AECP Level 2 Lesson In The Mood For Color

On to the next lesson and the focus for this lesson “In The Mood For Color” is using color to express a mood.  I created a card to express happy thoughts.  I used a stamp set from Altenew Garden Silhouette. The bright colors would create the mood and I used Tombow markers in  bright pink, yellow and light blue for coloring the flowers and bright green for the stems.  The leafy branch was inked with Altenew light green ink cube.

I used a simple clean layout that started with a quarter sheet of white card stock.  I colored the first stamp using the bright yellow marker and  green for the stem.  I stamped the yellow flower in each corner.  Next was the pink flower in the middle of each side and filled in  the other spaces with another flower and this one was light blue.  I filled in the other spaces with the stamped mini-leaf branch.

Next,  I stamped Happy Thoughts sentiment in black Versaclair ink and clear embossing powder.  The next step was to add light green ink using a foam blending pad and the small dot stencil.  The last step was to die cut the piece using a stitched edge die cut from My Favorite Things.  I used double sided tape to attach finished piece to white card stock.  Great easy card to customize for other occasions.

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  • Altenew Garden Silhouette stamp, leaf, branches and matching sentiments

  • Altenew Happy Thoughts sentiment

  • Altenew gradient dots stencil

  • Tombow markers- Yellosw 062, Pink 743, Blue 451, Green 133

  • Black Versaclair ink and clear embossing powder

  • My Favorite Things stitched edge rectangle die

  • Foam blending tool

  • White card stock

AECP Level 2 Beyond Basic Backgrounds Lesson

It was time to work on another lesson 2 menu and I started this time at the beginning of the list.  After watching the lesson video and taking a look at the card inspiration I was ready to begin.  I used a new stamp set from Altenew called Garden Sillouette.  I ordered this set as liked the selection of solid flowers, leaves, branches and the canning jar and vase stamps.

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Nancy Souza Level 2 Lesson Beyond Basic Backgrounds

As the lesson focus was using a stencil I had to create one first. I used a piece of stencil paper from a pad that was from Melissa and Doug.  That was a great find one day.  I used two different leaf dies from the set to die cut five branches.  Next I used white card stock and my MISTI tool to ink the flowers using Tombow marker 553 and 192  for the stem.  I had to add more ink from the markers to get a darker image and for the final stamp I spritzed the flowers with water to blend the ink a bit.  I then die cut the coordinating from white paper for the three flowers.  I lightly sprayed each die cut using Pixie spray and covered each flower. I layered the stencil on top , used paper tape to secure it and used a foam bleding pad and Altenew firefly green dye ink to add color to  the branches. Now the flowers are in the foreground and the branches are in the background.

I added a  strip of black and white stripe paper  from paper pad fromMy I avorite Things.  I used the Thanks stamp from the set for the sentiment and banner die and a coordinating blue banner die cut as well.  I used my favorite stitched edge rectangle die from My Favorite Things  and then attached it to horizontal A2 card base.  I splattered the piece with water diluted light blue ink using the Tombow marker I used on the flowers.  Simple card layout using only a few colors.

I created the  stencil  using dies from the Garden Silouette set using stencil paper from Melissa and Doug


  • Altentew Garden Silouette stamps and coordinating dies
  • Altenew dye ink Firefly green ink cube
  • Tombow markers 553 and 192
  • Ranger foam blending tool
  • My Favorite Things  mini banner dies, stitched rectangle die
  • My Favorite Things black and white stripe paper pad
  • White card stock and strip of blue
  • Versafine black ink
  • Pixie spray adhesive
  • Fan brush for ink splatters
  • MISTI stamping platform


AECP Level 2 Magical Markers Techniques


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Nancy Souza Level 2 Magical Markers 

Hooray!  I received my Level 1 badge for successfully completing the Level Challenge!  Now it is on to the Level 2 lesson homework.  This lesson objective was to use markers to create a card with visual interest.  I have a sizable collection of Copic markers and of course I had Yupo paper.  I combined the two to create the background.  I like using Alcohol Ink (AI) and have done lots of projects using this ink on Yupo paper both the white and transparent paper and many different techniques including using canned air to move the ink  on the plastic paper. The homework for Lesson 1 is to use markers, so I used my Copic markers.  I created stripes of shades of green on Yupo white paper using five different Copic greens.  I added more ink to each stripe to darken them.  Then I used a spray bottle that is filled with 91% Alcohol and lightly misted the paper.  I only wanted to created some visual interest and keep the stripes intact.  Next, I taped the hello die to the inked paper and die cut it.  This created a matching colored hello. To cover up the die cut ‘hole’ I die cut a piece of white cardstock  using a stitched rectangle from My Favorite Things.  I also die cut the Yupo paper using another stitched rectangle to fit the front of the A2 card.  Almost done- I used some white glue to adhere the hello die cut to the white rectangle.  I stamped a sentiment from an Altenew set I had in my collection -You Make Me Happy that coordinated with the Hello sentiment.  I die cut it using a mini banner  die from My Favorite Things.  I used 3M foam tape to attach the completed rectangle, I added  a small piece behind the end of the word banner  and tucked the end behind the panel.  Done!  I love the shades of green.  This would look great in any color and is generic depending on the colors that you use. Happy Mail!

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  • Yupo medium white paper pad Legion brand
  • Altenew Fancy Hello die
  • Altenew sentiment stamp
  • My Favorite Things stacked set of stitched dies
  • My Favorite Things banner die
  • Versafine black ink pad
  • Copic markers- G21 Lime Green, G24 Willow, YG 05 Salad, YG 25 Celadon Green, YG 21 Grass Green
  • Mini spray bottle with 91% Alcohol
  • 3M foam tape
  • Narrow roll of double sided paper tape
  • White glue
  • White card stock