Hi friends! I made this card for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP) to demonstrate that I have completed the “Clean and Simple Boutique Cards” course, taught by Jennifer Rzasa. This was a great class! Jennifer demonstrated several ways to produce cards that are not too complicated and that don’t need a huge amount of supplies. Well, my experience with this card was not exactly as simple as I had hoped…. hhmmm… what do they say about “the best laid plans?” ?
I chose to use the Altenew “Tea Time” set for this card. I’ve had these stamps in my stash for quite a while, and I haven’t used them as much as I would like to. Aren’t they so cute? All kinds of little images that are fun for anyone who likes tea! Some of my best memories around tea are from when my husband and I took a trip to the UK and I got to have tea in various small shops….and then there is always high tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, B.C. That is an experience everyone should have sometime!
See what I mean? Yummy!
I started this card by cutting a piece of Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock to measure 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″. Jennifer used a little potted plant stamp for her example, so I decided to use the little spotted tea cup at the top of the stamp set. She used an acrylic block to stamp the image, but I decided it would be much easier to use my Misti Stamping Platform. One of the tools I have found is a great help when stamping over an entire card panel is to tape your card to the Misti and not use the included magnets to hold your paper down. I have seen others use low tack tape and double it up under the card, but I like to use the Scotch Double-sided Removable tape. It works great! Following Jennifer’s directions, I first measured to find the exact center of my card panel so that I could place the first stamp there.
Next I positioned the teacup stamp and inked it with Altenew Black Obsidian ink. I love this ink! It stamps very sharp and clear. I stamped the center image and then just moved my cardstock up and down 1″ (or 4 squares on the grid) in order to stamp a whole column of teacups. No need to move the stamp at all, and everything is perfectly aligned. Yay!
I then moved the teacup stamp over to the left center position and stamped another whole column. I repeated the same process on the right column. So I ended up with a whole card panel full of teacups – 15 of them! So far so good….
Then the challenge began. In the class, Jennifer used loose watercolors to color her images. Well, I forgot to use watercolor paper, and I didn’t want my cardstock to get too wet and warp. BUT, I also didn’t want to re-stamp 15 teacups! SO, I decided, “no problem,” I would just color the cups with alcohol markers…. but wait! The Obsidian ink will run with alcohol. Oops…. Now what? Well, I pulled out my Zig Clean Color markers and decided to just color the images directly without water in order to minimize getting the cardstock wet. And, Zigs come in lots of colors. One lesson that I learned through this process is: don’t give up! If Plan A doesn’t work, then try Plan B, and even move on to Plan C! I am such a perfectionist that I was tempted to just give up and start completely over. But, it worked out in the end. What do they say? “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?” Well, I didn’t make lemonade, but I made rainbow teacups!
The next step was to choose my rainbow colors. (I will list the specific colors below.) I had five rows of teacups so I thought I would start with orange and go down through purple. But, when I made some quick sample swatches, I decided that I didn’t like either of my light orange choices, so I decided to add a row of pink at the bottom instead of using the oranges. I have learned the hard way to always make these types of little swatches ahead of time. It’s so much better to be safe than sorry!
After the coloring process I decided that the teacups still needed a little pizzazz, so I used a Spectrum Noir clear Sparkle pen to make them shine. I took the picture on the right at an angle to show how they sparkle in the light. Next I focused on my sentiment. I chose one of the smaller sentiments, “It is never too late for tea,” because I didn’t want it to cover up the teacups. I used a powder tool on some black cardstock and heat embossed the sentiment with WOW Ultra Fine White embossing powder. I attached the sentiment with some foam tape to add dimension. Finally, I decided that the card still needed something else… but what? I chose to cut just a tiny edge off of each side of the card panel and attach it with foam tape to a piece of A2-sized rainbow patterned paper that I had left over from a Simon Says Stamp card kit.
And voila! I ended up being happy with my Plan C Rainbow Teacup card! I really learned a lot from Jennifer in this class and look forward to trying out several of her other suggestions!
ZIG MARKERS USED:
- Bright Yellow
- Lemon Yellow
- May Green
- Light Green
- Persian Blue
- Shadow Mauve
- Light Violet
- Pale Violet
- Dark Pink
- Sugar Almond Pink