Sunday, September 9, 2018

Altenew Educator - Beyond Basic Backgrounds

Hi Everyone! I'm back today with my first project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level II classes.  This particular project is from Beyond Basic Backgrounds and is from the Day 2 Class where we learned about perfect spacing.  I absolutely loved this class and I played around with many different shapes until I found one that gave me a "double" design.

Card by Lydia Evans
Lydia showed us how to create our own background paper with perfect spacing and inks to create our designs.  You can make a grid design for perfectly spaced patterns that also are a perfect match to the inks you might be using for your decorative elements.  In my case, that is what I did.

A few years ago (2-3) I got a freebie stamp set with an order that I placed from Winnie & Walter called Bigger Bang Confetti.  I also have Simple Shapes and Simple Shapes XL from Altenew and you'll probably see some of those coming in the future.  This is the absolutely perfect thing to do when you don't have a matching card stock or patterned paper and that is what you want.  In my case, I made a grid as Lydia showed in the class and then playing with different shapes, I discovered by stamping this one in a certain way (diagonal vs up and down) that I got a two-fer.  First you get the main design with the pointy/curvy squares (Sorry, don't know what you'd actually call this shape) but then you get a secondary pattern in the white space of the card.  How fun is that?  I thought I'd make a not so fancy birthday card as I seem to be needing lots of those lately.  A lot of my designs are too feminine and/or fancy to give to a guy, so I tried to go in a more fun direction for this challenge and use something with a more clean and graphic feel to it.  I used the Altenew Sea Shore Collection of inks for this card which contains Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Lagoon and Emerald. 

There were lots of ways that Lydia showed us how to stamp and create our own background paper, from graphic like the one I created to florals and everything in between.  I personally have no problems using my designer papers, but I don't always have an exact match to what I am wanting to use, so I loved learning this technique. I used a Customer Appreciation Gift from Papertrey Ink that is a few years old as well but I felt the graphic style fit well with my background.  And hey - look - no gold on this card!!  heat embossing so it's hard for me usually, but this card is perfect just the way it is.

This was a great class and as always, well priced also.  You can find Beyond Basic Backgrounds at THIS link.  The class is $8.95 and well worth every penny.

I hope you enjoyed a different type and style of card from me today!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  I really appreciate your visits!


  1. Very nice! especially the pointy-curvy squares (I don't know what to call them either) - and the grid idea sounds interesting - might be a good class for me sometime.

  2. Wow, I really love the background that you created with your stamping, Vicki! The groove circles are just too pretty and fun! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!


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