Just So Happy for You featuring Altenew

Altenew Educator Certification ProgramI’m back today with my latest project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program to complete the Impressive Heat Embossing Class.

I usually make a big mess when I add embossing powder to my cards. I often forget to use an anti-static tool before stamping the embossing ink so I usually end up with stray bits of embossing powder all over my image. I’ve been experimenting more and more with using clear embossing powder over colored ink to get the crisp and clean results that I prefer. The added benefit is that it extends the use of my growing collection of inks.

For this card, I used a scallop die to cut a piece of 80# Neenah card stock. I placed the shaped card stock in my Misti and arranged several stamps from the Persian Motifs stamp set along the edge. I stamped the image several times using Delicata Ink in Golden Glitz, covered the stamped image with clear embossing powder, and heat set the powder. Delicata is one of my favorite inks and the result is a crisp outline when combined with heat embossing. Any stray bits of embossing powder disappear on the white background so I can look like an embossing pro instead of the usual klutz that I am with colored embossing powder.

Rowhouse Greetings | Persian Motifs by Altenew

I cut the sentiment three times from 80# Neenah card stock, stacking and gluing two of the pieces together. For the third, I blended the die cut with Altenew Crisp Die Ink. Then I stamped the sentiment with my embossing ink pad and covered it with clear embossing powder. After heat setting the sentiment, I glued it to the previous stack, offsetting it slightly to add dimension. I stamped the remaining sentiments in black ink and glued the die cut sentiment in place. It still felt like something was missing so I added a few colored dew drops to complete my card.

So that’s all from me for now. What’s on your craft table today?

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Neenah Solar White 80#
Stamps: Persian Motifs by Altenew; Halftone Happy by Altenew
Dies: Happy Die by Altenew; Scalloped Rectangle Stackables by Lawn Fawn
Inks: Altenew Crisp Dye Ink in Caribbean Sky; Delicata in Golden Glitz, Verafine in Onyx Black, Versamark, all by Tsukineko
Embellishments: Nuvo Embossing Powder in Clear; Honey Dew Drops by Honey Bee Stamps

Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew

Altenew Educator Certification ProgramGood morning friends! I’m off to a rocky start today. I just broke my glasses so everything is a little blurry right now. So please excuse any typos! Hopefully my project photo is in focus!

I’m back today with my first project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program Level I classes. This project is based on a variation of Lesson Two in the Celebration: Stencil Techniques class. My project features Altenew’s Leaf Burst Stencil and Halftone Hello stamp and die set. I began by stenciling the leaf design on watercolor paper with Distress Inks. Then I applied transparent glossy embossing paste through the stencil which slightly mutes the colors of the Distress Ink. I purposely offset the sentiment and die cut to the right so that they would not distract from the central part of the stenciled design.

I’m not quite ready to let go of warm weather so I decided to use lighter spring colors instead of the golds, browns, and oranges that characterize fall. Besides, this is one of my favorite Distress Ink combinations. I also love using embossing paste for the extra texture and dimension it adds to a card design.

Rowhouse Greetings | Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew

To create the stenciled image:

  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4 inches x 5.25 inches.
  2. Tape the Leaf Burst Stencil to the watercolor paper, offset to the left.
  3. Working from the center outward, blend Distress Inks through the stencil in the following order: Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters, and Mowed Lawn.
  4. With the stencil still in place, apply an even coat of Ranger Texture Paste (transparent gloss) with a palette knife. The texture paste will appear milky in color but will dry clear and glossy.
  5. Carefully remove the stencil. Rinse the stencil and palette knife to remove any remaining texture paste.
  6. Set the stenciled image to the side to dry for at least 30 minutes.

To create the sentiment:

  1. Cut a piece of vellum 5/8 inch x 5 inches.
  2. Stamp the sentiment on the vellum using Ranger Archival Ink. Allow to dry.
  3. Stamp the Hello image using Ranger Archival Ink. Cover with clear embossing powder and heat set.
  4. Die cut the Hello image and glue to vellum strip.

To complete the card:

  1. Adhere vellum strip with sentiments to card, wrapping edges of vellum around the edges of card.
  2. Glue a piece of craft foam (cut to 3.75 inches x 5 inches) to the back of the stenciled image. I use craft foam rather than foam tape because it provides even support across the entire card.
  3. Glue image layer to a top folding card base.

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope you find some inspiration in the simplicity of this project.

Below are the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. All items were personally purchased except those marked with an asterisk (*) . I never share a product I do not like. Read more.


Paper: Neenah Solar White 110#; Canson 140# Watercolor Paper; White Vellum by Bazzill
Stamp: Halftone Hello by Altenew
Die: Halftone Hello Die by Altenew
Stencil: Leaf Burst Stencil by Altenew
Inks: Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Cracked Pistachio, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black
Embellishments: Ranger Texture Paste – Transparent Gloss


Altenew_Inspiration-Challenge_AprilThe photo at left is the inspiration for Altenew’s April Inspiration Challenge. I was inspired by the colors — particularly since it’s a combination that I don’t usually think of. I used the Beautiful Day stamp set by Altenew and love how the different stamps in this set can be used together to create a multi-colored flower or separately as background elements. To finish, I added a sentiment from Penny Black stamped on a die cut banner by Avery Elle to mimic a bit of the shape and texture in the inspiration photo.


Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 110#
Stamps: Beautiful Day by Altenew; Pretty Petals by Penny Black
Inks: Memento by Tsukineko in Summer Sky, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk; Brilliance by Tsukineko in Cosmic Copper
Dies: Dotted Elle-Ments by Avery Elle

Beautiful Lady

My current obsession is with Altenew stamps so of course I’ve already acquired several of them to play around with. Since my style tends to be clean and simple, a card featuring a single sprigg of Lantana from the Beautiful Lady stamp set seemed like a good place to start.

I stamped the image on watercolor paper with VersaMark and heat embossed it using Stampendous! Embossing Powder in Detail White. The image was watercolored using distress inks and a water brush. After the image was dry, I applied Ranger’s Micro Glaze to seal the distress inks. The sentiment — from Penny Black’s Sprinkles and Smiles stamp set — was stamped on vellum with Stazon ink. Add a few enamel dots from Echo Park’s Jack and Jill Collection and we have a winner!


Cardstock: Neenah Exact 110 lb; Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper; Sky Blue Dots by American Crafts; Specialty Vellum by American Crafts
Stamps: Beautiful Lady by Altenew; Sprinkles and Smiles by Penny Black
Inks: Versamark, Stazon in Jet Black and Versafine in Onyz Black by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Broken China, Tumbled Glass, Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar.
Embellishments: Stampendous! Embossing Powder in Detail White; Jack and Jill Girl Enamel Dots by Echo Park Paper Co.

Work in Progress: Persian Motifs

Persian_Motifs_grandeI recently purchased several Altenew stamps and finally had a chance to play around with them. I’m not particularly skilled at heat embossing — I usually end up with more embossing powder scattered on my workspace than on the card — but the Persian Motifs stamp set seemed perfect for a little heat embossing and a lot of distress inks.

Work in progress — final product later!


Paper: Canson Cold Press Watercolor Paper
Stamp: Persian Motifs by Altenew
Inks: Versamark by Tsukineko; Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Pine Needles, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick and Spun Sugar.
Embossing Powder: Stampendous! in Detail White