Blog · Cards

Crate Paper – Sunny Days Cards with Paint and Stencils

Hello, crafty friends! I’m back today to share a set of cards featuring the gorgeous Stencils and Acrylic Paints in the Sunny Days collection. I’m not much of a mixed media artist, but when it comes to experimenting with new tools and techniques I’m all for it. I love the subtle accents these stencils add to backgrounds; they pair perfectly with the beautiful colors of the paints.

I started by preparing my card bases. After trimming the white cardstock to 4.25”x5.5”, I opted to use the stencils only on a couple of them, while for the other two I created solid backgrounds.

The trick when using stencils is to apply as little paint as possible with a stencil brush, so to avoid any possible bleeding. It’s also a good idea to hold the stencil firmly in place to minimize shifting and achieve crisp edges. What I like about acrylic paint is that it dries really fast, allowing you to use the same design on different parts of your card within minutes.

To obtain the solid background, I simply applied the paint with an old ID card from top to bottom and left to right. Here again you want to control the amount of paint you use 🙂

Once the card bases were dry and ready, I matted them with patterned papers from the collection and embellished them with fussy cut elements, die cuts, chipboard stickers and transparencies. I used foam dots to adhere them down for dimension.

I love how these cards turned out. The delicate stencil designs create more interest and make your cards extra special, while the pretty paints bring in just the right amount of color.

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great day!

Supplies: Sunny Days – Stencils (350817), Acrylic Paints (350816), Sunlight Glitter Stickers (350799), 6×8 Paper Pad (350818), Summertime Puffy Stickers (350800), Stickers (350803), Ephemera Pieces (350802), Clear Stickers (350807), Chipboard Stickers (350801), Collected (350784), Apple Blossom (350786), Sunkissed (350782).


Blog · Scrapbooking

Altenew November 2018 Stencil/Ink Spray Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone, and welcome to the Altenew November 2018 Stencil/Ink Spray Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.

You should have arrived from Vicki‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Kristina Pokazanieva

Therese Calvird

Nathalie DeSousa

Svitlana Shayevich

Alex Syberia

Lilith Eeckels

Kathleen Graumüller

Virginia Lu

Vicki Boutin

Zinia Redo

Vicky Papaioannou

Enza Gudor — You are here —

Laurie Willison

Kymona Tracey

Norine Borys

Olga Moss

Agnieszka Malyszek

Zsoka Marko

TaeEun Yoo

Erum Tasneem

Rowena M

The layout I’m sharing today features the gorgeous Flowing Butterfly Stencil and the new Puffy Heart Shimmer Ink Spray.

I knew I wanted to use the stencil in two different ways. First, I sprayed the Puffy Heart Ink all over the stencil, which I had positioned on smooth white cardstock – I only spritzed it a couple of times moving my hand from left to right, as I didn’t want to over saturate the paper. I then fussy cut around the images once dry.

For the second technique, I mixed the same color ink spray with modeling paste, and spread it in a thin layer over the butterflies directly on my background paper.

I love the two different textures! It also amazes me how the same color spray can generate two different tones depending on the technique you’re using!

I arranged the fussy butterflies around the ones created with modeling paste, and left space for my photos, which I mounted on foam adhesive for dimension.

To bring in more colors and make the design pop, I adhered a strip of Rainbow Stripes Washi Tape on the left side of the page, and stamped a few sentiment from the Extra Special Stamp Set repeatedly on the edge of it.

As a final touch, I added a few splatters of Puffy Heart and Jet Black Ink Sprays to the background for color and more of a mixed media look.

Now onto the prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/3/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/7/2018.

Thank you for stopping by today. Your next stop is Laurie‘s blog. Happy hopping!

Blog · Scrapbooking · Stamping

Altenew – Sketchy Floral Layout

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaHello, Altenew fans. Enza here to share a new layout created with several Altenew products.

When I started thinking about the design and what I wanted to focus on for this page, I decided once again to get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. I have been experimenting with mixed media lately, but that mostly consisted in spraying my backgrounds with Altenew Shimmer Ink Sprays – I like their soft color and artistic look. This time, I went a step further and used a mix of different mediums to color the gorgeous flowers in the Sketchy Floral Stamp Set.

I don’t have much of a tutorial, or a reference to the colors I used, as I just mixed and matched until I got the result I was going for. What I can say is that the combination of Altenew Watercolors, Artist Markers, and colored pencils made these images pop.

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaHere is my process!

I started by stamping the big Sketchy Floral image onto smooth white cardstock with Permanent Black Ink. I then used orange, red and yellow hues from the Watercolor 36 Pan Set to give it the basic color. I went back and forth, trying to create different shades. I did the same with the greens for the leaves. Once everything was completely dry, I added even more shading with the Artist Markers, which really helped in achieving a smoother look. Next, I just slightly darkened some areas with colored pencils until I was happy with the results.

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaNot all the images were colored the same way; to create variety, I decided to just spray some of them with Frosty Pink and Warm Sunshine Ink Sprays. I love the softness they add to the big cluster.

Before arranging the flowers onto the page, I adhered strips of patterned paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection onto the background to bring in a contrasting color.

Instead of adding a big title, I opted to use sentiments from the More Than Words Stamp Set; I simply heat-embossed them directly on the patterned paper with Pure White Embossing Powder.

Mixed media layout by @enzamg for @Altenew using the #SketchyFloral stamp set. #altenew #scrapbooking #mixedmediaSplatters of Jet Black Ink Spray finished the layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I’m not a colorist by all means, but I truly enjoyed working on this page, and hope I have inspired you to mix and match different coloring mediums on your next project.