Hello everyone and welcome back! As you've probably noticed, I have been taking some time off from "official" work to work on some other projects. It is really difficult to work when my husband is working a combined shift of 4 weeks of days/2 weeks of nights and repeat. He's in the guest room (which has black out film on the windows) trying to sleep during the day, which is next to my office. You probably won't see a lot of blogging this year, but there will be some from time to time. Today I am back with Altenew for an Altenew Educator Blog Hop where we're featuring an old or new favorite or both! You'll get a chance to see one of the things I've been playing with behind the scenes so let's get started.
Along with many of my industry friends, I have become obsessed with Gel Press Printing. My friend, Lydia Fiedler, does Facebook lives every day during the week, and one of the things she's shown us is Gel Press Printing. I resisted temptation as long as I could but finally caved in and bought a gel press. A few days after that, Jennifer McGuire did a demonstration with hers using Distress Oxide Inks, so I have multiple mediums to try! If you're interested in a class, I recommend Lydia Fiedler's classes on Gel Pressing.
Since I last blogged, I had to replace my computer monitor, (yes I still like my desktop computer), so my photos look really different to me. My previous monitor was 18 years old and it was made for photographers (what I did at that time) so it had a very high contrast ratio of 10,000 to 1. Well, monitors have come a long way in 18 years and my contrast ratio is now 10,000,000 to 1! WOWEE! Plus, it's about twice as big as my old one. Now that I'm getting back to work, I am definitely really enjoying this new monitor.
For my first two projects today, I used a Gel Press Print for the backgrounds along with a couple of new-to-me Altenew products; Swirl Motif Die Set and Climber Flowers Dies. The Climber Flowers are super easy to die-cut and put together. The Swirl Motif is a bit more tedious for the top layer, but I made it easier by die-cutting some paper that already had adhesive on the back to make it go easier. You just have to be careful as the die is very fine and detailed so it would be easy to rip. I didn't have any trouble, but I was pretty careful. I love the shiny gold on the shimmering gold shadow layer.
The flowers require three different colors or coordinating cardstock as do the leaves. So a light, medium, and dark color cardstock in the same color family. If you want to make it easy, use the Altenew Gradient Cardstock paper packs. But if you're like me and have a bazillion paper scraps, then grab your scraps and go for it.