AECP Level 2 Final Challenge

Oh Happy Day fellow paper crafters! I am so happy to be here with you today, and look forward to showing you all of the cards I have created for the Altenew Level 2 Challenge. These courses have helped me tremendously in card making, and I have learned so many new techniques that will stay with me for life. If you are wanting to enhance your card making skills or just looking for some fresh ideas, I highly recommend this course! Without further ado; lets get started!



 

The Details


Part 1: Create 4 different masculine cards for the following themes (Birthday, Love/Thinking of you, Anniversary, and Encouragement) using any 3 components from the video lessons.

Part 2: Create a craft with a recycled item

 

Card #1: Encouragement Card

This A2 sized card features a bouquet of water colored die cuts layered up, and placed on an embossed 3d folder. I used the techniques I learned from the Altenew Videos All About Layering, Easy Die Cutting Techniques, and For The Guys to create this beauty. The die cuts are embossed with Glossy Accents, which really pulled the colors out from the watercolor, leaving a stunning, dimensional piece of art!



Supplies Needed:

  • Black Cardstock

  • Rows of Squares 3d Embossing Folder

  • Altenew Water Colors

  • Watercolor brush

  • Watercolor paper

  • Altenew Branches and Berries Die Set

  • Altenew Circular Elements Die Set

  • Altenew Nesting Slim Rectanges Die Set

  • Glossy Acccents

  • Altenew Antique Rose Embossing Powder

  • Versamark Embossing Ink

  • Altenew Antique Rose Sequins

  • double sided tape

  • Mirrored Gold cardstock

  • Fine tip glue

  • Foam Tape

  • Die Cutting Machine

Card Assembly:

  • Prepare A2 sized card tent with black card stock

  • Die cut several pieces from the Altenew Branches and Berries Die Set in watercolor paper, and apply several coats of watercolors in your choice. Once dried, apply glossy accents to bring the colors out. (This completely changed things up in this card!) I also cut pieces using several different pieces of paper to add some different textures in my centerpiece.

  • Die cut the Circle using the Altenew Circular Elements Die Set and the smallest rectangle from the Altenew Nesting Slim Rectangles die set

  • Cut a piece of Ivory cardstock and emboss it using the Altenew Rows of Squares 3d embossing folder, and swipe it using a black ink pad. Trim down to 3 3/4" x 5".

  • Apply the card front (embossed piece) to the card base using dimensional foam tape

  • Build your centerpiece by arranging the die cuts using a piece of foam tape/2 sided tape to adhere the pieces. Keep layering die cuts until you are satisfied with results, and adhere it to the front panel of the card.

  • Treat the die cut rectangle with corn starch or your anti static tool and heat emboss your sentiment. I used Antique Rose embossing powder by Altenew, Adhere to the center of the bouquet.

  • Add sequins in random places for some extra sparkle.


Card Hacks

  • When layering your die cut pieces alternate between the watercolored and solid pieces to give a good array of texture, and color.

  • Use 100% cotton water color paper, and allow each layer of paint to dry before adding the next.

  • To run the 3D embossing folder through my sizzix, I used (1) regular cutting sheet, 2 pieces of water color paper, (1) Big Shot Plus Adapter B sheet cut in half

  • Have fun and relax!


 

Supplies Used

I have listed the supplies below with affiliate links. I make a small commission without a charge to you when you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I have purchased all of the supplies used for this card, and truly appreciate your support when using these links to shop. Thank you so much!



 

Card #2: Thinking of You/Love

I had a blast making this card, and imagining my hubby and I snuggled up together in front of a fire this Fall sitting at the Beach. I cannot wait! This card features an A2 sized card with an ink blended background, and a mirrored stamped image of the chair! (It's so easy). I used techniques I learned from the Altenew Videos Easy Ink Blending Techniques, Seasonal Scene Building, and Masking Unleashed.


Supplies Needed:

  • Neenah Solar White 110# card stock

  • Altenew Camping Life Stamp and Die Set

  • Altenew Mix & Match Frames Die Set

  • Black ink suitable for Copic markers

  • Masking Paper (sticky notes will also work fine)

  • White and Metallic Gold Acrylic Paint

  • MISTI stamping tool

  • Die Cutting Machine

  • Silicone Mat

  • Distress Oxide Ink (Prize Ribbon, Squeezed Lemonade, Seedless Preserves, Faded Jeans, Black Soot, Mowed Lawn)

  • Ink Blending Tools

  • Foam Tape


Card Assembly:

  • Prepare an A2 sized card tent

  • Die cut medium sized frame from the Altenew Mix & Match frames die set

  • Stamp the fire image at the bottom of the die cut frame, and make a mask to cover image

  • Ink blend your night sky starting with the darkest shade of blue and working your way down to the lightest shade. Blend green ink at the bottom to represent grass. Once you have your inky sky to your content, take the black soot ink, and blend it at the corners to darken it a tad.

  • Splatter white and gold acrylic paint to the background and set aside to dry

  • Remove masking paper and color the fire image in your favorite medium

  • Adhere background to card tent using foam tape

  • Stamp your sentiment and cut to size. I chose to leave the length of the strip longer to add a little something more to look at.

Mirrored Chair Image:

  • Place a silicone sheet in your Misti and stamp the chair image directly on the silicone mat

  • Place a piece of white cardstock over the stamped image to pick up the ink from the silicone, and stamp the image on the opposite side of the cardstock with your Misti. (This allows you to die cut your image without having to guess where it is stamped on the other side of the paper)

  • Color your chairs with your favorite medium, and outline with a fine tipped black pen

  • Die Cut Image and Voila!

  • Place chair images next to one another with foam tape so they appear to be away from the fire a bit.


Card Hacks:

  • Start with the lightest color of ink when blending a night sky, and add your darker colors

  • Dilue Acrylic paint by simply spritzing it with some water and mix with a paint brush

  • Make sure your silicone mat is clean before stamping your image

 



 

Supplies Used

I have listed the supplies below with affiliate links. I make a small commission without a charge to you when you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I have purchased all of the supplies used for this card, and truly appreciate your support when using these links to shop. Thank you so much!


 

Card #3: Birthday Card

My baby brother celebrated his 40th birthday on September 11th, and I thought of him as I created this card. When I think of my brother I think of bright, and quirky; which is what I think this card represents! It features a stenciled background and colored die-cut cake. For a little bit extra I debased the background using Altenew String Art Stars Die Set. I used the techniques I acquired from the Altenew Videos Celebration: Stencil Techniques, Clean and Simple Botique Cards, and Easy Die-Cutting Techniques.


Supplies Needed:

  • Altenew String Art Stars Die Set

  • Altenew Mini Crepe Cake Stamp and Die Set

  • Altenew Illusion Spiral Stencil

  • Altenew Crisp Inks (Honey Drizzle, Maple Yellow, Fresh Lemon)

  • Black Ink Gel Pen

  • Happy Birthday Sentiment (I used the one from Altenew Bergenia Builder Stamp Set)

  • Black Card Stock

  • Black Ink

  • Blending Brush

  • Your Favorite coloring Medium ( I used Copic Markers R05, R08, R89, E13, E18, Y11, Y13)

  • Die Cutting Machine

Card Assembly:

  • Prepare A2 Sized card base using black card stock cut at 4 1/4, and scored at 5 1/2

  • Cut a black square measuring 2 3/4" x 2 3/4"

  • Cut a white square 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

  • Cut white card panel 3 3/4" x 5"

  • Stencil both white card panels using your favorite stencil ( I used Altenew Illusion Spiral Stencil and created an ombre effect using 3 different tones of yellow ink.

  • Outline your stencil with a black gel pen on both stenciled pieces

  • Arrange the String Art Stars Die to large card panel and run through die cutting machine

  • Adhere smaller stenciled square to black mat, and adhere to center of card with foam tape.

  • Stamp "Happy Birthday" Sentiment on a white strip of paper, and run it to the edge of the card panel

  • Apply die cut cake to the side of the square off centered using foam tape

  • Adhere to black card base with foam tape


Card Hacks

  • Use Pixie Spray to hold your stencil in place on the paper

  • When creating your ombre effect start with the lightest color of ink

  • Use a ruler when outlining your stencil to create straight, crisp lines

 


 

Supplies Used

I have listed the supplies below with affiliate links. I make a small commission without a charge to you when you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I have purchased all of the supplies used for this card, and truly appreciate your support when using these links to shop. Thank you so much!


 

Card #4: Anniversary Card

This is my final card for this project, and it features a smooshed watercolored background with some stenciled texture paste. I didn't want to cover up the background, so I heat embossed my sentiment on a piece of vellum. I used bubble wrap to lay my water colors down, and placed the corners directly into the paint to pick up the darker tones. I used techniques learned from the Altenew videos: Creative Watercolor Media, Beyond Basic Backgrounds, and For the Guys. The hardest part about making this card was waiting for everything to dry so I could move on to the next step!

Supplies Needed:

  • Black Cardstock

  • Vellum

  • Watercolor Paper

  • Embossing Ink (I used Versamark)

  • Anti Static embossing tool or Corn Starch

  • Water Colors (I used Altenew Brush Marker Refills)

  • Texture Paste and Craft putty knife

  • Altenew On the Plus Side Stencil

  • Foam Tape

  • Bubble Wrap or another method to apply watercolor

Card Assembly:

  • Prepare A2 sized card base using black cardstock cut at 4 1/4" and scored at 5 1/2"

  • Cut a piece of watercolor paper 4" x 5 1/4"

  • Dilute watercolors on silicone mat, and pick up some color with bubble wrap (Saran Wrap will also work well) smooshing it on the paper. Continue to layer until you have achieved the desire look.

  • Cut a piece of vellum just thick enough for the sentiment, and stamp your sentiment using Versamark Ink (Don't forget to use your anti-static embossing tool before stamping)

  • Once the watercolored panel has dried, use a stencil of your choice and apply texture paste

  • Adhere vellum to front card panel

  • Adhere card front to the base of the card


Card Hacks:

  • Using liquid watercolor is best for this technique, but if you only have a pan you can pick up color and dilute it on a mat.

  • Don't be afraid to add more layers

  • Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding texture paste

 


 

Supplies Used

I have listed the supplies below with affiliate links. I make a small commission without a charge to you when you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I have purchased all of the supplies used for this card, and truly appreciate your support when using these links to shop. Thank you so much!


 

PART 2: Recycled Project

For my recycled project I decided to make coasters with some left over ceramic coasters I had laying around. With the Holidays just around the corner, I thought these would make a perfect gift. They are simple to make, and I used the new Altenew Mixed Media Ink to create them. The image I used is from the Altenew Bergenia Builder Stamp set.


Supplies Needed:

  • Ceramic Coaster Discs

  • Altenew Multi Media Ink (Glacier Caves)

  • Altenew Bergenia Builder Stamp Set

  • Large Acrylic Stamp Block

  • Paintbrush

  • Modpodge waterproof sealer


Directions:

  • Ink up your stamp image using Saphire Ink color

  • Stamp image on ceramic tile

  • Stamp several ink colors on a silicone mat, and lightly mist with water

  • Pick up color with paint brush and paint image

  • Heat dry and set aside overnight to dry. Apply waterproof sealer and cork backing


 

Supplies Used

I have listed the supplies below with affiliate links. I make a small commission without a charge to you when you make a purchase after clicking on my link. I have purchased all of the supplies used for this card, and truly appreciate your support when using these links to shop. Thank you so much!



 

Thank you so very much for stopping by to visit today. I have so enjoyed having you here, and would love if you would leave a comment and tell me what you think. I can't end without giving a quick shout out to my husband for his belief in me to succeed in this endeavor and encouraging me to take one more step closer to my goal! Don't give up on your dreams! Have an excellent afternoon today, and don't forget to leave a comment.






















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