started filling it in with strips of the five shades. With the remaining leftover strips, I lined them up one next to another and cut it out with the Mega You Die. I also cut the Mega You die out of black cardstock, to help the top layer to stand out, and the black shadow coordinates with the sentiment. The You is mounted on with foam tape, and for the final touch, I added three enamel dots across my card front to lessen the stripe effort. 

Tips: When having to inlay a lot of small die-cut pieces, use double-sided adhesive sheets. Make good use of your leftover strips as I did by cutting it out with any large solid die. This technique is also great for mass-producing as you can guess, I can also make another five-card front with my leftovers die cut.

Altenew Supplies: Mega You Die, Botanical You Stamp, Candy Cane Stripe Cover Die, Enamel Dots, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 80lb,

Other Supplies: White Embossing Powder, Silver Glitter Cardstock, Die Cutting Machine, Double-Sided Adhesive Sheet, Cardstock (Grey, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Green, Yellow, Black), Foam Tape, Liquid Adhesive.




Encouragement

I chose my colour combination to be yellow, green and grey for this encouragement card. Mainly in green, because it symbolises hope. 

For the background, I cut out many leaves in the same green as the card front then I adhered it on top. I then used a blending tool to rub white pigment ink all over the surface for a softer look. This inking over-layering technique would have created a better result if my cardstock were thicker. On the rectangular white watercolour paper, I started to stamp my leaves in 3 different shades of green. Although this leaf stamp is solid not layering, I can still achieve a dimensional look by using a Misti. Then I cut out the leaf using it's coordinating die, bearing in mind that I needed to keep all the small die-cut pieces so I can place it back after. I also cut out another rectangular piece slightly larger than my watercolour panel. When adhering my leaf on I tried to offset it a little to the right so that you can see a slight shadow underneath. With my gold Wink of Stella pen, I hand draw in stitched lines inside the frame. These lines give it just enough shine for a masculine card. The enamel dots help bring more life to the leaf and also accentuate the shape. Lastly, I stamped an encouragement sentiment alongside the stem. I love how the Misti was able to hold it in a manipulative curve. The dark grey, green and yellow cardstock are the same as the Happy Birthday card. There are so many new techniques that I have learnt from the Altenew classes that my cards are never the same. They weren't kidding when they said I'd learn how to stretch my products; I'm so glad I made the right decision to join. 

Tips: You can bend your sentiment onto an acrylic block to stamp. Try ink over layering for a tone on tone textured background. The right colour choice can help your card to have a more significant effect.

Altenew Products: Courageous You Stamp, Leaf Clusters Stamp and Die, Green Fields Enamel Dots, Crisp Ink Jet Black, Crisp Dye Ink (Firefly, Forest Glades, Moss), Misti.

Other Products: Die Cutting Machine, Watercolour Paper, Zig Wink Of Stella, Foam Tape, Tape Runner, Blending Tool, Cardstock (Yellow, Green, Grey)






Altered Micro Light Box


I bought this box years ago; it's old, and there's a broken piece at the end of the top line. I was able to put some life back into it with Altenew's washi tape, sequins and enamel dots. This Micro Light Box sits in my crafting corner, and it'll light up with beautiful flowers and sparkling fun for whenever I need some encouragement. 

Ten simple steps for an altered Light Box

  1. Wipe off the dust
  2. Measure if your quote fits in
  3. Use a whiteboard marker to fill in any missing alphabet
  4. Use Altenew's Deco Lines washi tape to go all around the box
  5. Where there is a switch, use a craft knife to cut the washi tape out
  6. Adhere the Golden Edge & Golden Trim washi tape to the front, alternating between the two for a fun look
  7. Place the quote in the Light Box so you can see where to embellish
  8. Adhere Altenew's Painted Fantasy washi tape onto white cardstock then use the coordinating die (Watercolor Halftone die) to cut it out
  9. Use a small pair of scissors to cut the flowers down to smaller pieces and adhere it to your Light Box with Glu Dots and foam tape
  10. Add Altenew's enamel dots and Altenew's Antique Gold sequins on with Glossy Accents.



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Comments

  1. Great project Teresa! Love all the cards and your light box is so creative! Thank you for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday. Karen

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  2. Great cards! Thank you for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges! Kath-DT

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  3. Lovely cards Teresa and I especially like your light box project ! Keep up the amazing art.

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  4. Oh my Teresa! I was waiting for your projects because I knew you would BLOW me away and YOU DID!!! These are incredible and the photos dont do justice at all! You can see their beauty in the video though! Every card is well thought of and so much love plus work has been put into them. Bravo!

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