Friday, 3 May 2019

Set of masculine cards + packaging

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 flowers. 

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 black.

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.

SuppliesTim 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 3D ones).
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.

Here is the 6 x 6 card.

Supplies: Latarnia Morska inks, silicone stamps, square die, blending tool, white cardstock.
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 stylish.
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 dimention.

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 Blending Techniques).
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.

Here are the cards:

Supplies: gear stencil, Viva stamps, Pepermania inks, Nellie's inks, Studio 490 metallic gold embossing paste, Aquarell yellow watercolour pen, cardstock, glue.

 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. 

My 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 front.
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 ink-blended.
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.

The gift is ready.


  1. AWESOME work on your projects, Joanna!! I know this challenge is not easy at all, but your hard work and talent really pay off! I love that you do each card with various techniques and put into lots of thoughts. Your tool box is really outstanding! I am amazed that you used a cereal box and upcycled it in such a innovative way. Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  2. WOW! You did a fabulous job Joanna!! Way to go!! I love that cardbox! It looks SO good. All the cards are absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you for entering your beautiful work to the AECP gallery. Well done!!!


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