• Hannah Oxberry

Altenew Academy Level Two - Final Challenge


Part 1: Create four masculine cards with the themes Birthday, Love/ Thinking of you, Anniversary and Encouragement.

Part 2: Altered Item/ Up-cycled Project.

Introduction Part 1 - Four Masculine Cards

For my Altenew Academy Level Two Final Challenge Part 1 I chose to focus primarily on the components included within the following classes, while drawing inspiration from the classes as a whole.

In The Mood For Color (Level 2)- using colours within your designs to convey a certain mood or sentiment.

Beyond Basic Backgrounds (Level 2)- creating a repeat pattern background and building your card design around this.

Easy Die Cutting Techniques (Level 1)- using an inlay die cut sentiment as a design feature.

My inspiration for this project came from using colour to convey the particular themes set out within the challenge criteria. I thoroughly enjoyed my Level 1 challenge; to create a set of cards, and felt the set concept really highlighted how different colours lend themselves to different sentiments. I also wanted to explore brighter colours for masculine cards and felt this was the perfect opportunity to try something a little different.

During my Level 2 class submissions I created a similar background to these cards. It was suggested that I share more photos of the processes I used to create the blended backgrounds. The AECP has really helped me develop my own style of cards and as such, I really wanted to take that advice and work it in to my final challenge.

Orange (class 6) - Health, happiness and courage, selected for the love sentiment. Yellow (class 4) - Energy, cheer and optimism, selected for the birthday sentiment.

Green (class 3) - Soothing, growth and natural, selected for the encouragement sentiment.

Blue (class 1) - Calm and tranquility, selected for the anniversary sentiment.

Step by Step Guide - Four Masculine Cards

Step 1 Trim your ultra smooth white card panel to measure 5 1/8" x 6 9/16". Using a blending tool, blend your Distress Oxide ink from the glass mat on to your card in a light circular motion.

Step 2 Continue blending until the whole of your panel is covered with ink. I find going over the panel with your blending tool helps to even the colour.

Step 3 Begin stamping your chosen image - select a colour of Altenew ink a shade darker than that used for your background. Space the stamped images, remembering to stamp off the edge of the panel to give a more natural look.

Step 4 Select an ink in a shade darker again, and continue stamping. This time layer the stamp so they slightly overlap the first images.

Step 5 Choose your final ink colour, select an ink that is darker still and stamp your image as you did in Step Four - slightly overlapping the images.

Step 6 I like to use a stamping platform to help me position and stamp my designs. When creating pattern backgrounds, I place my card panel on copy paper so when I stamp off the edge of the panel I stamp on to copy paper and not on to my platform base.

Step 7 Continue stamping and overlapping your images to give your card panel a full look.

Step 8 To create your sentiment, die cut the word "love" from smooth black card.

Step 9 Die cut five lots of the same sentiment.

Step 10 Glue the sentiments so they are stacked on top of one another, forming a chunky word.

Step 11 Using the same sentiment die, cut the word from a 2 1/2" wide strip of vellum. The vellum needs to be wide enough to fit your card panel.

Step 12 Take the same sentiment die and position it on your card panel. Fix it in place with low tack tape to stop it moving while you run it through your die cutting machine. Remember to keep all of the cut pieces too.

Step 13 Add ultra clear tape to the reverse of your card panel, paying particular attention to the areas around the cut out.

Step 14 Remove the tape backing and stick the panel to a smooth white mat layer measuring 5 1/4" x 6 11/16".

Step 15 Glue the stacked sentiment in to the negative space on your card panel, adding in the extra bits from the die cut.

Step 16 Add the positive die cut on top of your stacked sentiment, completing the continuous pattern background. Slot the vellum strip in around your raised sentiment, trimming down the edges to fit. Don't forget to add the little bits inside the letters! The vellum strip acts as a focusing tool, you can still see the patterned background through it, but it frames and highlights the raised sentiment.

Step 17 Cut strips of black card 1/2" wide. Use embossing ink and white embossing powder to heat emboss your chosen sentiments. Use an anti static bag when heat embossing to stop any stray bits of embossing powders sticking to your card. This combination of white on black will be repeated in the card blank, drawing the design together.

Step 18 Use double sided tape to stick the heat embossed strips to the top and bottom of the vellum strip, forming your full sentiment.

You can also add double sided tape to your vellum in these areas as these will be hidden by the sentiment strips.

Step 19 Use black enamel dots to frame the sentiment and tie in the black card used for the strips.

The dots can also be used to pin the vellum in place, keeping it secure.

Step 20

To finish, mount your card panel, on foam to a top fold black card blank measuring 5 1/2" x 7". Repeat these steps for the different colours to create your set of four masculine cards.

Stamp Sets: Weekend Doodles, Inked Rose, Leaf Medallion, Faithful Feather Die Sets: Script Words, Script Words 2

Inks: Distress Oxides Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Cracked Pistachio, Tumbled Glass. Altenew Inks Orange - Autumn Blaze, Firebrick, Dark Chocolate. Yellow - Honey Drizzle, Caramel Toffee, Almond Butter. Green - Grass Field, Shadow Creek, Mountain Pine. Blue - Turquoise, Tide Blue, Starlight.

Supplies: 5 1/2" x 7" Black Card Blank, Smooth White Card, Smooth Black Card, Vellum, Embossing Ink, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Anti-static Bag, Stamping Platform, Copy Paper, Paper Trimmer, Die Cutting Machine, Black Enamel Dots, Bone Folder, Glass Mat, Foam Pads, Ultra Clear Tape, Glue.

Introduction Part 2 - Altered Item/ Up-cycled Project

For my Altenew Academy Level Two Final Challenge Part 2 I chose to focus primarily on the components included within the following classes, while drawing inspiration from the classes as a whole. All About Layering 1 and 2 (Level 1)- Using layering stamps to build the images. Let It Shine (Level 1)- Adding a little sparkle and shine to the project. Clean & Simple Boutique Cards(Level 1)- Achieving a clean and simple, but effective look.

I love up-cycle projects; the joy of turn something old in to something brand new, not only giving it a new lease of life - but transforming it in to something completely different.

For my project I decided to up-cycle a dated pine mirror I found tucked away at the back of a cupboard. I wanted to create something with a vintage vibe that could be used as a centre piece to a shabby-chic styled room.

Step by Step Guide - Altered Item/ Up-cycled Project

Step 1 Select your up-cycle project, I am using an old pine mirror.

Step 2

Begin by masking of the glass of your mirror using masking tape. This protects the mirror while you are working on the frame.

Step 3 Lightly sand the surface of the frame to create a rougher surface that the paint can hold to more easily. Clean away any dust.

Step 4

Cover your work surface in a protective plastic sheet and paint your first layer of white chalk paint directly to the frame. Don't forget the sides and edges of the frame.

Step 5

Add more layers of white chalk paint until you achieve a nice even finish – let each layer dry fully before adding the next. Set the frame to one side.

Step 6

To create the flowers, select your stamp and stamp the base layer in the lightest colour ink on to smooth white card. I prefer to use a stamping platform to align and ensure an even stamp.

Step 7

Move on to the next stamp layer, following the laying guide for positioning. Use the next darkest colour in your Altenew ink series.

Step 8 Add the next stamped layer, using the next darkest coloured ink.

Step 9

Stamp your final layer in your darkest ink colour of the series.

Step 10 Building your stamp layers from Altenew gives a beautiful 3D effect to your floral images.

Step 11 Cut out your stamped images, either by fussy cutting or using the coordinating dies if you have them. Leave a little boarder around the image.

Step 12 Repeat steps six to eleven using a variety of ink colours to build a collection of flowers.

Step 13 Selected you leaf stamps and stamp the images in green ink on to smooth white card

Step 14

Cut out your leaf images.

Step 15 Create a selection of leaves in various shades of green.

Step 16 Sand areas of the frame to give a more distressed look and clean away any dust created.

Step 17

Screen print your chosen sentiment directly to the mirror using your screen adaptor and white sparkling ink. Ensure the mirror is clean before printing. Position the sentiment just slight up from the middle of the mirror.

Step 18 Once the sentiment print is dry - add a mica wash to the frame, this adds a subtle sparkle as well as giving a vintage look.

Step 19 Take your cut out stamped images and begin arranging them on the frame. Always try out your layout first before gluing and take a photo you can refer to once you are happy with the design.

Step 20 Use a hot glue tool to begin sticking the flowers in place. Think about how they overlap to give a more natural look.

Step 21 Fill in the bottom left corner of the frame with flowers. Add a smaller number of flowers to the top right, to give the frame balance.

Step 22 Add in the leaves, lift the edges of the flowers to position the leaves behind – again, giving a more natural look.

Step 23 Take a glitter pen and add sparkly details to the petals.

Step 24

Also add clear drops to the petals and leaves to give the look of dew – adding even more sparkle.

Step 25 Let drops dry fully, you can always add a few more for a more sparkly effect!

Stamp Sets: Floral Fantasy Inks: Rose Petal Ink Set, Ballet Slippers Ink Set, Spring Bouquet Ink Set, Green Valley Ink Set

Supplies: Pine Frame, Sand Paper, Masking Tape, Protective Plastic Sheet, Paint Brushes, Cleaning Fluid, White Chalky Finish Paint, Vintage Mica Wash, Smooth White Card, Stamping Platform, Electronic Cutting Machine, Scissors, Screen Sensations Screen Printing Frame, "Sparkle" Sentiment Screen, White Sparkle Ink, Hot Glue Tool, Wink of Stella Clear, Nuvo Drops Clear.

I hope you have enjoyed my final challenge for Level 2 of the Altenew Educator Certification Program.

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