All About Layering 2 (AECP)
Updated: May 16, 2021
Hi and welcome back! It's great to have you here :)
Today, I'm sharing a card I made for my assignment for the Altenew All About Layering 2 Online Cardmaking Class. The class was taught by Nicole Picadura. She took you through more layering techniques and also used some of the gorgeous dies too. My biggest takeaway from this class (aside from the fact that I now 'need' more beautiful bloom sets added to my collection!) is that while there are layering guides, you don't need to follow the 'rules'. It's okay to break the rules if you want to!
I started by creating an envelope using some VERY old patterned paper and my envelope punch board. I measured the size of the card and created an envelope that would nestle nicely onto the front of my card. I decided to create a little bit of interest behind the envelope as it looked a bit plain, so I took out my scoring tool and simply scored some lines around the edges using my Scor-Buddy and then down the front of the card to create a panelled effect.
Once the envelope and card base were ready I set about stamping all of the coloured flowers and leaves from the following Altenew Mini Cube Sets.
Golden Sunset (Snapdragon & Sunray)
Tropical Forest (Bamboo)
Red Cosmos (Ruby Red & Grapevine)
Deep Blue Seas (Tide Blue, Sea Breeze & Starlight)
I adhered the different flowers to the card, with the aim of not having two colours too close to each other. I stuck the first layers of flowers directly onto the envelope base and then added a few more flowers with pop-dots to create some dimension. It looked a bit flat beforehand and I wanted it to feel like a bouquet of flowers for my recipient.
I used a very cool technique I'd seen Lydia Evans, of Altenew do, where she added all of the flowers to the front of her card, and once she'd got the placement right, she added some removable tape to pick them all up. When you do this, you can turn your dies over, and add the glue to the back. This saves loads of time trying to line everything up again.
Tip: Take a photo of your cards as you create them - I like to take a photo of my cards once I have the elements in position, that way if anything moves, I only have to look at my photo and I can reposition them again.
Tip: Cut your sentiment stamps to get more use out of them. Using the Altenew Sweet Friend set, I stamped the sentiment 'making beautiful memories'. To create this, I had to cut the 'making memories' set in two. Yes, it is a bit of a risk cutting your stamps and I know some of you will be horrified by this, but it's a great way to make your stamps go further and to create more wording from your sets.
We invest a lot of money in our card-making, so it's nice to stretch our supplies. I stamped the wording using the Altenew Starlight mini ink cube from the Deep Blue Seas set. I stuck the sentiment at varying angles to add a bit of interest. Finally, I added some little gems from Lucy's cards to finish.
I hope you like this card. I have to be honest, this dimensional style card is much more my style than the clean and simple cards, but I think challenging yourself to create different styles is a great way to build your portfolio of skills. The more you play, the less daunted you feel by them :)
I'll be back again soon with some cards from the next masterclasses of my Altenew journey.
Until next time, thanks for popping by!
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