Hello everyone! Nenette here. I’m so honored to be featured on the Altenew Mixed Media blog today! Thank you Altenew for inviting me to be a part of this blog.
I’m so happy to be sharing with you some fun techniques using alcohol inks and mixed media to create a textured, shabby chic background for a scrapbook layout on canvas.
To me, scrapbook layouts are my love letters to my family. I always make sure that the 3 major components are present in all my layouts– title, photo and journaling. I wanted to elevate this scrapbook page so I created it on canvas.
Create a sketch of the layout-most often than not, I start with an idea in my head. Sketching it makes it visually clear as to what I want to do with the layout.
2. Add 99% alcohol and alcohol inks to Nara paper and create ripples using a hairdryer. Move the paper to mix the colors.
3. Stamp Wallpaper florals on the Nara paper ( choosing areas with nice contrast ) using Versamark Ink and emboss with pure white embossing powder. Make sure to use an anti-static tool before stamping. Do not direct the heat to the paper for a long time because it will melt the synthetic paper.
4. Stamp the leaves on watercolor paper using Versamark and emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder.
5. Die cut both flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies. Die cut leaves from patterned paper as well then stack the leaves on top of each other using adhesive to create dimension.
6. Cover the entire background with old book sheets and mod podge.
7. Die cut the letters for the title 4 times and adhere on top of each other. Add Versamark ink at the bottom area of the letters and emboss with Antique Gold embossing powder.
8. Add gesso with a dry brush to the entire canvas. This will prevent the color mediums from seeping into the canvas. Dry with a heat tool.
9. Add graphic images to the background using Obsidian black pigment ink for contrast and heat set to make it permanent and waterproof.
10. Use the Halftone stencil with embossing paste to create texture.
11. Write the journaling on a tag and insert into a folded pocket.
12. Glue the photo to the folded pocket.
13. Temporarily add photo and embellishments to the canvas based on the sketch. When you’re happy with the arrangement, glue the embellishments using a strong adhesive like glossy accent medium.
14. Adhere the leaves and add more gesso to tone down the colors.
15. Glue the flowers and leaves to the canvas. Adhere the photo and pocket to stacked chipboard for added dimension. Use foam squares for the leaves.
16. Scribble color onto the canvas using distress ink crayons. Add water and use your finger to spread the color. Dry with heat tool.
17. Spray the Lagoon metallic shimmer and add water. Allow colors to run down the canvas.
18. Glue the title using glossy accent dimensional medium.
I documented the entire process on a video. You can watch it below.
I hope you found some inspiration to create your own shabby chic background and to use alcohol inks to create embossed flowers. Make sure to leave a comment and let me know what other techniques you’d like to learn for future videos. Your comments mean so much to me! <3 I would love to see you on IG as well so please follow me @mylittleatticstudio. Thank you so much for dropping by, be safe, and keep on crafting!!!
I am based in the Philippines and blessed with a loving and supportive husband, 3 wonderful children and a fur baby named Monty. For fun, I often express myself creatively in activities such as event styling and tablescaping. I find joy in making scrapbooking layouts, cards, and mixed media art. Adding layers and dimension to my pieces are things I enjoy doing and I particularly love using watercolor and alcohol inks as my coloring mediums. I believe that one’s attention to detail makes a big difference and can convert the ordinary into something truly beautiful.
Hello everyone! Welcome to the Altenew Educators’ Certificate Program IG hop! I decided to create a blog post for this as well so that I can share the process with all of you. We were asked to choose a favorite class that we draw inspiration from. I chose the Creative Coloring with Erum — Advanced Techniques workshop because I have been a huge fan of Erum’s coloring skills and I knew that it will be packed with tons of tips and techniques. I was not disappointed. Erum is immensely talented and is always so generous in sharing her creative process. Thank you so much, Erum!!! You can check out her blog here and her youtube channel here.
Here are the cards I made which were all inspired by her creations. Do let me know which one is your favorite on the comment section, ok?
The first card is based on her watercolor drip class.
Cut the panel into 4 pieces and mount the 1st and 3rd panel with foam squares to add dimension to the card.
There were some bleeds at the edges of the petals. I think it’s because I did not heat set the dye ink before I painted the watercolor. 🙁 But I think the roughness of the edges added more character to the flower so I just went ahead and colored the rest of the petals. Cutting the painted card front into panels and adhering some panels using foam tape added more interest to the card.
The third card was inspired by Erum’s splatter watercolor class. Such a fun technique!!!
I really enjoyed making this card. Just make sure to turn your panel when creating spatters for a variety of direction. Adding water droplets to lift some color added more texture to the petals. I loved this technique because it didn’t take a lot of time to create yet it seems to be complicated to make. I also didn’t have black and white striped paper so I just created my own using a black marker. The freehand lines made the card more organic looking.
This fourth card was inspired by Erum’s Playing with Texture class.
THINKING OF YOU
Create a background using distress sprays, distress oxides and distress inks. Make sure to dry between sprays.
Add water splatters and after 10 seconds, lift the colors using a paper napkin.
With the Mega Blooms Stencil, create transparent flowers using the transparent texture paste. Allow it to dry.
This was a quick card to make. It only took longer because of the drying time of the transparent texture paste. I love the subtle texture the clear texture paste gives yet it allows the background design to show through.
I hope you liked the 4 cards I made based on Erum’s Creative coloring class. I highly recommend it. She also included tons of other project ideas that you can get inspiration from.
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Hello everyone!!! Welcome to DAY 3 celebration of Altenew’s 7th Anniversary!!! I’m so excited to be a part of this celebration!!! Thank you so much, Kristina, for relaying you over to my blog. Make sure you drop by the Altenew blog for complete details of the hop.
An anniversary is a good way to look back at what you have done. And you have done so well, Altenew!!! Happy 7th!!! That’s 7 years of coming up with beautiful, innovative and creative products!!! In the early years, Altenew was known for its beautiful layered floral stamps. After 7 years, it has evolved into an all-around crafting company that offers different kinds of papers, embossing folders, inks, tools, stickers, watercolors, alcohol ink markers, tools, embossing powders etc. Congratulations to the leaders of Altenew–Tasnim Ahmed, Jennifer Rzasa, May Sukyong Park, Nicole Picadura, Lydia Evans, Nabil Rab, creative designers, educators, and all the other amazing crew involved in Altenew!!! This company is where it is today because of all of you. What an extraordinary journey it has been and I’m so honored to be a part of this celebration.
My Little Attic was the first online store to bring Altenew to the Philippines and I believe I became the first Altenew Educator in Asia. <3 Sharing Altenew goodness brings me so much joy. I miss giving workshops and interacting with all the Altenew fans here in Manila. 🙁 Hopefully, someday, we can go back to doing workshops together.
I made a couple of cards for this Anniversary hop using my new favorites from this year’s release. Let me know in the comment section which card is your favorite!
SOMETIMES IN THE WINDS OF CHANGE WE FIND OUR DIRECTION
I went ahead and watercolored more of the stamped and embossed floral images from the Sweet Flowers stamp set and created a second card. I really love these floral images!
Prep surface with an antistatic tool. Stamp floral images on watercolor paper using Versamark ink then emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
Die-cut the floral images. Die-cut the sentiment 4 times and paint the last die cut with the leftover liquid watercolor. Adhere on top of each other and add gold cardstock at the back of the sentiment strip.
Watercolor the background using Dusk Liquid watercolor.
Arrange the flowers to cover the card front and adhere using foam squares.
Glue the watercolored background to the gold card base making sure to leave a margin of gold on the right side for added contrast.
Glue the sentiment.
I ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE
Now for a CAS card, I made a slimline card using the beautiful Tall Foliage Stamp and Die Set. You don’t really need a lot of embellishments for this stamp set cause the image is already stunning on its own.
Using a Misti, stamp the image using Evening Grey dye ink on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ left folding card front and again on a sheet of Neenah Solar White CS with the same measurement.
Trim the stamped sheet to measure 4″ x 5.25″ to create a nice margin all around. Color certain areas of the leaves using alcohol ink markers.
Stamp the image again on Neenah Solar White Cardstock and color some areas of the leaves then die-cut the image. Die-cut a color-coordinated cardstock 4 times and adhere on top of each other. Glue the colored stamped image on top but make sure to leave a margin so that the colored cardstock will create a shadow effect.
Prep the paper with antistatic tool. Stamp the sentiment using Obsidian Pigment Ink and emboss using clear embossing powder.
Assemble the card using foam squares.
For the next 3 cards, I used the beautiful Tulip 3D embossing folder. The 3D embossed images created with this embossing folder is stunning!!!
Emboss the Neenah Solar White cardstock using the Tulip 3D embossing folder.
Using a distress tool and an ink dauber, color the embossed images using dye inks.
Carefully cut out the images using an Exacto knife and a cutting pad.
Prep the striped paper then stamp and emboss the sentiment using Rose Gold embossing powder.
Use the Layered Snowflake Stars cover die A to die cut a light blue cardstock.
Layer on top of a left folding cardfront.
Adhere the cutout tulips and insert the stamped sentiment under it.
Hope you liked the cards I created for this hop. I’ve linked all the Altenew products in the materials section (just click the highlighted product) so that you can easily purchase them. These are not compensated affiliate links. I just want to make it easier for you to get the products I used on my cards. ❤️
Over $1,400 in total prizes! Altenew is giving away a $70 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 15 lucky winners. There are also 19 awesome companies/crafty friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:
Be sure to leave comments by 4/18/2021 for a chance to win one of 41 prizes! To make the hop more exciting, start your comment with “Hi from (city or country where you’re from)!” 41 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on any of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog on 4/24/2021.
Again, thank you so much for dropping by! Next up is the uber-talented Norine Borys. Make sure you visit all the other blogs for more inspiration and don’t forget to leave comments for a greater chance of winning fabulous prizes!!! If you want to stay updated with my latest creations, do follow me on IG @mylittleatticstudio. HAPPY 7TH ANNIVERSARY, ALTENEW!!!