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 CRAFT YOUR LIFE PROJECT KIT: VINTAGE TAPESTRY RELEASE BLOG HOP AND GIVEAWAY- $300 IN PRIZES

Vintage beauty in a classic style! Create gorgeous vintage print-inspired projects usint this Vintage Tapestry kit! This kit contains beautiful three dimensional embossing folder, a 6″x8″ layering stamp set, a four piece layering stencil set and a matching die set to cur all of the pieces from the stamp set and the layering stencil set.

When creating card samples from the Vintage Tapestry set, I could not decide which card I liked the best as they were all beautiful. Here are the three cards I created. I used the layering stamp set and coordinating dies, the botanical 3D embossing folder, and the 6″ x6″ layering stencil. Here are my card samples-

Vintage stamp set, coordinating dies and layered stencil
Vintage Tapestry 3 D embossing folder and painted raised image
Vintage Tapestry layering stencil in shades of blue ink

The Altenew Card Blog will be hosted here-https://wp.me/p6Dps1-eYg. Here is the link to the Altenew shop-www.altenew.com.

Here is the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Vintage Tapestry link-https://wholesale.altenew.com/products/craft-your-life-project-kit-vintage-tapestry  and the link to the

Giveaway Prizes

$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $ 25 gift certificate to 8 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 12/18/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 10 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 12/20/2021.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT CARDS MADE USING THE VINTAGE TAPESTRY SET

I used two of three pieces from the set for this card. The layered stencil was used to create the background. I inked the white cardstock using a purple Altenew ink cube, and then darker purple ink cubes to create the layered stencil. Purple ink cubes in several shades of purple for the layered flower stamp, a yellow inked center. Several shades of green ink cubes for the leaves. All of the pieces were die cut from the coordinating set. I stamped the sentiment in black and then die cut a circle to fit inside one of the flowers. The flowers and leaves were arranged on the inked and stencil background and the last flower was adhered using some foam tape to raise the flower and sentiment.

This card was a clean and simple layout. I used the layering stencil to create the florish image and several shades of Altenew blue ink cubes on white card stock. I used the Altenew Dotted Swiss debossing full coverage plate. I love that this step added great visual interest to the card. An inked word tag with a matching sentiment. The last step- I added Altenew silver glitter washi tape to a white card stock strip for dimension , added it to the card and layered the sentiment die cut piece to finish the card. Great card that can be adapted for many different occasions.

The Botanical 3D embossing folder was used for this card. I used a piece of mixed media paper to use in the folder and worked well as it was a heavier weight paper. I used a light wash of colored ink cubes to paint the raised image to create a soft and muted image. I die cut the piece from a rounded corner rectangle die. A small stamped word tag was added using foam tape to the top corner of the card . The colored and raised image was the showcase of the card.

Supplies and Resources

  • Altenew VintageTapestry stamps, dies, layered stencil and 3D embossing folder
  • Altenew ink cubes
  • Altenew dotted swiss debossing cover plate
  • Aletnew silver washi tape
  • My Favorite Things rounded corner rectangle die
  • Memento black ink
  • MISTI stamping platform
  • Sizzix die cutting machine

Blog Hop Order

Please check out the other wonderful cards from my fellow Altenew Educators. You will be inspired!

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Erum Tasneem

Teri Wilson

Nathalie DeSousa

LauraJane

Emily Midgett

Teresa Litchfield

Michelle Short

Danielle Dunlop

Tenia Nelson

Mindy Eggen

Virginia Lu

Fiona Duff

Jaycee Gaspar

Linda Parker

Jenny Colacicco

Terri Koszler

Rebecca Sogn

Laurie Willison

Maryam Perez

Reiko Tsuchida

Svitlana Shayevich

Nancy Souza– you are here!

Roteja Galvan

Pam Boedeker

Annemarie Caister

Colleen Balija

ALTENEW CRAFT-A- FLOWER: CAROLINA ALLSPICE RELEASE BLOG HOP AND GIVEAWAY-$200.00 IN TOTAL PRIZES!

Hello and welcome to the Altenew Craft A Flower Carolina Allspice Blog Hop and Give Away. You have arrived here after your visit to Roteja Galvan and her awesome Blog post. If not, be sure to head over to the Altenew Card Blog to begin! And when you are finished visiting my Blog, be sure to visit Pam Boedeker and her Blog post. Have fun and be inspired. The full list of AECP participants is posted at the end of this Blog post. Let’s get started!

GIVE AWAY PRIZES

Today’s Hop is all about celebrating the unique Altenew Educator’s community. There are lots of prizes and special offers and a total of $200.00 in total prizes!

To celebrate this release. Altenew is giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to two lucky winners and a $20.00 Gift Certificate to five winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and or each Designer’s Blog Post on the Blog Hop list below by 12/13/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw seven random winners from the comments left on each stop of this Blog Hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners page on 12/15/2021.

ALTENEW CRAFT-A-FLOWER: CAROLINA ALLSPICE LAYERING DIE SET

Altenew Layering Carolina Allspice Die Set

This new layering flower die set is a ‘Crafting Must-Have’. This new set will go ive in the Altenew store on 12/07/2021 at 12:01 A.M. EDT.

Craft-A-Flower- Carolina Allspice Layering Die Set link-

Craft-A-Flower: Carolina Allspice Layering Die Set

Here is a link to the Altenew Blog where the Blog Hop will be hosted- https://wp.me/p6Dps1-eXZ

There is also a Craft-A-Flower Monthly Subscription Plan-https://altenew.com/products/craft-a-flower-monthly-subscription. When you are signed up, you are guaranteed a spot in the monthly Craft-A-Flower releases and will receive a set each month at a special discounted price! ($29.99-$35.99). Happy mail arriving each month!

Inked and die cut pieces and grid die

CAROLINA ALL SPICE LAYERING DIE SET

This layering die set creates an awesome an flower using layered die cut pieces. Here is my completed card. I love the way it came out. I inked a piece of white cardstock using Altenew set of yellow ink cubes to create a gradient of colors starting with the lightest color from the ink set. I inked white paper using another Altenew ink cube set for gradient green ink to die cut the leaf pieces. I also used a mini paper pad of gradient green card stock from Altenew for a few of the leaves. I used the direction guide to layer the pieces to create the flower. For the smallest and last piece of the flower layout, I colored the white paper with a Copic marker. I did the same steps to create the three leaves. I used the Altenew Burlap Texture Die for the background. I inked white card stock using a blue ink cube from Altenew that I used for the Burlap Die. I kept some of the die cut squares in place for additional accents. For the Thanks die cut word from the set I used glossy black paper for the top layer and two more layers from black cardstock. Great tip to create a layered die cut word. All of the pieces of the card- the layered flowerd, burlap die and thanks word were all die cuts from the Altenew collection. A stunning card and so versatile .

SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS

  • Altenew Carolina Allspice layering die set
  • Altenew ink cube sets- yellow, green and blue
  • Altenew Burlap Texture die
  • Altaenew gradient green cardstock set
  • My Favorite Things stitched edge rectangle die
  • White card stock, black glossy card stock and black card stock
  • Liquid glue, double sided tape
  • Fiskars paper trimmer
  • Scor-pal scoring board

ALTENEW BLOG HOP ORDER

Jenny Colacicco

Kari VanNoy

Michelle Short

LauraJane

Nathalie DeSousa

Teresa Litchfield

Tenia Nelson

Emily Midgett

Jaycee Gaspar

Natasha Davies

Maryam Perez

Svitlana Shayevich

Terri Koszler

Teri Wilson

Virginia Lu

Annemarie Caister

Roteja Galvan

Nancy Souza– you are here

Pam Boedeker

Rebecca Sogn

ALTENEW NEW SWEET MOMENTS COLLECTION RELEASE BLOG HOP AND GIVEAWAY-$300 IN TOTAL PRIZES

Have you been counting down the days until this newest Altenew Blog Hop release titled Sweet Moments? Well today is the day! What an awesome collection of new stamps, coordinating dies, 3D embossing folder and a layering stencil. I created five new card samples using stamps and more from this new collection. Be inspired!

The stamps, dies, embossing folder are from the Sweet Memories set- Happy Petals and coordinating die, the Pots and Plants stamp and coordinating dies, Playful Blooms Botanical 3D Embossing Folder, Rose Mallow Layering Stencil and Tiny Sentiments word and Hello die.

If you are here visiting my Blog you have already visited Therese Calvird and her awesome creations and will you visit Tania Ahmed and be inspired as well. Have fun and let the creativity continue!

GIVE AWAYS AND CHANCES TO WIN!

Giveaway Prizes

Are you ready? There is $300.00 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50.00 gift certificate to two lucky winners and a $25.00 gift certificate to eight winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each Designer’s Blog post from the Blog Hop list by 12/09/2021 for a chance to win.

Altenew will draw ten random winners from the comments left on each stop of this Blog Hop and the winners will be announced on the Altenew Winners Page on 12/11/2021.

  • Get a FREE brand new Sweet Moments Mini Inspiration Guide with every order from 12/03/2021 through 12/05/2021. Shop HERE!
  • Get a FREE brand new Sweet Moments Stamp & Die Release Inspiration Guide (worth $5.99) with every order of high-value Sweet Moments Bundles. Shop HERE! *Exclusions apply.
  • Get a FREE brand new Online Cardmaking Class with every order from the new Sweet Moments Stamp & Die Release Collection from 12/03/2021 through 12/09/2021. Shop HERE!

Here is a link to the new products for the December 2021 Sweet Moments release collection page listing all of the new products- https://altenew.com/collections/sweet-moments-stamp-die-stencil-washi-tapes-hot-foil-plate-ef-paper-pack-release 

SWEET MEMORIES CARDS

Sweet Memories- Plants and Pots

The Plants and Pots were stamped on watercolor paper. I stamped the three pots again and die cut all of the pieces with the coordinating dies. I used Altenew blue and green ink cubes to watercolor the pieces. I shaped the pots/basket and added them to each of the plants for dimension. I used a green ink cube and the Altenew wood grain stencil for the inked background. A coordinating word banner from the set. The background piece was die cut using a stitched edge rectangle die and arranged on a white A2 card base.

Altenew- Happy Petals Stamp and Die

For this card I used the Happy Petals stamp and coordinating die. The floral stamp was stamped on heavy weight white card stock using permanent black ink. I painted the stamped image using waterbased markers. I die cut the stamped image when dry and die cut three more pieces from white card stock and layered together for extra dimension. I used the Altenew Dotted Swiss debossing folder for the white background piece. The gold metalic paper diamond was die cut using the Altenew Fine Diamond nesting die set. I assembled the pieces to a top folding A2 white card base. A matching sentiment from the set was added to the card.

Altenew- Playful Blooms 3D Embossing Folder

For this card I used the 3D embossing folder from the Sweet Moments set and white card stock. I inked the debossed side of the folder using an Altenew blue ink cube and white card stock. I then inked the raised images using a small sponge applicator and Altenew ink cubes. I used a trimmed piece of inked card stock for the word tag and added it to the bottom of the card front. I used a stitched edge rectangle die for the piece and added it to an A2 white card.

Altenew- Rose Mallow Layered Stencil

This card used the Altenew layered stencils from the Sweet Moments set. I used the layering guide for the four stencils and Altenew purple ink cubes set starting with the lightest ink cube. I followed the same steps for the green inked leaves. The piece was die cut using the Altenew rounded corner nesting set. I used the largest die from the set for the purple paper. The stamped sentiment was from the set as well.

Altenew- Tiny Sentiments stamp and Hello die

The Altenew hello die word is the statement piece for this card. I die cut the hello using black glossy paper and then cut two more pieces from black card stock for added dimension. A small sentiment strip was stamped and die cut from the set. The white card stock piece was inked and blended using yellow ink cubes. I used the Altenew Dotted Swiss debossing folder for the inked paper. The piece was die cut using the Altenew large rounded corner rectangle die. Three clear sequins were added to the finished A2 card,

NOW LET’S HOP

Altenew Blog.

Nathalie DeSousa

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Colleen Balija

Jenny Colacicco

LauraJane

Jaycee Gaspar

Dana Joy

Emily Midgett

Mindy Eggen

Erum Tasneem

Linda Parker

Terri Koszler

Lilith Eeckels

Danielle Dunlop

Michelle Short

Tenia Nelson

Virginia Lu

Reiko Tsuchida

Therese Calvird

Nancy Souza– you are here

Tania Ahmed

Erin Thompson

Svitlana Shayevich

Teri Wilson

Maryam Perez

Fiona Duff

Laurie Willison

Teresa Litchfield

Agnieszka Małyszek

Natasha Davies

Rachael Shedeed

Rebecca Sogn

Pam Boedeker

Annemarie Caister

Penny Pynnonen

Roteja Galvan

SUPPLIES

  • Altenew Sweet Memories stamp set and coordinating dies
  • Altenew ink cubes- purple, green, yellow, blue
  • Altenew dies- diamond nesting set, rounded nesting set, corner, Dotted Swiss debossing plate
  • Altenew cut wood stencil
  • My Favorite Things banner dies
  • Blending brushes
  • Zig markers
  • Black ink pad- Archival permnent ink, Memento black ink
  • MISTI stamping platform
  • Sizzix die cutting machine
  • Paper- white card stock, black glossy paper, black card stock, metallic gold paper, water color paper


ALTENEW WASHI TAPE! EXPLORER INSTAGRAM HOP!

What would card making and paper projects be like without Washi tape? Washi tape is a card makers and crafters friend. Altenew has a wonderful collection of Washi tapes to select from- narrow, wide, geometric patterns, printed patterns, glittery. So many options. Adding a Washi tape accent provides an accent point to a card or paper project. I have covered a small wooden picture frame, used tape to create a mini-mixed media booklet and added to a small gift box. The possibilities are endless. I hope you are inspired by the cards and projects I have posted along with the posts and creations from my Altenew Educator’s colleagues. Be inspired and have fun!

Altenew is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to four lucky winners! For a chance to win, please follow @https://altenew.com/ and the rest of the posts and leave a comment by 11/23/2021.

Altenew will draw four random winners from the comments left on each stop of the Instagram Hop and announce the winners on Altenew’s Washi Tape Explorer Instagram hop post on 11/24/2021. What are you waiting for? Gorgeous project inspiration and fun prizes await you!

Ideas to Use Washi Tape in Your Creative Projects

Gold String Washi Tape

I created a box for one of the AECP lessons. The box is a simple white box that needed some dressing up. I stamped the checkered paper using the same stamp I used on the card. I added a strip of Altenew Gold String washi tape to the edges and wrapped it around the side of the box. I added some gold cording and a stamped sentiment tag. The upgraded box is now ready to add the finished cards.

Altenew Gold Embossing Powder , Leaf Canopy Stamp , Gold String Washi Tape

Adding the same Altenew String Washi tape to the bottom of the card coordinates the gold themed elements. The leaf canopy stamp was stamped on water color paper, gold embossing powder, painted and a curved scalloped die cut edge. Some paint splatters, a small word tag and gold thread accents coordinates all of the card elements to the card. I have used this stamp and die set for many different cards. One of my go to Altenew card making supplies.

Altnew Silver Glitter Wasi Tape

For this card, I added Altenew Silver glitter washi tape for each of the rounded corner Altenew rectangle dies. I inked each piece using Altenew pink ink cubes. Then I stamped an inked word in each layered section and then added a strip of silver glitter Washi tape. The four layered pieces were adhered to a white A2 card base. The silver glitter tape adds a visual accent to the card.

Altenew Poppy stamp, hello die and washi tape accent

Sometimes all you need is an accent to make the card elements come together. For this card, I stamped the Altenew poppy stamp several times to created a textured image. The hello Altenew die was cut from gold paper and layered to add visual and textural accent. Altenew wide String Washi tape was added to the left corner that coordinated all of the gold elements in the card.

INSTAGRAM HOP ORDER

Please check out the incredible projects and cards from Altenew Educator’s- Sande and Nandini. You will be inspired to add Washi Tape to your next card or paper project!

Sande Woodson (@sandespoema)

Nancy Souza (@espressoexpressions)

Nandini Karmarkar (@crown_focus)

Supplies and Materials

  • Altenew Washi Tape- Gold Thread, Silver Glitter
  • Altenew- Hello Die, Rounded Rectangle Layered set
  • Altenew Stamps- Leaf Canopy, Poppy, Flower and Sentiments
  • Altenew stencil- gradient dots
  • Inks- Altenew pink ink cubes, black,
  • Paper- white card stock, gold paper, checked pink paper, vellum
  • Embossing powder- white, gold

ALTENEW WONDERFUL WASHI TAPE BLOG HOP

WASHI TAPE FOR THE WIN!

https://altenew.com/collections/washi-tapes

A brand new Altenew Blog Hop. It’s time to get creative. Join me and visit fellow Altenew Educator’s and their washi tape projects. Be inspired, win prizes and have fun.

Here are my Washi tape cards and projects. Please check out the creative projects from the other Altenew Educators. You will be inspired ! Here is the list- be inspired and have fun!

Altenew Card Blog

Norine Borys

Jaycee Gaspar

Erum Tasneem

LauraJane

Bridget Casey

Rebecca Sogn 

Colleen Balija

Katrina Howe

Irina Fonina

Natasha Davies

Amy Hill

Nancy Souza

Rachael Shedeed

Annemarie Caister 

Neha Aggarwal

Karen Brown

Nenette S. Madero 

Nandini Karmarkar

Sande Woodson 

Washi tape is such a versatile crafting/card making accessory for a variety of paper crafting projects. Here are a few examples that I have created for this Altenew Hop. I hope you are inspired to include Washi tape in your projects as well. My selects include cards, a mini mixed media tag booklet and a 5″ x 7″ wooden picture frame. Altenew has a wonderful collection of Washi tapes to select from so let’s get started! Here are my samples-

Washi Tape Paper Projects

I used a variety of Altenew Washi tapes- glittery gold and silver tape, wide black and white dot tape and wide gold string lines. Each type of Washi tape adds that special focal point for each project. Here is the what I did-

Inked background and gold Altenew washi tape stripe accents

I created the green background using Altenew green ink cubes to paint bold brush strokes for each section. A gold washi tape stripe was added to create sections. I splattered ink drops for accents. I stamped and die cut using Altenew stamps and rounded corner rectangle Altenew dies. A small punched gold star was added for accents. Simple and ready for any occasion.

Altenew pink inked tags and silver washi tape

Altenew rounded corner layered/ nesting dies for the card. Each tag was inked with a variety of Altenew pink ink cubes. I stamped a word in each tag using black ink and added a strip of Altenew silver washi tape. This created a different visual effect by adding the tags both horizontally and vertically to cover the A2 card front size. Easy way to use inks, die cuts and sparkly silver washi tape.

Layered roses and wide washi tape

This time I added the wide gold line Altenew washi tape as a focal point for the bottom of the card. The roses and leaves were stamped and die cut. I covered the bottom section of the A2 card front with the wide Altenew gold stripe washi tape. I die cut a rounded scalloped edge for the pink paper, stamped and die cut a word sentiment from an Altenew stamp set and some gold thread. I added the roses and leaves. Using the washi tape added another pattern that coordinated all of the pieces.

Washi tape was used to connect the panel pieces

This project was a mixed media tag booklet. I used a variety of Altenew stamps -mini medallion stamp, solid canopy leaf branch and embossed and word stamps. Each mini panel has a ink washed background, stamped and clear embossed canopy leaf branch, stamped medallion for each mini panel and mini word tags from white paper and added to each section. I used the wide black and white dot washi tape to tape each secion together. I like that the black and white dots add different visual interest to the mixed media tag booklet.

Repurposed wooden picture frame

This humble 5″ x7″ wooden picture frame got a face lift using the wide black and white dot washi tape. I wrapped the frame sides, the inside frame edge and towards the back of the frame. I mitered each corner as well. I added a piece of Altenew paper for the background piece. I created the word rectangle die using a stamp and die set from Altenew. The simple color combo- black, white and blue added the focal point of the frame. The frame has an easel stand in the back for display.

Altenew Materials and Supply List

  • Altenew Gold and Silver Glitter Tape
  • Altenew Dotted Wide Washi Tape
  • Altenew Gold String Washi Tape
  • Altenew stamp sets- Charmed Stamp Set, Smile and Hugs Stamp Set, Tie Dye Motifs Stamp Set, Halftone Smile Stamp and Die Sets, Canopy leaf stamp set, mini mandala stamp, layered rose stamp
  • Altenew patterned 12″ x 12″ paper
  • Altenew rounded corner rectangle die set
  • Altenew ink cubes- pink, purple, green
  • My Favorite Things banner dies
  • Ikea unpainted wooden picture frame

TEN CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY CARDS USING ONE 12″ X12″ PIECE OF SCRAPBOOK PAPER

PLANNING AND CREATING TEN CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY CARDS

Five Christmas Cards

Planning ahead to create handmade Christmas and or Holiday cards can be an easy, creative and stress free.

Step One-select a 12″ x 12″ piece of double sided that has an over all pattern that is Christmas themed or Holiday themed.

Step Two– you will need a paper trimmer, a scissor, ruler, double sided tape, liquid glue, foam tape, five sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ white cardstock, ten envelopes, off white cardstock for the sentiment tags, black ink, a pencil, a variety of Christmas/Holiday sentiment stamps, Nuvo accent bottles, clear glitter pens, red cardstock, red glitter and Xyron sticker maker mini machine with single sided sticky cartridge.

Step Three- use the Card Template/Map to measure out the dimensions for the 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper. Number each envelope 1-10. As you cut pieces for each card, put the pieces in the matching numbered envelope. Cut the white card stock in half and score at 4 1/2″ and fold in half.

Step Four– remove the cut pieces from one envelope, the A2 white card and arrange the pieces using both sides of the pattern to create the card front layout. Add the stamped sentiment to the completed card front

Step Five– When all the card layouts are in place and the sentiments have been added it’s time to create the glittery hearts. Die cut ten small hearts from red paper, place on the sticky side of the Xyron tape, Remove the die cut heart and sprnkle with red glitter over a piece of scrap paper. Add the glittery heart to the card for an accent. Add accents by outlining some of the pattenrs using the glitter pen. Add glittery Nuvo drops for accents. Add sentiments and greetings to the inside of the card. Hooray! Ten cards done!

ALTENEW OCTOBER 4, 2021 “ALPHABET NAME GAME” BLOG HOP

Hello and welcome to the Altenew October, 2021 Blog Hop themeed “Alphabet Name Game”. My first name begins with the letter N and my cards use Nesting Dies sets from Altenew. I created four different cards, two used the Soda Top nesting die set and two used the Rounded Rectangle die set. I enjoy a crafting challenge and this one required some creative thinking that began with the letter N and Nesting Dies was the perfect option.

Please join my AECP colleagues and check their wonderful and creative creations. You will be inspired like I was! Thanks!

Sandra Woodsen https://sandespoema.com/educator-blog-hop/ before me in the Hop List and Nandini Karmarkar  http://nanspaintpaperscissors.blogspot.com/2021/10/altenew-educators-alphabet-name-game.html

is after me on the Hop List. Please stop by and check out the other AECP posts as well.

Here are are the four Nesting Dies cards I created for the October Blog Hop. Hope you are inspired to use Nesting Dies sets for your next card making project.

Altenew Nesting Dies Soda Top and Rounded Corner Rectangle Cards

Soda Top Nesting Die Set Thanks Dearest Friend Card

Alrenew Soda Top Nesting Dies

This nesting die set is called Soda Top and is a unique shape. First I inked white card stock using Altenew Shades of Purple ink cubes. I inked white card stock paper in a dark ink shade of purple. I die cut the paper using the largest die from the set. Then I inked two more shapes using lighter shades from the purple ink cube set. I stamped and clear embossed the Thanks and Dearest Friend words. I used a large rounded rectangle corner die from My Favorite Things for the white background paper and added some purple splatters to the white background. I adhered the stacked set off set to the left and added the word tag using foam tape. Love the simple layered look.

Soda Top Nesting Dies Cut Altenew Gradient Cardstock

Altenew Gradient Green Paper and Soda Top Nesting Dies

For this card I used card stock from the Altenew Gradient Card stock Green Meadows, package. I die cut a variety of sizes and colors from the paper package mixing and matching the layered sets. The largest set has five colored papers and two that have three. I stamped a single word in each center piece. I added some gold thread behind the largest center piece die. The white background piece was die cut from the rounded rectangle die from My Favorite Things and added some light green ink to the rounded corners for a finished look.

Altenew Nesting Rounded Rectangle Glitter Paper

Altenew Nesting Die Rounded Rectangle Corners

For this card I mostly used Altenew Glacier Caves blue gradient ink cubes to ink all of the white card stock for the rounded rectangle nesting set. I added some glitter paper from the Altenew Ocean Reflection Glitter CardstockStar Light Glitter paper. I added some stamping to the top sentiment rectangle and the background paper from the Altenew Tie Dye Motifs layering stamp set. The word stamps were from the Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set. The pop of glitter paper really makes the card shine.

Altenew Nesting Rounded Rectangle Word Tags

Altenew Nesting Rounded Rectangle Dies Word Tags

Another card using the Altenew Roumded Rectangle Nesting die set. Each layered tag was inked using Altenew pink ink cubes from the set creating gradient colored paper. I stamped a single word in the piece that was on top. I added silver glitter Altenew Washi tape strip that was trimmed for each of the tags. I alternated the position of the four layered tags to create the card front. Love that of glittery Washi tape.

  • Altenew Nesting Die sets- Rounded Rectangles and Soda Top nesting dies
  • Altenew silver washi tape
  • Altenew ink cubes- purples, pinks and blues
  • Altenew Ocean Reflection Glitter paper
  • Altenew Gradient Green Meadow card stock package
  • Altenew Smiles and Hugs stamp set
  • White card stock for all of the card bases and inked pieces
  • Sizzix die cutting machine
  • 3M Tape Runner, liquid glue and foam tape

Altenew Certified Educator’s September Instagram Hop

TEXT SAVVY THEMED CARDS

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

A QUICK RECAP OF THE VIRTUAL CLASS

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.

HOW I REPURPOSED A PLAIN WOODEN PICTURE FRAME- FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRORDINARY USING ALTENEW PRODUCTS.

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