26 January 2019

Altenew Educator Certification Program - Let it shine

Hi Everyone,

I am back with another project for the Altenew Educator Certification Program. This time, the class was called "Let it shine", and the instructor was of course Carissa Wiley - the Queen of Sparkle ;o)

Carissa's videos would be perfect for any newbie to the crafty world - she shares a lot of tips and tricks along the way, from some very basic ones, to more complex ideas and techniques. She also shared a lot of additional inspirational designs after each class, which was nice to see. 

When it goes to sparkle and shine - I don't need to be hugely encouraged to incorporate them into my designs, LOL! I love sequins, embellishments, glitter paper, glittery embossing powders, foils, shimmer sprays and all the other sparkly stuff. In fact, it's rather difficult for me NOT to have any of these on my cards! Therefore, "homework" for this class was easy-peasy for me :o)

Funnily enough, the card I am sharing today was also hugely inspired by another Altenew class I was attending whilst doing the mandatory AECP ones - All about layering 3 by Lydia Evans [which, as I am writing it, is a FREE class, so definitely worth checking out!]. 

Now, if you struggle with layering Altenew stamps - I highly recommend the "All about layering" series - they will help you with understanding how to best approach these stamp sets. Lydia's class was fabulous - I thoroughly enjoyed her videos and clear instructions, and her inspirational pieces were totally up my alley, which was a great bonus. I personally don't have any issues with aligning the layering stamp sets by Altenew, but I still found the class very inspirational. 

The moment I saw Lydia's card with the gorgeous Leaf Frame Cover Die, I knew I had to try something similar. Lydia used vellum on her design, and I opted for... you guessed it, glitter paper! I stamped the fabulous flower and leaves from the Hope stamp set, using some Catherine Pooler, Distress Oxide and Altenew inks (I didn't have all the colours I wanted in the Altenew range), and then fussy cut them. Note that I also stamped the final layer of the center of the flower with Versamark ink, and then used a gold embossing powder instead of colourful ink - this was another bow towards the "Let it shine" class :o)

At this point, all that was left to do was to assemble the card, and add the sentiment. I added some sparkle to the sentiment also (notice that super thin strip of glitter paper?)! I was going to add some sequins/enamel dots around the sentiment, but I couldn't find anything in my stash that matched nicely with the shade of gold of my glitter paper, so in the end opted to leave additional embellishments out - the card is pretty sparkly already, anyway! 

And here it is, in all its sparkly glory - isn't it fabulous?

I am entering the card into the following challenges:

I am truly happy with how this turned out, and I will be using this trick with the Leaf Frame in the future, for sure!

Do you like using sparkle on your cards? Do share!

In the meantime, have a great weekend,


SUPPLY LIST (please see affiliate disclaimer & essential supplies info here):

Gold glitter paper - from my stash, bought in the local paper store
Catherine Pooler - Tiki Torch ink

Altenew HOPE Clear Stamp Set ALT2093 Altenew LEAF FRAME COVER Dies ALT2432 Altenew RED SUNSET Crisp Dye Ink Pad Pack ALT1240 Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad CRACKED PISTACHIO Ranger TDO55891 Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad PEACOCK FEATHERS Ranger TDO56102 Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Pad SALTY OCEAN Ranger TDO56171 Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82 Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets Neenah Classic Crest 110 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 Sheets Tsukineko Versamark EMBOSS INK PAD Watermark VM-001 Brutus Monroe GILDED Ultra Fine Embossing Powder BRU2487 Ranger EUROPEAN VOLTAGE HEAT IT CRAFT TOOL HIT27089 Ranger .5 Oz. MINI MULTI MEDIUM MATTE Glue INK41511 Quilled Creations PRECISION TIP Empty Applicator Bottle 317 Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045 MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit Simon Says Stamp GRID TRANSPARENCY gridtran Tim Holtz Tonic MAXI GUILLOTINE COMFORT PAPER TRIMMER 1980e Sizzix BIG SHOT MACHINE Gray And White 660425 EK Success CUTTER BEE Scissors EKCB01


  1. This is a gorgeous card! I also used glitter paper to make the second layer for my Leaf Cover Die, it does look magical! I also like the flower center heat embossed in gold!
    Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in the Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  2. LOVE this! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!


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