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AECP Level 1- Let it Shine

Updated: Apr 30, 2021

I think that this may have been my favorite class so far, although I found it the most difficult to create projects for. In this class, Carissa demonstrated a few techniques that I have never tried before; coloring on the back of vellum with alcohol markers, using glittered paper, and using a black and white pattern on a small part of the card for contrast. I decided to try all three, and here is a picture of all of the projects together.


The first card that I made was actually the card on the right, with the vellum. I wanted to use the Paint a Flowers- Carnation outline stamps. Carnations are my favorite so I was excited to try coloring on the back of vellum with some vibrant colors that you can find carnations in. I made an A2 card base with 110 lb. cardstock from Recollections. I took a piece of vellum and stamped the image with VersaFine embossing ink and heat embossed in gilded gold by Brutus Monroe. I then flipped it over to begin my coloring. I used my Ohuhu alcohol markers- P2 Light violet, Y2, sunflower, and YR3 Orange. For the stems I used GY5 and GY8, Absinthe and Petits Pois respectively.

I cut a 3/4" strip of black and white polka dot scrapbook paper and adhered to the left of my card base. Somewhere waaaaay in the back of my mind in a corner filled with cobwebs, I remembered that I have rhinestone brads so I decided to use them to adhere the vellum to the cardstock. I'm not really crazy about the way it turned out but the more I look at it the more I soften to it lol. I stamped the sentiment in Memento black ink and it is from the Altenew Paint a Flower Carnation Outline stamp set as well.




Now for my favorite card! I took an A2 card base made from 110 lb. white cardstock from Recollections and stamped a flower from the Hibiscus stamp set several times. I wanted to keep the card fairly simple so that the sparkle from the glitter cardstock would really stand out. I took a piece of pink glitter cardstock from a DCWV 6x6 Brights glitter cardstock paper pack. I used the word 'hugs' from the Altenew script words die set and ran it through my Cuttlebug. I repeated this process with 2 pieces of white 65 lb. cardstock from Recollections. I adhered all 3 layers together with Lawn Fawn liquid adhesive. This not only gives it a bit more dimension but also makes it a bit sturdier once you adhere it to the card base.


I used Cherry Blossom from the Altenew 24 pan watercolor set and splattered the background a few times to tie in the pink color of the cardstock. I also used an alcohol ink marker from Ohuhu, P1- Vivid purple, to color the centers of the flowers and then added some glossy accents for a bit more dimension. After this was dry, I carefully cut some Scotch foam tape and adhered to the word and then placed it in the upper center of the card.


I think this one is my favorite because the background is fairly simple, yet I added pink splatters and pink to the centers of the flowers to bring it together with the pink of the glitter paper.


For the 3rd card, I made a 5 x 7 cardstock base so that I had enough room to fit at least 4 of the die cuts. I decided to use the word 'love' from the same die set. I wanted to do an ombre type effect so I took some Bristol cardstock and the pink mini cube dye inks from the Candy coated crisp ink set from Altenew. I used Pink Diamond for the lightest color, the Pinkalicious for the second color, and then Razzleberry for the darkest color. I then die cut the word out of the inked cardstock, as well as a pink piece of DCWV Brights glitter cardstock.

For the background, I used Ocean Waves from the same ink set, and the Trellis stencil-also from Altenew. I blended a little darker in the center and then faded towards the top, bottom, and edges. I cut a small strip of matching blue 65 lb. cardstock from Recollections and adhered this to the left of the card base. I then adhered a few mini hearts from the Sizzix Artic Sky sequins and beads embellishment set.

To finish, I adhered the die cuts to the right side of the card base. The middle card is definitely my favorite, but I do like using the strip of coordinating or contrasting cardstock on the left. And I definitely love using glitter paper, although I will be cleaning glitter off the floor in my craft room for awhile to come lol...and my desk, and my cat LOL!

I am now no longer afraid to use glitter cardstock and I love coloring on the back of vellum. You can use beautiful, vibrant colors, and they show through brilliantly. I don't think I will be using any more brads to adhere it to my card base though lol.


Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies used:

Altenew Stamps sets: Paint a flower- Carnation outline ; Hibiscus

Altenew mini dye ink cubes in pink diamond, pinkalicious, razzleberry, and ocean waves

Altenew Trellis stencil

Altenew script words dies

Sizzix Artic sky sequins and beads

DCWV Brights 6x6 glitter cardstock

Ohuhu alcohol ink markers: P1, P2, Y2, YR 3, GY 5, and GY 8

Altenew 24 pan waterolor set- cherry blossom

Glossy accents

Assorted rhinestone brads

110 lb. white cardstock from Recollections

Bristol paper

Lawn Fawn adhesive

Scotch foam tape

Vellum from Recollections

VersaFine embossing ink

Memento black ink








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