Altenew Certification Program – Layering Stamps

Hi All, welcome to my very first blog post as a participant of the the Altenew Certification Program.

A little about why I joined the program….. first of all for those that know me well I like to be behind the scenes when it comes to creating. This may shock some of you but I have a lot of fears about my crafting abilities. I love crafting but I have a OCD personality when it comes to presenting my final crafting pieces. What I want to achieve with this course is to push myself with techniques, styling and especially my confidence for 2021.

So here it goes my first post…
This post is all about stamp layering. Altenew offer a great range of layering stamps (which I had already purchased but used sparingly). Having said that I was always not confident in not aligning these stamps correctly ….even though they provided samples and images on what to look out for as far positioning goes, I still felt like I was doubtful in my capabilities in getting it right the first time. Once I took that negative chatter out of my thinking I was able to create more with ease and pleasure. It took me until my second creation to enjoy the process.

What I do recommend from what I learnt in the Layering courses, is using a stamp positioner like the MISTI or following Nicole’s informational step by step instructions. If you want to master all things layering she is the Queen!

Class Link – HERE

Have all of these wonderful layering stamp sets, but not sure how to use them? Do you want to be more creative with those layers and make something amazing? In this class, you will learn how to use Altenew’s layering stamp sets and line those images up easily and perfectly! You will also learn different ways to utilize the stamps to create wonderful cards in no time.

Our leading instructor Nicole Picadura will walk you through in detailed videos so you can tackle those layering stamp sets with a snap of a finger! Also, each lesson will share different ideas to create projects using stamp sets.

Instructor: Nicole Picadura

Here is my first ever card, practicing my layering process. Let me be honest I started in going in very strong as I was over enthusiastic, wanted to share everything I learnt, stamp everything out perfectly and over embellish. What I learnt from my first card is that clean and simple is best, enjoy the process and bring it back to basics. The stamps itself add quite a punch and there is no need to over do it. Also another thing I learn shake up your glitter brushes well and don’t squeeze while adding the detail to dye inks and not add a big fat blob in the centre of the flowers.

My stampset of choice for today’s card I have used Fabulous Florets this stampset is what I would class has medium size images which made for good practice. I have to say the MISTI came in handy for not only the stamping and placement but for also my mini ink pads. As this image has a solid image which is is bigger than my mini ink pad the impression on pressing my mini ink pad to the image can sometimes leave the size of the ink pad marks. To remedy this I press and twist/swipe ever so slightly and stamp and repeat the process at least a couple of times to get a good coverage and overall stamped solid image. I then go ahead and stamp and align the rest of the floral image and hand cut out. There are matching dies available for this floral stampset however I did not have them on hand so I proceeded to hand cut them all out. This included the leaves as well.

The front card base has been dry embossed with the Angled Mosaic 3D folder and adhere down with liquid adhesive to allow for wiggle room. The reason why I chose a 3D embossing folder is to add a subtle white on white texture.

For the sentiment, I have used the Birthday Builder sentiments which I have stamped in Desert Night ink on a half inch strip white cardstock which I have foam mounted on to give it dimension. To finish the card off I have used clear sequins and adhered these down. I have to be honest here I am still working on the placement of sequins on my card creations. Sometimes there are days where I feel like a nailed it and there are some I know I over did it. Do you have the same issue?

For the next card I know what I need to work on. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to show casing what I learn next.

Till next week,

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Christmas Card | Copic shading on a heat embossed background

  • Card base (Kraft) 10” x 6 3/8” scored at 5”
  • Cut 2 x  4 7/8” x 6 3/8” white cardstock panels and adhere down to the front and inside of the Kraft card base
  • Heat emboss around the edges of a 4 x 5/8” x 6 2/8” white cardstock panel with the Montserrat embossing glitter. Adhere down on the front cardbase.

TIP – Press the WOW! Embossing Powder Ultra Slow Drying Ink around the edges direct ink to cardstock method.

  • Stamp with clear ink on a kraft 4” x 5 ½” panel with Catherine Pooler Peace, Love & Doves background stamp and copic colour in with W-1. Then heat emboss with Opaque Bright white embossing powder over the top.
    TIP: Using a MISTI to stamp then heat emboss for this method helps to get back exact position.
  • Stamp the Altenew bow with Catherine Pooler Inks for Skylight & Hot Tub ink for the first two layers.
  • For the outline stamped layer of the bow,  heat emboss with Metallic Rich Gold embossing powder. Die cut with the coordinating die. Foam mount top centre of the card
  • Swipe Catherine Pooler Hot Tub ink over a strip of white cardstock. Swipe the embossing buddy to take any residue from the ink off. Heat emboss with Opaque bright white embossing powder the Merry Christmas Angel sentiment. Mount the sentiment on a strip of white cardstock and foam mount on front panel.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s video and stay tuned for more to come. If you make a card with this technique, make sure to tag us #wowembossingpowder so we can check your creations out!

I am creating this blog post with the purpose of sharing how I design my cards, the information provided here is base in my own opinion and creativity. I am not an expert by any means, and I only share the way that I design my cards. Most of the products used for my blog posts are personally purchased by me. However, I did receive the WOW! Embossing Powder products. Please, keep in mind that, all referral links are added for you to know from where either, I purchase or receive the items from as, all products shared and mentioned in each of my blog posts are simply because I use, and truly love them.

Altenew · Water Colouring

Altenew Peony Bouquet Stampset


Hi paper crafting peeps, I took some time out to myself this week and just sat and watercoloured in this beautiful stampset from Altenew.  It took my a couple of hours of just watercolouring while watching some netflix lol. I didn’t rush at all and just enjoyed the process. As a busy mum some of you may relate and doing this just filled  my crafty soul bucket 🙂

To create this card I stamped in gold ink, I masked the peony with post it notes then stamped the leaves around the peony to make the leaves look like they appear behind it.   My inspiration behind my watercolouring colour selection is from one of tea saucer set.  I love finding inspiration from everyday encounters and when I remember I try and get a photo of it so I can use if for my cards.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post.

Happy Paper crafting. Hugs Jo


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