Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Altenew Educator - Seasonal Scene Building

Hello there!  I hope you are having a great week so far.  We are on our fourth day of rain in a row and I am needing some sunshine, so I decided to come into the studio and finish a project for my AECP Class - Seasonal Scene Building.  I wasn't sure where to head with this one, mostly because there are so many possibilities. In the end, I incorporated a few different techniques for my card.

Tulip Magnolia
I have a new die (PTI Shape Shifters Oval #2) that I had to wait a few months for it to even come back in stock, so I knew I wanted to use that for my card, as a frame for my scene.  I die cut one and set it aside.  Then I stamped and heat embossed three blooms from Altenew's Magnolias for Her Stamp Set onto Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper.  This is actually one of my favorites and also one of my favorite spring trees because of the gorgeous blooms.  I like all types of magnolia trees but I am especially drawn to Magnolia Coral Lake and Tulip Magnolia trees. I was actually going for more of the Tulip Magnolia Color today.  Part of the reason that I am not all that great with Watercolor is that I am far too impatient to let it dry between layers in the normal way I make cards.  So I need to have a couple of projects going simultaneously in order to be patient enough for the layers.

It's not that I ever plan out a whole card and then assemble.  I totally fly by the seat of my pants pretty much all the time.  I usually have in mind what type of card I want to make and probably a particular stamp set selected, but that's about it.  The rest of it gets done on the fly all the way down to the cardstock I put it on.  I've developed a love for simple but elegant styling and that's mostly what I tend to stick to.  I also really love a crisp white card base most of the time, even if I'm completely covering the front of the card with something else.

A couple of weekends ago, one of my grandsons, who starts his Senior Year in High School tomorrow, was here and I was showing him about alcohol inks and we spend one entire afternoon just trying out different techniques in the studio.  We were just playing and you don't have much control over what happens anyhow with alcohol inks.  But because of that, I have several background pieces already done up.  Most of them were also foiled in my Minc.  It's hard to tell how much gold will transfer to an alcohol inked background so you just have to run it through and see.  This particular piece didn't pick up too much of the gold but there's a little of it there making it look a little like a piece of agate or granite with some gold veins.  This particular one I thought would also make a great "sky" colored background which is why I decided to use it for this card.  There's a tiny bit of lavender in the color mix as well, but I often see that in Texas skies, especially in the evening when the sun starts to set.  I really love how this worked out for this card and I think it made for the perfect background for my frame.  I sued the largest Oval from PTI Noted: Scalloped A2 Set to die cut this.  It did cover up the pierced line but left that beautiful edge on the white die cut.

In addition to the blooms, I like to put them on the branch from Altenew's Vintage Flowers Stamp and Die Bundle.  Once I had the card finished, I realized I had just about obscured the branch, but if you look for it you will see it coming from the top left to the bottom right of the oval.  Since I put a vellum banner under my Sentiment, it covered up even more than the blooms did, but once the Multi Medium Matte was dry, there was no going back.


At this angle, you can really see the gold foiled veining on the alcohol inked background and the gold foil cardstock as the shadow for the sentiment.


In this picture, you can see it, but you can't really tell it's gold so I wanted to give you both views.  I wanted to add some bling since the gold is pretty subtle on this background but I didn't have any sequins the right shade so I added some little gems.  Just a little touch of sparkle was the right touch here.

I hope you enjoyed this Spring Scene that I created here.  I've linked the supplies below for your convenience (Affiliate Links may be used).  The Magnolias for Her Stamp Set  is one of the 4 x 6 sets so it's a more affordable option than the larger sets.  The bundle is also really affordable.

Altenew Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
Altenew Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Altenew Magnolia For Her Dies
Altenew Magnolia For Her Dies
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Altenew Magnolias For Her Stamp & Die Bundle
Altenew Magnolias For Her Stamp & Die Bundle
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Altenew Magnolias For Her Stamp Set
Altenew Magnolias For Her Stamp Set
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Altenew Rose Petals Reinker Set
Altenew Rose Petals Reinker Set
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Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper 9 x 12 #140
Arches Hot Pressed Watercolor Paper 9 x 12 #140
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Decofoil Transfer Sheets Bulk Pack
Decofoil Transfer Sheets Bulk Pack
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Heidi Swap Minc Machine
Heidi Swap Minc Machine
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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Marvy Jewel Picker
Marvy Jewel Picker
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MISTI Stamping Tool
MISTI Stamping Tool
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PTI Stamper's Select Vellum (#44)
PTI Stamper's Select Vellum (#44)
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PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
PTI Stamper's Select White Cardstock
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
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Scotch 3M Foam Tape
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Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
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Silver Black Velvet Size 2
Silver Black Velvet Size 2
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Silver Black Velvet Size 4
Silver Black Velvet Size 4
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SSS Big Thanks Die
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Thermoweb Decofoil Transfer Gel
Thermoweb Decofoil Transfer Gel
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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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).

Altenew Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
Altenew Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder
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Altenew Beautiful Day
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Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
Altenew Build-A-Flower Rose
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Altenew Crisp Ink Sweet Dreams Collection
Altenew Crisp Ink Sweet Dreams Collection
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Altenew Deco Wallpaper Stencil
Altenew Deco Wallpaper Stencil
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Altenew Sweet Dreams Collection
Altenew Sweet Dreams Collection
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Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
Cuttlebug Die Cutting Machine
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Decofoil Transfer Sheets Bulk Pack
Decofoil Transfer Sheets Bulk Pack
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Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
Kokuyo Long Dot Runner Adhesive
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Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Non-Stick Craft Sheet
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Scotch 3M Foam Tape
Scotch 3M Foam Tape
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Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives Thin 3D Foam Squares
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Teflon Bone Folder
Teflon Bone Folder
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Thermoweb Decofoil Transfer Gel
Thermoweb Decofoil Transfer Gel
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Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Trimmer
Tim Holtz Tonic Paper Trimmer
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Versamark Ink
Versamark Ink
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Viva Decor Palette Knife Set
Viva Decor Palette Knife Set
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Wagner Heat Tool
Wagner Heat Tool
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WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
WPLUS9 Gift Card Layers Designer Dies
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