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by Kristine Ann Khatri
December 31, 2020
Has it been forever? Seems like it has been a long while since our last blog post. Sorry about that, and hello to all of you! Not much has been happening with us here at The Craft Depot except for one awesome thing (insert drum roll). Sania and yours truly are now participants of the Altenew Educator Certification Program!
The Altenew Educator Certification Program or AECP for short, is a one of it's kind program by Altenew meant to enhance a crafter's skills and knowledge in design, layout and cardmaking (which can also be applied to other craft projects). In the course of this program, we will be learning various skills and techniques and will be sharing our projects with you here on The Craft Depot Blog. Our end goal is to become certified Altenew Educators, skilled in what we do and proficient in hosting worthwhile workshops for crafting beginners and enthusiasts alike. If you are interested in learning more about the AECP click on this link or why not check out the various online classes that Altenew has to offer here on this link.
The first course that I have undertaken is called 'All About Layering 1' by the awesome Nicole Picadura and provides a simple yet comprehensive method to take when using layering stamps. For those struggling with layering stamps, I highly recommend this course as it will undoubtedly make it easier for you to use them. If you wish to follow along with how I made this card, you can either read on or skip to the bottom of this post for a video.
For this card I used Neenah 90 lb/163 gsm in white, for both the card panel and card base. I wanted to go for a clean and simple (CAS) design, but also wanted a bit of dimension to my card. You can stamp directly on to the card, but as I wanted that dimension, I stamped my design on a card panel which I later stuck on to the card base. The card panel is 4 1/8" x 5 3/8" and the card base is 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/8".
I chose to use Altenew's Painted Flowers Stamp Set which is a beautiful and simple layering set. Perfect for experienced and beginner crafters as you can either align the stamps perfectly or offset them slightly. For the color scheme I chose to go with inks that were similar to Pantone's colors for 2021.
I first stamped the flower and leaf outlines in Altenew's Jet Black ink, using a small acrylic block, in a small cluster on the top left of the card panel. Altenew's layering stamps come with a layering guide which I highly suggest you keep next to you to refer to when you are stamping. For the thinner stamp outlines, use a light hand when you stamp, otherwise you'll end up smushing the stamp down and getting either a thicker imprint or a smudged one.
I used Altenew's Morning Frost to stamp on the first color for the leaves with the Tim Holtz Stamping platform. You could just use an acrylic block to do your stamping, but I wanted to align my layers as close to the guide as I can. I followed this with Evening Gray for the second color on the leaves.
For the flowers I used Warm Sunshine for the base layer, Caramel Toffee and Wild Dandelion from Gina K. Designs for the second layer. I used two different inks for the second layer, because I didn't want the flowers to all look the same. Using both a high and low contrast color helps achieve that, and helps in drawing the viewer's eye to the part you want. I used Caramel Toffee on the flowers that were close to where I was going to place my sentiment, and used Wild Dandelion on the flowers around them.
The sentiment comes from Altenew's Label Love stamp set. I stamped it twice on some scrap paper using Lava Rock, just in case I make a mistake while cutting it out. I used a sharp craft knife to cut the sentiment out, leaving a thin border around it, or you can use scissors to do this. Once you're done with cutting out the sentiment, you can either stick it on the card with some double sided tape or use foam tape like I did. If you had done your stamping on a card panel, use foam tape to stick it on to the card base. This will give this CAS card some dimension, and hey presto, this card is done!
I do hope you've enjoyed reading this post or watching the video below. Please consider subscribing to our blog to follow our progress or you can follow me on my Instagram account @sprinkledwithrandomness. Till next time, which is next year 😵 toodles and an advanced happy new year to you all! 🥳
Loves cats and crafting, and is currently adding roller skating/blading to the mix. Hopes to spread her love of crafting to others and someday do a drop in at the skate park.
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