Sunday, August 12, 2018

Altenew ECP - Celebrations: Stencil Techniques

Hi there!  I am continuing on with my Altenew Educator Certification Program classes and today' project features Stencils.

I only have one Altenew Stencil in my collection, the Deco Wallpaper Stencil.  In addition to that, I also don't have any embossing paste so I did the next best thing and used Decofoil Transfer Gel which is like embossing paste except that it's made to be able to add foil to any paper or cardstock you might have.  Okay, I think this is a win-win for me given my love for gold.  But as much as I would have liked it to work perfectly, it did not the first time around so I'll tell you about the mistake I made after getting my background piece all foiled and ready to make a card with.

I decided I was going to die cut the panel as I normally do and when I did, all of the marks and scratches in my cutting plate left their impression on my foil!  Darn it all!  I've run it back through the Minc in an attempt to flatten it back out and it is better, but it will never look as good as it did when I first ran it through.  Again, this is one of those things that if I'm putting it out there with my name on it, I want it to be clean and it just isn't so I decided on a do-over this morning.  It doesn't look to bad in the smaller photo here, but when you enlarge it, you can sure see all the little cuts and nicks from the cutting plate.

While the Transfer Gel dries on my do-over, I decided to start working on my post.  My little girls (doggies) are laying in my bed this morning because all they did was whine at me and interrupt my work flow yesterday so I'm making them stay in bed this morning while I try to get a little work done.

Last weekend when my grandson was here, I was showing him how to do Ink Blending so I had the lovely pink and purple Ombré  background already done and I decided to put the transfer gel on to it to get a really gorgeous background.  The thought process was good, but I forgot about that one important detail. I needed to use a clean cutting plate to avoid the nicks and scratches.  I also ran the negative of the foil through with a piece of black toner paper just to show how you could use the negative if you wanted to.  This particular piece got bent during shipping, so I won't use it, but you sure could.

When you apply the Transfer Gel through your stencil, it's important to work fast, and to clean up as quickly as you can also.  If you let the paste dry on your stencil or tools, you will never get it off.  If this was something I was planning to use a lot, I'd definitely have to get a box of baby wipes to keep on hand.  My guest bath is next door to my studio, so I ran and threw the stencil into a sink of warm water which makes it really easy to get clean when you have a couple of minutes.  You should also wipe up your craft sheet and I like to give mine a thorough wipe down with Rubbing Alcohol which is what I also use to clean all of the glass in my studio and to clean my craft mat after playing with alcohol inks or doing ink blending or any of the other messy stuff that I like to do in the studio.

Additionally, one of the mistakes I made yesterday was to use blue Painters Tape and when I took it off the back of my panel, it took a lot of the paper with it.  I like the Yellow Frog Tape for Delicate surfaces and even with that, I stick it to the palm of my hand first before using it.  I've never had it tear anything which is why I started using it versus the blue painters tape.  It really tears up Bristol Paper. 

I taped the stencil to my paper on the back side and then taped that to my craft mat on the top right and lower left corners.  Using my largest Palette Knife from my set, I spread a nice even coat onto my already-die-cut panel.  See how smart I am?  I always try to learn something from my mistakes, even if it's just a better, faster, more efficient or easier way of doing something.

Once my Transfer Gel was dry (it becomes clear) Then I ran it through the Minc on Setting #3.  You can see here the difference between the two.

This is the one I tried to flatten but each time I ran it through the Minc, I'd lose some of the smoothness and shine.  It's still pretty, but I wanted to redo it for my class project.

I don't normally put so many photos in a post, but I was having a really hard time showing how smooth and dimensional the Transfer Gel goes on because it's reflecting the small pattern in the fabric of the top I'm wearing so I've even included one where I am holding it. Yeah, I know my nails don't look too good, but all the medicine I take really takes a toll on my nails and my skin.  My nails split long ways and across so I try to keep them short.  Nail polish seems to make it worse. It's just one of the side effects of so much medicine. That's one of the reasons I don't do videos.

Anyway, I'm putting in photos here at a variety of angles.  You'll have to let me know if you like more pictures or if you think one or two is sufficient.

Transfer Gel seems to be a similar consistency as Embossing/Texture Paste but I think it is a bit thinner although I don't know for sure.  It's really easy to get a nice thin coat on your project and doesn't take too long to dry.  In both cases here, I walked away and did other stuff while I let it dry for 20-30 minutes.


Because the foil is so shiny (and showy), I decided to keep the focal point clean and simple. I used a combination of Scotch 3D Foam Tape and Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares to adhere the floral images with previously stamped images from the Build-A-Flower Rose and the sentiment is from Beautiful Day Stamp Set.  I hope you've learned a little from my post about what did and did not work.  I've linked my supplies for your convenience (Affiliate Links may be used).

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Altenew ECP - Let It Shine!

Today's post is for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Class - "Let it Shine".  If you know me via my blog or in real life, you know that I love all things twinkling, shiny, sparkly and shimmery so it's easy to figure out that I was looking forward to this class. But things didn't exactly go according to my plan so I want to share that part with you as well.

Last weekend we were celebrating my husband's and one of my grandson's birthdays.  School starts here on Monday so it was about the last chance I had to have Charlie (age 17) for the weekend.  It hard to believe that he will be starting his Senior year of High School.  Charlie likes art and in preparation for this occasion, I got some Yupo Paper so that we could play with my alcohol inks.  There is a huge variety of colors and also metallic mixatives to go with them at Simon Says Stamp and don't forget the Alcohol Ink Blending Solution.  I also have some of the little felt pads that can be used on the Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools.  You'll need Yupo Paper or Glossy cardstock sometimes works depending on the technique you want to use.


I always have rubber gloves on hand to use for occasions like this.  I get mine from Sally Beauty Supply, but I know you can get them anywhere including Amazon.  I also had two craft mats and two cookie sheets covered with Heavy Duty Reynolds Wrap because, lets face it, Alcohol inks definitely stain.  This gave us a place to set our work aside to dry and then leave it or go back to it after it was dried.  Some of the backgrounds we made I wish I had left well enough alone but there will always be more of them and no two will every look the same. 

I've only played with these inks one other time, but I had told Charlie about them and I figured I could probably use a lot of them for backgrounds on my cards.  We decided to start with my original pad of Yupo Paper, but I had ordered a pad of the new heavier weight paper as well.  I cut the sheets into 4 pieces and work on individual backgrounds one at a time.

To me, Alcohol Inks are even less predictable than watercolor but you never get the same thing twice which is part of the fun.  Charlie and I had a lot of fun experimenting and we also did some fun stuff with all my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks. In the end, Charlie asked me to make him a galaxy sky to put in a frame and hang in his room.  I did just happen to have a frame on hand that he liked.

When we finished playing in the alcohol inks, I had about 20 backgrounds that I could use for cards but I wanted to try a technique that I saw Jessica Frost Ballas do on some alcohol inked backgrounds which was to foil them.  Let me just say, there is some practice needed to obtain the look you want and I have had some practice but I still don't know exactly what makes some better than others except that you should put the heat too high on your Minc or you get nothing but foil.  I was going more for the gold veined look.

This is one of the backgrounds that didn't get much transfer from the foil.  I have others that have more foil, but this is the one I chose to work with today.  There was very little transfer of foil onto this background and I tried a couple of different heat settings.  So there's just a little hint of bling on there and it's more like a nice little surprise than actual full on bling.

I also chose to use the new Altenew Build-A-Flower:  Cattleya and to use Gold Heat Embossing for the outline.  Because of the size of this image, I didn't get my heat embossing as solidly as I would have liked, but it's okay.   The part you didn't know was going to be here is the original versus the 2nd attempt.  When I originally made this card and got it all finished, I didn't feel there was enough contrast to go with the background panel. So I took it apart (which means I tore the sentiment, and the floral image trying to get them off) and tried some different colors.   This first version uses the Rose Petal Collection of Inks.  It's okay, but it just kind of blends into the background and makes it not that great.


For my second version, I decided to go more for the purple tones and so used Shades of Purple Ink Collection, but I still didn't like that.  I didn't feel the purples were the right tone to go with the background and I wanted something simple, but still eye catching. So instead of stamping a new floral, I stamped on top of the Shades of Purple Inks.  What was Soft Lilac, got stamped over with Pinkalicious.  What I had stamped previously in Deep Iris got stamped on top with Midnight Violet.  This gave me the kind of Berry tones I was going for and also upped the contrast significantly.  I want the floral to be the star of the show, but a narrow strip of gold glitter paper and a gold shadow behind the sentiment make it eye catching and definitely a better look than what I initially got.

I made sure I had a straight edge to adhere the glitter paper to and then die cut a Stitched Rectangle panel with it attached to get just that little strip of glitter.  It was super easy that way since I like to use dies for my card fronts.


I'm really glad I changed it up instead of just submitting something I wasn't that happy with.  I also added some fun foam to the back of the die cut bloom this time instead of using foam squares cut in half.  For the sentiment, I did use a bit of foam tape.  I considered some sequins or gems, but I think with the busy-ness of the background, it would be too much.  I plan to include more cards made with other foiled backgrounds so you can look forward to those! 

You can barely see any foiling on the background and in fact, if you don't know where it is, I doubt you would see it.  I still have lots of backgrounds to work with that you'll be seeing more of in future projects as I continue to work through my Altenew Educator Certification Program.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I've linked the supplies I've used below for your convenience (Affiliate Links may be used).

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Twinkling Paper Studio 3rd Anniversary + AECP - For The Guys

I actually made these cards a few weeks back after watching the For The Guys Video Tutorials at the Altenew Academy for my AECP.  When I first started the classes for the program, I was having to watch on my phone, which was a little hard and I didn't go in order so I had to go back and look to see the order I was supposed to be working in.  Hooray for finally having Internet Service in my house! 

Some of you might have seen some of these photos on my Facebook Page, but I'll give you many more details here.  So if you go back to this link on my blog you'll see that I actually started with a class on Dynamic Die Cutting where I created this card using a technique called inverted die cutting.


For my For the Guys projects for today, I'll show you the card I made with all of those leftover stars from that card to create this one.


My husband, his twin brother and my grandsons, Lance and Chandler all have early August Birthdays so I didn't want to write this post until after a couple of the birthday's had passed.  I know the two grandsons don't read my blog so even though their birthdays are next week, I think it's okay to go ahead and write this post. 

Using all of the die cut leftovers from the first card which were all the white stars, I used a technique from another class called Impressive Heat Embossing.  I started by covering the white stars with Versamark and heat embossing them with Antique Gold Embossing Powder three times each for a really thick layer of embossing powder.  Now I admit, I am a very messy artist/crafter so I made sure to put a piece of printer paper underneath my embossing area so I could pour all of the excess back into the container.  Once those were done, I laid them out on my craft mat and heated them one by one again adding in sprinkles of Platinum Sparkle Embossing Powder on top for the two toned look.  After they were cool enough, I adhered them from largest to smallest with Multi Medium Matte and set a heavy piece of glass on the top while they dried. 

Guys always like geometric patterns and metallics in gold or silver so I decided to combine them.  I also went to my supply of Gold and White Cardstock to see what type of geometric print I had that would look good with the stars and decided on the one you see here.   I added foam tape to the back of each of the star stacks and stamped and die cut the sentiment adding it to a black banner the same width of the card.  As always, I was careful to use anti static powder on the area before the heat embossing part and then wiped the excess away with a microfiber cloth before adhering the die cut "wishes". 

When I showed this card to my husband, he asked me to send this one to his brother.  It was then that I decided to create something similar for my husband so I started die cutting a bunch of sizes of gold stars to stack on his card.  Because I didn't want the cards to be identical, I chose to go with a Black Kraft and Gold Cardstock for his background panel.  This particular paper pad came from Die Cuts With a View and the prints in it are fantastic and also, mostly Art Deco in style - which is one I love.

For the stars on this one, I added foam tape between each layer from largest to smallest and then added foam tape to the back of the star stacks as well.  I love using rich designer/foiled papers for quick cards. Everything else was the same as the one I sent to Wayne.

It's interesting to me that until I started making cards I would have thought my style was feminine with lots of flourishes and scrolls.  But I realized that mostly, I like very clean and graphic design with crisp lines, etc. 


One of the decisions we made when we were starting to move was to sell our old living room furniture and get new.  When we were talking with our sales person  about what style we wanted, I said, "clean lines, nothing ornately heavy, overstuffed or overtly feminine", nothing scrolly, or flourish-y" - maybe something with a mid century modern kind of vibe.  Let me tell you - she did a fantastic job and if you live in the Dallas Area and want furniture, you contact me and I will give your her name.  We even ended up going back for one more piece that we originally hadn't planned on because when we got a new TV for the living room, the table we planned on using and had been using, was too small.  Fayne is still working in Tulsa so he has a small place there where he is using our previous TV. 


This is our last house and I had my previous furniture for 21 years so I was ready for a change. The thing was, it was Clayton Marcus Furniture, so it was very well made and still looked like new.  But we felt the style and colors didn't go well in our new home. While we do have some very traditional elements in our home like the built in book cases I designed, the rug and some other things, we also have a lot of more contemporary pieces in things like our furnishings and our kitchen back-splash and our concrete and wood combination tables.  Here's a picture of our living room.  Don't mind the two cabinets laying on the living room floor.  They are for the bathrooms and will be getting installed tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed my thought processes of how these birthday cards came together starting with the leftover bits and pieces from the previously made card for Dynamic Die Cutting

I have been blogging now for three full years.  In this last year, I have collaborated on two stamp sets with Tasnim at Altenew and it has been an honor!  Even though I haven't been able to do as much the past 6 months with the house and our move, I have still had over 75,000 visitors and more than 1000 comments in the past 3 years.  I hope now that I can get back to work on a regular basis, that you will keep checking in often with me here.  We still have a lot to do with the house but for his birthday, Fayne's driveway extension got done!  He's pretty excited to see that when he gets home tonight!  Tomorrow we celebrate Chandler and Fayne's Birthdays with dinner at our new house for the first time 

Have a great day everyone!  Thanks so much for stopping by and hanging in with me if you've read this far.

July 2018 Altenew Blog Hop Winner!


I am so sorry to be so late posting this and you will need to hurry to claim your prize.  I just got unlimited Internet service back and my previous post was the first one since our move at the end of May that I have been able to include product links for you!

Anyhow - The winner of the Altenew Blog Hop from my blog is:


Please contact Altenew at winner@altenew.com by 8/10/2018 with the subject line Altenew July 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop Winner from Vicki Finger's Blog!  Don't delay!  I want you to get your prize!! 

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AECP - Easy Ink Blending Techniques

Hello all!  I am so happy to say that I now have Unlimited Internet Access which means I can get back to doing what I love - learning new techniques and sharing projects with all of you here!  I feel so behind on everything, but I can at least work now without having to stop because I reached my data limit for the day!  There's nothing like having to stop when you have a good flow going.

Today's project is for the Easy Ink Blending Techniques Class which is part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program.  I love Ink Blending and I did a couple of layers of that with some stamping and paint splatter for today's card.

I actually made a card for this class already, but I felt the need to give it to someone right away and then remembered that I hadn't photographed it yet.  So it's a good thing I had some roses and leaves already stamped to pull a new project together. This project uses the Build-A-Flower Rose Bundle.  On the previous one I made, it was hard to see the ink blending, so it worked out okay to make a new one.  For the blue roses, I used Ocean Waves, Aqualicious, Teal Cave, Galactic Stream, Dusk and Desert Night in that order for the blue blooms.

I started today's project by ink blending on a piece of Canson Bristol Cardstock.  I like to use this because it is very easy to blend on and also because I like to add shimmer mist to everything, so it can take the water better than regular cardstock does.  I started every so gently in the center of the panel and worked my way out in a circular motion.  Next I blended Aqualicious in just the outside circular area to give a little more depth.  I always feel that ink blending adds another layer of depth to the card without actually adding another actual layer making it more expensive to mail, so love it.  I work on a large glass mat that is 24 x 18 so I have plenty of area to work in without getting ink everywhere.  When you start in the center, it really isn't an issue but if I was going all the way to the edge, I would have a piece of printer paper underneath.


In the class, Amy Lee did a technique where she did emboss resist and then added in some splatter and I like this look so I want to incorporate a bit of that into my piece.  I used Ocean Waves Re-Inker for the first layer of splatter.  Then I wanted to add a really bold color so I used Desert Night Re-Inker.  I just put one tiny drop of color onto an acrylic block, dip a long bristled brush into a bit of water and essentially remove all of the excess on the side of the water container, and that makes it fluid enough to create the spatter by tapping on the brush handle.  I used a Silver White Paintbrush is Size 4 for this.  Once I had the two colors of blue splatter, I heat set it and then mixed a bit of pearl white paint in a pretty thick mixture so that it would be a little more dimensional.  I heat set that and then die cut the front panel with a stitched rectangle die.  Of course, I added a layer of Shimmer Mist to the panel.

I heat set that layer as well before I added a sentiment from the same stamp set using Versamark with Antique Gold Embossing Powder.


Because I have been wanting to try Distress Micro Glaze, I put a layer of that on top of everything which makes it waterproof.  I don't feel it was nearly as effective as it is with Distress Oxide Inks, but you don't know if you don't try so I figured it wouldn't hurt anything to try it and I was right.  It didn't really add anything in this case either so it was a "no harm, no foul".


After putting together my floral arrangement, I wanted to add some bling so I added a few small pearls with a few sequins. The pearls are very hard to see but if you look for them near the sequins, you'll find them.  I have another project in mind using an ink blending technique that I love but haven't done for a while so I am hoping to find time to do that as I finish each of my classes.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I always appreciate it when you and especially when you take time to comment!

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