Finished another of the Altenew Educator Certificate program courses, of part 1. This class was presented by Nichol Magouirk and she demonstrated ways to create scenes for your cards: Seasonal Scene Building. She presents so many great ideas. I was inspired by her technique of building the image first with the stamps stacked on top of each other as necessary. I decided to create from her lesson of building with a frame. In my head I kept seeing a window, but when I started designing the card, I wanted a picture frame.
Below is my card for this class. I started with some water color paper. Using the Altenew Be Strong stamp set, I wanted to have two images, one in front of the other. I stamped the pot, then added the cactus and masked both images. I stamped the larger image behind the first. I removed my masks and mounted my paper to chipboard so I could water color it. I used the tape I secured the paper on the board with to create my scene size. I used distress oxide inks to do the water coloring. I added some brown for the desert background, some blue for the sky then added some oranges and yellows in between. Lastly, I colored in the cactus with shades of green. Using rectangle dies, I cut a rectangle out of wood grain paper to serve as my window frame. I added acetate to the frame for the appearance of glass. I lined the frame with foam tape so it would be dimensional over the cactus image. To prepare my background, I worked directly on my card base and recalling a technique from the Clean and Simple card class, I scored a faux brick wall background. I mounted the cactus frame and chose a sentiment from the same stamp set: BE YOU & BE HAPPY which I stamped directly on the ‘wall’ with black ink. I love all these new techniques and seeing how they start to be incorporated from card to card.