Here is my final card challange of Level 1
in the AECP course: a set of masculine cards (6-12) plus
packaging. I decided to create this set without any
So let's start.
These three cards are based on the following Altenew
courses: Easy Ink Blending Techniques (I love blending; this way I can create my own design on the
paper), Easy Die Cutting Techniques (I also adore
die-cutting) and For the Guys (these cards
are to be masculine).
Firstly, I blended two white A6 cardstocks using 3 inks (the seahorse cards). When they dried, I sprinkled them with water and dried the drops of water on them.It gave me the white drops on the panel.
I painted the panel of the football card using a brayer and mist.
When the three cards were dry, I embossed them with the dies (seahorse and
stars). I die-cut three seahorses (two white and one
turquoise) and the football set, which I ink-blended in
I stamped the sentiments, then one was
die-cut, the other was punched and the third one was
trimmed.I sticked the panels with the seahorses onto
the white card base, glued the crystal dots / sequins.
The football card panel and the sentiments
were placed on a thick cardboard (instead of foam tape). On the football card I used the green washi
tape and the cardboard to achieve two layers.
Tips: use some thick cardboard instead of foam
tape (which is always at home and you don't have
to buy it); after embossing the dies you can run the
panel through your cutting/embossing machine to
make it flat.
The final result is below.
Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Ink
(evergreen bough, peacock feathers, faded jeans), white cardstock, thick cardstock, blending
tool, dies (Sweet Dixie Football and Boot, Seahorse
and others), sentiments (silicone stamps), washi tape,
sequins, crystal dots, glue.
This greetings-from-my-happy-place card is
based on Seasonal Scene Building, Easy Ink Blending Techniques and All About Layering (the clouds look like
I ink-blended the scene using masking. I stamped the grass / herbage, sentiment and
birds, and finally - layered clouds. I placed the sentiment as the element of the
scenery, not on the cardstock to make the onlooker
study the picture. To embellish the picture / scene I embossed
the frame directly on the card base.
My next two cards were inspired by two Altenew courses: For the Guys and Clean and Simple Boutique
Cards.Cards for the guys used to be a problem, but after the For-the-Guys course I feel full
of ideas. Clean and simple cards are just classy and
So I stamped the striped silicone onto the
white cardstock (one square 4 1/2 x 4 1/2, the other one -
A6). For the square ciesz-się-życiem card (=
enjoy-your-life), I made a cut (1/3 of the length) and used the scoring board to form the
collar. I handmade a tie template, cut the tie,
stamped the dots, cut the pocket and ink-blended them in
yellow. I glued the panel, the tie and the pocket. I added 3D squares under the collar to make
it spatial. For the just-because card, I stamped a
steampunk border at the bottom, stamped the sentiment and the lightbulbs, cut
them out and glued them onto the cardboard to give
Here are the cards:
Supplies: Altenew Pinstripes Stamp Set, Archival Ink Potting Soil,
Nellie's yellow pigment ink, silicone stamps, white and craft cardstock.
The najlepsze-życzenia (=Best wishes) card is
clean and simple
(Clean and Simple Boutique Cards)with metallic details (Let It Shine, Celebration - Stencil Techniques) and smoky ink-blended background (Easy Ink
I ink-blended an A6 panel, put the embossing
paste through the stencil, stamped the sentiment and glued it
dimentionally on the white card base.
The just-because card has a 'shiny' element - the light bulb. I used masking to get the white area in the
middle of the card. The stamped bulb and sentiment are aticked in
the 3D elements. This project is monochromatic except for the
yellow tungsten wire inside the bulb.
My next project - the Hello card -
contains 'natural' paint.
One day I kept a piece of beetroot covered by
a cup (in the kitchen).
When I lifted the cup, the edge was dark red. I liked the color and I stamped the circles
on the white cardstock (the dark red ones).
A few day later I added the light brown
circles using the same cup
and some coffee. Then I stamped the sprockets, dots and the
sentiment. Finally, I used six layers of thick cardstock
to build up the shaker (Seasonal Scene Building), put confetti and some real metal
washers inside (from the local DIY store) and that's all.
Here is the card:
Supplies: Altenew Pinstripes Stamp Set, gears
stamp, circle dies, metal washers, confetti,white cardstock, glue.
last card - welcome to the neighbourhood - is my favourite one.
I prepared a dark grey base (11,5 cm x 29,7
cm), scored it to have the 11,5 cm x 11,5 cm
I die-cut two 10,8 cm square panels, one
external - light grey and one internal - silver. I stamped a wall on the external panel, the
sentiment on the white cardstock, and sticked a cloud on the internal one. After gluing both panels, I die-cut a square
in the front. Then following Jennifer Rzasa's instructions in lesson 2 Artistic Techniques (For The Guys) I created a
starry-night background panel (ink-blending technique).
Having mixed some white acrylic paint and
water, I splattered "the stars" on the
dark blended paper. I stamped the town/city houses twice, one -
on the ink-blended panel and for the other one I flipped the panel
over. I cut out both pictures and sticked them: the silhouette one inside the project and the houses outside on the front panel. The die-cut lamp post on the right is also
Finally, I glued the sentiment. For this card I handmade a grey envelope
using my scoring board.
Here is the card:
Supplies: Amsterdam white acrylic paint, pepermania black ink, stamps,
dies, cardstock (grey, dark grey, silver), blending tool.
Packaging - kind of a TOOLBOX
I took two empty cartons of muffins and cut
parts of them to prepare a box for tools, I mean for cards. The photos below show all the instructions:
Here is the cardbox (21 cm x 10 cm x 18 cm) with my cards inside.