All posts by Espresso Expressions

I am a card designer and paper artist who loves creating cards and paper projects. I enjoy learning new techniques and sharing ideas with friends. I am now a Certified Altenew Educator having successfully completed all leveled lessons /challenges and teaching a Zoom virtual workshop. Take a look at my Instagram posts of my paper projects. My favorite color in case you wanted to know is- Glitter!

Altenew Certified Educator’s September Instagram Hop


AECP Text Savvy Instagram Hop
Text Savvy Themed Cards- the focus of all of the cards is either a die cut word, stamped text or both

The theme for the September 2021 Instagram Hop for the Altenew Educators Certfied Participants group is Text Savvy. I created seven cards using a combination of dies and words from the Altenew supplies I had. Each card demonstrates a different technique that showcases the Text Savvy theme.

Inked and Stamped Word Banners Card

Inked paper banners using Altenew inks, stamped words and Washi tape accent

For this card I used Altenew shades of pink ink cubes to create the colored paper. The sentiments were from a Altenw stamp set . I die cut the banners from My Favorite Things, this set created the folded tag effect.

Yellow Inked Stripes

This card has inked stripes and I used Altenew yellow ink cubes to create the shaded stripes and then cut them into stripes.

Painted Green Stripes

Pink, Purple and Silver Washi Tape

One more inked stripes this time I used ink to water color the stripes

Yellow Painted Background

I created this painted background using Altenew ink cubes in shades of yellow using a large round brush and lots of water. I added ink splatters in a darker shade from the ink cube set.

Hello and Pink Painted Brush Strokes

For this card layout, I used a horizontal card fold for the A2 card base. I painted the brush strokes using Altenew pink nk cubes on water color paper and added ink splatters for accents.

Hello Die and Stenciled Accents

This is another A2 top score card with green ink stenciled accents using an Altenew stencil. I used the gradient Altenew dot stencil for the word tag. The die cut Hello is from Altenew and die cut using black glossy paper.

Purple Hello and Inked Background

For this card I used Altenew purple ink cubes to create a gradient of shades of purple and water splatters for accents. I die cut the inked piece using the rounded rectangle from Aletnew and three die cuts from the same set for a layered rectange feature. I die cut the hello from the painted panel and layered several other pieces for added dimension. I stamped the sentiment in the corner of the hello piece and layered all of the pieces together,

Suppiles and Materials

  • Altenew word dies and rounded corner rectangle
  • Altenew ink cubes- yellows, pinks, purples and greens
  • Altenew stencils
  • My Favorite Things mini banner dies

my first AECP virtual zoom class! Ten cards + four cards= fourteen cards


After many hours of planning, researching ideas, creating prototypes and searching for just the right Altenew pattern papers I was ready to complete the required proposal and the related paper work to submit to Altenew for approval. I wanted to do something different, hence new ideas to use patterned paper that sometimes sits on a shelf at home.

My proposal focused on creating a template/grid to divide a 12″ x 12″ double sided Altenew printed paper to then use to cut the paper into sections that would create ten A2 cards. I created another grid for a 6″ x 6″ Altenew paper that would be used to create four A2 cards. So in total, fourteen cards would be created using a single 12″ x 12″ patterned paper and a 6′ x 6″ double sided patterned paper.

Paper crafters logged onto the Zoom platform and followed along as I shared my card samples, shared the pattern grid and then to cut the paper into sections for both of the papers.

It was a fun evening and everyone enjoyed the virtual class techniques of new ways to use the 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper and for the 6″ x 6″ double sided paper for completing 14 A2 cards.

Here are the card samples that I created for the class. It was lots of fun sharing ideas, techniques and supplies and meeting fellow card makers.

  •  12” x 12”  Altenew EnjoyThe Ride: Blustery paper from the Enjoy the Ride paper pack
  • 6”x 6” Altenew Summer Garden paper packet
  • Altenew Shades of Purple mini ink cubes for ink blending
  • Altenew stamped sentiments from Smiles and Hugs
  • Altenew stamped sentiments from a variety of sets
  • White card stock for the card base and strips for inking
  • Envelopes for the cut pieces

Altenew Educators “Anything But A Card” Blog Hop and Linky Party + Giveaway

Welcome to the newest Altenew’s Educators Blog Hop! The theme/topic for this Hop is “Anything But A Card”. I have the perfect project to share with you. I used some of my favorite Altenew products- pattterned paper, Washi tape and a stamp with a matching die.

For my “Anything But A Card” project I repurposed an upainted 5″ x7″ wooden easel picture frame. Here are some photos of the repurposed picture frame.


I had this 5″ x 7″ wooden picture in my collection of card making supplies and mixed media projects for a long time. It needed an upgrade. I painted the wooden frame with white acrylic paint to cover the unpainted frame. I used the Altenew Many Dots wide washi tape to wrap the frame starting from the inside edge, the sides and the back of the frame. I used a craft knife to create the mitered corners.

I then selected a watercolored background paper from the Altenew Summer Garden 6″ x6″ paper pack. The watercolored blueish paper was a great contrast to the black and white dots on the frame.

Next, I stamped the outline Smile stamp from the Altenew Halftone Smile stamp set on blue paper. I used the coordinating Altenew smile die for the stamped smile word. I die cut a 2″ x 3 1/4″ white card stock rectangle and stamped the word ‘just’ from the same Atlenew stamp set onto the white rectangle and then glued the smile die to the tag. I used foam tape behind the smile die cut word to pop it up from the background paper. The last step was to secure the easel back cardboard to the frame. Done! A big step up from the plain wooden frame. So, if you have a wooden frame that is boring and needs an upgrade, use Altenew washi tape, word stamps, Altenew patterned paper and a coordinating die to go from plain to fabulous.

Here is a link for you to post your “Anything But A Card”. Can’t wait to see your awesome creations!

Please, check out my Altenew Blog Hop AECP Colleagues to see what they have created! Have fun and be inspired!

Altenew Card Blog 

Terri Marie Koszler 

Neha Aggarwal 

Bridget Casey 

Tenia Nelson 

Nandini Karmarkar 

Teri Stokes 

Rachael Shedeed 

Fiona Duff 

Eva Bussom  

Nenette S. Madero 

Roteja Galvan 

Karen Brown 

Sandra Woodson 

Helen Kalb 

Maryam Sharara 

Penny Pynnonen 

Rosie Neustaedter 

Irina Fonina 

Rebecca Sogn  (check out Rebecca’s Blog before you visit mine)

Nancy Souza  ( don’t forget to check out Virginia’s Blog next)

Virginia Lu 



Do you have 12″ x12″ scrapbook paper that you have not used in awhile? Not sure how you can use it to make a card? Join me to learn how to create ten cards using one sheet of Altenew 12″ x12″ piece of double sided paper. Or if you want , use a piece of 6″ x 6″ double sided paper and you will learn how to create four different card layouts. You select the Altenew papers that you already have in your collection. Make ten, four or fourteen cards! Don’t have any 12″ x12″ paper? Learn how to create ten cards so you are ready when you want to use the larger piece of paper for ten special cards. You will learn how to stretch your paper supplies using paper you already have. A fun evening learning new card making sketches! Hope to see you -virtually on Tuesday, July 6 at 6:00 P.M. EST.



COST- Free, no charge

DATE- Tuesday, July 6, 2021

TIME- 6:00 P.M.- 7:30 P.M. EST


CLASS SIZE- Maximum 10

REGISTER- via this Blog post by Friday, July 2, 2021 confirmation will be sent to confirm your workshop attendance

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – PDF directions, including supply list and other information will be shared four days prior to the workshop

QUESTIONS- contact me via this Blog

Altenew/AECP may 2021 mixed media instagram hop and blog post

Hello! My First Altenew Instagram Hop!

I am so excited to participate in a new Altenew Instagram Hop for the first time. The theme for this hop is to create a Mixed Media project using Altenew stamps and related materials. I created three, as I enjoy creating paper projects that are dimensional and have texture, and I like a challenge! Hope you check my Instagram post and visit my fellow AECP colleagues and their Mixed Media posts as well. Here are photos of my projects- two mixed media canvas boards and one mini tag booklet- and details about each one! Have fun and be creative!

Photos of The Mixed Media Projects Using Altenew Stamps, Dies and Inks

Zinnia mixed media canvas board, a mini tag booklet and flower antecd vase mixed media canvas board. I combined a variety of techniques for each project- dimensional flower, fussy cutting layering, painting, embossing, die cutting images incorporating Altenew stamps, dies and inks.

1. Zinnia Mixed Media Canvas Board Techniques

How To’s- Prep the canvas board using gesso medium. Paint the background using diluted blue distress ink to create a blended effect.

For this mixed media board I used stamps from the Altenew Smiles and Hugs. I stamped the zinnia flower three times using permanent black ink. Then I painted the petals using ink from the Altenew yellow ink cubes then I fussy cut the flowers. Leave two flowers intact and shape the petals. Trim the remaining flower piece to create the center of the flower. Stamp three leaf branches from the same set. Paint them as well using ink from the Altenew Green Valley green ink cubes. Stamp three words from the same set- Smiles, Hugs and Kisses to create mini word banners. Add visual interest by shading the edges of the canvas board and random printed paper and Altenew Gold Thread washi tape. Layer the flower pieces . Use foam tape to add dimension and glue it to the canvas board. Tuck the three leaf sprigs behind the flower. Blend some ink to shade the word banners and adhere them to the board. Extra- splatter some white paint on the board as an accent. I added the dots using a black Glaze pen.

2. Three Mini Vases and Flower Stems Mixed Media Canvas Board

How To’s- Prep the canvas board with a coat of gesso medium. Apply a wash of light green ink using Altenew Green Valley ink cube set to create a blended effect. Add some torn strips from a printed source- I used paper from an old checkbook register.

For this mixed media project I used stamps and dies from Altenew Garden Silhouette set. I die cut the mini vase three times on white card stock. Then I used light blue distress ink to create a water diluted wash to touch the vases to the wash. I let the vases dry and then sprayed it with a textured distress spray to create a glossy textured finish. I used three diffferent flower stems from the set and die cut each one. I used a variety of Altenew ink cubes-Sunflower Field ink cubes, Warm Cozy ink cubes to paint and shade the flowers and stems. I stamped three mini word tags from the Altenew Charmed stamp set. Then I attached the flower stems to the board and then used foam tape to adhere the vases to the board. I splattered diluted white paint to the board to add visual interest. Last step, I added the mini word tags to the vases from the Altenew Charmed stamp set.

3. Mixed Media Mini Tag Booklet

How To- die cut five tags using the Altenew Rounded Rectangle stacked die set from a manila file folder. I used a diluted Altenew Green Valley green ink cubes to create a wash and swiped the tags through the inky puddles to create the colored background.

For this mini tag booklet I used Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set, the Altenew Breathe mini mandala stamp and the Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set for the mini word tags. I stamped a leaf branch to each panel using Versaclair black ink in different positions for each panel and heat set with clear embossing powder. I selected the tag I wanted to be used as the first one, and stamped and embossed the other side as that would be the cover when the tags were folded together. I stamped the mini mandala stamp to the top of the tag using a Altenew green ink cube that blended into the background. I stamped the mini word tags from the Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set on white card stock and added one to each panel. I attached the inked tags together using Altenew black and white dot washi tape. I was able to fold the tags to create the closed booklet with a stamped tag for the cover.


  • Altenew Leaf Canopy stamps
  • Altenew Breathe stamp
  • Altenew Garden Silhouette stamp and die set
  • Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set
  • Altenew Charmed stamp set- word sentiments
  • Altenew Rounded Rectangle Die Set
  • Altenew ink cube setsGreen Valley, Sunflower Field, Warm and Cozy
  • Altenew Black and White Painted Dots wide washi tape
  • Altenew Gold String wide washi tape
  • Manila file folder
  • Versaclair black ink
  • Clear embossing powder and heat tool
  • White card stock
  • Canvas boards- 4″ x 4″
  • Foam tape, double sided tape, liquid glue
  • White acrylic paint



Having stencils in your card making toolbook is such a great versatile resource and can be used for so many techniques. For these three cards I used the Altenew wonky grid stencil. I created several cards for the Altenew Educators lessons using this stencil and for other cards as well.

I used several different sets of Altenew ink cubes for blending and as watercolors. I used the Smile stamp set and coordinating die for the cards. I liked that there were two options to use for the Smile stamp. Great for a guy/masculine card, too.

The other card I designed was to create strips to mask each band of colors for inked diagonal stripes. I used pink and purple Altenew ink cubes here as well. Something a bit different. Here are the photos of the cards. They were all A2 card sizes using white cardstock. Thanks for stopping by. Give these ideas a try. Happy Stamping!

Wonky Grid stencil

I inked the stencil on white cardstock using a light ink cube. Then I moved the stencil and inked it again using a darker shade of pink from the ink cube set. I stamped the Smile in black ink and die cut the stamped word and also die cut it from white paper to create a dimensional look. . I completed the word tag banner. I added some stick on sequins to finish the look.

Wonky stencil using watercolor ink

I used the same stencil but this time, I inked the stencil with an orange ink cube, sprayed it with water and tapped the stencil onto the wet ink. I repeated the process to cover the white card stock piece of paper. I dried it with a heat tool and trimmed it using a rectangle die for the A2 card front. I used more inked paper for the stamped smile and die cut the word. I drew a black line across the inked paper, stamped the word just and added the die cut smile. You can switch out the color and have a totally different effect.

Inked and masked square

Another easy card, this one I used a square Post It note to the center of the white card stock. I placed the stencil over the paper and inked through the stencil using a purple ink cube. I removed the stencil and added some dark shading in the corners using a darker shade of purple ink. I stamped the Smile in black ink, added the sentiment and foam pieces to the back of the smile die cut.

Diagonal masked stripes

I used thin Post It note paper 1″strips for masking while I inked each section. I used. foam blending tool to apply the ink in shades of purple and pink. I stamped the Smile using Versamark ink and white embossing powder. The other banner were stamped and embossed in white embossing powder. A few stick on sequins complete the colorful card.

Hope you have some ideas to use to create your own cards that will make someone SMILE!




The gallery of cards created during and after the workshop are spectacular! Each of the five cards highlighted a different stamping technique during the workshop. Four creative stamping colleagues participated in the workshop and here is the beautiful gallery of cards!


The Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set has two leaf branches- both outline and solid and the coordinating dies. The theme of the class was to use the same stamp set using different techniques and basic supplies that can used in a variety of different ways.

The card techniques that were shared in the virtual workshop included- using Altenew ink cubes to ink smooshing using a piece of acetate, masking a stamped image, painting a stamped image using ink, and inking and die cut circles to create a background for the card. The only stamps that were used were from the Altenew Leaf Canopy set and coordinating die. Altenew gradient green ink cubes in four shades of green were also used for the cards.


Four card samples used for the Zoom class


I stamped the Canopy leaf branch onto a quarter sized sheet of watercolore paper and heat embossed using gold embossing powder. I modelded how to tap the Firefly green ink on the acetate/plastic sheet, spray with water and lay the paper onto the puddled ink. The step can be repeated to add more ink to areas that were not covered. The card was completed when the inked paper was dry. The completed cards were beautiful! This was my sample card.

Ink smooshing using acetate to apply ink


I modeled this technique and the results was another stunning set of completed cards. I stamped a large branch onto to white card stock, I die cut the same image from a large piece of Post It paper and covered the stamped image. The talented stampers than added green ink around the covered image to create another background leaving the stamped image as the focal point. Beautiful cards! This was my second card to share prior to modeling the technique.

Masking technique card


I modeled this technique which focused on spotlighting a portion of the stamped background paper. I had already die cut a large tag and taped it back into place. The talented stampers used green ink to watercolor the stamped leaves using a brush and water to pick up the ink. When dry, the tag was removed from the painted paper. A background paper was inked smooshed as well and then used to complete the card with the tag attached to the card front, Easy watercolor technique that everyone enjoyed. Another stunning card completed by the super card makers. This was the sample I shared.

Painting using ink on a spotlighted die cut tag


For this card the technique was to create a background of stamped and inked circles. I stamped the white card stock and die cut all of the circles and taped the pieces on the back of the paper. The technique was to ink the paper using the ink cubes using a foam wedge. When the inking was complete, the next step was to create the card front using the inked and die cut circles and trimmimg any circles that overlapped the edge of the paper. The finished cards were awesome and so unique when the cards were completed! Here was my sample card that I shared.

Inked and die cut circles


Including a card that had glitter was a must. I stamped the leaf branch using permanent black in on a piece of glitter paper. I modeled how to add color to the leaves using a Tombow water based marker. A small piece of paper towel was modeled to dab off some of the wet ink. When dry, the brilliant stampers finished this card on their own. This card was included in the Gallery photo. Beautiful job! Of course! Here was my sample card.

Stamping and coloring on glitter paper


The Zoom class was a great opportunity for me to plan the workshop, create samples, write detailed instructions that included photos, and to create a kit of supplies for each of the stampers using Altenew stamps and inks. The best was seeing my stamping friends have fun, being creative, meeting new Zoom stamping friends and enjoy being able to play with ink and paper. Hooray! Here are the awesome best in show cards!


Hello! and welcome 2021 and a new year for more paper crafting adventures. On my journey and enrollment in the Altenew Educators Academy Program, this is my new blog post for Level 3. I selected this course Cards In Motion to learn new tecnhiques and ideas. Here are my cards that incorporate the lesson techniques and of course putting my own spin on the cards. Of course. Maybe you will be inspired by my cards as I was after watching the lesson videos for cards in motion.


  1. Shaker cards-two different techniques
  2. String spinner- two different techniques
  3. Pop up- two different kinds
  4. Spinner wheel wreath
  5. Reveal window
  6. Twist pop up- two different lay outs
  7. Combination interactive card


This lesson covered so many new techniques and ideas to create cards that all included an element of motion and movement. I had at some point created some of these type cards as I have been a card maker for a long time and still enjoy learning new ideas. In this class I had the opportunity to fine tune some techniques, try new layouts, stretch my card making skills and an opportunity to create my own combination interactive card for the last lesson. I used the Altenew supplies that I had-stamps, stencils, dies and inks. I don’t have an extensive collection of Altenew products, so I had to be creative in repurposing them for the card lessons. I was pleased with the cards I created and have now added new techniques to my card making ‘toolbox’.



This lesson demonstrated how to create a shaker card by creating a die cut opening in a separate piece of card stock. I adhered the acetate film to the opening of the card stock. The leaf canopy stem was stamped and embossed using gold embossing powder and a water colored painted background. The sentiment was stamped in the right corner, spattered with green ink and stitched edge rectangle die cut edge. Gold and silver sequins were used for the shaker material. I used foam tape to add dimension and to adhere the piece to the finished A2 card.


This shaker card lesson demonstrates the technique of creating a shaker pocket on the front of the card. It is a separate piece that I created by stamping the roses, coloring them ,using the rounded corner rectangle Altenew die to create a frame. I added the acetate to the back of the frame, added layered foam tape around the frame. Then I added the sequins and added the stamped and colored rose piece to create the shaker part and then attached it the card front I had prepared- stamped and die cut. A different way to create a shaker card that I have tried before. A new technique for me, that was great.


A spinnder card using a mirror stamped image

This lesson was to learn how to make two different types of spinner cards. New technique was to learn how to create a mirror image of the stamp I selected for the spinner section. Watching the video demonstrating the technique of stamping and placing the paper on top to create the reversed image was a great technique and super easy. I fussy cut both images- positive and negative, colored with Copic markers and then attached the flowerthread spinner. A circle die cut in the center of the printed paper and the card front hid the taped thread at the top and bottom of the circle. I added a a piece of solid yellow card stock to the inside of the card and stamped a sentiment to the bottom of the front of the card.


Amother technique to create a spinner card

This is the second spinner technique taught in this lesson. I created a reverse pop up fold for the inside of the card. I die cut a circle for the middle of the purple card stock. I used the same reverse stamping technqiue for this dahlia flower stamp. For this flower, I had to repeat using mirror stamping to create an opposite image for the spinner. I colored the flowers with Copic markers in shades of purple and this time I had a matching die. I added the thread behind the two flowers and taped the thread to the back side of the pop up fold. I had already stamped a sentiment on the violet card stock and also added a darker shade of purple card stock to the inside of the card and was visible for the die cut circle and spinner. The front of the card I used an embossed dot white paper, two colored dahlia flowers and an oval sentiment. Great easy technique, I liked that there were two different ways to make a spinner card.



The single pop up card is one that I have made before and was good to revisit. I used the same rose bouquet stamp from the Forever and Always and coordinating dies that I used for one of the shaker cards. I stamped two bouquets and colored and shaded them using yellow and orange Copic markers. I die cut the two images- one for the front and one for the pop up inside. I added a printed paper to use on the front and inside of the card and used an X-acto knife to cut the slits to create the pop up fold. I then added the yellow printed paper to the inside and folded the piece for the pop up in the opposite direction. I stamped and die cut a sentiment for the inside and a sentiment for the front using a flag stitched die. I finished the card front adding a gold thread bundle behind the bouquet. I attached the other bouquet to the pop and added the sentiment below the pop up. I liked adding the patterned paper to the inside as it added visual interest for the flowers and not just a white card base.


Happy Thoughts Triple Pop Up Card

For this card, the pop up was to create a triple pop up. I searched my Altenew stamps that were small enough for the triple pop up inside the card. I found some wonky flowers I had left over from another card project. The bright flowers were the perfect match. I added shading to the flowers and leaves using colored pencils from Prismacolor set. I stenciled the front of the card using the Altenew wonky stencil and light purple ink and a foam blender. I stamped and die cut the sentiment using My Favorite Things stitched edge rectangle dies. I used another smaller piece of white card stock for the inside and I cut the three pop up slits for the wonky flowers. I stamped a sentiment to the bottom of the inside of the card. I liked the bright colors and different shades of purple on the front of the card. Happy Thoughts! perfect match for this card.


Spinner Wreath Card

This card technique was one that was a new technique for me and was a bit challenging and one that I had to watch the video several times, stopping in the places where I needed to review the steps and techniques. When I was finished I was pleased with the card and technique I learned. Of course I added pieces and stamps that I had in my collection. I created the wreath spinner section using a small double flower from the Forever and Always stamp set. I had used it for other wreath arrangements. I added the stamped, colored and die cut double flowers to a single layer wreath die cut piece. The next step was to create the layered spinner wheel to atttach the flower wreath to. Then I stamped the flowers from the Ruffled Flowers set. I used the same color theme using the same Copic markers in shades of pink and purple and green for the leaves. A stamped a hello banner tag for the front of the card. I layered the pieces-first the layered circle base , the layered circle wreath, and then the layered stamped and colored circle for the top which would then create the center piece with the spinner wreath behind it. I added a subtle printed purple check background paper for the front of the card. When that was completed I tucked the hello word tag behind the layered piece. Hooray! A card in motion spinner card.


A reveal window card

For this card, the technique was to create a reveal window which would have a message behind the slider pull tab. A slit was cut in the folded card front for the slider piece and pull tab. The stamped reveal piece would fit inside and slide in and out. A die cut square window for the card front of a square card fold. I used the square die cut piece for the inside sentiment of the card. The light plaid paper for the front coordinated with the stamped and Copic colored flowers. I used the rose bouquet flower set again using pinks, purples and green for the greenery/leaves. Foam tape strips were used inside for the sides and the stopper for the pull tag. The slider was cut to fit inside the foam tape edges and a pull tag was created using a small circle die to cover the partial die cut circle on the pull tab. The stamped piece was one piece, I added the contrast patterned paper to the top of the tab. Inside the window, I had already stamped the sentiment and a hello with the die cut square from the front of the printed paper.



This wa another new card layout and I reached for the Ruffled Flower stamp set as I need a smaller image for the front and the inside of the shutter section of the card. I stamped the flowers several times on Neenah white card stock and colored them using shades of blue Copic markers and greens for the branches and leaves. I added subtle printed coordinating paper for the card front for the inside of the card that matched the light blue card stock for the card base. . The shutter piece was created with using two flag shaped from the blue card stock that were attached tothe tabs inside. When the front was closed the shutter piece over lapped covering the stamped piece inside. I added a stamped sentiment from a die cut rectangle for the inside of the card. I positioned the circle for the card front to cover both sides of the card front and that was enough for the card layout. I really like this card technique/layout and colors I used for coloring and printed paper.


Twist and Pop Up Card
wist and Pop Up Card Diffent Layout

The two cards for the Twist and Fold pop cards included the same twist and fold piece inside. One card used a horizontal A2 card base (the pink one) and the other one was also an A2 card base with a top fold and a vertical layout. I used the same stamped flowers from the Ruffled Flowers set. The images were small that fit in the four panels for the twist piece. I also used a stamped rectangle sentiment for the front of each of the cards and coordinating Copic colors- pinks and purples. I added printed paper inside the pink card and printed paper for the front of the purple card. I cut the stamped pieces to fit on the pink and purple pop up twist piece that was attached to the white twist and scored piece inside the card glued near the card fold. Makes a statement when you open the card.


Interactive Swing Reveal Pop Up Card

The last technique lesson was to combine interactive ideas and to create my own Cards In Motion card. After reviewing the cards I had completed, I had decided that the inside would have a pop up feature. I recently purchased this new Welcome Home set and coordinating die. So I titled my card creation a Swing Reveal Pop Up card layout. I watched a video by Jennifer McGuire and she demonstrated how to make a swing card that revealed a Just a Note stamped sentiment when you moved the circle that had an invisible swing feature. I gave this layout a try and love the way it came out. The hidden feature was a button and fun foam that made the circle pivot and move . On the inside I created a single pop up feature using the same stamped layered image. I added an embossed green edge on the card front and also on the inside. I added accent dots using a white glittery pen. I love the way this card came out and will make a few more.


Taking a risk and experimenting with card layouts that used a technique that focused on moving parts was challenging and rewarding at the conclusion of creating all of the cards. I selected this lesson- Cards In Motion as I wanted to learn new ideas and techniques. There were some I was already familiar with and had used in the past and now fine tuned and some that were very new to me. I like a challenge, they took alot of time, had several do overs and many revisits to the videos for the lessons. I used Altenew stamps, inks, stencils and dies that I had in my collection. The Welcome Home set with the circle was new as I found it in a local stamp store. Lucky find. This is my Level 3 class and I can check it off. Thanks for checking out my post and taking a look at my photos. Happy Stamping


  • Altenew Welcome Home stamp set and dies
  • Altenew Ruffled Flowers stamp set
  • Altenew Forever and Always stamp set and dies
  • Altenew Dahlia Blossoms stamp set and dies
  • Altenew Smile More stamp set and dies
  • Altenew Funky Flowers stamp set
  • Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp set
  • Altenew Rounded Corner die set
  • Altenew Wonky grid stencil
  • Altenew ink cubes


  • Black and Steel Gray ink My Favorite Things hybrid ink pad
  • Versafine black ink
  • Archival Leaf green ink and Versasclair lawn grdeen
  • My Favorite Things stitched rectangle, banner die cuts and ovals
  • Lawn Fawn embossed edge die
  • Dies- layered circles
  • Prisma colored pencils
  • Patterned paper
  • White card stock and Neenah white card stock
  • Colored card stock
  • Sakura black glaze pen
  • Sakura gelly roll clear star pen
  • Nuvo drops
  • White and gold thread
  • Sequins
  • Clear acetate for shaker cards
  • Foam tape, liquid glue, 3M tape runner, fun foam from Michael’s
  • ScorPal scoring board
  • Fiskars cutting trimmer
  • Foam blender handle
  • Copic Markers- YG13 chartreuse green, G24 W willow, R20 blush, RV02 sugared almond, RV00 water lily, RV 10 pale pink, V01 heath, R 32 peach, V06 lavendar, V04 lilac, V12 pale lilac, Y04 Acacia, Y13 lemon yellow, Y19 Naples yellow, Y08 acid yellow, Y02 light orange, YR04 chrome orange, G24 willow, B41 powder blue, B32 pale blue, BG45 Nile blue, BG11 moon white, YG17 grass green, V15 mallow, Y19 Napoli yellow, YG06 yellow green, YG 25 celedon green , YG06 yellowish green, E50 egg shell, R20 blush,



This lesson focused on techniques to add visual interest and included watercolor resist, masking and inking, focal point, repeated stamping, inking and shading and ideas to repurpose the Altenew stamps and supplies that I had in my collection. I like using bright colors in my paper crafts and these lesson techniques will be applied to many of my paper projects. So great to learn new techniques. Hooray!

Here is the list of stamping techniques that were covered in this class-

  1. Golden Garden- using stamps to create a wreath shape
  2. Generation Stamping
  3. Ink blending and Flicking
  4. Masking and Blending
  5. Watercolor Resist and Multistep Stamping
  6. Smoosh Inking Technique


Using Free Form Greenert stamp to create a wreath

This lesson focused on how to multi purpose a leaf branch stamp to create a wreath around the edge of a die cut circle. After watching the lesson video I had to search my collection of Altenew stamps that would work to create a rounded edge. I used the Freeform Greenery stamp from Altenew. I stamped the branches several times using My Favorite Things black hybrid ink. This is a great ink to use when using Copic markers to color and shade. I stamped the branch five times, colored with Copic markers and fussy cut each branch. I also stamped a small bunch of berries and colored with Copic markers in shades of red. The front of the card had a large die cut circle and shaped the branches around the circle opening, overlapping when I needed to. I tucked in the colored berries and there were some I had to trim. I cut another circle, slightly larger than the opening on the front and stamped “Thinking of You” in the middle of the circle. I glued this circle inside the front cover. This also covered the inked leaves that were in the opening of the circle and created a clean surface inside the front of the inside of the card. I added Nuvo clear drops to each berry. Clean and simple and multipurpose as I can also use this layout for a holiday/Christmas card. My take away– the importance of thinking creatively to get more use of the stamps and materials that I have.



This second lesson focused on the technique of multi generation stamping. Again I had to rethink what stamp I was going to use as I did not have an outline shape like was used in the class video so it was time to revisit the stamps and resources that I had. I used a small circle stamp from the Funky Flower set. It was small enough where I could stamp the image lots of time that would cover the entire front of the quarter sheet of white card stock. I used my MISTI stamping platform to secure the paper and the position the small stamp. I stamped the funky flower using Altenew ink cubes in a variety of shades of purple. I inked the stamp, stamped the card stock and then moved the paper and re-stamped for a lighter image. I also changed the inks, and repeated the stamping. Where there was a empty space I went back and added another funky flower. The variety of purple hues created an interesting card front. I stamped the sentiment- You Are Simply Awesome from the Build a Flower Flourishing Zinnia stamp set. I die cut the piece using a stitched rectangle edge from My Favorite Things. I use this layered die set often for a finished piece for a card front. My take away- restamping to create a faded image and using multicolored inks to create a clean and simple card front and that can be adapted for multiple occasions.



This next card lesson used a variety of techniques to add color to a stamped image beginning with applying ink to the flower and flicking on another layer of color using coordinating colors from Copic markers to ‘flick’on shading. I went back to my collection of Altenew stamps and selected the small daisy stamp from a set I have used many times. I did not have a coordinating die so that helped me to decide what flower I wanted to use. I stamped and embossed the image with white embossing powder on white card stock. I used a foam blending handle to add yellows and orange inks using Altenew ink cubes. I could color outside the lines of the flower which made it easier. Then I added flicks of darker coordinating colors using Copic markers. I did the same steps for the leaves. The lesson video shared a great technique to create visual interest using colored paper accent. I selected pieces of patterned paper in shades of yellow and orange and added them to a strip of white paper. Then I trimmed it to create the piece I would add to the card front. I die cut the white card front piece using the stitched edge rectangle die from My Favorite Things-my go to die! Added the accent strip and I stamped the Hello in the bottom right hand corner. The last step was to add the flowers using foam tape or glue. My take away– was another technique to color stamped images and the patterned paper strip for visual interest.



Lesson 4 focused on a masking technique and blending inks. Another lesson that I had to think’outside’ the box. I searched through the stamps and inks that I had. I had plenty of 1″ Post It paper tape that I could use to mask off areas to create inked stripes. First I stamped and embossed the half tone smile stamp on white card stock. I selected ink cubes in pinks and purples from Altenew. I marked off a 1/2″ strip to begin the inking creating a diagonal pattern. After the first stripe, I marked off another 1/2″ stripe and covering areas that needed to be kept clean. I used purples and pinks varying the colors as I covered the quarter sheet of card stock. I buffed the inked piece when I was finished to remove any extra ink. I used the Mod Square die from My Favorite Things to die cut the piece. I stamped and embossed the remaining sentiments on black paper and die cut those as well. I assembled the card to a half sheet of white card stock and added stick on purple sequins for a bit of bling. edaway– this was an easy technique to create a background paper.



On to lesson 5 and this technique was to create a background. Another card where I had to made modifications. I used the half tone dot stencil from Altenew and white pigment ink to create a background on watercolor paper. I added white embossing powder and heated the powder. Next step was to watercolor the paper. I used several different colors from the Kuretake watercolor set in blues and greens. I blotted the excess water with paper towel to dry the paper before applying another color to keep the colors from over mixing. I had extra layered flowers and leaves from the dahlia set from another card projec. I stamped the sentiment and die cut it using a stitched oval shape from My Favorite Things and also the stitched rectangle die. I added some gold thread behind the oval before I put all the pieces together. My take away– l liked that I could use a stencil to create an embossed background for watercoloring. Another option to extend what I have in my stamping collection.




The last lesson in this series of class videos. The technique used a stamped and embossed image and then added watercolored ink and a piece of clean acetate. Once again, I reached for the Altenew leaf canopy stamp set. I cut a piece of watercolor paper to a slightly larger quarter sheet and stamped and embossed two of the leaf branches using the MISTI stamping platform. I wanted to cover most of the paper background, I picked distress inks-Evergreen bough and Stormy sky to create the ‘smooshed’ background, I swiped the green ink onto the plastic and sprayed with water to create puddles and touched the plastic to the paper and dragged it across the paper. I used some paper towels to pick up the really wet areas and used a heat tool to dry the paper. Then I added the blue ink using the same technique and overlapped some of the colors but kept the blues and greens clean. When dry, I die cut the piece using the same MFT stitched edge die. I stamped the sentiment using Versaclair black ink that I used clear embossing powder to create a crisp image. I added some white twine for accent and attached the sentiment to the card front. My take away– I really liked the smooshing technique as it is very versatile and can be used for many different cards and occasions.


STAMPS– Altenew leaf canopy, free form greenery, funky flowers, halftone smile, daisy, dahlia, build a flower flourshing zinnia and stamped sentiments

DIES– Altenew dalhlia flower and leaves, daisy and leaves

INKS– Altenew ink cubes pinks and purples, oranges , yellow and greens

STENCIL-Altenew half tone dots

DIES– My Favorite Thing- stitched rectangles, stitched ovals, banners, mod square and circle

INKS AND PAINTS– Distress ink Stormy sky and Evergreen bough, Versaclair black, Kuretake watercolor Blue #63, Blue #64 and Green #51

MARKERS-Copic YG 05 Salad green, YR 02 Light orange, Y06 Yellow, E13 Light suntan, YR02 Light orange, Y13 Lemon yellow, Y19 Napoli yellow, Y000 Yellow fluorite, YG25 Celadon green, YG17 Grass green, R29 Lipstick red, R35 Coral

OTHER- white embossing powder, Park Lane/Joanns stick on sequins, Post it paper tape, antic static powder, MISTI stamping platform , heat tool, Canson watercolor paper, white card stock, Scor Pal scoring tool. Fiskars paper cutter, May Arts twine, pieces of pattern paper-yellow and orange, Nuvo clear accents, 3M foam tape, 3M glue tape runner



After reading and watching all the lessons my big take away learning how to create backgrounds for cards that were using different techniques for coloring, painting, blending and stamping. I was able to repurpose the Altenew stamps, stencils and dies that I had to create cards based on the lessons and video techniques. As you read the blog post, you will recognize some of the stamps and resources from other blog posts. Being creative and learning how to repurpose my supplies was a great take away for me.



I selected the Funky Flowers set from Altenew to create the background. I stamped the outline smile at the bottom of the paper to plan the layout of the card. Then used the MISTI stamping platform to stamp the word ‘just’. The next step was to stamp a mask and die cut it to cover the stamped word. Then I was ready to use the Altenew ink cubes in shades of orange and green to create the background on the quarter sheet of card stock. I stamped the smile outlne stamp on white cardstock and used Copic markers to create a gradient colored image. I die cut it and layered it over the original stamped image. I used my T square ruler to draw a fine black line across the bottom of the paper. I die cut the piece using a stitched edge rectange die from My Favorite Things. The last step was to outline the veins on the leaves with a sparkly glaze pen to add some shimmer.



This card lesson used a masked section for a focal point on the card front. I die cut a piece of masking paper using a rectangle die and placed it in the middle of the white card stock. I did not have a large background stamp to use so I used the Wavy Grid stencil from Altenew to create a background. I used several shades of Oxide inks and a foam blending tool to apply the ink and overlap the colors. I then used coordinating Prisma colored pencils to add shading to each inked block to create visual interest. I removed the mask and used the MISTI stamping platform to stamp ‘sending you a ‘ in the square that was masked, I stamped and die cut the smile word. I used the stitched edge rectangle die from My Favorite Things for the card front. I completed the card by attaching it to a A2 white card base. I used small pieces of foam tape to add dimension to the die cut smile and added it to the square to complete the card.



For this card technique I stamped the large flower stamp from the Altenew Sketchy Floral set. I used permanent black ink and stamped the large flower image on watercolor paper. I painted the background using oxide ink weathered wood blue ink. Then I used oxide ink in worn lipstick/pink and cracked pistachio/ green to paint the flowers and leaves using a water barrel paint brush. When that was dry, I used the fine tip Zig markers to add another layer of shading to the flowers, leaves and yellow to the center of the flowers. When dry, I used My Favorite Things stitched rectangle edge die to trim the paper. I used a sentiment from another Altenew stamp set using Versaclair black ink and heat embossed using clear embossing powder the sentiment. The oval stitched die is from My Favorite Things . I added white twine from May Arts around the front painted piece and added the oval using foam tape for dimension. I added the piece to a A2 white card base. The last piece was to add glossy clear accents from Nuvo to the center of each flower. I like the soft blended colors using this technique.


Copic markers used for blending and shading techniques

This lesson focused on layering colors using markers and masking techhiques. After watching the video- several times, I selected an Altenew floral stamp that did not require any maskinfg but had many flowers to practice the coloring techniques using Copic markers. The lesson also focused on using alcohol markers to color, shading and blending to create a background for the stamped image. I modified the background to use a dot stencil from Altenew instead. After several attemps to use Copic markers to add a background color, I switched to using the inked stencil. That gave a must softer look that matched the colored flowers. I liked the new technique of layering the inked strokes to fan out from the center of the flower which created a softer colored flower that radiated from the center, buds and leaves. To continue the one layer concept, I used the MISTI stamping platform to position the sentiment- Enjoy The Little Things. I stamped the flowers using black hybrid ink from My Favorite Things for as I using alcohol inks and Versafine black ink for the sentiment. The final touches were adding white gel pen dots to the flowers and clear Nuvo drops to the flower centers. I die cut the piece using a stitched edge rectangle die from My Favorite Things on to a A2 white card base. Love the soft pink colors.



This objective for this card was adding shading for dimension. For this card I used watercolor paper and the Altenew Leaf Canopy stamp. I stamped the branches to cover as much of the paper as I could. I used a smaller stamp to fill in the space in the bottom left corner. I painted the leaves using a wash of distress inks- stormy sky, evergreen bough, bundled sage and a wash of blue and gray for the background. When that was dry I used Zig markers- olive green and gray brown to shade the leaves and add depth behind the leaves. I decided to stamp the sentiment- Just A Note- on a separate tag to avoid any stamping problems. I die cut the piece using a stitched edge rectangle. I also used a larger stitched edge die for the larger stamped and painted piece, I added them to a A2 left fold white card stock. I really like this shading technique as it looks more like a painting than just a card front.


Shades of gray overlayed with Copic marker coloring

One more lesson and this lesson objective started with the shading first. I stamped Post It paper to cut and create masks for the large dahlia, small dahlia and leaves. I stamped the largest dahlia flower first, covered it with the paper mask, stamped the smaller dahlia twice, left the masks in place to stamp the leaves and the single flower bug. Then I began the first layer of adding the lightest color of gray Copic marker. The lesson also focused on the importance of adding the shading to areas of the flower petals that curled and the leaves under the petals as well. The next step, was to add another slightly darker shade of gray. I did this for several other shades of gray slightly darker Copic marker each time. The last step was to add color in shades of yellow, going from lightest to darkest using Copic yellows. This step allowed the yellow layer to accent the shaded petals tone down the yellow. I did the same steps for adding color to the leaves. The background was colored with a small blending brush with light yellow ink. I stamped the sentiment with black ink and added distress oxide ink in antique linen using a blender brush. I added some pen glaze orange dots using a Kaiser Craft pen to the petals for accents. Almost done, then I used a stitched edge rectangle die for this piece and added it to the A2 white card stock base. Done!


Altenew stamps/die – Charmed stamp set, Leaf Canopy set, Sketchy flower stamp set, halftone Smile and die, Funky Flowers

Altenew inks– Blush ink cube

Altenew stencils– halftone dot , wavy grid

Dies– My Favorite Things stitched edge rectangle dies and oval stitched die

Inks- Ranger distress inks- Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough, Bundled Sage, My Favorite Things black hybrid ink, Versafine black ink, Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink Ranger Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick, Oxide Cracked Pistachio, Weathered Wood blue, Distress Oxide Antiqiue Linen

Markers- Copic markers YG 05 Salad Green, YG13 Chartruese, Y19 Napoli Yellow, R20 Blush, R21 Light Pink, R32 Peach, RV 02 Sugared, YG25 Celadon Green, YG41 Pale Cobalt Green, YG63 Pea Green, YG23 New LeafAlmond Pink, N00 Neutral Gray, N2 Neutral Gray No.2, C1 Cool Gray, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, Y02 Canary Yellow, Y15 Cadmium Yellow, YR02 Light Orange, Y11 Pale Yellow, Y02 Canary Yellow, G24 Willow Green, G21 Lime Green, Zig Marker- Olive Green, Gray Brown

Paper– watercolor paper, white card stock