WOW.. So today I am submitting my final card for the Altenew Educators Certification Program, Level 2. I have really enjoyed the Level 1 and Level 2 groups of classes. While we all use and practice certain techniques, the classes were always able to build on your knowledge and help you to reach a new level. The class I just finished was so much fun! It was with Jennifer Rzasa, Debbie Hughes and Laurel Beard – Creative Watercolor Media. I love the look of watercolor on cards and using it for the Altnew florals, just makes them so gorgeous.
My card (actually cards) were inspired by Debby Hughes class on incorporating shimmer sprays into your watercoloring. While I don’t own any of the Altenew Shimmer sprays (yet), I used Altenew ink mixed with PearlEx powder. I’m always excited when I get new stamps, and I just received the Altenew Build A Flower, Anemone (I had to learn how to say this word). So, this was the set I was going to use. Using Canson XL watercolor paper, I heat embossed one set of flowers and leaves with rose pink embossing powder and another set with antique gold powder. I wanted to see the difference the color of embossing powder would create on the final cards. For the rose gold embossed images, I squished some Pinkalicious and Rubellite onto acetate added some PearlEx and mixed with water. I did the same for the leaves, using Forest Glades and Evergreen with a bit of Honey Drizzle (yellow). On the gold embossed flowers I used Rouge and Crimson, again mixed with PearlEx powder. A great benefit of the Altenew lessons are you can watch the videos over and over. I watched Debby’s lesson a few times before being ready to try this myself. I started by lightly coating the image with water, then dropping in the lightest color. I used a clean brush to move that colored water to the edge and let it dry slightly. I did this for all the petals. Once slightly dry, I came back in with the darker color and placed in the area closest to the center of the flower. The water helped to move the darker color towards the outside of the petal. I wanted to define the petals a bit, so I added some petal accents with the darkest color as well. For the leaves, I used the same technique, but really didn’t think about color placement as all these colors would blend and work well on the leaves.
As I had the stamp and die set, I used the dies to cut out the images. I prepared two sentiment strips one embossed with the rose gold and the other with the antique gold onto black cardstock. For the pink flowers, I used a stitched rectangle to size my panel. I used the Forest Glades and Pink Diamond to add some color to the background. I trimmed my sentiment down to fit the upper left of the card and placed a foam mounted Anemone with leaves. I then decided where to place the other Anemone and first flush mounted two other leaves before foam mounting the Anemone on the lower portion of the panel.
To complete the peach/red hue colored Anemone card, I used my newly purchased Altenew Medallions Cover Die Plate B (this is my first Altenew die plate). This plate is awesome. Using a technique from the Altenew Easy Die Cutting Technique class, I created a faux letter press of the medallion onto a A2 panel. The panel mounted directly to my card, and I added the sentiment with gold embossing and again layered some leaves flush and other foam mounted, while both the Anemone’s are foam mounted.
I had a lot of fun creating these cards and love how they look. I’ll be practicing many of the other techniques from the class as well!
I’ll be submitting this to the AECP as my final card for Level 2.
I’ll also be submitting to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Flower Power and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Anything Goes challenge.