Ink, Ink, Ink…

Happy July everyone! Can you believe it? I am SO not ready to be halfway to Christmas already, but then I never am. Just taking one day at a time… how about you? Today’s card is a bit different for me — for instance, it is the first time I have ever put a bow …

Let it Shine!

Today’s card is all about shine. It would be perfect for a wedding or anniversary. My husband and I are celebrating our Golden Anniversary (50 years!) next Christmas, and I would love to receive a shiny card like this! (And my favorite color is purple.) ? Actually, this card is my submission in the Altenew …

Simple Beauty #2

For this card, I challenged myself to create something in a completely different style and design from my Simple Beauty #1 card… but to make it difficult to tell that it uses the same stamp set (Altenew Simple Beauty). I love to do this, because it enables me to stretch my stamp purchases and make …

Simple Beauty #1

Every morning my 1-year-old golden retriever, Sunny, comes to my bedside to greet me, and we have a discussion about whether it’s going to be a good or bad doggy day. (I know — ridiculous — but true!) ? A good doggy day can be summed up if Sunny gets to go riding in the …

Geometric Playtime

I got up this morning ready to make a beautiful tulip card… but I sat down at my workspace and saw the new Altenew Soda Pop Nesting Dies sitting there…. and I started to play with them instead. From tulips to geometry? Who knows how my brain functions! It’s not like I have ever particularly …

Simple Flowers Get Well Card

I had so much fun making this card! After yesterday’s serious flower theme, I decided to play with the Altenew stamp set that I used for my sentiment on my Rose Bouquet card: Simple Flowers. These blooms couldn’t be more different than the formal rose dies. They are modern and fun, and gave me the …

Rose Bouquet

Today’s card is for the Altenew Educator Certification Program (AECP), displaying that I have finished the class “Easy Die Cutting Techniques.” My idea for this card came from wanting to show how you can use the very same dies in so many totally different ways! The roses that are in today’s bouquet are exactly the …

First Responder

I am SO excited that today I was honored to make my first outreach card (other than sending cards to my friends and family). A friend saw my new adventure on Facebook, and last night asked if I would make a card for a family member who is a young policewoman needing a word of …

Blue Anemones

I made this sympathy card today for a dear friend who has been going through much loss. Her favorite color is blue, so that inspired my theme. I chose to use the Altenew Paint-a-Flower: Anemone stamp set. I just started subscribing to this product a couple of months ago, and my delivery of this particular …

Teacups Clean & Simple

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
  • Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Green
  • May Green
  • Light Green
  • Blue
  • Persian Blue
  • Shadow Mauve
  • Purple
  • Light Violet
  • Pale Violet
  • Dark Pink
  • Pink
  • Sugar Almond Pink