Hello everyone! Welcome to Altenew Educator’s Blog Hop!
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Michelle Ochoa Murray
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This is my very first blog hop AND my very first time to create a video tutorial, so I beg for your indulgence. It was a great learning experience. 🙂 I didn’t realize how much time and effort it took to film and edit a video (or was it just me?!), so hats off to all my card-making idols out there who unselfishly share their time and talents through video tutorials!!!
As Altenew-certified educators, we were asked to share our FAVORITE techniques, styles or Altenew supplies. Oh dear…I have too many favorite stamp sets!!! 😀 It took a while for me to narrow it down to 5 and here they are in no particular order.
NEEDLEWORK MOTIF STAMP SET
The Needlework Motif Stamp set is just beautiful. The floral design is so intricate and delicate and it can be used in so many ways.
You can find the video tutorial on how to create the Needlework Motif card below.
To change it up a bit, I thought of stamping the images over black cardstock and I was not disappointed. This made the Altenew rose gold embossing powder stand out against the black background, thus making it more striking!
Here’s how this card was made:
- Moroccan Mosaic background die was used to cut 4 sheets of black cardstock. These were stacked up and glued together to give dimension to the background.
- The Needlework Motif image was stamped on black cardstock using clear embossing ink and embossed using Altenew’s Rose Gold embossing powder.
- Finetech Artist pearlescent Mica watercolors were used to color the image to add shimmer to the card.
- A strip of thick vellum was colored with Finetech watercolor then the sentiment was stamped in black and embossed with clear embossing powder.
- The layered black Moroccan mosaic die cut was then adhered to a gold A2 side folding card and the image was attached to the center.
- The sentiment strip was tucked under the swirl to add more interest.
Same procedure was done to the image as card 2 but this time, gold frames using Altenew’s Fine Frames were used to bring focus to the stamped image.
PERSIAN MOTIFS STAMP SET
Another favorite of mine is the Persian Motifs stamp set. I made this layout sometime ago but wanted to share it with you. I love how Altenew stamps and dies are so versatile and can be used to make your own embellishments for scrapbooking layouts.
The flowers were stamped on watercolor paper using clear embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Wet on wet technique was done to color the flowers using distress inks.
HANDPICKED BOUQUET, BEAUTIFUL DAY STAMPS AND DIES AND ROSE FLURRIES 3D DIES
For this card, I used my other 3 favorite stamp and die sets. (This is sort of a cheat card cause I put my 3 favorites in one card 🙂 )
- The images from the 2 stamp sets were stamped on Neenah Solar White 100lb cardstock using black dye ink
- The other layers of the Handpicked bouquet were stamped with the following Altenew dye inks: Frosty Pink, Coral Berry and Rubellite. The Beautiful Day flower layers were stamped with Dew Drops, Aqualicious and Teal Cave. I used Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades for the leaves. The other flowers and foliage were left uncolored so that the 3 main flowers will stand out more.
- The biggest rose from the Rose flurries die set was die cut using white cardstock then colored using Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Deep Iris and Midnight Violet.
- TIP: If you do not have a darker shade of ink, just stamp the lighter color multiple times to create a darker shade. Using a Misti or any stamp positioning tool will come in handy for these layered stamp sets.
- Before assembling the flowers and leaves, I used the Classy stripes stencil with texture paste tinted with Dew Drops to add some texture to the background. Black ink was splattered for more contrast.
- Foam tape was used to adhere the elements to create layers.
Here’s a tag I made using the Beautiful Day stamp set and the thin frames die set.
- The image was stamped twice and the center portion of the flower was cut to add a second layer to the flower.
- Wet on wet technique was used to color the petals and Nuvo drops to add dimension to the anthers of the flower.
- Foam tape was added to the center layer for more dimension.
- The leaves were stamped on vellum using clear embossing ink then embossed with gold embossing powder .
- Altenew thin frames were layered at the back of the tag to add more contrast and dimension.
The Altenew Educator Certificate Program was a wonderful way to hone my skills as a card-maker. There was a variety of classes to choose from and each class was filled with so much inspiration, amazing tips, and techniques. The beautiful thing about this program is that you go at your own pace but because the classes were so inspiring, I couldn’t wait to start the next class!!! I learned so many techniques from the fabulous instructors and whatever knowledge I gained can be applied to both cardmaking and scrapbooking. To move to the next level, there were challenges that inspired me to think outside the box. All throughout the program, Virginia Lu (AECP coordinator) and Nicole Picadura were always there to answer questions, give encouragement, inspire, and support. Their words of encouragement were vital in pushing me to finish the program. I highly recommend this program to anyone who strives to get better in their cardmaking skills.
Altenew is giving away $30 Gift Certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog by Jan. 23rd for a chance to win. Three winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 1/25/2019.
I will also be choosing a winner who will receive a $15 gift certificate from Altenew. Let me know what your favorite Altenew product is in the comment section below. Make sure your comments are in by 11:59pm EST on Jan. 21, 2019. The winner’s name will be randomly chosen and posted here on my blog by Jan. 22. International participants are welcome to join!!!
Next stop is Nicole Picadura’s blog. Make sure to check out all the blog posts from the other Altenew educators if you haven’t. I’m definitely sure you will find tons of inspiration from all of them. Thank you so much for dropping by and don’t forget to share crafting kindness! 🙂
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