If you are following me for a little while you probably noticed that I’m the kind of person that enjoys multiple types of crafts. I always look for different types of projects and ideas to expand my skills.
Although I’ve been doing cards for a long time, I wasn’t the kind of cardmaker that focuses mainly on stamps. That’s mostly because I didn’t have the budget to invest in a fancy stamp collection and for some reason stamps were never at the top of my wishlist.
That all changed when my dear friend Lara helped me get started with a bunch of gorgeous stamp sets and ink pads. It took me a while to sit down and start using those supplies but once I did, I couldn’t stop. I finally understood the stamping and cardmaking buzz. It’s such a joy to create these little pieces of art and share some happiness with your friends and family.
So as I was getting more and more excited about cardmaking I decided it was time to improve my skills. Altenew Academy looked very appealing so I decided to dive in and become the best stamper and cardmaker I can be.
A few weeks after I officially started that journey I wanted to finally share with you some cards I created inspired from the classes I took on Altenew Academy.
All About Layering 1 & 2
If you own some of the Altenew layering stamp sets them both of these classes could be great for you. Each class features lessons dedicated to one layering stamp set at a time. Make sure you pick the class that works with the sets you own to get the most out of it.
You can still get a lot from the class just from the beautiful examples even if you don’t own the specific sets. My first card was inspired from the Vintage Flowers lesson where I learnt a few tips about layering that specific stamp.
I really enjoyed the second class too although I didn’t own any of the sets it featured. I still got a lot of ideas so I got inspired from the beautiful examples in the lessons and recreated a card using a different stamp set.
Let It Shine
This class was fantastic! I’m a huge fan of everything Carissa Wiley does and this class was no exception. She covers so many fun techniques to add shine on your cards (or other projects).
For my shimmery card I created a DIY shimmery background by diluting my Nuvo embellishment mousse. I was super inspired from her last lesson where she shows how to create this multi-layer stamped flower so I decided to do that on a piece of vellum, color it at the back with alcohol markers and then add some more shimmer at the front with a Wink of Stella pen. To top these up, I added a few splatters of shimmery spray for some more detail.
Irresistible Inking Techniques & Easy Ink Blending Techniques
Both of these classes are amazing. Actually Easy Ink Blending Techniques is the class I enjoyed the most. All the techniques mentioned in that class were really fun to try and on top of that I really enjoyed the style of the instructor, Amy Lee.
The design of this card is inspired from her second lesson with a mix of her faux watercoloring technique. On the left side of the card I created my own piece of cardstock by ink-blending the area with Distress Oxide and lifting some color with water to add a little bit of texture.
There are many interesting techniques in the Irresistible Inking Techniques as well. Although the style of the examples is not close to the cards I make, I got very inspired to incorporate them into my projects. For this card I used my acrylic block as a stamp to create this beautiful watercolor background. This technique is especially interesting if you have a curvy acrylic block like mine.
To finish the design I stamped this gorgeous floral arrangement on vellum along with the sentiment.
Celebration: Stencil Techniques
If you love stencils then this class is great for you. It has many great ideas on how to use stencils on your cards. Some are messier and some are cleaner but there’s definitely something for everyone.
On my card I combined two techniques in one. First I stamped using my stencil to create a watercolor backdrop and then I went in with the same stencil and added some embossing paste for more dimension.
Clean & Simple Boutique Cards
For those of you that love simple yet striking designs this class is truly a gem. All of the card examples were exceptionally beautiful and stylish, like you just bought them from a store.
For my card example here I was inspired from the stamped backgrounds lesson and created fluid, almost blurry looking pattern. I don’t know if it’s the stamp, the colors or just the combination of everything but this card feels really magical to me.
Easy Die Cutting Techniques
This is another one of my top favorite classes available in the Altenew Academy and it’s taught by the one and only Yana Smakula! She’s is one of the most creative and ingenious cardmakers with impeccable aesthetic. Her techniques and examples were absolutely stunning!
I was very inspired from her negative die-cutting technique so I had to give it a go. I decided to mix it up with the ink blending things I learnt in the other classes so I created a rainbow backdrop for my die-cut panel.
For The Guys
I’m a very girly and romantic crafter so I was very skeptical about this class. I’m super happy I took it cause it was full of great tips and ideas for more masculine card designs (which can totally work for any occasion by the way!).
The idea that totally blew my mind was to incorporate pop art designs on the card. I just had to try this Andy Warhol-inspired idea. Since I don’t have many masculine friendly stamp sets I used this lovely mister kitty face from my Meow Mix set. It really worked well on this design after I colored it with all sorts of funky colors.
Seasonal Scene Building
Scene building is definitely not my thing. I actually tried to find videos on that field some time ago and learn some tips and tricks. I really love building bouquets of flowers but when it comes to critters and other types of scenes I always feel like something is missing. This class was very helpful to train my scene building scenes and try some very cool ideas.
On this card I combined a few different lessons. I built a scene by masking out elements and inspired by the card example of the first lesson in the class. Then I also framed my scene/panel by adding some paper layers behind it. This way the whole scene pops out nicely and the design is complimented.