HOW TO CREATE A SHABBY CHIC BACKGROUND WITH ALCOHOL INKED FLORALS FOR A SCRAPBOOK LAYOUT ON CANVAS

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.


MATERIALS


STAMPS: Altenew Wallpaper Stamp, background stamps

DIES: Wallpaper die, Just Leaves die, Fine Alphabet die

MIXED MEDIA: Altenew Embossing paste, Obsidian Pigment Ink, Altenew Metallic shimmer ink spray Lagoon, Mod Podge glue, white gesso, Versamark Ink, Distress Crayons

ALCOHOL INKS: Altenew Lagoon and Caribbean Sky, Piñata gold

EMBOSSING POWDERS: Altenew Antique Gold and Pure White

STENCIL: Altenew Halftone Stencil

ADHESIVES: Tombow Multi Liquid glue, Glossy Accent dimensional medium, foam squares

PAPERS: Nara paper, Watercolor paper, Neenah Solar White CS, patterned paper and old book sheets

OTHERS: Canvas, spatula, water spray, 99% alcohol, chipboard sheets, brushes, heat tool, embossing heat tool, hair dryer, die cutting machine, puncher, anti-static tool, Misti


STEPS ON HOW TO CREATE THIS SCRAPBOOK CANVAS


  1. 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.

AECP FAMILY IG HOP: CREATE A CARD INSPIRED BY A FAVORITE AECP CLASS

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.


AND HERE YOU ARE LIVING DESPITE IT ALL


STEPS:

  1. Stamp the floral image from the Wallpaper Art stamp set on watercolor paper using Versamark ink and emboss with Pure White Embossing powder. Do the same with the leaves.
  2. Watercolor the petals using Altenew watercolor brush markers- Persian blue, Midnight Violet, Ultramarine and Purple Wine using the wet on wet technique. For the leaves, color with Lagoon and Emerald.
  3. Add details using Faber Castell polychromos colored pencils.
  4. On a scrap of watercolor paper, do a wash of Lagoon and Emerald. After the inks have dried, die cut the leaves from Branches and Berries dies and the Just Leaves dies.
  5. For the background, wet half of the surface with water and add a light wash using the leftover inks on the palate.
  6. Add more concentrated ink drips by tilting the paper and allow the pool of water to drip down.
  7. When the panel has dried, add spatters of water. After 10 seconds, pat dry with a tissue to remove the ink.
  8. Add spatters of lagoon.
  9. Assemble the card using adhesive and foam squares.

This next card was inspired by the use of watercolor and stencils.


THANK YOU


STEPS:

  1. Using the Mega Bloom stencil, add color using a blending brush and the Dew Drops crisp dye ink on watercolor paper.
  2. Using the wet on wet technique, mix the Lagoon and Mountain Mist watercolor brush markers and the Persian Blue to add shadows to the petals.
  3. Once the flower is dry, add splatters of purple and black.
  4. Emboss the sentiment on black cardstock using Versamark ink and Pure White Embossing powder.
  5. 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!!!


SO PROUD OF YOU


STEPS:

  1. Stamp the image from the Statement Flowers stamp set with Versamark in and embossing with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  2. Wet the surface of the petals with water and then add splatters of watercolor from Midnight Violet and Persian Blue brush markers.
  3. Allow the petals to dry and add more spatters.
  4. Spray the flowers with water and lift the colors for added texture.
  5. Color the leaves using the same technique with Emerald, Limeade and highlight with a little bit of Sea Breeze.
  6. Cut out a mask then trim out the leaves. Cover the flowers to protect them from the green spatters.
  7. Add green and blue splatters to the leaves.
  8. With the Jet Black ink, customize black and white stripes patterned paper.
  9. Add black and white splatters to the Real Grey card base.
  10. Emboss the sentiment using Obsidian Pigment ink and Crystal Clear embossing powder.
  11. Assemble the card using glue and foam squares.

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


STEPS:

  1. Create a background using distress sprays, distress oxides and distress inks. Make sure to dry between sprays.
  2. Add water splatters and after 10 seconds, lift the colors using a paper napkin.
  3. With the Mega Blooms Stencil, create transparent flowers using the transparent texture paste. Allow it to dry.
  4. Stamp the sentiment from the Ornamental Bliss stamp set with Rose Gold crisp embossing powder. Add gold washi strips to emphasize the sentiment.
  5. Assemble the card.

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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Again, thank you so much for taking the time to drop by! Don’t forget to leave a comment to get a chance to win a prize! I truly appreciate your kind comments and always look forward to hearing from you. 😊 Please stay safe and happy crafting!

Altenew 7th Anniversary Blog Hop Day 3 + Giveaway (over $1,400 in Total Prizes)

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


MATERIALS: SWEET FLOWERS STAMP AND DIE SET, BLOCK SENTIMENTS STAMP, LEAF BED STENCIL, LIQUID WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS ROUGE, ORANGE CREAM, RUBELITTE, SWEET LEAF, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, EMBOSSING PASTE, OCEAN WAVES ALCOHOL INK, KARIN PRO BRUSH MARKERS- ROSE PINK AND CERISE, WATERCOLOR PIGMENTS PRUSSIAN BLUE, ORANGE, TURQUOISE, BURNT SIENNA AND LIGHT BROWN, GESSO, VERSAMARK INK, VELLUM, NARA PAPER, ALTENEW ALCHOL INKS- ALTENEW WATERCOLOR PAPER, FOAM SQUARES, TOMOBOW MONO MULTI LIQUID GLUE, ANTISTATIC TOOL

STEPS:

  1. Emboss the image of the Leaf Bed Stencil on Nara paper using the Embossing paste. Allow the paste to dry.
  2. Paint over the entire embossed surface using Ocean Waves alcohol ink. Allow to dry. Spray the surface with water and sprinkle the watercolor pigments. Tilt the Nara paper to allow colors to flow.
  3. For the flowers, prep the watercolor paper with antistatic tool. Stamp the floral images from the Sweet Flowers Stamp set using Versamark ink and emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  4. Color with liquid watercolor and Karin Pro Brush Markers.
  5. Stamp sentiment from the Block Sentiments stamp set on vellum using Versamark ink and emboss with Rose Gold Embossing powder.
  6. Assemble the card using foam squares and glue.

HERE FOR YOU


MATERIALS: SWEET FLOWERS STAMP AND DIE SET, ESSENTIAL SENTIMENT STRIPS DIE, LIQUID WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS ROUGE, ORANGE CREAM, RUBELITTE, DESERT NIGHT, SWEET LEAF, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, KARIN PRO BRUSH MARKERS- ROSE PINK AND CERISE, WATERCOLOR PAPER, GOLD CARDSTOCK, FOAM SQUARES, TOMBOW MONO MULTI LIQUID GLUE, ANTISTATIC TOOL

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!

STEPS:

  1. Prep surface with an antistatic tool. Stamp floral images on watercolor paper using Versamark ink then emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  2. 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.
  3. Watercolor the background using Dusk Liquid watercolor.
  4. Arrange the flowers to cover the card front and adhere using foam squares.
  5. Glue the watercolored background to the gold card base making sure to leave a margin of gold on the right side for added contrast.
  6. 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.

MATERIALS: TALL FOLIAGE STAMP AND DIE SET, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, PURE WHITE EMBOSSING POWDER, WATERCOLORED SCRAP PAPERS, CARDSTOCKS, VERSAMARK INK, FOAM SQUARES, ANTISTATIC TOOL

STEPS:

  1. Cut up scraps of watercolored paper into strips with different widths.
  2. Adhere to card front. Prep paper with antistatic tool then stamp the image using Versamark ink and emboss with Rose gold embossing powder.
  3. Die cut the image.
  4. Die cut 4 more images on purple cardstock then stack on top of each other.
  5. Adhere the stamped image on the stacked purple die cut leaving a shadow.
  6. Adhere the card front to the card base.
  7. Emboss the sentiment using Versamark Ink and Pure white embossing powder.
  8. Adhere using foam squares.

THANK YOU, I ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE, I ADMIRE YOUR KINDNESS, I LOVE YOU


Here is set of coordinating CAS cards that I created using the Tall Foliage Stamp and Die Set. I plan to create more so that I can make a gift set out of these cards.

MATERIALS: Tall Foliage Stamp and Die Set, COSMIC GARDEN ALCOHOL INK MARKERS SET A, WATERGARDEN ALCOHOL INK MARKERS SET G, EVENING GREY DYE INK, OBSIDIAN PIGMENT INK, CLEAR EMBOSSING POWDER, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE CARDSTOCK, COLORED CARDSTOCK, FOAM SQUARES, TOMBOW MONO MULTI LIQUID GLUE, ANTISTATIC TOOL

STEPS:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Prep the paper with antistatic tool. Stamp the sentiment using Obsidian Pigment Ink and emboss using clear embossing powder.
  5. 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!!!



SO GRATEFUL TO HAVE YOU AS A FRIEND


MATERIALS: TULIP 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER, WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS CITRUS BURST, FRESH LEMON, WARM SUNSHINE, AUTUMN BLAZE, LIMEADE, SWEET LEAF, DESSERT NIGHT, VERSAMARK INK, CLEAR EMBOSSING POWDER, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE CARDSTOCK, CRAFT CARDSTOCK, ANTISTATIC TOOL

STEPS:

  1. Emboss the Neenah solar white cardstock using the Tulip 3D embossing folder.
  2. Use the Liquid watercolor brush markers to color the flowers, leaves, stems and background.
  3. Prep the orange cardstock with antistatic tool. Stamp the sentiment using Versamark ink and emboss using clear embossing powder for a watermark effect.
  4. Assemble card using foam squares and glue.

The next card was the quickest to create.


HELLO


MATERIALS: TULIP 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER, HANDWRITTEN HELLO DIE, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, VERSMARK INK TEAL CARDSTOCK, FOAM SQUARES

STEPS:

  1. Emboss the teal cardstock using the Tulip 3D embossing folder.
  2. Use the Versamark Ink pad and brush across the embossed parts of the flowers and leaves. For the smaller areas, use an embossing pen.
  3. Emboss with Rose Gold embossing powder.
  4. Attach to the card front using foam squares.

For my last card, I used a number of Altenew products that all worked well together.


YOU ARE LOVED


MATERIALS: TULIPS 3D EMBOSSING FOLDER, LAYERED SNOWFLAKE STARS COVER DIE A, HELLO HYDRANGEA STAMP, ROSE GOLD EMBOSSING POWDER, A LOVE FOR STRIPES SET C, CARDSTOCK, NEENAH SOLAR WHITE, DYE INKS – WISTERIA, HYDRANGEA, ROUGE, SUNKISSED, ORANGE CREAM, TURQUOISE, EXACTO KNIFE, CUTTING PAD, VERSAMARK INK, ANTISTATIC TOOL, INK DAUBER

STEPS:

  1. Emboss the Neenah Solar White cardstock using the Tulip 3D embossing folder.
  2. Using a distress tool and an ink dauber, color the embossed images using dye inks.
  3. Carefully cut out the images using an Exacto knife and a cutting pad.
  4. Prep the striped paper then stamp and emboss the sentiment using Rose Gold embossing powder.
  5. Use the Layered Snowflake Stars cover die A to die cut a light blue cardstock.
  6. Layer on top of a left folding cardfront.
  7. 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. ❤️


GIVEAWAYS


Giveaway Prizes

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!!!

Stay safe everyone and happy crafting! 💜

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