Hello, and welcome to my last card share for Level 1 in the Altenew Educator Certification Program! I was most concerned about the cards for this class because I really only have florals in my Altenew stash -- floral stamps, floral dies, floral embossing folders. Florals. And I just didn't know how to create a scene with florals.
Well, I think I did it. Or at least I hope I did it.
Coloring the Scene:
The Window Panel:
- Attempt #1 -- I inked up an off-brand 2D woodgrain embossing folder with Simon Says Stamp Fog ink. The embossing folder was not tall enough to emboss the whole panel in one pass, so I had to run it through once, reposition it, and run it through again. This left a weird inky stripe about an inch from the bottom where the edge of the folder creased the paper. This had to be fixed.
- Attempt #2 -- I figured maybe I could disguise the inky stripe by lightly blending SSS Fog ink over the entire panel. This wasn't worse, but it definitely didn't disguise the stripe.
- Attempt #3 -- Maybe the panel needed more dramatic ink blending! Still using SSS Fog ink, I blended a heavier shadow of ink just around the edges. It was looking good, but the stripe still stood out.
- Attempt #4 -- I had the brilliant idea to make the woodgrain look more "woody" by creating "planks" across the panel. If one edge of a plank fell exactly on the offending stripe, it would look like it belonged there! To achieve this, I cut a 1/16" strip of masking paper and stuck it down over the weird stripe. I inked over this and, well, a 1/16" piece of masking paper is a waste of time.
- Attempt #5 -- You know what they say -- the 5th time is the charm. Using a stylus and score board, I debossed stripes randomly across the panel -- of course, covering the one stripe that had caused all this mess in the first place.
Building the Card:
Masking a Scene:
Is there a Lesson Here?