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Embossing Folder + Inking | Thank You Card

YouTube Video Tutorial

Hi friends! Today I have a new video on my YouTube channel showing you how to add more dimension and definition to your backgrounds using any embossing folder and different inks. For this card I made a “Thank You Card” using the Floating Foliage Embossing Folder and Simple Greetings Die Set from Altenew. The inks I used are Salvaged Patina and Twisted Citron Distress Oxide inks and the Antique Gold Pigment Ink was used to add more definition and contrast. Click here to watch the video.

Let’s begin! I added Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink to the raised parts of this Floating Foliage Embossing Folder. Then, I inserted a piece of white cardstock inside the embossing folder and run it through my die cutting machine. I always use my Gemini Jr. and the sandwich type is “clear plate, embossing folder and the other clear plate”. I have to admit that I’ve never had any issues with this machine while using this type of sandwich.

Next, I added Twisted Citron Distress Oxide ink to the background of this panel, then once I covered the whole background I applied Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink on top of the leaves to cover some white spots. This whole process of adding color doesn’t have to be perfect, actually the more imperfect it looks the better. I guarantee you that this technique is so therapeutic that you will enjoy it so much!

So to create more definition on this leaves, I applied Antique Gold Pigment Ink and the ink got stuck mostly on the detail parts and edges of the leaves giving them even more dimension because now they do have more definition. Once my panel was dry I added some splatters using Hero Arts Gold Metallic ink.

When this panel was dry I adhered a white folded note card at the back using foam tape. Then, I applied Salvaged Patina Distress Oxide ink to a piece of cardstock and die cut out of it the word die Thanks from the Simple Greetings Die Set and the shadow was die cut from white cardstock. I placed this word die sentiment on top of my background and as a final touch I added some enamel dots from Julie Hickey and this card was done.

Hope you like this card and try this technique. All products used on this card are listed bellow. Affiliate links at no cost to you. Have a marvelous day and thank you so much for stopping by.

Your friend, Karen

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AECP Family Instagram Hop

Welcome to an AECP Family Hop where we are sharing the Altenew Academy class which has inspired us the most.

We are all at various points in our AECP journey, but we are united in wanting to celebrate the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from the classes in Altenew Academy.

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Altenew is generously sponsoring this hop and to be in with a chance to win one of FOUR $25 gift certificates to their online store. You will find all details and the hop list of designers over my IG account.

To be honest, I loved many classes so I decided to put a lit bit of three of them on this card: “All About Layering”, “Creating Watercolor Media” and “Let It Shine”.

Let’s start!

To create my background I used Watercolor Brush markers and I made this organic look with lots of splatters but I didn’t covered the whole panel so the background would have some movement. The colors of watercolors I used on the panel are Rubellite, Midnight Violet and Emerald. These colors belong to the Spring Garden set.

Once my panel was dry, I placed it inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Next, I added a white folded note card at the back using glue.

Then, I added some touches of Antique Gold Pigment over the embossed panel. Additionally, I gold heat embossed some flowers and leaves from the stamp set Nature Blossoms. I watercolored these flowers and leaves using more of the Watercolor Brush markers. The colors I used were Fresh Lemon, Sunkissed, Emerald and Desert Night. Using the matching die I die cut all these images.

I arranged all flowers and leaves on top of my panel using glue and foam tape. Also, I die cut the Waterbrush Hello Die out of golf foil paper and placed it on top of my arrangement. Finally, I watercolor a piece of watercolor paper using Emerald Watercolor Brush marker and once it was dry I gold heat embossed my sentiment and added it to my background along with some sequins and this card was finished.

I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. You will find all the products I used down below. Don’t forget to participate in the IG Hop and leave some love to the other designers. Thank you so much for stopping by and have wonderful weekend!

Your friend , Karen


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Altenew Academy Level 2 – Final Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m really excited to be sharing my final challenge for Altenew Academy Level 2. I was assigned to create 4 masculine cards plus an altered item/upcycled project. For the cards I chose two themes: birthday and encouragement that are the ones I use the most. I will start presenting and explaining how I made the 4 masculine cards and at the end I will show you the altered item/upcycled project, which in this case was a recycled item.

For this challenge I have selected three components from Level 1 and 2. Here they are:

Easy Die Cutting Techniques: Die cutting is one of my favorite techniques and for these cards I used this technique to create focal points in a very subtle way since I was creating masculine cards. I think masculine cards should be clean and simple so I used a few elements like frames, word dies and feathers that I die cut using different materials like vellum and washi tape, making the layers more interesting. TIP: By using different elements like washi tape or vellum you give your card a very unique look without having to add too many elements to your background.

Impressive Heat Embossing: I love to heat emboss. I could gold-heat emboss every single stamp because I believe you can achieve a sparkly and glamours look when using metallic or glitter embossing powders. Also, you can get different textures that will enrich your projects. TIP: Whenever you heat emboss over vellum you get a better impression and it looks so elegant and beautiful.

Beyond Basic Backgrounds: I love working on making my own backgrounds from scratch, whether is playing with watercolors, ink blending, alcohol inks, etc. It’s always fun to achieve unique backgrounds with different mediums and techniques. For these cards I’m using an Embossing Folder and Washi Tape, the combination is really awesome. TIP: Don’t limit yourself and try different things, getting out of your comfort zone helps to find new creative ways.


Masculine Cards – Birthday and Encouragement theme

Masculine cards are very challenging for many including me, but I have learned that masculine cards need to be as clean and simple as possible. I don’t always get this done but I think you can help yourself by choosing the right combination of colors and the elements that you will use on the card, depending on the theme of course. So, for these cards I chose the Tranquility mini cube set as my ink color combination and this set includes the following colors: Misty Morning, Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night. Additionally, I went out of my comfort zone and I included Washi Tape for the first time ever. I have to say that this design is so elegant and definitely work perfect for male cards, so I have to admit that I truly enjoyed using washi tape. Also, I thought that using an Embossing Folder was the right element for these cards and I decided to combine it with the Foiled Marble washi tape. You have many ways to incorporate Embossing Folders and washi tape to your projects, so this can easily be another technique for the Altenew Academy. Lastly, for adding that touch of shine I used Metallic Gold Embossing Powder and Antique Gold Pigment ink, which is my favorite when playing with Embossing Folders. I combined all the previous supplies mentioned before with elements like feathers stamps and dies, word dies and frames throughout the four cards that I made, having the same color combination with unique designs at the same time. Now let’s continue with the process of making the cards.

Supplies

  • Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set
  • Fancy Celebrate Die
  • Nesting Frames Die Set
  • Foiled Marble Washi Tape
  • Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder
  • Tranquility Mini Cube Set
  • Antique Gold Pigment Ink
  • WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder
  • WOW! Ulla’s Cognac Embossing Powder
  • Large Ink Blending Tool
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Vellum
  • White cardstock
  • Gold mirror cardstock
Adding washi tape to a panel

Let’s start with the Encouragement cards.

For this first card I started with an A2 panel, where I applied Misty Morning and Cloudy Sky inks to only half of the panel and using the large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added this fabulous Foiled Marble Washi Tape on top of the other half panel without ink. But before adding the washi tape I slowly ripped the edges. As my next step, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Also, I added a white folded note card at the back of this panel.

In addition, I applied Dark Night ink using the Large Ink Blending Tool to a piece of cardstock and then I die cut it with a die from the Nesting Frames Die Set. Then, on top of it I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. I added it to my background along with some feathers that I gold-heat embossed from the same stamp using foam tape and glue. As a final touch, I added to the background a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink from Altenew.

In the picture about you can see some images of the process I made to create this background.

For the next card, I ink-blended a piece of cardstock using the Tranquility Mini Cube Set and the Large Ink Blending Tool. I covered the whole panel using all colors from the Tranquility ink set. Then, I placed only half of this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. I trimmed down the edges a little bit too. Next, to visually create a division between the embossed and the non embossed parts, I added a strip of washi tape previously adhered to a piece of cardstock. I also, added a white folded note card at the back.

Using the Nesting Frames Die Set I die cut 3 frames, the first out of washi tape adhered to a cardstock, the second from gold mirror cardstock and the last one out of white cardstock. On this last frame I heat embossed the sentiment from the Mini Delight: Strength Stamp & Die Set, using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Additionally, I added two feathers that I stamped and die cut from the same stamp. Finally, I added over the embossed part a bit of gold using the Antique Gold Pigment ink.

The following card is a Birthday card and I started by placing one side of a white folded note card inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Then, I applied to the whole embossed panel Cloudy Sky and Nimbu inks directly on top and not pushing too hard.

I also die cut two frames from the Nesting Frames Die Set, out of washi tape and another from white cardstock. On this last frame, I applied Cloudy Sky, Nimbus and Dark Night inks on top using the Large Ink Blending Tool. Then, I added these frames to the background plus two feathers that were heat embossed on vellum using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Last, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die from white cardstock and placed it on top of the frames.

For my last birthday card I ink-blended a panel using all inks from the Tranquility Mini Cube Set. Then, I placed this panel inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder. Adhered a white folded note card at the back and I applied the Antique Gold Pigment Ink directly on top of this panel. The gold definitely enhanced the colors from the background.

Next, I die cut the Fancy Celebrate Die and I only heat embossed half of the word using WOW! Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. Finally, I added the celebrate word to the background along with some feathers die cut from vellum and washi tape.

Above you can take a look at how I made the background for the last birthday card.


Upcycled Item

Now let’s jump into the recycled item and for this project I decided to use one of my aprons, it’s not new, I got it like two years ago and I’m not planning on replacing it because this was a special gift to me. I love coffee and my aunt has a business where she sells organic products. Her Organic Gourmet Coffee is one of my favorites so this apron was given to me by her, it was part of her launching marketing campaign.

So I wanted to give this apron a new look and to add some of my personal touch to it by stamping. The stamp I used was Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle along with Evergreen ink from Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle, which are perfect for stamping over fabric.

So, I started working on this project by washing the apron and once it was dry I ironed it until it was wrinkles free. Then, I got a large stamping block and created a collage on it using some stamps from the Coffee Love Stamp Set. I inked up the stamps using the Evergreen ink and pressed hard enough on top of the apron to transfer as much ink as possible.

Next, I stamped the Coffee Ring Stamp over the pockets. I didn’t cover the whole pockets, I just made small designs around them and once I was finished stamping I got my iron back, placed a piece of paper towel over my stamped designs and heat set all of them with the iron. This way the ink won’t fade and it became permanent. I loved giving this apron a second life and with my personal touch, thanks to Green Fields Mixed Media Inks this process was easy and fun to achieve.

As you can see here I decided to make a matching coffee card for my apron. We are coffee lovers in my family so this card will be handy! I used Green Fields Mixed Media Inks to stamp on my background using Coffee Ring Stamp and the coffee beans from Coffee Love Stamp Set. I did first, second and third generation stamping and I loved how you can achieve this look with the mix media inks. I also added some splashes of ink using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush.

Once I finished stamping I heat set my background using a heat tool and I adhered a white folded note card at the back. I also created a watercolor panel using Paper Bag Watercolor Brush, Milk Chocolate Ink and Forest Glades mix media ink. Then, I stamped some images from the Coffee Love Stamp Set using Black Jet Mix Media Ink.

Finally, I die cut the images using the coordinating dies and I placed them on top of my panel using glue and foam tape for more dimension. My sentiment was from Coffee Ring Stamp and I used Black Jet Mix Media Ink to stamped it.

I really hope you like these masculine cards and my new apron. I cannot wait to try more mixed media inks on a T-shirt. I think I can create a very special Mother’s Day present for my mom and sister. Below you will find all supplies I used to make the coffee card and to stamp on top of the apron.

Supplies

  • Coffee Love Stamp Set & Die Bundle
  • Green Fields Mixed Media Ink Bundle
  • Coffee Ring Stamp
  • Stamping blocks
  • Milk Chocolate Ink
  • Paper Bag Watercolor Brush
  • Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine
  • Watercolor paper
  • Espresso Envelopes

Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Impressive Heat Embossing | Altenew Academy

Hello crafty friends! This is my final card for Level 2 and I’m so excited to finally be here since 2018. I know! Time flies and I have been procrastinating too much. Anyways, this last class was spectacular because I love to heat emboss. I could gold-heat emboss every single stamp so for this card I decided to change a little bit and use this Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder that is absolutely gorgeous along with Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder and to add a touch of glitter I used Capri Embossing Glitter from WOW!

Also, I chose to heat emboss over vellum and in my opinion you get a better impression when you heat emboss in this material, plus it looks so elegant and beautiful.

The stamp I used for this card is Nature Blossoms and the coordinating dies. The big thanks is from Script Words 2 Die Set. The sequins are Antique Gold Sequins from Altenew. One of the papers from my background is a specialty 3D cardstock that matched the Golden Peach Crisp Embossing Powder and the other is from Celebrations 6×6 paper pad from Altenew.

Let’s start! To create my background I die cut an A2 panel out of one of the papers from Celebrations 6×6 paper pad from Altenew and adhered it to a white folded notecard using glue. Then, the specialty 3D cardstock was cut diagonally and added to the panel, just like you see in the pictures.

Next, I heat embossed all my flowers from Nature Blossoms Stamp Set, so for that I stamp each outline stamp onto vellum using Versamark Emboss ink pad and heat embossed them with Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and my heat tool. Then, I heat embossed two detailed stamps from these flowers using Golden Peach and Platinum Crisp Embossing Powders.

TIP: Always remember to use anti-static powder before heat embossing.

Here you can have a closer look from the specialty 3D cardstock and the heat emboss layering on the flowers. The center part of each flower was heat embossed using Capri Embossing Glitter for that touch of sparkle and it gave the flowers the contrast in color needed.

For the leaves, I decided to change the combination of colors and I heat embossed all the outline parts with Platinum Crisp Embossing Powder and the detailed stamps were heat embossed using Hero Arts White Embossing Powder and I honestly loved how they look. I will be trying this in the future for sure!

Once I finished heat embossing all flowers and leaves I die cut them using the matching dies. I arranged all die cuts on top of the panel following the diagonal line crated with the papers on the background. I added clear foam tape to get some dimension between all the elements on the panel.

Finally, from a teal mirror cardstock, that I have in my stash, I die cut the Thanks die from Script Words 2 Die Set and I placed it on top of the flowers using glue, in addition I added a few Antique Gold Sequins, some Nuvo drops around and my card was finished.

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by. I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. Have a wonderful day and see you next time.

You friend, Karen


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Masking Unleashed | Altenew Academy

Hello crafty friends! Today I have this card part of the Masking Unleashed class from Altenew Academy. On this class I learned different techniques for masking and I chose this one where you can create beautiful backgrounds. Additionally and since mask stencils are very popular now, I used the negative parts of a stencil to mask my flowers and create a background. This technique is fantastic and a great way to create a quick and unique background. I haven’t tried this technique before but I’m already a fan of it.

For this card I used Wonderland Stamp Set, Wonderland Mask Stencil, Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set, More than Words Stamp Set for the sentiment and Antique Gold Pigment ink for my background.

Let’s begin, I started by stamping my flowers on a piece of Neenah Crest Solar White 80 lbs. I used the corresponding negative parts of the mask stencil for the flowers at the bottom. I stamped with a copic-friendly black ink.

Next, I removed the mask stencils and I colored the flowers using Copic markers. Once I finished coloring I placed the corresponding negative parts of the mask stencil on all flowers. I needed all flowers to be masked so I can stamp on top of them.

To stamp the Moroccan background stamp I had to use my biggest MISTI so I can re stamp with no problems. I did have to re stamp at least 4 times using the Antique Gold Pigment Ink and I can say that even with those layers of the mask I had a pretty decent impression.

At the end I trimmed down the top and bottom part of this panel and adhered a white folded card note using foam tape. Then, I stamped the sentiment using More than Words Stamp Set with black ink, added a few embellishments, sequins and this card was ready.

I’m so grateful for this class where I have learned a lot of tips an techniques. Masking is a whole new world where you are going to have so much fun. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Color your Day | Altenew Academy

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing this colorful card part of the Color your Day class from Altenew Academy. Just like its name this class is all about how to add and play with colors in your cards and feel confident about using them. I’m a fan of adding colors and on this card I was sure to play with colors and contrast. I love getting inspiration from my kids clothing but for this card my inspiration came from a picture that you will see below.

Inspired by this picture

The products I used for this card are Starry Flowers Stamp and dies, Flowing Drops Stencil and Fancy Hello die. Additionally, I used Watercolor Brush Markers and Daffodil Yellow paper glaze as a medium for my stencil.

Let’s start! I placed the Flowing Drops Stencil on top of an A2 watercolor paper and applied the Daffodil Yellow paper glaze across the stencil with the help of an spatula. Then, I removed the stencil and let this panel dry for about 30 minutes.

Once the panel was dry I trimmed down the edges a little bit and adhered a white folded note card at the back using glue. I used paper glaze on the background because I love how bright this shade of yellow is and that helped me to create the contrast with the flowers.

Next. on a piece of watercolor paper I stamped the two images from the Starry Flowers Stamp Set using black ink and then I heat embossed them with WOW! Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I started adding colors with the Watercolor Brush Markers that work beautifully and the pigment doesn’t fade away once it’s dry. Using the matching dies I die cut the flowers and added both of them to the background using foam tape.

Also, I die cut an oval shape out of vellum and adhered it on top of the flowers. Then, I die cut the Fancy Hello die twice out of white and light teal cardstocks. I placed the white die cut behind the teal Hello and added this stack to the vellum.

Finally, a few Nuvo clear drops were added along with some clear iridescent sequins around the panel and this card was finished.

This class was amazing! I have to admit that this was my first time watching how a color wheel works and it really helps. Remember that if you aren’t sure which colors go well together you can always use a color wheel chart. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend. Karen

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Magical Marker Techniques | Altenew Academy

Hi crafty friends! Today I’m sharing this card part of the Magical Marker Techniques class from Altenew Academy and I must say that this class really teaches you how to think out of the box and give your Artist Markers a very unique and creative way to use in your cards. I would never imagine to use alcohol markers with a brayer and create a background, but I did it and I loved the technique because the final result is like an organic watercolor look that doesn’t need much since it looks really awesome.

For this card I used Artist Markers Cosmic Garden Set A, Virginia Rose 3D Die and Peruvian Lily Stamp Set for my sentiment.

I started by scribbling Frosty Pink and Coral Berry markers onto a piece of acetate and then I sprayed Isopropyl alcohol from a spritzer. Immediately, I picked up the ink with the brayer and rolled it across a piece of white cardstock. I repeated these steps but this time I added a bit of Ruby Red.

I didn’t want too much color in my background so this panel was ready to adhere a white folded note card at the back using glue. I love the natural flow of the ink on this background. It looks so organic, just like things are in real life.

Next, I decided to apply the ink directly to the flowers and leaves from the Virginia Rose 3D Die. I have seen this before but I never tried it so using Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades markers I colored a piece of white cardstock and then I die cut some leaves using the dies from the Virginia Rose 3D Dies.

I did the same using Coral Berry, Ruby Red and Grapevine markers to add color to the flower.

Then, I stamped my sentiment from Peruvian Lily Stamp Set using black ink. I added the leaves and the flower that I have put together using more glue. Finally, I added some clear iridescent sequins as the final touch to this card.

I tent to overwork my backgrounds and I spend lots of time making just one card and I have no complaints about it because that’s my style, however this lesson taught me how gorgeous a simple card looks. You don’t need to spend hours creating to make beautiful things. You need to love the simple creations because they are gorgeous in their own way and this card is so different from what I usually make but it looks perfect in my eyes.

I hope you like these techniques and thank you so much for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Polychromatic | Altenew Academy

Hi friends! Here I have this card for the Polychromatic class from Altenew Academy. This class was all about playing with colors and I chose to go with the watercoloring with similar colors lesson because I hardly ever make monochromatic looks. I think this was an stunning class that pushes you to go beyond your limits.

For this card I have used Wonderland Stamp set and dies, Pinstripe Stamp Set and Persian Motifs Stamp Set.

Let’s start! I stamped onto watercolor paper some flowers from Wonderland Stamp Set with VersaFine ink and heat embossed them using white embossing powder.

I added color to the flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and using a detailed watercolor brush I blended them out. The markers I used are Light Blue, Turquoise Green and Persian Green as my darkest color.

Once I finished watercoloring I die cut the flowers using the matching dies and set them aside for a while.

Next, to create my background I stamped and white heat embossed some leaves from the Persian Motifs Stamp Set on an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth paper. Then, using the same Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I colored the flowers with I scribbled the inks in different parts around the leaves. Immediately, I sprayed water and all the ink started moving and blending. I applied heat using a heat tool and then I added more ink and water. Some splatters of the same ink were added too.

Once my background was dry I adhered a folded note card at the back using glue. Next, I placed my flowers on top using foam tape. Some sequins and Nuvo drops were added too. Finally, I white heat embossed the HELLO sentiment from Pinstripe Stamp Set onto a teal cardstock to continue with this blue/teal colors, I placed it at the bottom of my background using foam tape and this card was finished.

I adored this class! It pushed me to go beyond my limits and I learned great tips and also I found out that when you go out of your comfort zone you can make beautiful things happen. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like this card. Have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Creative Watercolor Media | Altenew Academy

Hello friends! I had such relaxing time making this card using ink sprayers from Altenew. This card is part of the Creative Watercolor Media and the lesson that I wanted to try had re-inkers but since I don’t have them I decided to use ink sprayers. I would never thought of using ink sprayers to watercolor but I’m glad I tried this, the inks worked wonderfully! And this is another way to stretch your craft supplies.

The stamps and dies for this card are the following: Nature Blossoms and Pinstripe. The ink spray colors are: Lavender Fields, Warm Sunshine, Forest Glades and Ocean Waves.

Let’s begin! On an A2 watercolor panel I added water using a brush, then I sprayed Lavender Fields ink spray on top and more water to move the ink. As my personal touch, I added some strokes with another brush leaving marks of the brush around. Additionally, using the same Lavender Fields ink spray I added some splatters. Last but not least, more splatters of white and gold ink were added because I love splatters on my panels.

Next, I stamped the rounded images from the Pinstripe Stamp Set and heat embossed them using a metallic gold embossing powder. I totally love the mix media look that my background has. Once my panel was dry I trimmed down the edges and adhered a folded note card at the back using glue.

Now let’s move to the flowers. On a piece of watercolor paper I stamped the detailed stamps of the flowers and leaves from Nature Blossoms Stamp Set using an embossing ink and then I heat embossed them with a metallic gold embossing powder. I watercolored the flowers using Warm Sunshine ink spray and for the leaves I used a mix of Forest Glades and Ocean Waves ink sprays. Also, I brought back some tips I learned on Level 1 and added some details to the flowers using a colored pencil.

Finally, I die cut the flowers and leaves using the matching dies and arranged all these elements on top of my background using glue and double aided foam tape. I stamped the sentiment THANK YOU from the Pinstripe Stamp Set using black ink and I also adhered it next to the flowers. Some Crystal Clear Nuvo drops were added and this card was finished.

This class have many great tips for watercoloring using different medias in very creative ways, which is really helpful and fun. Also, from the ink leftovers I was able to create two more backgrounds by splotching the ink, isn’t that awesome?!

I hope I can inspire you with this card and thank you so much for stopping by! Have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen

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In a Twist | Altenew Academy

Happy Friday! For today’s card I have this lovely technique called Faux Embossing with Die Cuts and it’s part of the With A Twist class from Altenew Academy. On this lesson I have learned how to take your products and think different ways to get the more out of them. I have used Cherished Memories Stamp and dies, Be Kind Stamp Set and Nesting Labels Die Set. To add color I used Zig Clean Colors Real Brush Markers.

Let’s begin! I started by stamping the flowers and leaves from Cherished Memories Stamp Set using black ink. I used Bristol Smooth watercolor paper. Next, I colored them with the Zig Clean Colors Real Brush Markers and a fine watercolor brush. I really love how this flowers turned out!

Once I finished coloring I die cut all flowers and leaves using the matching dies from the Cherished Memories Die set. Then, I arranged all elements on top of an A2 folded notecard until I was happy with the placement of each element. I made sure the leaves and flowers were peeking out of the panel and placed evenly around, then I secured each of them with liquid glue.

In addition, I stamped the sentiment from Be Kind Stamp Set onto a colored cardstock that matched the greens and flowers of my background. I used black ink and then I placed one of the dies from Nesting Labels Die Set on top and run this throughout my die cutting machine. Finally, I added to my background using glue and this card was finished. You can take a closer look of the faux embossing look in the last two pictures.

Remember that this technique works great when you have a tone on tone card so you can get that embossed look with the die cuts even if you color the die cuts. Also, you will need the coordinating dies because fussy cutting won’t look so good and definitely you won’t get this Faux Embossing look.

I really love this card and this technique is absolutely relaxing and fun, I hope you give this a try and thank you so much for stopping by.

Your friend, Karen