Level 1 Challenge – AECP

I have completed all the courses for the Altenew Educator Certification Program and am on to the ‘Challenge’ round.  I have really enjoyed all the classes and the many things I’ve learned or expanded my knowledge on.  My challenge card is to make a Love, Wedding, or Anniversary card utilizing three take aways from the courses I’ve completed.  I accepted the challenge and immediately knew I would be making a Love/Anniversary card as my 25 year, silver, anniversary is in May.  So, off we go.

Since this is for my husband, I knew I wanted to use the Coffee Love stamp set as I love the sentiment “Love you more than coffee” and I knew I wanted the heart coffee stains from the Coffee Talk stamp set.  I stamped out the images so I could play around with layouts.  This is always helpful for me to see how things look before creating.  Honestly, I had a different layout I was pursuing before I changed  my mind to this card.  This is our 25 year anniversary, so Silver is requirement on this card.  Also, he loves our Saturday’s when we go to town and have coffee together, so this is another reason I wanted to use the coffee images.

I started by using a technique from the Let it Shine course, where Clarissa made a circle out of metallic paper. I cut out the circle from the base white cardstock, then cut out the circle with metallic silver paper using the next larger circle die. I adhered the silver ring around the circle opening of the card base and trimmed the edge to match the card base.

Taking inspiration from the Scene Building course I created a coffee shop type scene within the circle cutout area. To build my scene, I used a coffee decanter that I reverse masked and stamped with a detail floral from Altenew Beautiful Day.  I used a green and blue marker to ink the stamp, the I used water and a brush to move the ink and to pick up and apply some additional ink to the image. This was a technique that was highlighted in the Irresistible Inking Techniques course.  I stamped and cut out two of the coffee cups and just barely added some color to them.  On a separate piece of paper, I I divided it in half.  On the upper portion I used my score tool and made a white brick background, on the lower portion I ink blended with Linen and Vintage photo a wood table top.  To enhance the look of wood, I used my score tool and with some padding behind the paper, I drew in wood markings. To make sure my placement would be correct, I used low tack tape and secured the scene behind the circle cutout.  I put glue on the scene piece and place this, centered, on my final card.  I waited until the end to adhere the decanter and coffee cups.

The rest of the background to my card looked a little plain, so I decided to take what I learned from two classes: For the Guys and incorporate a geometric pattern and from the Celebration: Stencil Techniques, I used Nuvo mousse (in silver) on the stencil in which to add dimension on the background.   Notice I only selectively added parts of the stencil to the left side of the card design.

For my sentiment, using vellum I first embossed one heart from Coffee Talk in silver sparkly embossing powder, the I embossed a second heart slightly overlapping the first.  Masking just the upper portion of the sentiment (“Love You”) I stamped this in the middle of the two hearts and embossed with black powder.  While I had my embossing tools out, I also embossed the rest of the sentiment under the circle focus point using black embossing powder.  I fussy cut out the hearts.

To pull all these pieces together into my final card, I added foam tape to the base layer and carefully placed this over the scene I had already attached (making sure everything was lined up correctly).   I popped up the coffee decanter so I would be able to put glue on the back side of the vellum hearts so they would lie nicely.  I love how the decanter shows through the vellum.  I added the two coffee cups directly to the table.  Inside the card, I embossed Happy Anniversary (again using silver) from the Altenew Mega Succulent which literally just arrived at my house!  What great timing.

Below is my card and some of the work showing my progress.  I hope you like.  I think my husband will.

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  1. Very original and creative take on the Level 1 challenge! Love the embossing and use of vellum as part of the layering! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!


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