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.

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I have been busy working on my card samples for the All About Layering Class 1 cards.  I used the leaf canopy stamp again.  This time I stamped the leaf branch outline with Versaclair black ink and then clear embossed it.  I used an Altenew shade of pink to stamp the leaves.  To add interest I used a black Glaze pen to add the dots on each leaf and accents around each leaf.  I added a strip of black and white striped paper, and word tag and some pink Nuvo dots for accents.  Simple color combo. 

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Gallery 17 All About Layersing 1 Lesson 4

Altenew Educators Academyn Class 17 Lesson 3- Awesome Zinnia Card

I am working on the All About Layering 1  course and this is my card for Lesson 3.  I used a large zinnia flower stamp and matching die. This set also had the matching leaves.  I used the mini ink bundle in shades of pinks. I die cut the flower and leaves from the coordinating dies.  I used a gingham printed paper with a scalloped edge die from My Favorite Things.  The stamped sentiment is also from an Altenew stamp set.  Time to post on the Class Gallery!

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Altenew Educators Academy Group 17

I am working through the All About Layering 1 Lessons which focus on techniques for using the layering stamp sets.  I learned how to align the layers of inked stamps by making guiding pencil marks for aliging the next stamped image.  I used the Antique Rose set, the Canopy Leaf set and the Zinnia set.  Here is Lesson 2 that I used the Antique Rose smaller rose stamps.

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Gallery 17 All About Layering 1 Lesson 2




Aletnew Educators Academy Layering Class 1-Leaf Canopy Stamp Set

I have been a rubber stamper and card maker for over 20 years.  I enjoy teaching classes and sharing with friends in my  studio space at home.  With the current health pandemic and staying at home, I was searching for a new way to learn new ideas and techniques while at home. I discovered the call out to participate in the Aletnew Educator’s Academy.  I have used Altenew stamps for a long time, especially their beautiful flowers and leaves.  So this was the right time to learn new ideas and techniques right from home. Perfect!  I recently was accepted to the Altenew Educator’s Academy AECP  and belong to Group 17.  I was excited to be accepted. 

  • Lesson 1 focused on techniques for layering  so I had to search my Altenew stamp collection and the inks I would use.  The only layered stamp set I have is the Leaf Canopy  set.  I have used this stamp many, many times for many different occasions and love its simplicity and diversity.

  • The Leaf Canopy set includes two solid leaf sprigs and two outline matching sprigs.  I selected two different shades of Ranger distress green ink-mowed lawn and shabby shutters to add shading to the stamped leaves. I selected Versamark black ink for the outline stamps
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  • Now it was time to practice.  Using the smaller outline stamp, I tried a few on Neenah white cardstock using the black ink. Then I inked  the leaf  which I had on an acrylic block using the shabby shutters light green ink. Aligning the solid image to fit inside outline image. Practice was helpful to create a good  image.  As I was practicing I was planning the layout for the final card homework.

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  • My final stamped image for the used the smaller leaf sprig.  I stamped the outline with the black ink five times on Neenah white cardstock so the images trailed off the sides of the  quarter piece of paper.   Then stamped first with the light green ink and again with the  same ink to create a more solid image.  Then ink spattered with a fan brush to add visual interest  to the white paper.

  • I stamped the Just Because sentiment from Altenew on white paper, trimmed to size and lightly inked with green ink. I like to add visual interest and added a gold thread bundle to the back of the word tag.

  • I die cut the stamped cardstock using a stitched edge die from My Favorite Things and used my favorite tape runner to add double sided tape and glued it to my card front to create the A2 card. I added some clear Wink of Stella to the leaves for  a subtle shine.

  • I added  foam tape to the word tag and then adhered the gold thread to the sticky foam and added it to the card front.  I like the simplicity of the card and how it can be used for multiple occasions just by using different sentiments.

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  • Supplies-  Altenew Leaf Canopy stamps, Altenew sentiment, My Favorite Things stitched die cut, Distress green inks, Versamark black ink, Neenah white card stock, Wink of Stella clear pen,  foam tape, Scotch brand tape runner, gold thread, fan brush, acrylic blocks, mini spray bottle for water 

Two Pink Peonies!

It was time to work on some Mother’s Day and happy May cards.  I stamped a beautiful large peony flower stamp from Studio Katia in the corners of the watercolor paper.  I masked the flowers so I could add additional leaves.  I used water color paint for the flowers and leaves and then added some accent paint splatters.  Of course a bit of glitter accents to the leaves and petals.  The sentiment is from Altenew that I stamped and embossed on vellum paper.  This took awhile to finish but I love the way it came out.  The month of May is  just a few days away- hooray!  Happy mail is always welcomed and this will be in the mail soon! 

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Sending Lots of Love Valentine Cards!

One of my favoite holidays or calendar events is Valentine’s Day.  I love looking for new ideas, techniques, paper and other paper crafting materials .  For these two cards, I used two different stencils from The Crafter’s Workshop TCW that are the 6 x 6 size which are perfect for card making.  I used  pinks and purple distress inks and blending brushes . I even used some Pixie spray to hold the stencils in place when inking them.  I added some die cut hearts and lots of clear embossing powder for a shiny effect and my go to bling- a gold thread bundle behind one of the tiny hearts.   I posted them on my Instagram page and got a shout out from TCW and a posting on their Instragram page.  That was awesome!  The cards have arrived in mailboxes of family and friends already.  Love sending happy mail!


Pretty Pink Peonies

I enjoy painting flowers and these Peonies are fabulous for that technique.  I stamped each flower and then watercolored  them in shades of pink. I am also submitting this card for the newest Altenew August 2019 Inspiration  challenge.  I added  some gold Washi tape and Nuvo drops for accents.

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Falling For Fall Cards

Well, I can’t believe that I have already planned the cards for my September card class.  I like to stay ahead when I have the time to do that.  Thinking ahead for October and November just makes crafting and planning easier.  The September cards are created around using the wreath building stencil and creating wreath layouts without the stencil and sectioning the paper.  I used the mini and midsized wreath builder stencil by Gina K and my stamp platform.  I rediscovered some old favorites- peg stamps that have been waiting for a new life.  I love the way the cards came out.  Simple, colorful and welcome to September.

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Happy Birthday Guy Card!

The summer themed  paper from #Dare2BArtzy is bright and colorful and one more card using the paper, stamps and dies.  This card is for the Masculine Birthday card July challenge.  I used a five panel card sketch and cut different patterned paper for each panel.  The sailboat was cut three times from watercolor paper, for a raised sailboat image on the textured and inked background.  The card base is on a light turquoise background paper.  A slim word banner, a twine bow, and clear Nuvo drops for accents.