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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

 Feminine Card Collection

Level 1 Final Project

I am continuing my journey in the Altenew Educator course with this collection of cards on the fminine side. I am sharing my collection today in hopes that you really look at the stamps and die cuts that you have and create something from your heart to share with another.

The Stamp/Stencil Set For This Project

The stamp set that I used is part of a collection set from Altenew called the Folk Flowers Stencil and Die Bundle. The actual flower and leaf images are created with a layered stencil set. The stencil set is marked with numbers 1-3. That way you will always know to use the right one in each step of your project.

The stamp set included in the bundle gives detail to the leaves and flowers. There are also sentiment stamps included. A die is part of the package that allows you to cut the flowers and leaves very quickly and easily. 

Tips For Using Layered Stencils

  1. Make sure to use a low tack tape to tape your stencil to the paper as well as to the workspace. You can also use pixie spray
  2. Follow the direction of the stencil. You will see the number of the stencil, so that is your orientation.
  3. Take the extra time to line up the stencil
  4. Use enough ink to get good color
  5. Use brushes or ink blending tool to get the best results.
  6. Give the design time to dry

The Inks Used For The Collection

For this collection, I used a lot of my favorite inks to give color to the flowers. These are Altenew Crisp Dye inks which work very well for the layered stencils in my cards.

The colors that I used were:
  • Galactic Stream Crisp Dye Ink
  • Maple Yellow Crisp Dye Ink
  • Snapdragon Crisp Dye Ink
  • Just Green Crisp Dye Ink
  • Firefly Crisp Dye Ink
  • Moss Crisp Dye Ink

Card #1-Framed Flowers

Card Base

Card base measures 6"by 6"
Window Opening is 4" by 4"
Inside window piece is 6" by 6 "

I had this window card in my stash, but you could easily create a window of any size with the right die cut into the front of the card.

  1.  Using the layered stencils in the correct order, I stenciled all of the page. Set it aside to dry.
  2. Once it was dry, I used the dot stamp and stamped random dots on the image. 
  3. Used some Stickles on the dots to add some glitter to the project
  4. I stenciled some extra images to use as embellishments.
  5. Stamped the detail stamp onto the image and added some 
  6. I added the window panel to the inside of the frame using double sided tape.
  7. Used the charming die to cut and layer the sentiment on the frame of the card.
  8. I added the embellishment flowers on three of the corners. The leaves were added with double sided tape and the flowers were added with foam dots to give them dimension.
  9. I glued some sequins around the flowers and added some Neuvo drops in the sequins for color.

Card # 2-Layered Bouquet

Card Base

The card base measures 6" by 6"
Layer 1 measures 5 7/8 by 5 7/8
Layer 2 measures 5 1/2 by 5 1/2
Layer 3 measures 5" by 5"
Diamond measures 2 1/2 by 2 1/2

This was a fun card to make because it is so colorful and fun. I added the Altenew Gold Pin Stripped washi tape for some extra color and dimension to the card.
  1. I used the layered stencils to create the flowers for the card bouquet.
  2. After they were dry and die cut, I added some Stickles accents to the flowers and set them adise to dry 
  3. Once cut, I added layers 1-2 on on the base with double sided tape.
  4. I added the washi tape to layer three and then layered that on top of layer two wirh the double side tape.
  5. I used an embossing folder on plain green cardstock 
  6. I took some gold glitter glue and spread it on the cardstock. Set it aside to dry
  7. While that was drying, I arranged the flowers on layer three using foam dots to give the bouquet dimension.
  8. I die cut the square from the glittered cardstock. I turned it so that it was a diamond. 
  9. 'I I stamped the hello sentiment and glued it onto the square.
  10. The diamond was applied to the card with double sided tape. 
  11. Added gold \sequins and Neuvo drops to finish the card.

Card #3-Circle Gatefold

Card Base                                                

The base measures 5" by 7"
The circle is 4 1/4" diameter
Inside circle is 3 1/2: diameter
Gatefold rectangle piece is 1 1/2 by 4 1/2

I wanted to use the collection stencil images in a totally different way and I came up with this idea/

  1. Take the green cardstock measuring 7" long and score it at 2 " on each side
  2. On the right side of the base, cut the scored piece off with a paper trimmer.
  3. Cut the larger circle with a circle die and a smaller circle with printed cardstock. 
  4. Adhere these two pieces together with double sided tape. 
  5. Adhere the rectangular printed cardstock to the gatefold left side piece with double sided tape.
  6. Score the circular piece at 1" and fold crisply with a bone folder
  7. Adhere the folded piece to the back of the back of the card with glue or double-sided tape. You want to make sure that the circle is placed evenly centered so that there is equal distance on both the top and the bottom. 
  8. Again, I used the layered stencil to create the leaf and flower images. These were adhered to both sides of the cards.
  9. Following my other design, I glued gold sequins and added the Neuvo drops for extra dimension.
  10. I had a small script die cut that I cut and layered to add as a sentiment.

Card # 4-The Z Fold Lace Card                                                           

Card Base

The card base measures 5 1/2" by 8 1/2"
The circular pieces are 3 1/2 " in diameter
Smaller circle is 3 " in diameter
White rectangle is 1 1/2" by 5 1/2"
Green rectangle is 1 1/4" by 5 1/2"

The Z fold card gives you a chance to design something special both on the inside and the outside of the card. The trick to this design to make sure that the die cut on the front matches the die cut on the inside. So, when the card is folded for mailing, all you will see is the outside design. you could use ant type of nested die cuts that you may have.

  1. Die cut the circular pieces. Two of the larger and two of the smaller.
  2. Score the base of the card at 2 1/4 ", and 4 1/4 "
  3. Make a Z pattern by folding the first fold up and the second as you would normally fold a base card with a side opening. When you look at the top of the card, you should see a Z pattern.
  4. Use a bone folder to make the edges crisp
  5. I used Fancy edge die on the left side of the top panel.  You can leave it plain, but I thought that the lacy edging added a bit of interest to the design.
  6. Attach the panels of the top piece with double sided tape,
  7. Attach both the smaller and larger pieces of the die together with double sided tape. 
  8. Measure and attach the inside circular die piece halfway in the center of the inside of the card base.
  9. Attach the two pieces of the top circular die together.
  10. Look carefully where the edges of the inside die and the outside die match each other. 
  11. Place adhesive halfway on the back of the top circular piece. 
  12. Once you have lined them up, adhere the left side to the front panel.
  13. I used pieces from another card that I had stenciled to add to the front circular piece. I used foam dots to give more dimension. Then I used a rose gold Stickles glitter glue to add some embellishment.

Card 5 Blue Vellum Card

Card Base

Base measures 4 1/2" by 113/4"
Diamond measures 2 3/4 "
Smaller diamond is 2 1/2"
Smallest diamond is 2 "

This card uses similar ideas from the other cards, except that I used vellum instead of cardstock for the card base. There is a trick to get the vellum to stand up as a card would. You add weight with die cuts to the exact same space on each side of the card. 
  1. Cut the vellum to size for the base.
  2. Place half of the vellum in the embossing folder of your choice.
  3. Embellish the vellum following the manufacturer's directions.
  4. Use the same of another style of embossing folder to emboss some medium green cardstock
  5. Score the vellum at the half mark so that the card opening is at the bottom. 
  6. Trim any areas that may have left a mark from the embossing folder
  7. Cut 4 of the largest diamonds in white cardstock. These are actually square nesting dies that are turned to resemble a diamond shape.
  8. Use the medium green cardstock and spread some gold glitter glue across the embossed design. Let that dry.
  9. Using the layered stencils create the flowers and leaves for the front of the card. Add a little rose glitter glue to the top of the flower design. Set it aside to dry.
  10. Take the first diamond and apply it with double sided tape to the center of the inside of the card. This will be for your inner sentiment. 
  11. Now turn the card over to the back. Take the second diamond. Line it up to the diamond in the inside of the card, visible from the inside of the card. Adhere it with double sided tape so that both shapes are matching.
  12. Turn the card back to the front of the card. 
  13. Take the glitter glue paper that is now dry and die cut it to a 2 1/2" size.
  14. Adhere it to the largest front diamond
  15. Die cut the sentiment with 2-three layers adhered together. 
  16. Adhere the sentiment to the smallest diamond shape
  17. Adhere the sentiment as the third diamond layer.
  18. Line up the diamond layer to match the layer on the inside of the card.
  19. Adhere it with double sided tape.
  20. Arrange the leaves and flower shapes and adhere them to the front of the car

Bonus Card

This was another card that I created the same way as the blue one. I just used different colors as well as a different pattern for the flowers. 

I simplified this design a little because I wanted more of the embossing design to show through

I enjoyed creating the vellum cards as it gave me the opportunity to use and create some different papers. 

And I enjoyed getting out some of my embossing folders. It was fun to layer and design using the vellum.

Final Design Packaging

Like my masculine project, I wanted to create some packaging that made this collection a gift to be given. I used a box from a lasagna meal as my recycling part.

Again, I did stencil a lot of leaves and flowers for my collection. The container itself was covered with panels of cardstock that matched the colors of the cards. I also used the Gold Pin Stripped washi tape around the side of the container as I used in the second card. 

The flowers and leaves were adhered using foam dots. 

I added the same embellishments (gold sequins, glitter glue and Nuvo drops) as I had added in the card designs. 

Then I created a hang tag that can be used as the gift tag for the package.

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. It is packed with ideas that I hope will help you create something new for those that you love.

I certainly appreciate your time. it means a lot to me that you are following my Altenew Educator journey as I stake each step forward.

I have included some products that I used in this collection that may interest you. Though I may earn commissions on any sales, it is at no additional cost to you. We use these earnings to enhance this community.

If you have any questions, comments or thoughts, please leave them at the bottom of this post. We always love hearing from you.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

 Masculine Cards

Level One Challenge 

Male greeting cards with a beach theme

It has been quite a journey getting to the end of the first part of my level one classes with my Educator Program from Altenew. My goal has been and continues to be to become a certified educator. With that in mind, I am presenting my collection of masculine cards. 

Because I live in Florida and love the beach, my collection focuses on beach blue colors. Each card is a bit different but they all use the same basic colors both in the inks as well as the cardstock itself. Each of the cards has special touches from several of the classes I hope that you enjoy my collection and perhaps find a bit of inspiration in them.

The Inks

Let's start with the inks that I used. There are only three inks that I used for this set of cards. They are Altenew crisp dye inks which I have found are the best inks to use for these types of designs. The colors that I used are Ocean Waves, Sea Breeze, and Teal Cove.

The Inspiration

I had a lot of inspiration from all of the classes that I took. The classes that inspired me for this collection include:

  • Boutique Cards
  • Let It Shine
  • Quick And Simple Cards
  • Ink Blending technique

Tools Used For This Project

There are a few tools that I used to create my card collection. More than likely you have something similar in the craft space that you could use.

  • Gemini die-cut machine
  • Cricut paper trimmer
  • Misti stamping platform
  • Envelope board
  • Scoreboard
  • Bone folder
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Card Number One-By The Sea

The inspiration for this card comes from the beach and a piece that I colored with colored pencils. I loved using the soft hues of the cardstock that reminded me of the ocean, I know there are men in our family who would enjoy this card for sure.

The dimensions for this card are:

Base-4 1/2" by 5 "
Next level- 4" by 4 1/2 "
Third level-3 5/8" by 4 1/4"
Embossed level-31/2" by 4"

  1. Cut the large layer of light cardstock and adhere it to the base of the card with double-sided tape or a tape runner.
  2. Cut the next layer for the embossed piece
  3. Place the cardstock in the embossing folder and run it through the die cut/embossing folder machine following the manufacturer's directions,
  4.  Give additional definition to the embossed piece with the Teal Cove ink carefully rubbed over the design with an ink applicator or brush.
  5. Color the coloring piece with colored pencils. 
  6. Use some glitter glue to touch parts of the sand and the starfish.Let it dry.
  7. Attach the colored piece to the embossed section with double-sided tape or a tape runner.
  8. Before the embossed piece was added, a piece of gold ribbon was added. I used double-sided tape to adhere to the ribbon. 
  9. The embossed piece has then adhered to the card base using foam tape.
  10. The sentiment was inked with the Label Love Stamp Set. It is 1" wide and 3" long. Allow it to dry
  11. Cut the sentiment layer.
  12. Glue the sentiment to the sentiment layer.
  13.  One blue gem was added to the sentiment tag with tacky glue.


  •  You can use any colored pencil piece. Make sure that it is printed on cardstock of about 60 lbs.
  • You can watercolor if you use watercolor paper for the image
  • You can use alcohol markers on cardstock for the image.
  • Cut the embossed layer with scissors rather than a paper trimmer of you need to trim at all.

Card Number Two-Smile

This card uses the same main colors with the addition of alcohol markers to color the decorative piece. A scoreboard was used to create the folds of this gatefold card. 

Card Dimensions include:

The base card measures  5 1/2" by 8 1/2 "
The front panels are blue: 5" by 2 " wide
Stenciled panels:4 7/8" long by 1 1/2" wide

Decorative front piece:

These were die cut with nested dies. 
Base piece: 2 6/8 " by 2 6/8"
Layer: 2" by 2"
Decor Base: 1 1/2" by 1 6/8"
Layer: 1 6/8" by 1 2/4 "
Decor piece: 1 1/4 "by 1 1/2"
Connect piece: 3/4" by 1 "

  1. Create the stencil image. Use a piece of white cardstock. 
  2. Lay it on your work surface. 
  3. Place the stencil on top of the card
  4. Attach the stencil with low tack tape, to the cardstock and work surface. (you can also use Pixie spray.
  5. Use a stencil brush or an ink applicator to spread the ink over the stencil. Keep applying ink until you have the shade of the color desired. I used Ocean waves for my stencil. Let the stencil piece dry.
  6. Cut all the card pieces with a paper trimmer
  7. With a scoreboard, of 2 3/8" on each side. Use a bone folder to make the folds crisp.
  8. Cut the die-cut pieces following the manufacturer's directions for your die-cut machine.
  9. Stamp the featured decor piece
  10. Color the piece with alcohol markers. Allow the piece to dry.
  11. Cut the layers for the featured piece. 
  12. Use double-sided tape or a tape runner to put the decor piece as well as the layered pieces on the panels. Remember the decor piece and the square only gets partial taping so that it hangs over the other panel. It gets taped 1 1/2" centered to the center of the left side of the card.
  13. Both the decor piece as well as the sentiment are from the Altenew Geometric Elements
  14. Add the tiny piece to the right side of the card centering it on the featured piece. Leave about an inch over the edge of the card. This will tuck into the back of the featured piece and keep the card closed.


  • Make sure to make crisp folds on the front flaps so that they lay correctly.
  • Try to place the stenciled layers evenly on both sides.

Card Three-Thank You Times 4

My third card uses the same decorative element as the second card. The only difference is that I used 4 decorative elements. The colors have three layers to each decor piece. The colors of the layers are deeper blue, white, and black. Each piece is mounted with rectangular foam is the sentiment in the center. 

   The card measurements are:

    Base- 5 " by 5 3/4
    Layer 1-4 1/2" by5 1/2"
    Layer 2- 41/4 by 5 1/4"
    Greeting base:1 " by 3 3/8"
    Second layer-7/8" by 3 1/8"
    Sentiment Layer:4/8" by 2 3/4"

    Decor Pieces: 

    Base: 1 3/4" by 2"
    First layer: 1 1/2" by 1 7/8"
    Second layer: 1 3/8" by 1 3/4"
    Decor piece: 1 1/8" by 1 6/8"

    This is an easy card to create.
  1. Stamp the decor pieces 4 times. Set aside to dry. Stamp and cut one extra piece as a template.
  2. Color the decor pieces with the alcohol markers.Set them aside to dry,
  3. Use the template and a ruler to cut the layers,
  4. Attach the layers of the decor pieces with double-sided tape.
  5. Stamp the sentiment.
  6. Cut the layers and attach them to the sentiment.
  7. Attach the first and second layers to the card base with double-sided tape.
  8. Lay all the decor pieces on the card base and the sentiment on the card till they are evenly placed. 
  9. Once you are satisfied with the placement, attach the features to the cards with the foam pieces


  • Fussy cut the layered pieces behind the shape as evenly as possible with detailed scissors.

Card 4-Way To Go

My encouragement card uses all of the colors of the beach. The sentiment is the focus of this card which creates a masculine soft tone to the other colors used.

The three sentiments used are from the Altenew Way To Go Die Set. The top and bottom pieces are cut from an embossing folder, You could use any embossing folder that you have. 

I also used the inks in my palette to create the ink blended look.

I added sequins and gems to match to give a little more dimension.

Card Measurements

Base: 6" by 6 1/2"
First layer: 5 1/2" by 6 "
Second layer: 5" by 5 3/4"
Embossed layer: 1 1/2" by 4 1/4"

  1. Cut the layers for the card base and adhere them with double-sided tape or a tape runner
  2. Emboss the cardstock in the embossing folder of your choice
  3. Work the ink in with an ink brush or applicator
  4. Let the ink dry
  5. Cut the embossed pieces with a paper trimmer to fit the card
  6. Die Cut the three pieces of the sentiment. Make three pieces of the small sentiment for both of the dies. There are two pieces for the main die cut. Follow your machine recommendations for making the sandwich to cut your dies. Use two different colors for the main die,
  7. Glue the small layers together, Make sure that they are lined up correctly. Let them dry
  8. Attach glue to the top piece of the main die and attach it to the base piece. Let that dry.
  9. Glue or use double-sided tape to attach the small sentiments to the embossed pieces, Use a ruler or the lines on the embossing to line up the sentiments.
  10. Glue tacky glue to attach sequins and gems to the card as desired.
  11. Line up all the pieces o the card base. 
  12. Use double-sided tape or a tape runner to attach the embossed pieces.
  13. Line up the main sentiment.
  14. Use pieces of foam dots to attach it to the card base


  • Use a ruler to line up the pieces so that they are as even as possible.
  • Cover the main doe piece completely with foam dot pieces so that it lays evenly,

Card 5 Simply Awesome

This is a simple card that uses color and embossing to create a simple masculine card. This was a card base that I had but did not like the design on the bottom of the card. So, I recycled the base by cutting half of the front and reforming the base.

The colors are the same as the rest of the collection, The brown colors and the bit of gold ribbon recall the beach sand colors. You could use just about any embossing folder you would like. I liked this embossing folder as it reminds me of the waves in the ocean.

Card Measurements

    Card base: 5" by 7"
    Large blue piece: 5" by 7"
    Light blue top piece: 2 3/4" by 7"
    Embossed piece: 2 1.2" by 7"

    The sentiment piece was a tag that I had. I used the sentiment from the Altenew Label Love stamp set.

  1. Cut half of the card base front. with a paper trimmer.
  2. Cut a 5" by 7" piece in the color desired. I used a blue from the palette of my collection.
  3. Attach it to the back of the card front piece with double-sided tape or a tape runner.
  4. Emboss the piece with an embossing folder.
  5. Add definition to the piece using brushes or an ink applicator. to define the design. I used Altenew Teal Cove and Ocean Waves dye ink. Let it dry.
  6. Cut and attach the lighter color piece to the top of the front of the card base with double-sided tape or a tape runner.
  7. Attach the ribbon to the embossed piece using thin double-sided tape
  8. Attach the embossed piece to the top of the front of the card base.
  9. Attach the sentiment to the tag.
  10. Add the tag to the card front.
  • Any embossing folder and combination of colors can be used to create this card. Try different combinations of colors and folders to create variations
  • You can use a 5" by 7" card. Cut a 5" by 7" piece of cardstock and adhere it to the base of the card with double-sided tape or a tape runner. Then follow the directions to complete the card.

Bonus Card-Birthday Stars

This is another simple masculine card that was easy to create. I had a frame base in my stash that I wanted to use, but you could easily cut a window with any sized large nested die that you would want to use. You could even use another shape to create a window. Once again, I used an embossing folder and some ink to create a pattern for my window. I added some simple embellishments and a card tag with a sentiment. The sentiment was from the Altenew Label Love stamp set. I included this card because you could look at your stash an get creating simple masculine window cards.

Card Measurements

Base: 6" by 6"
Window opening:4" by 4"
Embossed piece: 5 3/4 by 6"

  1. Emboss the piece of cardstock measuring 5 3/4 " by 6"
  2. Use the ink( Teal Cove) with an applicator or brush to apply over the design to highlight the raised pieces. Allow the piece to dry.
  3. Attach the embellishments on the top and bottom with tacky glue. Allow it to dry
  4. Stamp the sentiment and allow it to dry,
  5. Attach the sentiment to the tag with glue or double-sided tape.
  6. Attach that to the tag on the card front.


  • Make sure to line up the embossed piece as evenly as possible. 
  • Line up the embellishment pieces evenly as well
  • Any embellishment pieces can be used
  • Use a strong tacky glue to attach the embellishments

The Envelopes

I had some envelopes made already, but did have to make a few more, For these envelopes, I used the envelope embossing board. It is a must-have tool for all cardmakers, especially if you are making custom-sized cards. 


  • For most cards, you will need a 12" by 12" piece of cardstock
  • Use good strong cardstock
  • Make sure to use a bone folder to make crisp folds on the flaps.
  • Use glue or thin double-sided tape to attach the flaps together.

The Gift Box

My cards are held in the box I created from a product that came from Amazon. I wanted to create a box that could be used again, I wanted something that would be enjoyed for some time. Not only could this bix be used for cards but for other storage too.

Sticking with my theme, I created a box with wooden look cardstock. I used a good strong double-sided cardstock so that the paper would not rip.

Step One-Measuring the Box

I first measured all the front, back, and bottom sections of the box. The mail piece was 7 1/4" by 9 "

Then to wrap around the side I cut two pieces. One was 1 3/4 by 9". The other was 1 3/4" by 12 " Make sure that whatever paper you are using, the pattern faces the same way on all sides when you go to cut it. 

Step 2-Adhering The Paper

I used double-sided tape rolls as I did not want any glue bumps on my paper First I attached the side pieces. The shorter piece was put on first, extending over the bottom of the box. The longer piece was put on next. Starting from the opposite side, and running all the way to the edge of the other side. This made a seamless bottom. 

Now the front piece was added front to back. still using the double-sided tape

Step 3-Adding The Decor

A ribbon was added to cover any seams on the side that showed. A ribbon was also added around the top of the box around the edge. I used tacky glue for the side ribbon and thin double-sided tape rolls on the top.

Using very strong tacky tape, A row of seashells was added all around the top edge of the box.

Then a design was added to the front using the same kind of shells.
Here is the complete collection

General Tips For This Collection

  • Make sure that the blade of your paper trimmer is sharp so that the edges of your paper cuts are nice and even.
  • Use the bone folder on the edges of any folds to get good crisp edges
  • When using glitter glue, make sure to allow it to dry all day or overnight

That is the complete collection for this challenge. I hope that one or more of these cards have inspired you to create something special for the guys in your life. 

Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you) Thank you for your support! All products were personally purchased Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Thank you for taking the time to review this tutorial. I certainly appreciate your participation and encouragement in my journey to become an Altenew Educator.

Till the next time,

Happy Crafting!



Tuesday, October 18, 2022

 Free Christmas Graphics Bundle

I recently came across this free bundle and wanted to share it with all of my craft friends. It is a complete bundle of 500 Christmas graphics totally free. These are great to use with your Cricut, Silhouette and Scan and cut. I loaded mine. You will want to check this one out. Click on the link below the picture to get yours! 

Happy Crafting!


Monday, October 3, 2022

 Seasonal Scene Building

Create something different with your stamps and dies

Have you ever considered creating scenes with the stamps and dies that you have in your stash? Today we are exploring some different ideas to use the stamps and dies that you have to create something totally different.

As I move forward with the Altenew Educator Program, this concept was an idea that I had not considered in the past. But one that I will be using in the future.

Some stamp and die sets by subject matter are prefect for scene building. If you think of animals and garden stamps to create a scene, you will find some new inspiration for scene building greeting cards.
Another thing that I like about creating scenes is that they give you the opportunity to create cards that would be appropriate for the guys too.

For my cards, I used the Altenew Succulent set to create a scene that reminded me of the plants in my Florida room. This scene was so easy to create and uses different techniques to build a card with dimension and lots of color. In this case, I used alcohol markers to color my plants. You will want to use a pigment ink with alcohol markers, otherwise, you will get the outline running all over the place. You will have a mess on your hands. 

You could also use colored pencils to color the images as well as alcohol markers. Stay in the same color family for the best results.

I used a set of nesting dies to create a window and a frame for my card that measures 5" by 7". When you cut out your window, you will be left with a nice die cut piece that you can use for another project. Once I cut the window, I used an embossing folder to add dimension to the front of the card. Make sure to poke all the little bits from the frame.

You could use a smaller card and use two plants instead of three.

Because I created a window for my card, I needed a backing to create the space where my plants would sit. I had some paper that looked like wood, but you could use any brown paper you might have. Another tip is to create This kind of scene is to use printed cardstock with small patterns to create "wallpaper" for your walls. So, use a piece of 5" by 7" paper as your background base. Then measure your paper and adhere it to the paper base.

The other thing that I did was to fussy cut the individual plants to give them more detail and dimension. Two of the plants I adhered to the background. One of the plants I added to the scene by using foam pieces to bring it forward. I chose to decorate the frame a bit. But you could leave it just as it is

A more masculine scene card
On my second card, I used a different embossing folder. on darker paper. I wanted a distressed look, so I used a sandpaper block on the embossed paper. I chose to leave the background plain to help make the plants the star of the project. In this case, I used colored pencils to color the plants. You can use any black ink for colored pencils to get your outlines. I also used some gamsol to smooth the colored pencil images.

You could use alcohol markers, colored pencils and even watercolors. If you use watercolors make sure to use a pigment ink to stamp your pieces.

I hope that you will look at your stamps in a new light. And if you do not have any stamps to create some scenes, we have suggested a few at the bottom of this post.

Creating scenes is fun and will inspire you to stretch into new techniques and opportunities to wow the folks that you love to send cards to!

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Thanks for following me on my Altenew journey. We look forward to sharing some new ideas in the near future.

Happy Crafting! See you soon!


Supplies For These Projects

Thursday, September 15, 2022

 Learn To Shine

Adding shine to your projects adds elegance to your design 

There is something about cards that have a little glitter or shine that make them extra special. In my journey as a Altenew Educator, I am learning how to apply some shine to my greeting cards. And the same techniques apply to other paper crafts too. 

Let's start with the flowers. Creating flowers that shine include using die cuts and embossing powder. You can emboss vellum with an embossing powder like gold, copper or any other metallic powder that you like. Make sure to use a powder tool to get better results. 

Once you have embossed the flowers, it's time to add some color. With the vellum, the best results will be by using alcohol markers. Chose two colors in the same color family. Color the flowers and set them aside to dry.

My recommendation on these flowers would be to fussy cut them rather than die cutting. If you used a die, you may lose some of embossed detail.

You could also use some watercolor paper. Emboss that with the same metallic embossing powder. Then color the flowers with watercolors.

In all of these examples, I have used nesting dies to create layers on the cards. Nesting dies are great to use when you want to have a base to add some shine. 

You shine can be in the embossing, using metallic beads, using metallic markers, Using metallic paper and metallic markers. Another of my personal favorites is to use metallic glue drops to add even more shine.

My three examples are showing you how to use the Fresh Bloom stamp set to create these amazing flowers. This set can be used in so many ways, you will find yourself going back to it often. You can use it as a single or double flower. There are leaves to the set and more. I love the delicate petals in this set. There are also layers in this set, so you can layer these flowers as well. They are a very versatile set.

         Supplies Used For This Project

Fresh Bloom Stamp Set
Blue Glitter Paper
White vellum
Alcohol Markers in the same color family
Blender Brush
Foam tape
Foam dots
Nesting dies
Glitter Glue
Half gold beads
Patterned paper
Tacky glue

Lots of these supplies you probably will have in your personal stash. If not, they are all reasonably priced. We have included some of these at the bottom of the post. While we may earn some commission at no cost to you, they are used to enhance his community

A Few More Shine Ideas

  • Turn up the shine on die cut glitter elements by adding a layer of Glossy Accents over the top.
  • Clean it up. Before heat setting your embossing powder, use a dry brush to sweep away any stray pieces of embossing powder. These little specs will expand as they heat and turn in to blobs. Quickly brushing away strays will give you great results every time.
  • Once you’ve placed your embellishments, take a step back, and look at your project. Then listen to your gut. Does it feel right? If not, make a small adjustment. I’m a firm believer in going with your gut. It’ll lead you in the right direction.
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We hope that we have inspired you to add some shine to your next greeting card projects. I guarantee you will get a lot of satisfaction when you do.

Until next time, Happy Crafting!


Monday, September 12, 2022

 Collage Tips And Ideas

Collages are so much fun and easy to do. They are an expression of our thoughts, feelings and ideas. The best thing about collages is that there are not hard fast rules, only suggestions. And no matter what level you are at in crafts, from beginner to advanced, you can do one.

Collages can be done as free-standing artwork on canvas or mixed medium paper. Or they can be part of an art journal, travel journal or junk journal. 

Collages will not break your craft budget. A lot of what you need may already be in your stash or easily accessible at low cost.


Magazines are a treasure trove for your collages. You can use the images, words and individual letters to create mixed font words

Places To Find Magazines

  • If you do not have any subscriptions yourself, have family and friends save their magazines for you. 
  • You can also touch base with your local library to get any magazines that they may dispose of.
  • You can also try at yard and estate sales. Sometimes you can find stacks of magazines really cheap.
  • Try Ebay, Search "vintage magazines" or "fashion magazines. Look for magazines in lots rather than as singles. They can often be purchased in lots.
  • Book Stores-look for unique magazines that will have special pictures and print
  • Buy subscriptions-Do fashion magazines like Elle, W and Elle. Try food and wine magazines, home d├ęcor magazines and animal magazines.
  • Thrift stores may have some magazines or art books, travel books and other useful materials


Another source of images are the catalogs that you get at home. My personal favorites are the garden magazines. I also like home decor catalogs and holiday catalogs. These have large and small images and lots of words that can be used. Best of all, they are free.

More Materials For Collages

There are lots of things that you can use for your collages. Here are just a few suggestions so that you can start collecting materials. I like to keep my collage materials in one box

  • Buttons
  • Colored cellophane
  • Coloring book pages
  • Confetti
  • Craft foam
  • Crayon shavings
  • Fabric
  • Fancy napkins
  • Fancy paper (like those used in scrapbooking)
  • Feathers
  • Flower petals
  • Greeting cards
  • Leaves
  • Magazine pages
  • Newspaper clipping
  • Photographs
  • Playing cards
  • Postcards
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Rice
  • Rubber bands
  • Sandpaper
  • Seeds
  • Sequins
  • Spices
  • Stickers
  • String
  • Tinsel
  • Tissue paper
  • Toothpicks
  • Wire
  • Wrapping paper

Collage Design Tips

There are so many design ideas that you can consider, but remember this is your art, your way. So think about some of these ideas. Take what you want and leave the rest!
  • Keep textures even-If you have thicker paper images, try not to mix them with thinner papers. keeping your textures, the same, give a more even and better results.
  • Cut around the edges, with a little bit of a border. That way the image will be totally visible, but the extra edges will blend into the background.
  • Tearing and ripping around images creates a softer, rugged texture around them. I like to use this technique for things like hair, fur, and soft flower petals. If it’s soft in real life, then I usually rip around it in collage.  Be careful when you rip. Do it slowly.
  • Use the rule of thirds to create a balanced piece. Most of your collages will have a foreground, a point of interest and a background. Using that idea keeps your collage visually appealing.
  • Repeat colors- pick one of the colors I used in creating my background on the subject itself.
  • Repeat lines and forms-use similar lines and forms in one piece. Not a set rule, just a suggestion.

Collage Journal Pages

When you are creating collages on journal pages, there are a few things to consider getting the best results.

Paper Weight

If you are using a book or any other paper, other than mixed media or watercolor paper, you need to strengthen the paper before you start collaging. You can strengthen the pages in one or two ways or use both.

TIP: Any time you are working on a journal page, cover the page behind it with pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper. This will protect other pages from getting glue or ink on them

One way is to glue pages together. If your pages are thin, you can glue two or three pages together. Use spray adhesive or PVA glue. If you use liquid glue, apply the glue evenly with an old credit, gift card or brayer. Place the second page over the first, then roll a brayer to make sure the page is even.

Adhesive Tips

Before you start gluing any part of your collage, you will want to lay all your pieces on your piece. That way you can make any changes and will avoid disappointment. There are a few things when it comes to the kind of glue you use. There are many schools of thought when it comes to using different glues. Some folks hate glue sticks and others will not use any liquids. As you start out in this medium, try different options and see what works well for you.
  1. You want a glue the keeps the edges down and firm
  2. You want a glue that does not show through the middle of the piece
  3. You want a glue that does not cause wrinkles to the pieces
And it also depends on the materials you are adhering to your collage. If you are strictly using magazine photos, you might want to use a lighter glue. But if you are using more dimensional items, you will want to use a tackier glue. 

Glue Sticks

Some collage artists like them and some do not. They are of course reasonably priced. I recommend that you buy a good glue stick if you use one. If you do use one, use a good quality acid free one. If they have some blue in them, that disappears, that will help you know where the glue has gone on your surface.

Glossy Accents

You might be surprised to see that as a magazine collage glue. It actually meets all criteria for this type of product and averages about $3.49 an ounce

Nuvo Glue

This is another glue that meets all the criteria for a good collage glue. And one of the nicest things about this glue, is that it does not clog. About $4.49 an ounce

Double Sided Tape

A roll of double-sided tape can be helpful on your collages. you can rip off exactly what you need,

Collage Surfaces
  1. Canvas-Of course you can create your magazine collages on canvas. Canvas comes as flat board and artist grade canvas. You can decide if that is the way to go for your artwork.
  2. Watercolor Paper-It is a popular surface for many magazine collages. It is sturdy enough to handle all the glue and clipping that you may want to use. It comes as pads and journal like books in various sizes.
  3. Mixed Media Journals-These are heavy weight papers that are perfect to handle collages.
  4. Altered Books-Collages are the perfect addition to any altered book. The one thing to consider when you are using altered books for your collage is the weight of the paper in your book. You may have to glue a couple of pages together to take the weight of a collage. You can also cover the print on the page with gesso so that none of it shows through your design.
  5. Art Journals-Collages and partial collages will shine best when you do them as part of an art journal

Composition Ideas

You can create your collage any way that you find pleasing. After all, it is an expression of your thoughts and feelings. But there are a few things to consider when you are putting it all together to get the most pleasing results.

You do not have to cover every inch of the surface! Leaving some space even if just a little will let each individual image shine! If you prepped the surface with some color, it is ok to have a little space showing, even if it is the tiniest space

Working in a theme means that all of the images that you use will have some kind of meaning or connection. Having that connection will help you create a piece of art you can be proud of.

Simple tissue paper can be a strong element for backgrounds and actual collage pieces. You can use watercolors to add color to simple white tissue paper. It is a very cost-effective supply. I love to recycle tissue paper from gifts and packagingFor best results, apply light colors first, then darker tones. You can also overlap different colors of tissue to create new colors.

Use book text to create an interesting background. Adhere the pages in different directions to make it more interesting. You can use one or several layers. Use an acrylic wash to cover the print. Cover as much of the print as you would like. Lots of thrift stores have cheap books.

Coffee filters are another resource to use on your collages. You can color them with dye inks, watercolors, alcohol inks and whatever else you may have.

Try some used softener sheets from your dryer to add more texture to your collages

Create some stains on your collages. Use some cold coffee on the bottom of a coffee cup, run a wet tea bag over an area, use blueberries, wine or anything that will stain paper to create an interesting effect.

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Till next time, Happy Crafting!


Monday, September 5, 2022

 DIY Glitter Paper

Have you ever created your own glitter paper? It is really not that difficult. And you can get a lot of die cuts from one package of sticker paper. This is just part of my collection from a recent paper making project. I learned a lot of tips and tricks which I will give you in this post.

What You Need

There are only few things that you need to create your glitter paper. 

  • Double sided adhesive paper
  • Fine glitter in the color of your choice
  • Bone folder or a brayer
  • Cardstock
  • Newspaper or something to cover your work area
Make sure that you turn off any fans in the area that you are working in. Otherwise, you may have glitter flying around. 
  1. Spread the newspaper or over covering on your workspace
  2. Place a 12" by 12" piece of cardstock on the work area
  3. Place a letter size piece of cardstock on the larger piece
  4. Remove the backing from one side of the adhesive sheet
  5. Carefully place and line up the adhesive sheet on the smaller piece of paper
  6. Cut off any excess adhesive paper. Set the backing aside
  7. Use the brayer or the bone folder to rub the adhesive sheet onto the cardstock
  8. Remove the backing off the front of the adhesive sheet, now adhered to the cardstock.
  9. Set aside the backing
  10. Sprinkle the fine glitter onto the adhesive sheet covering the entire sheet
  11. Place the backing on top of the glitter covered sheet
  12. Use the brayer or bone folder to rub the glitter onto the sheet
  13. Remove the backing from the glitter sheet
  14. Lift the glitter sheet and tap any extra glitter off the sheet onto the larger piece of cardstock
  15. Use the larger cardstock like a funnel to put the excess glitter back into its container
  16. Die cut or use as needed
The white numbers were bits of the larger paper that had glitter on it

Here is another option for making your glitter cardstock. There are several different ways to get the job done

Super Quick Glitter Paper

This is another idea to help you create a super quick piece of glitter paper. This will help you create a smaller piece of budget friendly glitter paper in a color that you need for a specific project

  • Cardstock
  • White PVA or school glue
  • Wise foam brush or other brush
  • Scrap paper (the same size as the cardstock)
  • Fine or medium glitter
  • Brayer or bone folder
  1. Place some newspapers or other non-stick material (like parchment or wax paper) on your work surface
  2. Place the cardstock on your work surface
  3. Spread the glue over the cardstock with the foam brush evenly
  4. Cover the cardstock completely with the glitter
  5. Place the scrap paper over the glitter paper
  6. Rub the glitter into the paper with the brayer or bone folder
  7. Lift the paper and tap off any loose glitter 
  8. Let it dry and enjoy using your paper. 

I learned a few things from this experience on making the DIY glitter paper. I am sharing them with you to help you get the best results.
  • There is a slight opening between the peel off strips where the glitter may not adhere. But it is a small inconvenience. that you can work around.
  • You may want to work in a three-sided box to help contain the glitter from getting all over the place. Just lay newspaper in the box, then your larger piece
  • Keep a lint roller handy! It helps you pick up any runaway glitter
  • Make sure to use the brayer or bone folder to make sure all the glitter is moved onto the paper. You could use a rolling pin or even a ruler too. 
Now, I am off to create with my glitter die cuts. What would you make with your DIY glitter paper? As always, we would love to hear your ideas, thoughts and suggestions.

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Till next time, Happy Crafting!