21 February 2019

Altenew Educator Certification Program - Irresistible Inking Techniques

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back! Today, I have another project from AECP to share with you - I am finally getting close to finishing the first level, only 2 more projects to go before the final challenge, woohoo!

Irresistible Inking Techniques led by Sara Naumann is a fun class full of great ideas on how you can stretch your supplies, especially ink pads. Do you have a lot of ink pads in your craft-room, and maybe you're not too sure what potential they have, other than straight forward stamping? Then this class is for you! Of course, Sara only touches the tip of a mountain, really, as there are loads of things and techniques you can use your ink pads for, but this class is a great start, especially if you're new to crafting and card making. 

I was quite inspired to use a few of the techniques showcased by Sara on my project! As you will see in a moment, however, I ended up only using one or two of her suggestions - that's simply where the card design took me! 

I have wanted to give stamp block inking a go for a long while now, and this class and assignment finally gave me the push to do it. Funnily enough, however, my first attempt at it was a bit of a fail, as I used a wrong type of paper (it does't take water well at all, I should have thought about that!) & I don't think I used enough water --> The result? I ended up with a splotchy and rather ugly-looking pattern on my card-stock. But, you know me - I don't like giving up on any projects, so I decided to keep going, just for practice... 

... and I couldn't be happier that I did! I opted for colouring my image with Polychromos Pencils, and... just look at the close up photos! The ugly splotchy pattern added so much fabulous detail and texture to my florals! Once I finished colouring the whole image, I decided that it was perfect just the way it was, hence I opted not to add additional "inky" details to it - the gorgeous sentiment and a few enamel dots were in my eyes more than sufficient. 

What are your thoughts?

I will most definitely use this technique in the future, and I hope to achieve both my initial desired effect (of a smoother background for my focal image), but I also hope that I'll remember every now and again to go for this "failed" splotchy look, as - oh my - I love this texture so much! 

Have a great day,


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Altenew BEST MOM Clear Stamp Set ALT1031 Altenew ROCK COLLECTION Mini Cube Crisp Dye Ink Pad Pack ALT1522 Strathmore TONED GRAY Sketch Paper 5.5x8.5 Pad 50 Sheets 412105 Faber-Castell POLYCHROMOS COLORED PENCILS 36 Piece Set in Tin 110036 Stampendous SPRAY BOTTLE SPLATTER gs402 Spritz Spritzer Tsukineko VersaFine ONYX BLACK Ink Pad VF-82 3M Scotch PINK ATG ADVANCED TAPE GLIDER .25 Inch Adhesive Glue Gun CAT 085 MISTI PRECISION STAMPER Stamping Tool Kit Lawn Fawn STAMP SHAMMY Cleaner LF1045


  1. Why would you call the pattern ugly and splotchy LOL I love it!! It adds so much character to your card! The flowers look extra special because of the splotchy pattern. Beautiful colouring too! Just two more courses to go!
    I am so glad that you entered your beautiful work in the AECP assignment Gallery. Awesome details and design! Super work!

    1. Hahaha, thank you! I don't find it ugly anymore, but it felt like it when I first lifted the acrylic block off the paper ;-) that's not what I had hoped to see!

  2. So artsy and beautiful, Mirella! I love the acrylic block inking that you have achieved! Thanks so much for entering your beautiful work in Altenew AECP assignment Gallery. Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  3. So so beautiful, sweet friend!! I fell in love with this card as soon as I saw it on insta! I will have to give this a try! Just wanted to let you know I saw your note on my blog, and that is way too crazy pricey for a set! I would be happy to help if you would like a set. Feel free to dm me or send me a note through the contact page of my blog and we can figure something out! xo Also I’m hosting a giveaway this week ;) xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! You're too kind! I sent you a message through the contact me form on your blog :)


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