Well, I am always trying to make Christmas cards not just in July and December. If I make just 10 cards a month, that’s 120 Christmas cards by December. I don’t always get 10 a month done, but it’s a fun goal to work toward. The thing is, you CAN’T beat yourself up if you only get one… or NONE done for your month. It’s about taking some of the stress off of you in that month of busy busy busyness.
I also love the July releases from Spellbinders. I can’t wait to get my next Christmas card made with the adorable mailbox sets. SOOO cute.
I think maybe I need to have that same goal for birthday cards, or I could say 10 Christmas every other month and 10 Birthday every other month. Another way could be to spilt it 5/5 and end up with 60 Christmas and 60 birthday cards by the end of the year. With that many cards, you can give some away as gifts!!!
Have you ever had a moment when you get a new stamp set that you say, “Oh, Boy, I know what I want to do with that!” I love how this card did that!
I had two stamp sets show up on the same day and I had one of those moments. I opened my happy mail and set them out on my desk so I could put them in the storage sleeves and these two stamp sets, from Hero Arts and Altenew, popped an idea into my mind and Koi, oh Koi did I love it.
I did ink over the image of the koi to give it a look of being underwater. I thought it came out great when I used the “Pool” stencil from MFT to give the water a look of motion. Simply using an ink that is slightly lighter (TH Tumbled Glass) over the new Catherine Pooler Cummerbund ink that I used with the stencil. I did put the ink over the image of the koi. (Which made me nervous– but hey, it’s only paper right.)
It’s sometimes hard to imagine mixing stamp sets and stamp sets from different companies even more so when it comes to images. I try to stretch my stamps by mixing them with not only images from within a company line but look outside the company as well. In this example, it worked great.
I encourage you to make something and combine many companies images. It is fun and a great challenge.
I am working my way through my classes and in the second layering class, I had an idea that I haven’t done in a long while. Breaking it down simply is I blend the inks on the stamp. I thought how fun it would be to layer the blending. The secret is that you need to find colors that are far enough apart on a color wheel, but usually on the same side. What I mean by that is you really need to try and keep warm colors together and cooler colors together.
I used red and yellow in this example to create a layer of orange that would blend the layers of inks. Notice there is space between red and yellow on this color wheel. (This s a super basic color wheel so imagine if we had more colors between yellow and red.)
Different kinds of yellows will respond with different reds in fun way. Take a moment to look at all the fun you can have with layering colors, using a more complete color wheel.
Now you can image, with all those colors of ink that Altenew offers. I love that the inks are so subtle in change, yet so varied. Think of these inks as paints you can blend!
Moving on, You will note my card is on a green base with some green baubles on it. The reason I chose to use a yellow green is, that it is opposite red, (the primary color of my card image) on the color wheel. I use this yellow green because yellow is a primary blending color on this card. The yellow in the green of the base card is supported because I used yellow with red to make that yellow-orange blend.
The idea of layering isn’t just putting down ink colors on top of each other, but there is an art to it. Choosing a color scheme that makes sense will make our layered ink cards so much more beautiful. For some artist this is absolutely a natural ability for others it’s not that easy. I have found that understanding why I chose a color can help others make the choice easier.
How I blended the inks is simple:
Put the lighter colored ink (Yellow) on the center of stamp out almost to the edge.
Add the darker ink (Red) around the edges and moving inward a bit.
Using a wet baby wipe or wet paper towel, dab the hard edges made by ink pads
Stamp image (usually best if you use a stamping platform)
If you need to repeat, clean stamp between stamping image
The best part of using the Altenew stamps is the number of layers. I repeated the process on the next layer with inks that were slightly darker (creates great shadows).
The third layer, I used a darker red to be sure there was enough definition and to give the flower a defined overall color.
It is amazing the things that taking classes can bring back. I love the way this card came out. Let me know what you think below.
I have great news, I am taking part in the Altenew Certified Educators Program. I am very excited to share this wonderful experience with you as I take this road of creativity!
I will be taking several classes from the program and sharing my “homework”. If you are not familiar with Altenew I really encourage you to take a look. There are so many wonderful ideas and they carry more than just card making supplies. Pop over when you have a moment. Click HERE for more information.
This is my project for my first class on layering. Did you know that in most of the packaging of the layering stamp sets by Altenew, they have a guide to ensure you get a perfect (or near perfect) image! Lining up images can be difficult even with a stamp position tool. In my class I was exposed to some amazing practices on how to ensure you will get a beautifully ink layered image. I encourage you to check out the Altenew classes on layering which you can find right HERE. (It’s a bundle and it’s FREE!)
Let me know what you think of my ink layering card.