Saturday, January 15, 2022

Altenew Academy Level 2 Course: Color Your Day

Hello Everyone, I'm back to share another Altenew Academy course project.  Today's card was created for the Level 2 Course:  Color Your Day.  This 6 part course covered techniques and ideas on adding splashes of color to projects for visual interest and fun.

For my project, I've used the Altenew Fantasy Floral Stamp and Coordinating Die Bundle along with stenciling to create an interesting design.  My design was directly inspired by one of the projects the instructor, Therese Calvrid completed in the course.  

To begin my project, I considered a design for the background and the colors I wanted to use.  I decided upon a simple yet effective neutral focal with a bright background.  The floral set are layering stamps so using all 4 inks in the Altenew Gentlemen's Gray Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cube Set,  I stamped from light to dark, building up the colored layers.  I die cut the florals and leaves with the coordinating dies and set aside to prepare the background.

Using a light shade of yellow ink, I blending over the entire stencil then came back with a darker shade of yellow and blended in a few areas.  If you'll notice, I varied my pressure when blending the light yellow so I would get the look of using more than 2 inks; parts of the lighter color is even lighter within the area and that was due to the pressure I applied when blending.  Once I was happy with the stenciling, I splattered the panel with Gold Watercolor Paint and set aside to dry.

Once the panel was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Altenew More Than Words Stamp Set.  In hindsight, I should have stamped the sentiment prior to splattering with the gold watercolor but as it happened, there were no splatters where the sentiment was stamped.  That was pure luck and next time, I will stamp the sentiment prior to splattering.

To complete the card, I adhered the stenciled panel to a black mat, arranged the florals and adhered to the panel flat using liquid adhesive; only popping the front floral on craft foam.  Gray Opal Pearl Embellishments from Kat Scrappiness were added for additional interest.

This was a fun course and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It's fun to experiment with color in your designs; I wouldn't have thought to use florals in a neutral color but in doing so, the bright background made those florals Pop off the page, even if they are gray.

Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your visit.  Until next time, Happy Crafting!


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  1. Beautiful card, Donna! Altenew classes are so inspiring with all their techniques ❤️

  2. Gorgeous florals and great color combo-love Altenews stamps and dies! Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas!

  3. A striking and dramatic card Donna - I think it's gorgeous! Thanks for sharing it with us at Word Art Wednesday
    Stay safe
    Maxine WAW DT

  4. Gorgeous card Donna! thanks for sharing it with us at Crafty Calendar hugs Sue x

  5. What a pretty flower! I love your coloring too. Thanks for joining us at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
    Artist & Owner

  6. I would never have thought to color the flowers in a neutral color, but it works with your beautifully bright background, which I love. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas Flower Challenge!

  7. Very much a step out of the box with that palette! Beautifully done! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner

  8. Hello again, Donna! This is another beautiful card, I love the elegant colour combo! Thanks for joining in again at My Time to Craft!

    love Mags B x

  9. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina DT

  10. Gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing the Happy Little Stampers!

  11. Gorgeous card. I love the color combo. Great to see you in the HLS Challenge gallery. Hope to see you again soon! Nandini, DT


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