Hi all! I’m so proud to share with you that I’ve been accepted in the Altenew Academy Educator Certification Program and I’m so thrilled to be among the 80 or so members chosen so far! You should know by now that I love learning new techniques and new ways to improve my card making, so being part of this group is really a great motivation to increase my crafting knowledge!
As I have at least 20 courses to do before I can be qualified, I started straight away with my first course! Since I’m pretty bad at ink blending, I decided to start with “Easy Ink Blending Techniques” with Amy Lee, and I’m so glad I did as I found out why I’m so bad at ink blending! I also followed her advice to make ink swatches and I made 40 of them in one go…(not advisable for anyone with a tendency to get tendinitis in the wrists…LoL…) and a video sharing what I learnt while making these swatches, which you can find at the end of my post. In it there is also a close up side view of how to ink blend…and the reason why I was so bad at it before!
This is now up on my wall in my craft room and it was really handy for today’s card, when I needed to decide which blue would be the best one to coordinate with my blue flower on my card! I know it will come in handy when I’m thinking of colour combinations or different effects too. It was definitely the most useful thing I learnt from Amy’s class, among the other really useful tips and advice she gave. She’s such a good teacher too. While making my ink swatches with all the inks I have, I was also pleasantly surprised to find out that Altenew inks blend really well too so I will be using them for more than stamping now.
I have only taken that one course, for the moment, but I feel I have improved so much in my card-making already and I hope this card shows it. The water-colouring aside, which was not taught in this lesson, the idea to have an interesting border and using inks to create a personalised coloured card base, with flecks of water, all came from this course. I think it really made my card more beautiful don’t you think? Normally I would just have left it one layer or matted it on a coloured card base. I would never have thought of inking my card base. I love the idea that I can now create a card base that will coordinate with any ink colour I have used on my stamps!
Now to the card itself. The flowers from Altenew’s Botanical Garden stamp set was first stamped with Altenew inks on 300g watercolour paper and water-coloured with Winsor and Newton paints. I tried to follow the colour scheme in Altenew’s May Inspiration photo challenge. The sentiment comes from Altenew Bamboo Rose set and I chose it as I’m going to send this card to someone who has shown so much strength fighting against a health problem she has. This water-coloured panel was then die cut at the top with one of the dies from Concorde and 9th Birthday Stacks die. I blended the top of the card base, cut from Neenah Classic Crest card stock, with Mermaid Lagoon distress ink and flicked some water on it, then removed it with tissue to lift some ink from it. The water-coloured panel was then adhered to this distress inked card base and my card was done!
As promised here is my YouTube video about making ink swatches and the lessons I learnt from doing so. If you’re new to ink blending or like me, need to improve your ink blending skills, you might find my video quite helpful. I would also highly recommend Altenew Academy’s “Easy Ink Blending Techniques” if you want to improve your basic ink blending technique, or learn great ideas to use ink blending to bring your card making to another level!
Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear your thoughts about my card and video. Your comments always make my day!
Have a great week!
Altenew’s inspiration challenge image – And I just realised I didn’t use the right blue for my card base! Next time I also have to put the inspiration image right next to my ink swatches!!
I’m also sharing this over at:
Crafter’s Castle – A new to me challenge blog with an Anything Goes with the optional topping of our favourite technique. This card has both my favourite techniques, water-colouring, and now ink blending!
Inspired by all the little Things – I love this image and especially the bouquet of flowers
Happy Little Stampers Watercolour challenge – without the CAS optional twist
Papercraft challenge – Flowers
Craft Stampers magazine – Take it Make it challenge