I am so excited by the card I’m going to share today. I’ve completed the Altenew Color Your Day course by Therese Calvird as part of my Altenew Educator Certification Program. She does such wonderful work and is such a pleasure to listen to talk. In these six days of classes, she discuss so many ways we can find and use color on our projects. If you have any color uncertainties, this is a great class to build up your knowledge.
My card today was part of her first course where she discusses places you can find inspiration. As I was pondering what inspiration I had around me, I realized Altenew does an Inspiration Challenge. So, I headed to their website to see what the April challenge was. The inspiration was the various colors of a garden hydrangea, pinks, purples and blues. I immediately got an idea in my head and here we go.
I used the Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set; I just love these images. I selected and stamped a few of the flowers on the left side of an A2 panel with black ink. Using my Altenew Artist Markers (I’m having so much fun with these), I colored in my flowers (purple shades) and leaf (green shades). I then used masking tape and masked two horizontal lines down the left side going through the images I just colored. I proceeded to use my Altenew Artist markers in blue shades within the area I masked off, going around my flowers. I tried to keep the lightest blues around the petals which is giving a highlight effect. Once I finished coloring, I removed the masking, and oh no.. the blues had bleed outside my lines. To fix this, I just drew in a few straight lines with my darkest blue shade to cover up the leakage. I love seeing Kathy Racoosin from The Daily Marker, color and I remembered her tips about tracing her finished image and adding white gel pen accents. I went back to my flowers and added the darkest purple to accent areas and used my white gel pen to put accent highlights throughout. I need to send a friend a sympathy card, and I found this lovely sentiment from Build A Flower Rose: Peace begins with A Smile”. I have a terrible time using black embossing powder so I used this solution: I stamped with black ink, then I embossed with clear ink. I think it turned out great with no black residue that I get from black powder. This is a one panel card design, so I decided to cut off 1/2″ from the right side of the card panel and place foam behind it. When I placed the panel on the final card, I center it so that there is space on the right and left side. I like the dimension this adds to my card. My final accent is stamping, coloring and adding glitter to a little butterfly that is flying on the card.
Coloring with markers is new to me so I am very pleased at the results I achieved. The class encourages finding inspiration and I really think the colors of my card sync well with the Altenew April Inspiration Challenge. I hope my recipient enjoys my card and a smile is the outcome.